... well, sort of. At least the upper half of a mini :P
Death Korps of Krieg is everyone's favourite. Period. They are kind of the absolute essence of WH40K. They have a tragic background, lots of suffering and attrition... yet they embrace the full cheesy grimdark vibe that made 40K what it is (or what it was), without falling in the excesses of modern editions. I mean, they don't have the kind of ridiculous bullshit background by Matt Ward, that kind of stuff so over the top that makes you laugh when it was supposed to be epic.
The Death Korps of Krieg are obviously ridiculous over the top, but not in the same way. They have that kind of tragic setting that embodies the Dark Millenium, but their whole spirit of sacrifice and abnegation take deep roots in the Rogue Trader times of exaggerated black humour about... well, about everything. I mean, do you remember that time when the enemy surrendered yet they kept on bombarding the rebel hive for five years, though there had not been traces of life after three years? Yup, that's Krieg.
I'm digressing and I haven't even started. Let's talk about minis. I got this 3D printed Krieg bust thanks to a friend. It is glorious:
|Love at first sight|
This was my first bust ever, so I was kind of scared of working at this unexplored scale. But hey, I got into Krieg mood...
I had painted Krieg before, a commission for a friend. But that was long ago; in fact even before I started the blog, so I haven't ever shown them. Anyway, I fell in love with them and I've been toying with the idea of starting a force for myself since then.
Until that moment comes, I have eased my spirit with the bust. First thing was, obviously, base colours:
|The damn thing is big|
|Ahh, even smells like trench...|
I know I should have started with the longcoat, but I painted leather straps instead. No explanation. The Emperor demanded.
|Gas mask too|
|Then the details on the visor and the rad meter (or whatever that thing is!)|
|Highlights on the coat, shoulderpads and helmet|
I wasn't sure of how to paint the numbers on the shoulderpad. Official sources depict only the Regiment number, and that was my final decision too, but I had some ideas of making my life more complicated, stating Regiment, Company and Platoon. You know, that stuff. In the end less is more.
|The impact makes the third number unreadable. We will never know!|
|Yeah, I first painted the numebrs grey and then made the inner part in white. Krieg masochism|
|Pretty close to the end|
I may look for a better base, but for now this one works:
So what can I say? I finally put the kind of attention I should put on a 28mm mini! But on a bust! :D
I've found the experience interesting, I've enjoyed it a lot, especially considering this scale was a first time for me. Now I have to struggle with myself just to not immediately go to Forge World web and get a whole Krieg army. I mean, in these times of pandemics it doesn't hurt to have a nice, reliable mask, does it?