Sunday, 29 December 2013

Farsight Enclave: Broadside 2

Managed to finish and photo the last Broadside for my Farsight army.

The reds are a lot deeper and richer than these photos show - using Khorne Red as a base coat, highlighted with Wazdakka Red then Squig Orange.

I varied the grey colour plates on this model, and also changed the pose a little.

Next up? A squad of Stealth suit models...

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Hoping that everyone is having a peaceful and happy day.

Here's a picture of a Predator elder looking through a plasma orb - there aren't enough of these on the internet!?!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Farsight Enclave: Broadside 1

Has it really been two weeks since my last update? Seems so. Work and real life got in the way!

Anyway, I've been working hard on painting when I could but sadly no time to take photos. Today I fixed that, as well as wrapping up a couple of models before Christmas.

For my Farsight army, I'm going to have two Broadsides: this is the first.

I went with "all the missiles" - in my opinion, the best configuration for your Broadsides! I'll be adding two missile drones in due course.

The pose is a little weird... Shame, because the model armed with a railgun is awesome, but because the legs are fixed in place (a bit disappointing for such an expensive model!), there are limited poses.

I tried something out with the power pack on the back, not sure if it really works. Inside of going with a traditional glow effect, I used the new Nihilakh Oxide technical paint. For a basic tabletop effect, it does produce something akin to a glow, but doesn't stand up well to close inspection. As this is to be a gaming army, I figure that it'll work for me.

Have a great Christmas eve!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part 3: Misc Bad Guys

Final part in this series, and today I'm showing the last three models that I've painted - a hopelessly-out-of-scale Kraang and two Foot Soldiers!

I went with a larger scale base for the Kraang figure, and pinned him. The colour scheme was just basic flesh tones.

The two ninjas were very low-detail sculpts. After undercoating, their eyes and headbands were invisible. The detail on the clothing is quite low, and everything that is defined is quite blobby.

Sadly, this project was a case of diminishing returns really. The Turtles figures were very nicely sculpted and painted up well; where there was low detail, the figures were easy enough to fill in. Some of the later models were not so straightforward - even the Shredder figure in that regard - and the last few could've done with some major resculpting or freehand detailing to achieve a good result.

The book actually came with two more figures - a robot thing with a Kraang in its stomach, and an ooze counter - but I decided to put those two things off for now.

Still, I am pleased with the end result and the pieces do look really good together. The value can't be argued with - £4-5 pounds for all of these models! The bases cost about the same, but I think they add lots to the set. I finished these with grass tufts and some water effects (difficult to see on the photos).

So, I'll be taking a brief break from painting, then on with the Farsight army project - some Stealth Suits and Broadsides are the next goal

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part 2: Shredder, Splinter and April

Today is part 2 of the TMNT repaint articles. I painted up these three characters together, and as with the Turtles they were a lot of fun to do.

I went with a classic Shredder outfit, incorporating some purple, grey and lots of metalwork.

April was a strange miniature to paint. The proportions are drastically cartoony. The face in particular had hardly any detail so I filled in what I could.

Splinter looks more like a Chess piece! Nonetheless, his face is detailed as are the arms and hands.

These figures were a lot less detailed than the Turtles. I expect that, the Turtles being the heroes of the piece, less work was put into sculpting these!

Next up: a Kraang and some Foot Ninjas!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part 1: The Turtles

And now for something completely different…

I've always been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - firstly, when that goofy Fred Wolf cartoon came out in the 1980s; secondly, when I got a little older and delved into the original Turtles by Laird and Eastman. That eventually lead to an interest in Palladium's "TMNT & Other Strangeness", which sadly was discontinued many years back.

Now my children are into TMNT as well, through the new Nickelodeon CGI cartoon. It's okay, but not really for me: it's aimed (obviously!) at young children and loses at lot of the grittier tone of the original turtles. But it is not the worst version of the Turtles, at least.

Recently, I saw a new "Busy Book" range - they make these kids books with a map or poster, a hardback book and (most importantly!) a handful of scale plastic figures… The shop I saw these in had Batman (the sculpts were okay but not great) and TMNT. These sculpts were quite nice, and I suddenly thought of repainting them! The price was also great: £5 for 12 models (actually, I later found the book in another shop for £4!).

Using plastic toys or figures for gaming, by repainting them, isn't a new idea. Lots of painters have used Heroclix and the associated ranges and repainted them, but I've never done this before.

My first stop was to paint up the Turtles themselves. These were by far the best figures in the set (as we will see in later posts). I forgot to take pictures of them in their original state, but here is a shot of some of the other figures:

Here are the Turtles with an undercoat of black paint. Note that the mould lines on these figures are really hard to remove and quite pronounced! I decided to use some 30mm round-lipped bases, which I thought represented a sewer well.

Here are the finished Turtles. I went with a combination of the classic Turtles scheme (no pupils, all same green colour etc), but some more modern twists (different coloured eye masks). It's a shame that the Turtles aren't using their weapons (I'd have liked to do them all with red eye masks, to keep them really old-school).

As to the scale of these figures, I took some shots with other well-known ranges - here is a Heresy Hurn and Knight Models Dark Knight. The Batman figure is supposed to be 30mm - I'd say that the Turtles are really 32-35mm range, but they could probably be used alongside Knight Models figures (I'm not a scale purist really).

As can be seen, Bane is still bigger than the Turtles. The other figure is a 30/35mm Planet of the Apes soldier, from Graven Images.

Alongside another Batman, Judge Dredd and a Black Dragons Space Marine…

So, this is an interesting project and one I'm enjoying doing. There are lots of blank spaces on the models with low detail, so it helps to use a more "comic book" style by feathering the highlights. I also added some speckling to the joints and areas of the face, reflecting real reptiles. 

Next up: Splinter, April and Shredder...