Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Tying up loose ends

First of all, merry Christmas to everyone! I hope everything is going well and you all are having nice days.
While starting my latest project, I still had some other things that needed closure. One of them, of the most recents in fact, was the 'Scythe' boardgame (you read about it  a couple of weeks ago). My mate (owner of the game) scheduled another game for these days wit more people and of course my reaction was as expected; I can barely bear playing a game with unpainted minis. Twice... oh, man, you're asking for too much. So I could have declined the offer (and no one could blame me) or I could be reasonable and do the only logical thing... i.e., painting those minis before the game.

You know me enough to be certain of what would I do
I obviously used the illustrator's web for reference (I can't get tired of recommending it!), but on the whole I worked with a high degree of freedom about colours, specially on the mechs. I had just a week to finish them all, so I hurried a little and made quite a speedpaint. Under normal circumstances I would have added more detail (serial numbers, signs, weathering, etc), but I think these work at tabletop distance for a boardgame. So here you have them, the characters and mechs of each faction in the core game:

Polania Republic
Crimean Khanate
Rusviet Union
Nordic Kingdom
Saxony Empire
I'm not really a fan of colouring the bases, but it was the easiest way to recognize each faction. Not sure if I'll repeat the system for other games (unlikely), but I was worth of giving a try.

25 minis in a week. Not that bad
Well, I was in a little rush, but I work fine under pressure :D. It was kind of like the old times, hehe.

Totally worth of it. I'm relieved
You may have noticed my painting rate (and with it my blogging/forum/etc. activity) has decreased this year. That's due to RealLifetm commitments (working, parenting, writing the [censored] PhD thesis, stuff, generic excuse #6, you know). Next year will most likely unwrap itself in the same fashion, but you can see I'm still riding the wave. So see you on '17! All the best for the New Year, mates! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like it. Not an ultradetailed work, but it's enough for its purpose :)

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  2. Merry Christmas and superb job for a weeks worth of painting!

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    1. Thank you very much, Simon! Same to you! :)

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  3. Blogging is great, but life is more important! But I do always look forward to your updates.

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    1. Ahh, wisdom in your words. Thank you very much! I enjoy doing all this silly stuff, it's somehow therapeutic :D

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  4. These miniatures look great! Any idea what scale they are meant to be?
    I just posted on my blog again after almost a year, so I can totally relate when it comes to choosing real life over hobby time. Take Care!

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    1. Thanks! Not pretty sure about the scale. The characters look kind of actual 25mm, while the mechs are more difficult to tell, I'd bet 6mm at most.
      Cool to know you are blogging again, I'm heading to you rblog to have a look :)

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  5. I had seen Scythe atop the Board Game Geek site, but hadn't paid much attention. Now that I see the minis, I'm intrigued. Looks like the mechs would fit in well with GW's Epic line.

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    1. Well, some of them would definitely fit in the theme, I love them. There are some art decisions which look quite appealing to me. The game is what it is (as said in the previous post, a 'combat Catan' don't expect anything like a wargame), so it's something different from the usual, nice for a change!

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  6. Very nice, painted miniatures really add to a game!

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    1. Thanks! For me there's little difference, if any, between boardgames and wargames. If they have minis, they must be painted! :D

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  7. nice job on the painting!
    looks really good :)

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    1. Thank you! Now the game can be played, I can rest...

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  8. I cannot believe you painted all those in a week. Christmas elves must have assisted you. They look so good! I love that tiger especially.
    Happy holidays to you Suber (and your speed painting slave elves)!

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    1. Ho ho ho! Thank you! :D
      This is the first time in my life I ever paint a tiger, hehe. Well, all the time I use for the thesis was diverted this week to these :D
      (Ahem, shouldn't be proud of it...)
      Happy holidays to you too and happy new year!!

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  9. That was done in a weeek?
    Just wow

    Thanks for sharing all the stuff this year.

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    1. Thanks! The process is quicker than it looks. As I was in a rush I paid less attention to details and used a few extra hours than usual during the week. Sleep is overrated :D
      Thank you and happy new year!

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  10. A belated Happy New Year to you Suber ... once that thesis is done and dusted we will have to start calling you Dr.Suber :)

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    1. Thank you, same to you! Hehe, if that ever happens, I'll need a sonic screwdriver!

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