24/07/2022

Trade is trade

 Final installment in the Astropolis project! While most of the minis in this kickstarter are mechanics or tech support of some kind (except the minis I used as Imperial Guard), these others have quite a different look. The first two are labeled as 'merchants'. Honestly, I think that if I had painted them red and added a Machina Opus or whatever, I could have made them pass as Mechanicus Adepts. But at the time I really wanted to change subject and in the end I went for the merchant idea.

So totally not-red colours! They needed to be somehow opulent, different form the rest of the bunch, kind of out of place, being outworlders coming to bargain or whatever.

He can also practice kendo if needed

Lady Olenna Tyrell after the grimdark filter

You see, they both are relatively versatile minis, but I think they work fine this way.

Oops, I hadn't discovered until this very moment that I had missed a bracelet. Will solve that

The thing is that having merchants gave me the excuse to paint the last two minis. Of course Xenos are not tolerated within the Imperium of Mankind. But you know, living in the Eastern Fringe can be hard, far from the Light of the Astronomican. Imperial authorities are not always watching, and even foul Xenos can trade some interesting stuff from time to time. So it's not that strange that weird alien species can come and visit, making the black market thrive.

It would have been fun to paint these in cold colours, kind of Sulley in Monsters, Inc., but I didn't see myself making it work, so in the end I opted for a classical Chewbacca scheme, just the way I did long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

These guys are like half Wookies, half Ithorians

Then I emphasised the Star Wars theme as much as I could, there was no point in hiding it

In the end it looks like trading is good for everyone:

"You got the stuff?" "It depends, you got the money?"

So I can happily declare the Astropolis project closed! Hooray! Besides, life is going back to normal, so I think I can afford to spend a little bit more time on the hobby. I don't even know what will I do next, but I'm delving into my pending projects boxes. For sure something will come up...


22 comments:

  1. Excellent work on all four Suber, the richness in the colours on the top two, really screams opulence, as does the detail work worked into the cloth. Like the two alien traders as well, and what the Imperium doesn't know, can't hurt them right ! LOL

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    1. Thank you! I think you are right, Inquisition doesn't really need to know about anything. What's good for trade is good for everyone...

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  2. te han quedado muy bien, y como próximo proyecto puedes mirar stargrave, que me da que tienes minis de sobra para darle uso.

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    1. ¡Gracias! Tengo el reglamento, pero todavía no le he podido echar un ojo. Tengo ganas de ver qué tipo de escaramuza se puede organizar con esto...

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    1. Haha, thanks! Just populating worlds!

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  4. Wow ... I love those half-wookies ... they look awesome! Brilliant jon Suber :)
    By the way Suber, have you ever encountered a problem whereby when you try to comment they say you must be a team member to comment. I am having this problem with Making Miniatures with Mario's blog ... I am already following the blog so I don't know what else to do :(

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    1. Thanks! The not-Wookies have become some kind of favourite, they look squishy :D
      Team member? No, I haven't experienced that particular problem... yet!
      I'm having some trouble when the blog in question doesn't apparently recognise me, but refreshing the page usually solves it (90% cases). Or I click on "follow" and then it says me that "you are already following" and then it goes to normal. But it seems to be a recurrent issue lately on Blogger!

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  5. Nice work on some fun figures.

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    1. Thanks! They look kind of different from the rest of the bunch, it makes them nice :)

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  6. Looks very nice! Great work.

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    1. Thank you! I like making this kind of different stuff. Though the fact of adding Xenos civilians is refreshing!

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  7. Love them all! Glad you went with the merchants though. The colors look fantastic! The hairy alien traders are my favorite from the line. Love that you went all in on their look.

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    1. Thank you! The Hammerhead Wookies were tremendously fun to do, I was kind of "what the hell, let's do this", they gave me a nice time :D

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  8. Awesome painting on all these chaps, Suber! The merchants are excellent and I love the greens you used on one, and the Wookie/hammerhead shark crossover minis are superb sculpts and you've given them a real old-school Star Wars look! Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you! They all are quite original, distinctive sculpts, you just have to let yourself go and the minis will really let you know what they are asking for, it was a pretty organic process, which made it more interesting, in fact!

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  9. The two merchants are very distinctive and have an oriental touch, like many of Ratnik's miniatures. Excellent your choice of colors, which make them appear richly dressed in 'exotic' clothes. What is Lady Olenna holding in her right hand? A belt?
    We are then pleased to finally see what Chuwbecca looks like when he is shorn for the summer ;) ...

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    1. XDD
      Thank you! I'm not really sure of what she's holding, it's indeed some kind of belt, with what I assume are her products attached by straps. I used metallics, but now I believe it makes it look like a cartridge belt, hmmm...

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  10. A big congratulations on completing the Astropolis project! What a great way to finish. I love the pattern on the green robe - so elegant and effective!
    The whole range of minis for this project are so evocative. I love'em.

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    1. Thank you! These minis have been quite a pleasure. They are truly distinctive, yet fitting in my general ambientation, so I enjoyed the whole project even more than expected!

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  11. Splendid pair of merchants and aliens! Well done on finishing your Astropolis project, I'm looking forward to what you do next!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you very much! They have been a nice thing to do. Now I'm catching up with life again with the Summer break and all; I'll bring something unusual by the end of the week (I believe) and then I'll see what challenges I'm ready to face for the season!

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