With the arrival of the weekend I have managed to squeeze a bit of hobby time in. Since my kids were running around, the best option was painting as I was fairly certain I was going to get interrupted sculpting.
The first mini to get finished is the Hassle Free miniature Nomad. As I mentioned in a previous WIP post, I intend to use him and the other two trooper types as generic “agent” types. The dark blue I chose was to tie him to Nick Fury without directly tying him to only that role.
The dark blue suit could be a police or special agent uniform, possibly even some sort of colour blind special ops guy. I elected to go with green web-gear and gun straps as I discussed before, I want him to look like he grabbed the biggest gun he could and then the only thing to hold the ammo wasn’t the new pattern the others use.
It wasn’t until I painted his beard and added highlights I realized he looks a lot like Chuck Norris. If I decide to get silly in my super hero game, I can do the Chuck Norris version of him.
As he will be called Agent Nomad in my game, I figured it would be ok to show him with other SHIELD agents.
Another quick paint I did today was my version of the Silver Samurai. I used Nakayama Hayato in Bones by Reaper Miniatures as a base. He did have a banner pole, but the detail was soft on where it joined his back and the Silver Samurai was never depicted with one.
I painted this figure very quickly, start to finish I spent maybe an hour on painting him (outside of waiting for his primer to dry). I started from a dark blue and worked up to white to evoke the bluish shadows of silver in comic books. Even if he reads more white than silver, I am happy with the effect. The only difficult part was drawing on random slashes to represent kanji on his prayer scrolls. I am impressed with the model, but some details were a bit soft. I may go and get the metal one at some point to paint as a traditional samurai.
If you are unfamiliar with the Silver Samurai, he was a villain who featured mainly in the Wolverine story line. Although not a villain per se, he is definitely a bad guy. On numerous occasions he partnered with villains and led organized crime syndicates. His powers/abilities were a bit limited: he had his armour (very tough) and the mutant power to make his blade cut through anything. In some stories he also had a teleporting ring. All told, he was a very tough opponent, and he was a recurring threat to Wolverine not because of him being more powerful, but because of their past and close connection.
If you saw the Wolverine movie, you will know he faced the Silver Samurai, Gundam style. Yes Gundam, giant fighting robot, although Gangnam style might work too for how I felt watching it.
Anyhow, to show him beside team evil, he has Dr. Doom. Also featuring as my only other melee guy is Hulk. I added in an ability I actually designed to reflect the two biggest fighting bad-asses from comics I like: Wolverine and Batman. The ability is simple: double an opponent attack roll and get a free melee attack. I originally wrote it to be any attack in short range but realized it might be a bit over-powered.
Anyhow, I hope this little update inspired you today. If nothing else, it can show that a quick and simple execution can give you a table-top quality figure in no time.
I managed to sneak a bit of hobby time in this week and I did some more work on Dr. Doom.
At this point I am not sure if I want to call him finished or not. If he isn’t done, I don’t know what else to do (other than basing). I’m concerned if I add more highlights his armour will read too light, as it was dark metal in the comics (and even darker in the two latest film versions of him).
I added some highlights to him last time including wet-blending and used my brush to accentuate the chain while hiding my mistakes. I also selectively highlighted him to give deep shadows. I think I succeeded: while I was painting him I kept trying to turn him in the light to see him better…the whole time both my lights were directly on him with no shadow.
To show him off in an action shot, I figured it was time to bring all my heroes figs painted so far to bear.
If only Nick Fury and Black Widow had even one Avenger to help them. But who could get there fast enough to help and save the day?
If you have any suggestions on Dr. Doom, please let me know. I won’t have much hobby time in the near future but I look forward to executing any advice before moving on to the next guy. Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else to break out your latest project to snap a few diorama pictures.
And my vacation isn’t done yet…although I am in the hours left now. Once I get back to work I know I will be very busy so I don’t expect as many posts…in fact I might go through until late February before the next one. Did I mention my new job at work is very busy?
Anyhow, yesterday and today were very productive. On the building front I managed to assemble 3 buildings and plastered two of them and my bus shelter. Sadly I forgot to sand any of them so the plaster isn’t staying on well. I will see how well it stays on after another couple days and try painting. I also found out that the white glue doesn’t work well on the garbage bags to foam. The glue stuck very well to the bags but not to the foam. The glue also left a very obvious film on the bags. So I was able to easily pop the bags off and peel off the glue. The bag I attached to one of the sheet-metal fences stayed attached very well though. If you are going to use my garbage bags idea I recommend using superglue to attach them to things unless attaching it to a porous surface with a large flat contact point.
