Rhulic Showcase: Solos

The Mercenary line has a really nice range of great looking, character filled models. From drunken Ogrun bokurs to penny-pinching pirates and armored bears. There’s something special for everyone. Here’s just a few models I’ve used on the regular for my Rhulic force.

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Ogrun Bokur

One of the first models I painted for my Searforge Commission list, the Ogrun Bukur used to be a real bad ass back in the first edition of Warmachine. It wasn’t uncommon to see two or three of these beasts on the tabletop at once. Since then however, they’ve become a lot less powerful but still make for a great centerpiece.

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Gudrun the Wanderer

Gudrun was a real treat to paint. He’s a drunken Ogrun whose taste for the juice is only paralleled by his taste for ass kickery. You can almost smell his boozy breath from here. Wash yo mouth sucka!

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Herne

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Arquebus Jonne

The character unit Herne & Jonne go together like Bieber and hair gel. Originally, Herne had no beard but I couldn’t stand the cleft chin. It was ridiculous! So I went at it with some sculpting putty and gave him a nice distinguished beard any gentleman would be proud of.

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Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator

Once in a while I’ll paint a model that makes me feel all happy inside. This is one of those models. The simple palette and exaggerated, cartoon-like features made it a breeze to paint in a couple of hours. Quick and clean that’s how I like it. 🙂

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Lord Rockbottom

I made this conversion using an Iron Kingdoms RPG model and the original Lord Rockbottom. First I made a replica of the original Rockbottom’s belt and arms using sculpting putty (green stuff) and glued it onto the IKRPG model. Then I touched up the shoulders and collar using more green stuff. The coin in his hand was made using plasticard and a hole punch . Much better than the original goofy hat, peg leg version.

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Thor Steinhammer

This fella right here is an auto include whenever I play with this army. He provides excellent boosts to my warjacks and he looks bad ass! What more can a painter/gamer ask for?

So there you have it folks, my most prized Rhulic possessions. I may loose a lot of games with them but damn it, I look good doing it. Cheers and keep painting!

Rhulic Showcase: Warcasters

Been a long time since I picked up a Privateer Press model. I have a few armies painted up for  both Warmachine and Hordes and really like the steampunk fantasy theme. So while looking through my figure cases this weekend, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with my Rhulic Mercenary force. First up, Warcasters!

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Gorten Grundback, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Gorten is the first model I painted for my Mercenary army years ago. I love this model! He’s one of the original boxed Warcasters in the Privateer Press line and the sculpt still looks great next to newer designs. The color scheme came out better than I’d expected. Using Vallejo Game Color, I went with a very earthy palette to go with the rough and rugged feel of these dwarf heroes.

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Durgen Madhammer, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Durgen Madhammer is an explosive expert and lover of mayhem. Sure his hammer is impossibly large and his canon would send his little ass flying from the recoil, but damn it he looks so bad ass! One of my favorite things about this miniature is the option to model his blast shield up (as seen here) or down.

Anywho, that’s a wrap for this post. Next I’ll post some pics of some Warjacks; steam-powered automatons of destruction! Thanks for visiting and happy painting. 🙂

Back On Track!

I finally got my camera back from Canon!  Happy Days are here once again! 😀 Now I can get back to taking pics of my Rasputina Crew for Malifaux (including work in progress shots of Avatar Rasputina and Snow Storm)! I’ve taken pictures of models before during the different stages of painting, but not for tutorial use.  It should be interesting. So, while I get all that together for my next post, here’s some photos from TempleCon 2013. I know!

“That’s old news Dave! I’ve already seen all the cool stuff from the convention”,  said the nerd.

Well these pics are just a few things, that other people worked on, that i thought were cool. Stuff such as:

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TempleCon Floor

The carpeting! Yes, I found myself both mesmerized and repelled by this carpet. I took this picture in the main hall where most of the Warmachine and Hordes games were being played. I’m pretty sure that this was the carpet throughout the Convention and Hotel, but I could be wrong. It’s all just blurs now (I really should’ve posted these earlier).

