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Warzone Resurrection, Two Mishima Meka suits (“Cherry-blossom” & “Azure Dragon”)

18 Jun
Warzone Resurrection, Two Mishima Meka suits (“Cherry-blossom” & “Azure Dragon”)

Ever since we returned from our holidays, I have had some problems finding my mojo. So I have been all over the place… painting WWII British riflemen (half way through!), assembling 4Ground buildings and doing some more Warzone stuff. Now those Warzone minis are two Meka suits for Mishima, which is based on Japanese culture. Strangely enough I had a vision for them while walking up Ben Lomond in Scotland last year. My initial plan had been to them (and the third one) in a dragon scale pattern, with classic Asian Dragons painted on.

Now when the rules arrived I re-thought this. These suits are rare and precious. Passed on from generation to generation within a unit, house or family. It is a matter of pride to keep them in good condition and great dishonor to lose one in battle or let it become unserviceable. All suits are individual and some even acquire great fame. So I felt that each of my suits needed an individual character as well.

Up first is “Cherry-blossom”. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but also of its tragical shortness. With the pure evil of the Dark Legion around with all their undead and worse minion, I felt this would be a great theme. A Meka suits is a bulwark that stands in the middle of combat, if you will the perfect line of defense of life against destruction. So I felt is fitting that the Warrior who pilots this suit would paint a cherry tree in bloom on its armour to remind him of what he defends and what the price of his or her failure would be.

The suit was painted black with grey highlights. The cherry tree is freehand. Otherwise I just painted the weapons, moving parts and reactor ports in metal and the pressure hoses as … well rubber hoses. At one point I also painted the cockpit, but felt it looked wrong, so I “assumed” the pilot would see his surroundings via camera feeds and returned that to black and design. The Mishima logo on the shoulder is freehand. At first I finished it off with a coat of flat varnish, but somehow it did not look right so it got three coats of automobile high gloss varnish (each polished before the next to make it shinier in the end).

Mishima Meka Suit "Cherry-blossom"

Mishima Meka Suit “Cherry-blossom”

Mishima Meka Suit "Cherry-blossom"

Mishima Meka Suit “Cherry-blossom”

Mishima Meka Suit "Cherry-blossom"

Mishima Meka Suit “Cherry-blossom”

Mishima Meka Suit "Cherry-blossom" (rear)

Mishima Meka Suit “Cherry-blossom” (rear)

Up next is “Azure Dragon”. In the Japanese culture the Azure Dragon is one of the guarding spirits. It guards Kyoto from the east (three more guards the other directions and “Yellow Dragon” the centre). I think I will pick this idea up with suit number three as well and when Prodos release the model for the rocket launcher armed version, with them as well.

Now this one was airbrushed with the dragon scale effect. It started off with a base coat of light blue metallic with silver mixed in. Then it got a highlight coat with yet more silver. This would later form the outline of the scales. I airbrushed the highlight coat on from top to bottom, which leads to interesting effect when moved in the light. Up next were the scales in gunmetal blue with metallic black mixed in. This was airbrushed on bottom to top to  play with this changing effect one more. Some highlights in gold and otherwise it got the same treatment is “Cherry-blossom”. I had originally planned to paint a free hand Dragon on ( as mentioned earlier), but I already loved the looks as they were. Not classic Japanese, but rather a modern “The Fast and the Furious” interpretation of a dragon.

Mishima Meka Suit "Azure Dragon"

Mishima Meka Suit “Azure Dragon”

Mishima Meka Suit "Azure Dragon"

Mishima Meka Suit “Azure Dragon”

Mishima Meka Suit "Azure Dragon"

Mishima Meka Suit “Azure Dragon”

Mishima Meka Suit "Azure Dragon"

Mishima Meka Suit “Azure Dragon”

 

Up next is a first for this blog… a video I created on my own. I wanted to show the effect the metallic particles take when the mini is turned in the light. It does not look as good as it does in real life, but it should give an idea.

As suggested by some people I gave the bases a cave style look. Mishimas main holding is Mercury and especially its caves. So this is what I went for. Rocks in greys and light browns with moss and lichen, both dried up and life. Some people suggested stalagmites, but I decided against it. I often feel it looks strange when you have such large minis in moving positions on the bases and even worse on the small infantry bases. I might pick it up for the (flying) Dragon Riders though, maybe even Stalagtites.

Mishima Meka Suits "Azure Dragon" & "Cherry-blossom"

Mishima Meka Suits “Azure Dragon” & “Cherry-blossom”

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Mishima, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

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18 responses to “Warzone Resurrection, Two Mishima Meka suits (“Cherry-blossom” & “Azure Dragon”)

  1. r.a.e.gingerbhoy

    June 18, 2014 at 13:24

    Amazing detail you’ve painted on these models. Loving the ‘Fast and the Furious’ interpretation of the modern Japanese patterns, and the Cherry Blossom.

     
    • Burkhard

      June 18, 2014 at 14:15

      Thanks Ginger… glad you like them. The Azure Dragon was bit fingers crossed. I was quiet anxious to see how it would look when done. There was lots of work going into it and if you only get an idea if it has come out the way you want when it is all done, you start feeling uneasy!

       
  2. Dean

    June 18, 2014 at 14:33

    Superbly done, Burkhard! Both have unique and impressive designs. Your flawless brushwork really captures the flavor of the faction. Best, Dean

     
    • Burkhard

      June 18, 2014 at 14:34

      Thanks Dean!

      I also hope to put our musings on Samurai into use soon!

       
  3. Monty

    June 18, 2014 at 22:15

    A home run! I love the individual character you’ve given each. They are truly works of art!

     
    • Burkhard

      June 19, 2014 at 07:37

      Thank you Monty! Really glad they came out this way!

       
  4. Millsy

    June 19, 2014 at 00:35

    That cherry blossom pattern is superb. Combined with the gloss black finish it gives a really Asian feel.

     
    • Burkhard

      June 19, 2014 at 07:40

      Thanks! In the end, this is why I shifted from flat to high gloss, since it gave this Asian feel. I was just afraid, that it would drown out the details, which fortunately to does not, especially when seen in the flesh!

       
  5. daggerandbrush

    June 19, 2014 at 09:32

    Excellent paintjob. The black mech really looks like a lacquer box. Very interesting idea and execution. The modern dragon pattern is alos very cool.

     
    • Burkhard

      June 19, 2014 at 10:31

      Thanks! Yes in the end that lacquer box look was what I wanted. Really happy you like them!

       
  6. Engel

    June 19, 2014 at 19:07

    Nice to see your Mishima stuff

     
  7. Burkhard

    June 19, 2014 at 19:13

    Thanks! I am pretty sure with the original Warzone coming from Sweden, you will have had your brush with the game as well!

     
    • Engel

      June 19, 2014 at 22:12

      Just the old miniatures.

      But a member of the club has gotten some of the new ones, we will see how that story goes from there.

       
  8. J RUTH

    June 20, 2014 at 03:24

    Absolutely beautiful works of art.

     
  9. Nysse

    June 20, 2014 at 11:44

    Very nice looking models both! Especially the cherry blossom details is a real eye catcher. Nice idea painting those on.

     
  10. morrous

    May 1, 2015 at 22:07

    nice work but try use wash on blue dragon….look better

     
    • Burkhard

      May 13, 2015 at 08:45

      Thanks.

      A wash on the model is out of the question though. The blue metallic paint was sprayed on from different directions. This means, as you turn him, the colouration of the paint changes. Washing him would loose that effect.

       

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