Sunday, 18 October 2020

Orky bosses

 Calendars don't mean much to me nowadays (beyond work deadlines! But those tend to be measured in hours, or days at most), so it's no big deal if I tell you I didn't even realise it was Orctober until I had these halfway painted.

As other times, this was just but a side project to get stuff done while working on larger stuff. Straightforward painting and little else, just to keep myself active instead of stranded in the middle of neverending projects.

These come from Knightmare Miniatures, and were a real pleasure to paint, in all their glorious oldschoolness. First of all this Nob, which, I have to say, is really big.

That's not a 25 mm base, but a 32 mm one!

There was something about the pose, the hairy squig, the cigar... I don't know. I suddenly thought of Hannibal Smith :D

So I went for that kind of style, I chose light colours, painted the Squig white... You know. Now I need three other desperados for my Special Kommando Unit :D

OK, for now let's move on. I have several Meganobz, I have painted a couple of them so far. I wanted to keep myself apart from classic Clan colours and make them more Rogue Trader era looking. I tried white/cream armour for this first one, as well as a blue/grey skin. I was determined to make him look different!

Ankwardly lanky. Pure RT

However, I painted this other one just yellow. It was just a hunch, but something about this sculpt yelled 'Bad Moon Clan' to me. I thought of other options, but in the end I came back to my first idea.

Day 56. The Imperial Fists still do not suspect I'm an Ork

I still have another couple of them, I think I should do them now that I'm in an Orky mood. But for now this is what I got:

Told you, that guy is huge

I think I may keep on painting some Orks. Unless something else pops up, you know how these things work...

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Interlude: Out-of-time (as usual) Secret Santa

 Just as this shitty year goes by, we all need some good news from time to time. So my regular group of partners in crime decided to recover a lost tradition, the Secret Santa event -Lockdown Edition 2020 (You can have a look at 2016 and 2017 editions on the links).

You know, as sky is the limit, each one of us has done a quite different thing from the others -and that's what gives this event its true value.

Speaking for myself, this year I took this old, worn out HeroQuest Wizard:

Seen better days, uh?

I converted him into this:

The same, yet not the same

And splashed some colour on it:

My pics are so awful that it looks like he's wearing sunglasses

It would have been cool, but take my word, there are no sunglasses

When my pal got the mini he took this other pic:

He still got this HeroQuest mini before the HeroQuest 25 anniversary

This year I received a total surprise. The pal who had to paint something for me didn't really feel comfortable with his painting skills. Of course this isn't about showing off or any kind of quality standards, but just to get some tiny gift for a friend. However, he chose not to lick any paint on any model -and that's perfectly OK if you don't feel like it.

I'm derailing. I got this out-of-scale awesome Gundam:

RX-79

Totally articulated and with different options

Pretty customizable

Dammit, I didn't know it was a Sith!

This is a first time for me. Of course I've seen this kind of Gundams before, but have never got myself into the Gunpla world. I find the model impressive, fully articulated and with such a graceful mobility. I'm not sure if I should paint it (it scares the hell out of me, with all those tiny, movable pieces!) or just add the decals. Well, while I make a decision, let me show the other works from the rest of the blokes involved:


Tastefully retro Trooper

Well, this is an inside joke. The guy who received it is a miniature hoarder, we all affectionately call him 'Smaug' or simply 'the dragon'. So this is a dragon alongside his collection of minis on the shelves!

A better view of this piece of genius

Another exception. The author designed and printed it, the receiver will paint it

I love this one so much I've asked about who makes this -I need one!

Wow. The whole composition is pure love

Used to over the top minis, I love the style of this one

A fresh view on Saim Hann

Scary!

We already moved onto COVID-20. Just in case

Well, it was a fruitful lockdown! As any group event, it's taken some more time than expected, but the effort has surely paid off. I hope we don't have to repeat it for a second lockdown, but just for fun :P

Monday, 28 September 2020

A little bit of dungeoning bits

 Some kind of interlude post today, as I'm derailing away from my usual stuff. As told you some other times, the lack of time forces me to aim for small projects which I can open/do/close in a relatively manageable amount of time. So they serve me as side projects while I keep slowly working on larger stuff. This is one of those occasions. I had this box from Valquiria Studio waiting for ages (some years in fact) to be painted, and so I did!

