Sunday, 1 April 2012

Shivan Adventurer


This mini is from Blue Moon Manufacturing. I've had a pack of them lying around for ages and now that I'm on a "Space Denizens" kick, I thought it was about time I painted a female alien. There are actually a few really good figures in the set for roleplay-ish use. The ammo carrier will make a terrific courier and there's a very nicely posed swords-woman as well.

The skin and hair is kind of Andorian inspired, as my girlfriend has been obsessed with Star Trek Enterprise (The Scott Bakula one) and the Andorians are pretty cool in that show.

I had more success with Charadon Granite this time, by lightening it with brown instead of white and glazing it with Gryphonne Sepia wash as a final touch. I threw in a little OSL on her belt doohickey and gun for my own amusement. It's a great way to add "tech" to a sci-fi mini as just about any old lump can be turned into a light source.

In other news I have a batch of Khurasan stuff assembled and based that I need to do before any other personal work. I'd have done it already but I'm stuck on a color scheme. To add salt to the wound I'm itching to get started on the security troops and vac suited exterminators, not to mention my Mighty Monsters stuff.. but I must be strong.

22 comments:

  1. Mean Little Blue Bitch...lol!

    Nice work Spacey!
    :)

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    1. Thanks Joseph, she's not to be trifled with!

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  2. More nice looking stuff. I must admit, I'm always impressed when people do good OSL. I've never tried it for, for fear of messing the figure up at the last thing.

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    1. Thanks Ace! I'm always up for a new technique, stretching is how we improve. My ACP figures were only my second attempt at OSL... If you're nervous just use an old broken mini to get the hang of it. You never know, it might be easier than you thought.

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  3. Nice, Jacker. But maybe she's a little too bossy! (:)=

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    1. Thanks Jay. She's as bossy as a 3 foot pistol allows her to be ;)

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  4. Very cool! The paint job looks great and I really like the little OSL details. That's a nice suggestion on how to enhance the sci-fi feeling of your miniatures. And I can hardly wait to see what else you've got cooking for Khurasan. Not too long I decided to take the plunge into 15mm gaming and ordered a whole bunch of minis from Khurasan, along with a couple other manufacturers. I'm working on getting everything cleaned and mounted on bases so that once I get back home I can begin painting. Thank you for introducing me to them, I think I'm going to have a blast!

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    1. Thanks Papa JJ. I'm very pleased to hear you're diving into 15mm.. It's the scale that brought me back to painting after many years and I can't get enough now. I hope to see your efforts on the blog!

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  5. I agree with the above-nicely done as always, Jacker. I've not really had a look at the Blue Moon minis, so I'll take a look now-this one has piqued my interest!

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    1. Thank you Gunrunner. I have a pack of Aquans waiting for some attention, and I did the Blue Moon Orion Heavy infantry on them blue moon webstore a long time ago. The Orions are a bit small IMO, but the Shivans and Aquans are fine.

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  6. Great choice of colors and thanks for the hints on the poses that would work for adventure gaming.

    -Eli

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    1. Thanks Eli, I'm finding myself much more interested in adventure style gaming than army style at the moment.

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  7. Really advertises how diverse 15mm is for more character driven gaming, the amount of single miniatures creates such diverse possibilities. Another great example and really liked the OSL :)

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    1. Thanks Tael, lighting is a great way to liven up a mini and it's really not that hard once you get into it. I plan to demonstrate some adventure style gaming soon, meshing Throwdown with solo RPG mechanics for between-battle cut scenes.

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  8. The quality of your OCL work on 15mm figures is mind-boggling.

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    1. Thanks Legion.. It's the only modern technique I have ;)

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  9. Thats cool, I have waited a while to see one of these up close, I have only seen the ones on Blue moons site and wasn't to sure of them, interesting to see it has a tail, wouldn't have thought so from blue moons site, nicely painted.

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    1. Cheers Dan, the tail is quite a nice feature and really helps tie the figure together from the back view. This was one of those figures I was not that excited bout until it was painted. Now I really like the posing and shapes.

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  10. This is great! Your painting is always solid but this is a step above. Love the bright blue skin and the well defined coat.

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    1. Thanks Martin, those elements really help it stand out on the table.. I think I should keep pushing with the bright colors with the individual sci-fi characters.

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