So after much deliberation, I chose GW’s Evil Sunz Scarlet as my base colour for Jon’s Operation Icestorm Nomads. This base colour was washed with an old bottle of GW Red Wash mixed with GW’s new Nuln Oil. This darkened down the red enough that it wasn’t a freakin’ candy red, but still light enough that they would show up well on an Infinity tabletop.
I used 22 colours and washes to get these guys done, and I could have used more, but you have to stop adding highlights and details sometime. The main accent colours are Vallejo German Grey (which is quite dark, but still shows a straight black ink wash) and GW Fortress Grey. The highlights for the red armour are GW Wild Rider Red – the side by side sister highlight to Evil Sunz Scarlet.
While these were fun to paint, I don’t think I would ever choose red as my base colour for an army ever again. It’s just such a middling colour – if you don’t choose wisely your paint may not coat opaquely enough, and some washes and highlights don’t really stand out on it. But those are my choices because I’m a lazy painter.
Nomad Icestorm Models
Time to paint: 12hrs Points on the table: No idea – N3 is on the way!
My friend Jon asked me if I would paint his Pan Oceania models from the Operation Icestorm box he bought. He’s really keen to start playing, but has no time to paint them up. No problem – love the models, want to encourage new opponents – win/win. Below is the near final paint job:
Operation Icestorm Pan Oceania models.
I’m not proud of the fact that I used 24 colours (paints, washes and ink colours) to get these models done, but there you have it. I just couldn’t stop doing the block highlighting on these figures; every colour is either washed, highlighted, or both. The final step is a blast of Testors matte varnish, and they’re done.
Pan Oceania Icestorm Models (with 1 extra)
Time to paint: 12hrs Points on the table: No idea – waiting for N3!
Love these Hac Tao and Daofei miniatures by Corvus Belli for Infinity the game! Probably my most favourite paint jobs so far because of all the details and layered plate armour these guys have.
I’ve decided that anyone who carries a heavier weapon in my Yu Jing army is going to have a lot of orange in their uniform; so GW Solar Orange is the main accent colour over the Casandora Yellow ink wash. Then it’s just a matter of brighter yellow and white highlights with dark grey accents – and you’re done!
Yu Jing Hac Tao with Missile Launcher and Daofei with HMG
Points on the table: 135 (74 ML, 61 HMG) Time to paint: 5hrs
Finally got a pair of specialized Yu Jing Ninjas painted. One is a sniper, and one is a hacker – but putting both on the table is 98 points! Yikes.
I’m pretty happy with the sculpts on these, and they look good in my army’s overall yellow wash colour scheme I think. Highlights on their helmet visors was a mixed success, but from a distance they don’t look too bad. The poses are very active – even the sniper’s – which I like. These guys should never be caught standing still – just like REAL Ninjas.
Yu Jing Ninjas (MULTI Sniper and Hacker)
Time to paint: 5hrs Points on the table: 98 (50-sniper, 48-hacker)
Just got these Yu Jing Yaokong Remotes and TAG done. They’ve been sitting on my desk since GenCon 2013. But no longer – I consider them done.
You can paint these things for hours – putting highlights on top of highlights, but in the end, if you’re going to play with them, you’ve got to stop and get on to the next models in your army. The Japanese Sectorial dude is just in there for scale – he was done last year.
I’m not too happy with the lighting for my cheapass Kodak Z710 camera – they’re much more harsh here than in real life. But I definitely think I achieved the anime look that Infinity is known for. The models were primed with GW white primer, then washed with a new GW ink (shade) Casandora Yellow – which looks positively orange in the bottle, but washes a nice golden yellow on the model. Where it collects, turns orange.
Maybe I will get some more Infinity models. Only the remotes are really mine, Will the Hatton owns the rest, and I am just their painter. But between the TAG, 2 remotes and 7 infantrymen, I’ve got a decent collection for typical games. Two ninjas are waiting in the wings for their turn on the painting dais.
Keep painting. Keep gaming dammit.
First Japanese Sectorial squad is complete for my first foray into Infinity. I don’t think I want to put anymore detail on these guys – they’re a decent table top standard. They look way better on the table than under a flash camera.
While I don’t know exactly what to think about the golden colour as the foundation for my army, I do like the extreme contrast the weaponry gives. Then it’s just basic highlighting and crazy anime hair colours. Will the Hatton won’t like them – but at least they’re done!
Yu Jing Sectorial Starter Pack (w swapped ninja model)
Time to paint: 9hrs
Somehow, thanks to a renewed interest in Infinity: the Game, Will the Hatton and I squeaked in not 1, but 2 games with unfinished models this week at our FLGS. They were our first games of Infinity – and we were freakin’ hooked.
I’m going to buy these Yu Jing Sectorial models from Will, so I took them home and began painting them tonight. Their base coat of paint is P3 Heartfire, washed with diluted Ogryn Flesh. They look a little whacky right now, but I can already envision what they’re going to look like finished.
I’ve painted many armies a yellow or gold base, but I especially wanted these guys to be gold because they’re not heroic sized minis – they’re actually quite fine. So I want them to be bright and strikingly contrasted – like the anime Japanese that they are!
Stay tuned – I bet these guys will be done by this weekend. – Dave