Monday 8 November 2010

And now for something different

So , as promised the Kings Lifeguard Regiment...............

A nice easy little unit to paint. The dark red or maroon trousers and jacket were achieved with Citadel paint Red Gore,then the usual wash of Windsor and newton nut brown ink.

A close up on these fine gentlemen. As you see my style won't win any golden demons ( as a friend recently commented) but I consider it a good wargame standard, and it can pump out units at a good rate, which is the point for a wargamer! Part of the trick is to use the black undercoat to give a black line effect, adding to the shading.
This technique can best be seen in this pic,note the faces on the musketeers, by only applying flesh pigment to highlights and leaving recesses black, it accentuates the sculpt. Also where a mini has a helmet, only paint from the eyes down, this gives shading to the forehead under the helmet.
  And there we have it, all ready for the December game. Now, after doing alot of a particular miniature, that is 2 regiments of Pike and Shot in succession now! I like to cleanse the pallet with something completely different. And Malifaux certainly is that. It also has the advantage of small "units" as it is a skirmish game,so can be pushed out quickly, ready for the next major unit from a main line army. I already have 3 crews for Malifaux, but as fans of the game will know the second book has recently been released and with it a plethora of new minis.
   Whilst at Colours the Bayou Gremlins took my fancy. I had already painted the Warpig, and the new Ophelia box set looked fun. The fluff behind it is also rather amusing. Not that I tend to be bothered by fluff much, but these little guys are enamored of the Ortega crew, apparently, so try to emulate them.

Yes, I purchased the Bayou Goblin set as well. If truth be known, there is another Young Nephalim in the bag as well, but I will sort him out later!  the minis for malifaux are quite slim, and any joints are too small for pinning, so the use of an Accelerator for your superglue is highly recommended.

The Lacroix family. After assembling the miniatures, I add base material, using watered down PVA and an old brush, carefully painting the glue into the recessed base. Then scattering bird grit on and cleaning up any overspill. Bird grit is easily obtainable from most pet shops. The last batch was 70p for a kilo, and it lasts me years!

Pere Ravage, an amusing miniature, more of a vignette the pig set to ignite  with a can of oil on its back, and Pere holding his torch in readiness! It is touches like this thatmake painting malifaux models fun.
The bayou Gremlins. Again good examples of fun poses. I like the gremlin on the right, checking down the gun barrel, but fitting the rifle and arms assembly to the rest of the model, connecting at the elbows, was tricky. and again not enough room to pin, activator is the only way!
 Now if you are not familiar with Superglue Accelerator, a word of warning. It is basically a catalyst, that causes the cyanoacrelate to harden almost instantly. This reaction makes ALLOT of heat. so if you have any superglue on exposed skin, and you then get accelerator on that spot, it will hurt! so carefull.

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