Quick Flip : NO QUARTER #69

The cover of issue #69 is the one with Grim Angus doing a sorta Deadshot tribute on the cover.

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No Quarter is Privateer Press’ magazine that comes out every two months. Every issue promises new releases, scenarios, battle reports, painting and modelling tips, background stories and their bi-month miniature challenge.
While all of the above is standard fare in NO QUARTER, every now and then they pull something out of the hat as a nice surprise.

In this issue, I personally liked:
The magazine’s format begins with some NEW RELEASES painted and pictured with the plastic CONQUEST/VICTOR, the HAMMERFALL SIEGE but what really got me was this fella
THE STORM RAPTOR

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THE THORNFALL ALLIANCE theme list was interesting, which for me is the kinda Farrow lover’s little challenge. We actually have a die hard farrow fan in the store. ( This guys kits bashing is so sacrilegious to both GW and PP fans)

The featured Battle Report pits the MINIONS vs THE TROLLBLOODS

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Ol’ Rowdy gets featured and this includes a painting guide, which is always handy but for me it was the indept background of this jack that made me give it a second look.

The MODELING AND PAINTING showcases A SINGLE SERVE ORANGE JUICE BOTTLE CAP! Oh yes….

The Temple Flameguard was pretty interesting with FOUR, yeah FOUR different designs to painting FLAMEGUARDS. Definitely something I never thought about when it comes to painting MENOTH.

NO QUARTER does not fail to deliver and this is true by the fact that we have a steady order of this magazine bi-monthly.

You might want to have a peek inside an issue, go ask a PP fan to have a flip of his magazine.

WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Razide

For some strange reason I decided to get some painting done in the late afternoon. I do need to get more figures done and the brushes were all within reach. I have been meaning to get in some Warzone: Resurrection game time in. The few games with the plastic looking figures did not do it for me. I pulled two big figures on display on my shelf to decide; Razide and ALAKAI

I placed Razide and ALAKAI side by side so i could decided which one to do and while ALAKAI looked awesome, I went with Razide. This new sculpt is really over the top. So this one was IT.

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Ah…. Razide or to the uninitiated “Big Red Guy with Big Gun”.

This fella i had an eye on for a while. I saw some new pictures of Razide painted with a more normal skin tone and that really looked great. But hey, this is Razide! (If you google what this fella looked like before this sculpt, you’d see how the red skin just made him totally larger than red!)

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So i began with a primer of ARMY PAINTER’s Matt Black and then a directional blast of Army Painter’s MATT WHITE spray to identify the highlights. A nice cover of  ARMY PAINTER’s PURE RED was applied over the initial primer. This technique is bloody quick but what this technique also does is gives the figure nice definition and the undercoat of black and white helps the red on top shade and highlight the figure with almost no brush work or airbrush.

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The feet and forearm were given a purple wash using ARMY PAINTER’s PURPLE wash. I have been wanting to try this for a while and the size of the figure game a chance to see how this technique would work.

The loincloth was Army Painter’s DESERT YELLOW and a SOFT TONE wash. The bits of “cybernetics” popping out of the figure’s massive frame is SHINING SILVER and PURPLE WASH.

Nazaroth was painted with ARMY PAINTER’s Bolt Gun Metal and Shining Silver with P3’s Armour Wash finishing the job.

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2.5 Hours.

Done.

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WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Cuirassier “Attila” MKIII

We brought in Warzone: Resurrection a while back. The initial excitement meant I tried to get as many painted as possible but only got as far as 10 figures and as per usual I forgot about them.

Today however, I pulled this fella out of the display cabinet and decided some paint was needed.

I pulled out….

Cuirassier “Attila” MKIII

The cuirassier is from the Cybertronic Corporation Megacorp. This Megacorp famed for its advanced technology and while they regard all the other corporations as a threat their main adversaries are the Brotherhood and the Dark Legion.

This fella has Ultrasonic Resonating as a skill and that means he reduces the Armour or any thing within its range.

The initial Matt Black Spray

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However, painting this posed a small dilemma, the figure is metallic. Do I try the “non-metallic metal” technique or do I just use metallic paint.

Metallic paint….

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Army Painter Weapon Bronze
Army Painter Gun Metal
Army Painter Plate Metal
Army Painter Shining Silver
Army Painter Pure Red
Army Painter Blue Tone
P3 Armour Wash

One hour later.

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Castle Tower Ruins – The Base

A while back (or at least that’s what it feels like at the moment) I started working on a terrain/scenery piece. I  thought i’d get it done on the very same day until I realized I had lost the one piece of basing I wanted for the piece. I looked EVERYWHERE!

…as Brandon will tell you…. everything stopped as I looked frantically for it.

I didn’t find it. The paint project was done.

Yesterday, as I was looking for my Motorhead Bad Magic CD, I found this under a pile of comics on the floor. THE MISSING BASE PIECE!

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There was going to be no substitute after I saw what the final piece would look like in my minds eye. So this was a joy find.

