Painting (Hobby)

Charity events are great.  Miniatures wargaming is definitely a luxury hobby, and I think it’s important to funnel some of that into charity, into helping others in some way.

For example, Foodmachine is a staple charity event in the Warmachine community that openly encourages cheating in order to help feed the hungry around Thankgiving.  Players bring in cans of food or money, and can spend that during their games to re-roll, break list construction rules, etc.

Clash for a Cure is an event in Texas focused on raising money for cancer research.  It’s a small Kill Team tournament, and an auction in one, and it’s a charity that I’ve done work for before.   In previous years, I’ve cleaned and partially assembled models to then be painted for the prize pool.

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October’s been an insanely busy month, and it is finally (thankfully) slowing down.

My current gaming focus is Infinity, and I’m in love with all of the terrain it requires I get to build!  I rolled ideas around in my head ages ago, and decided to work on a military sponsored / protected science research outpost.  This was about the time The Martian movie came out, and I’ll be the first to admit it was a heavy influence on my plans.

I got so far as to paint up a single Warsenal Comanche Pillbox, and I was fortunate enough to win the Mayacast Masterglass Terrain contest with the simple box.

Of course, I’ve updated my Panoceania color palatte since then, and I noticed that I mismatched the color of the orang-y dirt on the base…

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Issyria was a blast to paint, for a few reasons.

First, I had to paint her in separate pieces, because her crossed legs added some interesting challenges with getting the interior cloth painted.  Luckily, they’re a separate piece, so it was not hard to do this.  Still, for speed I rarely paint models in separate pieces anymore, so it was fun to go back to a different method for conquering a tough model.

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Well, it’s been a while.

Life happens, but that’s a post for another day.  Today is a Tuesday, and while it’s been…  two-and-a-half years (?!@?), I have a tutorial for you!  Yeah, it’s a How-to Tuesday post!

Today, I’m going to show you how to build bases like the ones I’m using for my Infinity Panoceania forces.

Cool, let’s do it…

Another batch of models are done!! Yay!!

(Be sure to click the pictures, they’re friggin’ huge!)

There’s a unit of Nyss Hunters here, converted using bits from Games-Workshop’s Wood Elves models. The conversion work was done by good buddy, @cutthroatcure. The only work I did on them was swap out all the swords for Nyss Hunter blades, and paint. The client wanted them to be inspired by the White Walkers from Game of Thrones, so they were done in muted blues with a slightly warm final highlight. We also kept them very simple, they’re 70% airbrush work.

On this side, we have the Dragoon solo, Skeryth Issyan and the dismounted version. I personally love shields, so I had a blast painting the shield here and calling out the emblems on it and the horse. There’s also a unit of Spears of Scyrah, led by Eyriss3. These girls were done in a largely greyscale scheme – something fun and different for Mage Hunters in this army. Lastly, Elara1 with her neon pink hair leads her new Harpy in to battle. (I think that one’s the Harpy… I don’t know what they are or what they do, I just make them look good.)

Aaaaand over here, we have the big boss himself, Vyros! His bird is painted like a peregrine falcon, black/blue on top and a creamy brown underneath. He’s flanked by some jacks – a Siren and a Banshee. They’re orange. What else do you want from me?

Up next is something completely different. Stay tuned!