The good thing about trying to finish off several projects before the year is out is that I’m not limited for choice. Therefore alternating between collections keeps me interested.
Yesterday I painted the next two chaps for the SkyRaiders project and today I painted a third. These guys are apart of the Junkers crew who are salvagers and pirates.
Im really enjoying painting these guys as yellow and orange aren’t usually my go to paints. So something different is a bit of fun innit.
Alex from Leadballoony hit the nail on the head when he commented that this group of minis look utilitarian. That’s the best way to describe what I’m going for with this pirate crew.
Currently I’m a bit stuck on what their transport should be so any ideas/links would be much appreciated. I was thinking some sort of cargo ship.
I even thought of getting a shipping container from GW like this.
Then attaching it to a Lego ship hull or something. I don’t know. Bit lost to be honest. Despite hitting a blank with the ship it’s the opposite with their base. I’ve built a shanty kind of docking/loading station that I think you’ll like. Just not sure if it’ll be a floating one or not.
Anyway let’s get onto the minis.
Hes the right hand man to the Captain. He’s quite the cocky bastard and takes pride in his appearance, hence why his clothing is somewhat cleaner than the rest. He’s been with his beloved Captain for a long time and has hopes of, one day, running the show. It’s his job to oversee all raids, salvages and missions and report directly to the Captain. Despite his loyalty he’s not opposed to taking a bit of cream off the top of whatever they’ve plundered for himself. This is a highly dangerous thing to do as the Captain has executed many a crewman for doing the same thing.
Now if I can be so bold to say that I think the hobbyist my style is probably closest to is Mr Wudugast from Convertirdie. I find his work both inspiring and very grim (in a good way).
This next fellow was, mostly, made quite some time ago for another project that sort of died so when I saw Wudugasts post pop up I was pleased to see that great minds think alike. Or, in this case, his great mind had a similar idea to my more feeble mind haha.
Originally my guy was more like a blacksmith but after seeing Wudus guy I changed him to be a “slopper” as well and added the pot too. The posing and general sort of aesthetic is very similar though. Instead of cleavers I went for meat tenderisers hehe.
Heres Wudugasts mini (second one in the post)
Heres my fellow.
Boggs is a cranky old Viking wannabe who cuts up dead things and half heartedly boils them and claims it’s good for the crew. As soon as Boggs lost his left hand in a vicious fight with some Genestealer rebels he was demoted to Cook. This fuelled his anger and resentment towards the Captain and the rest of the crew. For childish revenge he spits in every meal he prepares. If you manage to find yourself cornered by him he will regale you with stories of when he was a fearsome warrior.
The ghastly black pattern on his head is my attempt at a scorpion tattoo haha.
He’s a work horse. Drilling, mining, digging and treasure hunting is his passion so don’t get in his bloody way when he’s doing it.
Heres the crew as they now stand. I still have 6 or 7 crew members to paint up.
Remember, a potting shed doesn’t have to be used as a potting shed just as greenhouse doesn’t have to be green.