Sunday, 27 December 2020

Merrogue Christmas!

 I know, I know, I'm late to Christmas, but never late than never. Merry belated Christmas everyone out there!

I guess this will most likely be the last post this year, so I wanted to wish you all the best for this dreadful 2021. May Grandfather Nurgle grant you safe pass among illnesses, may Tzeentch make you stronger through change, may Kh... [Message aborted by the Holy Inquisition of Terra. Emperor protects. Keep on, citizen, do not stay apart from your device, you will briefly receive the visit of one or more members of the Holy Ordos. Please cooperate].

No, seriously. Let's hope things go better. I want to keep on tracking your blogs and reading your comments here. Best way to know you all are safe and in the right mood for hobby issues.

I'm closing this year with some Rogue Trader era minis, which are always fun for me to paint. I had these for ages waiting for a lick of paint, so it was about time.

First of all this old Psyker.

His headaches are really terrible

I knew I had to paint him gaudy and flamboyant, but I didn't want to go too far, too 'circus', if you know what I mean. There's a difference between this and a Harlequin. I was tempted to do some embroidery or some more refined patterns, but in the end I think it works this way.

Next one, a Bounty Hunter:

Full urban camo
My inspiration for this one came from some kind of Blade Runner ambientation. I would cite Cyberpunk, but I don't think it's the right time to mention that name :D
I wanted him to dress in vibrant colours, to fit in a neon lights saturated hive. Something in between Blade Runner and Altered Carbon. I used modern Imperial Guard arms, which fitted in better than expected.

A Naismith pirate. The most difficult mini to photograph ever.

Squatting pirate!
 
As opposite to the others, I thought this one was asking for a more functional approach. I saw a lowlife hired muscle thug, a guy just worried about daily survival, with little concessions to luxury, so I kept it pretty simple, the only exception being the yellow sunglasses, which looked like a fun touch to me :)

I can say quite similar things about the two other minis of this batch. They are essentialy the same base sculpt repurposed; again, they scream 'functional' to me. The sort of guys you don't mess up with. Simple badasses.

Remember those days when Warhammer was not that over the top?
 
The factions of the man are ambiguous enough to allow some experiments with skin tones, which I found interesting. I opted for dark colours for the clothes, but I went totally opposite for the other one:

Man, it's not safe to lick your chainsword!
 
As said, it's the same basic sculpt, with different head and weapons. That's why I used a totally different palette, to help to differentiate both as much as possible.

They all make nice dwellers of any overpopulated underhive or a forgotten frontier mining town on the Eastern Front:

Last touch of colour for 2020
 
I'm digging up a lot of old stuff these days. That, alongside an amazing lot of minis of old I received recently, will be enough to keep me busy for some time! I think I will use this kind of minis to take some fresh air and keep me focused on the larger projects. But that will be next year!

Have a nice end of 2020 (as much as life allows you), keep safe and all the best for 2021! See you around the corner. Happy new year!!

18 comments:

  1. Great work on those old minis, the unusual color choices bring them together. I sure don't see that chainsword guy often!

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    1. Thank you! It isn't that easy to do something different on such a treaded path, but I think there are still some ways to make them look fresh.
      About the chainsword man, I've always found fun to spot these similar-yet-different minis from the RT era. When you look close you can certainly say that two minis are nearly clones, but from a distance they really look like different. It was quite a clever use of the original dolls -and I guess it made production cheaper!

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  2. Awesome work again!
    Wish you a great 2020!

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    1. Thank you, Michal! Happy 2021 to you!
      (I'm not quite sure if I'd want to relive 2020 again!) :D

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  3. Some of my favourite RT minis right here! The space pirates might be hunched and gnarled, but they are so characterful. Love those striped leggings on the psyker.

    Happy New Year - here's to a better 2021!

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    1. Right, they have their own kind of charm, don't they? I'm currently working on a few more and I'm enjoying them all!

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  4. Feliz Navidad, Suber. También algo tarde, la verdad... ¡Pero algo es algo!

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    1. Feliz Navidad para ti también. Con intereses de demora.
      ¡A ver cómo se da 2021!

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  5. Happy somewhat belated Christmas! Nice colour scheme on those guys. I think I've got one of those flamboyant psykers somewhere. I particularly like the bounty hunter: I remember him from the very old days!

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    1. Thank you! They are quite a blast from the past! They gave me some thoughts on how miniature design & production have evolved :D

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  6. What a great bunch of vintage characters! I love the vibrant colors and contrast you used here. Interestingly, Citadel's use of "stock" torsos and legs with wildly varied additions to make unique figures was discussed recently on Oldenhammer in Toronto, where he posted some really nice old figures of this type.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I'm a huge fan of Matt's work, his recent RT mercs have been definitely inspirational. He posted some examples of this, I find it quite an interesting concept, from a designing point of view.

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  7. Splendid looking old school Rogue trader types! Happy new year!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you! I'm working on a few more minis from the same bunch, but right after those I'm most definitely painting some of yours :)
      Happy new year, all the best!

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  8. Feliz navidad, y que minis más chulas, yo ahora por desgracia no puedo pintar apenas, espero que el año que viene sea mucho mejor que el final de este.

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    1. ¡Gracias, igualmente! Las rachas van y vienen, así es esto. ¡Ánimo y espero que 2021 salga bien!

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  9. A good end I say ... and so sorry that this wish comes so late ... a belated Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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    1. Thank you very much and the same to you! Best wishes for you and your beloved ones :)

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