Monday, 9 August 2021

Alienation

 Coming back to this game from this post (April?? Seriously? Man , I have a problem). I have painted the Aliens, which seemed the easiest way to move forward on this project. Sure, thery were a lot (my pal's game and my own), but they are the easiest to paint, compared to the rest of the minis.

I'm showing the basic steps I took. I'm using the Drones as an example for my technique.

I have an issue with those tails

The minis are great. The sculpt is wonderful and are pretty nicely casted. BUT the tails are quite a pain in the ass. They come separated, so you have to glue them. No need to say it's a tricky thing, having just one single, tiny anchor point. Besides, the tails I was provided with were as you see above, quite unrolled. A couple of attempts of bending a tail with hot water ended in broken pieces, so I didn't insist and glued them as they were. As you can see, the effect is... well, odd.

Whatever, I'll show you the thre easy steps to paint these.

Black priming (Oh, you don't say)

Highlights using Boltgun Metal (or whatever it's called nowadays)

A final generous wash of Nuln Oil, but the glossy variant

 This was quite a random discovery. I had never used Nuln before, and I was curious about it. But I made a mistake when I got it, and bought the glossy one. I wasn't satisfied, but then this project popped up and I knew these minis were perfect. I mean, the metallic highlights were not enough, but a gloss varnish would have been too much. However, this Nuln thing has quite an oily finish that is simply fantastic for the Aliens.

My pal got some 3D printed bases. At first I thought of wonderful Sulaco bases by Fenris Games, but Brexit issues and stuff made it quite... unadvisable. Fuck Brexit.

So my pal provided me all the bases we both were needing for the whole game. I left any other thing I was doing and painted them. Trust me, quite a tedious, repetitive  thing to do (and it means something coming from me; remember, I'm the guy who painted three Firefly games at a time, for example: Part 1 Part 2). Here you can make an idea of the size of this project.


OK, that's easy, isn't it? Just prime and ink them...

 Well, not exactly. You know me. Please look closer...

32, 40 and 80mm bases

Of course they all have hazard stripes, warning signs (generic warning, high tension or flammable signs) and the pipes underneath are coloured in red, green or yellow, so they have that industrial vibe from the movies. Once again the Nuln Oil proved to be great, I like that oily effect on the floors.

So just to complete the WIP pics series

 There are three kind of basic Aliens:

Drones, Warriors, Stalkers

 My pal's and mines:

Drones

Warriors

Stalkers

Once again you can confirm I cannot take decent pics for the sake of my life. Take my word, the minis in the group pics are just the same than in the individual examples you've just seen.

Sigh.

The special features:

The Royal Guard

Predalien

Crusher (that's a 80mm base!)

Of course, the Queen

 These are the two hives combined:

Buuuugs! Ehm, oops, that's from another movie

These are not all the Aliens in the project, but certainly most of them. I have a few more, but they are special minis from the Kickstarter campaign or stuff like that, i.e., minis with their own bases. I only painted those which needed these 3D printed ones. I think I'll leave those special ones for the end and I'll be painting the basic models, both the Predators and the Colonial Marines. I hope I can show them anytime soon!

24 comments:

  1. Pues están quedado muy bien, el nuln oil brillante va muy bien para dar toques brillantes al metal, yo lo usé en el mandaloriano, el otro nuln oil va bien para todo lo demás :)

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    1. Gracias, la verdad es que ha sido un descubrimiento. Aunque se me ha ido ya más de medio bote con la tontería, jaja

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  2. Wooooa! Looking more than great! Need some Xenomorphs for my Alien project too!

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    1. Thanks! These are really sweet (tail issues apart). If you can get a few of these I think you won't be dissapointed.

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  3. Excellent work on all Suber, the glossy effect has worked really well on both the base and model.

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    1. Thank you! It was quite a discovery. I like that it's not too glossy. The pics are awful, but I can assure they look close enough to the movies!

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  4. Love the look you've achieved with the gloss, and all of them look fantastic. The bases are excellent.

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy with the Nuln Oil thing, specially considering I originally bought it hoping to get a different result in my mind and then discovering I had the best product I could find for this other particular project. Serendipity!

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  5. Pufff. Tengo que ponerme yo con los míos. Me copiaré claramente de ti. Menudos bichos

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    1. De verdad que es sencillísimo, me ha permitido avanzar muy rápido. Tenemos que hablar seriamente de este juego. ¡Y otros muchos!

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  6. It's quite a surprising way of painting them, but it works really well. I like them. (By the way, I found a few plastic RT ork bodies. If ever you want them, let me know!)

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    1. It's the laziest, quickest way I could find! So it totally works for me! :D
      Thanks for the offer! I think I have that part covered, but I'll have a look at what I have and let you know. Thank you!

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  7. Mate! I’ve been away for a while but now I’m back and this is the first blog post I have read…

    I’m so pleased I did because these are awesome! They look amazing! I’m definitely stealing your technique for all the Aliens I’ve got left to paint up!

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    1. Welcome back again and thank you! These have no mystery at all, it's just a very quick way to get them painted and move forward onto more stuff. Oh, I'd love to see what you can do with some Aliens :)

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  8. Great looking fast and dirty aliens, I have just bought something from Spain which I have also found to be inadvisable, so I totally agree with your Brexit view!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you! I don't really want to talk about politics, but I guess you are taking it worse than us. Let's hope there's a way to solve the citizen's daily issues! All the best!

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  9. I’ve recently been interested in what the gloss versions could do. Thanks for showing me! These look great. Awesome job getting all this done!!

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    1. Thank you! I had never used the product before, and I have to say it was exactly what I was looking for -even if I didn't know it!

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  10. Madre mía qué locura..., en ocasiones una única entrada tuya, equivale a un proyecto mío que me ocuparía varias semanas de trabajo.

    Y encima doble trabajo, que te has currado las peanas de GW para las minis. Todo un acierto, quedan muy bien integradas y evocan perfectamente un carguero, un asentamiento perdido en el espacio, etc...

    Gran trabajo, pero conociéndonos, seguro que falta algo ahí..., ¿un tablero, una Nosotromo, un mundo Alíen...?, jajaja.

    Espero ver pronto esas minis en una partida

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    1. ¡Jaja, gracias! No me animes, no me animes...

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  11. They look great, Suber! Makes me want to watch Aliens again.

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    1. Thanks! Who doesn't want to watch Aliens again??

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  12. The Aliens look really good Suber. I am thinking a light bluish green wash as an added effect? Or not cause they look good as they are :)

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    1. I thought of that! Some blue wash. I may still do it! Thanks for confirming it was not such a crazy idea after all!

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