Monday, 8 June 2015

"Guild Ball" - WIP - Part Two

Avarisse & Greede WIPs - The magnets have now all been super-glued in place
Over the past few days I have been persevering with my Guild Ball miniatures by “Steamforged Games Ltd”. My main problem has been gluing together the unbelievably delicate (second) miniature of Greede, which now finished can be physically carried by his team-mate Avarisse using a couple of magnets. I actually thought the 'stand-a-lone' striker which comes with the Union Starter Set was difficult enough to put together. But this 'hooked' version comes in a staggering four pieces despite its diminutive size, and as a result his protruding legs have been well and truly grey-stuffed and super-glued in place.

Having attached a micro magnet to the back of Avarisse's chest loop, I have also started to finally place some paint on this overly large private Entrepreneur for Hire. For now I've simply finished with his black boots, and even picked out his footwear's studs with some metal. I was originally going to paint this area brown but seeing as I plan to use that colour for the burly bruiser's large coat I thought I'd go for the far simply paint scheme. At some point though I will give the battered and broken shoes a quick dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal in order to try and bring out some of the sculpt's detail.  
Fangtooth & Rage WIPs - Both models are still in their early stages of painting
I have also managed to get some of the groundwork done on my Fangtooth miniature, and undercoated his waist chains and blades in preparation for painting them with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. In addition I have applied some Heavy Skintone to the centre back's feet and now simply need to tidy up his basing colours before I can wash both his flesh and his stand's muddy earth.

Now the super-glue to both of Rage's arms has dried, I have not only given the attacking midfielder an undercoat of red. But have applied a second layer of Heavy Red to his trousers. This should allow me to quite simply paint his boots black and start picking out the dead rabbits and meat cleavers which are tied to his waist.   
Blackheart & Greede WIPs - An initial layer of metal has helped highlight the captain's armoured areas
The Blackheart miniature strikes me as being possibly the hardest of my Guild Ball models to paint, as the captain's pose is so very dynamic. As a result I don't plan to employ my usual technique of painting a figure 'feet-first' with him, and instead plan to paint his deeper harder to reach areas, such as some of his stomach bracing and cloak's embellishments, first. Having said that I wanted to get his armoured areas out of the way, so have initially undercoated them with "Citadel" Abaddon Black before applying a rough layer of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey.

12 comments:

  1. Coming along nicely.

    Fiddly buggers though from the sound of things. Now I'm double as unlikely to pick them up.

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    1. Cheers Dai. They have taken quite a while to put together. But as soon as Greede slotted into the Avarisse model I thought all the effort was well worth it. I don't usually paint so big a group of miniatures like these all at once, so I'm just doing a bit here and there on each model as I go along.

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  2. I am really looking forward to seeing what they look like when you finish painting them, Simon. Keep up the good work. Looking at Avarisse and Greede I am reminded of "Master Blaster" from "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome." Do they have a similar relationship, combining brains with brawn? And which one is in charge?

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Its all painting from now on - I hope. Avarisse & Greede are indeed similar to Master Blaster. I haven't been taught their rules yet but I understand that they have to be played together. Avarisse seems to be able to take a lot of punishment and then when he has the ball, he's able to detach Greede, give him the ball, and then watch as the little fellow goes on to score.

      I was actually hoping to be a bit further along with these fellows than I am. but I've been busily drooling over the "Zombicide: Black Plague" kickstarter, and all the stretch goals which have already been unlocked. Have you heard of it ;-)

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    2. Zombicide: Black Plague - drool! I backed it very shortly after it launched but just not soon enough to grab an early bird package. Never mind. The stretch goals are coming thick and fast and so far, all are free, which means for your initial investment you're going to end up with a heck of a lot. I love the Abominotaur! How cool is that monster?

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    3. There certainly are some very nice models being posted Bryan. I'd imagine by now its delivery date will slip beyond Christmas 2015. But the wait will surely be well worth it. Falstaff is my fave so far, though the Abominotaur is without a doubt a scary proposition - its destroys walls!!

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    4. The fact that Falstaff is so obviously based on Vlad Dracula makes him my favourite Survivor so far. If Guillotine Games did deliver in time for Christmas 2015 it would be an awesome present to receive. If not, it'll still be an awesome present.

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    5. I'm certainly looking forward to painting him up Bryan. Fingers crossed for a Christmas release. But as you say, whenever it arrives it'll be awesome :-)

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  3. Well, these are certainly some very interesting models! Like others, I'm looking forward to seeing them with some colours on them :-) .

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    1. Thanks C6. These'll probably be something of a slow grind as I hope to paint them all together. I'm desperately trying to stay focused on them and not let myself be distracted too :-)

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  4. You get distracted! I can't see that happening Simon your usually so good at sticking to the one project (Lol).

    Looking good by the way.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. LOL Roger :-) As you know I've quite a things on the go at present on my painting table, but these seem to have forced their way to the front of the queue... for now at least ;-)

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