The first of the new resin minis from Soda Pop Miniatures that I got my hands on, Princess Malya is a beautiful sculpt and fun to paint. I agonized over the last little bit, and between never getting to play Relic Knights and this model’s rules being garbage, she slept on the shelf of shame, waiting for her Prince Charming to show up. I finally finished her off last month, so she can join Mr. Tomm, who’s been done for a year now.
In case the inspiration isn’t obvious, I’ve based her paint job on Alice from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. The base is one of my favorite parts, and I love how it came out – you can even see a bit of reflection in some shots. I definitely got fed up with the dress at points, and just had to leave it in order to move on, but overall am fairly happy. The white in particular, I probably could have redone it using some of the tips from Jen Greenwald’s class that I took last year.
Sculpted by Bobby Jackson
I picked this guy up at ReaperCon a few years ago, got him to about 90% then left him for a while. I wanted to do NMM on the gun barrels, but decided that enough was enough and finished him while on vacation last month.
My favorite part is the crazy eyes. Usually black dot in white is wrong, but here it’s right 🙂
I visited my parents for a week, and got in some painting.
Basically finished stuff (except for basing):
A pair of Blighted Nyss Shepherds. I already have one painted, but I apparently forgot to take a picture of her, so these two look different.
Nephilim Bloodseer. Painted in standard Legion Warbeast/Nephilim colors
Wild West Missionary from Reaper. He’s been sitting at 90% for a couple years.
Questing Knight Princess Malya. Another “almost done” that finally got finished off.
I got her a day before release at the Reaper Store. Spent some time at Reaper Paint Club working on her, including getting tips from Anne Foerster.
Fun and quick to paint. I decided that it was basically a warbeast, so it got the Dark Elf triad for skin colors, and Snow Shadow -> Winter Blue on the armor plates. I used wet blending for the armor plates to get a decent blend fast. I’m still not comfortable with it, but it’s fast and you have to look closely to see the transitions. Lots of monster-mouth going on here, which is VMC Warlord Purple, highlighted with Spectral White then finished with Citadel ‘ardcoat, which is the glossiest sealer I know of.
Vayl2 is my “other” Legion caster, so it will probably see playtime with her. (I’m not sure if it does anything for Fyanna2 – I feel like she wants to engage on the enemy’s side of the board)
This week I am happy to report that more minis were finished than were started.
Void Witch from Relic Knights. Primed and purpled.
Angelius, missing 4 wings. Primed
Not pictured: landing pad from Mantis, partially assembled
Finished off Darkspace Hasami. She’s a character from Soda Pop Miniature’s Relic Knights game. This is the cosplay version of Hasami who works for an alternate faction, in this case, the Noh Empire. The costume is based off Ryuko Matoi’s battle outfit from Kill la Kill (a very weird anime). The connection is that regular Hasami (hasami means “scissors” in Japanese) uses a giant pair of scissors, and Ryuko uses a “scissor blade,” which is half of a giant pair of scissors (a scissor?). I had to watch a few episodes to learn that and figure out what was even going on with her outfit.
The miniature is in the new resin material, which I think is produced by Prodos Games. It’s definitely superior to the PVC they were using before, but is not without its faults. I painted the majority of the miniature at ReaperCon 2016, using the limited edition MSP Ghostly Moss. Other dominant colors are P3 Coal Black, MSP Clear Magenta, VGC Purple Ink and MSP Olive Skin Triad. A special shout-out to Adrift, who suggested the MSP Clear Magenta (he described it as Victoria’s Secret Pink) for her panties which looked so great I used it in a bunch of other spots as well. I had a fun time getting a nice smooth blend on the scissors, but am not usually interested in spending that much time on minis.