Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Shady Characters

Sci-Fi Rogues
15 mm



The female mini was The Ion Age's monthly giveaway for July.  Nice sculpt, it would be pretty static but the sideways look gives it "direction" (yeah, I think about these things).  And I like the tough girl pose and the big gun :)  I picked a 70's-esque brown and orange pallette just to get away from the clean white armour on the catalog paint job.  The male figure is from The Ion Age's "The Betrayers", a nice assortment of scruffy brigands.  His hand was mis-molded and I broke his leg off un-basing him, so some green stuff was badly needed...

"I don't think I've seen one that big before! Just keep shooting!"

10 comments:

  1. Looks great!

    Love the photo backgrounds too.

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    1. Thanks. I wish I had more variety of backgrounds to use but they take a surprising amount of time to assemble. This one is pretty versatile, I can move/remove the side walls as needed.

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  2. I've never painted up anything in 15mm before. I've heard it's a little different to 28mm, in that you have to paint then a little more cartoony to make them stand out, is that true?

    I like the paint job on the two new additions & the little joke caption for the last pic :)

    Cheers.

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    1. Yes, overemphasis is definitely the technique to use, unless you're Jen Haley and you can nail a subtle paint job. These guys are highlighted up to white on most of the colors,but those top highlights are literally the tiniest dots I can paint. Have a look at my Copplestone 10mm Fellowship of the Ring figures or some people's 6mm work to see the extremes of this approach.

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  3. They look great. I couldn't place the black fellow, nice use of the betrayer figs. I was thinking there was a bit of white in the hair, but I realize you did highlight up to white on most everything (after you pointed it out). Interesting and effective technique. I may have to move to higher contrast highlights myself.

    Out of curiosity, do you saw your 15mm figs off the 'base' they traditionally come with? What do you use to texturize the bases here?

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    1. Yes the molded-on bases are cut off... somewhat carefully, and pinned to penny bases. See this post for how I make my simplest "grid flooring" sci-fi bases. The male figure's base is scratchbuilt... the surface details are strips of zip tie!

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    2. Wow. Pinning all your 15mm figs sounds like a lot of work. Do you drill through the penny as well, or is a stub embedded in the green stuff texture? If the latter, how much length do you find is necessary (and do you do both legs?)?

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    3. IMO it's really the only way to do convincing "indoor" bases; ie. any surface that's not dirt. I usually pin one leg, drilling down into but not through the penny. Pretty secure so far. But yes, a fair bit of work, notice all of my full squads have outdoor dirt bases!

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  4. Nice modeling and presentation, Mr. M.

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  5. Superb brown-orange combo on the girl. It sure looks different than any orange paint I've got in my arsenal.

    Maybe shading orange w/ leather brown is the way to go...

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