Friday, 17 November 2017

I spy with my little cyber eye..

Yet another silly idea for my upcoming Arbites/rioters scenario. This was something that simply came up from nowhere; I fancied having a surveillance drone for the police force. I know, I know, in WH40K these things are covered by mere servoskulls. But hey, honestly, I didn't want that; a floating, grinning skull with tentacles was out of the table this time. I have used servoskulls before, but I really wanted a simple drone, something that looked technological.

The centerpiece for this project had been lying in my bitbox for years. Quite appropiate, as it was the plastic One Ring from the Fellowship of the Ring starter box (do you even remember what am I talking about? That box actually had a plastic ring, I'm not making it, promise!). With some more bits glued to it I got this:

This is essentially the thing
For the rotor I toyed with the idea of building it from scratch, but then I found that vent from the Overkill sprues (the one of the Genestealer Patriarch -whatever it is called these days. N.B.: This reminds me I have to paint a lot of Genestealers. But that's for another day). It was smaller than the Ring diameter, so I had to fill it with greenstuff.

The rest is just a matter of tiny stuff from here and there
The front camera is from a Predator tank, I believe. And this was pretty much all, no way I could make it simpler.

Smile to the camera
Painting the drone was of course quite easy too. Just paint it black! I added the yellow stripes that my other Arbites vehicles have and painted the Adeptus Arbites seal on the side.

Those blue spots were supposed to be LED lights. Impossible for me to achieve a proper OSL at that scale
I used a couple of Imperial Guard decals. Here you have your floating skull
I'm not really sure of what rules I will give the drone. My preliminary ideas are about some intel device; the Arbites player will not know for sure at first where are the mobs, nor their numbers or composition. The drone will give that knowledge to the law enforcers. Something like that, I still lhave to give it a thought.

Please, Fred, stop harassing me. We talked about this
I'm replacing you for a regular dog, Fred, I'm warning you
I want to add some more things to my Arbites force, but not many more. I should really get to think of the scenario rules...

Friday, 10 November 2017

Ballads of War 2x26-2x27

Here we start the home straight of what I have. Gasp!

These pages mark the starting point of a (micro) narrative arc in which we are coming back to Brent as the main leading character -and eventually to the critical point of what was going to be the big picture throughout the whole series. I'll talk about it all when the moment comes.

What is relevant for the moment is that the group is getting together again... But wait! What's that!? There are a couple of things to talk about, specially in the second page. The veterans among you may recognise the use of weird grenades out from the Second Edition Wargear Manual. I really wanted so much to do that, to recreate this story under that prism. Strange and so specific grenades added lots of flavour to the game, not the generic 'yup, I'm assaulting so count my generic grenade modifier blah blah'.

About the Imperial Guard Stormtroopers... well, indulge me, this was made like ten years ago or so, when the ACU camo pattern was at its peak. I wanted the Stormtroopers to look in a modern-like, functional fashion, opposite to some other flamboyant uniforms in the Imperial Guard. Pixel patterns were on the rise and ACU was supposed to be adaptable to most scenarios, so it seemed a plausible option for these guys. I know, how things have changed in a decade. Funnily enough, if you go back to the first page, you may notice that the camo net covering the shuttle has quite a resemblance to the Multicam pattern now in use in quite a number of current actual Armed Forces. Ha! I predicted that! :D

I have very, very few pages left. I think I'll publish them all on the next installment with my comments of what was the story to be in my mind. It may take more than usual, but I'll try to have them soon...

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Interlude: Yet another Secret Santa (out of time again!)

Just like it happened a year ago, I've taken part in a Secret Santa event with a group of friends. The only point in this is painting whatever you have in mind for the person you are assigned to, so no contest, no showoff, no pressure. In fact some of the people haven't painted a single mini since last year's event, making this one actually the very second mini ever painted by them! :)

Rules are easy. Take whatever you have at home (well, if you please buying new minis no one will complain, sure, but the idea is keeping it all simple), a 28mm scale infantry mini is a good reference rule, but proceed at will. Paint it and send it to your pal! It's fun, but we were totally out of time once again (predictable). Let me talk first of what I painted. We made a raffle and I got a guy who is starting his way into post-apoc stuff; so the choice was easy, I took a mini from the previous Punkapocalyptic KS:

They are currently running a new KS and this is the only mini I've painted of the previous campaign. Sigh
First thing is black priming and then the flesh. It's my usual M.O., having the skin defined helps me later on when it comes to decisions on colours.

Well, she looks scary now
I wanted her to have a distinctive look, and I remembered those tartan pattern trousers, they screamed punk vibe to me. Here's my recipe; it works for me, but doesn't mean it's the only way to do that.

