Oh, yeah, I have this website. I had a series of events that coincided to keep me away from painting for a bit, and they are totally legitimate excuses for a lack of work: friends bought me Mass Effect 3 for my birthday, then another bought me Dishonored and Borderlands 2. It was rough. I didn’t paint consistently, but I did paint here and there. Starting over the past couple of weeks, however, I’ve been painting more judiciously and thus have things to post.
This gal is Lanyssa Ryssyll, an oddly-named solo model from the Hordes tabletop wargame. I’ve had this figure for a couple of years and picked her up pretty much just to paint at some point. The level of detail on the model always caused me to pull it out of my big box, study it intensely trying to make color decisions for everything, and then reluctantly put it away after it sat out for a couple of weeks. I finally decided to go with RED as the principle color, which I think worked out all right. I’m really happy with how she turned out, as I spent quite a while really focusing on a lot of the little bits. I feel like the figure looks better ‘at scale,’ rather than blown up in this picture(which is about 5x her actual size).
Her cloak has shapes that look feather-like, but painted brighter green they look leafy. That works also, I think. I was going for a split complementary for red in blue-green and yellow-green. I painted and re-painted all those little feather/leaves so many times trying to decide on something…
As the captions heavily imply, this is Kommandant Irusk, a warcaster from the Khador faction from the Warmachine tabletop wargame. Though I have a history of painting my Khador models with the alternate 5th Border Legion color scheme, for him I went with a straight studio color scheme. The only things I changed were to highlight the blacks with grays rather than blues, and to make his coat skirt an olive drab rather than gray. I think he turned out all right.
You may have noticed that both he and Lanyssa are both on their painting mounts rather than on a nice base. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to make something like the cracked concrete I did for my Widowmakers, or if I’m going to pick up something fancier from Dragon Forge or the like. I’ve been wanting to paint, so as I finish these I just set them aside and move onto the next one.
I also finished the last couple of Reaper plastic models for my coworkers. I’m so much happier working on the metal figures above rather than that junky plastic, though it at least allowed me to experiment with a few unused techniques.
For this last one I tried a couple of things. For one, I tried to make the staff look like it was weathered brass, using some bright turquoise coloring in the recesses. I also wanted the skin to look sickly and zombie-like, so I used a pale green as the base and shaded it with some deep purple. I think it turned out nice, so I have that technique to try again someday.
I worked on Fenris here for a while as well. He’s a solo model from the Khador faction in Warmachine. He’s a “doom reaver,” meaning he uses possessed blades which make him into a berserker of sorts. I worked on giving the armor the default Khador reds with a lot of worn edges, but overall I’m not happy with its progression and he’s been hidden out of sight for a while as I work on other figures and hope for more inspiration. He was also a birthday present from my wife <3 <3
Right now I’m working on a model somewhat bulkier than Irusk, though all I’ve done is about half of the basecoat of one color. Really not much done at all. I might actually get pulled off night shifts in the next couple of weeks, so my painting time will become more irregular. I will still make an effort to update more frequently at least.