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The Cococuqui – Ladies of the Jungle

The Cococuqui – Ladies of the Jungle

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About the Project

A Kickstarter purchase that began as the first step toward mass battle gaming from the apppeal of seeing painted armies. I blame @avernos for the introduction to the idea of SAGA with magic that gave me any notion that I might paint on such a large scale.

This Project is On Hold

Positively pissed and project progress

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Disturbance, discomfort and creative distractions Disturbance, discomfort and creative distractions

Sometimes its good to just hobby and lose your head in it. This weekend has been just such a time as I’ve not been in the best of moods. I’ve been upset with myself on the hobby front as well. Using this tandem sense of being pissed off I kicked my own ass and jumped onto the Amazons. I’ve pinned the feet to all of my foot soldiers and archers from the KS TitanForge sent me so long ago and magnetized all their bases and the trays. I drilled the feet of all my big models with 1/8″ brass rod to pin them and they too are magnetized. I stripped crap detail from the flying monster’s base I didn’t want to keep. I used my Dremel to eliminate most of the mold lines on the wings of said model and grind off flash and pour gates from the molding process.

Birdlike feetsBirdlike feets

I’ll get to sculpting onto the rods to incorporate them better in future. I don’t have the patience or attention span at the moment to be good at what I want to do.

As an addition to my general angst for life at large I had my warlord on beast break not less than four times while trying to get her set up on the jaguar. I replaced the resin spear with piano wire. I reattached both her arms and one of her legs at some point. I took a Robin Williams prescribed dose of Fuckitall and sculpted a cape for her back that I textured with feathers that the dino riders have on their mounts.

Without a doubt I’d say that this has been an episode of to effectively be productively pissed off. Now to turn my attention to the Arabian Knights project and get some stuff done there.

 

Taking it easy after some burnout

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As I put more thought into the paint I think I’ve burned myself out for a bit even with the motivation I got from the local painting group last weekend. I’ll put more into this plan and creative tricks for the future. Aside from the sambe queens I’ve found fish are a great source of color inspiration. I haven’t gone into killifish or rainbowfish but these are good for the moment. On top of that I believe there also is something I can do to add more in the department of feathers or wings for these Amazons.

Mesmerizing Magnets

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I’ve gone through and done all my magnets for the Cococucqui force. JK Magnetics is probably quite happy with me and my purchases.

  • As I’ve done with the Arabian Knights, each 25mm base has one 1/8″x1/16″ disc magnet.
  • Every slot on the movement trays have a 1/8″x1/8″ (roughy 3mm) cylinder that pulls at my transport tray sheet steel and the figures on top.
  • The ape lord and triceratops have a couple of 1″x1/4″ bars that are 1/16″ thick.
  • The great pteradon has a grand 1″x2″ bar at 1/16″ thick in order to really keep the monster from moving around. I may add one or two more smaller ones in order to damn near cement it there but at 8lbs of attraction force seems like enough for now. I’m worried about the supports for the legs though.

As a technical note for the model from Signum it is well sculpted but has poor keying for the feet to the rock rubble base. I removed the extra resin and its very little to work from as far as substance. I’m putting in brass rod in order to give the model stability as attachment through the legs. I’ll probably add a third near the tail but I hope that I won’t need to.

  • A minor technical issue to solve is done with 1/8″x3/8″ discs that will be in the bottons of the dino rider bases. [Cavalry doesn’t quite work and I have no other word for them other than saurian skirmishers. Eh, *shrug* I guess that’ll do.] Those figures will need to be built in sections with magnet bases, then pin the dinos to the bases (they also have the lower halves of the riders sculpted on) and finally attach the rider’s upper halves. Its a great exercise in sub-assembly and greater detail than I care to play with in one go.

I’m putting thought into the color scheme I want to use for the skirmishers based on more samba queen imagery and imagine the other dino images I pulled as well. Its just color chaos to try and manage.

The decision making process is difficult as I try to balance unit division in loud colors for clothing and cohesion with armor and  dinosaur coloration. I think its the same underlying dynamic as the blue turbans in the Arabian Knights but in a more pronounced fashion.

Samba queens of the jungle?

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Owing to the nature of the natural world showing danger in bright bold colors the ladies of the Cococucqui will snap the eyes to attention with their clothing. This is only fitting for the perils of the Axolotl jungle.

