13/03/2022

Not-Imperial Guard new Leadership

 I understand today's title is confusing and misleading. Well, as it is the whole blog, so you should be used to by now.

I backed the first Astropolis Kickstarter campaign (man, it really was in 2016?? Oh my) and apparently I've neglected my duties for some time...

OK, better late than never, I'm starting this batch right now. I'll be painting packs of more or less similar minis, little by little. I guess in pairs or small groups. First two will be the Captain of the Astropolis and the First Officer. Though those are the official names of the minis, I got quite particular vibes from both of them...

When I saw the Captain I didn't envision a naval officer in charge of a space ship. On the contrary, the pose, the uniform, the riding whip... I only could see an early 20th Century Cavalry officer! With that idea in mind, I went that way:

Quite awful pic. Why are the boots focused and the face blurry?

This is absurd. The rear view looks better than the other one. Sigh
 
I guess I can use the mini as an Officer of the Imperial Guard, but of course he's in need of either a cyber-horse (or a masked horse like the Krieg ones) or a command tank. Wow. That will be a decision for another day.
 
Let's move on the other mini, the First Officer. Come on, face it, it's plainly a Commissar of the Imperial Guard!

Again, my phone camera thinks the boots are more important than the face

It is a Commissar, there's no point in saying otherwise
 
Not that I'm really in need of any more Commissars, you know...

My own army of Commissars
 
Well, let's just see the two minis along:

I hate to ask this, but... do we even have an Imperial Guard army to lead?
 
Ahem. In fact I currently don't. I used to have one, but I sold it ages ago.

Maybe is it time to start a new one?
 
Oh, crap.

30 comments:

  1. Love the Imperials!

    The Imperial officer has bucketloads of character!

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    1. Thank you! Right, he is asking for a regiment of guardsmen to sacrifice themselves in a suicide charge, doesn't he? :D

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  2. Great painting Suber, agree the second one screams Commissar, but notice you don't have a female one in the group shot ! LOL Some interesting models to come by the look of it, and certainly a start to a new Imperial guard army, unless of course you paint them in ork colours, and have them as Human conscripts, but then that is going real old school, back to Rogue Trader.

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    1. Haha, thank you! Oh, but I have! Believe or not, she's the one on the right of the pic, the modern model!
      You can see her better here: https://oldschoolworkshop.blogspot.com/2019/09/commissars-of-yore.html
      Ohhh, Human conscripts for an Ork army... ohhh, tempting...

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    2. Very nice Suber, and can see what you mean about the size differential

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  3. > Why are the boots focused and the face blurry?

    Miniature photography in a nutshell ūü§¶‍♂️. These guys are great! They definitely fit into the Imperium, or the not-Imperium as the case may be. I love the combination of cyber eye and Prussian moustache on the Captain.

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    1. Thanks! The officer is quite a model, it was a real joy to paint, which is fun considering it's mostly a monochrome paintjob in a kind of dull scheme.

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    2. While his uniform is army green... I think that the gold frogging really gives a dramatic look. The end result is quite striking.

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  4. Wooooow! Always love commissars models!
    Looking great!

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    1. Thanks! Oh, who doesn't love Commisars?? Ehm... well, no need to answer, ahem.

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  5. Great work! I love the captain.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed the mini more than anticipated, I'm quite happy, though I'm not sure how to fit that model in my future IG army :D

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  6. Excellent! Looking forward to the rest of the army! :)

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    1. Thank you! I don't know when will I start the army, I think I'm doing the whole Astropolis KS before and them we'll see what happens!

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  7. Great minis and painting, they both have bags of character! And I feel your pain when taking photos of them...

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    1. Thank you! Oh, taking pics is quite a bummer :S

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  8. Am in love with those sculpts and your painting has given them even more character!

    Second post where your phone camera focuses in on feet. Maybe it has a fetish? LOL

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    1. Thanks! Hahaha, oh my, you may know things about me I didn't even know!! My subconscious might have betrayed me... :D

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  9. Love that officer mini, particularly with the eye piece and moustache. Great choice of colors too. No wonder you want to create a whole army now!

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    1. Thank you! I've been thinking of re-starting an Imperial Guard army for ages, maybe the time is coming...

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  10. Really like those. Are the soldiers Astropolis as well?

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    1. Thanks! Oh, no, those are Rogue Trader plastic Imperial Guards! I've got them in their box for ages untold. I really need to put my hands on them!

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  11. Very nice models! I totally sympathise with you about the camera issues. I'm sure I've got a couple of Astropolis models knocking around somewhere - they're really good sculpts. Perhaps it is time to build that Guard army...

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    1. Oh, I bet you can do pretty nice things with the Astropolis ranges! Go paint them!

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  12. Te han quedado muy bien, y que envidia al ver que tienes guardia imperial de la vieja vieja :O

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    1. Gracias, jeje, los tengo desde hace la tira a√Īos ah√≠ acumulando polvo. Tengo muchos proyectos antes, pero cualquier d√≠a me da el arrebato ;)

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  13. It's a great looking pair of minis Suber. On the issue of the focused boots yet unfocused face ... I guess this is always an issue with macro shots. One way to reduce this effect is by using the smallest aperture you can get away with, without compromising your macro shot. Reducing the aperture of your camera will increase your depth of field, thus get more things into focus. It's always a balance between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I really need to learn to deal with these issues!

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  14. A splendid pair of Imperial guard leaders, lovely finish!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure of when will I start the army itself, but I'm really looking forward to!

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