Monday, August 30, 2010

First of the Scavvies - Scaly

I decided to try out a grungy look on one of my newly-primered Scavvies. Since the Scalies are pretty simple (in terms of different equipment & clothing to paint), I decided to start with one of them. I wanted to do something a little different than Games Workshop's usual "bright and cheery" style. After all, Necromunda is a dark and dirty place, and the Scavvies have to live in the nastiest areas!

Necromunda - Scavvies
Scaly with Scattercannon

Unlike the standard GW style, which has the Scalies as all green, I wanted to make it apparent that they 1) were originally human and 2) an unstable mutant strain. I decided to go with Dwarf Skin as a base, and used a semi-drybrush/smudging technique with Cayman Green to transition from fleshy areas to scaly areas on the body. The scales were painted using Scurvy Green, to make them stand out just a little more. The bandages, claws, and teeth were painted with Bonewhite, and the belt & pouches painted with Leather Brown.

The scattercannon was basecoated with Coal Black, then Tinny Tin, and finally given a heavy drybrushing of Gunmetal to (hopefully) achieve a rusted look. The ankle cuff and cannon's stock was painted with Charred Brown, and drybrushed with Dark Fleshtone. The cannon's brackets are Glorious Gold.

The entire miniature was given several brown washes, mainly with Didi's Magic Ink, though there was one of GW Flesh Wash. This really helped bring the level of "grunge" I was going for, most notably on the bandages and the scattercannon. The brown washes also helped merge the fleshy & scaly areas of skin, so the contrast between them wasn't so sharp.

Overall, I'm pleased with how the figure turned out. I'll probably try something a little different on the Scaly armed with a Speargun, just as an experiment. After all, they're mutants, so they can look pretty different from one another.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gang of Scavvies

Just to prove I haven't been neglecting my hobby, here's my latest project:

Necromunda - Scavvies

Scavvies are the utter dregs of society in the Underhive, the lowest of the low. Exiled from even the shady realm of House gangs and "respectable" Underhive communities, the Scavvies are a wretched lot (and often mutants to one degree or another, and even practice cannibalism in times of need). They are scavengers of the worst areas of the Underhive, and occasionally will rally around a particularly cunning and ruthless leader to threaten settlements and raid more lucrative targets.

Gameplay-wise, I've never gotten a chance to play with Scavvies, but their tactics seem to center around using larger numbers of troops. The basic Scavvy (which form the core of the gang) are 25 creds, which is the same price as a standard gang's Juves. Unfortunately, Scavvies tend to suck, and their weapons are twice as likely to fail (1 in 3 chance, versus 1 in 6 with other gangs). On top of that, cash is hard to come by, as they're an Outlander gang and are limited to holding only one Territory at a time. I know they got changed up a bit in the newer incarnation of Necromunda, so I'll have to read through the rules for them again.

There are a couple of Scalies (in the back), a few of mutants (two Claws and one Extra Arm), and even a couple of Plague Zombies (over on the right). One thing of note is that Scavvies don't seem to have an option for shotguns anymore, but they have a worse alternative called a scattergun. Fortunately, they pretty much look the same, so I don't have to go modding a lot of minis. I may add a few more mutations to the mix, as they seem like some pretty effective (and characterful) options for the gang.

I actually have a few more Scavvies on top of this which need to be assembled & primed. They are the new "modular" molds, which come with multiple weapon options. Hopefully that will help round out the gang and bulk it up to be a force to be feared due to sheer numbers, if not for the skill of the individuals.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Greatcoat Shock Troops and a Hydra!

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, I've been waiting for a box of Wargames Factory's new Greatcoat Shock Troops to arrive. Well, they finally did (last week), and I got a squad assembled. I plan on converting them into Plague Commandos of Demnogonis (a Dark Legion faction from Warzone). Below is a pic of the squad assembled, but lacking bases (unfortunately, these are not included):

Wargames Factory
Greatcoat Shock Troops

I actually have one "extra" officer that I constructed (holding the pistol), before I realized that the Plague Commando Sergeant (the squad leader) has an assault rifle as well. Guess that figure will be put on standby. Also note that this is not the entire box of Shock Troops; the box comes with enough parts for 18 figures (and a lot of extra bits).

I also finished up a project I had stalled out on many weeks ago: a Hydra from Reaper Miniatures. I've had this guy for quite a while, and finally finished him up (he was only lacking some finishing touches). I really like the miniature, and it's much more impressive than several past hydra miniatures I've seen.

Reaper Miniatures

I don't recall exactly what all colors I painted, but I think it was Scaly Green (majority) and Camo Green (underside) from my old Games Workshop paints. The body was given a fairly strong Brown Ink wash, which turned the Camo Green into a surprising green-brown color (I'll have to remember it!). I finished it up today with Vallejo paints, however. Sun Yellow & Coal Black for the eyes, and Bonewhite and GW's Flesh Wash for the claws and teeth. A couple of the eyes are sloppier that I wanted (I was going for a reptilian slit-pupil appearance), but overall I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Warzone Dark Legion: Undead Legionnaires of Ilian

As a change of pace from all the characters I've been painting lately, I decided to tackle a squad of "line troops" - in this case, Undead Legionnaires from the Dark Legion. These are the lowliest of their troops, formed from the remains of soldiers slain on the battlefield and reanimated with the power of Dark Technology.

These particular Undead Legionnaire models were a later mold, released as a boxed set by Target Games. I much prefer the older models (of which I have a few), which look much more like former Corporate troops. These models look significantly different (robes, spiky armor, etc), so I wasn't sure how to incorporate them until I came across a description online here that gave me the idea of dedicating them to Ilian. Ilian seems to play up the mystical aspects of the Dark Legion, and so having Undead Legionnaires that look more like typical fantasy undead made sense. I had my inspiration!

Warzone - Dark Legion
Undead Legionnaires of Ilian

The Undead Legionnaires were painted with a mix of Hexed Lichen (robes & clothing) and Imperial Blue (armor). The skin was painted with Pale Flesh, and given several washes of Didi's Brown Ink. Boots and gloves were painted with Leather Brown, and washed with the same ink. The clothing and armor were washed with GW's Purple Ink and Sky Blue Ink, respectively. Chainmail Silver was used for armor spikes, rivets, and other minor details. The ridged areas on the Kratach assault rifles was painted with Magic Blue, to give it some color. After the model was done and given the protective matt spray-coat, I went back and added gloss varnish to the armor, as I wanted it to be somewhat shiny.

Necromutant of Ilian

The Necromutant serves as the squad leader for the Undead Legionnaires. At first, I mistook the model as another Legionnaire (though an oddly spiky and impressive one), before looking at the rulebook and seeing that it was probably a Necromutant. The model has the same paint scheme as the rest of the unit (for cohesion), but the flesh was painted Filthy Brown and given several washes of Didi's Brown Ink. The bony spikes were painted with Bonewhite, and washed with the same ink. The bayonet on the Belzarach assault rifle was given a light wash (same ink), just to make it look a little dirty.

Also noticeable is the fact that I actually finished the bases on these models! This was done with some ballast and a mix of Elmer's glue and water. Another addition was the green marker to determine forward facing. I saw these at a convention many years ago, and thought it was a brilliant addition. It saves a lot of argument in games of Necromunda, as well. I used Livery Green, which is the brightest green in the Vallejo Game Colors line.