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Infinity Spring Cleaning

Infinity Spring Cleaning

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About the Project

So…I've fallen in love with the world of Infinity. I've acquired a boat load of their metal. I've assembled quite a bit of it. I started and finished painting up most of the Aristeia! minis. However, to date I've not painted a single Infinity mini. Part of that is because I've been intimidated by what others have done and I want to do the quality justice. Part of it is that I've become a bit overwhelmed with everything I've purchased. So, here's to getting more of what I have assembled (because otherwise I'm likely to repurchase a model/box by mistake) and to getting some of it painted. While it's unlikely I'll have anyone to start playing this with for some time, now is a breather to get at least two armies painted up so that I'm ready to go once I can go out and play again.

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Taigha in process

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So…here’s how I’m doing these little buggers. I’ll add the paints in the next post but I was struck that early on in my painting I was really frustrated with how many coats it took to get some Stormtroopers good to go. Now I’d be surprised if anything leaves the paint table with anything less than  that many coats. Long and short: I’m a slow painter but these lot are coming along despite my best efforts.

Aida, Gwailo, and Sheskin

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Aida, Gwailo, and Sheskin
Aida, Gwailo, and Sheskin

Speculo Killers & Victor Messer

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Speculo Killers & Victor Messer
Speculo Killers & Victor Messer

Caliban

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Caliban
Caliban

Better Jayth pics

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Better Jayth pics
Better Jayth pics

I used the same armor scheme as the Shasvasti rather than the orange seen in most of the painted versions. I figured I’ll use the orange for the creatures grown and harvested by the EI (charontid, all the batroids, megalodron, etc.) and keep this consistent.

CA: Cadmus

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CA: Cadmus
Gloyd shot (Gerry+Lloyd)Gloyd shot (Gerry+Lloyd)

Again, I painted these fine fellas (ladies?) up pretty much just using the scheme that came in the Vallejo Shasvasti paint box. I did, however, use the same scheme as the tendrils on the base for their breathing hoses.

Aida Swanson

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Aida Swanson
Aida Swanson

So I painted up everyone’s favorite rogue Aida today. I’ll confess I’m not best pleased with her camo cloak. It was my first stab at camo and so I just winged it. The result in the back is decent but that on the front just looks muddled.
So, if anyone knows tips/tricks/tutorials for when next I tackle camo (or revisit Aida’s) do let me know. Most of what I paint isn’t true military so I have doubtless tuned out a multitude of resources/“Gerry Can”s.
I painted her almost entirely (aside from skin, hair, leather, and guns) with the Vallejo Russian military set which I actually got to use for Ariadna. Figured the colors would work here and it turned out that they were indeed the color tones that I was looking for.

I have also finished all the other Shasvasti troops from Defiance (the Sheskin, Victor Messer, the Gwailo, Speculo killers, Calibans, and Cadmus) so expect proper pictures of them soon. I’m in the home stretch with the Taighas, the Charontid, and the Megalodron before I get to the heroes and then get this to the table. I’m getting excited!

Cadmus One Done

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Cadmus One Done

More edge highlighting. Phew!

I’m discovering the key isn’t how thin the line is but how consistent it is. That’s why A) thinning paint is crucial and B) removing the excess paint from the brush are essential. If you don’t do these things you get a blotchy line which they draws in the human eye and breaks the illusion of a consistent edge.
I’ve also discovered that when a consistent, even, pinstripe fails you (or in tight corners where a smooth, long stroke won’t work), 3 or 4 short strokes in series can be equally successful.

Jayth are done!

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Jayth are done!

Some slow going on detail work with these fellas but they’re ready to go do some slaying.
Better pics to follow.

Edge Highlighting

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Final edge highlightFinal edge highlight
Highlight 3Highlight 3
Highlight 2Highlight 2
Highlight 1Highlight 1

This is why I’m a slow painter. Here’s a reverse timeline from second highlight of the black up through the edge highlighting. I still have some improvement on the last stage but, while it takes some time, for me it really makes these come alive.
Still some finishing touches to go on this Jayth but he’s coming along nicely.
Everyone’s probably seen something like this but it’s a bit of a revelation for me—or maybe it’s just that I wasn’t confident enough to be properly bold on earlier minis.

Seed soldiers

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Seed soldiers
Seed soldiers

Nothing much new on these fine folks except the tentacles coming off their noggins. For these I used the same system as I did for the tentacles on the bases (you can find it more in depth below). A successive highlight of the colors in the picture (though the lightest I didn’t put on pure but in a 50% mix with the next one down) and then a final wash with amethyst.

Seed soldiers

Better Nox Pics (this time with more Lloyd)

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Better Nox Pics (this time with more Lloyd)
Better Nox Pics (this time with more Lloyd)
Better Nox Pics (this time with more Lloyd)
Better Nox Pics (this time with more Lloyd)

I’m quite pleased with how these turned out. I didn’t use my usual rattle can varnish this time but rather pumped some Vallejo Mecha Matte through my airbrush and that’s what I’ll be using from here on out. Goes on quickly and is nice and matte indeed.

