A short project today, kind of a palette cleanser before I get back to larger stuff.
I was a proud backer of Curis' Röknauts Kickstarter, which has brought Squats back to the front line in the most classic way imaginable. It is funny, I never was a big fan of Squats back in the day, and never collected them. But there was something in these minis that called my attention so bad that I had no real decision to make, I really wanted a bunch of Space Dwarfs.
|Official photo shamelessly stolen from the KS web|
In terms of design they are somewhere past the Rogue Trader days and into the Red Era vibe, and maybe that's what caught my eye, as I feel quite comfortable with that stuff. Of course I wanted them to look in that fashion, so no dull colours nor earthy tones. 90's glory FTW!
The thing is that I got so excited that I forgot to take pics of the main part of the painting process!
Of course there was no point in even trying to mimic Curis' paintjob or emulate his skills, so I chose my own path. I primed them white (bold move!) and chose white for the armour and a light turquoise for the flak vest.
|I first remembered to take pics when I had gone this far|
White can be challenging! The shade is a mix of Ice Blue and Grey, and there are kind of seven to a thousand layers of increasing white to the mix in order to get a convincing 'false white'. Of course the pics are burnt and nothing can be seen, but I have inner peace, and that's all that counts.
|I had to do the bases before I glued the minis on them!|
I guess you can immediately see the problem with these. They are too white! Too empty! My horror vacui didn't allow me to leave them so immaculate. So how could I make them look like the vertically challenged space Vikings they are supposed to be?
|Easy. By painting fake Viking stuff|
|I wanted that to be a crow's head and a symbolic lightning or something. Depending on the viewer it can be an eagle or maybe a monitor lizard. Still uncertain|
|I don't know a thing about runes. Lagu Ingwaz. They live next to a lake or something. Hence the turquoise|
If you are wondering, yes, of course I'm making this up as I paint.
|So this is taking shape|
I didn't want to repeat the animal theme on the other half of the helmet, so I tried a different approach:
|Yellow... stain. Not particularly taking risks, I'd say|
|Oh. But why. Why am I doing this to myself|
|Biggs Darklighter called. He wants his spare helmets back|
I don't think I've ever highlighted such small checkers before, but it's not Oldhammer without them, it is law!
So here you have them finished!
|The Röknauts rock!|
|The tattoo on the temple was also unnecessary. But you know. It was a little necessary|
How do these fellas scale up with other minis?
|Alongside the Universal Unit of Measurement|
|That Commissar is looking at them with some eagerness|
|Oh, even the Bombots are taller!!|
Who would have said that I would start collecting Squats at my age! Yet here they are. I believe they are a one-shot project, at least for now. Future will tell, but now I still have many more projects calling for my attention. I hope I'll be showing some of them soon!