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.

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!

‘Til Infinity And…

Hooray! More Infinity models completed. I’ve gone full bore with collecting these Haqqislam models. I just hope the gameplay is as enjoyable as the painting. Worst case scenario, I have a bunch of good looking Boba Fett inspired minis that look nice in my case. ūüėõ

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Haqqislam, Hassassin Lasiq

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Haqqislam, Hassassin Lasiq

This is the very first model I bought for Infinity about two years ago and I finally painted him last week. I’m really happy with the way he came out.¬†I mean look at this dude. Kick ass gun, cool futuristic armor, mysterious cloak? All the essential elements a sci-fi, bad ass assassin needs. The only thing I need to add is some dust at the bottom of his cloak. I’m practicing on some test models first before applying the effect to this guy.

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Haqqislam, Janissary

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Haqqislam, Janissary

Corvus Belli (the makers of Infinity the Game) keeps knocking them outta the park. I can’t say much else about this miniature that the picture doesn’t show. It’s just so bad ass!¬†I was really intimidated to paint this, so I thought it’d be perfect to test out my fancy new Optivisor. The goggles helped to keep my work a lot neater, thus cutting back on touch ups in the end. Overall, I’m pleased with the blends and am especially happy with the color layout. Woot!

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Haqqislam, Groupshot

Here’s a shot of my Haqqislam force so far. I’ve got about 10 more minis waiting to be worked on but this should be enough to get me playing with my homies. So there you have it kiddies. So many models, so little time, so get painting. ūüėČ

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! ūüėÄ

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Haqqislam Gulam, Front

Haqqislam Gulam

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‚Äôll probably notice that I‚Äôm 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! ūüėÄ

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!

Lost in Infinity

I recently had a case of shiny object syndrome. It’s a condition that myself and many other hobbyists suffer from. The evidence lies in the multitude of unfinished projects I have going on at once. ¬†My most recent distraction is Infinity the Game. It’s a science fiction style game with an anime feel. The models are fantastic and the game seems to be pretty fun.

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Haqqislam Gulam, Front

So I’ve decided to collect the Haqqislam faction. Here’s a little blurb from the website:

“Haqqislam, the New Islam, is a smaller power which possesses a single star-system only, Bourak. Separating itself from fundamentalism, Haqqislam bases its culture on an Islam which is humanist, philosophical and in continuous contact with nature. Biosanitary Science and Earthformation are the two major strengths of Haqqislam, which includes the best schools of medicine and planetology in the Human Sphere.”

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Haqqislam Gulam, Back

This Gulam infantry member is my second prototype for color palette, the first was pretty, meh. The color scheme¬†inspired by Boba Fett. I’m really digging it and am looking forward to finishing up some more stuff from this line. Aside from this I’m also working on Super Dungeon Explore, Hordes: Minions, and a vinyl toy that a friend made. Ugh, so many models so little time. Monty, out!

Spooky!

For the next few posts I’ll be working on models with over-sized heads and short baby-like limbs. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking¬†Chibi¬†style.¬†Super Dungeon Explore¬†(SDE) is a fun board game reminiscent of the old school video game, Baldur’s Gate. It’s silly, fast paced and full of really adorable models. Enter at you own peril!

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Rattle Bones

About two weeks ago I purchased the Von Drakk Manor expansion set for SDE and have been trying to squeeze in as much painting as possible (which never seems to be enough). Out of all the sets that have been released this one’s is the best. C’mon, who doesn’t like vampires, witches¬†and skeletons?

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Dust Mage

Like this fella here, the Dust Mage. This was great to figure out my color palette. There’s something about¬†secondary colors (orange, green, purple) together that scream Halloween to me. So that’s where I’m going with this set. Lot’s of bright colors balanced with warm earth tones.

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Miserable Toad

The nice thing about this set is that it’s not all just skeletons. There’s a huge variety of cute ¬†and unique models in the box, like the Miserable Toad. When I saw this little shit I had to paint it asap. I mean look at him… adorable!

Anyhoo, that’s what I’ve been up to recently. Stay tuned for some shots of the rest of this set as it comes along. Peace out kiddies!