Complete a “unit” of miniatures in the month of June.
Difficulty to resist the Challenge: High!
Ease of Completion: Low-Midling
Excellence of Work: Mediocre
Gratefulness to Azazel for putting up these Challenges: *rating off the chart*
For more details regarding the Community Miniature painting challenge, please check out Azazel’s site: https://azazelx.com/2018/05/25/june-unit-painting-challenge-2018/
It’s totally worth it. On top of putting these Challenges together, he’s a kick-ass painter and all around good guy.
Ok, one more small note before the flood of pictures. I got these all painted and good to go, except I found one guy’s shoulder to be out of sorts (more on him at the end), also I would probably apply some more damage to the armor plates (thanks IRO!). But as fate would have it…I was informed two hours prior that we will now have guests staying over for 4 days. Which blows any hobby plans out the window, and I had to scramble just to get these last pictures taken. Ah well, I hope we’re at least charging a hosting fee for all the sudden guests we’ve had lately.
The “Bully Boys”
Gym “Scissor-Knives” Dred. This guy makes IRO squeal with glee.
Therefore he gets a second picture.
Ramm “Punch it In” Wang, aka ‘Wonky Arm’ (keep reading). Also an unfortunate name given to him, by his Mum.
Krut “Spinwheel” Johnson. Yes, our Toddler would say “He’s a bad guy?!”
Angerlo “Happy Birthday” Shank – Definitely not a nice guy.
Jonny “Sweeper” Kai – He’s okay. Just “misunderstood”.
Doo-Mas “Dream-Maker” He’s definitely not okay, with anything. Or anybody. Think of the worst hard-ass boss you’ve ever had, and multiply it. Note to Self: lookup possible Friendly Fire rules.
I do love that Grenade Launcher though. 🙂
One last one with Gym, toting a Stub Cannon. Just in case he dies, and has to become, um…”Timm”.
And one more with magnetized wargear on their backs. Ask me again after I get to playing, how much I like wargear that falls off in mid-game or gets lost…
First off, special thanks to Azazel once again for the challenge, and the tight-knit community of blogger-hobbyists who inspire me to try this stuff and improve. If it wasn’t for that, I probably would have been working on these guys for two years and maybe never got them done. Maybe not that bad, but the comments on my blog definitely keep me going, and frankly, your advice is invaluable! Also, a special thanks to my Family who put up with my hobby. Nothing is more fun than watching my Wife run out of the room crazily waving her hands about, as her head explodes with the next level of detail I’ve just painted in!
It’s still hard for me to fathom that I got six figures painted in approximately 5 weeks. I know that’s slowwwwwww for most people, but I’m sure it’s a record for me. It feels good to know that I’m halfway there to having a decent game of Necromunda. And really, the Goliaths were not too hard of a bunch to paint up. Once I got over my initial assembly nervousness, things went pretty smoothly. I wish I had more time for the last three models, but life is life. I also wasn’t extremely handed with the barbed wire tattoos I freehanded on all their left biceps (BRO-ness!). Originally I thought of doing Celtic armbands, but that would have probably been worse. Freehand is going to take some more time to get better at.
The one thing that probably bugs the crap out of me the most (or maybe it’s just the most recent thing), is pictures. I’ve tried multiple setups, lighting, different phones, and the list goes on, but quality of pics has been midling to outright poor. Which drives me crazy, because I did some really nice mediocre paint jobs here and they barely come through! I’m sure I will eventually get it sorted out, but it’s been beyond frustrating trying to isolate the variables. Hmm, the one variable that I haven’t swapped out is myself. So maybe I should have my wife try to snap some pictures! Yep, that’s the next test.
So that’s it for the Junit Challenge. Hope you liked them, but even if you didn’t feel free to comment. I have one last thing to say (don’t I always), and that’s about the mishap on one of the models. Feel free to skip it, if you’re not into mini-fixing stuff. Cheers!
EDIT: I forgot to add the movie references for these guy’s names!
Gym “Scissor-Knives” Dred – Jim from Edward Scissorhands
Ramm “Punch it In” Wang – Ram from Heathers
Krut “Spinwheel” Johnson – Kurt Kelly from Heathers
Angerlo “Happy Birthday” Shank – Angelo from Book of Love
Jonny “Sweeper” Kai – Johnny from The Karate Kid
Doo-Mas “Dream-Maker” – Dumas from Dream a Little Dream
Thoughts on old Wonky Arm
EDIT: Feel free to disregard, IRO called it (thanks man!). Turns out that the model is just like that, and GW covered the shoulder with a shoulder pad on their pics to make up for it. So, I’ll definitely be adding a shoulder pad once I get some time.
So this guy ended up getting his right shoulder transmogrified somehow. I was able to fix the underarm gap decently with some green stuff, but the way his deltoid is turned all the way forward, is still really noticeable.
As I mentioned above, I don’t have time to fix before the Challenge is over. Also, the Goliaths are not my favorite gang. But I do plan on a quick remedy if possible.
I looked him over last night, thought about altering the shading/painting. And tried a few shoulder pads on him. This seemed to work. Not perfectly, but maybe “good enough”. I’m curious what fellow hobbyists think though. Here’s some shots from different angles: