Thursday, 4 July 2019

Rancor!

My goodness me, where has the time gone?  The end of any academic year is always a fraught affair; there is always so much to do before waving off your charges for the summer break.  This year seems to have been particularly busy, not least because it also marked the end of the Saintly Mrs. Awdry's tenure at the school.  It will be very strange to return in September without her, but I am so proud of how she managed to take control of a very difficult situation and has ultimately given herself the opportunity for a fresh start. 
 I do enjoy the start of this break, an opportunity to stop and think, to catch up with oneself and to dream of new projects.  I hope to continue to post some backlogged items, but there is also some big news to reveal in due cause, but more of that in a latter post.   
First a bit of a beast, a Rancor to be precise.  This beastie formed part of an entry to the 'IX Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge’ and can be found in the Imperial Assault core box from Fantasy Flight Games.  It is a multi Part plastic model standing a whopping 100mm high.  Safely assembled and any gaps willed with Greenstuff, I found myself frozen in terror; how to paint it?  
Fortunately for me, the genius that is Sorastro has produced a handy YouTube tutorial.  I am now becoming more au fait with his process of applying base colours and then shading these with washes, bur even so they often require a certain leap of faith when covering your carefully applied undercoat.  That said, he has yet to let me down and before long the slavering abomination was brought to life. 
I had considered the idea of creating the creature’s pit as a scenic backdrop, but sadly this idea has been shelved and I have had to content myself with littering the supplied base with an assortment of previous victims’ body parts.


44 comments:

  1. Great to have you back posting, Michael, and what a corking paint-job too!! Marvellous work :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, I have been lurking in the shadows, but hoping to get a bit more done over the coming weeks.

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    1. Thank you Terry, it is a fabulous bit of plastic.

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  3. Awesome work. Loads of limited hours part time jobs out there until Mrs A finds what she wants.

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  4. The dry brushing Master at work!

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    1. Thank you Jay and Mr. Sorastro for his superb tutorial.

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  5. You needn't have feared. You did an amazing job on it!

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    1. That's incredible kind Michal, thank you.

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  7. Top job and roll on the summer!

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  8. Most excellent! He is very imposing looking monster!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Nimrod, he is a big beastie.

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  9. belter, looks like a locust / cockroach from the back by the way. Or maybe I don't know enough about insects and Rancours

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    1. Thank you Martin, it does have that insect quality, but not sure I would want to tackle this one armed only with a can of Raid!

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  10. Fantastic rendition of this classic monster Michael, if you only had an Oola for him to chase ! LOL

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    1. Thank you Dave and funny you should mention Oola, I just have to write up a post for her.😉

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  11. Great looking monster! Lovely load of washes!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you so much Iain and you are not wrong, it took a fair few layers, but we got there in the end.

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  12. Looks fabulous, just keep him away from large doors.

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  13. Very brave, using those pictures whilst writing about Mrs A.

    Looking forward to be senic backdrop happening at some point....

    Zzzzz

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    1. Now that's a good point, didn't think that through!😂

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  14. That is some big beast !
    I do like the paint job too, with no defining prime colour aking it very believable.

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    1. Thank you Joe. I am starting to get the hang of the washes, but it takes a bit of a leap of faith to go from the block colours to the finished article.

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  15. That is simply stunning! What a great model, now when is he getting into a game :)

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    1. Thank you Ivor, I was thinking he might stomp around Tatooine, looking for trouble!

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  16. That is absolutely gorgeous mate. Lovely job!

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    1. Thank you so much Simon, really pleased with how he turned out.

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  17. Spot on ... that is Rancor's color all right. In fact, it looks way better under your expert hands. Great piece Michael.

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    1. Thank you so much, really happy with how the colours came out.

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  18. Great work! He looks like he needs more Gamorian to eat.

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    1. Now I was thinking about that and certainly there are a couple waiting in the painting queue.

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  19. Master Luke, you're standing on a... Great work Master Awdry!

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  20. Wonderful model Michael, that truly is a work of art. All these brown tones make the model really come alive.

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  21. I did like this- I do think it is one of the best Imperial Assault minis.

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