Wolfen #3 – a crossbow

How long did it take for a medieval weaponsmith to make a crossbow?

I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure it took less than it took me to paint this very tiny one…

Still, I wanted to share this because I tried and liked a set of browns for wood that blend quite well and easily together.

In case you are interested, these are from Lifecolor – Wood warm base, Wood light shade, Wood dark shade, and Portland stone.

Just for fun, here’s (the state of) my palette for the Wolfen so far. You can see it’s been a challenge!

Nomads #6 – Mobile brigada and complete Nomads starter set

Not the easiest model to paint in the set, also because I was feeling a little burned out, but here is the Mobile brigada in all its microscopic redness.

The multi-rifle with flamethrower has been especially tricky: for some reason I couldn’t get it to look like metal, and even now it’s not completely there.

Unlike for the Zero, I kept the effects somewhat understated. But the figure is done to an acceptable standard, and the sculpt is awesome enough, I hope, to qualify for Azazel’s Awesome August community painting challenge.

Here’s a picture of the complete starter box. After a few more tyranids, I’ll be taking a break from sci-fi for a while and go back to orcs and wolves.

Towards Awesome August

A couple of works in progress I am preparing for Azazel’s August challenge.

One is the final model in the Nomads starter set, a Mobile Brigada medium armoured infantry – one of the best models in the entire range, I think.

And the other is a cross-range kitbash I am planning to use as a general or standard bearer for my 9th Age O&G army: an orc warlord on warpig.

Both still need a lot of work, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to complete at least one by the end of the month. Both can compete in the awesome category, I think, but who’s the most awesome?

Nomads #5 – Alguaciles

I have finished the other two Alguaciles in the Nomads starting box.

These have been the least pleasant to paint of the whole set, but by no means unpleasant. While the woman in the centre is about the best I think I can make from these models, the other two could be improved, but for the moment I am happy to leave them like this. There are more versions of the Alguaciles with different equipment and poses and I may end up painting some more in the future.

Nomads #4 – Alguaciles wip 2

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I’m too tired to comment on this, but I wanted to share the first of the Alguaciles, that is almost done – a few more touches needed on the face and the base.

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They are tiny models, but very pleasing to paint.

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After painting the Grenzer, I added a few purple shadows and light grey highlights.

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Nomads #3 – Durruti sniper

Deuteros Games_Nomads_Grenzers with Multi Sniper_ Front 1I have finished the first model in the Nomads starter pack, a Grenzers sniper. Not a fit name for an anarchist guerrilla, if you ask me.

The mini was a pleasure to paint and I experimented a bit with pushing almost pure white highlights here and there.

Deuteros Games_Nomads_Grenzers with Multi Sniper_ Front 2I went with a darker palette with some red, turquoise, and violet mixed in for colour variation, possibly reflecting neon lights in the environment or representing some kind of prismatic camouflage…

I like this outfit better than the red suits of the Alguaciles, and it’s somewhat easier to paint. Even though I won’t repaint the Alguaciles, I will definitely paint the Zero in a similar scheme.

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Nomads #2 – Grenzers wip

A wip picture of this Nomad sniper, mostly because the front armour plate will be partly covered up by the rifle when the model is assembled.

Grenzers 1 wipI wanted him to look a little bit darker and stealthy-looking than the Alguaciles, with their red uniform, but I still mixed a little bit of red on the armour to tie the miniature to the others. You can see it better on the back, perhaps.

Grenzers 1 back wipThey surely lack the variety and sheer inventiveness of Confrontation, but as for sheer class I consider Infinity miniatures like the cyberpunk Rackham.

On the other hand, I see little possibilities of cross-overs with 40k or anything grimdark. Perhaps only in the Van Saar direction, and this particular mini could be painted as a Vindicare assassin, I guess… How do they fare here in the community?

Dirz #3 Dawn warrior wip

I’m still painting.

Rarely.

Slowly.

But still painting.

Dawn warrior wip

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?

Nomads #1 – Alguaciles wip

Two snapshots of one of the three Infinity Nomads Alguaciles I’ve been painting. They look too much militaristic to feel like real anarchists, but well that’s a common problem in miniature painting, ins’t it?

Alguaciles 1a

I decided to begin with a close reinterpretation of the studio colour scheme. The challenge there is that you have the same red on two very different textures – the pants and the armour plates. I solved this using white and turquoise as highlights for the armour and brighter red for the pants. On this particular model the base colour for the armour is a darker red-purple (obtained mixing turquoise and red), while for the other models I chose to have the pants slightly darker than the armour.

Alguaciles 1b

The upper part of the vest is dark grey with highlights in the same turquois, as are the boots and the weapons – all made with slightly different amounts of shade and highlight. Does the mini feel too homogeneous? The head came out a little too bright in the picture, but I should probably add some more shadows to the hair anyway…

The two other Alguaciles are almost ready and soon I should be able to start working on the bases.