XIX – Marcellus, Red Hand Operative

Brushes down on Marcellus.  I really enjoyed painting this guy, and have particularly enjoyed exploring a new tabletop ‘technique’ in an attempt to marry time and results.  Nothing complicated – I’m just saving time on multiple blends by going for more cartoon-esque dashwork to suggest highlights.  I like it for now, and the flavour of consistency it provides this wee gang.

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XVIII – WIP Red Hand Gunslinger

Easy mode conversion work, here, I’ll admit.  However, I wanted someone a bit chunkier for the gang to compliment the girls, whilst continuing the theme.  So, it was pretty much a matter of maintaining the consistent mask trope, and going from there.  As you can see, there’s very little done to this chap at all – I think the base model has more than enough character anyway.  Next stop, paintbrushes!

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XVII – Cult Operative #2

I had a hoot painting this one, which was completed in fits and starts owing to a bit of a busy schedule these last couple of weeks.  It’s been particularly motivating trying to keep developing time vs outcome techniques whilst also attempting to maintain a level of grimdankness that I’m happy with.  A half decent camera on a new phone makes a hell of a difference, too – I’m traditionally so bad at photography of minis.

I’m now going to let a few ideas percolate as to the design of the erstwhile leader of this little gang – now named the Cult of the Red Hand.

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XVI – WIP Cult Operative #2

I’m really motivated by this little project, in tandem with emerging Necromunda rules that seem to allow for a bit of room for designing one’s own gang.  I’m still deciding on the fluff side of things behind this lot, but here’s number two, who will be painted off-base as I’ve learned from my mistakes…

Pistol and knife to mimic her sister, as I plan to have the two flanking an Inquisitrix/Trader of some sort – TBC!

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XV: Cultist

Brushes down on the cultist, and I have to say I’m pretty chuffed.  I tried a few new-ish techniques and stylistic flavours in an attempt to depart from my old, more haphazard, basecoat and wash style, and I’m pleased with how it came out.  I always used to end up with perfectly neat paintjobs, sure, but the reliance on washes (particularly citadel ones) ended up matte-ing everything to buggery and my minis have tended to look a bit lifeless.  So, I tried to inject a bit of vibrancy into the colours with some extra work, especially the metallics and the fabrics.  On to the next member of her crew!

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XIV: WIP Cult Operative

I’ve fallen foul of a serious loss of hobby mojo, of late.  A few conversion false starts/rage-quits followed by a few paint-job false starts/rage-quits and I decided to pack the stuff away and wait until inspiration struck again.  That, and moving house meant I had a good excuse to take stock and reconfigure my wares on the other side of a journey up the M6 to Manchester.  Whenever this happens, which is thankfully rare, I get back to the lore, the books and the fluff and bathe myself in the imagery.  I’m really enjoying the rich vein of early-ish Horus Heresy novels; Legion and Mechanicum have been particularly well received.

Anyway, true to form, it came back, in the form of a desire to build some heroes/heroines of questionable intent, quite probably flavoured by the super cool Dark Mechanicus stuff in Mechanicum.  So, here’s my stab at a Cult Operative.  Which cult?  I haven’t decided, hence the vanilla description.  Doesn’t a decent camera phone go a hell of a long way!

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XIII: TR-2GA Pirates – Squat Op V; Hobo with a Shotgun

It’s been a fair while, and in and amongst Easter jollies I managed a bit of Warhammer and Chill.  Squat Op V sees this little gang done for now – there he is in the beret, hidden behind ones I gave a bit more care to.

Otherwise, I cobbled together Hobo with a Shotgun as an NPC for the aforementioned Necromunda-style bash and tried to give him a simple, drained, wash-focussed, paint job in an attempt to let a zenithal undercoat do most of the heavy lifting.  Finally, a little bit of tinkering lead to me throwing a Blightking together as I’ve wanted to paint one for donkeys, so we’ll see where that goes.

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