I’ve continued my painting frenzy this week, in an effort to get the Tohaa ready before this Saturday when I and three friends get together for a full day of Infinity, in an ITS round-robin at the flat – I’ll detail a little more after the day’s events, as there should be some great games going on, and the four of us have known each other quite a while, so it’s likely to be a great day!
Last night, I concentrated on one of the least-liked models in the range (if the opinions of the forums are anything to go by, at any rate!) – Neema Saatar.
I can kind of see where the playerbase is coming from when you look at her compared to the far bulkier Ectros models (a regiment she’s part of and shares equipment with). The scale of her compared to them is completely different – she’s in a much smaller, sleeker set of armour compared to the bulkier males. I think also, part of the dislike for her stems from her pose, which is a lot less ‘on the battlefield’ and more ‘at a photoshoot’ unfortunately. The studio paint scheme hasn’t done her any favours either, as it emphasizes the large head-dress/helmet she’s wearing far more than it did in her artwork.
I’ve left the spines darker than her helmet which hopefully keeps the focus on the front part rather than framing it and making it look too massive. I’ve also tweaked her pose slightly – luckily the head is seperate, so I re-attached it (this was bought 2nd hand) with a turn to the side, to hopefully make it look a little more interesting:
Annoyingly I’ve just noticed that she’s missing the little knee-spikes to go on the tops of her knee-pads, but never mind – I don’t think she’s missing anything for it (and I could always sculpt some for her if it bothers me too much). She’s grown on me as a model – I can’t help but feel they’ve missed the mark a little with her compared to her artwork, where she looks as imposing as an Ectros yet still individual enough to stand out.
So, this side of Saturday, I still have another 10 models to complete. You’ve seen the Chaksa and Makauls in my last post, and I’m aiming to at least get everyone to the stage of the Makauls for Saturday, ready for highlights and detailing ready for the tournament at the end of the month.
Here’s the rest of the progress I’ve made: