First of all, I took these pictures just with my iPhone 4s, using the camera + app, then whacked them over onto the laptop and into the post. No screwing around with white balance on my s95! OK< so the quality has suffered a little, but today is guerrilla gaming day.. No frills and straight up!
|Squad 1: "I think there's something over there..."|
|Squad 2: "I don't care what you smell, move it!"|
Those particular models were bought by the Gruntz team to use in demo games all around the UK. Ah, memories.
This batch was done in a similar style, but with the benefit of 3 years of experience.
The bases were smeared with a fine sand/pva mixture I made to try to emulate pumice gel. I then glued on some bits of grating I got in a dollar store, and some broken wooden coffee stirrer pieces. Lastly I added some very fine wire that fell out of a snipped ethernet cable at work. The bases will get some silfor tufts when my stuff arrives (It's going through customs on Tuesday!) to finish them off. I wanted to add some junkyard elements to the bases in a small homage to the brilliant film these models echo... District 9.
They were each basecoated with either a buff color or a light grey. I then washed them with Agrax Earthshade, a bit of Nuln Oil and a bit of reikland fleshshade (all new and not very good citadel washes) to get at the detail in the cracks. A bit of a drybrush with the base color and a single fairly careless highlight was applied before picking out the weapons in a dark metallic, then washing the guns with agrax earthshade (I wanted them to look a bit grimy) and some splats of nuln oil into the deeper crevices.
(When I use washes, I no longer try to use one wash over the whole figure at once, as I did the very first time I painted Crusties.)
Lastly, I painted the bandoliers in bright orange and then washed them with Agrax earthshade a couple of times before highlighting a little bit.
I thought I was done until I saw this post where Monty did them with uniforms painted on.
They looked so good I wanted to give it a try myself, so I went back and painted the uniformed areas I wanted done black. This gave me a good base to highlight up with Knarloc green.
Not all of the crusties got full uniforms, I wanted them to look a little bit disorganised.
The second piece of guerrilla hobby I did today was riding over to Bunnings and finding a square of vinyl tile to use as a skirmish board. It cost me the princely sum of $4.00, bargain! It has a glossy finish I would like to dull down but otherwise works very well indeed. (Pics in the photostream on the right.)
I'm enthused to play some games now!