Friday, September 7, 2018

HERMES MkII Air Assault (4)

Hi all,

some of you may remember the armed version of my HERMES air transport.
I started this project in July 2016(!) after I completed the ATHENA.
But I never completed it.
Last week I was sitting in my office, placing the GOTHICA II and The Guardian in the display cabinets and I spotted the HERMES in its unfinished state in the cabinet.

Not sure what really sparked it, but suddenly I remembered the movie "6 Days" about the kidnapping in the Iranian Embassy in London...
So how would my Dencarian troops free a Governor?
Some may remember a very similar story for the THANATOS ( )

I decided to create a scene where the HERMES delivers a troop of special forces to free a kidnapped Governor...
Maybe in the style of the "Swift, Silent, Deadly"?
For this I first built the rooftop of the embassy

And then I went to model the first trooper.

He will be standing at the roof access door
Well, that's as far as I got.
It's a start :)

The Guardian (4)

Hi all,

another project I was finally able to complete was "The Guardian" 

After I was stuck in a deep motivation hole for a while on this project I found my Mojo and completed it :)
I hope you like it :)


Hi all,

Sorry I have neglected this blog - but posting on Facebook and in the forums is quicker and simpler and so the blog was almost forgotten. 
But I haven't forgotten you :)

Since the last update I DID finish the GOTHICA and here are the final images.
 I'm really glad I decided to do this re-paint and I'm really happy with the final outcome.
Thank you for your company along the ride.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Hi all,
last night was again tropical without much sleep.

I did spend some time on the hair.
And worked a bit more on the leather armour
The first 2 streamers are now red
I'm not quite sure if I should make them brighter or leave them in this intensity
Here she is with just the ambient room light - you can see the skin color has a slightly different temperature
I'm not quite sure what colors the other two streamers will get - maybe green to pick up the color of the gems? Or blue?
So, what do you think?
I look forward to your feedback and comments

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Hi all,
in preparation to the "PaintPals - Paint Weekend" I decided to give the GOTHICA another chance.
Many were rather unhappy with the final paint job - or rather the color setting I had chosen.
Since I wasn't sure how far I would get with my "Dragons Den" till the weekend I looked at miniatures to paint.
Since I thought I could (hopefully) do better this time, I took the GOTHICA out of the display cabinet.
Since many recommended Isopropanol Alcohol best fro stripping paint, I gave her a thorough bath.
A horrible sight...
Unfortunately Isopropanol isn't as harmless as many said and while leaving the resin unfazed, I softened and partially destroyed the GreenStuff...
Many of you will remember, that much of the GOTHICA was GreenStuff...

Luckily I was able to fix everything before the PaintPal weekend.
Some new gems and new streamers
Since I didn't want to touch the freehand on the shield, I masked it before priming
After priming I added another spray of white to indicate the light situation I'm looking for
I think this light situation is better balanced
But still has some interesting views to offer
I arrived at the PaintPals Meeting location on Friday afternoon and we immediately began setting up. It was a nice group of 16 with plenty of space - I had a large table for myself - and after some friendly chit chat we began painting.
Since I really liked the leather look on the previous version I decided to go for a dark red leather armour again.
By now I'm really accustomed to my ScaleColor and the transitions went smooth and easy
Instead of the brownish cape I decided to use red this time
with relatively bright highlights.
Together with the shield it looks quite nice
Initially I planned blue gems as a contrast to the reds of the armour and cape
But after some feedback by Hansrainer, aka Apok, I recolored them in a dark green.
At the same time I started the face. 
Vampiric is still the goal, so very pale skin to start with.
But shading almost white is really hard...
While the transitions were smooth and I avoided any "dirty" colors or a 5-o'clock shadow I was totally not pleased.
So on Sunday at noon - just before packing up - I decided to go for a totally different approach
Back home on Sunday afternoon I continued with her face.
Again the transition went rather well
With this dark skin the eyes really glow
Though the freehand on the shield is still displaying a very pale skinned vampire, I think this could work.
To get a bit of distance from the skin I played with the metal of her blade for a few hours
Last night had tropical temperatures and I couldn't sleep, so I spent half the night repainting her face again
Together with a first hair-job and the completed jewelry
I'm not 100% sure about the hair, but I do like the face now
So this is as far as got 
What do you think?