Oh I didn’t see you there. You’ve caught me writing a blog addressed directly to you, opening it with a traditional ironic youtuber opening.
This week I’ve painted my first Iguana, something I took aaaages to get around to doing considering the Iguana, Jager, Black Mamba, and Spitting Cobra are the four iconic gears of the Southern military.
I’m very happy I’ve now painted at least one of each and it’s interesting to see how my style has changed over the years I’ve been painting minis (how long is it now,.. four years?)
I promised another HGB player I’d stick up a picture of my ESE force so far, a mixture of minis I’ve painted and minis I bought second hand already painted in this scheme and rebased/altered/touched up.
I think they look quite nice.
Back row is a Longfang Black Adder, Spitting Cobra, Black Mamba.
Front row is a Blitz Jager, Jager, Stripped Down Striking Jager, Anolis Refit, and Dartjager.
In the Brigand ruleset I’m not sure how I’d field them. Probably like this if I had to (the force is under construction and I haven’t given much thought to the finish composition):
Primary Unit SK – Blitz Jager, Dartjager, Jager
Support Unit GP – Stripped Down Jager
Primary Unit FS – Spitting Cobra, Black Mamba, Longfang Black Adder
Support Unit RC – Anolis Refit
It’s nice that in Brigand it’s almost always possible to cobble together a valid list from a handful of models : ]
I’ve recently been trying to stick to a habit of painting for at least 15 minutes every evening at about nine twenty. Having this time when I know I’ll be doing some painting while talking to a friend over Skype who encourages me has allowed me to get quite a few models painted up over the past few months. By far the slowest progress of these was on this model, the all metal Mammoth Strider for Heavy Gear Blitz. This is partly because it’s larger than most models I paint, but partly because it’s such a heavy miniature (it’s completely solid pewter) that I found handling it quite tricky and I was often rubbing paint off by accident.
Anyway I’m very glad it’s done and while it’s painted to a slightly lower standard than some of my models, I’m happy with how it turned out.
Another quick post with a model I’ve finished painting this evening. The Pitbull is a cheap and cheerful light trooper gear made by Paxton Arms of the Peace River city state in the Heavy Gear setting. It’s used by many groups, but is most famously deployed by the Peace Officer Corps of Peace River, who are basically a highly militarised police force.
I started painting this ages ago and since I’ve recently been trying to finish up models I’d started painting then stopped, it was an obvious choice. The sculpt for this one was a bit gnarly so I didn’t exactly go all out – I just wanted it to look decent, which I think I accomplished.
I enjoyed working on that ESE Black Mamba duelist so much that I decided to paint a gear in Guillaume’s style to add to the group, rather than rebasing and touching up another prepainted model. Since they’re the ESE they like an odd mix of cheap military surplus gears and more expensive flashy mercenaries and bodyguards to the Emirs, so I painted up a cheap old Anolis Refit recon gear.
The objective was to have the model fit in with the stuff Guillaume had already painted, but still fit with the way I paint. I don’t know what paints he used, so I had to approximate using what I have.
A while ago I bought a collection of Heavy Gear minis from a very nice fellow by the name of Guillaume. The minis were clearly quite lovingly painted and very nicely based too. He also sent me, for free, a bunch of Heavy Gear parts and even a couple of models he hadn’t assembled.
I don’t mind having and playing with models that other people have painted at all, the only downsides for me were A) they were based on hex bases, which I dislike and don’t use and B) they weren’t magnetised and I like to magnetise so I can pick between the many variants Heavy Gear Blitz tends to offer for each model. The second point wasn’t really a problem as I don’t have to magnetise EVERY model, but for me it’s important that the bases match the rest of my minis (and I really don’t like hex bases at all), so I knew I’d have to do some rebasing and some touchup work.
Working on these already nicely painted models is actually quite a pleasant break from painting a model entirely from scratch, as it takes less time but I still then feel some creator’s attachment to the rebased and slightly altered model. It’s also quite enjoyable to sort of mimic someone else’s style when doing the touchup work.
Here’s the latest, which I rebased, magnetised, gave a shield, and gave a light rocket pack instead of the medium one, since that’s the standard loadout for the Mamba. I will be fielding him as an Eastern Sun Emirates (think sci fi Saudi Arabia) Combat Group Leader or Duellist.