I also managed to finish painting the last big building I had sitting as a WIP. I also added a small shop to this one through the simple addition of a sign. Not fantastic, but I am planning to go back and put bright green in the centre of the letters to evoke neon.
Also worth noting is the new finishing technique I tried. I have gone with an even lighter final highlight and it makes the building look newer and in better repair. It doesn’t stand out from the others but still blends in.
Getting some more brush time is Nick Fury. I finally decided I had practiced the SHIELD logo enough and gave it a shot on him. Although not my best freehand, I think it works pretty well, especially at arms length away. To put it into perspective, the circle for the SHIELD crest is 2mm diameter. Probably the tiniest freehand I have done, although I did do better ones in practicing for this guy.
Also seeing some paint time are the zombies from Bones 2. I wasn’t sure if these would work as modern or fantasy models until I actually looked at them. They didn’t get much love from me, there are even still mold lines on them. The pale blue shirt model actually has a buttoned shirt and the blue vest guy is obviously wearing either a jean or leather vest so very modern zombies. That being said, they still will work as fantasy as none of the details are hugely obvious. At their very low price, they are the cheapest zombies in 28mm. I should say the cheapest still available. If you aren’t tracking, Wargames Factory has essentially gone under. Their products are now sold exclusively through Warlord Games…who have yet to put any of the product up for sale 4 months later.
Anyhow, although my finished building has a store, I did a proper corner store/grocery store too. This building is the first multi-level without external stairs or a balcony. There will be a rooftop sign on the corner with the door facing in two directions. I am also going to put hinged doors on top of the dumpster in the back. Although it is attached to the building, it isn’t out of the ordinary. I have seen garbage can containers like this before. I will try making several free-standing dumpsters too to add that ambience to the back alleys.
These large square windows will actually be the first real windows I will be doing for the buildings. I will be attaching clear plastic sheets (plastic from miniature blisters) that are covered in posters and advertisements. If you have ever been in a small town store or an older neighbourhood store you will know exactly what I mean. This is for two reasons. First, the interiors aren’t finished and big windows would mean I would have to finish them. Second, the dirty poster-filled windows will keep in the theme of the building I am going for. I did consider boarding up the windows, or a window, but I will keep that for a future building.
For a bit of an action shot we see Nick Fury forced to fight his way through a horde of zombies. Are they supernatural? A nefarious Hydra plot? Of just finished minis being show-cased. Tune in for the next episode to find out.
Hopefully today’s post was inspirational to you. If nothing else it shows how a bit of practice can give you tiny little details to finish a mini or terrain project.
A busy time having all this vacation. Between teaching my kids to skate, remembering to skate myself (I think I got those in the wrong order), cooking, cleaning, and other holiday type stuff I also did some painting.
As the title implies, Nick Fury has gotten some love. I decided to go with the classic Nick Fury. This means comic book blue (as shadowed black was a thing of the 90s) and white straps and pouches…because bright white equipment screams super spy. Alright, maybe not the most subtle, but I am sure he will still play out well. I am not sure if I want to have him actually be sneaky, but he will have super spy and leader type stuff going on.
I am thinking of doing a freehand SHIELD crest on either his right shoulder or across his back. I am open to suggestions on which one would look better. The one unfortunate thing I noticed while painting him is that I somehow mangled his left arm. It looks gouged a bit, and I am not sure if it was from when my file slipped or what. From arms length it isn’t noticeable so hopefully nobody wants to pick up this guy.
Also seeing some brush time is the Saint of Killers. I am not too sure about the face, it looks too white but I think the Bones details aren’t deep enough for the washes to settle into. It isn’t quite so white in hand, but the camera and my poor photography are washing it out. Other than the face, I am pretty sure he is good enough. I may also go back and do some more on his gun too. As a villain who will only fire six shots in a game, I think he is good to go.
I am very happy with both the pants and jacket. I was trying for the dusty worn look of…well an undead cowboy. The several shades of grey I did (not quite 50) capture the faded and dusty look.
A short post, but hopefully inspirational. For those keeping track, second day of the year, one finished mini. For those not keeping track, I hope this inspired you to carry on with the new projects of 2016 with gusto.