Sunday, 13 May 2018

Cozy cottage of Twilight

Once you get bitten by these it's pretty hard to leave them apart. I'm talking about the World of Twilight ranges! These were commissioned by my friend, who got into the latest kickstarter; as always, I find them irresistible.

Belomoch dre Hearn the engineer is quite a nice, new concept, bringing a couple of tiny, adorable automata to the equation:

My puny painting skills make the steam look like soap bubbles. But ain't it cute too?
Thomson and Thompson
But the real eye candy for me this time was a piece of scenery. Listed as the engineers' cottage in the kickstarter, it's a most beautiful tiny house. I've spent some more time on it as I fell in love when I saw it.

A lizard needs a place to live in
The pic is awful, as usual, I'm afraid. I tried to apply vibrant colours to make it stand out as much as I could. I went for green as the main colour on the roof tiles so it looked different from any regular red-orange usual tones. My inspiration was some sort of Hobbiton like small cottage, so it all had to look green and nature oriented.

I'm having nightmares about defining the tiles
 In order to achieve the natural look, I took the hard way. There are not two stones in the same exact tone of grey together. The same goes for the roof, each tile has a different tone of green than any of the surrounding ones. It's an effect you may not see at first sight (and it shamefully goes totally unadverted in the pics), but it certainly adds 'something' to the final result. I guess the subtleness is the best quality I can call.

Cozy, but a little bit tight for the three of them
I still find the Tabletop World stuff too intimidating for my skills, but this house has been clearly educational. Oh, seriously, I'm feeling the urge to build a small village!!

This is just the mere beginning of a larger batch of World of Twilight minis. I'll be switching from this project to the others I have currently ongoing (the Genestealer Cult mine and the Space Sharks), as well as any other that comes to my workbench (I have something particular in mind, dun dun dunnn...), so expect some flashy colours in the following weeks! :D

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

D.A.P.P.L.E. (Wasteland Walkers Pt. 3)

Hi all! We are back to the wasteland walkers project today.
Once  I had Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime finished, I begun to think of his faithful companion, good, old, level-headed Sancho Panzer. Though my first thoughts were oriented towards a tiny Warmachine Jack, I had a (hopefully) better idea. I had this Kinder Surprise egg (you know, those toys inside a chocolate egg; I still cannot understand why they are forbidden on the US). Anyway, I then used not one, but two Warmachines, so I got this chubby quadruped:

Is it comical enough?
This is how it looks like next to RhoCII:

Suitably scaled
So it seemed to be a proper starting point. It was then just a matter of greenstuf fand bits!

Instead of a saddle, I opted for a full seat, to make it look even more different from RhoCII. However, I was fond of the head concept I used for the other mount, so I somehow stuck to it. Once again it's a serum vial top.

Totally un-epic
I enjoyed adding silly details, such as a headrest. It's a nail; I cut two tiny pieces and then added the headrest itself using greenstuff. The rest of the nail was used as an antenna on the head of the mount:

Don't know why, but it has some kind of Akira Toriyama vube to me
Time to pay some attention to Sancho Panzer himself! I couldn't resist the idea of a rogue Squat engineer, an outcast from his people, wandering through the galaxy until he found someone who could offer him the taste of adventure and the promise of a proper reward. I used a plastic WHFB Dwarf:

Sancho Panzer the man! Errr, the Squat!
In the end this was more or less the result:


I enjoyed thoroughly adding all kind of wires and bits. The tow was something that came to mind when delving into the bits box. I imagined the whole thing as a civilian utility machine, just the kind of vehicle a regular guy would have in a backwater world to help him with his regular duties. So this is how I envisioned the Dynamic Appliance for Plural Purposes and Leverage Endeavours (D.A.P.P.L.E.)

Yeah, I know, I know. If you can come with a better name be my guest! :D
The name of course gave me the hint for the colour... somehow.

No, seriously, how do you paint 'dapple' colour?
It's the &%$#ing same mini, just different light. Sigh
You can see where I am going with this. Here you have the final result:


"He cannot gallop in the air: but on the Emperor's highway, he shall pace ye with the best ambler that ever went on four legs".

