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Liam's Ghost Gallery! Spookily inept painting!
« on: 31 March 2019, 01:16:01 »
I painted this thug years ago. And to this day, I don't know how.

I mean I know how I did it. It's a white drybrush over a black undercoat. What I mean is that I don't know how I made it look this good. Was it the paint? Was it the brush? Did I accidentally trap a fairy that day and get blessed with skills I didn't actually have? I don't know. All I know that I've been painting a lot since then, and I've never managed to pull this off again.

Aside from re-attaching the arm (twice) and adding flock to the base, I haven't touched this mini in years. I'm afraid to.

Also flanked by two marauder battlesuits. Just because.

(now that I have actual not-terrible pictures of a lot of my other work, maybe I'll post them to this thread...)
« Last Edit: 06 April 2019, 21:13:53 by Liam's Ghost »
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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #1 on: 31 March 2019, 01:26:45 »
And it does look very nice.

You've touched on one of my bugbears - reproducability. Okay, I'm weird rarely doing less than 36 minis in the same paintjob, but yes some days the painting gods look down, and poke your elbow the right way, and you spend years trying to figure out why that mini looks so much better than the others.

To some extent it's the mini. The Thug has excellent details, and repays efforts. There are others - the Lao Hu and Hunchback spring to mind. It's hard to paint them badly (not impossible though!), because of the high level of relief and details on the min. Others - reseen Grand Crusader stands mute testimony - which are flat, curved, and lacking in the same level of detail.

So ready to do a Level III now?  :thumbsup:

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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #2 on: 31 March 2019, 01:36:07 »
So ready to do a Level III now?  :thumbsup:

I actually have painted up an entire combined arms level III, some of which doesn't look completely terrible, but the difference between those guys and this thug are staggering. I'm thinking of stripping most of them and doing them over. Maybe doing a portion of them in Manei Domini colors.

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« Reply #3 on: 31 March 2019, 02:00:44 »
Which is why reproducability is something I often sort out with a few proof-of-concepts before committing to the big'un.

One thing to consider - what I humbly nickname "Worktroll White".

1) Base black
2) Drybrush white
3) Go back over the lines with an 0.5mm Uniball pen - it's not a micron pen, it's a ball tip, and doesn't bend/clog like the microns do. Don't worry if you overspill, because
4) Drybrush white another time or two.
5) Cover metallic areas in black
6) Drybrush metallic
7) Cockpit, etc.

Small example - my Spitfire.



It's dependant on the mini, though, to have some details on it. If the drybrushing doesn't obscure the base, then don't overwrite it. A thought.

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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #4 on: 31 March 2019, 05:57:38 »
Which is why reproducability is something I often sort out with a few proof-of-concepts before committing to the big'un.

One thing to consider - what I humbly nickname "Worktroll White".

1) Base black
2) Drybrush white
3) Go back over the lines with an 0.5mm Uniball pen - it's not a micron pen, it's a ball tip, and doesn't bend/clog like the microns do. Don't worry if you overspill, because
4) Drybrush white another time or two.
5) Cover metallic areas in black
6) Drybrush metallic
7) Cockpit, etc.

Small example - my Spitfire.



It's dependant on the mini, though, to have some details on it. If the drybrushing doesn't obscure the base, then don't overwrite it. A thought.

W.

Does look nice mate, but I could never bring myself to use a pen on my minis, I just used a 000 brush and thin black paint.

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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #5 on: 31 March 2019, 05:58:36 »
Very nice Liam!  And a much better camera to boot...  :thumbsup:

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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #6 on: 31 March 2019, 17:17:39 »
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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #7 on: 31 March 2019, 22:23:37 »
That is a very nice piece of white painting. :thumbsup: 8)  The new camera does it justice.
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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #8 on: 04 April 2019, 00:13:13 »
Those Marauders are seriously HUGE for BA, lol.

Nice white painting, so much better than my CS attempts so far.
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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #9 on: 04 April 2019, 02:10:23 »
So a question for the "What you see is what you get" crowd. If a playing piece has a tree on it, does that mean the unit gets cover from light woods?  :D

Today's (semi)completed project, the Broughton Falls Militia, a force dedicated to the defense of the Broughton Falls community on Sheratan following the Marik-Liao invasion. Though a small community of only about five thousand people, Broughton Falls has always been fairly well off due to their groves of Yalie (pronounced "Thalie") trees and their highly prized fruit.