Honestly, can't recall what game I had in mind when I got these. But they are so nice!

I did nothing but a quite straightforward paintjob to take them out of the bench, allowing me to take some fresh air and think of my other ongoing projects. Here you have the stuff:

Ubiquitous generic treasure tokens

5G Palantíri

Some Warpstone taken from the mine!

Not sure of what kind of eggs are these, but you better stay away from them...

Of course the central piece here is the translucent resin door:

I don't know why it looks to be exploding, but the thing is cool

Finger shown for translucent purposes only

As usual, you can't say from the shitty pics, but all the stones have different tones. Take my word. I used this cream/white palette to tie it with my Shadespire boards. No particular reason or plan at all; it's just that I don't currently have any other fantasy looking buildings or ruins, so I just kept that flow.

While doing all this I also found this Barbarian by Heresy Miniatures on a shelf, so I made some room for him. After all, these bits need someone to find them over the dungeon, don't they?

Yeah, yeah, stuff's good. But now, where's the booze?

Just a group shot:

The eggs still make me uneasy among the treasures

I think I can use most of these for my current Genestealer Cult/Mining town projects. That's why I painted the eggs in those colours, for example. They serve as objective markers or whatever, so you may see them in the future out of a dungeon ;)

Well, this is it for now. Now I can turn again to something completely different, as usual :P



Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Building issues

 This project is going excruciatingly slow. Much more than I wanted or expected. But so is life and so are the things. At least there is some progress!

You may remember I finished the far side of the board, so now I could go into the central section. You can see it here, with the first piece of central elevation, where the future structure will be founded:

This is meant to be the main access to the upper levels

This plastic jar will serve as a tiny tower, the road will be surrounding it

But of course some work has to be done in advance

This is mostly the idea
 
When assembling this part I soon realised I would have to drop one on my very early ideas for the top. In the beginning I wanted to somehow use this bridge here:

But it doesn't look like a great idea now

Such a big monster will distract the eye from the rest of the structure, and that's not how I want it to look like. Besides, building the support for the other end of the bridge would inevitably bring some issues regarding the slope. So I'll have to let it go and replace that with a lighter structure.

But that's a problem for the future me. For now I have to focus on the central building.

This will be the facade of the slope

This is more or less the idea

Well, technically you can play in here, there's room for a hand...

But I'm not happy with this solution, you know. I want this board to look crowded per se, oppressive, rambling... But yet playable! This doesn't really allow me to develop proper movement of miniatures in there. So, as much as it hurts me, those stairs have to go away. I will change the access to that door extending the catwalk towards the opposite building, up of the slope.

So let's do some work on the slope first

You can see I used the same Green Stuff World rolling pin on DAS clay, then added some sand. The texture on the tower is mere wet DAS.

The whole structure and the facade on the slope

But then...

Oh, then...

THEN I WAS TEMPTED

The original idea was supposed to look this way:

Original sketch (look, I already removed the stairs)

But at some point I envisioned this other configuration:

And it also looked good to me!

It would be a complete shift of the original concept, extending the slope up to the left of the board and creating a wide open space right in the centre of the structure, which I could use as a two-storey bazaar.

I confess I spent a few days exploring both options and weighing pros and cons of each solution. But in the end I stuck to the plan. Attractive as it was to have a wide, open, playable space, the second option really got away from what I was going to create here, the little adobe maze.

So now that I made my mind up I could start working on the front piece:

Seriously, stairs are quite a pain in the ass to do

 I thought that an arch would look good down there, and then the real door could fit inside. I could have tried a more complex shape for the tower on the left, but I think it works as it is nevertheless.

I'm going to need a lot of putty to seal those open spaces

You can see I added the piece for the next section of the slope and textured the surfaces.

Now it all looks more or less in place!

