Thursday, 9 April 2015

Space Knights

Left to right: Warrior, Elf, Paladin, Rogue
Edited April 13 2015

Some nice minis from I just finished. The dual wielding fellows are conversions (done last year!) pictured below.
When I posted on instagram, I mentioned the archetypes of warrior, ranger/elf, paladin and rogue being the inspirations. This was a development of being inspired by the video game "Destiny" which I have played a lot of with Mik (of Mik's minis fame) and an international cast of misfits. Sadly, our imminent vanquishing of Crota on hard raid  mode has been totally derailed by my internet troubles. I moved house and my ISP bungled the order twice, leading to almost 2 months of down time (fingers crossed for this Friday).

So, the first one I did was the blue-bladed "paladin" which is very much in the Destiny cover art palette. When I got to the other three last week, I wanted them to look very distinct, so pushed further into classic adventuring ideas.

Pin vise for holes and paperclip for pins

Superglue to fix, Pro-create in the gaps

Monday, 23 March 2015

More Armies Army figures

Enemy Unknown!

Here are the Armies Army Enemy Unknown all done. I had real trouble deciding on a colour scheme for these and almost did them (space)Wolf grey. I went with this scheme with modern video games loosely in mind. It's a light grey/dark grey with teal lights.

The dark grey parts were an afterthought that really tied them together, but was quite a bit of effort to get looking right. Working with two tones of grey as main colours is tough to balance. Luckily, these sculpts have quite a lot of hard edges on the face and armor to highlight.

The eyes were just washed with thinned teal paint, then dotted with white. I'm pleased with the result to effort ratio! I liked it so much I went a bit nuts with some OSL on the support weapons and leader's arm computer.

Inspired to do more lighting effects, I finished off the Russian Empire figures, as I had a few specialists left to do.

These guys (and some un-pictured troopers) rounded out the Russian Empire figures I ordered. With what I have painted, a campaign around a platoon and it's assets can be easily run. These specialist just ooze character, and were a treat to paint. While I was on a teal lighting kick, I threw on some glow on the chap's iPad. The extra splash of colour really helps liven up the unit, as the basic uniform is suer-drab. All the figure's scopes got a teal lens and highlight too, although barely visible.

Exhausted by all this output, I dragged out the remaining bits of city ruins in my collection and re-based them in front of TV. There is a lot of dry brushing in my future, but its very satisfying to have my terrain all shaping up cohesively.