The militia actually has its origins with a municipal pest control service, as widespread cultivation of the Yalie tree after the Fourth Succession war triggered a corresponding boom in the population of the Broughton Giant Hornet, a hand-sized stinging insect which fed on the fallen fruit and represented a significant threat to farmers at the time. To keep hornet populations in check, pest control officers relied on surplus military grade hardware to destroy nests, coordinate operations, and keep themselves safe from the occasional hornet swarm. This authorization to obtain and operate military hardware was particularly broad, and once central authority started breaking down in the Sarna March, the community of Broughton Falls chose to abuse it unabashedly to secure additional arms and equipment for their own defense.

(The militia's sole battlemech is something of an exception. It is actually registered as the pilot (and militia commander's)  personal transport vehicle)

Since its formation as an active military force, the Broughton Falls militia fended off numerous aggressors, particularly the Free Republic Revolutionaries and the Bryant Raiders. They would ultimately be overrun by the Word of Blake during the Jihad, though members of the militia continued to fight as guerrillas up to the world's liberation.   
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Re: Borrowed a better camera...
« Reply #10 on: 04 April 2019, 04:17:07 »
Are we going to see those guys down in Non-Canon Units? Please? :)

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« Reply #11 on: 06 April 2019, 21:11:48 »
Jade Falcon Delta Galaxy Beak Star (or a Talon star? Hard to say where they cutoff would be).  Still needs some touching up, all the more apparent with a decent camera. (IT looks so much cleaner in person!)

I found a couple of the old Ral Partha sets at the local store, and combined another Hellbringer (the guy in the front row center, actually the first metal miniature I ever owned) with the heavy omnimech set. The Star setup is also one of the first "real" clan stars I ever set up, back when I first got TRO 3050, and I'd always wanted to do it up in miniature form, but for various reasons didn't have the right minis until recently. So, you know, multiple waves of nostalgia here.

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« Reply #12 on: 06 April 2019, 21:12:15 »
Are we going to see those guys down in Non-Canon Units? Please? :)

Maybe? I'm not very good with promises.  ;D
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« Reply #13 on: 06 April 2019, 21:38:26 »
"Maybe" beats a "no", so I'll take it!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Liam's Ghost Gallery! Spookily inept painting!
« Reply #14 on: 06 April 2019, 22:59:08 »
i was kind of expecting a few industrial mechs with sprayers for the wasp issues

as to the thug pic, back when i was painting i would refer to a white job like that
as a damp brush, not using normal loads but dry enough to leave dark spots underneath,
not sure if its still out there but i used a cheap ceramcoat drizzle grey for a lot
of things, it was opaque enough to cover any dark spots or mistakes but light enough that colors like yellow could be painted right over it
sometimes i would drybrush with it, wash it/ink it, drybrush again then a light wash of the brightest color being used
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« Reply #15 on: 07 April 2019, 15:39:21 »
i was kind of expecting a few industrial mechs with sprayers for the wasp issues

Wheeled APCs refitted with vehicle flamers, infantry with flamers/sprayers and modified combat armor, and swift wind scout cars to coordinate operations. Cheaper, and they could get most of that from leftover Home Guard supplies. They also used a local animal that had evolved to be resistant to hornet bites for extra transportation.   
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« Reply #16 on: 08 April 2019, 02:27:16 »
Another picture of my Jade Falcon star, with the camera set properly so they actually look more like what you see with the naked eye.

Also, some older pieces I did, freshly based. They certainly aren't my best work, but they're some of my favorites.

From left to right we have:
*A pirate lord's personal frankenmech. There's bits of Atlas, Ostol, Viking, and Archangel in there, plus some plastic dark age bits to fill it out.
*A rogue Taurian Marshal. That cockpit glass is surprisingly not as nightmarish as you'd expect. The windows are nice and deep, so you can basically wash the chosen glass color, then drybrush over the frame with another and it ends up looking nice.
*The dreaded Magus Nigrum, which has been prowling the fringes since the early Clan Invasion. Nobody knows why he wears a hat
*Skeletor, overlord of Evil
*Another frankenmech, piloted by a schizophrenic freelance mercenary/bounty hunter. 

