Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Minor Sprain, Major Devastation

One of the reasons I don't paint on Sunday is because of Sunday Hoops! Even a MERCS enthusiast like me needs some sun and exercise :) I go the local centre and play a few games of pick-up with other regulars. Today was not unlike any other day, except after a few baskets I managed to jar my right-hand pointer-finger. This wasn't too bad at first - I played on for about half an hour (admittedly missing some easy baskets) before succumbing to pain and heading home.

So I guess I'll have to put my MERCS Mayhem Month on hold while I heal up. I think I can possibly do some assembly, but the delicate coordination required for painting miniatures will have to wait. With two fingers splinted together, typing this post is taking MUCH longer too...
The doctor said it was a sprain (can you even sprain a finger?) and it should be right in two short weeks. Short weeks?! It's MOAB in two weeks! I was on track to have ALL my MERCS factions finished and ready for Sydney's biggest wargaming convention, but now completing my ISS and Texico is not possible.

Well, I picked up Guild Wars 2 the other day - which I'm enjoying, but using the mouse feels really unnatural with this splint...
Sync out.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sync's [Keizai Waza]

I'm really happy with how these guys turned out! All those layers of red and orange blends were worth it, and now my Keizai Waza are ready to take to the table-top!
I'm quite interested to see how difficult it is to drop the Tactical Nuke in-game, and get some good play-testing done with these guys - but that might have to wait until I finish my Texico!

Sync out.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Daimyo

And that'll do it for Sync's Keizai Waza! What a great commanding pose - "Alright team, you know what to do - drop the nuke on those basterds!"
I'll put the squad shot up last tonight, and I'll get a start on my Texico tomorrow!

Sync out.

Friday, September 14, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Forward Observer

Now this is a really unique looking model. The enveloping head-visor is different to any model I've ever painted, and adds a fantastic sci-fi look to the model!
The second part of the Keizai Waza triforce required to devastate the opponent with the Tactical Nuke - and now just the Daimyo to go!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Pathfinder

The bright orange on these guys is really messing with my camera's lighting for some reason... Oh well, another Keizai Waza model down, and two more to come!
I have a quick look at the faction cards - this guy is part of the triforce that coordinates the Keizai Waza's deadly nuclear strike!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Heavy Hybrid

This guy was really tough to assemble, and I was worried that I messed up his shoulder joins – but looking at the painted model now, he looks alright - *phew!*

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Sniper

Not sure what happened to my camera while snapping these photos – the bright orange seems to be doing something to my camera’s focus.
Anyways, I’m probably the ONLY person that didn’t use the hooded cape on the sniper – I don’t know why, but I just prefer him this way. 

Sync out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

[Keizai Waza] Demolition

Starting on my Keizai Waza with the Demolition! I pretty much stuck to the MERCS faction artwork - except on the blue glow on the stomach and back... I made an attempt at the OSL, but failed miserably! Oh well, keep on truckin...

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Keizai Waza Based and Undercoated

After assembling them this morning, I didn't think I'd have time to get my Keizai Waza based and primed - but being a nice sunny day today, the glue dried quick, and so did the spray primer!

Bare Metal
Quick once over with the primer
Ready for some paint!
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Keizai Waza Assembled

Spent the morning assembling my Keizai Waza, which was fairly straight forward - except for the Heavy Hybrid! After gluing myself to the model, the desk, the tube of glue, and finally to myself, I got him assembled! But even then I'm not even sure I did it properly... I guess the painted shot will tell, but hopefully he turns out alright.

Sync out.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sync's [FCC]

I feel like such a moron for ever disliking the FCC models. They look awesome - even though they aren't as sci-fi as the other MERCS Megacons, there is definitely a place for them in the world of MERCS. The models are beautifully sculpted, and fit the background of the faction perfectly.

Well, next up I'm going to start on the Keizai Waza - a very sci-fi looking Megacon! Stay tuned!
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[FCC] House Member

And here's the last member of the FCC, ready to take to the battlefield! I LOVE the cybernetic-enhancement he's got to compensate for the loss of his left eye, and the scar that remains adds a lot of character to the model! The kneeling pose is also unique to the MERCS as well.

I've got to make a start on my Keizai Waza, so I'll be posting the squad shot this afternoon - and kicking off work on my Keizai Waza tomorrow!

Sync out.

Friday, September 7, 2012

[FCC] House Master

Another fantastic dynamic model from MERCS! I think I've said that exact line several times before... well, I guess that just shows that MERCS have a lot of fantastic dynamic models, and that I probably need to extend my vocabulary somewhat.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

[FCC] Liaison

Another fantastic and unique model pose from the MERCS line. When I first looked over the model, I wrote up this tactica article in regards to fielding the Liaison - which Brian from MERCS was so awesome as to provide a reply to!
I haven't put this guy through his paces yet, but I'm keen to get him on the table and within short-range of an enemy - to Machine-Pistol some face!

Sync out.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

[FCC] Chemical Engineer

I still hate painting faces. It’s the eyes that get me! Notice anything familiar about this model? Yeah, it’s the same model as the PackRat, just with a different head and weapon. These two models are quite easily distinguishable though – the helmet makes a really big difference!

Sync out.

MERCS Collection - Complete!

More speedy service from Defiant Gaming - I ordered the ISS and Texico boxes on Sunday, they were shipped on Monday, and were waiting for me when I got home yesterday!

So that rounds off my MERCS collection! I had the Keizai Waza unboxed from before, but thought I'd include it in the photo anyway - the boxes and artwork just look so cool!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[FCC] Boomer

Alright, I’m sold. I LOVE THE FCC. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise how cool these models are, and how well the models fit in with the background of the faction. In the sci-fi world of MERCS, not everyone can have Nanite Armour or Active Camo – and the FCC really capture the look and feel of a military group living beyond the borders of society.
The Boomer model looks awesome – I didn’t even realise his back leg was a prosthetic until I came to paint it!

Sync out.