Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rally round the flag!!!

Huzzah!  I have been looking forward to making a few banner bearers for the Napoleanics!

In the end, I printed the banners so that they would be the correct size, and not be shiny!  The banners that came in the box were very stiff on shiny stock.  I printed them on a more flexible stock, so that they could be shaped a bit.

I used weathering powders to shade it, and painted around the edges to hide any cut lines, etc.

The Wappelville Highway Patrol

If you want to have the fastest gun in the West, it's not a bad idea to plant yourself on one of these!

Today we have another Interceptor for the Lawmen.  This makes three, with number four on the way!

The nature of the sculpt, and it's very small footprint, means that it can be based in all kinds of fun ways.

Bark and branch set the scene, as the Highway Patrol is on the lookout for hooligans and Outlaws. 

I can't wait to see what kind of light support units are created for the 4 new factions that will be part of the Wild West Exodus kickstarter!  I'm sure they will be very interesting!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Walking into darkness

This is the last of the new faction bosses to introduce... for now!

We have Walks Looking of the Dark Nation, who has been turned away from the path set by the Great Spirit.  Corrupted by vanity and the use of RJ-1027, she now leads the fallen warriors and beasts of this sinister posse.

I had a great deal of fun painting this, using seafoam green and pink to create many of the gray colors on the flesh and wings.  These gave a little more depth to the skin colors, which is very important on a limited palette exercise such as this.

Since the clothes and weapons were not going to be bright and shiny either, it could have become very boring.  So, I attempted to add interest to the wings to create a 'frame' around the figure.

I also wanted them to be somewhat lighter, so that the darker colors of the clothes could stand out a bit.

I'm sure she will be every bit as nasty on the battlefield as she was in her Warrior Nation days!

More examples of what's coming for the Dark Nation.

Who wouldn't love to paint up a batch of these?

To this Heavy Support choice, I say YES!!!!!!!

There he stands, like a Stone Wall...

One day closer, and one more faction, or posse, boss is revealed.  It's Stonewall of the Confederate Rebellion.

The surviving Confederate forces have retreated to the deep south, and fight a guerrilla campaign against their hated enemies.

Hit and run tactics will be the trademark of this posse for sure!

To aid in that sneak attack potential, a massive stretch goal heavy support!

A helping hand from the Zombie Queen and some giant snakes couldn't hurt, either!

March 1st sooo close!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

They're watching us...

Cowboys vs Aliens!  Yes indeed, the Watchers are one of the new factions which will be revealed, in more ways than one, in the upcoming Wild West Exodus kickstarter.

These tricksy aliens have been working behind the scenes for an untold number of centuries, but now they will emerge to engage Mankind in person!!

This is the first Boss of the Watchers, Alpha.

Obviously no reliance on RJ-1027 here, as they glow green...

I have heard that they have some mind blowing abilities that could make them one of the most unique factions I have seen in any game system.

More of the Little Grey Men...  The countdown continues!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finding the Fountain Of Youth

With the Wild West Exodus kickstarter just days away, we have the first of four new faction leaders, or Bosses.  

Meet Ponce De Leon, who has apparently discovered the Fountain of Youth.  It's not the most pleasant process, but eternal youth has its purposes!

He leads the Golden Army, one of four new factions that will join the existing six.

I look forward to painting all of them, but painting an army with this style army will be a real blast!!!!

The cloak also involved one of my favorite color combinations... that is, a deep red lightened with a rotting flesh type of color.  This keeps the reds from getting too orange, but there is enough yellow in that greenish shade to prevent the cloak from becoming pink.

I used a more orange type of color to lighten the inside of the cloak, and I used a lot of Fluorescent yellow in the golds.  That gave it quite a sparkle, as always!

Obviously I included the Fluorescent orange in the RJ-1027 glow.

Riding in on the white horse...

Here he comes to save the day!  Well, maybe not.  but he is riding a white horse!

It was a rare and pleasant change of colors for the Napoleanic horses.

A few more command figures, and that's it!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The business end of the Judgement

Time for some more views of the Death Wagon... the Lawmen Judgment Heavy Support.

I have a few views from above in this post...

This perspective shows the stuff going on with the rail gun and the freehand.

I am very glad I went with the darker color roof.  I knew that it would be a nice contrast to the orange glows, but it helped to make the metals of the sides appear a little lighter.

It's also fun to see the turret turning in these views!

As I have mentioned before, there's more freehand going on the sides of the vehicle, right above the wheels.

I look forward to seeing this vehicle in huge group shots with the rest of the posse.

Of course, we have the part about the Judgement that I love the most!!!  Get the hangin' crew ready!

All right Jesse... we have a spot reserved for you!!

Get a grip... tentacle time.

With the Sukubus Studios fabulous Blood Bowl team prepped and primed, I wanted to do something fun with the bases.  Yeah, you know me and bases. An addiction to the extreme.

I decided to make some broken marble bases, so that I could either paint demon faces into it, or glowing runes... or both!

I thought I would put a few Secret Weapon Miniatures skulls and torsos on a few of the bases to create even more variety between each one.

It's VERY important in Blood Bowl for each figure to be easily distinguished from each other.  Otherwise, it gets very confusing, and you start forgetting skills, etc.

The tentacles are going to be a bit more simple here, as I wanted them to fit in with what some of the miniatures have as hair, and so on.

The Secret Weapon parts made a nice base for extra tentacle arms!

What would Chaos bases be without a few random orifices. I will be adding more of these once the tentacles have set up.  That's a hard lesson we learned years ago with green stuff.  Do a little section at a time on a lot of figures, so that you avoid the temptation of messing around with the next step.

This usually leads to you destroying whatever fantastic thing you just sculpted.

Cathy found out years ago that if you manipulate the mixture of the green stuff, you can make it more sturdy, such as having a higher percentage of blue in the mix.  While you can't sculpt as many details into this, the very thin tentacles will be more likely to hold their shape as it cures!

I did this on the more "free standing" tentacles, such as this one.

In contrast, having more yellow in the mix makes it softer, and far easier to get nice details.

It's also a lot stickier than the predominantly blue mix, and that can serve as a 'glue' to anchor a tentacle or two!

I did that here, as I wanted to sculpt a few fine shapes on the marble, which would be a nice anchor for larger, free standing tentacles.

While wrapping the tentacle around a leg works very nicely for the theme of the basing, there is a practical side to this method.  There were a few miniatures that I could not pin to the bases, like this one.

So, the tentacle is providing a lot of extra stability for a miniature that will be knocked over many times... making it less likely to snap off the base.

I will be doing some eyeballs as well on the other bases when they cure!

What we have so far... tentacles curing, waiting for the next layers!