Friday, 21 November 2014

Tau Farisght Enclave: Battlesuit Commander

It feels as though I've been painting my Tau army for years! It's been through two rule book changes, and I've put it on hiatus several times. I managed to finish the "enforcer" suit commander today!

Firstly, this is a great model. The pose is dynamic, there are several bits options, and it is suitably different to the rank-and-file Tau battle suits. He'll do great in my army!

Secondly, the fine cast is horrible... There are numerous edges which are imprecise. Some of the flat panels have horrible texture to them. And, sadly, I don't see him holding that sideways pose for long: similar fine cast figures in my collection have become warped over time. I can well see the ankles sagging if I leave him on display...

The reds in these photos have come out far too "cherry": in reality, the armour is far more drab. I used Khorne Red as the base, highlighted with Wazdakka Red and finally Squig Orange. He is in the same scheme as the rest of my battle suit army.

The model is fully compatible with the GW plastic Tau battle suit weapons, which I used on the missile pack. He comes with several resin options - such as spare hands - so you have a few choices to personalise the commander.

I'd definitely recommend this figure, but make sure you inspect him for defects first! (Not actually very easy: the model is now direct only!!)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Marvel Miniatures: Black Widow

The Black Widow, aka Natalia Romanova, is a new release from Knight Models.

The Black Widow model is part of a large range of miniatures which currently have no rules for gameplay. This is fine with me - I wanted to paint it to expand my highlight of black colours - but these figures aren't for use in the Batman game. There is a rumour that Knight Models will shortly be releasing a Marvel super hero rule set, but this is probably going to be trickier than the BMG. That game relies on comparable power-level heroes and villains, whereas a Marvel game would need to cover a huge range of super hero and mutations.

Onto the miniature...

I had real problems taking these pictures, as the black bodysuit didn't photograph well. It is actually quite subtly highlighted, using a mix of Eshin Grey, Abaddon Black and Fenris Grey. I've never used these dark blues for highlighting, but I think they came out well and would recommend the mixture.

As with some of Knight Models other "human" hero figures, Black Widow does suffer from being a little flat - the picture above shows this. However, this is really a byproduct of the pose and I still think it's a great sculpt.

The wrist bands and belt were highlighted with yellows, to reflect the comic book colour scheme, and they contrasted well with the bodysuit.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Tim Drake aka Robin

Continuing my BMG painting adventures, here is Arkham City Robin...

I've never been a fan of Robin as a character, but decided to buy the miniature as my Batman band only has cops for support. Got to say, this is actually my favourite Batman model so far!

The detail is fine and crisp, the pose is awesome... It virtually painted itself!

I've said before the Knight Models sculpts fabrics very well, but the do capes best of all. The pictures don't really capture the highlighting, but even on "static" models like this the sculpting has real dynamism.

Looking forward to using him in a game!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Rorschach of the Watchmen

Such little time for painting recently! I've been working hard on lot of other projects, and have had even less time to photograph what I've painted!

Today I managed to picture Rorschach, aka Walter Kovacs, of the Watchmen band.

As with almost every Batman miniature I've purchased so far, this figure was great fun to paint.

I went with a fairly traditional Watchman colour scheme. The trousers are a deep purple colour (mixture of Abaddon Black and Daemonette Hide), but I chose to leave off the pin-strips that Knight Models has on the website version.

The Rorschach "blot" on the mask was interesting to paint; I used Nuln Oil to add a pattern, then added an Abaddon Black pattern inside that.

Knight Models do fabrics really well; the detail on this coat was a pleasure to paint!

The skulls on the base are some old resin bits I bought from Black Cat some years back. I thought that they fit the "nuclear apocalypse" vibe of the movie and comic. Overall, very pleased with this miniature.

Next up will be some more Batman Miniatures Game models - Robin and Black Widow!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Graven Images from Monolith Designs: Gorilla Soldiers

I recently went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and this got me thinking about apes miniatures. There have been several over the years but that's for another post! Today I finished painting these 36-40mm miniatures from Graven Images.

I picked up these models absolutely years ago, and they have been waiting patiently at the back of my miniatures box. A gap in my painting schedule finally gave me time to get them done! 

I went with a "classic" colour scheme for my gorilla soldiers, but a slightly lighter purple than the traditional fatigues. The models are otherwise quite muted in terms of palette. I did take a couple of minor artistic deviations to brighten the overall scheme, but they are close enough.

The set comes with a gorilla officer. His helmet badge is actually black in the original movies, but I felt that punting it metallic gave some extra focus.

Lots of nice details on the clothing...

The models come with integrated bases but I mounted them on another plastic base; this just made them slightly more stable.
These are a refreshing change from painting 28mm scale figures. The scale is slightly strange - I've never seen 36-40mm models before, but maybe this is a recognised scale for some figure ranges. I have another blister of these to paint up and hoping to do those shortly...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Blightwheel Miniatures: Hell'ington Britanic Officer

Blightwheel Miniatures makes some awesome 28mm scale models, and back in April I bought several of their resin sculpts as Salute. 

Here is a Britanic officer from their Hell'ington range - an alternative WW1-looking range, full of gas masks, tin hats and archaic weapons. 

The model was easy to assemble, coming in several small parts, and a joy to paint. The detail is sharp and the resin durable. 

I painted the officer in the colour scheme of my Savlar Chem-Dogs, figuring that he'd be a good addition to a command squad. The scale is slightly more diminutive than usual GW Guard sculpting but not so much that the miniatures couldn't be used in the same army.

I added a random decal to the power fist, used periodically throughout my Chem-Dog army.

This shot shows the studding on the chest plate, as well as the rank insignia on the shoulder guard.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blightwheel Miniatures: Knight Squire, aka Mecha Pilot

Today I finished painting a small side project: a Blightwheel Miniatures Mecha Pilot

I decided to add this model to my collection because it fits the style of the GW Imperial Knights so well. Although his official designation is a Mecha Pilot, I've dubbed him a Knight Squire. He will make an ideal objective model in a 40k game!

Plenty of nice detail on this piece, down to the bag that he carries. It's a shame more companies don't make non-combatant miniatures like this: it's just a nice model to paint up! I added a lightnin-bolt symbol of the shoulder plate as a finishing touch.