'Finally Finished'. You see that expression all the time on forums and social media. "Hey guys, I finally finished my <<insert latest project here>>!". I try to avoid using it, because somehow it implies that I wasn't going to finish or that I didn't really want to. Or that it took so goddamn long to finish that I secretly wish I hadn't started. But in this case it's appropriate. I finally finished my second batch of Skitarii!
Except I haven't really finished because there's a 3rd batch to go. I have to admit it's a bit of a chore now. I thought about making the Squaduary pledge to keep the momentum going but I'd started this project in January so it was more or less cheating. However, Thousand Eyes from Stepping Between Games was kind enough to let me join in and the final 10 Skitarii were not even built until last week so they definitely count. Most other people who have pledged a squad are still in the early stages of painting (apart from DAM who appears to be nearly finished, dam him) so that puts my troops at about the same level. It should be good and having a deadline will help me get across the line before the dreaded hobby ennui kicks in.
I converted 3 Transonic Aruquebus rifles for this batch, taking the total up to 6. I didn't want to waste time and money with a faithful re-creation so they were cobbled together almost entirely using spare parts from the box. The stock, receiver and muzzle/sights are made from Radium Carbines. I've got lots of these spare since I didn't build any Vanguard. The main barrel is from a Galvanic Rifle and the monopod stands are taser goads. I used bolt pistol magazines for the ammunition clips.
My spreadsheet has been audited by the Holy Inquisition and is telling the stark truth again. But I feel motivated to finally finish! The troops, at any rate.
So week 3 is fine detailing. With Contrast Paint. Marvellous!
They look fabulous and the Arquebii conversions are flawless, love ‘em. This is the exact chore Squaduary is designed to help with :)ReplyDelete
Cheers Siph, thanks for the heads up about Squaduary.Delete
I 2nd the above, when I first saw it on my phone I couldn't tell which wasn't the conversion in amongst the unpainted. They are looking good, you just can't help but put such fine line work on can you? I refuse all those edges look like that just from contrast paints.ReplyDelete
Yeah I got the dimensions right but if you look closely they have a cylinder and a magazine which doesn't seem right. Ah, what am I saying? This is the 41st millenium! They could be anything! Thanks Rory.Delete
There's nothing on the models anymore that is just contrast. I've layered/highlighted over pretty much everything with normal paint now. I still think contrast is useful though and it has pretty much replaced recess shading for my metallics. Coat of silver. Coat of contrast. Silver highlights. Done.Delete
"Or that it took so goddamn long to finish that I secretly wish I hadn't started"ReplyDelete
Not even thru my first tac squad for the Astral Claws and I can say to that is: Yes. That aside, beautiful work as always sir!
Cheers Cheef. Its worth it in the end!Delete
Great work so far mate.ReplyDelete
Keep plugging away, I'm willing you to cross the finish line with these.
Thanks and will do!Delete
Great stuff, you are really motoring along there.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the invite to Squaduary. I don't think you'd have minded if I'd just joined in but encouragement is always motivating!Delete
I have 10 of these to make at some point, the conversion is sweet! However, I see a lot of 'finally finished, except for the bases' - then they're not faffing finished then are they mate! I mean it's not hard to say 'nearly finished, just the bases to do' is it?ReplyDelete
True that, although I remember a time when I didn't do basing at all. My OCD would never allow it these days, mind. Cheers Dave.Delete