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. I’ll be using the color scheme of the previous lot of Amazons for my Hearthguard. The rabbit hole of samba queens is too deep and the riot of color too great to not fall into for inspiration. Whittling down the final color scheme has been difficult. I will work off these for my armored melee troops. I hope I’ll be able to keep the general hoi poloi of hues in check.

Paint scheme worthy of a king

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A good time was had by allA good time was had by all

We know that Faye Wray in 1933, Jessica Lange in 1976 and Naomi Watts in 2005 were well versed in the manner of how I might go monekying around as art. With all those big apes called Kong I could just take the same inspiration and look at high def photos from today to match realistic gorillas.

Not your average grape ape

Here I take a turn into the weird writing of H.P. Lovecraft and the videogame inspired film Rampage for its CG gorilla star to flip the color scheme. This is not to be the same as the Chinese term “white monkey job”. This will be a highlight of great gorilla goodness.

Dinosaur Trainer Jesus?

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Gerry and his own dinosaur paint schemes are definitely inspiring to do searches for the Cococucqui and I thought of what I could do. My first thought was the bright and poppy schemes from ‘Dances With Blue People’ (some people call the film ‘Avatar’ but my title makes more sense) using the Toruk Makto as a template. I’ll also put out that the promo photo from Titan Forge does nothing to help imagine scale. I’ll have it tower over the rest of the army later.

Considering that the general scheme for these ladies revolves around turquoise it would really break the coherence to throw that much bright contrast to everything else. So more research was done.

Now the general idea forms

This search was initially for the Toruk Makto, then dinosaur art which lead to Raptor Jesus. This also included images of one Dinosaur Trainer Jesus… damn the creators of Velocipastor and Pokémon. This is their brainchild.

Good Lord what have we done?Good Lord what have we done?

A random passing thought

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So I considered that I should add some sort of multi function  option to my army that I’m building right now. With Saga being a multi option game using its minis agnostic system from  battleboards I think that is quite pertinent to leverage various options for an army. That makes me think that there is something to be said about minis agnostic systems.

The more free a player is to create a force with whatever they have at hand the more likely they are to play a game instead of being locked into a system that will dictate to them the direction that they MUST go. In that vein I may very well have jumped into being an army builder with the ideas that I have for the motifs of overall armies.

I think that I may have found a way to multi-purpose the Amazons in various battleboards but we shall see.

Basic basing be buggered

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Busy working without paints temporarily Busy working without paints temporarily

Sitting around dog watching  and keeping a presence over my friend’s house again I’ve been left without my painting gear. My friend, who is happy to have my help, suggested to bring it over and do hobby without the full depth of knowledge as to what that would entail. I, being somewhat level headed about hobby ambition and getting things done, decided to keep myself limited to basing and starting prep work on the Cococucqui. I managed to forget a few things and remedied that by picking them up again but here I have started bringing details to bear which will be fruitful later on.

Greenstuffworld has a flagstone roller that has been useful on MDF using kneadatite. I did manage, by accident, to find that vegetable glycerin will not only keep the roller clear when using a layer as a release agent prior but will soften the epoxy if you just wet your fingers and work it into the material. I’ve found the general tackiness irritated the hell out of me in working the material but in doing the texture work it actually was ok. It also helps when pressing down and rolling over the gaps. The pressure will force a bit of material between individual bases and the movement tray but it is easily cleared. After giving the greenstuff some time to set somewhat just take a sculpting knife and gently scrape away the excess inside the tray and from the edge of the base. You can keep great detail and allow the base to fit loose enough to move a mini in and out of the tray. It also helps to use a base cutter to avoid losing details.

During the week I’ve gotten a 60mm, 50mm, a pair of 90x120mm ovals, a pair of loose cavalry skirmish trays and four 2×5 trays for 25mm rounds. My Kickstarter order will mostly be taken care of aside from a few additional individual character models. As of this moment I have need to buy more greenstuff as all the things I’ve been doing has used it up. Honestly I’m very happy to put it all to use though I might just spend cash on a pound (1.6 kg?) Apoxiesculpt and buy only small amounts of other epoxy products.

