Going Nomadic

“The Nomads consist of three enormous ships whose inhabitants, discontented with a society controlled by huge macroeconomic blocks and by A.I., have separated themselves from it and roam through space, trading from system to system.”

-Fiction from Infinity the Game

I started working on my Corregidor boxed set that I won from the Infinity O-12 podcast. These Nomad models have a much more sci-fi look than the Haqqislam stuff I’ve been painting recently. So, I wanted to go with a very bright and bizarre color scheme that looks more alien. Check out my prototype.

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Nomad, Wildcat

The Corregidor box comes with three Wildcats so that’s where I decided to start painting.¬†I usually like painting the grunts of my armies first to get a feel for the color scheme and composition. Plus I’d rather screw up on one of these in the beginning than one of the other more unique minis later. The prototype model is where I create the “rules” for my color scheme and always takes the longest to finish. Once it’s done, the rest of the models come along a lot quicker… in theory. ūüėõ

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Nomad, Wildcat

You might not be able to tell from these pictures but I painted this little shit three times before I was satisfied with a color scheme. Thus, there is some loss of detail, particularly in the orange ribbing. My first concept was purple, blue, white and bright green for the lights. Then I went with mostly white, aqua, khaki and orange lights. With some help from my wife I ended with this. Very pleased!

I’m also working on some more illustrations and really cheap terrain. Lot’s of cool stuff coming up so stay tuned. Later!

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Here’s a sniper I recently finished for my Haqqislam army. I’ve already tried painting this model twice and I was having the hardest time working out the color scheme. I considered scrapping the project and leaving ¬†it in hobby limbo; never to feel the unnatural glow of game store,¬†fluorescent lighting.

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Haqqislam, Hunzakut Sniper

After trying a few “outfits” on him (including mostly khaki and mostly black) I went with this version. It’s not very camouflage (like his abilities suggest) but I didn’t want to make him look like a clich√© sniper. This version looks good with the rest of my Haqqislam color scheme and,¬†thanks to the extra use of brown,¬†stand out from a distance.

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Haqqislam, Hunzakut Sniper

As much as I hated painting this model, I’m¬†pretty satisfied with the final result. Which is the case with most of my favorite models; the longer and more frustrating the process, the sweeter the reward. I read that one on a fortune cookie. Your Lucky numbers are¬†4,¬†8,¬†15,¬†16,¬†23¬†and¬†42.

Shameless Plug

Great news folks! I won that drawing contest I entered for the Infinity O-12 podcast. Wahoo! Thanks to Kip & Tom and everyone else at the O-12 for putting this whole thing together. Soon I’ll have a brand new Corregidor boxed set in my little mitts!

Cool

BE COOL, BUY A T-SHIRT!

But wait there’s more!. They want to put my design on a T-shirt. Hell yeah!¬†We’re all really psyched about this. It’s going to be a single run and they need at least 36 preorders by August 11th to make this happen. Hope you guys dig the design and order one for everyday of the week. ūüėČ

Go visit their Facebook page for order info. Here’s the¬†linky.

Thanks!
David M.

Baby Hell is Back!

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Baby Hell (Front)

That’s right Baby Hell is finished! This creepy little creature was created by artist¬†L’amore Supreme. My homie Narciso¬†passed it to me a few months ago to paint up. Check out the before pics¬†here.

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Baby Hell (Left)

Standing at 6 inches tall, Baby Hell is a lot larger scale than what I’m used to working with (usually 28MM). I procrastinated painting him, fearing all the hours of work it would take to complete. He stood above my TV for months just taunting me. Mocking me! However, once I got down to business, I really enjoyed the process and it took only one weekend full of Battlestar Galactica episodes to finish.

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Baby Hell (Back)

I could have gone with super smooth blends or used an airbrush to make the final result more refined but opted not to. This figure is full of character and fun and deserved an equally characterful paint style.  So I kept the style painterly and a little messy which I think makes the entire thing look more cartoon-like.

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Baby Hell (Right)

This is the first vinyl model I’ve ever painted and¬†it won’t be the last. I had a great time working in this scale and genre. Plus working on this scale was easy on my hands and eyes ((I only had to use my¬†Special Ops¬†goggles once :P). I¬†must buy more vinyl models! Maybe I’ll try sculpting up my own in the future…hmm. Curses, so many ideas so little time!