Apr 252015
 

A while ago, I finished this lady. A bit rough in places, as I tried to paint it as fast as possible for the speed painting challenge on the Oldhammer forums. I failed utterly as it took me almost exactly two hours to paint the model.

 

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The paintjob turned out ok, and I really like the sculpt so all in all I’m quite fond of the model. For some reason, I can’t think of any kind of back story though – so screw that. It’s a space lady with a space shooter.

The model is a C3724a Dawleen from the Personalities range, sculpted by Josef Ochman. It’s still available from EM4 if you ask Doug nicely.

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She works great as a squad leader for a group of Cybertech Wartechs, so I guess a small squad in the white and yellow scheme is in the cards.

Here are a few shots from the actual painting. Not priming the model in grey was silly, for instance. That added at least 10 minutes of painting.

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I haven’t painted much else lately (this was done at the start of the month) but have had the chance to work a little more on my Deadzone terrain. All the structures have been primed (several times over) and washed. I have painted a dark grey on most of the ones needing it too, only have two fence riddled pieces to finish that step on. The last session, I sponged and daubed maybe half of the buildings. It turned out pretty nice, even if they’re starting to look a lot more gribbly than I had initially planned. Here are two comparison shots. After this is done, I’ll hit them with a big-ass drybrush and pick off a few details. I don’t think I’ll be adding coloured bits to the panels, as originally intended.

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Oct 052014
 

Another pair of Spacelords miniatures for today; battle brothers Karl Wagoner and Jonn’es Cuera. They were “born” into service of Lindgren-Bavaria, a major corporation specialized in genetics and clone breeding.

Wagoner and Cuera, erstwhile battle brothers in the typical Quondam armour.

Cuera and Wagoner, erstwhile battle brothers in the typical Quondam armour.

 

Shortly after earning their status as quondam (free men), they signed on for private servitude with captain Morley. Battle brothers are bred for warfare on any scale, from security details and special ops to platoon level skirmishes. The high production costs means they’re not used in large capacities, though it’s not unheard of for a company of battle brothers. They age at a highly accelerated rate, until young adulthood is reached. Through medication the aging process is then decelerated until battle brothers reach the physical status of later middle age. At that point they’re usually declared Quondam and expelled from active service. Most battle brothers don’t live to see this day. As a side effect of ending the treatment, aging is slowed to a crawl. Battle brothers who live to die by old age can easily live as long as regular, true born men. Unfortunately, more than half of that life time is spent as old men.

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“And you’re sure we’re going the right way?”

 

 

The models are Josef Ochmann sculpts (as usual when it’s a matter of Metal Magic models) from the C3033 and C3034 Cybertech War-tech ranges. Unfortunately they’re currently unavailable for purchase but Doug over at EM-4 is working on it. See this thread on the LAF for further details.

For some reason I had an unusually hard time photographing these guys, so I hope the slightly crap photos doesn’t offend too much.

The crew of the Chaste Magpie.

The crew of the Chaste Magpie. Too many misters, not enough sisters!

 

With these guys finished up, I just need to get one more model done to have a full Pulp Alley league for Captain Morley and his crew. I have several ideas for additions though. What small freighter would be complete without a resident civilian passenger, a doctor and a mechanic? Also, there are a few too many dicks on the dancefloor. That’s something we’ll have to remedy.

Jun 192014
 

Stickney is Captain Morley‘s second in command and co-pilot on the Chaste Magpie. He’s very, very fond of his most recent acquisition: a military issue RPG launcher he won in a card game on Phobos.

“… it’s the only way to be sure.”

This is yet another Metal Magic Spacelords miniature by Josef Ochmann – C3066b Cybertech S.E.C.S Troop with rocket launcher. It’s the last S.E.C.S model I’m painting for now, with the remaining models of the ships crew being from other parts of the Spacelords line.

Speaking of the Spacelords miniatures, Doug over at EM4 have finally caved in and started expanding his offering. Information can be found in this thread on LAF. Good times! So far, Phagon Battleclones and Ship’s Crew have both been re-released – for the first time in decades!

Jun 022014
 

Morley have always been a straight shooting, fair dealing type even if he’s not too bothered with following the law of the Empire. Most of his peers mock him for being bland, boring or lacking style but Morley doesn’t care. Morley does the job and Morley’s getting paid. That about sums it up. He’s the captain of his own ship, sometimes taking long contracts with big corporations and sometimes doing small jobs for private contractors.

If your money’s good, you’re good with Morley.

Morley’s a Metal Magic Spacelords C3064b Cybertech S.E.C.S Troop with heavy laser, firing.  As always with this range, it’s sculpted by Josef Ochmann and released in the early 90s. I really like this model, and the whole sub-range of S.E.C.S troopers. I have a few more that will make up Captain Morley’s crew. Together they’ll be one of two warbands I’m painting up to try out Pulp Alley.

May 232014
 

Here’s a guy I’ve previously owned, sold, bought again and now finally painted! Commander Skroob is the man in charge of the Empire colony on McKemmler IV and also chief of police in the settlement New Haigts. In this picture he’s accompanied by two Automated Sentient Officers of Law Enforcement, android police manufactured by ArmaSec. Virtually indestructable to anything less than assault weapons, the ASOLEs are armed only with stun-sticks and a short temper. They patrol the streets of the settlements as peace keepers, processing misdemeanors on the spot.

I’m surrounded by Automated Sentient Officers of Law Enforcement!

Skroob is a Metal Magic Spacelords C3706b Trader With Cape, while the ASOLEs are starship crew Security Officers C3720e and C3720f. They were all sculpted by Josef Ochmann and released in the early 90s. Skroob is available from EM4 but seems to have been out of stock for the last few years. If you want one, prod Doug about it and maybe he’ll bring more minis from this great range in production again.

Why didn’t somebody tell me my ass was so big?

 

I used varnish as an effect for the first time, giving the helmets and armour parts a glossy finish. Worked out alright, I suppose. Oh well, now they’re painted and ready for a game! The photos ate pretty much all attempts at highlighting the black, and the gloss now only looks like a crap varnish. Still, they look kinda cool together and I like them quite a bit even if they all have sausage fingers.

Citizen, pick that up! You have fifteen seconds to comply!