Saturday, 16 September 2017

Beyond Beyond

I got me the Beyond Icestorm box two weeks ago, and I had decided that for my comeback to the ITS season I would run a list with the new Kriza Boracs, so I had to rush the Kriza to the paint table to have a paint coat ready for his big debut.

I decided to keep my Tunguska black and dark red scheme similar to the one used by CB, but gave him severeal sources of light both on the base and on the suit to spice up the already imposing figure.

Instead for going for pure white for the detail color like bakunin I tried to dye a the white a bit in purple, and the final result matched the darker composition more evenly, making the white areas to blend more and not catching too much the attention of the viewer.

Next was the Hellcat. It's been ages I don't ever field a hellcat (mostly because Tomcats...) but this figure has such an awesome pose that it was really fun to paint.

While I painted the sniper Intruder girl I decided to take the chance to paint my HMG intruder together with her. He was primed and waiting for a chance to get to the paint desk for a while but as he didn't see much playtime I didn't find the need to rush it. Ironically he was the badass who net me some victories in my most recent tournament so I thought he deserved a bit of love too.

As usual I spruce a bit on CB color scheme. My corregidor usual use pilot red pants, and the intruders sport metallic armor on their arms. Like Tunguska they trade the pure white for a skin tone. This comes a long way back from when I started playing infinity and I had the headcannon that nomads used ceramic armor.

Also, as my birthday was recently I got a box of Interventors from the missus, so at last I could assemble a conversion I was long time planning: Perfidious Interventor Morgana, with her fellow pandas. It was kinda difficult to make the panda grip on her. I kinda like the way the prensile feet tights on her in a way that that a real panda couldn't, and reminds that it's a robot and as such can articulate in ways his biological counterpart can't.

I also had a spare Alguacil hacker laying around and decided to get her to the queue to guarantee as i'm still short on alguaciles to form a full fireteam. It's fun that this particular mini from the Corregidor starter is a bit small in scale compared to the Icestorm alguaciles, so next to them she looks like she is a rookie teenager in training.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Remaking Pan-O from scratch

I was never a great fan of Pan-O. To be fair, as a nomad player, I hate them deeply. However there was a moment in time where some of the PanO minis appealed to me (mainly Auxilia and Orcs). For that reason I amassed a small band of mostly Neoterran troops with some Kamau and an occasional knight (i hate swords on sci-fi setting as much as I hate Pan-O).

When I was deciding on how to paint my Pan-O back then I settled on a white/black color scheme with orange accent. I also built some water ruin bases that fitted my idea for the force: a naval rapid intervention team that deployed on the shore to strike on coastal enemy assets.

Some of my old Pan-0 force, back from N2
This was several years ago, back in N2 and when there where no sectorials expected on the near future. Then Human Sphere came, and with it sectorials. Suddenly my color scheme was extremely similar to Bakunin oficial color scheme. While I loved this color scheme as soon as I started painting my Bakunin troops they started to look too similar among them, so the need for a repaint of my Pan-O crossed my mind several times.

Old Swiss guard and Orc Trooper
I decided to try a new color scheme, but I didn't want to go with the usual Pan-O blue, instead a more petrol blue like the one used by Merovingian troops.

The old Joan of Arc was my first test subject. Most of my troops are Neoterra so those out of the sectorial were mostly unbuilt and unpainted, so the first task was to decide on accent colors for the other sectorials. For Military orders I decided to go with vatican purple and gold as are colors that easily remind of the church and would pop up well over the blue.

Satisfied with the results I decided to try it on Fusiliers. Being the basic troop they would be the most numerous and need to make the color scheme feel right. For them I chose an urban camo pattern for the trousers, and red accent colors as they will almost always be on my Neoterran army.

Brother Konstantinos was a bit of an oddball as he is a special operative, so I went with mostly black uniform, but again using church purple to remind he is a soldier of the order.

Father Knight and the new Joan of Arc followed the same idea of golden inner armour and accent with purple robe, but got some extra work and colors on their weapons to make them stand appart from regular troopers.

The Akalis I was seriously considering selling the model as I don't play nor have the intention of playing Acontecimento, however in the end I was intrigued of how Acontecimento colors would fit with my new scheme so I decided to give him a chance. I chose an horizontal wavy jungle camo pattern mixed with the usual Fusilier urban pattern, and the result turned out to be pretty interesting.

The color of the bases was also updated and makes the figures pop up more now. Overall I'm pretty satisfied of how this guys turned out. Now I'm wondering if I should strip the paint of my older Pan-O models to adapt them to this new color scheme.