Thursday, 28 June 2018

Some old looking fantasy flavour

Yet time for another change! As the title suggests, we'll have some oldschool looking fantasy minis today. They all come from Knightmare Miniatures, and you'll see why I fell in love with each one of them as soon as I saw these beauties.

First one is this Goblin Warlord:

Nothing says 'Kev Adams' as a glorious Greenskin
 Charming little guy. I'm resisting the urge to collect a full Goblin army now!! (Focus... breathe... that is... there, there...)

OK, more stuff! Some Chaos Knights. I would have bought the whole range, but I passed the sanity roll and managed to restrain myself to just these. I particularly love the first one:

Awful light, it really looks way more rotten in person. I lack any ability to take decent pics
But also wanted to try something different...

'What do you mean by 'beetle'?
I finally broke my mental block and dared to paint a Chaos knight in colours different than bare metal or black. Still struggling with myself, but the first step is taken!

Long path to walk yet though...
Finally, I also put my brushes on this terrifying sorcerer/cult leader/sacrifice guy:

Kali Maaaa!
They all have been painted using short empty moments, so they've taken me some more time than expected. Pics don't do them justice, I'm afraid, but I'm painting only by night, so I cannot take pics in the daylight.
Anyway, I might be painting at a slow pace, but I'm not idle! I'll try to keep on updating the blog with whatever new project gets into my way! :D

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Furry Family of Twilight

Behind this unexpected (and maybe a little bit unsettling) title you are about to see more minis from the World of Twilight ranges. They are quite away from the regular lizard like (and even mammal like) minis I've painted before. I love them, as they have a pretty distinctive look. Cheesy and fun, I simply find them awesome.

A monstrous chicken? A yeti hybrid?
Beware the evil El Pollo Diablo!
 There is something hilarious about them that makes them so cute. It was quite a challenge to choose the proper colours. A cold palette doesn't suit this kind of big, furry beast, it would only look like the chicken cousin of Monsters Inc. Sulley:

Hey, I have familiy too!
I went for warm colours. Less plush toy, more animal looking. The chicken thing was so evident that I felt that emphasising it was the right thing to do...

The chicken that terrifies foxes
For the yeti's sake, woman, I told you that Tod the fox was just coming over for a beer at home!
But he's a bad influence for the nestlings!
Aren't they lovely?

The whole Yartain family. I've seen weirder family pics
As always, I find the World of Twilight ranges refreshing and different, a pure pleasure to paint. These are even different from the usual Twilight minis, so that's a plus!

I'm having quite busy weeks (and will be this way for a while), but I'll make my best to keep the blog updated. More silly stuff coming soon(-ish)!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Cult breeding pits

I've lost track of at which point expressions such as 'crazy lunatic' or 'deranged madman' lost their connotation and became just descriptive when applied to me. Never mind. The case is that I had to give some continuity to the Genesteraler Cult catacombs project, which at the moment only counted with a single room. I wanted to put the Hobbit core box scenery to an use, so I designed a room in which I could use all of it. Yes, that's right. All the wooden platforms. Yes, I'm that crazy, didn't you read the beginning of the post?

So I built this monster with foam board and a kilo of Das clay. Yes, once again you read it right.

You don't see a thing. I understand
Just from the other side
I hope you will see it better with some additional work on it...

The sand on the floor was a terrible pain in... well, in everywhere
Those are supposed to be caverns open to the main hall. You will eventually see what I mean
Yes, I could have used papier mache for the same purpose, but I only thought of that after using 1 Kg. of Das. I regret nothing.

Well, let's have a look at those wooden platforms.

They are cool. I could definitely use more of these
Preliminary display:

First floor of the main structure
And basic shape of the second floor too
The same from the other side
Of course what you have seen by now is the result of several weeks of intermitent work, so at this point I was kind of fed up with all this and wanted to move on new stuff (as always). So I didn't add an overwhelming amount of details. I'm keeping the cave dirty and feral:

Some wiring and a couple of bits here and there
On the whole I think it works
I've added a couple of electric lights, but I think I could add some torches or something like that.

Wires add a visual sense of dirt and chaos, but I guess it's going to be challenging gaming wise....
You know, Operation game, 40K Edition
I would have liked to paint some blaspheme Genestealer Cult iconography on the walls, but the idea came too late, and at that moment it was impossible for me to reach the walls with a brush. I'm keeping the idea for future rooms though.

So the dungeon has two rooms now!

I foresee storage issues with these
The idea of verticality is tempting, I have to think about it for future rooms. I find it fun seeing this giant, shambling structure. For gaming purposes I think this cave will be the breeding pits, the place where the Cult nurtures all the creatures that must not be seen openly on the surface and where they dwell until the moment for the rebellion to come. I guess the rules for this room could be rolling dice each turn to determine from which cavern will the Hybrids emerge to attack their invading enemies, something like that.

Anyway, the important fact is that I can consider this done (apart from those torches or other tiny details) and I can move on more stuff!!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Not exactly light luggage

I was in the right mood for another big beast in the World of Twilight project. That involves flashy colours and striking combinations of different patterns. I still had schemes to test, so it was time to see if they worked...

Let's try yellow this time
I wanted to try a little bit more elaborate pattern on the travelling blanket (in previous attempts on other minis I left it just in a single plain colour; now it feels kind of dull). So I came to this:

Just on the edge of causing epilepsy
I wanted it to be colourful, like all the minis in this project, as lavish as I could, but keeping in mind that this one is a traveller, a merchant, so it couldn't look like royalty.

Lots of things can be done though
This was the final result:

Not exactly light lugagge, but comfly for long range merchant routes
You'll eventually experience some haemorrhoids problems, but you can travel with proper liniment for that
The road goes ever on and on... No, wait, that was another bloke's song
So this is it. I still haven't decided what to paint next. I'm working on a couple of other projects at the same time, so I hope you will see painted stuff soon (-ish)...