The elemental star in front of them is a bit more recent, but hey, they were there.

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Re: Liam's Ghost Gallery! Spookily inept painting!
« Reply #17 on: 08 April 2019, 06:09:27 »
Sweet! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #18 on: 11 April 2019, 03:21:16 »
Smoke Jaguar Omega Galaxy, the "Trap" Star.

Notable for its heavy use of the rare Great Wyrm and its signature tactics, "Trap" star specializes in giving its solahma warriors a good death in the most spiteful way possible. When facing an opponent, standard tactics for the star have the Great Wyrms engaging first, picking away at opponents with their light autocannons, but refusing to close in on their own, hoping to either draw their enemies to them, or wear them down to defeat using infinite patience and the weakest show of force available.

Most opponents will oblige the star and close in to deal with the annoying pests, only to encounter the waiting embrace of the star's Hunchbacks. Against honorable opponents, Zelbriggen is studiously observed. The hunchbacks will not engage until the great wyrms have fallen, they will simply linger, closely, well within range, waiting for a free opponent, which they are often almost immediately able to destroy with a sudden barrage.

Bandits and spheroids receive no such courtesy and are engaged as soon as they have been drawn into firing range.

The Star's composition has varied through the years, but always contains at least one Great Wyrm and multiple Hunchbacks. Those most deserving of a warrior's death are generally assigned to the Great Wyrms, as the star's tactics dictate that these mechs will likely be the first to fall. Those who have a chance of redeeming themselves are assigned to the Hunchbacks, as these mechs are most likely to actually gain honor by killing their foes.

Since 3053, command of the Trap Star has been in the hands of Star Captain Lionel Nevversan. A rare mechwarrior from the Nevversan line, his fall from grace came during the Smoke Jaguar's defeat at Tukayyid, where he had the audacity of surviving his clan's defeat. Already confronted with talk about the failures of his sibko (only one other member survived to become a warrior, and he was captured on Luthien) and pushing thirty even before the invasion began, his path to Solahma was a quick one. He accepted his fate gracefully, content to simply wait for a foe that can finally kill him.

I came up with this star setup almost two years ago due to discussion in the Mech of the Week thread for the Great Wyrm. I had the minis for it for just as long, but... once again, I only recently got the workspace.

This is my first attempt at the Smoke Jaguar Omega Galaxy scheme. It was a little bit of a learning experience. I feel like I could have executed the spotting better using a toothpick exclusively. The bases are a... passable? rendition of glacier ice, but far from perfect. I may have to attempt both again.
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« Reply #19 on: 15 April 2019, 22:04:42 »
Company from an as yet unnamed mercenary regiment.

Firmly middle of the road in standing, and an easy home for misfits, screwups and people with a past they'd prefer to forget. The regiment has enjoyed a long history dating back to the third succession war, despite having none of the perks, wealth, or name recognition of more storied formations. One of the keys to their success is their leadership's insistence on building up a solid base of friends in the mercenary community, often hiring smaller units (called part timers) to supplement their own strength and maintaining a good working relationship with both clients and others in the mercenary trade.

The regiment specializes primarily in small unit operations, and is frequently deployed in small battlegroups (usually a core mech company plus attachments) on multiple worlds at once, which made them ideal for the sort of raiding operations common during the third succession war, or patrolling the vast periphery frontiers of a successor state. The regimental paint scheme dictates only a flat grey base coat, with the number and type of accents left up to individual warriors. Some mechs will show little to no additional paint, some will pick accents that reflect their history, and some will descend directly into the ostentatious. If there is any unity in the unit scheme it is that a few warriors, fully acknowledging their own spotty pasts, will adopt a weathered look for their official schemes, giving the appearance of age and hard use.
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« Reply #20 on: 16 April 2019, 10:08:05 »
I like them! What are you flocking the bases with?
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« Reply #21 on: 16 April 2019, 16:52:16 »
Most of it is craft sand, super glue, and paint. I've also got a few packets of Woodland Scenics stuff. The grassy parts are their grass flock with a small amount of very fine gravel mixed it. The snow under the Longbow's feet is just their regular snow flock (which isn't very good I think, at least not for this).