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Dark Age Demo Table

I took a lot of pictures of the different gaming tables there for my personal reference. There were so many tables covered in terrain. Some were pretty basic, others kinda beat up, and some of them were just awesome. Like this Dark Age Demo table. I played a quick demo and really enjoyed it. The rules are pretty simple and the fluff is pretty bad ass, but the models are so sick! I picked up Mongo, a bad ass mofo with concrete slabs for weapons. I can’t wait to paint him up.

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MERCS Demo Table

Here’s another cool looking demo table for MERCS. It was pretty popular at convention, but I can’t really get into the models. The good thing is the model count is pretty small so I’d be down to try it out.

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Warhammer 40,000 Table

Here’s a pretty nice Warhammer 40,000 table. I’ve gotta admit, every time I see one of these SciFi ruined cities it makes me miss 40K. Then I remember that I have yet to complete one army (despite the fact that I worked at GW for 2 years). Anywhoo, it looks nice!  🙂

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Comic Book Trolls

Now that’s bad ass! I saw a lot of Gargantuans at the convention, but the Mountain King by far was the most popular. I can’t remember the name of the gentleman who painted this bad boy but I love it. He definitely has his own style. The entire army has a very clean, high contrast, comic book feel to it.

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Not So Mellow, Yellow Mountain King

Another Mountain King. It’s nice to see so many different color schemes all in one place.  This was a really bold choice and it worked out great. I forgot to ask how the painter was able to get such a good coat of yellow. I’m assuming a colored spray paint.

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Woldwrath Front

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Woldwrath Back

When I first saw pictures of the Wold Wrath I wasn’t impressed.  In fact, I was disappointed. Now that I’ve seen it in person, I really want one.  After I saw this guys version, I NEED one!  😀

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Adam’s Smoke Bombs

Okay, first off, I’m sorry for the crappy photo. My camera was being a pain in the ass that day. Nonetheless, I had to post a picture of these fantastic smoke cloud markers. I met Adam during the Malifaux Tournament and he used these for his Torakage. To make them he used cotton, white glue, black spray paint, and electronic tea light candles. So cool!

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Pizza?

Lastly, but most certainly not least, is my Saturday night 2am “snack”. That delicious pile of grub is instant pizza that my buddy Eddie and I got out of a vending machine. Yes, for only $2.50 I had fresh (not really) yummy (I lie) pizza. It wasn’t that bad actually. The sad part was that there was an actual line for this stuff at 2am.

So there ya’ have it.  Mischief managed!

Troll-tastic!

So, I’m holding off on painting anything new until I get my camera back from Canon. The good news is that I took some pictures of some of my Trollbloods before my camera crapped out. Trollbloods are a lot of fun to paint. The entire range has a lot of character and really dynamic poses. They’re pretty big models (40mm-50mm bases) so it takes more time to paint them up which is why I’ve been working on mine on and off for the last 3 years. 😛
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This is the first Trollblood Warbeast i painted I loves him to bits! 😀 I experimented a lot with the metallics to get the right mix for rusted old metal. I ended up using washes of green and reddish browns. I’ll make sure to post a step by step tutorial in the future.
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If you look closely at this Impaler, you’ll see little specks of black on the metal areas. You might ask, “Was this intentional?” The answer is no. I accidentally sprayed him with black primer instead of clear matte varnish when. DOH! After a little touching up and cursing myself out I left the speckles on the metal areas. I think they look kinda cool. Or maybe I was just too tired to redo it. smh…
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Here we have one of the most iconic Warbeasts of the entire Trollblood range. The Mauler was a beast of a model to paint (pun intended). He took a long time to finish. I’d work on him for a few days, get sick of him, take a few weeks off, and then get back to it. It was totally worth the work. So bad ass! 😀

Temple Con 2013

I’m back from TempleCon and it was awesome!  I have to admit though, it’s great to be back home.  Played in my first Malifaux Tournament and won Best Painted, Best Sportsman, and of course the Wooden Spoon of Looserdome!  Wahoo!  Thanks to all the guys from New Hampshire that I played with. Chris, Matt and Adam, you’re all excellent sports and I learned a lot from those games.  Also, the two Henchmen I met were super cool. Kevin Wall and the other gentleman whose name I can’t recall (sorry).

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War Hog

On Sunday I managed to win 2nd place in a painting competition held by Cool Mini Or Not. Thanks to Kevin for all the excellent critiques. I’ll Definitely keep them in mind for future pieces.