Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Triple Trihedrometry

This week I finished several of my university work so suddenly I found myself with tons of free time in my hands. After a disastrous result at the last Infinity tournament I spoke with a fellow player who plays Tohaa and he teached me a bit about the faction's do's and dont's (I am a complete ignorant when it comes to Aleph and Tohaa).

So after the little lesson, I decided to start painting the 300pts box I manage to buy for a dime during the black friday promotions at corvus belli.

I'm not really a fan of the Tohaa lore, but as a Combined Army player I really liked the lore behind the Sygmaa Trihedron. Those guys are the Tohaa that were already conquered by the Evolved Inteligence and integrated into their society. So I decided to base my army on them, with darker looks and colors. My CA already sports black and green so those where out of the question. My CA Sygmaa use purple as their identity color so I decided purple would be one of the main themes and an intense turquoise would be it's contrast,

Kamael, Kaeltar and Ectros
I was a bit skeptical about painting them and later finding that corvus would be launching them as a new sectorial, so when they confirmed there would be no new alien sectorials for this year in the recent seminars, I decided it would be a great moment to start.

The first mini was the Kamael, as I wanted to test the color scheme for the skin. I got some tips for highlighting with the guys from WGC Infinity on facebook and I really like how it turned out. I wanted to try this impish skin to also use it on the new Arcadia Quest Inferno models where there is a lot of demons and Imps.

I next went for the Ectros. Mostly because I love the new Neema spitfire model and want to add it to my roster asap. As the Ectros shares the same armor it kinda was a field test for when I paint her.

Next I decided to tackle the Kaeltar. I was told that I will be fielding this guy on every game so It would be wise to have them amongst the first painted.

The lava bases were pretty easy to make, and a huge relief when compared to my other hand- sculpted bases. Still, I got some tricks from the guys online to make the lava more realistic and less cartoony that helped give a more serious look to the minis.

Last and as a bonus I finished a miniature I had sitting on my desk for more than 6 years now. Candy and Cola are the mascots from Sodapop Miniatures and they make a nice HVT or a Mayastar for the Infinity RPG. 
Candy & Cola

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Playing in the major leagues

At last my Aristeia scenery hit home last week so I decided to make some shots with the Aristos that I had finished and not updated into the blog yet.

The warsenal terrain looks amazing on the board and i'm glad I could pick it with a good discount on black friday. It's really sturdy and it looks like it could fall from the table and go completely unscratched. It requires some assembly though so have that in mind if you plan to pick it up.

I finished all my aristos back in december but didn't have time to take some photos of them. Here are Musashi, 8-ball and my favourite nomad witch Hexxer. I have been using Hexxer as a Reverend Custodier and 8-ball as Brandocastro for my nomad's lately while I finished painting my actual Reverend and Brando.

Next are Wild Bill and Parvati. While at first I wasn't really fond of Parvati, it has grown on me over time, particularly due to her awesome support cards on the game. I just recently started playing and Aristeia league and her status removals are a boon to have in the team. 

Bill is probably my least favorite hero of the bunch but I like a lot how the paintjob on him turned out. Despite being the plastic version he is full of detail.

Now I'm looking forward to the new Soldiers of Fortune set. Certainly Massacre and Laxmee will have a place in my builds.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Warpforged warpmachines

I spent some time during the last weeks finishing my Skaven warmachines. Mostly because they are so bulky that they occupied a ton of space on the table, so I just wanted to move them to the cabinet.

Plagueclaw catapult and Warplightning Cannon
If the catapult looks a bit weird is because it is magnetized so it can turn into a second cannon if needed. For that to work out I had to swap the way the warpstone fixed into the main arm of the catapult, so the magnet would be on the same place as when it is fixed in cannon form.

I originally didn't plan to put crew on the warmachines, in fact I was leaving them out to convert them into some clanrats, but when I based the siege engines I noticed the base looked enourmous having anything else on it, so I had to go back and assemble/paint some crewmembers to go with them.

One of my warplightning cannons came with a missing sprue and GW was kind enough to send me a brand new cannon in replace. So from the flawed box and some spares from my bits box I built this Pox Cauldron for my monks, inspired by some others I saw online. I've heard this was a Skaven warmachine back in some of the older warhammer fantasy editions but it does not seem like we'll be seing rules for it in Age of Sigmar any time soon.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Subtle as a punch to the face

I've been messing around with some new lists that move away from what I traditionally play with my nomads. I decided this year I would try to field as many troops as I can to learn how to properly use them and have a feel for them.

