Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reporting live from the front

One of the best things about having a miniature painting log is that taking photos of the minis let's you see the mistakes that your naked eye couldn't see. And today was a great example of that as most of the minis had to go back to the table for final retouching.

My new home also has some particular light sources that make it pretty difficult to take photo shots without the colors being messed up by the itensity of the light source. I really need to set up a small photo booth of sorts. But whatever, I finished the remainder Sygmaa of my Onyx starter, and went back to my Nomad's backlog.

Maakrep tracker and Fractaa drop unit.
I also painted my WarCor, decided to go for a shiny blue as no one of my factions uses as uniform color and it makes him highly visible on the battlefield so no one would shoot him by accident. (Still Aleph troopers shoot him right in the face on turn one last time I played. Damn AI has no respect for free press - You can read the battle report here:

The logo of the TV station is from TV3, the local catalonian television.
This are some of my Bromads from the Bakunin starter. While I wanted to keep some of the white for the Bakunin sectorial I decided to give the observancy troops a red color to reinforce their eclesiastic look. In order to distinguish them from corregidor troops they sport a deeper crimson red instead of the vibrand red I use for the penal troops.
Reverend Moira and Sin Eater Observant
Did some freehand nomad symbols on him to add a bit more detail.

The Übergal from the Überfallkomando was inspired by classic science fiction character Chiara from Farscape.
Chimera. Leader of the Bakunin Überfallkomandos
The highlights on her skintight suit got really highlighted on this photo but don't look so bright on the mini. Still I decided to tone them down a little later on the painting bench.

I've also been working on some conversions for my nomads. After I paint-stripped some of my older minis I wasn't sattisfied with, decided to go full Lego and remake my Meteor Zond, which I wasn't really fond of the sculpt, and also convert one of my Tsyklon to something I could use as a Lunokhod. So these came out:

Left: new Meteor. Right: Upper Chassis of the new Lunokhod

Final Lunokhod on his legs.

A receiver dish was added to represent the repeater and a boarding shotgun was mounted on top, with the flamer under the legs.

Rear legs belong to a Heavy Gear Spitting Cobra
I really like how they turned out, specially the Lunokhod, has a great Protoss feel to it.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Peace through superior firepower

Well, that was one long long hiatus, but thank god the international moving part is over and I can get back to hobbying. Last two weeks I got tons of new goods thanks to the Wotan campaign promotions in infinity's website and another friend of mine doing a massive infinity sale on his store (sadly I was late to get the Iguana TAG for 20$) but this allowed me to get some nice Corregidor and Bakunin forces for my Nomads, a really nice Morat Agression Force army and a pretty nifty Khapu Qalqui force to add to my vanilla haqs.

I have everything assembled but it will take me some time to base the Nomads and CA as I need to go full greenstuff for their custom bases, so in the meanwhile I started painting some of my previously assembled Rodoks and Umbra from the Onyx force I bought earlier this year.

Umbra Legates and Rodok Armed Imposition Detachment from Onyx Contact Force

Painting the Rodoks was pretty fun. Originally I was going for the studio scheme of black and red, I also thought of a panzer style gray for them but in the end I decided to stick to green tones to fit with the rest of my Combined Army's palette. I didn't want to go emerald as it was the theme for the Shasvastii so instead I chose a very military palette of olive green with camo green highlights. I added some scarlet red areas to be the identifying theme of the Morats inside the army, so they will look nice together when I go full Morat Agression Force.

I also tried some new techniques like stippling to make the leather pop more with texture. While it cannot be very appreciated in the photos the results are quite good on hands and surely I will do this again in the future.

Next is the Umbra Legates. I love how the face turned out on this one.

I didn't really have much ideas for how to paint this mini in green palette until I stumbled on a pretty nice looking Umbra painted like an oniwaban in the Infinity forums. Starting from there I made some changes to get to a color scheme that fit more my army. So the mini combines the black armor/green dermis from my batroids, the emerald plates from the shasvastii armor and the red tones that hint to the morat forces in the armor details.
Umbra Legates

I did the Onyx Force logo on the right shoulderpad. It's a pity that the reflexes on the photo don't let it appear as good as it looks on the fig. Still pretty satisfied at how this mini turned out. I'm not much of a Umbra fan so I don't really think I will field it much but still is a fantastic piece for any combined army on display.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

First Contact

My wife usually says that whenever I want some new toys I flirt with them for over a month before actually buying them. Well, this time she was spot on. I've been eyeing a new Combined Army since I got back to Spain for holidays. The Sygmaa miniatures from the starter looked pretty cool and after playing several games against a Morat Sectorial during the last month I've learned to respect the Rodoks. So in the end I decided to go for the Onyx sectorial, as I wanted to play links but still wanted to be able to field all the races from the Combined, wich in my opinion is one of the greatest selling points of this army.

Problem with the Onyx box is that it does not bring any Shasvastii and I still wanted some of them for my force. In the end I decided complement the boxed set with those Shasvastii I could field in Onyx and still had some cool minis (as most Shasvastii are pretty old outdated minis).

Emerald Squad - Corax Spec Ops, Sphinx and Noctifier
The Noctifiers and Corax where almost insta-buy. The Corax will be my proxy for Malignos or Nexus Operative while I don't get my hand on those minis.