These ended up being a bit more grey in the armor than black by the time I finished highlighting them up but truth is I’m quite pleased with the look. And as this little beasties start to come to life A) I’m increasingly fond of the combined army and B) I’m getting increasing excited to play Defiance.

I’m currently finishing up an Imperial Assault campaign and quite enjoying it. Having read through the Defiance rulebook there are certainly some similarities to the mechanics so the learning curve shouldn’t be too steep. Of course, that may well be true of most dungeon crawly coop games. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to getting to play this–though admittedly I still have some way to go on getting everything painted up. 10 down (I finished the seed soldiers tonight too. Pics to come soon.), 18 Combined Army to go. And then the heroes. So yeah, a good bit. But it’s coming together!

Cloud flare is struggling

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So this turned out to be a double post due to the mysterious workings of Cloudflare. I will just say that I’ve gotten into the habit of copying any text I write in an entry before I hit submit in case I get the dreaded failure message.

I guess this is a chance to talk about highlighting the black on all these guys. I basically just add in a bit of ivory in increasing amounts for successive highlights. Then a final highlight on all the edges with pure ivory. It really makes them come alive.

Nox are done!

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Nox are done!
Nox are done!

Hit a bit of a funk/lull on these but now I’m back at it.

So that’s 6 of 36 Combined Army for Defiance. Now for the seed soldiers.

It took me until the last instant to realize that the ones that come with the game have visors on. I was trying to figure out why they had such different skill structures. Not my brightest moment.

Also, I’m not sure how we are supposed to track damage, etc. for units within a squad (the rings that come in the game work to distinguish between squads) so I’ve taken to painting dots for each squad that will work if there is no built in method.

Black base coat

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Black base coat

It took me quite awhile but most everything now has a base coat of black where black needs to be. Next up: highlighting the black. Though before that I actually need to back up and do red on three Nox—the duplication of sculpts was bothering me until I realized I had three different sculpts from the Operation Wildfire box. I still don’t understand why CB didn’t just put those sculpts in Defiance. It doesn’t seem like it would have cost them any extra time, energy, money, or resources but what do I know. I still will have duplicate sculpts for the taigha beasts but for some reason that doesn’t bother me at all.

Still a long way to go—batch painting always seems to take forever until suddenly 25 minis are all done right at the same time.

Furry Barrels

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Furry Barrels

So I got distracted from my main project of getting Defiance all painted up. These scatter pieces just arrived from Warsenal and I couldn’t resist putting them together and painting them up.

I love the little pods–it’s nice to have round shapes on an otherwise angular playing space. I had fun playing around with the airbrush.

The barrels on the other hand…they’re a really nice little kit. I just had to discover that aggressively sanding MDF is not a good idea. Unless, that is, you want the end product to look furry. Oh well. From any reasonable distance the fur isn’t quite as noticeable.

Better pics & new terrain

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Better pics & new terrain
Better pics & new terrain

My Acid House terrain box came in today (I’m really really pleased with it) and I figured it’d be a nice chance to show it off and get some better pics of my test models.

Red is done

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Red is done

I may be missing a few steps with the pics in the gallery but the process was (all paints Vallejo):

  • base with 70.815 Basic Skin Tone
  • washes with 70.859 Black Red until pretty well covered (but not uniformly as that would defeat the purpose)
  • washes with 72.011 Gory Red until well covered but not uniformly
  • Add a bit of 70.845 Sunny Skin to Gory red and highlight
  • add a bit more Sunny Skin and do another careful highlight, focusing on the edges
  • edge highlight with pure Sunny Skin

This is the first time I’ve used washes this extensively. I was more than a little surprised at the effect. I’ll definitely be using them more than I have been as I mainly relied upon them to as a final stage to unify things/smooth my transitions.

Testing

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Testing
Testing

Got a chance to paint up some test for the CA. I’ll post better pics soon but I’m pleased with how they came out. For the Nox I pretty much just followed the “How to Paint Shasvasti” pamphlet that came in their paint set.

Priming

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Since I took the pic in the previous post I spent an evening priming everything that was bare metal. There are many moments/stages in the hobbying process that I find particularly gratifying: getting minis assembled is one, having a solid basecoat on is another, finishing the final highlights and seeing a mini really come to life is another. I noticed last night that priming is another, particularly priming with an airbrush (and a hairdryer–an essential tool in the process). When the shine dies down and you can really see the detail it’s exciting.

I will also say that CB’s sculpting and keying of minis has improved leaps and bounds over the years. Priming everything it was pretty clear which figures were early CB sculpts and which were more recent. I was also reminded of the wailing and gnashing of teeth while assembling the early ones and the really straightforward gluing from the new sculpts.

So good on you Corvus Belli! Keep the minis coming (though my wallet and my groaning shelves say otherwise).