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!

14 comments:

  1. WoooooW! What a great looking squad my friend!

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    1. Thank you! They are beginning to look like a proper squad!

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  2. Holy freakin' awesome sauce!
    Those look great Suber. Just in time for Kill Team too!

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    1. Thanks! That's my temptation nowadays ;)

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  3. Really great work, creativity and skill in equal measure :) Great stuff dude.

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    1. Thank you very much! It's a fun, crazy project, I cannot but go on!

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  4. These look absolutely great mate! I love them

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    1. Thank you! They are beginning to develop a personality of their own, I find it interesting finding it out as I convert and paint :)

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  5. Stunning looking unit, awesome individuals!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you! It's an interesting, fun process, just to see how you can make them look unique yet coherent. Pretty enjoyable!

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  6. Great work Suber ... you've made them unique and did fantastic paint work on them!

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    1. Thank you! It’s my humble attempt of doing something different and bringing cultural diversity to the aesthetics of the minis. Glad you like them!

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