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Warzone Resurrection: Corporate Agents

30 Mar

Last year Modiphius Entertainment ran a Kickstarter to launch their Mutant Chronicles RPG. For those who do not know… it is the same universe as Warzone, with Warzone being the wargame. Anyway, the Kickstarter contained a number of miniatures for use with the Wargame, so I pledged. The fact that I will also get the RPG books in PDF format is a little icing on the cake. Now I had planned to paint the Imperial set up first, but sadly, that one was accidentally not shipped along with the rest and will go out this week, so I had to choose something else. I am in no mood to paint Bauhaus or Mishima right now and I am still waiting on base stamps for Dark Legion. So I picked something of universal use… Corporate Agents.

So, what are Corporate Agents actually? Well when the megacorporations that had essentially taken the role of governments left Earth they began battling each other with their military might. In order to have a forum where the corporations could discuss their differences on a purely diplomatic level, without having to resort to hostile activities, the Cartel was created. The Cartel has, with the appearance of the Dark Legion, been given a more aggressive role and extended authority to battle the new evil. This was the one place the corporations could pool their resources together to stand against the Darkness. One of their assets are the Corporate Agents. They act as an intel service trying to find and weed out Dark Legion sympathizers and as bodyguards for high value figures from the corporations. And this is, what they do in the wargame… act as bodyguards.

The set consists of two types of miniatures. The first are three actual corporate agents. Looking at the minis, the two male versions instantly reminded me of a certain movie. Want to have a guess?

So the choice how to paint the minis was easy. Although all the black suits and ties made them slightly boring, so they at least got brown shoes and belts (were visible) to break that up. Although the facial features and the hairdo does not completely match I also painted the two male agents up to be inspired by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

Corporate Agents

Corporate Agents

The other two minis in the set are Iron Mastiffs. These are mechanical dogs under an artificial pelt to make them look like rear animals, while still being able to operate even in hostile environments. Extremely efficient at sniffing out heretics and as attack dogs on the battlefield. The inspiration for them came from this original Paul Bonner painting (left hand side, together with a Corporate Agent btw):

warzone art

The basing gave me some headaches. They can be used in virtually any non-Dark Legion force, so I wanted their basing to be generic. The high heels of the female agents suggested an inner city type of basing, but that is what I will be using for my Dark Legion, so I felt it would be strange, if they blended with the bases of those troops they can not join. So in the end I went for some summer grass ground, like I did on my Brotherhood minis (which serve as auxiliaries for other armies as well).

Iron Mastiffs

Iron Mastiffs

They other thing that gave me a headache was the varnish. I varnished them matt on Saturday evening only to find that it had formed small bubble in some crevices over night. I was able to fix that on most of the minis, although one can unfortunately see some of them on the back of the black agent and the dogs on close inspection. But I was in no mood to strip these, so they will have to do.

Corporate Agents and Iron Mastiffs

Corporate Agents and Iron Mastiffs

Oh and for those of you who got the pack as well but are wondering why there is no info on how to field the Mastiffs… here is the text missing from the cards (straight from the proofreading phase):

Squad Upgrades: The squad may be increased by up to three Corporate Agents for 14 points per model. Up to 2 Corporate Agents in the squad may be replaced with an Iron Mastiff for free.

 

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8 Comments

Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Cartel, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

8 responses to “Warzone Resurrection: Corporate Agents

  1. Nysse

    March 31, 2015 at 06:03

    Slightly less futuristic compared to some of the other Warzone stuff. The Men in Black theme is definately the way to go with them 🙂 Nice work! Too bad about the varnish though. Bubbling is definately something I’ve yet to see. Frosting and cracking I’ve come across before. Gloss varnish to smooth out the areas followed by another layer of matt might help with smaller bubbles if you pop them before?

     
    • Burkhard

      March 31, 2015 at 12:57

      I personally think that it was a user error. I applied the first coat with a brush. Usually it forms no bubbles, but in retrospect I used a brush with harder bristles than usual and did not check the minis before spraying the second coat.

       
  2. Tom Halpin

    March 31, 2015 at 06:06

    Shame about the varnish bubbles you mention, Burkhard, but the figures look really good in your photos. Black might be boring but you’ve got the highlighting and shading absolutely right – I can feel the sharpness of those trouser creases and the sculpt and your painting bring out the curvature of the female’s thighs beneath her skirt very realistically too: well done!

     
    • Burkhard

      March 31, 2015 at 13:11

      Thank you, Tom!

      The trick to highlighting black is the colors. Most people use dark grey to highlight black. But if you look at black in the bright sunlight (the coat of a dog or horse, human hair or new clothes) it always appears blueish. Black only looks grayish when it is faded (like clothes washed dozens of times).

      So it is always best to highlight with a mix of black and dark blue.

       
  3. Dean

    March 31, 2015 at 16:27

    Cool looking figures, Burkhard. I like those dogs; I think the one guy looks more like Samuel L. Jackson than Will Smith though 🙂

     
    • Burkhard

      April 3, 2015 at 10:40

      Thanks Dean.

      You are not the first to think he look more like Samuel L. Jackson (thought so myself), but all in all the minis have more of a MIB look than anything else to me… hence the choice.

       
  4. von Peter himself

    April 2, 2015 at 08:16

    A pleasing set Burkhard with a definite ‘result’ with the black and white theme. The mastiffs have come out particularly well.

    A bu*gger with the varnish. If you need to look closely I would just move on.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      April 3, 2015 at 10:42

      Thanks vP!

      I have to say, although I am a dogs person, I hate painting dogs (or any animal for that matter), so I am happy they came out well.

      Regarding the varnish… I see no solution except for a complete strip and repaint and I am in no mood to do that and except for the one mini (possible with him too) you would need to know what you are looking for to even notice. So this is the way they will stay.

       

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