Greetings Terrans! Wow, it has been a long and unproductive few weeks, but finally I have something worth sharing – the legendary Kal Jericho and his trusty sidekick Scabs. I’ve tried to follow the artwork from this book for Kal – I wouldn’t normally copy so blatantly, but it just seems appropriate for a named character:
And this is how they turned out:
Not too shabby, eh? These guys are brilliant minis, and I should have had great fun painting them… so I’m questioning why the hell I didn’t have fun, and why it took me so long to finish them! Truth is, dear reader, that I’m really struggling to be arsed to paint (or do) anything at the moment… We’re having a ridiculous heatwave here in the home counties of England, so I’m permanently hot, stuffy & tired… I really don’t do well in the heat I’m afraid – it tends to send me the wrong side of grumpy. Yes, I’m sorry to say that I am one of those moany old ‘it’s too hot’ types! Oh, and I still have my summer hayfever to look forward to as well, (and all the face-leaking joy that goes along with it). Oh rapture.
Anyway, as a result of my general ‘can’t be arsed to move’ mood, I have soooo many things piling up on the ‘get this bloody painted’ list, and I don’t really know where to start! I’d really like to get the last of my Eru-Kin finished up, and I have some stuff to sort out for Mark over at Heresyofus, but it’s just too damn hot to spray anything. I also have a few odds and ends to get ready for BOYL in (gasp) less than 4 weeks! I’d better get cracking with some clean-up, conversioning & basing, and just keep my fingers crossed for a cooler spell… (grumble, grumble, bugger…)
Not too shabby at all, mate. Great looking duo. Wouldn’t want to run into them in the dark underbelly of the hive.
And the heat … Up here in the north it’s been really warm since May. Warm and dry. Best summer for ages in that sense but the fields are starting to dry up and the cattle is being sent to slaughter. So not all good I guess.
Cheers mate, glad you like ’em! Not sure I would want to meet them either – Bad things happen to companions of Kal, and Scabs looks very… infectious(?)
As for the heat, I’m seriously considering applying for residency with all of the Scandinavian countries… and Iceland.
It hot here, like really hot but you’re most welcome.
If it ain’t snowing, I ain’t going :-)
Nice figures Alex. With you all the way with the weather regarding modelling, it’s far from ideal, doing most of my stuff late at night these days. Still at least we aren’t to far the beach here in Devon and I’ve not grown tired of BBQ’s just yet!
Thanks mate, and yeah, a good sea breeze makes all the difference!!
Bloody poms don’t know what heat is haha. If you ever come to Australia make sure you come in Autumn or Spring because, going by the moaning, you’ll lose the will to live in our summers mate hehe. Great work on both mate. The detailing on the faces is extraordinary!! I also like all the shading on the back of Kals long coat. Really top work. FYI I get so excited when I see a post pop up from you. 1 because they are few and far between (especially this year) 2 because they’re always brilliant! Stay cool buddy.
Ah, cheers mate – I knew I could count on you for a whinging pom observation… Guilty as charged ;-)
Glad you like them dude – I’m pretty pleased with the paint job, and the faces in particular! Sorry it has been a bit sparse this year though, been a bit of a struggle for motivation at times… it’ll pass.
I hope it’ll pass man. Love your gear
Great job with these, they look spot on, the Kal figure is a great mini, I’d completely forgotten about how much I liked it.
The heat is killing me too. It does remind me of the year I spent in Oz (though over there I at least didn’t have to spend time like a battery chicken on an unairconditioned train every day!). Give me a nice overcast and drizzly English summer day every time.
Hear hear! :-) Cheers mate, glad you like ’em
Mark A. Morin said:
Been wicked hot here in New England, but I always remember that I don’t have to shovel “hot”…and golf in snow is not that fun. Still, the heat is getting you to truly make a couple of “Jewels” here.
You really put a lot into these – and it shows. The faces rock, and Kal’s cloak is just so well shaded and dirtied. Man that’s nice. Scabs needs a broad spectrum antibiotic, but his paint job makes him so, well, icky (in the way you intended). Even the rotten sewer pipe on the base is spot on.
Yup, it’s hot here, and I’m in awe (or would you guys say bloody awe?).
Cheers Mark, true enough, at least there’s no shovelling required :-)
Glad you like ’em mate – I did put in more effort than I usually do, and I had great fun with Scabs’ interesting skin condition! I’m particularly pleased with the lovely yellow custard-pie pustules ;-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Just oozing with character 😁
They look great Alex! Kal has a suitably arrogant swagger (I love his 5 o’clock shadow and dirty trenchcoat), while Scabbs is horribly scabby and infectious looking. It’s a great pair to have in the collection. I do need to get round to painting mine!
