McMurrough!

Finally completed McMurrough from my previous post on Painting Plaid! In every painters queue there’s one project (or a dozen in my case) that never seems to get finished. Well this pooch  has been squatting in my painting docket for a couple years and it feels good to wrap it up. I was intimidated by the plaid and a bit uninspired for a good color layout that would fit with the rest of my army.  Finally, I just gave my self a deadline which I missed by a few days anyway. 😛 Sometimes you have to stop over-analyzing and force yourself to finish. Are there a few things that I might have done differently? Sure, but who cares! So without further delay here he is.

The following excerpt is from the Corvus Belli website. Enjoy!

“Buaidh No Bas” (“Victory or Death”). McMurrough’s Scottish Gaelic motto.

McMurrough is a Dog-Warrior of Fortune, the fiercest private contractor you will find in the mercenary market. Now he is trapped in his Dog-Warrior shape, unable to return to his Dogface form, and carries an illegal Templar sword, a smart weapon with a built-in AI. How did McMurrough end up in this situation and what does the Hassassin Society have to do with it? This is something you will find in the upcoming Infinity Campaign Book!

If you’d like to learn about McMurrough’s story, click here. Thanks for reading and as always happy painting!

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Dire States: New York

When I was approached by tournament organizer Nestor Medina to design the logo for his upcoming Infinity tournament, I said “Sure thing buddy”. When he said he’d like me to paint up a bad ass model as prize support, I said “Hell yeah!” The tournament in question is Dire States: Battle for the Empire State, and the sexy ass model is Ajax the Great. So here’s a few nice pictures to stimulate your geeky little eyeballs. Enjoy!

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Here’s the logo that I designed. I figured the Empire State Building was a perfect, recognizable icon that would translate well as a patch. The tech-styled shapes in the background are inspired by the Infinity game art for hackers. I used Orbitron for the text which is used a lot throughout the Infinity rule books and art. The colors are taken from the Albany flag. Now onward to the really pretty stuff. Behold, Ajax the Great!

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I got to try out a lot of new techniques on this model. First off, I applied almost all the khaki with my airbrush. I still need a lot of practice for anticipating where the paint will come out from the gun, but the final results worked out great. This is also my first attempt at painting metals without using metallic paint. Also known as non-metalic metal (NMM), this technique is something that I’ve never been a very big fan of, but tried it here because it’s more reminiscent of the studio Infinity models. I have to admit, I really enjoyed painting the metal like this and will definitely use it more often in the future. Finally, I’ve never attached a model onto an acrylic base before, but it’s pretty straight forward. 🙂

Well, not much else to say about that folks. Hope you dig the pictures and keep those brushes wet! O_o

Repeat After Me: Blue!

Hello again fellow lover of cool things! In my last post I explained the steps I took to paint orange on this very cool EVO repeater. Let’s continue now with the color blue. Or is that aqua? Whatever, just follow my lead. 🙂

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First we start with the base-coat. I think this is the most important step when painting a model. It’s like building a house; you need a solid and even foundation or else the rest of it goes to shit. So take your time, keep your paint smooth and thin (like milk) and listen to your favorite podcast.

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Next up is shading with a wash of Deep Ocean. As you can tell in the picture, I’m a bit messy with this step. It’s all good tho because in the next I cleaned it up and smoothed it out. That could be an R. Kelly song.

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Here’s where I tried smoothing the blend between the base-coat color and the shade color. I used a mix of Deep Ocean/Marine Teal (60/40) and watered them down with a mix of H2O/Flo-Aid (20/1) to create a wash. Then I used this wash to smooth out the middle area between the two colors.

Note: These Reaper Master Series Paints have a really nice quality pigment; great for washes and layered blends.

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Highlights with Surf Aqua. The contrast is a little too stark for my taste. Let’s fix that…

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…with another wash of Deep Ocean/Marine Teal. That’s better!

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And then I redid the highlight a little thinner. Nicey nice, with beans and rice!

On to the next color: WHITE!

Repeat After Me: Orange!

It’s Remote time baby! After painting a bunch of regular infantry for my Corregidor army, I decided it was time to paint up a Zond or two. What’s a Zond? A quick look at the Infinity website tells us, “Basically, it is a kind of semi-autonomous robotic porter, a high-tech beast of burden.” So let’s get to it!

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As you can see here, the base is already done. I usually dry-brush bases (which is pretty messy) first then move onto the more neat work. It also looks better on the table to have all my bases finished even if eveything else is a work in progress.

I also did a quick base coat of metallic paint followed by a wash of black and a base-coat of orange.

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The initial coat of Jokaero Orange acts more like a primer for this coat of Fire Orange. It would’ve taken a lot more coats of this color to get good coverage. Too much paint bad!

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Next I added a wash of Phoenix Red. The key to making a nice, smooth wash is adding a bit of Flo-Aid and water. I keep a separate dropper bottle of Flo-aid/H2O mix (1/20) at my paint station. Use it! 🙂

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This step is all about contrast. I used Reikland Fleshshade to define the spaces between the armor plates.

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And finally a highlight of Marigold Yellow. Afterward I went back and picked out any mistakes or rough areas.

So there you have it. Orange is done. Later this week I’ll post the next color, BLUE! Oh snappy!

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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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!