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Been a long time since I've posted in Show Off. But hey, a load of painting, some procrastination, some waiting for new brushes to come in, and some more procrastination will do that.
So, recently I've been painting the faction leaders from Scythe by Stonemeier Games. Love that game a lot, and so I decided I'd paint the minis from it, 'cuz hey, that's what I do.
However, I wasn't in the mood for painting bland old mechs four times over, in addition to the leaders, so I just decided to paint the leaders. Seemed the sensible thing to do. So, here they are in order of, well, the order I painted them in.
First up we have Anna and Wojtek, of the Republic of Polania. When I have the choice, I always play as them, so I wanted to give a bit of extra love and attention here. However, love and attention are two very difficult things to give when your brushes are fraying and honestly just aren't very good. So, bought some new brushes. Unfortunately, I had no desire to go back and repaint, as that would certainly blur out of a lot of detail, of which there wasn't much to begin with, so I decided to keep what didn't look so great and apply my new skills to what wasn't painted.
As you'll also see with the other minis, I tried to apply the faction's color as a highlight color of sorts. I didn't want it to be the main color, as that'd make it lose its specialness, but I wanted it to catch the eye as it swept across the board. In this case, the faction color of Polania is white. Thus, Anna's cap and scarf are white. You'll see similar stuff done later on with the other minis.
Next up we have Olga and Changa, probably my favorite of the bunch. This pair from the Rusviet Union was an absolute joy to paint, especially in the case of Changa. I'd never painted a tiger before, and man! It really had never occurred to me how incredible these creatures are, despite all my zoo trips and whatnot. This was also my first major attempt at painting good eyes, keyword being good (Wojtek's black dots don't count). I think they turned out pretty good, but the left one is a little wonky. Hey @Corsair, you should make this one of your questions in "Getting to Know You". Which would you fear more, a tiger, or a pretty Russian lady with a Tommy gun?
Coming in at number three, we've got Gunter, Nacht, and Tag, from Saxony. Being German in heritage, I immediately knew which dog was which* (And no, he couldn't have pulled a switcheroo on me. It's in the rulebook of which one is which. No joke). However, I thought that it wasn't quite fair to Tag to have only Nacht on the mini. Plus, I didn't want to have to paint the dog completely black, as that's no fun at all. So I decided I'd make the dog on the miniature a mix of both dogs. Maybe it's their child, I guess?
*For my non-German-speaking friends, Nacht and Tag mean night and day, respectively.
Next up, we got Bjorn and Mox , from the Nordic Kingdoms.
Being from the Midwest, you have no idea how hard it is to not put a Minnesota Vikings joke here.
Anyways, this is probably my second-favorite of the five. One major reason would be this was the first of the Scythe minis I painted where the human and the beast weren't standing side-by-side. This was a ginormous boon to me, as I was getting sick and tired of painting in the itty-bitty space between the two.
You'll also notice I took some artistic liberties with his hair. Deal with it.
Well, I must've really lost my mind on this one, becasue those are NOT Bjorn and Mox, rather those two are Zehra and Kar, of the Crimean Khanate. Ah well, I mean, we all make mistakes, don't we? Don't we?
Anyways, I really don't care for these two. I didn't feel inspired at all and it just seemed like a very bland mini. But hey! It had a bird, and I love painting birds, so shut up, self.
I also am a bit put off by the color of the base. It just doesn't seem right...
Overall, these were some really fun minis to paint, despite the low level of detail. I look forward to my next game and getting to see them on the board!
Couple of extra notes:
Yes, I know these aren't all the Scythe leaders, but I don't own the expansion, so I guess those'll have to come later.
You might notice some dust on the minis. This came from my clear coat, and it rubs off upon touch. Rather than waste my time brushing it off, I left it there it so it gets rubbed off during play and normal handling. One bird, zero stones.
Wait, that doesn't sound quite right. How does it go again?
after a few years of not painting, the corona virus made me pick up the brushes again.
Every time I start a new phase of my erratic painting schedule there is a little ritual: I try to paint Laurana from the old LTPK2, struggle with her scroll, strip the paint off, try again and then give up to paint something else.
The instructions tell me to paint the scroll in white, make a black wash and then dry brush in white and voila, the writing on the scroll will magicly appear.
Except that it doesn't, it just becomes a complete mess.
What am I doing wrong? What could I do instead?
My freehand skills are nonexistent, so the obvious solution (and the one I see done very often on this mini) doesn't work for me. Leaving the scroll blank, because "she just cast the spell and it has disappeared" feels like cheating.
I would be really glad for some hints to point me in the right direction.
Thanks for your help!
Subtitle: Whaaaat!? Pendrake painted something?
This was an exercise in improvisation. People like to use the google hangouts to have painting sessions. But, all my painting stuff normally lives in the next room away from the computational machine. But some of it had gotten waylaid and dropped off in the wrong room so I decided to see if I could manage something. @knarthex was in the hangouts painting tiny CamelFlag patterns on tiny NATO troopers at the same time.
Here is Galladorn getting a bath in Simple Green diluted with water. The plastic bag is the type I use mostly for sorting Miniatures. File this under: how to mess with gooey-green cleaners and stuff near expensive equipment.
Next he got buried in paper towels to dry off.
TGPTGP; Wizard, Flaming Sword; tabletop; Bones;
I've had Ragnaros (or Raggers, as I like to think of him) for almost a year. I was stuck on what colours to use for ages. Red and brass, my first thought, are a bit too Khorne-y for my liking, and I didn't want to do him in the classic plate mail colours. So I settled for a pretty mute palette: Vallejo Neutral Grey, a blue/grey sample from Reaper, and Army Painter Dark Tone, Plate Mail Metal and Rough Iron. I did the eyes with Vallejo Red to add some colour.
I thought about doing something flashy with his sword and shield, but then figured that Raggers isn't the type to bugger about with flaming swords and shields made of human skin. I also wonder how easy it would be to outrun him seeing as he's wearing about three tons of armour. The figure itself is so heavy you could put it in a sock and use it to mug people.
Raggers isn't based yet; after slathering on what felt like the fourth gallon of Dark Tone to finish him off I'm taking a break.
As always, comments, criticisms and cash are welcome.
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