Regarding the colors, I decided to keep a blueish grey for their skin, sorta like classic X-Com aliens. As the bases will be jungle themed I decided that my Onyx will have an overall theme of camo green unifying all the various races on the army and each of the races will have a particular secondary color associated. For Shasvastii it will be emerald green with intense yellowish neon on their armor light sources.

The Sphinx followed the same pattern, just using the grey blue for the inner armor and the camo green and Emerald for plating.

All of them received shadows in purple wich made the greens pop more on contrast with the red on the purple. Overall I was quite sattisfied with the result.

On the other hand I´ve been working on some more Nomads.

Gecko, Riot Grrl, Bandit and a Dactylos proxying as Zoe
Pretty standard Nomad color scheme. The Bandit was promoted to the front of the "pending" painting queue line after a game where she single handedly wrecked havoc among a Rodok link team and captured several objectives. 

The first of the two Geckos was painted too. I decided to maintain the color scheme of my old Szally so I added some green plated areas. The Gecko It´s a staple of my nomad TAG lists now, so I want to have them both battle-ready as soon as possible.

Gecko Squadron with MK12 loadout

Friday, 20 January 2017

Pride of the Sphere

Back again with more Infinity!
The new nomads are coming up pretty nice but before I get into that let me show you my Dragon Lady.
Dragon Lady - Imperial Judge HVT for Yu Jing
I don't even play Yu Jing but this HVT is probably one of the best in the game. It was really fun to paint, and I'm not even sure I will ever place her in the table because that parasol it's probably one of the most crazy handpaints i've ever done on a miniature. Looks like this one will be sitting at a priviledged spot of my shelf.

Ironically I bought this mini to use her as Lady Oka for Rise of the Kage. Guess I will have to look for another replacement.

Well, back to the matter at hand. NOMADS!

I know this are not new for most of you but I've been out of the Infinity scene for a while. Now that all my army has been resculpted from scratch I have given me a chance to take a new artistic direction with the new models, as I can leave the older sculpts in the shelf, and focus on rebuilding the force from scratch with the rescupts without worries of them not fitting with the old models.

The starter Nomads from Operation Icestorm
Alguaciles of Corregidor - bread and butter of Nomad armies

Compared to my old Alguaciles I dropped the all-red color scheme from the classical nomad rulebook in favour of a half grey and dull red that looks less cartoonish and more space pirate-y.

The new Mobile Brigadas are one of my favourites from the nomad range. They suffer from the ORC syndrome where despite having awesome models you cannot justify to use their price tag to field them over let's say a Gecko. Still I will probably end up buying the Brigada box. Because they are awesome.
Mobile Brigada from Corregidor

Compared to the old Brigada model the new model is bulkier and overall cleaner in design. It looks more like a military armor and less like a prototype suit with all those wires hanging out.

The Spektrs have one of the coolest lore profiles on the nomad lore, and all of their models have really cool poses. Sadly I rarely can justify their price over the more efficient Zeros or Moran. Still I own all the Spektr minis to date.
Tunguska Spektr

My older Spektr models were painted in scab red + grey. Base colors I used for Tunguska back then. This time I decided to go with a darker overall theme of mostly grey tones, with just small red details on the shoulder pads and waist comlogs. The darker theme helps maintain their spec-ops/ infiltrator looks.

For detail photos of the Grenzer and Healer, please check the previous post!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Back to the mothership

It's been a long hiatus since the last post. I've been kinda busy last month getting ready to move everything from Brazil to Spain once again. I decided I didn't want to carry my paints back so instead I went a bit out of the way to get me a self-present for the holidays. A GameColor paint case set from Vallejo and some of the new Infinity models that have been released while I was away.

Some of the new Nomad models 
The new models are certainly impressive, and the new paints and brushes are giving me a control I could not achieve with brazilian acrylics. I kinda feel like I've removed my weighted boots and can start running freely (and still the lame celphone photo's does not do justice to the models).

Tunguska Grenzer

Tunguska Grenzer
This particular photo makes me a bit sad because it does not capture the color depth of the coat, but I guess this is what you get when you don't have a nice camera and photo booth.

Reverend Healer from Bakunin

Reverend Healer
 The Taskmaster is such an impressive model! it was my first purchase when I got to a hobby store.
Bakunin Taskmaster SWAST team

Bakunin Taskmaster SWAST team

There are tons of things to talk about the last two months. I've been doing a sculpture course with the lead sculptors of Tiny Tales Studio which was tons of fun and has given me some modelling skills and tools I was in serious need like miniature pinning (seriously, they were all just glued until now).

Also, now I'm on a base sculpting spree. Here you can see some of the new minis on their new bases.

These last two are my CrazyPiggies. They are an old conversion of mine from the standard CrazyKoalas based on Sonic The Hedhehog enemies from Scrap Brain Zone. Now rebased to their newly sculpted bases and with their paint upped with some new tricks i've learned on the last years.

"CrazyPiggies" - CrazyKoalas

"CrazyPiggies" - CrazyKoalas
I'll try to go back to regular updating now that I have paints again.