Monday, 5 February 2018

Four hands work

Despite the title, no, I haven't hired anyone to paint. I'm opening yet another project! (Oh, no!) A project that involves four handed people, hmmmmm...

As usual, this story begins years ago, when I got the new Space Hulk and simply put the box in storage. Right. Shame on me. Deep shame on me. But I'm doing something about it today. Finally!

I'm getting all the Genestealers and putting them in the production chain.

Well, Picasso went through a Blue Period, that's how I felt. Days of all shades of blue
WIP pics won't add much in this case, I guess, so I'm skipping those and going for the results. I used Vallejo Royal Blue as base colour for the chitinous parts. For the skin I didn't want pure purple though, so I tried mixing it with flesh tones. That way I would still get a classical Genestealer looking but with a more natural feeling.

The colour combo works for me
I don't have any Blood Angels (yet), but I painted the Marines' armour red anyway
I always tend to make slight conversions in this kind of projects, repositioning arms, swapping heads and things like that. I do hate having two identical minis. But this time I had to do an exception if I ever wanted to have these finished. The anonymous Genestealers can endure it.

Besides, I don't think I could get much better poses
The mere simple painting work was enough endeavour for me and my sanity
It's really amazing that the basic shape of Genestealers hasn't changed that much in almost 30 years. Well, of course that first illustration in the Rogue Trader book was different, but since the original 1st Ed. of Space Hulk was released, the changes in design have been almost insignificant. That speaks much of the original art on these creatures.
Of course the biggest change can be seen on the Patriarch. Or whatever it is called nowadays.

For me it will always be the Patriarch
Here you have the mandatory family pic:

Space giant blue cockroaches infestation
It's been some weeks work while painting the stuff you've seen lately on the blog. I had some doubts at the beginning about what colours to use. A full black approach would be dull (besides, I -finally- received the Aliens vs Predator KS, so I'll have my chance for that). Cockroach brown looked like a fun idea, but in the end I couldn't resist to the classic blue colour. About the skin, as I said above, I think it looks more natural. But I had yet another reason. This is going to be part of a wider project, as at the moment I write this I also have all the Genestealer Cult from the Overkill game primed and in the assembly stage. The fleshy colour will help to tie in both ranges, or that's what I hope. So you can expect more people with extra arms incoming anytime soon...

22 comments:

  1. Oh, just love it :)
    I really like the atmosphere of same system too!

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    1. Thank you! The whole Space Hulk thing is awesome. This will be part of a wider project, so let's see where it leads us...

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  2. Got to go with the 'classic' colours. They look great!

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    1. Thank you! After some internal debate I thought these colours would work fine. Now there is no way back!

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  3. Sometimes the classic style is best.

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    1. I think so! I'll try to keep that approach in the ongoing stages of the project :D

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  4. I still favor the classic colors as well. I like how yours have turned out, very pleasing to the eyes...

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    1. Thanks! The minis themselves are easy, as there are very few colours involved. Let's see how I manage the whole Hybrids stuff!

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  5. These look great!

    I'm trying to motivate myself to paint up the very same lot of genestealers myself - and in the same classic colours!

    Worse than simply buying a game for myself and putting it in storage, I bought if for my son's birthday two years ago and promised him we'd paint the minis together and play it.... Two years ago... I has started painting them two years ago, but damn they have a lot of detail and other projects and... well, I dug it all out in December and swore I'd have them done before two years had past, and a month after his birthday they're STILL not done!?

    I found the genestealers a bit "tippy" so I bought a bunch of the new Necromunda bases and started gluing them to those.

    I don't even want to THINK about those Terminators just yet!

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    1. Haha, I know how you feel! In my case painting them all in a row helped me. Painting them one by one or in small groups would have driven me crazy. The Necromunda bases is actually a good idea! I simply painted these just as they were, but I had your same concerns, haha!

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  6. dios... menuda entrada!! :D
    me encanta como te han quedado
    Muy buenos!!

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Bueno, los he ido haciendo poco a poco a ratos muertos entre otros proyectos. Ahora me tengo que poner en serio con el Overkill, ¡glups!

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  7. Fantastic. I love the classic colour scheme you went for as well it stands out brilliantly.

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    1. Thank you! These colours still work 30 years later. Not a thing you can say about every mini!

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  8. Classic is good both in terms of paint and poses. :)

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    1. It is! In this case it is, which speaks much of the design of the minis itself and how the original colours have been struck in our minds for all these years!

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  9. Top stuff! I love genestealers! For me Space Hulk was where I learned about the universe so stealers vs Terminators are iconic! I’ve just restarted my genestealers cult too!

    Classic colours are definitely best!

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    1. Thank you! They have quite an appeal, I have to say. I've enjoyed going classic with them, I think it was the best option in the end. Now the Cult must grow!

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    1. Thanks! I'm already painting the Overkill Cult, so more minis incoming son! :)

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  11. I have to be honest, GW outdid themselves on these sculpts and you did a wonderful job painting them.

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    1. These minis are terrific, I cannot say otherwise. Thank you, but I wasn't original at all! Just went faily classic, hehe :D

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