Saturday, 15 March 2014

Puds the Ogre

Regiments of Empire Free Company seem like the perfect opportunity to have some slightly bonkers models sharing a movement tray. They aren’t members of the military, they don’t have to have uniforms, and they don’t all have to be human. This here dreamy princess is an ogre known to his friends as ‘Puds’ (short for Puddings). He’s got a bit of a sweet tooth.

He’s effectively unit filler – taking the place of four free company dudes – and was an excuse to have a go at painting a model I’d never painted before.

Mmmm, crusty blood.

Whilst I like elements of the ogre sculpt (the trousers and the mongolian boots are rather charming) the shoulders just look wrong. They’re crazy angular, and have really obvious joins. On top of that, the muscle definition is... enthusiastic. Well, if you don't like something, why not change it?

The shoulders got rounded off and shaved down a little before the putty went on. I also added a full head of hair, since I figured not every ogre could be bothered with a daily shaving routine. Since Puds has spent pretty much all of his life wandering around the Empire, I figure he's just gone native with his beard styling.

And another thing: ogres have hair. The models have moustaches, beards, top knots, and so on... but no eyebrows. What, do they shave them off and eat them? Glue them onto rocks and give them pet names? WHY DON’T THEY HAVE EYEBROWS?

Eye browed this!

A valuable lesson was also learnt concerning Vallejo paints: don’t water them down too much! I tried to turn Cayman Green into a wash and slopped it over five layers of carefully blended grey on Puds’ trousers, at which point it went gloss, hid all the paint underneath it, and made me sad. In the end I just had to go back over the whole lot and do it again. Vallejo: great colours, nice to use, just don’t employ them as anything other than straightforward paint.

The Free Company so far. Woo eight models woo!

Future plans for the rest of the Free Company regiment include a bear, a glockenspiel, a sculpting armature (yay masochism) and at least one model sculpted in 1985. I still have no idea what I’m going to use for a banner. Might not take one. We’ll see.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Empire Battle Wizards: now with bangles

As previously mentioned, I'm slowly painting one Empire battle wizard from each of the eight lores of magic. This time, it's an Amber Wizard: Febe Hasenkamp.

The colour scheme might not seem particularly suitable for a member of the Amber College. That's deliberate; Febe's too cheerful a character to wear nothing but brown, and she doesn't like people being able to tell she's a wizard just by looking at her. People are less friendly when they know you're a magic user.

In case you're wondering, the model (like Cara) is from Hasslefree Miniatures. The original model was a bit more saucy:

That was a bit too fruity for the character I had in mind, so I sculpted bonus clothes.

It took me a while to find a colour scheme I was ok with. At first I was going for ginger hair, and a more traditional amber/brown palette, but it just wasn't working. Likewise, her dress was originally a pale yellow, and that didn't work either. In the end, I settled for blue. Can't say it's my best paint job, but whatever... I'm basically happy with the overall effect.

Backstory wise, no-one in Hochland's ever heard of her. She might be new to the province, or she could've been hanging out in the wilds, as Amber wizards often do. She doesn't stay in one place for long, and whilst she's quick to make friends, she's also pretty flaky and rarely commits to anything, so I doubt she'll end up being the intimidating-yet-heroic figure that Amelia was before her disappearance.

In case you're curious about the size compared to a Games Workshop figure, here's her next to Oskar:

Next up? The Lore of Shadows, probably.