Construction Work – Tuesday 15th September

USAriadna Devil Dog and K-9 Antipode (work in progress) - click to enlarge

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the painting table in the past two weeks – despite not actually playing in Pigfinity I was all hobbied out and needed a little bit of a break. I did play a little X-Wing in the interrim, but only for a bit of fun against a friend of mine who’s not really a wargamer (just a big Star Wars fan).

However, with the release of the USAriadna Army Pack I jumped right back in to the hobby this week – I started by building the Starter Box guys – nothing really to report on these guys other than the usual high standard of CB casting and fitting. I did modify the female Grunt slightly though, by lowering her rifle arm, as I’m not a huge fan of rifles in the air – the Foxtrot model didn’t quite look natural with his rifle lowered:

USAriadna Starter Pack (work in progress) - click to enlarge
USAriadna Starter Pack (work in progress) – click to enlarge

Following these guys, I tackled the Maverick – the dismounted version of her was relatively easy to build (and I expect she’ll likely be used more as a second Foxtrot since those guys look so useful on paper), although the bike version was a bit tougher to build – while it was mostly fairly intuitive, I did have to take my time piecing her together, as she’s made up of 9 separate pieces – not a huge number by any stretch, but when it’s metal and where a lot of parts need to marry up or cross over each other, it can cause a bit of a headache if you’re not prepared for it – I’m pleased to say that she went together without any issues though:

USAriadna Maverick (work in progress) - click to enlarge
USAriadna Maverick (work in progress) – click to enlarge

Finally in the box is the imposing Devil Dog and his K-9 Antipode – two lovely models which, in my opinion, are marred slightly by their odd poses – the Antipode looks like he’s about to fall over forwards, while the stock pose for the Devil Dog is admiring his reflection in his big knife – at least I was able to convert him if not his Antipode chum.

I started by swapping the direction of his knife, so that he’s holding it blade-down, more akin to his artwork. I then had to trim away the locator peg for his knife-hand so that I could change the angle slightly, as well as adjust the locator peg on his upper-arm/shoulder joint so that the hand was held slightly lower. As I mentioned earlier in the post, I’m not a fan of guns pointing in the air, even while at rest, so again, I lowered the pistol arm – no cutting required this time, just a change of angle for the arm. I then had to greenstuff over the gaps that were left. Simple yet, in my opinion, a much better pose for him:

USAriadna Devil Dog and K-9 Antipode (work in progress) - click to enlarge
USAriadna Devil Dog and K-9 Antipode (work in progress) – click to enlarge
USAriadna Devil Dog and K-9 Antipode (work in progress) - click to enlarge
USAriadna Devil Dog and K-9 Antipode (work in progress) – click to enlarge

Finally for today’s post, a work in progress shot of my second Kaeltar – when he’s done I’ll only have 4 Tohaa models left to paint, which means I can shift over to the Aleph and PanO stuff that’s been hidden in cases for the better part of the year!

Tohaa Kaeltar Specialist (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Tohaa Kaeltar Specialist (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Tohaa Kaeltar Specialist (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Tohaa Kaeltar Specialist (work in progress) – click to enlarge

As with the previous Kaeltar, I’m using three different highlight colours for the different black areas – P3 Coal Black/Kabalite Green for the jacket, Charadon Granite for the bodysuit, and a deep grey mix for armour plates, just to help break him up a little and stop him looking like a big dark blob with a white helmet!

I’ve got two team Infinity events coming up this year, so a lot of my gaming time between now and then will be devoted to some practice – I sometimes think I’m likely to be the weak-link in our teams – for the 4-man event in Guildford I’m part of Team Pigmar with Craig, Adam and Darren, while for the 3-man event I’m teamed with Adam and Darren as part of Team Pigmar A (or B, we haven’t decided) – the other Team Pigmar will be made up of Craig, Alessandro and Jez. I’m quite looking forward to the different dynamic that these team events will bring – while normally at tournaments we’re quite supportive of each other’s results, this time our results will go into a pool and help raise the team up higher in the ranks – I only hope I can pull my weight!

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