First coat of colour

There is a little cobblestone floor in that arch area. Once I give a second coat of colour I can start adding details and stuff. I'm not sure of what can I put on top of the tower. My choices are an adobe demi-sphere or some antennae or things of the like, but I'm still undecided.

I have to repair the catwalk over the slope. I'm afraid that now that street is too open, so I'll explore my chances to add an arch at the very beginning of the street, giving access to the whole town.

I have not renounced to the two-storey bazaar, but now I project to place it to the left of the board. But first I'll have to finish the slope, to have a clear idea of the composition of the volumes. But first I have to finish what I have already started! Well, you know how this works :D

This is the current state of the board. I hope I can resume production anytime soon!


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Mining suit

 While boring real life is meddling in the way, I've managed to finish a tiny achievement. Some time ago I got a Necromunda Ambot thanks to a pal.


You know, one of these guys

I immediately thought I had an use for such a beast within my Genestealer Cult project, as a mining support device of some kind, which is quite obvious, of course. But instead of being a poor Ambull augmented and trapped into a metal framework (however, how cool is an Ambull Dreadnought, uh?), I soon envisioned it as a suit of some kind. There are many conversions of the like over the internet, and I knew that it certainly works.

I had to face a setback quite at the very beginning of the process. The hip. It's purely mechanical, it enhances the robot vibe, but you cannot pretend there's a person inside there (and the torso is not large enough for a human sized being to fit in). So I had to replace it. First thing I found that could work was a bit from a Terminator:

Yup, from the Space Hulk termies

Preliminary view of what I had in mind

It's a little bit forced, I know, but in my mind it worked better than the robot waist and hip. Next step was to remove the cogs and make the central part look as it was the inner part of the armour.

When in doubt, add cables and tubes, you can never go wrong with that

Hmm, I can see it happening

You may have noticed I didn't use the pulley and hooks over the head. Instead of those, I used the grav weapons. They are supposed to be the laser cutters the suit uses for working with hard rocks.

First colour test

You may have noticed the main flaw in this suit's design. It's a huge, bulky armour, with two laser cutters over the user's head and two enormous claws with fucking saws attached, ready to cut and smash the hardest rocks in the mines.

So the user's head is exposed to the crushed stone flying away like shrapnel all over? Hmm, no wonder the union guys were so tiresome on the subject.

I found a solution in this air freshener bit. The liquid inside got spilled right as I first tried to use it and it was kind of unusable, but its shape was appealing enough, so I kept the thing.

Finally got an use for it!

I only needed quite a small piece as a visor:


But the shape was essential

Just to make a first impression. Hmm, it could work...

But... it didn't. Though I cut it more or less to fit in the armour, once I glued it the fumes of the superglue fogged the whole piece.

I had already unglued it before taking the pic, that's why you can see it doesn't really fit in the shape

After cursing in several strange languages, I took a deep breath and started again.

New piece, different approach

I used a tiny piece of card and allowed some ventilation on the model, as much as I could afford.

Will it work?

It worked! I had a minor fogging problem, but on the whole I called it a victory. I sealed the imperfections with greenstuff and gave it a more industrial looking with the front protection bars.

I can live with that level of fogging

Well, you get a rough idea

On the process of highlighting that yellow

Little mystery on the arms. I painted the Fodinae Conlegium ('Mining Guild' in HighGothic) signs and some random numbers and stuff. I also glued a staple on each arm. No particular reason, they looked nice as additional bar protections over those gears.

Oh, and remember, when in doubt... right, cables

 

Here you have the thing finished!





I love the shape of the suit. It's not elegant at all, but crude in its design, it really works perfectly as a heavy duty industrial armour. You could replace the claws with forklifts and would have the 40K version of Ripley :D

A size comparison shot:

Come on, Humpy, go smash the infidels

So these are my main heavy support devices for the Cult so far:

Yellow is the new black

Oh, and you know what's the best part? The sprue comes with two different sets of legs. So now I have another pair of legs I can use for... I don't know, I guess I'll have to make up something!