I also found a great big bag of black, much coarser floral sand somewhere, which is what I used on the Flea's base (I also used it for my Kobe Militia unit).

I'm still experimenting with glue options. I've had my best results with liquid super glue. 
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« Reply #22 on: 16 April 2019, 16:58:51 »
Company from an as yet unnamed mercenary regiment.

Firmly middle of the road in standing, and an easy home for misfits, screwups and people with a past they'd prefer to forget. The regiment has enjoyed a long history dating back to the third succession war, despite having none of the perks, wealth, or name recognition of more storied formations.
One of the keys to their success is their leadership's insistence on building up a solid base of friends in the mercenary community, often hiring smaller units (called part timers) to supplement their own strength and maintaining a good working relationships


hmm, been reading Pournelle? a touch of Falkenbergs legion here?

I have always wanted to use them as a start for a BT unit
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« Reply #23 on: 19 April 2019, 18:01:17 »
Another work in progress. I was planning on finishing it today, but my shaking hands said take a break and eat real food.

Inspired by Neonknight's Pink Menace, though obviously executed with cheaper paints, less skill, and more bling.

To do: pink up the pink parts some more, touch up the other parts, flock the base, start on his lancemates (the Senshi no Shakuyaku, Peony Warriors).
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« Reply #24 on: 21 April 2019, 00:58:48 »
The Peony Warriors in all their finalized glory. I did some things good, some bad, some stretched the limits of the materials and my skills. I think I may try this scheme again at some point. Maybe I'll give them some conventional support.
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« Reply #25 on: 21 April 2019, 06:14:28 »
The picture's a bit dark, but mirror imaging the Dragons was a stroke of genius!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #26 on: 21 April 2019, 21:15:47 »
The picture's a bit dark, but mirror imaging the Dragons was a stroke of genius!  :thumbsup:

I'll try moving the light to get a better picture the next time I take some. My next set of minis looks to be an assortment.
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« Reply #27 on: 23 April 2019, 23:28:56 »
We have an assault weight assortment this time.

First, we have the command lance of the Finmark Raiders. Unlike the rest of his force, Malcom Reagan's command lance runs heavy, and he's quite proud of it and his personal Timber Wolf, which he claimed during his brief time on the clan frontier.

Next up, a few oddballs. From left to right we have:
*A Banshee 3Q piloted by Mechwarrior Frank Hellerman. An elite warrior and close combat specialist, Frank is also a drifter, having worked for many different mercenary groups over the years, but never staying in one place for long. This might not be entirely by choice, as his preferred tactic, bursting through walls to catch his enemy by surprise tends to cause a lot of property damage.
*A Zeus piloted by Leutnant Megan Cleary of the Skye Rangers. She earned the right to use her mech's custom paint scheme for heroism on the battlefield, and she insists the particular scheme in question gives her an edge against Combine mechwarriors, causing them confusion and disorientation.
*A Charger from the 19th Galedon Regulars. I don't really have anything for this.
*An Awesome 9Q. Don't really have anything for this either, except to say I only really made this mod so I could make another one.
*The other awesome, known by its pilot Keelan Macgonnal Ueda as "The bat". This one wasn't actually completely dry at the time of photographing, but close enough.
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« Reply #28 on: 23 April 2019, 23:30:02 »
A slightly better look at the two awesomes, and a slightly better picture of my Peony Warriors.
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« Reply #29 on: 23 April 2019, 23:40:03 »
i don't know why you titled the thread like this- the minis are painted with character and color, and stand out as a unified force. that' pretty good in my book.
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« Reply #30 on: 24 April 2019, 00:13:19 »
Nice work sir.  The new camera continues to do your minis justice. 8) :thumbsup:
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« Reply #31 on: 24 April 2019, 07:50:53 »
Much better pictures indeed!  Love the Awesomes!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #32 on: 27 April 2019, 18:00:54 »
Cleaning off my desk continues!

First a healthy assortment of battle armor, plus a pair of mechs. The fireball is missing a piece, but otherwise came out great. I actually had five points of elementals, but there was an accident with one of them involving super glue and craft sand, so now they look a bit like falcon guards and I'm not sure if I can still do anything with them. That Marauder suit still desperately wants to be a protomech...

