Thursday, 31 December 2015

TFOG Slann colour scheme and my first sculpt

Trying to get some Slann painted for the Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers project is like wading through treacle! I'm really struggling with these little frogs. It's partly me being indecisive about a colour scheme, partly I'm finding it difficult to paint detail on the frog skin, and finally it's just a case of committing to a painting project and then finding I want to paint anything but that project!

So in the interests of trying to write at least one blog post per month on my progress, here's a side-by-side of two different colour schemes I'm contemplating:

"Traditional northern European" green vs "Amazonian tree frog" blue and orange. So what do you think? Any preference?

I've managed to get this blog post in on the very last day of the month. This is due in part to much of my hobby time this month being spent on a new pursuit - sculpting. I enjoyed converting my Odo figure last month so much I figured I would try to sculpt a complete figure, and here he is:

He's based on a painting that can be found on the rear cover of the Lost and the Damned Chaos book. I'm pretty pleased with him as a first sculpt, although I acknowledge of course that there's a lot of improvement needed! But the main thing is I really enjoyed doing this, and I hope to do a lot more next year.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and hobby-filled 2016!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Odo the Melange-addicted mutant space pirate

The Oldhammer Forum has been running a painting challenge organised by Jon Boyce (aka axiom) as part of their Oldhammer Legacy Warband theme. The premise is simple - contributors paint a themed model (this year's theme is "space pirates"), all contributors enter a draw and the winner gets to keep the entire warband. Due to the disparate nature of entries, a spot colour of turquoise has been chosen, and the eventual winner will do the basing, to tie the warband together.

My contribution was originally intended to be an "alien bounty hunter". I had the idea of converting an old Citadel Fiend Factory figure, but somewhere along the way I lost it! It was while I was looking for the figure that I hit upon a different idea after discovering the body of an old Citadel AD&D Umber Hulk and the head of an old Citadel C Series giant in my bits boxes. Odo was born:

There was a slight problem though in that the neck area of the Umber Hulk's body was far too wide for the donor head. I was initially considering that Odo might be wearing some sort of baggy space suit, and so I would have needed to sculpt a helmet ring in the neck area. But I then decided that for maximum gross-out Odo should be naked, and that he is essentially an overweight mutant. So the helmet ring idea became rolls of neck fat. Nice. Using some greenstuff I sculpted some rolls of neck fat, which I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I shall be looking to do some more conversions in future.

As he stands in the image above, Odo has been given a complete base coat in a pale colour, and I was planning on using chestnut washes and thin pale layers to build up an unhealthy skin appearance. I got the idea after attempting Andy Craig's step-by-step approach to paining a Blood Bowl player in White Dwarf 117. Andy used a chestnut was and pale layers for the skin of the player. Suffice to say my attempt was not exactly up to Andy's efforts, but it did prove a useful technique for making gross skin colours!

So here he is, front and back, with a heavy chestnut wash:

And here after a few pale layers:

So next I needed to add the spot colour. The chosen colour was turquoise...I have to admit I slightly mis-read this as blue...Some dark recess of my mind immediately linked "space pirate" to Melange (the spice from Dune) and Odo the Melange-addicted mutant space pirate took shape:

At this point Odo didnt have much of a sci-fi feel, so with the help of my bits boxes and a few choice components from Zinge Industries I did some converting:

So there you have it. He's been shipped off to Jon's departure lounge and soon we will know who gets to keep the motley crew.