Sunday, 9 May 2021

I painted half a mini

 ... 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
Agrax it! Deeply!
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?




24 comments:

  1. Firstly a great looking print, that totally embodies the troopers of Krieg. Your painting of the bust certainly does it justice Suber, and all the extra details just add more levels to the piece.
    Can fully understand the desire to get an army of these guys as the Forgeworld models are gorgeous

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    1. Thanks, I firmly believe that Krieg buddies have a particular charm. Their WWI aesthetics and whole vibe are enormously powerful. ForgeWorld minis are pure love, I do need a fistful of them!!

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  2. Brilliant work Suber ... and the meme had me laughing, poor bastards indeed :)

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    1. Thanks! Oh, Krieg memes are hilarious. That's what I mean, they are tragic yet not sad, over the top but in a cheesy way, I love them :D

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  3. Ha! Great title!
    And the mini looking awesome!

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    1. Haha, thanks! Still looking for the rest of the mini!

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  4. Oh man,that is fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! My very first bust, I was kind of scared, but in the end I enjoyed it a lot!

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  5. Oh yeah, this IS exceptional!
    Busts are lots of fun to paint and you did great work on Mr Cannon Fodder 😁

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    1. Thank you! It's been a refreshing experience, a nice thing to do :D

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  6. That is beautiful work Suber! Very nice indeed.

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    1. Thank you! Kind of uncharted seas to me, but it's been a rewarding experience, so I'm happy :)

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  7. Splendid looking bust! They're a great if slightly mournful 40k regiment!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! You are right, but I think that what makes it work is precisely that not even GW ever tried to take them seriously, and that's sort of a RT approach; I guess that's what make them so appealing to me :D

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  8. Y el resto de la mini? :D

    Muy buen trabajo, si señor.

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    1. ¡Aaargh! ¡Las piernas! ¿Dónde están las piernas? D:

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  9. That bust looks lovely. Great job Suber!

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    1. Thank you! A new experience, it's been quite a fun mini to do :)

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  10. Wow, very cool. Would love to have this in the glass cabinet!

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    1. When I first saw the 3D print I fell in love, I needed one! I'm happy with it, but seriously, I feel the urge to buy Forge World minis! I... must... resist...

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  11. Great paintjob, check!

    Spicy 40K memes, check!

    This post pleases the Emperor. Great job on the bust, you gave it enough colour variations and contrast to be interesting without losing the dark in "grimdark" 😁

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    1. Haha, thanks! I had a rough time trying to settle on a palette, but I finally opted for the classic blue-grey for the longcoat, which in the end worked fine. Still struggling not to get a whole company from Forge World!

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  12. Lovely stuff Suber! Must be quite daunting starting a larger scale bust but it looks amazing! Love the Death Korps too!

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    1. Thank you! It is challenging indeed and gives you the shivers! I paid the bust enough attention to give it the level of detail I should put on a 28mm mini :D
      At least it should mean I learnt how to paint my regular minis! :D

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