Speaking of protomechs, here's two points I've had for a while but just got around to.

Finally, a Beak star from the Jade Falcons' Vau Galaxy. Execution turned out a little uneaven, but I'd like to blame that partly on the age of the two summoners, as well as the numerous times they've been painted and stripped. And yes, only some of the mechs are supposed to have gold trim, as that's a privilege of blood named warriors.
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« Reply #33 on: 27 April 2019, 21:42:14 »
removing the super glue to get the sand off isnt difficult,
but would require repainting afterwards
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« Reply #34 on: 28 April 2019, 22:01:29 »
This is another one I've had planned for a while (since a certain legal event...) that I've only just now got around to starting.

I started with this guy just to see if I could pull it off, and... well it might be off brand for me to say it, but I think I did pretty well, all things considered. Five more members to go.
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« Reply #35 on: 28 April 2019, 22:13:36 »
This is another one I've had planned for a while (since a certain legal event...) that I've only just now got around to starting.

I started with this guy just to see if I could pull it off, and... well it might be off brand for me to say it, but I think I did pretty well, all things considered. Five more members to go.

I have to say, although the Phoenix Hawk LAM is probably my favorite of the designs by stats, I think the Stinger LAM is the best looking model of the LAM's found in TRO 3085.

And I'd love to see your Skull Squadron mini at different angles to get a fuller effect from your paint job.

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« Reply #36 on: 29 April 2019, 00:56:20 »
I've got two stinger LAMs, two Wasp LAMs, and two Wanetas for skull squadron. I was originally going to go for two phoenix hawks, but the Waneta's guardian err... airmech mode just seemed more appropriate. Of those three, I've assembled a wasp and stinger, and I've just started on the Waneta.

I feel like the easier they are to assemble, the less I'll like their look. The wasp is fairly simple to put together, and just feels blah (not having any arms doesn't help). I like the art for the Waneta the most, but it's a more involved build, and the feet don't even fit right. The stinger lies somewhere in the middle.
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« Reply #37 on: 17 July 2019, 22:48:25 »
So it's been a while...

Let's be honest, even as periphery worlds go, Greenwood Station isn't a great place to live. It's bone dry, the dust gets everywhere, the gravity is only a third of Terra's, every now and then a gas giant comes strolling through the sky causing earthquakes and throwing rocks, and some people say the whole place is haunted. Its only real value is that it's close to a lot of other places, and the locals have a clear "no questions asked" policy when it comes to visitors. Still, most of those who visit never stay for long before heading out to greener pastures.

The ones that do, however, tend to be of a certain type...

The House Brand Heroes serve as the planetary militia for Greenwood Station, and all things considered, they do a pretty good job of it. Their machines have been heavily adapted to operate in the low gravity and unique conditions of Greenwood Station, with mods to the myomer systems, vehicle motive systems, fire control computers, and even the munitions they use to get the most out of their environment. This would cripple their machines if they ever took them offworld, but of course they don't. Greenwood is their home.

Their mechs are the most visible of their troops, though they have a whole hodgepodge of other units that usually don't even see the battlefield. Armored trucks are used to scatter remote sensors and decoy reflectors around the battlefield. Swift Wind Scout cars (they fell off a dropship) monitor the sensors and coordinate with a tracked APC that they've cobbled together into a reasonably effective Mobile HQ. Light infantry and maybe a few attack vehicles add extra hitting power, and they can sometimes call in friends of questionable pedigree. It's all very slapdash, but it works.

Unusual for a ramshackle unit bound to a poor periphery world, they even manage a unified paint scheme, more or less. A pristine unit would be dark blue with a red stripe (humanoid battlemechs have it placed on their central upper body, other units are more flexible). But the environment and the limited resources means no unit can ever be pristine for long, so extensive wear is very common.
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« Reply #38 on: 18 July 2019, 04:09:50 »
Nicely done, and I especially love the fluff!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #39 on: 18 July 2019, 05:10:03 »
On the phone, I thought that left-hand Savannah Master was an Undine, which did get a moment of  ???

But a lovely unit, with great fluff, and I'd be happy to see it on my table.
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« Reply #40 on: 17 August 2019, 18:02:58 »
I've actually been pretty busy painting this last month, and I just got around to getting the pictures done.

