Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Infinity Force Updated.

Now with shiny Hac Tao and Orange Karakuri!

Now for some WIP Green & Purple Japanese geisha automatons.

Incidentally, I've stopped using the light box, since it's a little too good at blocking out direct light and the models come out a little too dark to make out all the details.  I'll have to fix it sometime, replace the tissue papers with some thinner tracing paper, and make sure all the insider is white to reflect light better.  Until then, I'll be doing what I'm doing with these pics, putting them in indirect sunlight (or direct sunlight and using Picasa to cheat myself to victory).

Until we meet again.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I got some things done.


I dragged my arse away from playing Demon's Souls (so good) and painted some more things for you to look at.

Most of these are WIP, and some were finished a while ago and didn't get a chance to upload, so the more recent and relevant WIP models first...

Since everything else is going to be Infinity, I'll put this lone Warhammer miniature on the top of the pile: something I wanted to get in metal before GW went and CrapCasted it.

Still some left to do on the blue, red and skin, and I'll probably try to do something with the black (I hate highlighting black).  The model is also a must-add for one of my theoretical Druchii all-cavalry lists, but I mostly wanted to get it before Finecast and I wanted to support a LGS since I happened to be in the area.

Next, le Karakuri.  Like robotic geisha girls with lots of weapons.

This is the one I'm doing at the moment, about 66% finished I reckon, the other two are barely basecoated:

One will be a sort of light neon green, and the other will be some shade of purple, one hopes.

Next is the Hac Tao:

I thought the some yellow stripes were desperately needed to break the monotonous blue body.

That ends the WIP section, now here some things I did finish.

First are the last two Ninja I finished a while ago:

The Ninja Hacker.

Shinobu Kitsune.

Then there's the Shang Ji Invincible, which is an all-purpose Heavy Infantry who has an under-slung flamethrower on his gun.

And lastly a Tokusetsu Butai, a cheaper doctor/engineer unit with an inferior Ballistic Skill, which is fine, since you really shouldn't be using your doctor to shoot things.

That's it for now, back to the futile search for employment.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Yummy Postman-Presents (Infinity Unboxing).

I recently ran out of Infinity models to paint.  After indulging myself in such fine miniatures, I lacked the will to paint Games Workshop miniatures which seem clumsy and misshapen in comparison.  Seriously, it's like comparing a proper take-away curry to those meal-for-one things you pop in the microwave.

So I got some more.

A Karakuri box, a Shang-Ji Invincible and a Hac Tao.  Because Yu-Jing is the massed heavy infantry faction.

I like the way they're packaged so much, I'm just gonna post photos.

Single blisters come in a plastic container that is very easy to open;
tear off the cardboard tag on the top and a single staple is the only thing between you and a great mini.
Opening a box of blisters is like a treasure chest moment.

Lovely models!

If I come across as slightly gushing - it's because I am, that's why.

On to the blisters themselves:

Karakuri x3
Those. Look. Fiddly.  Incredibly so.  But so worth it to have android geisha girls with guns.
Like this.
Next is the Shang Ji Invincible, a basic all-purpose heavy infantry selection - something I desperately need considering my Japanese Sectorial Set is extremely specialized to short-range combat.
So something that doesn't need an inordinate amount of supporting fire just to get in range of an enemy is rather nice (looking at you Domaru Butai).

Last is the Hac Tao with a missile launcher.

Think of her as an invisible terminator (40k termie, not Schwarzenegger) with a missile launcher, and remember that this is a missile launcher in a skirmish game.  Sometimes considered cheese.

Still, I consider her official paintjob to be rather dull, so I'm looking forward to see what I can do with her.

That's it for now, got job interview to fail in 40 minutes time!
Happy dice rolling.

Friday, 2 March 2012

New Stuff Day (?)

Apparently it's 'old stuff day' today for bloggers.  I.e. blog necromancy/nostalgia trip.  Bringing some posts that didn't receive as much attention as the should have (with lower follower numbers in the past and all).

Unfortunately, my blog is not exactly 'old', not being even a year old yet, and the number of posts I have put out is also rather small.  So... I'm just gonna show you what I've been working on lately.

First off, my current project - Shinobu Kitsune WIP.

A special character ninja.  Now, my struggle to find a suitable palette choice for the colours of this model led to the first time I actually went on the forums, begging bowl in hand, to ask for advice.  I was told by someone regarding one of my other ninja that black highlighted with grey was too dull and I should use a subtle highlight of the complementing colour. 

Long story short, I tried to make blue with black subtly highlighted red and came out with blue and black unsubtly highlighted orange.  I'm generally quite happy with this, as it does accentuate the cyberpunk anime feel of Infinity, though it does mean that she won't quite fit in with the rest of the ninja, as they are simply *bright colour* and grey-shaded black.

Oh well, she's a named character, she gets perks.

And then some Dark Elf updates:

First, me trying to remember how to paint Black Guard.  The one on the left is a heavily damaged and chipped model I painted about two years ago - the one on the right is one I began painting about a week ago.  I'm keeping the old one close for reference as I try to remember the combination of washes and highlights I used to paint them.

Then some Witch Elves:

Mostly stretching my legs as regards to the skin tone and the hair, which are the two new factors that these models posses in comparison to my existing army.  That and working out where each colour will go and so forth.  These three will accompany the Cauldron, so it's a good place to work out the colour scheme in preparation for when/if I get some proper Witch Elves.

That's pretty much it for today then, au revoir.