Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Heroes of the Masmorra

So after almost a month painting almost exclusively infinity models I decided to give myself a change of pace and opened the Masmorra boxes for painting. It's kinda nice to paint chibis again. They are way faster to paint than the more detailed infinity models and you need to use a wider range of colors and approaches. Also they are really good to practice face volumes and skin tones.

Lotus was my first model as she always was one of my wife's favourite's to play. We owned the original brazilian Masmorra, so we were already veterans to the game when the american version came out. It was really cool to see minis being done for all the classic Masmorra characters.

Lotus controls animals around the dungeon and is a general annoyance.
Most of the guys were next. I tried to prioritize those that someone had already played before with us, so that if they want to play again the same character they can play it painted. Also Jay was a test run on dark skin before I tried to paint Makumba the necromancer.

Jay, Grenouille, Raffi and Travis
Some closer details of Grenouille. I tried to use the stippling technique I learned on the Rodoks to make his skin look more irregular in color, and I really dig the result. More froglike in appearance than a plain green for sure. I'm probably using him for Super Dungeon Explore for those moments when the witches turn you into a frog.

In our first game with the new edition I played Hyldir, and my wife was running Makumba so as the game ended they went right to the painting desk. I didn't really liked Hyldir's abilities in game much but I really like her miniature and her Valkirie theme.

 The overpowered Makumba was next. She works very similar to Lotus in game, but due to the fact that the american version has way more undead than beasts in the dice, in the end she is a way better character al around.
Painted Valerie the paladin too, In classic Warcraft soldier colors.

Some photos of the back sides.

I still haven't decided on a basing pattern yet so I guess I will paint them all first before chosing something that makes them pop a little more.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

An army of madmen

I've been painting more nomads throught the last weeks but I'm having some serious troubles getting a good photo setup on my new appartment. Light is very strong and my lamps distort lightning too much. So far my best results have been using scenery for the backdrop.

Well, in any case, finished the Pupniks so at last the Überfallkomando is done. I'm really proud of how this one turned out and I'm itching to field them again (first time they did minced meat out of Penthesilea, totally worth it).

Bakunin Moderators. Nothing spectacular, just standard bakunin white/orange/black theme. and some face paintings for the green guy. I tried to do some freehand nomad symbol that surprisingly turned out pretty well.

Corregidor Jaguars were next, I changed the traditional Corregidor red for prison orange in a remainder that this is a penal unit. For the black guy I triend some more colorful tatoos so they would pop more on the dark skin, while on the white inmate I went for a large dog tatoo with "Mad Dog" tattooed all along the arm.

I also painted my Lunokhod conversion. It turned out great!
It's pretty big compared to my old Tsyklon (that needs a new base and a repaint, i know...)

Handpainting the Lunokhod logo was probably the hardest part.

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: https://wotan.warconsole.com/battles/gravitypool-vs-von-mackensen-1499518995).

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