Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Interstellar goods inbound - Spacelords starship crewman

Reg 'Pops' Dwight has worked as ground crew for the Orange Star Line for 36 years. He started his career as a lowly baggage monkey, before launching on a steep trajectory that now sees him employed as Senior Steward (Stowage). 'Pops' Dwight is responsible for all incoming small goods from Orange Star Line vessels - it is his role to check and track, liaise with onwards hauliers or end customers, and, most importantly, ensure that local import taxation is applied at least accurately, preferably inaccurately - in the Orange Star Line's favour.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Rogue Quest Level Two: The Barbarian

If you're not a reader of JB/Asslessman's Leadplague (and why not?!), you're probably asking yourself right about now:

"What on earth is Rogue Quest?"

A good question indeed! Rogue Quest is a little project that JB and I are jointly working on, to port the a classic Dungeon Adventuring party into a sci-fi setting, using Rogue Trader and Confrontation influences.

Confrontation artwork by Tony Ackland

Between now and Christmas, we have both taken it upon ourselves to steadily build 6 person-strong adventuring parties, set around the classic adventurer archetypes:

  • Barbarian
  • Bard
  • Cleric
  • Fighter
  • Magic User
  • Paladin
  • Ranger
  • Rogue / Thief
JB kicked the project off in style with his gritty fighter with custom-sculpted head by Kev Adams. This week, it's my turn to share the first member of my Rogue Quest party.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Techno techno techno - Meching up Aenur

There's a fun little competition been running on one of the Facebook groups I'm a member of. The basic premise was to take the model of Aenur, the Mordheim Elf Hired Sword, and convert it to sci-fi. Entries are starting to roll in before the 30th September deadline, and seeing as I've just posted my resulting figure, I thought I'd share it here too.

Evo over at Port Imperiale very kindly donated an Aenur for my attention. If you're not familiar with the figure, this is what Aenur looks like unaltered:

My initial reaction was to do something Eldar-y, but then I decided I wanted to try and push things a little further from the original figure. After some thinking, I put together a little visual mock-up of what I wanted to try and do, in the form of an Adeptus Mechanicus tech priest:

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The terrifying power of the administration

I have always loved the character of the Rogue Trader adventurers range, and I really enjoy looking for suitable non-comms and civilians to populate my collection.
I was very much excited when it emerged at BOYL'15 that Foundry had put a set of old unreleased Citadel Rogue Trader figures into production. I immediately snaffled some on the day. If you want to get hold of a set yourself, you need look no further than the Foundry website!
My favourite conceptually from the set is the scribe / member of the Adeptus Administratum. If you follow the Eldritch Epistles blog, you'll be aware that the figure is a very close match to one of the illustrations from the Rogue Trader blog.
The original slotta casting. Pic from Eldritch Epistles.
Unfortunately, the pose on the sculpt is rather oddly disco, with its pointing finger and toe-tapping lead foot. That's not to say you can't make a very nice job of the paint and end up with a good looking figure (see Sho3box and Leadplague). I just wanted to make mine a little less obtrusive:

Monday, 7 September 2015

Easing Back Into Things - Spacelords Pilot

After 3 weeks with practically zero hobby time, you'd think that I'd be eager to get back to painting. In fact, the reverse has been true - I've struggled to motivate myself to sit down and paint something. In order to try and get myself back into the groove, I decided to get a couple of relatively simple projects off the WIP shelf.

First up is a Spacelords starship pilot - a rather nice sculpt that I've had undercoated and ready for paint for over 12 months. After sitting so patiently on the shelf, I decided she deserved some attention.