First we have a lone Helepolis, a relic dating back to the reunification war dug up by an especially lucky freelancer. Age and abuse has pretty much worn away the original paint, though a red stripe mostly remains. The pilot isn't too picky about the jobs he takes, and sometimes he encourages donations from isolated settlements by demonstrating his artillery piece. Last word on him said he was heading to temp town and taking some calls from people in white robes...

Second, Greg's Grenadiers, a mercenary lance that calls the Aurigan Reach its home. They mostly work for independent worlds, and a recent job they pulled helping the planetary militia of Greenwood Station may have put them on the Aurigan Coalition's naughty list. Time will tell if they can mend fences with a potentially lucrative employer.

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« Reply #41 on: 17 August 2019, 18:13:41 »
Next up, a rather low tier Raven Alliance garrison star. I'm not too fond of this one. Due to side affects of a medication my painting was not at its best, and I've decided I desperately hate vedettes. The infantry units turned out pretty good though.

Finally, a (non-sponsored) product placement. I've been using a lot of craft sand in prepping my bases, but I've never been all that satisfied with it because of the size of the grains. Fortunately, I used to cat sit for a friend who also had Degus, and I remembered the bathing dust she had for them (you put a bit of it in a small bowl and rodent rolls around in it). After some searching I found a twenty seven ounce jar for about six yankee dollars and have been experimenting with it. I like the results. The grain is much finer than any craft sand I've been able to find, and you get a lot of it for a relatively good price. It can be a little messy times (being very fine grained dust), but it's manageable as long as you don't use it alongside wet paint at the same time.

I've called the small collection of units I tested it with the Dust Rats. They're an ad-hoc guerrilla force composed of a hodgepodge of whatever they could get their hands on and dedicated to resisting the Word of Blake whenever they can.

(Also, I experimented with making a rough terrain hex. It looks nice, but I think I'm going to use cheap cardboard for my future terrain hexes rather than plastic hex bases)
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« Reply #42 on: 17 August 2019, 18:14:41 »
So the Dust Rats picture was too big to attach to the last post. So here you go.
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« Reply #43 on: 18 August 2019, 01:13:55 »
Your pictures are WAAAAAAAY too big, size wise.

Reduce them down to 780 x 350 - ish.
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« Reply #44 on: 18 August 2019, 04:28:44 »
The 3050 Vedettes suck, true. Stick to the 3026 versions ;) Had the same issue with the FRR ones I did.

One thing I'd recommend - consider using bronze or gold, or metallic green, for your cockpits. The Heleopolis could use the high point. Or, something I'm going to try sometime, coloured ink over silver/steel.

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« Reply #45 on: 22 August 2019, 21:53:47 »
A Free Rasalhague Republic skirmish lance. None of the schemes on camospecs really spoke to me, so I went with something like my Dust Rat Guillotine, except using limited blue accents and yellow cockpits (which stood out better than I should have expected in retrospect). Still, I like these guys. I'm fond of the lance composition and I've got myself wondering what kind of story I could write about them.

(I split them into two images to cut down on individual image size)

One thing I'd recommend - consider using bronze or gold, or metallic green, for your cockpits. The Heleopolis could use the high point. Or, something I'm going to try sometime, coloured ink over silver/steel.

I bounce back and forth over using gloss, satin, or metallic paint on the cockpits. I've done it a couple times, but I keep finding myself coming back to the flat colors. Not sure why. 
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« Reply #46 on: 15 September 2019, 01:29:14 »
Atrean Dragoons? Nope. The household lance of House Tezuka uses a color scheme based on the old Alshain Regulars scheme (described as white, jade green, and shades of grey).  Not surprising, since every member of the lance is a former member.

The commander of the lance, as well as the entirety of the Tezuka Household Guard, is Ichika Tezuka, one of five sisters (quintuplets) who hold authority over the affairs of house Tezuka and their landhold of Shirotori. She's a capable warrior, a former member of Duke Ricol's personal forces (signified by the red band on the arm of her Orion), but her detractors in the DCMS say she's all style and little substance, who made her way through the Tezuka name and a rumored past relationship with the Red Duke. How much of this is justified and how much is typical Combine mysoginy is unknown, but she certainly doesn't enjoy fighting, nor was she her father's first choice to inherit his Orion. Her sister Miku (now a pillarine illuminatus) was always the better strategist, while her sister Yotsuba had better natural talent, but neither of them were willing to accept the responsibility, so the task fell to Ichika, which she bore despite the long periods of separation from her sisters.
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« Reply #47 on: 15 September 2019, 05:51:01 »
Not a lance I'd want to meet in a dark alley...