I used PVA to stick the ruins on the CD and started tarting up my ruins.

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The base color (even if you can’t really see it is actually

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo Reflective Green

Vallejo Middlestone

Vallejo Brown Violet.

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The pebbles was something left here by some fella who wanted to do a huge terrian project but in the end left me with a ton of basing material. (These are all mine now, thank you. Three years is long enough to keep it for you.)

The lil bushs are ARMY PAINTER’s POISON IVY as is the Static Grass.

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I honestly must do more of these……

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Cosset

I wanted to finish the Morticians Graves model and realized that I want to standardize the basing. I tend to do all my basings in one go, so this only meant one thing. Finish the Guildball starter.

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Cosset is a very nice figure, I like the pose and it looks pretty intricate. However, I did not like the face/ head part. The forehead was sculpted slightly large and it was struggle to get the face done right, as I was getting prime color ready for a kabuki paint job

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I also changed the hair color to purple because while testing, it looked great to frame her face. I also changed her dress to a grey white color so as to give a very team like feel and so the figure will gel with Graves. The straps were also changed to brown for consistency. The sash was given a purple tinge so as to give the figure color but not dominate the figure itself.14895481_10154681194774993_1901672055_o

This one took a few hours, with a 2 hour break to catch Pokemon.

Colors used:

AP Uniform Grey Spray

AP Matt White Spray

AP Purple Tone

AP Dark Tone

AP Alien Purple

AP Shining Silver

AP Crystal Blue

AP Deep Blue

AP Matt Black

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Pure Red

AP Barbarian Flesh

Vallejo Game Color Flat Brown

Master Series Paints Spectral White

Citadel Color Fesh Wash

 

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Graves

Guildball from Steamforged Games arrived in the store in July and we could not wait to give this game a go. Sales were swift for the starters as players slowly chose their guilds to represent.

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Personally, I like the idea of Guildball. Its just six figures that you need to paint minimum and the tactical options are quite vast.

I chose to play the Mortician’s Guild, and quickly moved that off the shelf and into my painting line which was already considerably long.

There it stayed for months.

Last Monday, i bit the bullet and decided to paint it. I do want to play some Guildball and I did not want to wait anymore.

The cleaning of the figure was easy enough. Minimal flash and mould lines. (I tend to miss mould lines so this was good for me)

The assembly however was a little frustrating. It took me at least 15 minutes to get the arm to hold. I use super glue and many a drop went into trying to get the arm placed right.

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The figure was then based using the Army Painter Uniform Grey and a directional spray of Army Painter’s Matt White.

I decided to paint the face first and also decided to use white/off white for the hair, instead of black. This gave Graves an older look which I quite like.

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The details on the figure is very good and forces you to not neglect them. Which is great  because there is a lot of detail on the figure.

I also did the straps a more leather look instead of the dull black, and repeated this for the gloves as well.

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The trick then was to bite down and just lay down as much flat paint as possible. By experience, this is usually where a lot of painters just give up and begin to use the figures to play. I admit, this is also a hard part for me. But just a little bit more, gets you very very far.

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I did not want to dwell to much on the figure and this figure took about 2 hours to complete.

These are the colors I used to get this figure done

AP Uniform Grey

VGC Flat Brown

AP Matt White

AP Barbarian FLesh

AP Matt Black

AP Dark Tone

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Shining Silver

AP Plate Mail

MSP Ghost White

Citadel Color Flesh Wash

Castle Tower Ruins

I have had this piece in the store now for years. I am not sure who passed me a bag of dental plaster casts but it seems to have been here almost forever.

In fact, this was not the first time i decided to paint it. I think a few years ago, I did a black primer on it and crappy lazy brown job for the chest.

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And this is how it stayed for a long long while….

Tonight tho….. it was time to do something with it.

I gave the piece a spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey as a base. On the back, I decided to apply a dusting of Army Painter’s Skeleton Bone.

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I wanted to give the outside a different feel from the inside of the ruins piece

Army Painter’s Uniform Grey and some white was used to high light.

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The chest used Vallejo’s Saddle Brown and all three of the Army Painter’s Silver paints. This was washed with Vallejo’s smoke. I also did a slight brown wash on all the recesses inside. On the outside i used pigment to stain parts i felt would drip or hold water.

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Its at this point when as per usual the project stopped as I spent a few hours looking for a installer CD that was just the right size for this ruin.

I did not find it.

Well….. in a few years then 🙂

 

Battletech BT 274 – Osteon Jaguar

With the earlier part of the day spent collecting shipment. The evening seemed like a long tiring one. Both Operation Red Veil and Konflikt 47 came in and there was packing and putting stuff into my store room.

Our store room has a page, go visit:

https://www.facebook.com/WGStoreRoom/

Anyway, 8pm swung by and no one turned up. So, I was happy to spend the night *cough* clearing the shop. (This is another way of saying, watching YOUTUBE vids all night). That is until the Battletech stuff on the shelf caught my eye.

