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boxed set with those Shasvastii I could field in Onyx and still had some cool minis (as most Shasvastii are pretty old outdated minis).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.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

7 days to Rise the Kage

So, if you recall my last post you remember I had recently got my hands on both Rise of the Kage and Docks of Ryu. The thing is I'm just about to travel back to Spain for a long time and I was using some paints on this project from local brazilian manufacturers. So I came with a crazy idea... could I actually manage to paint both the game and expansion before I went back to spain?

It was the 7th of November when I decided that I would try and paint all the minis in the game before my depature date on the 17th. Obviously quality wise the minis are not on my usual level of detail as I had to rush many things but they are good enough for tabletop play which was the original idea. Also it's the 13th so I managed to do it in 7 days which for me is a completely insane time frame and gave me an idea of how fast I could actually paint a game to tabletop condition.

Rise of the Kage and Docks of Ryu painted!!

Green was used as a unifying color across all troops. The green skirt is the only element that ties all troops as belonging to a same authority.

The Musha Shugyo samurais were the hardest to do, taking almost 2 of the 7 days.

I want to try to add some tatoos to the dock guards to make them pop a bit more with the extra time.

The samurai ladies will probably be retouched, I want to adjust the skin hues a bit and add some flowers to their kimonos.

The dock's veterans were the last ones to be done

And for those of you who like this things some progress pictures.

Day 1 - Komomos

Day 2, amber level guards

Day 3 - Amber level still.

Day 3 - Start of the Red level Samurai

Day 4 - Samurai

Day 4 - Samurai

Day 5 - Guards

Day 6 - Dock guards

Day 7 - Dock Guards (the veterans where done here too, no photo sorry)