Special Delivery

While rummaging through my office mailroom I came across some shipping boxes and had a eureka moment. Easy super cheap terrain for Infinity! So here’s what I did.

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First I assembled the boxes as usual and sliced the ends off 3″ deep.

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Then I cut out some scrap card (2 1/4″ tall) to support the “roof top” and glued them into place.

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Finally, I cut out another scrap piece of cardboard for the roof top and rest it on top of the supports. I kept these unglued and removable for storing smaller terrain pieces inside.

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Voilà! Here’s the final design. You can use the terrain piece just like this or you can take it a little further…

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…like so! I printed out some 3D textures that I found online from this website. Then I used some double stick tape to adhere it to the box. It’s just like wrapping a gift. Super easy and super cheap.

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Here’s a group shot of my Nomads playing in their new sandbox. Have fun my little minions. Deploy!

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Mas Nomads

The three Wildcats that came in my Corregidor box are done! The days of painting large-scale armies are pretty much behind me but even with smaller, skirmish style games like Infinity, you sometimes have to paint multiples of the same unit. I’m so glad I got these guys models finished first and off of my painting table (aka my kitchen table). Now I can move on to the cooler stuff! 😀

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Nomads, Wildcat

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Nomads, Wildcat

All in all I’m glad with the way they came out. This color scheme is very different from my Haqqislam stuff so I can jump between the two groups if i need a break from one color palette. I’m also very pleased with how the rusted metal bases came out. They’re from Secret Weapon’s Tau Ceti. The sheets of “paper” are made out of thin  plasticard and help add some extra hight and variety to the bases. I might add some text and color to them later, but this’ll do for now.

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Nomads, Wildcats

Here’s a group shot of the Wildcats.  As you can see the scale between the models are all different which is the only thing i don’t like about the sculpts. Otherwise they’re pretty sweet. I also painted them with different colored lights so I can differentiate easily on the table top. “The giant blue one is going to shoot you in the face!”

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m a busy little bee.

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. 😛

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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 cliché 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.

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!

Dabble With a Doodle

The Infinity O-12 podcast announced a drawing contest on episode 17. Contestants were to submit a 2D, Infinity themed piece of art by July 21st. So, despite my self-conscious nature when it comes to my illustrations I decided to send something in.

Scarface and Cordelia Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

Scarface and Cordelia
Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

I definitely wanted to draw a female and the Infinity universe is filled with iconic heroines. However, the typical scantily clad, sexy chick wasn’t what I had in mind. I decided to go with Scarface and Cordelia as my subjects. Cordelia is a beautifully designed character with a playful look that goes well with my art style. Not only that, but her homie Scarface is also an amazing looking model. He’s got all the essential elements needed for a classic, bad-ass looking TAG (Tactical Armoured Gear). After a quick search online I found this great reference of the original concept art.

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Sketch- Sharpie Marker

After a couple shitty sketches on my iPad and scrap paper I finally went with this basic concept. Scarface carrying Cordelia like a bebe and her looking all cute and optimistic (and who wouldn’t be with that walking tank behind them).

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Final Inked- Sharpie and Pigma Micron Pen

At first, I was having a really hard time doing the final inking because I was focusing too much on making the characters totally accurate to the original design. Once I gave my self permission to tweak them a bit it was a lot easier to relax and enjoy the drawing.

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Scarface and Cordelia, David Montalvan

Once I was done with the inking I scanned it onto my computer and colored it up using Adobe Illustrator. I’ve gotta admit that I’m really happy with the final result. Of course they’re a few things I’d change, but that’s the awesome thing about drawing, you take what you learn form one piece and apply it to the next. Always getting a little better with each illustration.

So now it’s up to the public to decide who will win the free boxed set prize and bragging rights. Go to the Infinity O-12 Facebook page and vote for your favorite Illustration. You can “Like” as many  entries as you wish (hopefully mine). Check it out and thanks for voting. 🙂

Still Lost In Infinity

Hello ya’ll! I’ve been slacking off on my weekly post schedule but a very cool surprise has reinvigorated me. The fellas at the Infinity O-12 podcast mentioned me and my blog on their listener email segment. Thanks again to Tom and Kip for the kind words. If you’re already into Infinity the Game or perhaps curious, you need to check out their podcast. So without further delay, here’s some more of my Haqqislam, Boba Fett themed list.

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Haqqislam Remote, Rafiq – 360 view

“Baptized with names that come from the Arabic tradition, the Remotes are an option of economic and functional reinforcement for the Haqqislamite army.” -Infinity the Game

So this is my first attempt at doing a 360 animated view of a model. It was a pretty simple process (thanks to Photoshop and my lovely wife for teaching me how). I’m really digging the look and will definitely continue to use this format for high detailed models. I also tried out something new for the base. By using wood putty and a round sculpting tool I created a sand effect. The rocky outcropping that the Remote is standing on is made from made from a piece of cedar wood. You can buy a big bag of this stuff from a pet shop for super cheap and it’ll last you for a very long time. A litlle bit of dry-brushing and tada, it’s planet Tatooine! 😀

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Haqqislam Gulam, Front

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Haqqislam Gulam, Back

Here’s we have another Gulam infantry member. Same Boba-style coloer scheme as the first female Gulam I completed two weeks ago. Of course, I had to give him a head of blueish white hair. You’ll probably notice that I’m obsessed with white haired models; every army that I paint has at least one silver haired character. In this case I think it’s a nice break from the mostly warm color palette. Hooray for balance! 😀

I’ve got a bunch of Haqqislam models assembled, primed up and ready to get painted, plus a slew of other projects lined up for the future. Thanks again to the guys over at Infinity O-12. Until my next post, stay connected!