A couple of group pictures of the Dirz models I have painted so far.
Apart from the bases, there is little that ties together the crossbowmen and the Dawn warriors, and I am not sure how much they feel like a whole…
Even though it’s not going to happen for a while, the next step in the project would be to paint some of these gorgeous Keratis warriors, and I’m not sure what colour scheme to use. The main thing will have to be choosing between a red or a cyan robe, I guess… What do you think?
I’m showing this as a work in progress, both because I am planning to bring out a few highlights still, and because I hope I’ll be able to take better pictures. The colour of the cape, in particular, is quite off in this one.
The sculpt is gorgeous and I tried not to ruin it too much. I took a couple of bold risks going for two cold colours for the metal and the cloth, and placing such a cold mini on a desert base. I did work some yellows here and there, but it does not show too much. Does the mini feel unbalanced to you?
Also, painting desert sand turned out not to be the easiest thing in the world… Do you have any suggestions?
Another work in progress, since my bases are still lost in the mail… So, here’s my initial work on Ysis, a named character of the Dirz faction.
The original paintjob for the card, as you can see, went for a nice blend of different off-white tones for the suit and a dark steel for the weapons.
I wanted something to match with the crossbowmen, so opted for a red suit and contrasting, pale blue nmm metals. As it stands now, I think the metals may be too monotonous, even though they suggest the idea of some kind of mechanical prosthesis, which I would be quite fitting. I’ll try to add some yellow reflections coming from the ground. I will also have to add a visible yellow spot somewhere, probably the lens on her mask.
The figure is suitably slender for an assassin and its pose is charged with tension. Even though it’s difficult to capture it on photograph, the sculpt is literally dynamic: when you have it in your hands your are constantly invited to turn it and it works well from every angle.
In relation to the rest of the Dirz miniatures, Ysis should provide a link between the crossbowmen and the armoured knights that came with her in the starter box, by combining the red tone of the cloth I used for the former with the blue-grey tones of the armour, which should be predominant in the latter.
She still needs some touching up, but what do you think so far?
I didn’t want to post pictures of the new project until I had finished the bases as well, but since I still haven’t received them I’ll go on and share some of the Dirz models I’ve been working on.
The first model is a Scorpion Neuromancer – which is almost, almost, too badass a name to be cool. This mini I had won years ago at a painting competition for kids and painted in a horrible, flat, dusty-looking, pea-green cloak. Every time I was looking at my Rackham models he was screaming for a better paint job. I worked some ice blue and purples and darker green in the cloak, darkened the tunic and completely reworked the armour, which used to be TM gold.
Now for the armour I tried a new technique based on the high intensity 4 colours CGA palette. Here:
Or, better, here:
I’m not going to use the CGA palette all the time, and I think it would be difficult to pull it off on a whole miniature, but for some smaller and weird looking NMM I really think it’s a nice idea.
Next, I was working on three Dirz Crossbowmen. Unfortunately I had bought the models second hand and they came with some layers of glue and paint on the junctures that I wasn’t able to remove entirely, but the beauty of their vaguely inhuman sculpt still shows without problems.
I decided these are going to be either homunculi or alchemically enhanced humans, so I added cyan and yellowgreen to the very pale skin tone. The only drawback, since they are going to sit on desert bases, is that they’ll need a lot of sun lotion.
Their izaars are done in the usual transition from purple to red that I like, to which I added some highlights of good old Citadel Ruby Red from a veteran pot of paint which has been with me for around 20 years.
I’m not sure how well the dark miniature will fit with these lighter minis – we’ll have to see if common bases will do the trick…
I hope you like this new project, next I’ll probably show the assassin and possibly the first Nomads, who are currently on the workbench.