Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Space Maori tatoo parlor

I've been working on more Carcharodons these days, so I can show you more finished stuff. The first one is most likely the easiest conversion of all, this being the starting point:

The Wolverine 40K Edition
The menacing pose works, so I just had to do some arrangements...

Essentially the same
The spiky claws work fine on Space Sharks, so I left them. Then I tried to give the mini some cultural flavour. The pose calls for a bare head. I tried to sculpt a tongue sticking out, in the Maori style, but I simply couldn't do it. Too small. So the man screaming will have to do. I sculpted some hair and turned the blood drops shaped gems into Maori hei toki, the traditional jade pendants.
When it came to colours, I knew for sure that I had to paint some facial tatoos and not only honour markings on the armour.

Free hugs
A little bit tricky, but it works at a distance!

But also has scary patterns on those hands

Let's go for another pal. This is the original model:

Could you tell me the time, please?
Well, this time I tried something different, yet keeping the pokey pokey idea.

I defeated the Swordmaster of Melee Islandtm
This one is the most Imperial-ish looking guy so far, with all those eagles and stuff. I didn't want to take them apart, as I do like the Aquila and it's clearly a distinctive feature. But he needed some Maori flavour...

He looks angry
But this is not all. I made a third one! I started with this:

It wasn't me! It was him!
Hmm. I kept that raised shoulder, but changed the interpretation of the mini:

I couldn't find another gun
It looks better with some paint on it
Once again I had to rely on the brushwork to give him the touch
I thought the facial tatoo pattern on the helmet could work, and I'm quite happy with the concept. I will repeat the idea on future minis.

So the Veteran Squad has six members now:

Ooops. I apparently need to do some additional work on those bases for coherence
Well, this is starting to look like something! Yet more to come!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

I've fallen into Shadespire too

I'm afraid that's right. A friend got the game, we played it... and I liked it! Can you believe that? Yeah, I'm shocked too, but it happened.

Anyway, my pal commissioned me to convert & paint his minis. I've just finished the first warband, the Sigmarite whatevertheirnameis. The instructions I received were more or less to make them look like Knights of the White Wolf, but under this AoS prism. That's good, for I can still paint new AoS minis and present them on a oldschool blog :D

Well, let's get into bussiness. First thing I had to do was getting rid of all those lions and transform them into wolves.

Or Paw Patrol characters, whatever I could get
Great. Now you're singing Paw Patrol too
Of course Knights of the White Wolf wear fur cloaks
Don't worry, PETA, no animals were harmed during the production of these minis
Well, yes, the three of them needed cloaks
Now for additional details. The shield. That large shield with a hammer. Nope. I had this banner in mind...

Oldschool enough?
So I tried this...

Yes, 'tried' is the key word
And kept trying...
At least it looks like a nightmarish Blanche design
This will have to work
In the end this is what I got for the boss.

That's a converted Thunder Hammer from the Grey Knights Terminator kit
 About the other two guys, I was certainly determined to not use the original masks, but bare heads. Wonderful Statuesque Miniatures provided me the solution I needed...

That's an old Sisters of Sigmar shield from Mordheim
And that's a synthetic fur cloak
WHFB Empire head. Suspiciously resembling Chuck Norris
In his stylish fake cloak
So this is the conversion work:

The same yet not the same
Now to the brushes! Knights of the White Wolf means metal and red...

... so let's stick to that idea
You better make this idea work
Meh, I wanted to look like Chuck Norris
Checkers. You can do whatever you please as long as you paint checkers
Let's see the final result:

Is that... Is taht a decent pic?
Yay, look at my shield
Your shield? That was meant for me!
Now I have a hammer which is bigger than my shield!
You call taht a hammer? This is a hammer.
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Age of Sigmar version
Don't forget the wolf fur cloacks
Well, so this is my first step into Shadespire. I of course still have to convert and paint the other warband. But that's not all! In fact I have to confess that I liked the game. I liked it so much... that I've bought it too. So damn right, I will have to convert and paint another full set of the thing.
Do I have a problem, doctor?

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Don't paint on the walls!

Back again to the Genestealer Cult and their underground complex. After a couple of rooms I thought I needed some corridors. So I made these with foamcore and Das clay:

You may not understand a thing of what's going on here. Let me explain...
I will have some short sections...
...long sections...
...and turning sections
I kept the idea of an old mine, or at least corridors excavated in the living rock. But I brought an idea I wasn't able to try on the breeding pits, I made some wall paintings. I explored the idea of some kind of ancient language, something past from generation to generation and that now has become part of the Cult legacy. Not pretty sure of where the inspiration came from, but I wanted it to look not-Latin alphabet, that's for sure.

That's not Gothic! Heresy!
Who wrote that nonsense here?
Hmmm, that looks suspicious...
Of course I painted them before assembling the whole thing. But when everything had dried and I tried to glue the other walls, I noticed the Das clay had cured and kind of shrinked, so I experienced some warp problems on those walls that were attached to the floor with the clay:

OK, I want the corridors to look claustrophobic... but not this way!
So I had to add some supplementary pieces to make it go back to verticality:

Not that bad solution in the end
Now you can see the problem. The walls are too high!
It's going to be challenging to move the minis there
I should have measured better before. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of the corridors looking narrow and suffocating, as any Space Hulk-like board should be, really claustrophobic. But gaming wise it's going to be... interesting. At least the Space Marine player will feel the anguish of narrow places, I guess!

My dungeon so far
In a Space Hulk fashion

This is absurdly narrow! Nuke it! Nuke it!
Well, of course I'm going to need a ton of corridors, but these were the first experiment and I think they serve their purpose. I may make next slightly lower for gaming purposes, but I'm still undecided. For the moment I can say the Genestealer Cult has a place where to live in!