About Sancho Panzer himself, being "a peaceful man, a harmless quiet fellow", he left his old, boring life out of the thirst of adventure Don Quirixote offered him, as well as the promise of endless rewards, the rule of a space fortress maybe, for "then the squire might promise himself to be made governor of the place". His loyalty beyond any measure might not always be rewarded as expected, but he simply cannot understand life in any other way. "A child may persuade Don Quirixote it is night at noonday, and he is so simple, that I cannot help loving him with all my heart and soul, and cannot leave him in spite of all his follies". Now, both lord and squire wander through the galaxy in search of adventure to live, injustice to be undone and immortal fame.

Here we have the happy couple:

Let us seek for adventure... in spaaaace!
 ...

"What Gargants?" said Sancho Panzer.
"Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, chainswords and guns, and some have them nearly two leagues long."
"Look, your worship," said Sancho; "what we see there are not Gargants but moisture vaporators, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the engine go."
"It is easy to see," replied Don Quirixote, "that thou art not used to this business of adventures; those are Ork Gargants; and if thou art afraid, away with thee out of this and betake thyself to prayer while I engage them in fierce and unequal combat."
So saying, he gave the spur to his steed RhoCII, heedless of the cries his squire Sancho sent after him, warning him that most certainly they were moisture vaporators and not Ork Gargants he was going to attack. He, however, was so positive they were Gargants that he neither heard the cries of Sancho, nor perceived, near as he was, what they were, but made at them shouting, "Fly not, cowards and vile beings, for a single knight attacks you."

'Those are moisture vaporatooooors!' (should photoshop the room out and place a dark sky there!)
 This will be all. For today at least! The perspective of building a whole Quixote ambientation in a Rogue Trader-like setting is really (really!) tempting, but it totally scares me! :D
Let me make some progress on other projects and might come back to this. Or I may organise a contest so you build silly stuff, instead of me, haha! :D

Now, please pay a visit to the amazing Alien Wars project on Death of a Rubricist. I hope these two fit in the whole plot, as a couple of desperado rogue adventurers seeking nothing else than justice to be served, damsels to rescue and good deeds to be done, against whoever dares to cross their path with Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime and Sancho Panzer! [epic background music]

PS: And of course go read the Quixote in case you haven't!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Paraeroa

The title may say nothing to you, but let me explain, Paraeroa is Maori for 'Veteran' (At least that is what the dictionary I've consulted says!). After two characters, it was time to start building up the Veterans squad. So here you have the first one. Let's see the process. The original mini was this terminator:

Brother Deino, to surgery
[Cut cut, chop, glue glue, putty, putty]

It's alive! Mwahahaha!
I kept on dismembering my Raptors marines. The change of pose is evident. Not as aggressive as the original, maybe, but it works for my purposes. Here you have it once painted:

Paraeroa on the shoulder pad
Yeah, I know, writing 'Veteran' on a Veteran mini is kind of lame. I have to work on better signs...

Yes, just pose for the pic, gazing into infinity. That's right
Just to remember the size of these blokes:

Bear in mind that the Blood Angel is wearing high heels has a higher base
Alongside his mates...

So the Squad begins...
Fear not, I have not forgotten about my other projects, I simply followed the momentum and built this one. I'm in greenstuff mood, so I'm working simultaneously on the next mini for this force and on certain mechanical mount (wink, wink). Any of them soon on your screens!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Space Sharks realscale Librarian

Though the title may be quite self explanatory, I'll yet try to surprise you. A few weeks ago I got to show the Space Sharks Captain and told you about my plan of mustering a realscale force.

Now it is time to show my evil plan, or at least part of it. You may be familiar with this mini...

Pic shamelessly stolen from Lexicanum
I forgot to take a pic from my own original model, ooops. Well, the thing is, here we have a Space Marine in Terminator Armour... You see where I am going here?

This one indeed is my model
Right, you might have seen several conversions of the Space Hulk minis, but I sincerely hope you have never seen what I am about to do with them :D
I pretend to use the Space Hulk terminators as realscale marines. Given the baroque ornamentation of all of them, I hope I can make a Veteran squad out of these minis, as well as some characters. So I'm starting with the Librarian, as I think it will be the easiest of all the bunch.

