Saturday, 23 January 2016

Like father, like son

I've finally started my Imperial Assault (about time!). Sorry for you, be ready to yet another project... :D

After having played some boardgames with unpainted minis (shame on me!!) I felt... dirty. That wasn't right, I know, I know. One cannot find a piece of inner peace playing with soulless plastic. It needs to be painted!! So this time I've decided to do things right and paint first, play later.

So I've started the set with the two most iconic characters, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. But I hope you wouldn't expect me to 'just paint' ;)

First of all, Luke comes with a blaster, as he's shown when escaping the Death Star. But oh, come on, you know he already deserves a lightsaber...

Let's burn some marshmallows...
It's just a matter of repositioning the arms a little and replacing the blaster with an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. My main concern here was how the hands were positioned. It's not the same holding a firearm than a sword, so I had to re-sculpt the hands a little.

And now I hold a giant wiener
The issue with Darth Vader was the pose. It wasn't quite readable for me, didn't transmit any sense of strength, at least for me.

These are the originals, BTW

But then, if you slightly change the torso, head and arms, you can get a much more aggresive pose:

Same materials, different attitude
So from this point it was just a matter of painting! Nothing specially creative, of course...

I still don't know how to wield one of these...
-'You fight like a dairy farmer' -'Moisture farmer!'
Lightsabers are quite an issue, at least for me. My first attempts were truly awful. A friend was kind enough of giving me a trick that, honestly, works fine (well, his first recommendation was an airbrush, but we had to stick to Plan B...). It's just a graduate highlighting. That simple. But it works good enough for me!

Laser pole vaulter
This much exercise ain't good for my asthma
Sooo, here we have something I hope to replicate on the board anytime soon...

-'No, seriously, son, you fight like a moisture farmer. Your dad taught you nothing?'
Well, I still have lots of unfinished ongoing projects, so it remains to be seen how all this evolves. But I'll try to keep it up and provide regular updates. Well, I won't try. I'll do it. As you all know, there is no try...

24 comments:

  1. Nice work. Love the reposing on Vader; definitely more intimidating.

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    1. Thank you! I though he needed a more aggresive approach, the Dark Side showing itself through the mini. Glad you like it!

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    1. Thnak you! I'm trying to give a different touch here!

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  3. Great idea and well executed. Lovely job.

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    1. Thank you! The minis are sweet, little conversion work from me :)

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  4. You've definitely improved the poses of the two models and the painting looks excellent too. Top result!

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    1. Thank you! I thought they both needed some more awesomeness :D, they deserved it!

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  5. really nice idea to change the pistol for a lightsaber!

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    1. Thanks! It's no big deal, but I believe it gives the character a much better looking!

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  6. Great painting Suber, you got Luke just right =)

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    1. Thank you! Who wants a blaster when you can have a lightsaber? Who?

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  7. Suber ... brilliant conversion concept ... and equally brilliant execution. I'm in a bit of a Star Wars mode again (it comes and goes) and I'm loving what you did with these minis. ^_^

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    1. Thank you!I'm behind schedule on this project :( but I'll definitely paint some stuff this evening!

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  8. These conversions are AMAZING. I love them. The subtle re-positioning of Vader makes all the difference -- you really transformed a good sculpt into a dynamic, wonderful one. Just brilliant!

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm way too far from your work on this game, which is awesome, but I try to have some fun doing silly stuff like this :D

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  9. Thank you! As you can see it's fun reinterpreting the minis :D

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    1. Thank you! It's a nice process, still have to see where this path leads to!

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    1. Thank you! As you can see, they are not that complicated and the result totally pays off.

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