Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SE Bazûka

I am not quite done with him, but what the heck I will post him any way since I am posting and taking photos. I need to finish the blade, base and retouch the tone mismatch n the back skirt. I like the way he turned out so far.

SE chaos space marine color test

So I am trying out an paint schema on some chaos marines. I would really like some opinions as to if it works or not? Other colors? Color tones to adjust? Does it pop enough to be seen on a battle field? etc.

SE- ghoul

So I wanted to try something new. I have not done undead before, I liked the model and a local game store had them cheap, so here is my first ghoul:) I think my nmm blades are finally starting to look like blades and not just really bad nmm:)

SE- return from gen con

So back from gencon. I entered a speed paint there, and this was the fig I managed to do. I was very happy with the results, given the restrictions: 40 minutes, primary and secondary colors+ black, white, brwon, flesh and silver metallic. I was sadly dq'd as I failed to listen to the direction that the base counts:( oops.

I liked the fig anyway so here it is. I was happy with how the nmm from the buckles and guns turned out. I was also happy at the color mixes I wa sable to get in the time frame. I could not use any of the colocrs out of the bottle as they were all too bright, ultramarine blue...ick.

GF Bandito 3

"There must be a hundred reasons why I don't blow you away," his voice barely above a whisper. "Right now I can't think of one."

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Notorious General Zero

This summer, our local gaming store had their yearly role playing mega event. The game of choice was Mutants and Masterminds; a super hero game based on the d20 system. My preferred hero games are Villains and Vigilantes, Living Legends or Champions but: when in Rome do as the romans....just don't forget to complain a bit. I think there were 12+ gamesmasters for the event, and each group numbered from 4-9 players. They had one or two groups playing any given day!

I am normally a bit resistant to these sort of big events, but as a friend of mine was reffing, and he had an interesting idea for the scenarios. Instead of the typical group of do good heroes, our characters were to be a band of desperate of super villains. That was enough to sell me on the idea of the game.

The character I made was the military conquorer, "the Notorious General Zero!" He is an old character from the 1950s comics era (or earlier?) and nemesis of Captain Wonder. My modern version captures the essence of General Zero and gives him an updated look. The original 50s character had a Snideley Whiplash style moustache that I wasn't sure if I should add it with green epoxy. I do like those classic, cheesey, old school villains, but decided to leave him modern looking!

For General Zero I used a Reaper Miniatures -General Drake #1403- from their CAV line of figures. It's a great sculpt. The character is in combat cut battle fatigues and is wearing an open trench-coat style field jacket. It sort of has the feel of a cape and gives the sense of movement. The defining element of General Zero is that he wears a red garrison hat with gold trim and the Drake miniature's hat fit the bill.

In the fifties, General Zero's troops alternated looking like WWII Germans or Russians with that sort of goofy pot helm that they used. I thought about picking up some Black Tree Designs Russians, but settled on an updated look for the "Zero Army" troopers. From Copplestone Castings, I chose the -Hostage Rescue Squad #FW1. They have a really good masked commando operative look to them. This is exactly the kind of trooper a new millenia General Zero would have.

The character in the
red beret is the General's cheif henchman Sgt. Huiderman. This figure is from Copplestone Castings Future Wars line also -FW35 Trooper Officers. I chose that model because it had a nice flat area on his chest to paint General Zero's signature skull and crossbones.

Finally, the figure on the far right is one I painted for Todd's character: Mathias Morgue. The concept behind him is a freebooting mercenary for hire. The figure is from Copplestone's -FW7 Mercenaries- pack. Todd had a very specific pattern for how he wanted the camo paint on Morgue's face and it turned out ok! Oddly enough, even though this was the quickest figure to do, it also is the most pictuesque of the entire gang.

It took 4 days to paint them up! I am pretty happy with how they went. They look better at arms length. Seeing them magnified has given me the incentive to do some retouches...

British Adventurer

This is my hunter character Alan Carter, his right hand man Kiwahi, an askari guard and a porter for the trip to the interior.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

GF Bandito 2

"There's always a man faster on the draw than you are, and the more you use a gun, the sooner you're gonna run into that man."

Monday, August 6, 2007

BG Epic Space Marines

Brian has just raised the bar to crazy insane for detail with these epic space marines. They have a friggin' flame painted on the sholder pad! gak. we need another battle. he says prettier are more resiliant.....lets blow 'em up good!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

GF Bandito

"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

SE Goblin Witch

The building was from green stuff. My first attempt with it. The shingle depth is an illusion as they are really almost flat, but the highlights make them pop. I choppped the arm from a troll. The idea of an arm coming out of a building was inspired by Wayne, who I asked what would look better an arm or a building. He brilliantly said both and was right! Thanks dude!

This was my first attempt at nmm on the bolts on the rocket.

SE Goblin Mystic Hoosu Uzo

I finally like the gold look on the hilt on this fig. the shadows got a little dark to see the face. too bad:( I like the rats all over him though. He's supposed to worship the goblin rat god.

SE Cowboys

Just some cowboys. I was trying something different with the guns. I was going for a shiny silver in these. Seemed to work better in the green cowboy. I used more blue in my mix of grays.