I’ve been having real trouble lately finishing a miniature I started. This doesn’t happen to me often – I actually can’t remember the last time I didn’t finish a model within a few days of starting it. I think it might be because I jumped straight in without a clear picture in my head.
Normally I don’t start painting a model until I’ve been struck by inspiration as to how I want the finished work to look. This time I just saw a really nicely worn paintjob on a merry-go-round when I was with my son at the park and I took a photo. It looked beautiful and I wanted to incorporate something similar into a miniature:
The unlucky model who was next on my list to start thinking about was a Nomad Sin-Eater Observant for the game Infinity. The Observance are a rebel Catholic sect so I thought he should have Catholic ecclesiastical colours like purple and red, but I also wanted to make his armour look like the photo above. Orange and purple are dramatic together right?
In theory maybe. I can’t get it to look how I want though and for the first time ever I’m pretty sure I’m going to strip him back and start again with a better-thought-out concept. He just looks like he has an ugly purple coat and badly painted brown armour. Why would his armour be orange anyway? He has mimetism I guess and he’s a religious soldier, but he’s still a soldier. If his suit malfunctions he’s not going to want to be wearing hi-vis colours.
I need a break though, I’m starting to blame the model and that’s a bit silly. I’m going to abandon him for now, take a breather and then work on my Malifaux Ronin, who I want to do in a sort of dusty style for use in Skulldred. If anyone has seen the Japanese movie Sukiyaki Western Django, I’m planning a warband of crazy wild west samurai and oni-giants. Maybe with a display base in case I never actually use them in a game, which is a definite possibility!
Till next time,