With the release of new models for Chaos Space Marines, my friend Simon has been incessantly texting us with unbridled excitement. At first, it was cute. We looked at him as a kid on Christmas morning: so excited for Santa; however, it never tampered down.
Not completely, mind you–but enough that I thought I might dabble in a little painting again. Recently I wound up playing Zombicide with the guys and got harangued for having eight unpainted models in my collection. If you recall, I spent a good deal of time in 2016 painting up several boxed sets of figures, but I stopped short of completion when it came to figures I’d never used: companions. So, what better way to dip my toe back in the waters than to start with them?
Of the eight models, there are four poses. I toyed with the idea of painting them slightly different so that you could tell which belonged to which player, but then realized that was pointless because they’re identical in the game. I started off with the gunmen and searchers, for no particular reason. Actually, I wound up starting up a little bit of a base coat on all of them, but eventually stopped that and focused on these two guys.
Overall, I’m happy with how they came out. My goal wasn’t to paint these to a super high standard, but to approximate the quality I’d accomplished with the rest of the set. Originally, I’d set forth the game as a means of testing my ability to color match things, and while I’m a little off here and there, I think you can detect who the model is without too much trouble.
The gunman’s eyes are definitely on the cartoony side (my micron pen seems to have dried up during my painting hiatus), and the pants ont he searcher are a little too blocky. He also looks a bit like George Lucas with a bouffant hairdo, but I think that’s actually somewhat intentional.
I haven’t figured out what color to paint the bases though. Gray seems appropriate, but I want them to stand out at least a little bit from the characters. I’d considered a hazard stripe theme, or maybe gray with a hazard stripe around the base–but that’s going to draw your attention to what’s essentially a glorified piece of wargear on the table. Got any ideas about what I should do?
We’ll see if I come up with something before I finish the other four models.