For my third Velvet Mark mini this month I decided on his chibi interpretation of a Skyrim Spriggan. I spend countless hours in the frozen land myself and the mini seemed a fitting tribute to my fond memorys of the game.
As with all my chibi minis I went with my typical self made flagstone base. In this case I wanted to add a bit of nature and so I used some old Games Workshop and Busch bits, along with some self made mushrooms and MiniNatur grass to spruce up the base.
My second entry for my Velvet Mark month is a colorful cute little chibi harpy.
Velvet Mark offered to sculpt a chibi mini for me this march and I decided on World of Warcrafts Pandaren adventurer Li Li Stormstout.
The result was, in my opinion, one of the best minis he has ever sculpted, which is easily the same quality as commercially available chibi minis by professional sculptors. I am deeply impressed by his work.
Using his new pressure cast setup the quality of the cast is equally impressive as the sculpt itself. The model came with no bubbles or mold lines, just some easily removable flash. After working with the Privateer Press Conquest for weeks it was a joy to work with this model.
In celebration of this wonderful model I decided to paint one of Marks models each week this month, making this my official Velvet Mark month.
When Privateer Press announced the second wave of Colossals some weeks ago, I decided it was time to paint the Khador Conquest from the first wave, which has been collecting dust for more than two years now.
Once again I was very disappointed with the quality of a large scale Privateer Press resin model. The Conquest was even worse than the Gun Carriage. Bubbles, very noticeable mold lines, even left over silicone from the molds, this model has it all. It took nearly as long to clean and assemble it as it took to paint it
As advertised I present a fourth Arcadia Quest mini at the end of the month – Sonja. She was the first exclusive of the Arcadia Quest KS and in my opinion one of the best minis of the game. She is also a great alternative to the Claw Tribe Babarian in SDE.
Who could resist painting a giant mutant rabbit, which barely fits on his base? I sure could not and so I present Nibbles as the third mini in my Arcadia Quest month.
One more Arcadia mini to go.
I’ve selected four minis from the Arcadia Quest Kickstarter I want to paint and I’ll try to get one done each week of march. Elysia was the first and last week I painted one of the other main reasons I backed this Kickstarter: Chooloo.
Two to go.
I’m not a big fan of Cool Mini or Not and their decision to use Kickstarter as a distribution plattform for obviously completely finished games, but their Arcadia Quest Kickstarter intrigued me. The style of their minis is close to SDE and although I did not care for most of the minis, some of them were very nice.
Elysia was one of the main reasons for me to back the project and after the finished product arrived she was the first mini from the set I painted:
I will be painting some additional minis from the set in the coming weeks.
I once again commissioned a mini of one of my all time video game characters in chibi form from Martin Baker. I’ve been a fan of Lara Croft since the very first Tomb Raider game, released 1996. Still got the original game box sitting on a shelf. The re-imagination of Tomb Raider in 2013 by Crystal Dynamics was a fantastic way to reinvigorate the character and the franchise.
This model is based on the 2013 version of Lara, featuring her new signature weapons, the bow and the climbing axe. The model was painted in the classic Lara Croft color scheme.
After painting mainly chibi minis for some time now, it wanted to paint something different.
As couple of mecha minis from Jon Paulson’s Mecha Front Kickstarter arrived late last year I jumped at the opportunity and began painting them. I loved mecha minis since I got my hands on BattleTech minis in the late 80s. Have painted dozens of those and the Mecha Front minis remind me of them a lot. As an added bonus they have a much more appealing size with 15mm instead of the 6mm BattleTech minis.
It took quite some time to finish the minis, as I was also fixing my damaged Warmachine minis at the same time. Some repositioning of the legs and adding magnets to the weapon arms so I could exchange the weapon layout also added to the time it took to finish the minis.
At long last all three variants of the Neo-Bloc Goshawk are finished. Need to find some time to try out the game system, soon.