Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Homo Navigo (Gaal Massimo) WIP #2

So, it seems that Gaal is a Navigator after all!

Following Jeff's advice, I've cut off the chain-blade and swapped it for an open hand with some coins. I've also extended his coat, for a bit of "navigator style".

Now it's time for painting!

And lastly, a bonus:

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Gaal Massimo, a space merchant WIP #1

After my autosavant, I had to take a break from sculpting, for the sake of my sanity. So, the next miniature will be a simple conversion/kitbash - Gaal Massimo, the space merchant, the old-timer etc.. The model is based on the old WFB Empire engineer (from the steam tank set, as far as I remember). Other parts include those from Cadian guardsmen, Chaos Space Marines and plastic Greatswords (+ some plasticard!).

I'm not yet sure who exactly the model is suppose to represent, but I'm leaning towards such tropes like a space vagabond, a space merchant, a smuggler or a noble scoundrel.

Can you see a small black dot on his forehead? I was messing with the idea that Massimo could be an offspring of some minor house of Navis Nobilite. I have a feeling that a third eye would look great on this semi-bald head! Moreover, while I really like the usual Herbertian background of the Navis Nobilite, I suppose it would be interesting to take a different approach and make a character that may be thought of as a kind of a space merchant, maybe even a sort of 40k Shylock.

Perhaps having failed to get a beneficial deal from official institutions of the Imperium, members of the House Massimo got into trade business and lost their hermetic Navis Nobilite traditions after years of mingling with bankers, smugglers and rogue traders? Maybe they even purposely adopted merchant customs in an effort to blend with their business partners? Or perhaps, it was Gaal himself who turned away from the traditions of his House and the whole Navis Nobilite? Anyway, such a navigator would fit nicely into the inquisitor de Lorme's retinue, methinks.

What do you think about that?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The autosavant/lexmechanic WIP #4 (almost finished!)

"I'm completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly."

The lexmechanic is painted, but it is not finished yet. I've applied way too much gloss to the robe via inks, acrylic mediums and varnishes and now I'm struggling to make the surface a bit more matte. This is not the first time I have this problem, so it's about time to find some solution. Usually pigments mixed with matte varnish give a very matte finish (in fact, it gives a very rough, dirty finish, which is also not very good). A few layers of (pigment+varnish)-based wash seem to kill the gloss a bit, but it's not enough and of course it change the colours. Perhaps adding a bit of talc to the mixture would do the trick?

Anyway, please let me know what you think ! Thanks!