Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Bushido - New Faction arrives in da Grotto.

hi all



Over the next few weeks/months there will be more Bushido (no groans from the cheap seats please), no my love for this game hasn't diminished at all, if anything its gotten worse! Two new factions will be coming into da Grotto over the xmas period thanks to some canny Black Friday shenanigans. With 40% off a lot of them and 20% off the rest I couldn't resist bulking out my existing factions and starting some new ones (that I'd always intended on getting anyway!).  As is always the case, the ever suffering Mrs Gobbo stole the purchases away and is giving them back to me as gifts.....however this time I managed to blag a blister pack to be getting on with while I'm waiting.  Sadly its not a starter set but it is one of the newbies.
The first new faction and the one I'm going to introduce today is the Silvermoon Trade Syndicate, a shadowy criminal organisation that has a stranglehold on trade in the Jwar Isles - think a cross between the Japanese Yakuza and the Hong Kong Tongs!  This is the official blurb from the GCT website.


The thriving port of Jima is the beating heart of the Silvermoon Trade Syndicate’s operations. For generations the merchants of the syndicate have been the trade life blood of the Jwar isles. From the great gambling halls, where fortunes are won or lost, on the roll of a single dice or the draw of a card. A bustling and bountiful harbour brimming with exotic goods and rare delights. Famed arenas where colossal Jumo warriors clash in a brutal dance, or an array of fighting beasts struggle in a battle to the death. Water houses where ones wildest fantasies can become reality with the touch of a Rose. Their power lies not the in military might of the Ito, Takashi or Minimoto but in the stranglehold they have on trade. And not only the trade of goods, but of the secrets and whispers of even the most pious. Some would liken the Silvermoon to the flip of a coin. Pay your debts and you come up in the sun with the fortunes smiling, cross or try to cheat them and you’ll be in the dark and covered in dirt.

So onto my first painted miniature for this faction.  Let me introduce Dafukaia and the Kami of the Burning Anger.  here's his introduction from the website.

Not all those children raised in the monasteries and taught the teachings of Subarashi Baransu are able to complete their training, return to their homes and continue the cycle that has been in place since the beginning of memory. Dakufaia was a promising student, however the gnawing rage that burns inside him stoked by an unknown trauma could not be dowsed by the secrets of the temple. Despite many attempts to help and guide the boy, the masters could not risk letting him continue his training such was the ferocity of his temper.


I love this guy, he's an awesome fighter with 4 dice in melee, with Brutal and able to burst into a living flame with his Ki feats.  He will be, in combination with his kami able to take on the majority of my opponents best and brightest, at 10 rice he's costly but he does come with....


The Kami of the Burning Rage, this kami is awesome and adds loads of bonuses to members of my faction who start a turn in base to base contact with it.  Its also quick and not too shabby in melee itself.  

So to my painting of this bad boy ex monk and his walking torch.  Simple undercoats to start with, white for Dafukaia and yellow for the Kami.  I then needed to paint Dafukaia up in my usual way choosing red as my faction colour, red being considered lucky in many oriental cultures.  I left out the flames until I'd done the rest of the mini and then I could paint his flames and the kami together. So here's a little tutorial on how I paint flames, i'm sure there are other better ways but this way is quite effective imho.  The key is to remember where the source of ignition is.  For Dafukaia it is the palm of his hands, for the kami I decided the part of it that touches the ground.  Now GCT have decided that the source of ignition is the middle of the kami which makes sense but it also makes for a difficult, intricate paint job which I just wasn't up to.  Then the brightest and lightest colours are always closest to the ignition source.



After this I started painting the flame effects, first I painted the base of the flames in his hands the same colour as the undercoat of the kami. 


I then painted and orange/brown colour in the middle.


and finally a red at the top.



I then gave them a heavy washing of red ink.


while that was still drying I started the highlights, which are done slightly differently to the norm in the fact that you highlight the darker colours with the lighter ones, by which I mean the red gets highlighted with the orange, the orange with the yellow and the yellow with white.  I then used white highlights throughout the rest of the mini.


it worked really well for Dafukaia and moderately well in the kami, although it might be a little messy.


