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.