Brushwork – Sunday 24th January

Djanbazan with HMG - click to enlarge

This week’s hobby was spent finalising colour schemes for the other factions in Infinity that I haven’t yet really collected much of – Combined Army and Haqqislam.

While I’ve had a Kaplan with Spitfire painted up for a while, I wasn’t sure whether his colours would be more unique or whether I’d go with that scheme across any other Haqqislam figures I might pick up. In the end, I decided to run with it, as it’s a nice homage to my Space Marines which have, as of last week, nearly all been sold off on eBay or to friends.

I’m quite pleased with how he looks, and any other Haqq figures that I acquire will share these colours:

Djanbazan with HMG - click to enlarge
Djanbazan with HMG – click to enlarge
Djanbazan with HMG - click to enlarge
Djanbazan with HMG – click to enlarge

Here’s a pic of him next to the Kaplan for comparison:

Djanbazan with HMG - click to enlarge
Djanbazan with HMG – click to enlarge

In more alien-orientated news, I painted up my first Combined Army figure as well today – the Morat Dire Foe Anyat:

Treitak Anyat - click to enlarge
Treitak Anyat – click to enlarge
Treitak Anyat - click to enlarge
Treitak Anyat – click to enlarge
Treitak Anyat - click to enlarge
Treitak Anyat – click to enlarge

Oddly, it’s a slightly darker variation on my Nomad scheme, but I’m pleased with how it’s come out – I look forward to seeing how it translates across other Combined Army models.

On more familiar ground, I also got to painting up the new base I’d put Penthesilea on, as she deserves to have her paint job finished:

Penthesilea - click to enlarge
Penthesilea – click to enlarge
Penthesilea - click to enlarge
Penthesilea – click to enlarge

Finally for Infinity models is the new Achilles, which were wonderful to build. The second version with the severed Morat head is to commemorate Infinity’s 10th Anniversary, and in my opinion is a far superior model to the stock pose with the raised sword arm and multi rifle. I’m not sure what it is about the raised sword pose, but to me it looks awkward. I expect I’ll get more use out of the anniversary model than the stock one!

Achilles v2.0 (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Achilles v2.0 (work in progress) – click to enlarge

Moving away from Infinity, I also did some paint work on my burgeoning X-Wing collection – for the most part I’ve kept to the stock-paint jobs, although having read all of the X-Wing series of books, I was a little annoyed that Corran Horn never got to fly an X-Wing in the game. Since my friends and I only play X-Wing in a more casual way, we used a custom card creator to put Corran in the ‘correct’ ship. Since I’d made and printed the card and ship token, I also needed a ship to suit, and so I took one of my four X-Wings and gave it a new paint job.

Corran Horn's X-Wing - click to enlarge
Corran Horn’s X-Wing – click to enlarge

I used Astronomican Grey washed with Vallejo Grey Wash (with select areas given a bit of Badab Black as well). The green areas were painted with Kabalite Green. I painted the inner engine tubes white then when this was dry I washed them with Baal Red ink to give them an appearance closer to the movies. Taking this a step further, I also did the same with my other Rebel ships:

X-wing Rebel Ships with painted engines - click to enlarge
X-wing Rebel Ships with painted engines – click to enlarge

(For the B-Wing I simply used Fire Dragon Bright, as their engines are a slightly different colour to the X-Wings in the movies).

It’s quite strange to paint a model and not add any highlights to it, but I figured that I didn’t want the ship to look weird next to all the other ships in my collection (and to be honest, the thought of having to go through and highlight all the other ships didn’t really appeal to me either!).

That’s all for this post, I’m hoping next week to keep chipping away at that Pile of Shame and paint a couple more figures!

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