For that reason I decided to finish my second Gecko wich was currently a long time on stand-by, so I could try to field them as a duo again (my first try wasn't really very successful).

Next I painted my Prowler. I've been dying to try the Prowler spitfire profile for a while but that 2 CAP cost makes it really hard to fit in most of my lists. I tried the regular version on a tournament yesterday and it didn't live up to my expectations. I hope the spitfire profile changes that for the better.

I went with mostly black colors instead of my mainly white bakunin color scheme to set him appart from the rest of regular troopers.

Last was my first ever try at a tartan with McMurrough.  I went with a blue tartan to contrast with Corregidor red, but the armor was mostly nomad colors.

Mc Murder ready for combat!

Group shot

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Mary of the Knife

Just a last entry of the year update to wish all of you who follow this blog a nice entrance into 2018.

I had not posted my finished reverend moiras fireteam despite being done even before the Riot Grrrls, so now I guess it's time for the crazy nuns to wish you all the best for the new upcoming year.

Reverend Moiras fireteam 

Those crates in the background are some Bandua scenics I got for pretty cheap during black friday sale. They were a hassle to assemble but the result is quite nice. I do not own an aerograph so I just had to spray can the different parts on different colors and hope they would look nice once assembled. To be fair the results weren't half bad.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Night of the Riots

I've been a Nomad players since pretty much N1. Before sectorials where even a thing and we got tiny robots and cool toys for our models. There is something about the Nomad nation that just appeal to me. They are a bunch of ragtags and pirates and anarchists, but they still find enough common ground to fight together for a common cause. 

The Bakunin Riot Grrrls and the Corregidor Jaguars really are the units that most give me that feel. We have this bunch of motherf***ers here on our spaceship giving us hell, so why don't give them a frigging missile launcher and point them at our enemies? 

While the Jaguars are a bunch of unruly band high on nitrocaine the Riot Grrrls just bring up the punch with all their firepower and heavy power armor.

While the Moira's look childish and kinda innocent, the faces of the RiotGrrrls look rough and determined. They look like they are fed up with everyone in the universe and I love that!

While I've seen some Riots painted with random colors, I wanted to maintain the idea that their armor is military grade. I imagine they would like to serve as an example to other little girls, so their visual imagery would be important for them.

We're not taking shit from anyone!
After I finished the unit, I noticed I had not done any black or brown skin girl on this unit despite  usually doing that in Corregidor troops. I guess I was pretty burned after painting Lunah and Gata. To be fair I'm still not proficient on painting black skin. I surely need to practice more, specially on the ladies.

That's some sexy power armor.

I have also been messing around trying to do some chrome effects on an old Zero I wanted to repaint. I got a ton of really nice comments and insight from the guys at WGC Infinity facebook group, that helped me tweak small things here and there. The base was left unfinished as I'm planning to transition all my nomad bases to the new necromunda bases I started using for Aristeia that I feel give an awesome spaceship look.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Man, the Soldier and the Aristo-cat

I got my Aristeia! last week and, while I bought the collector's edition with metal miniatures I was gladly surprised with the overall quality of the plastics, so I was in doubt of what to do with the metals. If I could achieve good results with the plastic models maybe I could sell my metals and get some of the money back.

However, despite the quality, some of the models like Lunah or Gata really showed some lack of detail around the face that worried me. So I decided to paint them first in order to decide if it was worth keeping the plastics or not.

After starting painting Gata it was pretty obvious that the face and her mask part was going to be the hardest. The definition there was completely gone, and what was supposed to be a cat mask was just a blob of plastic, which was kinda disappointing.

It's a shame, really, because the rest of the model looks pretty good from other angles.

Major Lunah was next, and in the end I could paint her face without much problem as it had enough definition to tell her features appart. I'm still not 100% sure about my black skin toned though. I always kind of feel they do not have enough highlights, but I want to avoid whitewashing the model, so the end result doesn't seem to have the same depth as other skin tones. 

Max was painted like my Pan0 with a petrol blue instead of marine blue. The darker tones make the armor look more like naval military armor instead of a colorful parade suit. However for Maximus I added several orange and white accents, as well as the Aristeia and Mototronica logos on the shield as per his official art.

The bases are the new bases for Necromunda by GW repurposed into a cleaner sci-fi look. This is my testing ground for deciding whether I'm going to rebase my nomads with this bases.

In the end I'm not completely sure of what to do with my metal minis. While Lunah and Max turned out well I'm really disappointed about Gata. I'm not sure if I'd like to give her another go in her metal counterpart. 

For the time being I guess I will just keep painting the rest of the Aristos and decide once I have the full set complete.