Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Time travellers

This time it's retro style post: 
two travellers crossed time and space to materialize painted in my glass case.

The first one is Mishima samurai from Warzone game.
This specific model is one of those with which the game started here. After we dropped gaming Warzone the toy was just getting dust badly painted in my buddy's attic. I got it like three years ago, washed the paint off and put into very long line for painting.

And the last weekend I finally managed to get my very first original Mishima model painted.
Because I have lots of heart for those old toys I decided to keep color scheme as close to original as I could provide. Don't think there's a big chance to play full scale Warzone (old or new) match here so some of these veterans will serve as mecenaries / independent characters or Necromunda gangers replacement.

The other one is nearly same age sculpt (1995 or 1996) but I got is few day ago together with Capitol army book: dark huntsman from Algeroth's team of evil doers. 
I remember when we were still into the game the model was somehow unavailable (too bad, because that unit had really nasty special rules) so it's really cool to add it to my collection painted. As for the paintjob there was no official photo so I had some ideas to choose from:

1. Basic idea was to paint it classic badass colors - that means black rags with some red pieces (Algeroth after all).  But then I realised I don't want a ninja armed with assault rifle in the team: too more black - too boring.
2. Another concept was to paint the uniform ordinary military colors but to show it's evil origin I wanted to give the flesh unnatural tone: like extremly unhealthy pale, demonic red or deep black - like D'n'D dark elves.
3. The final thing was to paint him looking like a pro: dark huntsman is skilled assassin after all so the decision was made to just give the model Capitol styled uniform (perfect for my gaming board) and fine shape kratach assault rifle. I can still attach silencer to the weapon to make whole piece fit original fluff better. I am also thinking about applying some war paint on the face - in the rulebook there was pic of heretic with simple red pattern along eye line. Pretty simple which usually means - pretty effective.

I am glad I got it and that it's finished - it took me a single, long afternoon which is quite achievement considering my pathetic painting efficiency this year. 
And last one too. 
And 2012...
Pictures were taken using the trusty post-apo background but also using section from the gaming board. The modules still require finishing (details, pigments, stuff like that) but after like 2 years* since I dropped first set of battlefield junk into the cellar the project is nearly done. Cannot wait to bring it to the very end and never come back to the matter. There's lots of hobby things I learnt during the work and I am sure I could built it better and faster if I ever had to to it again. Nevermind: here's Algeroth's finest killer:

And the last thing for now.
It's not news anymore but it's something seriously fucked my fragile world:
Rik Mayall died.

When I read the news my first thought was the guy was just making some sick fuc*ing joke but he wasn't. Don't get me wrong: I don't like public moaning about passed celebrities (of giving FB "likes" under information someone has just kicked the bucket, that's just sick!) but it turned out Rik Mayall was the very first actor who's demise really touched me.

I remember when I saw Bottom series on local tv (when I was like 15-16 years old?).
I was totally shocked and just sunked into bad english humor within seconds. I still cannot believe that local station decided to launch Bottom.

I also remember my daily routine from few years back when I was launching 1-2 Bottom episodes just after coming back from work. Having meal while watching these two degenerates was priceless.
There was much more Rik in the tv shows: Young ones, Black adder, New statesman... It's great lots of these are easy to get. The memory for the great actor will be preserved.

Farewell Richard Richard!
Try not to piss god off with too many dirty jokes!

See you soon!

*or probably even more

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Miniature exchange anyone?

The question is important enough to get separate post.

I really like miniature exchanges.
I've participated in all ME's organized by Nameless on Chest of Colors forum (there were 6 of those) and from what I know everybody had lots of fun of it.

Unfortunately I don't think there's any chance for another exchange coming on the forum anytime shortly* so I've been thinking maybe there's enough of painters interested in such event among fellow bloggers?

At this point it's just the idea,but I'd like to know would anyone of you be potentially interested miniature exchange?
I wouldn't like to spend my time working on the rules if there's nobody to play with, heh.

- Demi -

*or just ever =(

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Real life strikes back

Like a Monty Python's 16 tons weight.
Sadly in real life there's not much laugh about it.

But everything is moving on so hopefully sooner or later sun rays will dissolve dark clouds which gathered above me. 
Right... let's go back to the hobby - this is not a weather blog after all.

Since the previous post there was something going on in the toy soliders matter. 
I am glad with a little dose of self discipline (and dropping some sleeping time) I managed to organize a day so there is bit painitng time almost every (late) night.

So let's start with Full Thrust.
The game is constantly good fun, since the last blog update we managed to play 2 games. The innovation was using bigger board (200cm x 200cm) but I think we will reduce it (180cm x 180cm*) to make moving models slightly easier. Bigger board gives more space for manoeuvres bringing even more fun.

And since we're in the space there are 2 pieces added to my annual painting summary:
Kiang class light cruiser and cosmic station mounted on an asteroid.
The ship was another quick paintjob as the rest of my Full Thrust stuff (small scale stuff FTW!) - again I used the same paints so when the last model is finished whole group should look very decent, especially on the deep space background.

Building the space station was also quick and pleasant process:
I simply got piece of pumice, glued several chunks of it using green stuff and superglue and added various bits: these here are leftovers from T-34 (if I remember correctly) tank model** and some electrical junk. Whole thing was covered with base coat mixed with PVA glue, drybrushed and after painting the installations that was just it.
Quick and easy.

I still have some pumice left so if the base works fine during the game I think I will add one or 2 more stations. Each and every way to reduce pile of bits is acceptable.

The reason it's been a while since the previous log update rides Chaos dragon:
Egrimm van Horstmann is finished!

Well... Only Egrimm... The mount is still waiting for some paint.
As for the rider I like the result - it's probably because it's one of models I wanted to see finished for a very long time (another old "beautie" is Dieter Helsnicht riding the manticore). Main concept was to paint it "bright" but now I think the darker version is even better: it will contrast nicely with the base and I can paint dragon's flesh pale so the sorcerer is even more striking.

The banner pole was slightly modified - 2 bars were added so I could use paper standard from old Chaos army book. Originally it was chaos knights' standard but I removed chaos stars and printed bit larger than the original.
Paper banners kick ass, especially in case of old school miniatures.

The next step will be filling all those damn gaps with milliput and I can start the job.
I'd really like to see it finished within reasonable time so I can bring it to some contest.
Any contest really, after this year's Pyrkon it turned out my models really enjoy travelling.

Pictures are damn bright even though I put filters on the lamps, so I am guessing I will have to ask somebody for help with taking decent photos.

And the last thing for now - pretty surprising for me:
I finally managed to paint Necromunda Escher ganger!
I really have no idea what is the reason but even though I love this gang I haven't managed to paint any ganger (or maybe: gangress?) until now. The piece is the gift for my buddy from real estates appraisal branch, which makes the paintjob bit more special.

The model was painted using colors I'd like to see on my gang: leather, spikes and pink here and there. Classic look of a pervert ^^ from 40th millenium.
Or any other millenium.

Anyway I had fun working on this toy so I hope to paint few more sistazzz shortly.
Maybe after the dragon is done?

Cheers \m/

*That is ~72"
** Which is part of my Necromunda / post-apo gaming board