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!

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. 🙂

Farewell Frosty

Greetings! Last week I said I’d have pics of my Mei Feng crew for this weeks post, but I decided to switch it up. Stay tuned for Mei Feng next week instead. So here to help us say goodbye to winter is Rasputina, The Ice Queen.

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Rasputina. Master

Yes, ’tis time to bid farewell to the winter season and say hello to the spring. However, before we do so let’s take a look at some winter themed minis. Rasputina thwarts her foes with spells like December’s Curse and Biting Chill. She’s cold-blooded! In the future, I plan to add some winter themed runes and images to her cloak. Solid blue will just have to do for now.

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Essence of Power, Totem

I wanted the Essence of Power to look like it was on the verge of freezing to death. Pallid but not yet dead. I ended up using a very light shade of flesh mixed with a small dab of baby blue and highlighting up to pure white. I’ll probably use a similar technique for Avatar Rasputina’s flesh.

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Ice Golem, Minion

This is my first attempt at painting ice and I really like the way it turned out. The basic premise is to paint the model the opposite way you would normally. So, instead of darkest to lightest  toward the light source you go lightest in the recesses and darker in the uppermost parts. I intend on doing a tutorial on this technique in the future with Avatar Rasputina.

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Ice Gamin, Minions

Gamin seem to give me the most trouble when it comes to color schemes. I painted these guys 3 different ways before I ended up with this very simple color palette.  I used the same Reaper Master Series Paints (RMSP) that I used for the Ice Golem. Marine Teal, Surf Aqua, Ghost White and then a light wash of Games Workshop Asurman Blue.

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Reaper Master Series Paint

As a side note: I’ve recently started using RMSP and I must say, they’re the shit! The colors that they offer are vibrant and easy to work with and the color triads make going from shade to highlight a breeze. The dropper bottles are excellent for mixing colors perfectly. Most of all, I really like the matte finish to the paint. Less glossiness makes seeing what I’m working on much easier. I highly recommend them.

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Silent One, Minion

The Silent One was the last model I painted for this Crew and believe it or not I finished all these models in less than two weeks. The secret is a super simple color palette. I really enjoyed the winter theme and am already working on Avatar Rasputina (almost done) and Snow Storm (not even close). Can’t wait to post the results.

Anyhoo, there ya have it. I hope you liked what you’ve seen. Stay cool!

Burn Baby Burn!

This weeks installment features the fire wielding, winged, sexy lady,  Kaeris. She’s a lot of fun to play with and a real pleasure to paint. For her crew box I tried to keep the cool gray color scheme I stared with my Ramos crew, but with a little twist. I added some gray to represent their M&SU Asset affiliation and of course, some flame effects where appropriate. Me likey!

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Kaeris, Henchman

So, here’s the lady of the hour. I’m really pleased of with the fire effects on her base. It took a few tries to get them just right, but I finally came up with a very easy technique using tweezers and a twist. I was tempted to sculpt flames in her hands as well but I was afraid they’d look like big globs of ice cream. That and I was feeling lazy. 😛

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Student of Conflict, Totem

Anyone who’s fielded Kaeris as a Henchman knows who this little guy is. He follows around his Master learning the ways of combat and how to become a powerful magi. Fear him! I wish I could say it was a joy painting him up, but I honestly found him kinda boring. I guess sometimes a model just rubs you the wrong way.

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Fire gamin, Minion

Yet another fun little construct minion to add to the Arcanist arsenal. I painted each of these models at least twice before I found a color palette I liked. First I tried red skin, then brown, and black. I finally decided on gray. It ties in better with the overall color scheme of the crew. Then for the flames I tried blue, orange and purple before I stuck with yellow. I’m particularly fond of Ken to the right. Hadouken!

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Gunsmith Male, Minion

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Gunsmith Female, Minion

The Gunsmiths are a great unit. They’re versatile, survivable and excellent marksmen. Plus, the models are bad ass! It would suck for the male if he had a spontaneous misfire on those guns under his neck.”Woops I tripped over this rock!” BLAM… POP!

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Iggy, Minion

“Hi! I’m Iggy. Wanna play with me?” FWOOSH! “I done burnded you fool!” I’ve only played one test game with Iggy. He’s interesting but I have a hard time squeezing him into my Kaeris crews. Looking at this picture makes me think he might need something a little extra on his base… more flames! 😀

Well, there you have it. My Kaeris crew. Hope this inspires you to try out some fire effects for you models. Next week, Mei Feng. WAAPA!!

Eeek! Spiders!

Hidee ho! So for the next few posts I’m gonna be focusing on my Malifuax Projects. Malifaux is a table top game produced by Wyrd Miniatures.  It’s based on a surreal, wild west, Victorian, steampunk fantasy world. A world where you’ll find undead hookers, shape shifters, the Boogy Man, gremlins and a whole slew of other characters fighting for control of a precious resource called Soul Stones. I’ve been collecting the Arcanists faction for a bit and have always liked their elemental theme. Plus, I’d been wanting to play around with source lighting for a while and the Arcanists have a lot of models that lend themselves well to that technique. So, without further adieu here’s some Arcanists fo yo ass!

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Ramos, Arcanist Master

This is Ramos, the Leader of the Arcanists and the Miners & Steamfitters Union. His crew was the first one I collected because I really like the mechanical spider theme that he’s got going on. He’s the brilliant scientist every nerd always wanted to be. Well, without the whole old geezer part. This was also one of my first experiments in creating a secondary light source. I’d really like to figure out a practical way to create lighting tendrils arcing from his hand to the mechanical tentacle. If you have ideas please share. 🙂

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Ramos, Avatar of Invention

Just in case there was any doubt of Ramos’ obsession with mechanical spiders, look at him when he changes into his Avatar form. Level up Ramos! There were a couple challenges when working on this guy. From sculpting the flames on his hands to creating a base that wasn’t too distracting but still supportive of those spindly legs. I’m really happy with the way he turned out.

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Steamborg Executioner Minion

This is the Steamborg Executioner, aka Hank. Hank likes long romantic strolls and decapitations. Assembling this damned thing was the most difficult part. Once he was assembled the paint job was pretty straight forward. At first, I was tempted to paint him all  dead flesh-like, but I thought that might be a bit too cliche. So, I opted for a warmer skin tone to balance out the otherwise cool palette of his armor and lights. He looks great on the table top as a centerpiece model but doesn’t last long. For some reason people are intimidated by him. :-/

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Steampunk Arachnids Minions

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Steampunk Arachnid Swarm Minion

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Steampunk Arachnid Swarm Minion

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Large Steampunk Arachnid Minion

EEK! Spiders!! Run for your lives! Continuing with the spider theme, we have the many iterations of the Steampunk Arachnid. I tried to suggest some subtle reflective lighting on their bases. The results are good but could still use a bit more intensity. Ah, the artist is his own worst critic.

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Brass Arachnid, Totem

The Brass Arachnid is one of my favorite totems. It’s a simple sculpt that represents the steam punk theme very well. With a few quick techniques you can get very nice results in no time. What really brought him to life is the lighting.

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Electrical Creation, Totem

Holy floating, incorporeal, electrical, explosive, mines Batman! I wish I could field an entire army of these little buggars. They’re so much fun and a real pain in the ass for my opponents.

So that’ll do for now. Next time I’ll post my Kaeris crew. She’s a fire based Master so expect more pyrotechnics. Stay classy San Diego!