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The last time I sat down to paint (early last week), I wanted to stay to my speedpainting rules. The problem is, when I apply that method to this many models, it’s really hard to see the progress, and feel a sense of accomplishment after a painting session.

So, during game night on Wednesday, I sat down with my two Shepherds and worked on just the two models. They’re pretty much done, save the base colorization and brush/snow. I feel like the dark cloth isn’t bright enough at the highlights either, but they’re painted, and done enough for me to move on. Since I’m facing the same color issue on the dark cloth on the Pot Stirrers and the Spuduccubus, I’ll tackle it when I do on those models.

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Notice the complete lack of detail on the legs? That’s the highlighting issue I’m talking about, there’s no definition.

I felt really good that I’d gotten the shepherds mostly done, so I decided this weekend that I would take a more organic approach, than what I’d done earlier. I picked a color or texture, and worked it until I felt I was done, or bored. I theoretically would get the same amount of work done, but I would enjoy it more.

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17 small bases, 4 mediums, 2 large.

For instance, I picked the feathers on the Pot Stirrers and Strider Deathstalkers. And I did the Blighted Bather’s hair and the Strider Deathstalker hair at the same time. At the end of doing those, I can see a measurable difference, and the models feel solidly more complete to me. There’s still loads to do, but the models are taking shape, and the job is feeling more doable.

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Abysolinia2 and the Succubi are the least done of the group, but they’re more intricate, and I’m saving them for when I feel like I want to work in a more detailed manner.

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I’ve gotten the skin on the two remaining heavies done. They don’t feel nearly as close to done as the rest, but as soon as I get some more colors onto their chitin, they’ll come to life.

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When I needed a break from working on the large beasts, I switched to smaller brushes and worked on faces and the Blighted Bather. She’s almost done except for her bracelets, mug and the water.

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So, that’s where everything sits as of now. There’s lots of teal to paint along with magenta, but those are about the only two colors remaining. Only Aby2 and the Succubi need to have their skin shaded.I’m feeling pretty good going into the last week and a half before Templecon.

Last year, I had widgets and business cards.  This year, I still have loads of business cards, but I wanted to do something different from widgets (which loads and loads of people do).

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Privateer press is on a big pin kick lately, which is cool, but those are really only feasible in quantities of 300+, putting them firmly outside my budget (this year…).  Everyone loves a patch for their gaming bag though, right?

So, I played with GIMP and came up with a few ideas.  I got frustrated by the overly simple designs I was coming up with, and turned to my art department.  She immediately had great ideas, and this was the result.  It’s far more colorful and fun than the ones I had come up with, and bounces off the 8-bit-esque nature of the Plarzosaur logo by bringing in elements of one of our favorite classic video games, Tetris.

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How do I get one?

Excellent question!  There are three ways:

1) Find me at TempleCon and give me $5.  (I can only take cash or Paypal.)

2) Find the New England Privateers booth, and buy one along with your Lost Hemisphere pins, Templecon goodies, Midnight Madness shirt, or Games & Gears stuffs.  (I’m not sure what payment methods they can do, but you will have to pay state tax on the patch if you buy from the store, a whopping 35¢).

3) Play me in an Iron Arena game, and see if you can pry one from my blighted claws!

Depending on how many I have left after Templecon, I’ll make them available to everyone at home who couldn’t make it to Rhode Island.  There are only 100 being made, though, and several will be reserved for NOVA Open.

This is what’s on the painting table right now.

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I’m trying to get everything to the same level (base coated teal, sanguine and skin, at the least) so I can assembly line with shades and highlights. It’s going well so far, but I keep getting distracted and adding models to the list. Like the Raek, Aby2, the Blight Wasps (OMG THEY’RE ADORABLE) and a pair of Strider Deathstalkers. Most of the extra additions are there to give me something else to play during the weekend, and to help give me something else to use one Templecon is over.

While I paint, I’m watching Supernatural.  I’m mid-way through Season 2 right now, and it’s pretty good.  I can see why they’ve made it through 9 (10?) seasons.

Notable things in the picture above:

  • The Blighted Bather is literally bathing in Blight.  Rather than try to paint water, I figure she’ll just take a dip in the blighted ooze.  There’s not a lot of room to get the bright teal on that model, so this is a solid place to get the color down.
  • Aby2 – Holy cow, what a blast to assemble, and I’m really enjoying painting her, too.
  • Seraph.  I ran a tournament over the weekend, and cleaning and assembling him was what I did when I wasn’t doing round pairings and getting rules questions wrong.
  • Spud’s Succubus.  Yerp, she’s getting paint!  I don’t think I can use her in the Hardcore event itself (thus the official PP model right next to her), but she’s just such a gorgeous model that I made she she got in the queue.
  • Raek – it’s been one of my favorite Legion models ever, and may, in fact, be the model that made me take up Legion.  Why it wasn’t one of the first ones painted, I don’t know.  I understand it’s pretty decent at jamming, and does a good deal of infantry killing, especially when backed up by the Strider Deathstalker twins.
  • Speaking of, see the blurry Strider Deathstalker in the lower left corner?  Notice anything different, compared to the studio model?  Yeah, since I’m running two, I need them to not be the same.  It took almost an hour and a half, but it was worth it.
  • Blight Wasps – These released last week, and I couldn’t help myself.  I have a second unit coming, and can’t wait to see how they fare as a second line counter punch, hiding behind Legionnaires.  Plus, they’re about the cutest things ever.

 

Oh boy, Templecon’s getting closer.

Before I get to that, I want to show you the finished Necromunda Clown Guardsmen gang Commission.  This was a sculpting & painting job.  While I’m confident in my painting abilities, my sculpting is something I’m working on, so this job was a fun and simple way to try out some things and do some learning.  One of the major boons for this project was that the client already had some pieces of the gang done, and sent to them to me, so I had examples of what he wanted, on hand.  This helped me keep the aesthetic he wanted and color match where appropriate.

Anyway, onto the pictures.   I worked on the four models on cork stands, the three on the bottom row were the samples he sent.

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So, that’s all done and wrapped up. Huzzah!

On the Aquablight front, I’ve made a minor change to my list. I’m swapping out the Raptors for a Seraph and a Succubus. This does a few things. One, it lets me increase threat ranges with Slipstream. If I need two extra inches on Thagrosh or any of the other heavies, I can do that. I also get some more shooting into the list. This does leave Anyssa all on her own, but that makes her less of a buff for the Raptors and more of a scalpel, using Prey to take out a key support piece before she draws too much attention. The most important advantage, is that I only need to paint one model. Actually, I already have a Seraph painted, though I’ll need to re-do it’s wings. If I have time, I’m going to build up and paint one of the newer sculpts, but that’s only if I have the time.

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I recently spent a fair bit of time on the Ravagore, and it’s now only needing the white frosting, and it’s flame bit painted (with accompanying OSL). Next up is the Carnivean, leaving Thagrosh, the Succubus, the Spawning Vessel and the last few Legionnaires, who are 75% done. All in all a much better position than I was in when I needed to gap fill, base and paint five cavalry models.

There’ll be bonus points if I can get some Blight Wasps and a Neraph painted up in time too. I’d like to be able to play more than one list in Iron Arena…

What are you prepping for Templecon? Painting models? Game practice?