Friday, 13 February 2015

Imperial Japanese Navy - Skytrex

I do paint more than chibis.
Since I ended university I was fascinated by the pacific theater of WWII and the beautiful planes and legendary ships that took part on those battles.

Last year I decided to invest a bit and now I own 2 fairly large WWII surface fleets from Skytrex models: One USS Fleet and one IJN for my Pacific wargames.

I used to play Victory at Sea, but recently I turned to the easier ruleset of WWII: All at Sea witch produces fairly good surface action battle and still has usable air combat rules.

The following pictures are a sample of my painted IJN Fleet so far.
This accounts for roughly 60% of my total naval IJN ships, but the others are waiting for their turn on the painting queue.

The legendary IJN Yamato and her sister IJN Musashi
I love painting ships, is fast and easy and the results are pretty satisfying.
I usually look for the online for the camo patterns used on the time and try to reproduce them. IJN fleets didn't have much camouflage compared to the USS but still had some magnificent ships like the Zuikaku with their mindblowing green camouflage.

Carriers IJN Shokaku and IJN Zuikaku
Hei-Gata Subs
Akitsuki and Shimakaze Destroyers
IJN Kongo and IJN Mutsu

IJN Yamashiro and IJN Fuso

IJN Ise and IJN Mogami after their carrier conversion.
Cruisers Tone, Takao and Chikuma

Sunday, 8 February 2015

King Alexian's retinue

This was a pretty relaxed weekend so I had plenty of time to paint some more miniatures.
I decided to start my Arcadia Quest heroes so next time we play our campaign we can bring the painted guys to the table.

This is my guild on the current campaign.

Make way for the Lion Guild!!
The first miniature, Prince Aaron was inspired on BattleCon's Alexian - the dynastic King of Jeffreys. As soon as I saw the mini I knew they would make a perfect match.

King Alexian of Jeffreys
BattleCon's King Alexian - by Nokomento
Next Pigsy. This was pretty straightforward. My girl thinks he has some crazy scary look. But I kinda like it. You can't go wrong with rabid pigs.
Did anyone say bacon?!
To end it up, my personal favourite, Elysia. I wanted do go for a classic medusa look so I opted for a white/blue color scheme reminding of greek tunics and a greenish skin.

Sexy snakies...
Some time ago I botched a miniature badly. It was an Ophidian Slave from Cadwallon, I couldn't get the light-green skin tone right. It always ended looking like a goblin, which was not the intent. Since then I always wanted to try again at a light green skin. I guess this time experience has paid off.

Also, snakes!! I didn't want to repeat the same old lame green snakes on every medusa I see around, so I added a bit of color variety and spice.

Hey guys, don't push,!! there's room for everyone!!

Originally this looked like the bastard son of a rainbow and a hydra, but I remembered some teachings from my digital coloring class and decided to add green ink to the whole hair as a unifying tone. The result pretty much speaks for himself. Despite having cobras from yellow to red and various tones of green and brown, the final result is still easy to the eye. I'm really satisfied with how this turned out.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Zelda chibis and youkai miniatures.

Well, it's been quite some time since my last post. I've been traveling a lot on January, both for work and for leisure, so painting has bogged down a bit.
First, for the good news. I managed to finish the SDE kobolds. I'm not posting them again, as they mostly look like the old ones. But I'm glad of having them out of my painting table for good.

Next I went for the Impact Kitsune because my girl was moaning all the time about how it was so lonely and painteless in a dark box on the table... So that's one more out of the list. I used my Arcadia base pattern for him until I decide anything better to go by.
It has a very simple pant scheme but the eyes make it pop out nicely.

Next, the Impact Kappas. They still need to get back for basing, but the painting is over. I love this figures but due to their pose it's so difficult to take a photo that does them justice...

Nitori and Mitori
Finally back to Arcadia Quest, I finished the lance beastmen...
Since I saw them I knew one was going to be blue. For obvious reasons:
Now we can play Zelda!!! 
Yes!! Ganon!! You cannot spell dungeons without Zelda. So Ganon as a villain was a must!
I originally painted him a dark violet matching his Ocarina of Time scheme, but my brother which is a die-hard Zelda fan would not accept anything but blue... so blue it goes.

By the way, the Link figure is the Deeproot Scout from Super Dungeon Explore. The first miniature i painted for that game.

And to finish off, I painted Schmetterling too... you know, the troll... named Butterfly...

I went for red base as the official one, as I already have a green troll and a black troll (Trollgut the magma troll from SDE). The photo reflections have messed a bit with the lighning but the red color has some nice shades to it.

I hope you like it!