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Sunday, April 5, 2015

WiP Foxy Dynamite and Weapon Comparison Charts for the Jailbirds

 Its been a rough week with a lot conspiring against the paint! 

There are some bright spots however and one of them is this great weapon chart for the Raging Heroes Jailbirds. I'm now sorting these into 40k equivalents with an eye towards making them special weapons instead of heavies as the heavy weapons should generally be crew served and these are carried by individual troopers.

Speaking about Raging Heroes the TGG2 Light and Darkness Kickstarter is in its last couple of days. If you like militant nuns, dark elves, or odd chaos elves... check it out!  If nothing else the pictures and renders are amazing.. and free to gawk at.

I'm behind schedule for painting largely due to the confluence of several house showings... which forces me to pack up my painting space... and the release of Pillars of Eternity... which evilly conspires to prevent me setting the space back up for some clandestine brush time between house showings!

I did get a little work done on two versions of Foxy Dynamite which was originally slated as a Sly Marbo replacement... until he vanished into the void... so now The Jailbirds are designing an 'Infiltration Specialist' from scratch.

Keeping the theme going I've got one done in veteran prison colors and the other in a more generic Freedom Fighter scheme.

This pair is in metal and are quite hefty.

In almost all cases I prefer hard plastic because of its great combination of ease in working, high material strength to weight ratio... which permits some amazing poses that are just not available to resin or metal, and durability over time.
 I tend to prefer metal for small minis that are not getting a ton of conversion, have fragile bits that protrude from the mini's main body, or are bulk troops that don't require a lot of conversion.  I've a long history with metal and the durability of it is ingrained.

I went metal with this pair because of some spiky bits on the base and the antenna of the hand held radio.  Its most likely not an issue in resin but that was my thought about it.
I'm relatively new to resin in these small minis and while light weight and very fine of detail I remain concerned about their durability as playing pieces over the course of years.  I'm generally very comfortable with larger resin constructs like vehicles and buildings which do seem durable in the long term.

The Raging Heroes spin cast resin has done a lot to improve my opinion of small resin miniatures.  It is rigid but retains a bit of give that has saved a few of the models from my sometimes ham handed encounters with them!


  1. I find if the resin has a tiny bit sticking out, and it's a bit brittle, you are going to have a sad time when it hits the floor. (GW finecast or some chinese recasts).

    If it's got flex to it, you are usually fine though. I'm so excited for the new raging heroes. I kickstarted them within 10 seconds of it going up :).

    Loving your work as always!

    1. Thanks Greg! We went, predictably, whole hog on the Raging Heroes TGG2! I'm fidgeting with the mix... there is a decent spreadsheet based pledge calculator available which really helps... I'd been thinking about the Lust Elves as a Slaaneshi army... but someone in the thread mentioned using the centaurs as Dark Eldar Grotesques.. and.... ya know.... that is BRILLIANT! The GW Grotesque.... all one line dancing pose of it.... yeah... so I'll have to re-balance to include enough of them to use for Grotesques as well! .... in addition to the Slaaneshi ones... or maybe just dual hat them! In for a penny, in for a pound.... OF FLESH! Muahahahahahaha!....... (fades into darkness)

    2. I'm waiting to see some sculpts to decide which ones I want to get :).

  2. This KS the concept art seems a little more generic than the last one but is evolving as they develop the sculpts. RH does such a fabulous job of making the sculpt really close to the render. I'm also really liking the Daughters of the Orphanage and the Day of the dead looking Sci-Fi versions. That'll be interesting to paint! What are you most interested in for this one?

    1. I like the sisters and the lust elves (sisters as in the nuns with stabby stab and guns). I have a small sisters of battle force, and would love to have some replacement models for them!

    2. Awesome! I have a real weakness for the sisters of both varieties. My Sisters of Battle force is still in its blisters and mostly hails from whatever edition it was that they had a physical codex.... looks like I'll build them at the same time as I do these and see who gets cleansed.... with FIRE!