With the flames done it was time for Dafukaia's Yakuza like tattoos, which will be a theme that will run through my faction.  There is a great tutorial on the GCT webite for tattoos but the bones of it are adding your flesh tone to whichever colour you are using and to use a purple or green instead of black for an outline.  I did some tats on my Jung, they were pretty basic though so I thought I would be a little more adventurous.  So first it was purple bird of prey on the back as well as random kanji and a giant snake on his chest.



then a little colour



finally I glazed some flesh tone over the top to "age" the tattoos



All of my Bushido minis have faction specific bases that I have made especially, this one is going to be no different.  I want the bases to reflect the streetwise nature of my gangsters so it's going to be broken streets and litter strewn alleyways.  With this in mind I took some filler and came up with these....



as you can see I've also painted the LoS markers on the bases differently, as regular readers of this blog know I've been struggling to come up with an aesthetically pleasing way of marking the all important LoS on the rim of the base.  I have tried plain white lines, faction coloured triangle/stripe and a blended style and then I saw what Damon did for his KKZ ninja faction and basically stole it as I liked it so much. It is in fact a combination of the triangle and blended techniques and I think it looks excellent!  I also added a crumpled list of debtors on the base of Dafukaia, I made it from a piece of paper stained with cold tea and then with some kanji written on it.

Dafukaia and the Kami, stalk the market place enforcing the STS law


So super excited about the arrival of the rest of the gang over xmas and my birthday which is just after.

hope you enjoy
dGG

16 comments:

  1. "hope you enjoy" - very much so Andy. I was especially interested in how you painted "The Kami of the Burning Rage" as I enjoy seeing how people paint flames, having had a go myself earlier this year. I think the red on top is awesome and certainly something I'll be borrowing in future ;-)

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    1. Glad to hear it Simon, feel free to borrow away :-)

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  2. Very nice Andy, great insights into the process and information on the faction, look forward to seeing more once you get your presents

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    1. Don't worry Dave you will! Looking forward to the Syndicate hitting my paint table and even more so my tabletop.

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  3. Brilliant! Shall look forward to seeing you paint up the new figs!

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    1. Thanks Gordon, there are some really cool and exotic minis in this faction - all to come!

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  4. Your way of painting flames is similar to the method I use. As you rightly say, the key is that the flames are at their lightest the closer they are to the source of the fire. Excellent painting on both figures but what particularly impressed me was the way you have done the LOS markings on the bases. It's very effective indeed and looks great.

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    1. Yes I've finally found the style I prefer for the LoS markings - thanks to Damon!

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  5. Cracking work as always Andy, this new faction looks like it might be your best yet.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. I hope so Roger, the models in this faction are so characterful that they should really shine!

      I received a rather xmassy pressie from you today, it's gonna go under the tree in da Grotto until the big day but thank you in advance ;-)

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  6. While thew figure is good and well painted, I will buck the trend and say it is not for me. Individual taste and no one can possibly like everything. For me (And probably only me) this figure seems a little dull in all but the very last picture. So probably not the figure just the photography which this time of year is always tricky in England.

    I hope to see it being used in later blog posts with other figures so I can tell.

    Not meaning to be "down" on the figure as the more I type the more likely it is to be the photography.

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    1. I hope it's the photography which is always done on my iPad as I don't have a camera BUT you're allowed to not like figures Clint and I'm glad you've felt comfortable enough to say so, I would like for all comments to be as honest as long as it comes with pointers for improvement (if it's a painting issue) or why they don't like a miniature.

      Thanks Clint as always I appreciate you dropping by :-)

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  7. Yep, I`d happily have these in MY collection, as Bryan says, you`ve finally really got a handle on painting the LOS on the bases. This is MUCH nicer now. I think you`ve cracked it. The actual painting is superb as ever.

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    1. They are nicer in person tbh, Clint is right the photography isn't fab. But they are good sculpts and the rest of the faction when you see them are crackers. I much prefer the bases as shown, it does seem like I've cracked it (or rather Damon did)

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  8. What a transformation from the very plain looking minis you started with to the spectacular end result - Job's a goodun I'd say!

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    1. Thanks Joe, a transformation indeed :-)

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