In the pic above you can see what I'm doing, cutting out the back structure, but leaving the rest more or less untouched. Then I need some rebuilding work with greenstuff...

Arms had to be lowered to give him a human silhouette
The book was placed on the backpack. Problem solved
So the conversion is rather simple, you see. As said before, that is why I chose this model, to try the basics and see where the limits are. He looks like this when painted...

Hey! What happened to the stairs?
Why do I look like I'm dancing?
Some decisions I made. I'm replacing ordinary bases for flat ones (by Renedra). It's something I saw at Lead Adventure Forum and I really like it. As these minis have the metal tag no more, there is no need for slotta bases. A little bit minimalist, well, but I like innovating. Thanks for the idea, Elbows!
There is a hole in the mound. I wanted to sculpt some weird lizard or something, but I've been unsuccessful so far. I might give it another try at some point in the future.
Acoording to official background, Carcharodons are extremely pale, as descendenas of the Raven Guard, and have deep, dark eyes with almost no sclera. Just like sharks, how original. Ahem. I simply ignored that and painted him with tanned skin; I didn't dare to paint Maori tattoos on his face, the risk of screwing it all was too high.

Talking about the Maori inspiration for the Carcharodons, I painted a Tiki on the kneepad. It's a symbol of the first man, the relation between men and gods; I thought it might be appropiate for the guy with the magic powers.

In a Disney movie it would totally speak. Now you may be humming the Moana songs
I also mase some other Maori inspired decorations, but didn't want to overdo the mini. The armour looks mildly worn, as it is the general aspect I want this force to have.

Yup, I'm the Librarian. No, not the one from the movies. Give that book back, you scoundrel!
I also replaced the Captain's base, so here you have them both:

Space Maorines!
This is it for today. But it has started! From now on you can expect the whole set of Space Hulk termies to be desecrated and converted into towering realscale badasses. More to come soon(ish)!

Friday, 13 April 2018

It's a game of thrones

...but not the kind you are thinking of ;)

This (finally!) is the long awaited continuation to the Genestealer Patriarch throne I once promised. So well, first things first, let's have a Patriarch!

Ready to sit
I forgot to take a pic before priming it, so here you have it once painted, so you can see I added a sexy belly and stuff:

I think he wants a kiss...
I repositioned the right hand, so instead the Charles Xavier pose it now resembles more a blessing lord, kind of a Pantocrator, which suits the vibe, I hope.

Sooo, the throne. I begun to build some structure around it.

Too large a piece, you say?
Well, it is a large throne room, but it is due to the fact that I had something special in mind...

Stay with me for a while...
I used Das putty to make rough rock walls, so the room itself looked like recently excavated, in accordance with the rock to which the throne itself is attached.
But the question stands, I guess. Why so large? Well, in fact it never was my idea to make just a mere diorama...

What's this nonsense?
Why this absurd box?
Time to reveal my plans! I am to build a full Space Hulk like board, but full 3D, set in the mine and underground catacombs in wich the Genestealer Cult dwells. So the throne room will be the starting point; it's as good as any other. In the first moment I painted it like this:

First one. Just the rest of the board to do
But you know what? When I saw it all so grey and dark I realised I didn't like it. I thought that a whole board this gloom would be too much for me. I wanted something less grimdark and in another fashion. So I repainted it:

Brown, beige and the like. The same yet not the same at all
Then I begun to add details. Let's see some:
A cent and a bead. What kind of decoration is this?
If we add some greenstuff...
...we get a valuable idol!
Cute ministealer
Ahem
A painting for a worthy wall
The central slab on the floor needed something else
And this banner will cover the secret door behind the throne
Yup, a secret escape door, I've thought of everything :D

Let's see it all finished!


I didn't glue the golden idol so I can move it, just in case an adventurer decides to steal it, you know ;). Close ups of the details:

Ideal for sacrifices and all kind of rituals
Secret door, remember?
 Finally, a bird's view:

This is the thing
Now I can say it. It has started. This will be only the first of many other rooms and corridors to come. Wish me luck for I am going to need it!