The Arabian Knights project is informing this build a lot and I’m working with what I’m learning contemperaneously. Getting a coherent visual theme is something I am going to run with. Flagstone, skulls, fine grit earth and the ferns I amassed will make the soil beneath the Amazon feet come to life. I’ll add the occasional odd detail here and there later to make things interesting.

I lied!!! I bought more

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Sweet Nelly Perkins!!! (I don’t know any but one might exist). I lied and said I wouldn’t buy any more minis to go with my Amazon force. It was too good a sculpt to pass up. I regret not purchasing it as a 3D file and then getting it printed for a third of the cost after buying and shipping but I know this will be solid and heavy if the KS monsters are any measure to gauge by. At the moment its in transit and I await the arrival at my post box. I am weak in some instances and this is just one where things just happened. Its like thinking “Oh, there’s an AT-ST for Star Wars Legion. It’d look great with a pair of reindeer antlers tacked onto the roof and candystripe the legs.” Thankfully for Sundancer I haven’t run across anything of the sort and have been way too busy with other things.

Ain't he cute? I think I'll call him Furious GeorgeAin't he cute? I think I'll call him Furious George

As an aside to all this I’ve also been massing a collection of more JTT HO scale ferns that I used for the previous project Marumba Marumba! Jungle Jungle Jungle!. Its all going to good use along with the Crunchtime resin skull sheet from Greenstuff world that will link the theme of basing. I think there might be more options to add later. I just need to think about the minis agnostic aspect some more.

Holy Hell! This is a lot of resin

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Its M------f---ing Giftmas for Mr. Noseblower! Its M------f---ing Giftmas for Mr. Noseblower! 

I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite some time. So much has happened since I started putting down material for this project after the KS went on. I now have a cohesive army that comes from one single manufacturer. I’m very happy to have purchased a copy of ‘Armies Legions and Hordes’ that I now plan on reading prior to jumping into the paint.

I believe that I will not be buying anything to go mad over for some time. As of the writing of this entry I’m still working o my Arabian Knights for Saga Age of Magic, this was intended to be my first army painting but life makes for odd occurrences. I see a lot of work in the future to properly prepare these models to begin with. The gates and vents for the casting are small but present. I’ll need to clean up the feet for basing on many and the joins for the longer accessories. The monsters will be tasks unto themselves worthy of projects but will be part of this as a long drawn out assemblage. I am very glad for my airbrush seeing the size of task ahead of me.

Forethought and pre-planning. This might just work

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Preparing for the mass of painting that I’ll be doing I might as well get some initial ideas down. I haven’t purchased the book “Armies, Legions & Hordes” but maybe I should. Having gotten “Terrain Essentials” from Mel the Terrain Tutor’s KS I think that having some hard copy reference material would be good around my workshop (just my bedroom but who needs more space?).

I’ll be using a general paint scheme that I used on my Amazons from Aengland in order to keep it cohesive. The figures are from the same creator so I’ll be able to slide them in without issue. I won’t need to bother Blinky465 for printing unless I think I might need another dino. The benefit to having been on the KS was the release of .stl files for at home building. I doubt I’ll jump onto that as I believe there are plenty of things here that will keep my attention going for some time. I do think though that there is some merit in looking into options that might allow cross faction builds from Great Kingdoms/Lords of the Wild/The Horde. I wholeheartedly believe that the present minis agnostic trend of gaming is the future. The opportunity for people to play as they will with what they have and not be locked into a single faction unless dropping metric butt-tonnes (difficult to convert to imperial measure but manageable) of cash. This kind of gaming is doing for tabletop skirmish games what GURPS did for rpgs (minus all the calculation).

  • Considering the bright and poppy nature of my Arabian Knights akin to a Pollock painting for each and every figure I think that here the simple colors that unite the army is what will work
  • The muted neutral tones will balance out the darker skin tones/turquoise armor bits and allow for other outrageous ones to flourish
  • Special units will have significantly more attention paid to them in basing to say “I’m important!” and their colors/patterns will be vibrant as to vie for attention outside of the greater army as a whole

This all being said I will probably regret some of the massive announcement and undertaking later. Eh *shrug* who knows. This might actually work out to be pretty damn spiffy in the end.

Which direction to go?

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Got word from Titan Forge and sorted out the shipping. I will see these Amazons in resin. It’ll just take a while. In the meantime I completely forgot about creating this project and doubled up on the entries. Well, things happen.

