Saturday, 11 July 2015

Nite Owl

My second Watchmen mini, and like Rorschach, Nite Owl was painted quickly by my standards, in around 2-3 hours over a few short sessions. I had some sudden impetus last weekend after finishing Scarecrow and Mule Goon and decided to take advantage of it!

Of course at the current rate of painting, it will be 3 more years before my Watchmen crew is actually finished.... :)

The palette is very muted and limited, with primarily 3 variations of brown, and I tried to echo the movie incarnation to an extent, within my own limitations as a painter! In all it is not perfect but it will do for me, and it is pleasing to have painted a few minis already in July after paltry output in March and April, and it has also put me way ahead of my 2015 target for painting BMG minis.

While I think it could be quite a while before I have a playable Watchmen crew, the characters look quite interesting and varied in rules terms, although I suspect each will have unique learning curves, and that the two least powerful fighters (Nite Owl and Silk Spectre based on Damage output) will require the most learning.

One gripe to note - for some reason my casting does not have the scale armour on the outer left thigh, which I think is either down to the sculptor forgetting to do so or Knight Model's casting - either way a crass quality control error for a mini with a premium price point. I would welcome comment from anyone else with the mini if theirs has/had the same issue.

Moving forward for BMG, I do want to get Mesh painted, and maybe Hush too, for my Black Mask and Poison Ivy crews respectively. After that I may rest my BMG painting to concentrate on other stuff, but time will tell!

BMG Painting Summary
BMG characters owned: 125 (added: nothing)
Percentage of owned characters painted: 16.8% (21 models)

24 comments:

  1. That's a surprise addition. Looks great.

    Should you ever get to play with them there's a really good YouTube video by Flashback Generations in how to use them effectively.

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    1. Thanks Kieron - painting it surprised me too! Seriously! :)

      I will check out the video when I get around to playing them in roughly 3 years time. :P

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  2. That looks superb and not what I needed to see having just decided to stop where I am for the moment!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Michael. :)

      I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me! :)

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  3. That is a shocking issue for a premium figure like that. The browns look very good.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Robert. :)

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  4. great paint job on that one. Pity about the casting.

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    1. Cheers mate. I was quietly pleased with how it turned out. :)

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  5. Awesome job dude. Sucks to hear about the missing detail. Like you say ouch for the price point for a detail like that to be missed.

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    1. Cheers mate. :)

      That is why I am curious if it is my cast or a wider problem.

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  6. Very nice! Better than my attempt:

    http://dicegamesareforlosers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/nite-owl.html

    Looking at yours I may try and tone down the armour on mine a little. Very enjoyable model to paint though!

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    1. Thanks. :)

      I think yours is very nice too - as for the mesh/scale parts of the armour, the colouring looked different in all the different reference pictures so works either way I reckon. :)

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    2. True! It was even more extreme with Ozy, I didn't even realise his armour was green! I was all on for painting him black...

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    3. I have gone with a dark-ish brown - be glad when he is done. :)

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  7. I love it when someone says, with my limited painting skills and the miniature still looks 100% better than mine!!

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  8. WOW Pulp, if this is something quick & dirty...he looks fantastic!

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    1. Hi Terry, thanks for the kind words. :)

      By my standards this was fast - by other painters not as slow as me, probably not so much! :)

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  9. Looking very nice. Would you mind sharing what you did for your browns? I just picked up the court of owls and that brown "feels" right for a lot of their bodysuits. Thanks and keep up the nice minis.

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    1. Hi Nog, thanks for the kind words. :)

      As for the browns, here they are:
      Cape
      Base = Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) German C. Black Brown. Highlight with mixes of VMC German C. Black Brown + VMC Leather Brown.

      Gloves, boots, cowl, shoulders and non-scale armour
      Base = Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) German C. Black Brown. Highlight with mixes of VMC German C. Black Brown + VMC Burnt umber; final highlights add in some VMC Stone Grey.

      Scale mail
      Base = Vallejo Game Colour Charred Brown. Highlights mixes of VGC Charred brown and VMC Dark Yellow. Final glaze of Secret Weapon wash Yellow Snow mixed with GW Gryphonne Sepia.

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  10. Very nicely done! Fantastic work on such a limited palette.

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    1. Thanks very much FourEyedMonster. :)

      I hope my next Watchman passes muster when he appears in a few hours. :)

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