Friday, 13 March 2015

Imperial Assault- Rebels

Here are the six rebel heroes for Imperial Assault. They each have a distinctive flavour, and were quite fun to paint.
Imperial Assault heroes

Jyn Odan is the agile smuggler. She's wearing this season's trendy orange jacket with matching gloves and bold white armour plates that scream, "I always shoot first!". I used blue to highlight her hair. I liked the stripes on her jodhpurs. I think she wound up a little more Indian than Japanese, but is clearly not Caucasian.
Jyn Odan

Jyn Odan, by Skyserpent

Gaarkhan is the Wookie, who expresses himself (herself? who knows) with a big axe. I like how the face turned out, but think the fur could be a lighter red-brown.

Mak Eshka'rey is a Bothan sniper. I liked painting his face. I painted the eyepiece yellow and then gave it a green wash. I also dig the Nokia on his belt.
Mak Eshka'rey

Gideon Argus is a human rebel commander and is fairly unremarkable. The red and white checkered logo was a pain to paint. I liked how the beard turned out. I think this guy would make a good browncoat character for Firefly gaming.
Gideon Argus

Fenn Signis is a human rebel machine-gunner. Apart from his helmet he's got a very conventional modern appearance. I grew to like the aqua scarf, it adds a splash of colour and character. His face turned out a little like a Ken doll (something about the eyes?) so I gave him some stubble to try and make him a bit more butch.
Fenn Signis

I really like the Diala Passil pose. She's a Twi'lek and has presumably been in hiding since the Jedi were hunted down. I like her ragged, muddy cloak- it reminds me of Gandalf the Grey. I was really pleased with how her lightsaber turned out- the darker background of the cloak sets it off. The violet skin was a little different, too.
Diala Passil

Finally, Luke Skywalker. Army Painter Soft Tone wash over white shirt and cream breeches. I'm pretty happy with the hair and face, I think it looks like him.
Luke Skywalker

Friday, 6 March 2015

Star Wars Imperial Assault- Mercenaries

The Imperial Assault Mercenary faction are the scum and villainy, the criminals and bounty hunters and alien creatures.

The Mercenaries in the Imperial Assault core game are the Trandoshan bounty hunters and the nexu. Nexus. Nexuses. Nexi? Anyway, they might be from the prequels but I'll let that slide because Natalie Portman in a catsuit. These were Army Painter Soft Tone wash over cream, with black wash stripes.

I can't bring myself to love Trandoshans, they look like cheap Dr Who or Trek baddies in rubber suits. They were a snap to paint, however, with an AP Strong Tone wash over a simple basecoat. I would like to paint a Bossk figure, though.
Trandoshan Hunters

Friday, 27 February 2015

Star Wars Imperial Assault- Imperial forces

Here's the baddest dude of them all, Darth Vader. I used some slightly too subtle blues and greys to highlight his cloak and armour, and gloss varnished the eyepieces. I worked on his lightsaber and the glow effect using what I had learnt from his 15mm version. I'm quite happy with the outcome.
Darth Vader

Showing a bit more of the lightsaber glow effect

"I shall call him... Mega-Me!"

"There can be only one!"
The Stormtroopers were a real slog, but worth it for these iconic minions. I was influenced by Sorastro's Stormtrooper painting guide video. I used a black wash over a white undercoat, then went back and picked out all the white bits again. I got this stage down to about 30-40 minutes per figure.

The E-Web Engineers (dreadful name) were painted the same as the Stormtroopers.
E-Web Engineers

The probe droids are cool. It is hard to tell if the 'real thing' are black, metal, dark grey or dark olive. I went for a dark olive, and used gloss varnish on the lenses.
Probe Droids

I like the officers' leather gloves and jackboots, and the rank badges are nice as well. I don't know Imperial badges of rank; any pointers here gratefully received!
Imperial Officers

The Royal Guard look awesome and implacable, but somehow seem a little improbable given that they're the Emperor's personal guard and I don't think they should be turning up all over the place. I used Army Painter Soft Tone wash over the AP Pure Red spray undercoat, then highlighted the cloak with Pure Red and the very edges of the helmet with a tanned skin colour. Gloss varnish to the visor.
Royal Guard

I don't like painting vehicles, but the AT-ST was easier than I had anticipated. Over a grey basecoat I washed it black then drybrushed it with lighter grey. I used a sponge for a chipping effect. I gave a dusty wash to the feet which came out OK. The head pivots and the chin guns can be elevated and depressed.

Next time: the Mercenary faction.

Friday, 13 February 2015

'The Great War' crowdfunder; Peter Jackson's 54mm Perry WW1 project

I was very pleasantly surprised earlier this week to hear of The Great War crowdfunder, which has already reached its funding goal. This is a joint effort between Richard Borg (Commands and Colors series designer) and Will Townshend (Plastic Soldier Company). This is, in essence, a WW1 C&C game with plastic 15mm miniatures. That alone was good enough to get me on board.

(Prototype only- board will be laminated and not have a white border.)
Here's some of what I have gleaned about official plans and the future for the game:
  • Double sided laminated board, with grass on one side and mud/ shellscape on the other.
  • Future expansions to include sandy board for Palestine/ Gallipoli
  • Future 'factions': US, Turks, ANZAC, French, Russian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian
  • Early War at some point
  • Airplanes
  • Artillery
  • AFV expansions featuring tanks and armoured cars
  • 'Epic' double-board games

I'm behind this game. I'm a fan of the C&C games (see here for proof) and I have a few PSC products which have been great. 15mm is my favourite scale. The Kickstarter closes 09 Mar 2015- click here to have a look!

Whilst I'm doing a post about other people's stuff and WW1, I must mention 'Mustering the Troops'. Here's the breakdown:
  • 4000 54mm NZ and Turkish troops in an epic WW1 diorama
  • Supported by Peter Jackson
  • Sculpted by the Perry twins
  • All figures painted by Kiwi gamers
  • To be released on an unsuspecting public for Anzac Day, the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings 25 April 2015
Painted by David Houston of Canterbury, NZ

I am completely on the wrong side of the ditch here, and wish my Kiwi colleagues the best of luck with their choice project, bro!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Blood Bowl Monkey

This was one of those rare paintjobs that turned out exactly as I had pictured in my mind's eye. I think it would be a cool Chaos Pact goblin, and pairs nicely with my flying monkeys.

I sculpted the banana out of green stuff, look out Perrys!

This says 'Monkey Bowl III' on the base, and was listed at Impact! Miniatures as Football Chimp. I don't know what or where the Monkey Bowl is/ was, and would be interested to know. I picked it up as a prize somewhere along the way.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Blood Bowl- Chaos Star Player

Last year I painted the 'Chaos Leader Star Player' from Willy Miniatures. He's seriously big, being on a 40mm base.

I didn't enjoy painting him as much as Tentacle Man, but now he's done. There was some poor casting around the helmet and left arm, unfortunately, which I filed down a fair bit. I greenstuffed a gem to his belt icon. I wasn't sure how to do the spikez on his right shoulder and knee- bone or brass? I went for bone. I also meant to add a skull to his base, but forgot. I may come back and do that later.