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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Just in case you thought the Lulus were alone There is a tree of metal One Shot Blondie and Mad Nurse Bernadette to keep them company.
The Jailbirds also get a different base treatment from the Iron Empire. I think these came from Base X War but the site is closed making it hard to confirm. These are some nice battle damaged streets and I'll have to get more as the project develops.
The biggest challenge with this model has been the very flexible nature of the Bones material. the thing wobbles and shakes whenever its touched or picked up. Gluing the hammer to the base helped a lot but the awkwardly extended left arm is highly mobile. Might be a blessing in disguise since its bound to take impacts on the arm which just flexes out of the way. Time will tell if droop is going to be an issue. It also did not take the primer gracefully and remained tacky for several days. I'm currently working out a base for it and plan to try out that GW technical paint that cracks as it dries.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I decided to approach these with washes over a white primer base as I've been struggling with paint thickness recently. Here I did thin base coats of paint followed by layers of washes and a glaze here or there.
... provided, of course, I locate the Mordheim minis.... DOH!
With the exception of the plums... which I inexplicably forgot to detail the stems and leaves... I spent a bit of time reveling in the detail of the individual elements. I really like the corn cob colors and the fish... though the pumpkins and cabbages also came out pretty well.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
For my purposes the half cape is an element command insignia and might get color coded probably by changing the border color to match a unit type. As usual these are mounted on Secret Weapon 'Trenchworks' series bases. For this project I've added 1" washers to give the figures some weight and stability on the tabletop.
The capes are still plain pending unit construction. Lots of room for Faction Icons and unit symbols but the structure of this set is still kind of in flux so I'll have to revisit those once I settle things a bit.
She's all one massive piece but needed significant filling due to a really deep mold line seam. Still she was fun to work on and will make a great centerpiece on our Evangelion display shelf.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I'll do more apples to apples comparisons as I unpack.
Sky Captain Drusilla is the Kickstarter only commander of the Iron Empire's Jet Girls. I wanted to maintain the IE color scheme but lean towards a Rocketeer style look. To this end I went with raw leather flight harness, gloves, boots, and mask/cap.
While painting I opted for a darker sepia color for shading but think I'll go back to a lighter shade for the rest of the set as the sepia tended more into brown than into yellow and is a bit too much contrast.
I may go back and add some powder work around the flight stem and on the base but I'd like to do the unit all together for that. I'm also still pondering adding some faction/unit markings to the flight harness and/or mask.
We've been a bit amok collecting Anime Figure Models and have to rotate them to get good displays. At the moment we're running small Evangelion, Madoka Magika, Steins Gate, Lucky Star, and K-ON displays. We usually have 4 full curios running but for this move we're just running one curio and two built in half curios. I'd like to get Soul Eater up but those are still lost in the big room of boxes.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today is a short update featuring just Jinx.
Jinx is one of the TGG Kickstarter Mascots. An Egyptian themed cat with a lot of attitude.
Its larger than a house cat more like a Jaguar in scale though all the harness and jewelry give it a strangely jackal-esqe feel.
This was tough over a black primer and I think I'll do the display version with washes over white
Jinx is shown here with Mortaria for Scale. Shes rockin' her Zombie Sniper Motif. They'd make a great team!
Jinx is here with a WiP Sky Captain Drusillia. Dru is going through washes and re-layers at the moment but should be ready to roll in a day or so. The 1/4 Ayanami Rei is also making progress so if a get a good block of work in she might roll out as well.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This residence is a single room but has a lot of windows including a fancy one in the roof line.
I've stuck with the warm fire lit windows but am still experimenting with the method. This was a simpler application than the one I used on the Merchant Shop but seems to give a little less depth.
On the table later today are a couple more figures from Raging Heroes and the 1/4 scale bust of Ayanami Rei from Evangelion.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Here are the regular (Helmed) and alternate heads. The alternate head still features a respirator mask which maintains the infection theme. They'd also be a good Death Korps of Krieg proxy. I'm hoping to get some more info on the TGG factions from RH I'm very interested in what their game project will look like. Hopefully we'll get a bit more of that sort of thing from the art book, when it ships, or some kind of sneak preview about the future game.
This batch is table top quality intended for gaming use. I also signed up for the Connoisseur package that renders all the girls in hand poured resin which I'll paint to a higher standard and base for display.
The eNV faction for our Serene Dawn RPG setting got a little more detailed with the addition of the very abstract ankh shown on these flags. This symbol will be incorporated into the Corp logo as well as its use in this table top army.
The flags at the moment just have the main faction logo on them. As I build the force up I'll add unit designations to the flags and there is a lot of room remaining for battle honors.
I like the Grey armor and cream uniform colors. The purple is a spot color and will be used mostly for special characters etc... regular troopers won't have the cape, or the body suit that was featured on the sniper, so will have the purple limited to masks and trim items.
The background fluff is coming along and I'll start putting some of that up with the idea to create a Warzone: X style document and Codex: X equivalents for the unique factions for those who are interested in our games.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I went with the blue roof to underscore the building is commercial, or official, in nature as opposed to a regular residence. I'm thinking that cottages and hovels will have an earth tone, or thatch/bleached shingle, roof while townhouses will tend towards terracotta or a red brown. Its just a working idea at this point.
I also picked up the Merchant's goods package... which looks amazing so I'll have to revisit the shop photos once I paint those up!
Friday, September 5, 2014
A lot of bad habits I developed over the years painting GW figures came back to bite me on this project. Techniques that work really well on very deeply inscribed detail are not as effective on the RH sculpts so I', going to have to get back up to speed on regular painting. Fortunately I've a couple of iterations of this one so I'll be able to track my progress.