Monday, July 19, 2010

Sci-Fi Greatcoat Shock Troops

I finally received a box of the new Sci-Fi Shock Troops in Greatcoats from Wargames Factory (courtesy of TheWarStore!). Apparently there were some delays due to shipping from China, as they were originally due out in May.

This is the first product I've gotten from Wargames Factory, and I'm pleased with the quality. My only complaint is the lack of bases for the figures. They have a semi-base molded onto their feet, but I find they can rarely stand up on their own once the arms and weapons are added.

That aside, I'm very pleased with the variety of "bits" on the sprue. Each sprue contains three bodies, 14 heads, 6 rifles (3 each of two different styles), a pistol, a flamer, and a grenade launcher. In addition, there are three ammo pouches, two knives, two canteens, and a holstered pistol. Quite a load for a single sprue!

I look forward to getting this bunch assembled & painted, as well as seeing what Wargames Factory releases next.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Warzone Dark Legion: Warlord Stahler, Reaper of Souls

Two more minis down; as I said, Stahler's second form was my next project, which I can now mark off the list.


Warzone - Dark Legion
Stahler in Carcass Armor






As I mentioned in my previous post, Warlord Stahler is a turncoat Bauhaus traitor now loyal to the Dark Legion. In the game, when Stahler gets wounded, there's a chance he loses control, causing him to flip out and kill people. Wait, no, that's what the next guy does. Stahler goes berserk and pops into his Carcass Armor (don't ask me how you get into a meat suit) to go on a murderous rampage.

I thought painting this mini was going to be fairly easy, since it's basically just meat and bones. Surprisingly, it gave me more grief than I was expecting. I used Bonewhite for the majority of it, and Gory Red for the meaty bits. Stahler's hair was done as before (base of Wolf Grey with heavy Dead White drybrushing). I used the standard Bronze Fleshtone for his skin. The wounds on his head (one is visible in the third picture) are painted with Bloody Red, to make them look a little more fresh. I also painted his eyes Bloody Red, as there is obviously an element of the supernatural about the Carcass Armor (and it emphasizes his berserk state). The bone areas got a liberal does of brown ink wash (I use Didi's Magic Ink, from TheWarStore.com), and a slightly lighter wash on the muscular areas. Despite being relatively bright & warm colors, I wanted it to have a darker effect, since the Carcass Armor is anything but natural. The bone areas were finished off with a drybrushing of Dead White, especially on the claws and spikes.


Warzone - Dark Legion
Reaper of Souls


As I mentioned above, the Reaper of Souls is an assassin for the Dark Legion Cultists. Their Soulscythe can do considerable damage to mortal foes. There's obviously a "Grim Reaper" aspect going on here.

I originally wanted to keep his color scheme in line with my other Cultists, to tie them together visually. However, the crimson stood out horribly when I tried it for his torso (I hesitate to say "shirt"). The cloak & shoes are Coal Black, and the pants are Royal Purple. However, due to the crimson not working well, I chose Night Blue for his top & the lining of the hood. I tried another (darker) blue, but it was too close to black and did not work well. The Soulscythe was painted Gunmetal and Glorious Gold (which was also used on the pendant). The haft was given a Black Ink wash (GW paints), and the whole thing given a wash of Didi's Brown Ink. The edge of the blade was lined with Silver. The mask was painted Gunmetal, and given a Black Ink wash, then highlighted, as well.

The tattoos were an afterthought, as the miniature was done and looking pretty good. However, I thought the large areas of exposed skin were kind of... odd. I can see the Reaper having tattoos (whether mystical or symbolic), as they are high-ranking members of the Dark Legion Cult. I chose to go with Gory Red, to keep them from being too bright. In the second picture above, you can see the runes of Ilian and Semai, and on the back of the arm are Demnogonis and Algeroth. Mixed in are some random markings, some of which were attempts at the alchemical signs for the planets (listed in the 2nd Ed. Warzone book, "Chronicles of War"). On his right arm, I was originally going to paint kill hash-marks, but instead decided to try the Arashikage Clan symbol (as a nod to G.I. Joe). I've never tried freehanding designs, and despite their being somewhat sloppy, I'm reasonably pleased with them.

I haven't decided what's next on the list. After all the characters lately, I think I should take a break and work on some grunts. I've got a batch of freshly-primed Screaming Legionnaires ready, and Muawijhe has yet to be represented here!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Warzone Dark Legion: Aeonian Justifier, Technomancer, Warlord Stahler

I finished up three Warzone miniatures this afternoon. The bases still need work, but the figures themselves are complete (or near enough so). Note that all paints listed are from the Vallejo Game Colors line; I prefer the texture and dispenser of this line to the Citadel lineup. Inks/washes used are from the Citadel line, however.


Warzone - Dark Legion
Aeonian Justifier*


* While the name is usually spelled "Eaonian" in some versions of Warzone, it is likely that this is a typo'd version of "Aeonian", from the root word "aeon" or "eon". As such, I'm using the alternate version.

The Aeonian Justifier is a torturer, so I wanted the tools of his trade to stand out a bit at the front of his belt. They've got a somewhat insectile appearance, and I avoided adding pupils in an effort to make them feel more "alien". I used a yellow-brown (Filthy Brown) color for the skin, which worked out quite well. The robes are Scarlet Red, and the metal pieces are a combination of Brassy Brass and Gunmetal Metal (the tools up front are Silver).


Warzone - Dark Legion
Technomancer


I'm not entirely sure what the deal is with the Technomancers. They can repair Dark Technology constructs, so they fulfill something of a support role, but they carry around the massive Nazgaroth HMG and function as a Division Commander. They also have Necrobionics, which explains how they can lug around that huge gun.

I wanted to keep my cultists tied together with their color scheme, so I continued the use of black, crimson, and purple on the Technomancer. The robes are Scarlet Red, and the shoulderplates are Royal Purple. Again, the metal is a combination of Gunmetal and Brassy Brass, with a light-moderate Black Ink wash. I painted his limbs in the same metallics, as I wanted to convey the "Necrobionic" (i.e., cybernetic) enhancements which explain his being capable of wielding such a huge weapon. The scar on his forehead (in the shape of Algeroth's rune) was a combination of Leather Brown, with a very light Red Ink wash on top (and came out looking like it was rather freshly carved).


Warzone - Dark Legion
Stahler


Lord Erwin Stahler (now just Warlord Stahler) is a former Bauhaus noble who has sworn allegiance to the Dark Legion (and Algeroth's Nepharite Golgotha, in particular). He has minor Channeling powers, and serves as a Division Commander for Dark Legion Cultists. His more fearsome form (encased in Carcass Armor) is next on my to-do list.

Stahler's uniform is Imperial Blue, with Moon Yellow for the gold (yellow) details (some of this early work was done with GW paints). The buttons and Bauhaus gears on the epaulets are Glorious Gold, as are the highlights on his pistol. The rest of the pistol is Chainmail Silver. I used the gold/silver combo, as I wanted his pistol to look like an exquisite work of art fitting as a sidearm for a Bauhaus noble!

His hair is a base of Wolf Grey, with moderate-heavy white highlights. Skin is Bronze Fleshtone with a couple of brown washes (in retrospect, I wouldn't have done this, as I doubt Bauhaus nobility gets a lot of sun). Shoes and belt are Coal Black.

I haven't attempted this level of detail on a miniature in quite some time, and I've very pleased with how it turned out. I feel that my brushes were the limiting factor, and the reason I had to go back and touch-up when painting the trim & eyes. Guess it's time to invest in some better brushes!