Base colour, shades and lights. Vallejo Red is the base colour here
Vertical stripes. Mix of Red and dark brown, German Camo Something, Vallejo too
The same, but horizontal
I painted in a mix of black and dark brown the intersections. So you have those dark squares
Same process, vertical and horizontal, but now with  very thin lines, both sides of the larger stripes
Horizontal white lines in the wide open spaces
Finally, vertical lines in yellow
I can't state enough the importance of thinnin the paint during the whole process, seriously. If you don't, you take the risk of ruining it all. Don't be scared of not covering, the important thing here is keeping track of what are you really painting on each step so you don't get lost among all the stripes.

That was the tricky part. The rest of steps can be resumed. Just paint the rest of the mini!

Post-Apoc Punk
Yes, you also have to paint the back of the mini. Those are the rules
I went out of the confort zone with this one and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. Now I'm only looking for places where I can paint tartan on my minis :D

But let's see what I got!

Oldschool Librarian. Much appreciated!
He totally fits in my RT Ultramarines Army, so I can't be happier! Airbrush technique remains witchcraft to me, it's amazing what you can achieve with one of those magic sticks :O

But this is not all, please check the rest of the goodies in the Secret Santa 2017. Trust me, all the participants have put a lot on each mini :)

This is it, quite a bunch of minis! Hope you enjoy the pics from all of the group. Now we should start preparing the next event if we really want it to be finished before the end of 2018...

After this interlude, my regular blog stuff will be restored soon. Maybe.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ballads of War 2x24-2x25

I've been neglecting the comic issues these days, but here I am again. Let's get back to Brent and El'Kais...

A transition scene more than any other thing. A little character building, but mostly a reminder of time, so the overall sense of action in the big picture makes sense. Maybe I should have used more pages and time on the Brent-El'Kais relationship and the motivation of the Tau, but the script and panel allocation called for this kind of path if I wanted to get anywhere with the story; so I thought I should at least tell something about the Tau people but without making the story dull with neverending texts.

The story moves on, now we'll be focusing back on the main characters for the next pages (in fact until we reach the end of what I've got! But that may be some kind of spoiler, so I won't tell anything more for now)

You know, HERE you can read how we got to this point...
More pages soon, promise :)

Friday, 27 October 2017


The title, yet boring, is quite revealing. A friend handed me this mini some time ago and I wanted to paint it since then. This week, on the verge of the Stranger Things Season Two release, I felt the itch more than ever, so I had to spill some paint on it.

So Season One
I wanted a colourful approach, far from any lizard, earthy looking. The blue/green skin was the point of start (different combinations of Vallejo black green and lighter shades of blue), and then I thought purple would be a nice colour for a change, instead of the classical creamy tones I always use for reptile bellies.

Move it, move it, shake it, shake it
The lights on purple were made by adding Vallejo dark flesh, and it worked better than expected. I rejected the idea of reptilian eyes, as I wanted something more supernatural, Demogorgon being a demon prince and so. Blue works nice for that, I feel more comfortable with it than red; reflected light and red glowing objects is something I still have to practise, as I only get the looking of strawberry chewing gum flooding everything. Blue is nice, and its coldness suits the mini.

'This dungeon will be easy, you said. We'll talk later, sisters'
The mini belonged of course to the old Grenadier ranges, but is now released by Mirliton. It's been a refreshing stop after the civilian mob, quite useful to reset my brains and start over new stuff.
I'm now looking forward to Stranger Things Season Two, but for now this is it. Enjoy and see you upside down!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Not so happy citizens (Pt. 3)

I can't blame you if you forgot of these, it's been a time. I've finished the angry mob (here you can see the first batch, just in case), so they're finally ready to run some proper riots. As before, they've been but a quick, negligent paintjob, looking for setting a mob rather than greatly painted characters. heer you have them:

Just threw a stone
Toxic but falmboyant. I think he needs a feather on the helmet
A Servitor whose lobotomy went wrong, now he's back for vengeance
Really difficult to see through that helmet!
He really is a RT Ork fashion admirer
Moebius is in this season
I fear the Imperials, even those bearing gifts
Leaflets and propaganda!
Feeling a little big headed today
Grinny Mr. Longarms
The angry opera singer
I still don't know what he is, but doesn't look like someone to mess with
Terrible outfit for summertime, trust me
I'm just noticing I have to finish the chainsaw, D'oh!
Fashion in 40K can be a little startling, I give you that
For the last time, no, your damn car is not gonna be ready today
This Jedi is so oldschool he bears an axe instead of a lightsaber
This is a pacific demonstration, officer. This? No, not an axe, just my can opener
'Use, not abuse'. That's a thing I learned at Law School back in the day. I hadn'd room for a longer sentence in that sign!
So, finally, how do they all look when together?

'Oh, come on, it had to happen during my shift... Ehm, I mean, fall back, punks! I have you surrounded!'
I still have to build a couple of things for the scenario I have in mind, but I think this is all taking shape...