Monday, 26 June 2017

Prodos Games: Alien Crusher

I was one of the original "investors" in the Prodos Games Kickstarter, and I picked up my stash of miniatures from Salute a couple of years ago. Since then, the miniatures have been starting at me from across my desk - urging me to paint them... The issue is largely with finding the time to actually paint up these guys. They're resin, which takes that little extra time to prepare, and their Aliens: I doubt that I will ever find the motivation to do a proper army of these guys. 

But the Alien Crusher was actually pretty fun to build and paint. Here he is:

I thought this was a very bold choice from Prodos when it was first released. The Crusher appears only in Aliens: Colonial Marines - the critically-panned console game from 2014. Why chose an alien type from a game which was so poorly received? Still, the Crusher is nice an chunky, with a toy-like aspect thanks to its size.

I painted this guy in the same colours as in the video game. With so much surface detail, drybrushing it is a breeze. I picked out the finer highlights with standard brushwork, and then painted the teeth in grey going up to white.

Finally, the whole model was coated with a layer of gloss varnish. I'm painting select aliens with a gloss finish, and I thought that this guy took it quite well.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Batman Miniatures Game: Black Canary

Something a bit different this week. I've long been a fan of Knight Models Batman Miniatures Game. The figures are expensive, granted, but they are also very characterful, and the skirmish-scale means that you can dip in and out of their range without feeling the need to collect a whole army.

This is Black Canary, from Batman: The Animated Series:

Another interesting miniature from Knight Models, which was fun to paint.

The hair looks a little off on these pictures. I tried to achieve a bright, almost unnatural yellow colour, to reflect the TV series.

My only negative comment on this figure would be that it is incredibly slender. This is something I've said before about KM miniatures. Whilst this is obviously more realistic, it can make the figure more difficult to paint and undoubtedly makes it more fragile if you're a gamer.

For example, here's Canary alongside BvS Superman:

As you can see, KM male figures tend to be bigger and bulkier by quite a degree. Not an issue, but something to be aware of. 

Here's Black Canary with some other KM figures:

Which raises another interesting point: KM figures tend to actually vary in proportions across the range quite significantly. This is to be expected to a degree, because the range contains many different versions of the Batman setting (TV, comic book, animated series etc). 

Here's a final shot of two Batman figures alongside Punisher, demonstrating another size difference:

This really isn't a problem at all, but it's just something I've noticed when painting these figures. I've just seen General Zod is shortly for release, and I certainly think I'll be picking that pack up...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Khorne Bloodbound: Slaughterpriest

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but the blog is still going strong! I've been grabbing painting time as and when, and the photography aspect has fallen behind... Anyway, here's a Slaughterpriest that I recently finished for my Khorne army:

This is the model that came with the "new" White Dwarf, what, last year sometime!? I just hadn't gotten around to painting him up. When I actually started, he actually came together really quickly. It's an interesting model from my perspective, as it gave me the opportunity to try out some different painting techniques.

An example is the technical paint Blood for the Blood God. This is a very interesting paint, which gives a glossy finish, and has a specific texture to make it appear blood-like. If any model warrants using it, I figured it was the Slaughterpriest! I like the technique a lot.

The skin tones were also interesting to paint. I used Flayed One Flesh, which is very similar to GW's bone colours. Again, the skin came together quite quickly once I started it.

This was a bit of a one-off, as I've now really finished my Khorne army. I'm not a big fan of GW's Chaos aesthetics, but I had the models from the starter set. I think this miniature will fit in with the rest of the army quite nicely.