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« Reply #48 on: 16 September 2019, 20:20:08 »
Yup, that'll put the smack down in a dark alley, alright.

What makes up the rest of the Household Guard?
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« Reply #49 on: 16 September 2019, 23:34:12 »
Yup, that'll put the smack down in a dark alley, alright.

What makes up the rest of the Household Guard?

The household guard is predominantly light infantry (with trucks and APCs for transport) with a couple of battalions of cheap assault guns for extra firepower. Their colors may be dramatically different from the mech lance however.

Okay, extra backstory, the Tezuka quintuplets' mother died when they were young, and without managing to produce a male heir. Since he knew one or more of his daughters would be inheriting the Tezuka holdings, and knowing the male dominated attitude of the Combine, their father decided to push a "divine right" sort of narrative to give them more cred with the people they would be ruling. He insisted that each daughter embodied one of the five pillars of Combine society, giving the impression that together they were the truest expression of the Combine's spirit. That's why one of them had to become a mechwarrior and take over their father's mech, there needed to be a Pillar of Steel.

What this means for the household guards colors... well.. that narrative is still in place. So in my head I'm going back and forth between the household guard using a straight steel color scheme (representing the pillar of Steel), and a painfully ambitious five color scheme (Ivory, Jade, Teak, Gold, and Steel) representing the house as a whole.

The five color scheme would be especially painful given how small the minis representing the rest of the household guard would be.
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« Reply #50 on: 17 September 2019, 00:10:57 »
I think the Guard could be a fairly plain scheme on the whole, with Ichika's 'Mech maybe having a steel band or contrast patch.  The guards are just minions, after all ;)
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« Reply #51 on: 11 October 2019, 21:22:44 »
Mysterious raiders that have struck targets within the Capellan Confederation, Free Worlds League, and Federated Suns. At first it was suggested they might be the Green Ghosts, but their targets are well outside the Ghost's normal stomping grounds, and bodies recovered have shown signs of cybernetic augmentation. Some of the more intact remains have even been identified as thugees and missing blakists. Their heavy equipment is painted to evoke green soapstone. It's even thickened and textured to give some of the feel of carved stone, for reasons that have escaped explanation. Intercepted battle chatter has the standard, but also reveals snippets of hindu prayers, High Domini invocations, and some sort of constructed language that has so far proven incomprehensible.

Infantry wear red robes, covered in fine green embroideries containing pictograms and text that seems to have been pulled straight from to voynich manuscript. Once again, undecipherable.

The raiders goals are unknown, their targets apparently random, though often after the fact identified as hidden Blakist caches, and they've been seen on multiple occasions fighting enemies wearing Word of Blake or Manei Domini colors, as well as others reputed to bear the banner of the missing Knights of the Saints Cameron.
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« Reply #52 on: 29 October 2019, 23:40:08 »
Flea proxies, a new light mech type, some denizens of the California Nebula, or maybe the Terran Supremacy was experimenting with this mulitiverse thing and accidentally poked the wrong one? You be the judge!

These came from the micromachine line that accompanied the release of the new Star Wars movies. Honestly, all I really did was base them and apply a dark gray wash to bring out the details better, but they turned out good for such a quick job, and I may have to see if I can find more for cheap. Maybe also look into decals to differentiate them better.
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« Reply #53 on: 29 October 2019, 23:44:46 »
Nice work and good idea. 8)  Good job on your Green Raiders as well. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #54 on: 30 October 2019, 05:09:59 »
Troopers!
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* The Housebook series is from the 80's and is the foundation of Btech, the 80's heart wrapped in heavy metal that beats to this day - Sigma
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* The Hellbringer is cool, either way. It's not cool because it's bad, it's cool because it's bad with balls - Nightsky
* It was a glorious time for people who felt that we didn't have enough Marauder variants - HABeas2, re "Empires Aflame"

 

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