Dec 142014

This guy have been primed on the table since the day I decided to do a small scifi project. Thanks to the Scifi Painting Club over at the Lead Adventure forums I finally picked him up for a quick paintjob.

Born and raised in the irradiated first terraforming colonies of McKemmler IV, Mortie is one of few native mutants to actually get out of the system. Now he’s returned to his old home planet to recruit his old hoodlum friends as crew aboard his newly acquired freighter ship. Nicknamed “Balls” by his crew for being a daring fighter and captain.

"Aye aye, Balls!"

“Aye aye, Balls!”

The model is a bendy pre-paint from WOTC’s Star Wars Minis range; Nautolan Soldier. I always thought they’d look fun painted as a human mutant. It was a bit soft in the details, as expected – and I have to say I completely failed on those pistols. Oh well, he’s for gaming and will work just fine on the table. At first, I did his eyes regular “white with a black dot” – and while it really underlined the bugeyed style of him, it felt a bit dull. So I gave the eyes a red wash, which made it a lot better but all of a sudden the contrast was gone so for some reason he got a white dot in the middle of his pupil instead. Almost makes him look too alien for my taste. If I would do such eyes again I would paint the socket black, eyeball white, wash with red, thinned white on the centre of the eyeballs and finish off with a little black pupil in that white centre.

Original unpainted version, courtesy of the internet.

Original unpainted version, courtesy of the internet.

Lately, I’ve been reading Five Parsecs From Home, which looks rather promising. Five Core is the actual ruleset while Five Parsecs is a campaign add-on for playing murder hobos in spaaaace. I hope I’ll be able to get a game or two in during the long Christmas holidays.

In other news, Gareth over at Drums in the Deep have released his dungeon crawling rules Trapdoor (formerly known as Cavern Crawl)! Go check it out, it’s a great rule set for pseudo RPG dungeon crawling.

  3 Responses to “Morton “Balls” Fieldmann”

  1. Very nice painting Mattias, he looks great. Balls is the dogs.

    To be honest I dont think that I would ever see the model as a human mutant rather than an alien due to the recognisable Nautolan look, not that it really matters all that much. Kit Fisto may not be the most well known Star Wars character, but he is memorable enough to make that silhouette familiar I think.

    Like you, when painting mutants for sci-fi games I try to keep them with human flesh tones as an effort to distinguish the mutants from the aliens.

    • Cheers Paul! I’m not too bothered by the Star Wars connection. For me, the instantly recognizeable feature of Kit Fisto (and his likes) is the eyes. I think Morton would be even less of a Nautolan had I not added that white dot to the pupil. I’ll leave him as is though.

      Currently plugging away on the lizards. They’re rather quick to paint up. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the squad before new years.

      • Those lizard models are great. The style really appeals to me and your colour scheme is working out really well. I’m looking forward to seeing them completed.

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