Monday, 23 November 2015

Hernandez the navigator


The wonderful Oldhammer forum continues to blurt great little projects for folks to join in with and I've managed to get a figure painted for the latest one just before the deadline.


The Oldhammer Legacy Challenge is in it's second year and this year takes the form of rag tag crew of space pirates. The jist is that you each paint and donate a figure fitting the theme and send it to Axiom who is the curator of these things. The crew are gathered and photographed but left unbased. The reason for this is that one of the lucky contributors has the chance to win the whole crew and will therefore be bale to base them as they see fit (what a weird bunch we are that it's the non-consistency of basing that would up set us!)


My contribution is a Navigator based on the Hernando Jurkantz cahracter from the Book of the Astronomican  who is is described as having translucent skin. My character takes this a little farther and Hernandez actually has transparent skin. Thankfully he also has a full body suit so I only needed to attempt to paint a skinless face.

He's based on a Cobalt 1 figure which, if you don't know, were designed by the father of Space marines himself Bob Naismith (they are still available through Black Hat Miniatures ). This guy had his head snipped off and replaced with an old GW plastic zombie head. This needed a bit of greenstuffing to give him two more eyes (the original head only had one and I'm sure you all know a navigator has a third in his forehead, you might just be able to make out Hernandez's but it's shut so who knows!)


Once the greenstuff was done it was a case of lovely bright space suit (to match the colour theme of the crew) and then attempt his face.

I used this image as a guide (it's a halloween mask for all you squeemish types) and used that work out the basic contours of the face where the bone and cartilage are showing through. If he was truly skinless then the top of the skull would be bone but I figured since it's only transparent there would be plenty of blood flow over the top of the scalp. So there you go. All done. Time to get him into a padded space capsule and send him off to meet up with the rest of the crew. Adios!


18 comments:

  1. Thats really great. The face is just fab, it really generates that butchers vibe, the smell (and the cold) of the freezer room.

    Fantastic work. It must be sad to have him navigate into the sunset, I would be gutted if I had to give that guy away.

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    1. He is nice but he was painted for a reason so I can't be too precious. You have to give them love and let them fly the coop!!

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    2. That's an accurate assessment. He's viscerally... visceral.

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  2. Really love the transparent skin effect Colin. I can only say it so many times, but it's really creepily effective!

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    1. Cheers man. He'll be in the post tomorrow. Hopefully he'll make the deadline.

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  3. Great work - love the colour contrasts.

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  4. Cool Whiskey!!! He looks really freaky :)

    I had never looked at that miniature range before. I'm not sure if I should thank you or curse you for that information. Heaven knows I don't need anymore temptation in regards to miniature purchases :p

    This crew is certainly getting quite large isn't it? One of us is in for a great Xmas present this year.

    Cheers :)

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    1. I've got quite a few of the mercenaries and some of the ar-men as well. Black hat also do some nice not-squats.

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  5. Hernandez is a total WIN ! He's gross and classy at the same time !

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    1. Gross and classy? That sums up my approach to life.

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  6. Beautiful! I mean, hideous, but you know.

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  7. Very nice Counterblast has some cool characters that could be 40kified as well.

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  8. Very nice. I'll have to look into the Bob Naismith - Black Hat miniatures.

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  9. Wow! That whole concept is great, you nailed the effect on the face! Cool colour combination!

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  10. That looks amazing! I really like that effect!!

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