Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Human Interface: Nakamura Tower are finely cast figures. Their proportions are scale accurate making for normal size faces and hands. I don't paint with a magnifier. Painting actual scale figures is a challenge after years of painting the "typical" wargaming figures. They definitely require much more blending, washes and even black lining.

Additionally, the imagery from the game has lots of white clothing, probably silks and cottons. White is challenge to paint correctly. I start my white with either a light brown or a light blue, depending on what the white clothing is designed to replicate and whether the figure is supposed to be "warm" or "cold" in its presentation. Typically, that means about five to seven layers applied very thinly to get the white to look like something more than white paint.

Cyberpunk...cold. Cotton fabrics in the modern world...light blue. This collection has me starting my white with Game Colors' Glacier Blue blending up to MSP's Ghost White and on to Vallejo's white and finally highlights of GC's Dead White. Hopefully, when it is complete, it will look good.

As I have progressed, I found the HI:NT fine detail requires black-lining, inking, blending, etcetera. Even the metal has required extra work to make the fine detail visible. I used to paint for money. I don't think painting these would be a money maker. They require serious work beyond what I prefer. In addition, painting them is more like work than I prefer...this is my hobby, after all.

Either way, the nine figures are well under way with Tomo Kosuda closest to completion...I thought it looked good until I enlarged the photograph.  It's OK; but, Tomo needs some clean-up. I've also tried to add texture to the white of Tom's pullover--it looked like a rough cotton and it looked too smooth.

You be the judge...I hope he will look better with some clean-up and a Litko Acrylic base. I'll try to find the time to get them done sooner.

As for the others, they look too rough to post singly:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Human Interface Nakamura Tower.

 In the last week, I started painting and building for Human Interface: Nakamura Tower by Post Industrial Games. The hybrid miniature-boardgame is based on a struggle between two powerful megacorporations in the near future--Cyber Punk at its best. Each player leads a team of selected professionals from either the police, various corporations or mercenaries hired by another faction. Each of the team has unique skills, abilities, weapons, equipment, and enhanced cybernetics.

The first part of the project was to build the supplemental terrain by Zen Terrain
Security Objectives
Coffee Machines/Water Coolers
Server Towers with LEDs

After the terrain was finished, I built the figures necessary to play the first three scenarios. Here is the first stage of the Muramasa Drones where they have been built, primed, base coated and initial roughing as preparation for shading. I will continue to post more pictures as the drones and the first four characters are painted and ultimately based on Acrylic bases by Litko Systems.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Quetzalcoatl Rampant, Part Two

I Live With Cats continues with the Quetzalcoatl Rampant project. His most recent post has some very nice photographs of the two scenarios run at Enfilade, Craving Corn and I left My Heart. Check them out here.
Craving Corn at Enfilade 2017

I Left My Heart at Enfilade 2017

A Gamer's Tale is a good blog that I overlooked the last time I visited variants for Dan Mersey's Lion Rampant. A Gamer's Tale is involved with I Live With Cats in the Quetzalcoatl Rampant project. In particular he discusses the collection, figures and painting along with a post about the play test for the upcoming Enfilade 2017.

A Gamer's Tale painted up two groups of Huaxtec Warriors by different manufacturers.
The first group is manufactured by Eureka Miniatures.

 and the second is manufactured by The Assault Group

A Gamer's Tale continues the posts with a discussion on painting and on building Aztec and Conquistador forces.

He follows up with a later post in October about the completed Spaniards.

Throughout his discussions, painting and posts there are many images of the Aztec, Conquistador and Tlaxcallan forces. He also has a post on terrain relative to the battles in Mexico.

This is a very good BLOG. Make sure to check out A Gamer's Tale.