Right now I think that I’ll give a little bit of the developing background to the Cococuqui (Koh-Koh-kuh-kooee) a gathering of women deep in the heart of the Axolotl jungles where they live in tenuous peace with their surroundings. In their untamed realm they have come to revere, respect and, on the rare instance under the sway of legendary heroes, command terrible thunder beasts adding unmatched fury to their ranks.

There is but a small division within the ranks of these ladies as there are two notable branches to an otherwise cohesive culture. This all stems from the ever important question of which end is best to carry cacao pods by when harvesting them (similar to other cultures in the debate on which end to eat a poached egg by). The cacao pod is central to many aspects of Cococoqui life as a means of establishing economic standing by commercial trade of such things related to self care that one might remain radiant in the sweltering heat of the jungle. The upper crust of society enjoys the delicacy known as chocolate from a labor intense process of combining cacao with sugar which is quite the gift to receive (or show off in giving) when social functions occur.

As described there is the northern Cococichi (Koh-koh-chee-chee) who have come to the conclusion that in harvesting cacao, carrying pods “top” up/bottom down is best as it is most natural for them as that’s how they grew so that the essence of the cacao pod might be preserved. The southern Coconalga (Koh-koh-nahl-ga), however, see the matter to be the other way around. Their ideal maner to carry harvested pods would be “top” down/bottom up as they have been removed from the tree and should be treated as entities separate from the source.

There are rumors of a splinter group that suggest scrapping the debate entirely and just holding the pods stacked on their sides as they are carried away. These rebels to the longstanding dispute are loathed by both sides for their temerity to a good old fashioned feud and are seldom seen as it is a quick way to become ostracized from either of the clans.

Blaming The 'Rona for holding

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Sitting back and looking over the news from Titan Forge that Spain isn’t letting anything get in or out of the country through the mail due to COVID-19 I’m just a little irked that they’re putting models into their Patreon. I’m halfway tempted to bother a friend who is on their list of supporters to print something up but it does seem to be a bit of a bother as he’s already on other projects. Hell, we’re all getting through out backlog of figures to whittle down our naked metal, plastic and resin.

It makes me think that there really is a good thing going with the inability for all of us to just indulge in our unbridled desire for fun figures. A little bit of restraint and time put into the building process will be good for better results later. At the time of writing this post I am hopeful that I have some things that will work well as development to make the forthcoming Amazons display worthy.

Jungle terrain basing and ruined stone buildings should make upcoming work interesting. So many great ideas and work that is going to pan out.

Base thoughts

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I’m crazy. I bought an army. It is my second army, in truth, but the first one I purchased. Kickstarter is great for being out of phase with regular passing time like that.

So OTT shot out ads for Titan Forge’s Raid on the Temple of Serpents a long while ago and I bought in on figures. Ehh… I’m not so keen on my lack of willpower when it comes to cool figures sometimes and Titan Forge is a company I know has good figures. This is one of those times where I bought big. Sure I dropped cash for the starting box of Legends of Signum but this kicks that number up a few notches. There also is a bit of difference in the figure size as Signum varied in its oversized modles and regular 28mm. Raid is nearly all 28mm and I selected only a portion to be cavalry and two HUGE monster figures (for which I am glad I have an airbrush).

I’m not a large scale gameplayer by any means as I’ve seen the mass battle mayhem of WHFB (to be resurrected one day) and all the carnage of 40K with tables full of figures. I’m aware of logistical issues for transport/storage as well as setup/play time involved. These are things that haven’t been feasible to address in past and still make me a little uneasy in thinking about it right now.
The fact is that I’ve jumped in already well above my head and I need to swim through it all. Like I said I have two armies, my first one will be a learning experience for mass amounts of troops in blocks. That’s generally what issue I find myself stymied with. I am tempted to get the book put out about army painting I saw from the same gentleman who is working with The Terrain Tutor on his. This might just be a mental block as I know that it all comes down to the level of detail I want in my figures. Pulling my head out of single model mode and turning to mass amounts of figures for play does shift the focus somewhat. Lately I caught a video by Tabletop Minions on painting focus and a video on glazing by Dana Howl that made sense which both help in my headspace to tackle the project.

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