We had a demo game at the shop a few weeks before and that sort of got me a little excited about painting some mechs again. The boys were planning to do another one soon and this was enough reason to give this another go.

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I laid all the Battletech stock I had and then decided which one I’d paint. When I asked Chong Hin a few days before, he recommended the Raptor II to play with. The Raptor is the kind of mech I like, relatively fast lightly armoured and the weapon set up is decent. It would not look nice on the shelf so I decided to go with the Osteon Jaguar. Bulky. Ugly. Slow. But it is also a “character” mech”

The Osteon Jaguar is Russou Howell’s custom mech, with Ultra AC/20, ER PPC, ER Large Laser, ER Small Lasers but what really got me going was the Retractable Blade mounted in the left arm!

So here it is…. The Osteon Jaguarmech-2
I did not spend a lot of time cleaning the miniature as the flash where they should be. Most of the surfaces where smooth-ish and but I did some mild sandpapering. The figure was then washed. And then I began trying to put the figure together. This too a good 20minutes!

Here are some of the problems.
1. Without a proper assembly manual, I found myself looking at A LOT of Osteon Jaguars to see where the different pieces go
2. Posing was a horror, trying to get that one pose you like usually meant the figure will fall over because of the balancing.
3. The connecting arms did not cast do well so I had to drill one and reinforce another arm.

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Once done, the mech was given a primer spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey .

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Here are a list of paints I used on the this particular figure.
AP Blue Wash
AP Plate Mail
AP Bolt Gun
AP Uniform Grey
AP Pure Red
P3 Armour Wash
Vallejo Smoke

The overall figure kept the primer color. However, once I had gotten the figure to table top standard, I realized, I did not have a base for it!

This means that there will be another entry for finishing the model. In the mean time, here it is.

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This whole thing too about 2.5 hours

Privateer Press Iron Kingdoms Hugo Lubanov

The plan for today’s Painting Mondays was to sort the latest shipment. We received our allocation of Infinity’s Red Veil and Warlord Games’ Konflikt 47, so I planned to get the shop sorted. This was the general plan. Also, with everyone not being in at 8pm, I pretty much decided on not painting.

However, arriving almost 40 mins later, our esteemed “Best Painter” arrived and with that, all hopes of sorting the shop, gone. (If you’re a regular you’d know almost anything will side track the “sorting of the shop”)

Having not planned to paint, I had to now decide on what I should be painting. My options were

  1. Mantic’s Elves – These elves for Kings of War have always been something I wanted to paint. I always wondered why nobody seemed to paint them nice enough to play. I have also been talking about this one for quite a while
  2. Infinity’s Demo Set – I need to get these painted up. There was no love for Infinity today however.
  3. I was thinking to do a Battletech figure, the guys at the shop will be doing a Classic Battletech game in the coming months and I figured, I want in. Which one tho….
  4. Maybe something from Spartan Games…..

I finally decided to pull out a Privateer Press Iron Kingdom’s figure.
Hugo Lobanov – Khadoran Arcane Mechanik

This range was part of the first Privateer Press push to introduce their line to world of miniatures. These minis did quite well at the shop for the figure collector and we sold quite a few. However, some were left on the shelf for the past decade or so.

This was tonight’s project. Project start 9:34pm.

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The mini was given a primer of AP Skeleton Bone and then a directional spray of AP Matt White Spray. This helps.

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These are the paints I used for this figure.

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Some quick bits of paint

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AP Crystal Blue

P3 Solid Gold

P3 Armour Wash

AP Matt Black

AP Barbarian Flesh

AP Weapon Bronze

AP Shining Silver

AP Quickshade Dark Tone

AP Matt White

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo German Camo Medium Brown

Reaper Moldy Skin

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Project end 12:10am

Warlord Games’ ECW Royalist Infantry

One of the first kits out of Warlord Games that I worked on was the Pike and Shotte Royalist Infantry box. The guys in the shop were thinking of doing some ECW.

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I had a rather hard time choosing which side I was going to take and I remember seeing a picture of the King’s Lifeguard during my research that made me choose the Royalist.

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This kit was very easy to put together and look great. It was painted using exclusively Army Painter products. However, since these were painted a few years ago, its amazing to note how they look now.

The figures were dipped with Army Painter’s Dark Quickshade and when they were first dipped were very glossy looking. Today, the look nice and weathered, the shine almost all gone. This is interesting for me as it shows that sometimes you don’t need to Matt protect the figure to get the shine to matt-out. The colors were enhanced with the dip and still have a great look today.

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I really hate paint irregular infantry, there are only a few “regimented” looking troops (the Newcastle regiment was white and I hate painting white). Choosing the King’s Lifeguard and doing a little research nudged me to get these done.

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Completing the regiment took a few weeks

I based them on a 40×40 base so I can easily move the formations around when playing Pike & Shotte and honestly its easier to store and carry.

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