Thanks Jon – the faces really are very well sculpted on these two, so I felt compelled to put in a higher level of effort than usual with the ol’ hairy stick… Scabs’ face was a singular pleasure to paint ;-)
Top models mate and you’ve done them proud. Now pull your finger out and stop moaning! Ha hah aha ha!! ;)
lol – yeah, yeah, I know, whinging pom, etc. :-P
Glad you like ’em dude, and you’re right, the finger definitely needs to be pulled out! I’m feeling it bro… any day now… :-)
That’s good to hear dude. Got time for a chat tomorrow?
Sure, I’ll give you a bell – sixish ok?
Yep sounds good.
No wukkas :-)
Nope, not too shabby at all; they turned out good.
Particularly like the ginger one, especially his hair and trench coat.
Cheers Ann, glad you like – that’s Kal, underhive bounty hunter extraordinaire & one of several lovely ‘named’ minis that got made for Necromunda back in the noughties :-)
Nice work dude, almost bought Kal and Scabs back when they were up on the Made To Order, still kind of regret not doing it but fiscal wisdom and frugality won out. You’ve done a really good job of them, and once again the personality you’ve poured into them is fantastic. I’ve not read the Kal Jerico books yet, are they any good?
We had the heat here for a while but it’s disappeared now, if you want to send some of it north though feel free, I was sat out in the rain all day yesterday and it felt like it was about -10.
Oh and brilliant post title by the way! :-D
Cheers dude, glad you like ‘em, (and the post title!), but yeah, they were a bit steep… What can I say? I couldn’t resist! (I can resist anything – apart from temptation).
Rain and cold you say? Lucky bugger, I would have killed for a bit of that earlier in the week :-)
They both turned out really great. The sculpts are enormously charming, they have aged well, and you made them more than justice.
I empathize about temperature, we are also having our share about that here!! :D
Hey, thanks Suber, and I think they are brilliant sculpts too… tbh, I think GW did some classics in the noughties – right before finecast and the total demise of white metal!
I’ll be coming over la Manche in about five weeks for my hols, so I’ll find out all about how hot it is :-)
Super paint job! Love the colours.
As fellow heat moaner and hayfever sufferer, I’m not always a big fan of summer. Winter can be awful too. In fact, I was just saying to the misses the other day – I reckon I’m only content with the weather for about 2 days in mid-autumn.
Spring and Autumn for the win :-) Cheers mate, the colours for Kal were already mostly defined really, so Scabs just got a complementary scheme & bob’s yer uncle! I am especially happy with how that green coat came out though ;-)
Classic! Great work mate.
Cheers dude, I agree, they are classic minis – Kal in particular is a wonderful sculpt. I’m glad I could do them justice! :-)
Wow, nice job on these. Love the paints, but also really like the bases. I hear ya, about the heat. If it stays like this, I probably won’t get anything painted until Sept. I’ll just whine it out till Fall, and then be happy for our other season of non-stop rain. Haha! :D
Cheers Faust, glad you like them mate, and the bases too! I must admit, I’m pretty chuffed with the dark ash look here – it’s become my go-to for underhives! Seems appropriately volcanic, given the heat :-)
Looking good; those are certainly an impressive set of mutton chops on Kal. Lovely punning work with the post title too.
Thanks Argent, I agree – them’s some bootiful bugger-grips! I confess, I am entirely too pleased with myself for the post title ;-)
They’re a great looking pair, Alex. Your effort on both has really paid off. I see IRO has already made the weather commentary, but I can see if you’re not used to it how bad it could be, and I’m no fan of the oppressive heatwave myself. Hope it eases up a bit for you soon!
Cheers dude, I’m pretty happy with them :-) You’re right about not being used to it – we rarely get time to acclimatise to anything over here!
Well, if it’s any consolation, at least the two models you actually did manage to paint are absolutely lovely! I considered picking up Kal Jerico when he was available again for a short period over at the GW page recently, but the atrocious paintjob on show convinced me the model wasn’t great. Having seen your excellent rendition of the character now, I actually wish I would have picked him up after all. Fantastic work! :)
Cheers Krauty, high praise indeed, and much consolation too :-)
Dude – firstly, freaking awesome painting. Love the minis as usual. The guy with the green coat is especially ace.
Secondly, feeling your heatwave pain. I’m midlands based myself and it’s been pretty hot, but can imagine the home counties have been even hotter. You guys tend to get better weather than us. It’s like…on one hand I could blog or game…or, on the other, I could eat ice cream and nap…
Cheers dude, I’m certainly happy with how they turned out – even if it was like painting in a sauna at times! Ice cream & nap for the win ;-)
Ouch. I can’t blame you one bit. I hate the heat, too. (And the cold!) I’m pretty terrible with extreme temperatures, either way, but the heat really does make it so you don’t want to do anything, so I feel your pain. These guys look great, though! :)
Thanks IM, I’m pleased with how they came out, despite the adverse conditions :-)
I’ll take the cold any day… I find it much easier to warm up than cool down!
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