Monday, 16 April 2018

Ctrl Alt Repeat

I noticed a funny thing the other day - that there are some models that I've used a number of times. And not simply the same basic troopers that you paint because there are only 3 sculpts to go into a 10-man unit. I keep using these models for different purposes and conversions. I wonder whether familiarity means I am better able to visualise adaptation? I've managed to inadvertently do this with figures from the Rogue Trooper range, Blood Bowl and Rogue Trader.

Here are some examples:

The Eldar Trader

I think I have painted the Eldar Trader five times in total. I've still got three in my collection one I use as an Eldar Trader, one as a Dark Elf Blood Bowl coach, and one as the more exotic Bonesinger. On the face of it, the trader and coach are identical, but I did actually replace the holstered pistol for a pouch on the coach!

The figure is really unusual, both as an Eldar and Elf - he has a great expression and a really interesting pose - haughty and as far away from combat as you can get. I suspect that's why I've painted him so many times!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Bob Naismith's Overrunners Kickstarter

Bob Naismith is a hugely respected name in the miniatures sculpting industry, being part of the team that created the iconic Rogue Trader figures for Citadel, as well as working for a huge number of other companies since.

Bob was kind enough to let me interview him about his time with Citadel during the early days of this blog, and I'm delighted to see that he's just launched a Kickstarter of a self-designed line of near future soldiers.

The Overrunners Kickstarter is currently live and funded, comprising some very nice science fiction soldiers and supporting vehicles.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Data Kings - Tech Gang Launched

The Data Kings look to blast their way out of an ambush by The Maniaks

I've managed to paint up another pair of Tech gangers, to take my total up to 10. This is actually sufficient for my planned gang for the Necromunda event in a few weeks time. You'll also notice that I've swapped in a couple of different figures (the other figures will still get painted, but I've altered my list a little).

The biggest change to the list is that I've swapped out a plasma gun in preference for a heavy stubber. This was predominantly driven by an idea for the conversion - I liked it so much that I fast-tracked it in favour of the still WIP plasma gunner. In order to include the heavy stubber, I had to lose a boltgun. Happily I had a nice Marauder Tech ganger with a lasgun, so he came into the starting line-up. 

Champion Durango is inadvertently a clone of Cyborg!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Errol Phlegm, Mutie Scum

The team over at Old School Miniatures are currently running a nice little Kickstarter for a chaotic, pustulent set of travelling players, known as the Circus of Corruption. Do go and check it out.

They've been good enough to send a set of pre-release resin masters to the contributors of the Scale Creep blog, including myself. You'll see the full set jointly painted up by all of the 'Creepers' over the course of the next week, but in the meantime, here's my contribution - a charming little chap named Errol Phlegm.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tech Upgrades - a New Tech Quartet

The Data Kings secure a vital fuel dump.

I think it's fair to say that I'm really enjoying painting up these Techs. They're varied enough not to be boring, but uniform enough to not agonise over odd unique details. The differing sculpting styles are meshing together well enough too!

Over the course of the last few days I painted up a selection of four additional Techs, to give me 8 out of the 10 needed for the forthcoming event.

First up are Vobis with his plasma pistol and servo claw, and Franklin, my juve armed with a pair of stub guns. Vobis and Franklin are my concessions to minimal combat efficiency. Vobis is a ganger, technically armed with a plasma pistol and club for the event (he can't take a servo claw until the full Trading Post lists are published. He is one of my favourite Techs with that ridiculous over-sized claw!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Two Become Four - More Tech Gangers

I put some energy in yesterday evening to finish off another pair of Tech gangers for the gang I'll be using at the Necromunda event next month.

Techs are cool. They even have cool creepy pets.

This time I've painted two one-piece 'stock' models without any modification of any kind - a characterful Marauder Tech, and the Copplestone Tech leader.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Getting a Little Tech Support

It just so happens that I managed to get hold of a ticket to the Necromunda event at Warhammer World on 21 April. Whilst I could easily use an existing gang or group of figures, I decided I wanted to use the event as motivation to put together a new faction.

I happened to see some really lovely white coverall-clad plastic Tech gang conversions by sump dweller over at Yaktribe and liked the stark monochrome scheme so much, I decided to paint up some classic Techs in a similar fashion.

Techs are cool. And probably geeky.