So last month, I posted, that I had wanted to keep a steadier flow of posts on this blog. So far so good. Just a few days later we were supposed to get high-speed internet and that was when things started going down the drain. Here in Germany all the telephone and internet infrastructure is owned by one company (the formerly state-owned provider). If you get your services from a different company (like we do), they only rent the cables. If anything goes wrong, it is still the owners job to correct it. In our case the owner wired us up wrong in the last switch box, so we actually did not get a signal at all. But since we were using another provider. they took their own sweet time to correct the mistake, including appointments for the technician to fix things where no one showed up. So after more than two weeks without internet or phone (except on my mobile) we were back. But it is amazing, how many things you actually need the internet for these days. Which created a huge backlog of things. Once I had worked my way through that, German mail ended their 4 week strike and I had to work my way through the backlog of snail mail. Bottom line is… I am only now back on track. So this will be the second attempt to catch up. I actually took a lot of photos this weekend so there should be enough to post for about a week now. So let’s get started with some minis. Again these are for Warzone: Resurrection. Up first is Timothy McGuire, one of the Warlords for the Imperial faction. He hails from a unit called the Golden Lions. Now as you can see on that link, I painted the unit in classic red body armour. Most times they are also depicted with black-grew tiger stripe camo on their armour. Back then I was unsure if I should do that or not, so I planned to try it out on McGuire (better repainting one mini if it goes wrong than a whole unit). But then Prodos published new artwork of him in yellow armour with blue-grey and red tiger stripes. I felt that looked a bit ugly, but non the less wanted to try how it looked on a mini, so the plan was hatched to paint him that way, which I did. I think the results look a bit strange, since I can imagine no place where such a camo would work, but I like him none the less, so he will stay this way. Looking at the photos though, I think I will have to go back and add some colour to the hinge of the right arm and the valves on his chest plate.
Up next is Morten Oakenfist, Chieftain of the Wolfbanes. He is a bear of a man and the mini is huge for a human as well (even larger than MacGuire in his power armour). If you remember Slythe from the previous post, I felt that his colors were to earthen, so I went classic Wolfbanes on him and went for blue clothing and only did his armour in browns. I really liked that, so my other Wolfbanes will receive blue clothing as well. I also tried some different brown combinations on his armour, but that was not my cup of tea, so the next ones will revert back to what I tried on Slythe. The bigger problem was his tartan. I have now decided, that all my Wolfbanes will have some tartan items, both to give them some colour and to be able to distinguish the basic squads later on. But most obviously, there is no Clan Oakenfist today, so what pattern to pick? Well his mother is a Murdoch and today the Murdoch families is allied to the Clans MacDonald and MacPhearson. But in the Warzone universe the Murdochs have become a clan of their own and a powerful one at that, so they should have their own tartan. I personally liked the MacDonald tartan better than the MacPhearson one (and being a big Runrig fan MacDonald seemed to be a better homage), so I took that as a basis for my Murdoch tartan:
Up next are the Pathfinders. These can be taken either as advisors to squads (essentially making them faster and allowing them to pass through terrain more easily) or as Warlords. The one on the large base is the Warlord, the rest are the advisors. As you can see they are a mix of Oakenfist and Slythe colourwise… blue clothing and lighter brown leather armour. One thing that gave me headaches here were the grenades. As the reader with a keen eye might notice, they have grenade launchers strapped to their right forearm and the corresponding grenades to their right leg (yes I know, they would make more sense on the left legs, since you would have to load them with your left hand). Since they can fire different types of grenades, I wanted to represent that. So some grenades got golden tips, while other had blue or red metallic ones (as in real life). The big problem was, blue did not show up on the blue clothing and red looked strange, so in the end they all got golden tips. They other thing I am still unsure about is their faces. They are supposed to have blue tattoos on their faces, but I did not like that though too much, since I felt it might ruin the character of their faces, so I did without those. On the other hand it does not fit the background, so I might still go back to them, but I guess I will decide that once I have most of the Wolfbanes painted! Up first are one advisor and the Chieftain. The advisor is sporting my Murdoch tartan, while the Warlord wears a pattern based on Clan Munro. Since my unit is based on the Black Watch, I felt that it would be nice to have a Warlord that features the same colors as their first commander. Plus it is yet another homage to Runrig.
And another two advisors. The one on the lest is wearing a tartan based on clan Stewart and the right one a Government tartan. Both patterns have a strong association with the Black Watch (the former is their pattern, the later was often worn by their pipers), so these just felt the way to go. All these patterns will feature strongly amongst my Wolfbane forces, although i could kick myself for the Munro and Steward patterns, since they take a bleeping long time to paint!