Since I finished Sapo 2 weeks ago, I've been industriously slaving on an additional, new project for Crystal Brush. The DragonPainting forum is hosting a Monthly Challenge, the theme of which is to paint a Rackham figure in the style of the old Rackham Confrontation studio paint-jobs. This was a perfect opportunity for several reasons:
- I needed another project for Crystal Brush, since Sapo is probably ineligible.
- I finally feel confident enough to tackle a Rackham-style paintjob, which has been a goal of mine, ever since I reentered the hobby in 2006.
- I recently acquired a large inventory of new Rackham models from which to choose a candidate. And the acquisition has me excited about Rackham all over again, so much so that I'm finally reading the Aarklash book that came with the Ragnarock game.
- I decided on not one, but 6x2 models! Chevaliers Strohm: Goblin Knight Cavalry on Giant Rats. I picked an entire unit so that I can get extra mileage out of this project and make some headway on filling out another unit that I can add to my Warhammer Fantasy Orc & Goblin army, a project which is progressing at only glacial speed.
So this is where I was after a week. 3 out of 6 models completely prepped, assembled, and filled. I also assembled the Cerberus from Avatars of War, whose missing body half finally arrived. I also slapped together the SpineSpur Rattler. These two models are destined to join Cojo, to build out my Marcus crew for Malifaux. I also rebased some old dogs, so that I can proxy them as Guild Hounds for Malifaux, if I want to. And finally, you can see me using the excess green stuff to make mushrooms.
Modeling and green stuff takes forever. I always underestimate the time it takes. But I did know I was setting myself up for a big project. So I knew I needed to focus on it in order to make it in time for Crystal Brush. I now have my doubts...
Another week brings us to today. The second set of rats are from the 2nd/3rd Edition of Confrontation, whereas the first set are from 1st Edition. The 1st Edition set required a lot of green stuff to fill in the gaps. The 2nd/3rd Edition models have different cuts, so I was hoping for easier work. But, what time I gained doing less green stuff work, I lost assembling more parts. These quick photos belie the time it takes to file all these parts. But I'm just complaining, since I'd rather be painting!
Tails are drying. I use 2-part epoxy most of the time, because I distrust super-glue. 5-minute epoxy adds that much more time to the assembly process, though.
I still need to do the green stuff on the second set of rats, but this is where the unit should be by the end of the evening. That's a lot of metal! The unit is going to be a beast to move around on the table.
I had no idea that the Rackham figures are so much larger in scale than Games Workshop! They'll definitely look out-of-scale, in comparison to the old-skool goblin wolf riders, which this Rackham unit will be proxying. The newer Squig Riders are a little closer to the same scale, but still, Rackham figures are definitely in another class.
Here's another scale comparison, as I try to decide what to proxy for the Myranda character, for Marcus' crew in Malifaux.
The Privateer Press model in the middle is surprisingly smaller scale than I expected. The Rackham model to the right is a Kelt Sessair Fiona. Both of them will probably work well enough next to Marcus, but I'm not thrilled with either one of them. The Privateer Press one looks a little too "cra'-cra'", and the Fiona looks a little too masculine (despite her gravity-defying boobs). Which is too bad, since the Fiona has the double pig-tail thing going on, just like Myranda's model. I do have the new Marcus starter set on order, though, so I may very well just use the proper model. We'll see.
And finally, a little treasure arrived yesterday. My Kickstarter bundle from Imbrian Arts.
I had no idea (or I just forgot) that the resin figures come with limited edition authenticity certificates. The certificates are works of art in and of themselves, accented with the cool wax seal. Very classy. I was contemplating painting one of these figures for Crystal Brush, but I'm not sure if my creative juices are up to the task to match these figures. I want to spend more time on them than I have. Maybe I'll do one for the MFCA show in May.