Monday, August 11, 2014

Counterblast Rocket Rider

As part of the Sci-Fi Challenge at Reaper Miniatures Forum, I recently painted a Rocket Rider from Counterblast. Cast in resin and sculpted by Patrick Keith, the detail is crisp and the lines are gorgeous.




The palette I chose was inspired by the work of historical gamers/painters whose work I have been following for all these years.  Now I quite fancy these greens, tans and browns and anticipate using them more often in future work.

Clean and tidy brushwork was my goal with this model. Further I wanted a simple base that contrasted with the figure but did not draw attention from it. I hope I have accomplished this modest goal.

I will be a bit late making the rounds today as I stayed up rather late working on a small dio for the Challenge. In short, I'll be by when I roll out of bed this afternoon.



90 comments:

  1. This is just great ! Great work and paint Anne i love it !
    Slainte!

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  2. Great work there Anne and this reminds me of a 1950s pulp sci-fi comic in colours and image. In short I love this.

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    1. It's from a new line of Pulp Sci Fi by Counterblast. I've got quite a bit of it and I also got into their KS. It should fulfill at months end. Moi is very excited about it!

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  3. Love it. Great work Anne. Love the attention to shading on the panels.
    cheers

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    1. Took a bit of time to do those, but I wanted each one to be visible.

      Thank you!

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  4. Awesome work here Anne! Love the paintwork on the rocket, looks really cool!

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  5. That is a superb looking model and paintjob Anne. It has also given me an idea for a project currently sitting idle on my desk.

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    1. Thank you!

      You should definitely get that project done!

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  6. The rocket looks awesome! I'm enjoying all the science fiction figures as of late. Now, get some sleep.

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    1. I worked until about 7:00 a.m. and woke up at noon. Almost done with all the figs for the dio though.

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  7. Panelwork on this is terrific, nice work, Anne.

    FMB

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  8. Absolutely kick arse Anne. Nice attention to detail girl and a great piece of photography.

    10 out of 10.

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    1. Thank you Paul. I don't think I'm going to get 100 out of 100 on Monday Model Mystery. Maybe 5 points for attempting to use logic to solve the mystery?

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  9. Hope you're sleeping well right now, Anne. (I feel like I could go back to bed, what am I doing up this early?!)

    I love your work. She's begging for a background story to go with her. haha

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    1. I slept like the dead and my eyes are crossed from painting. I'm actually seeing two of your right now :0)

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  10. Very cool. It makes me wonder how his legs don't get sucked into the back fuselages. But back to your work, the color work is really great. The darker green lines are excellent.

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    1. One must suspend disbelief when dealing with Sci-fi. Reality has no place in it.

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  11. Looks great, the rocket is awesome indeed, guy looks like he's ready for a ride

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  12. Very nice work, Anne.
    Concerning the brush work I would say: Goal achieved.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks. Right now I'm focusing mainly on clean and tidy. My previous work lacked that and I'd like to turn out more professional looking pieces.

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  13. As has been stated above a real comic book look to the vehicle. Very impressive.

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    1. Ya, these are Pulp figures and that's pretty much all I'm into right now. Hydra has loads of ships I want to buy and I want to get some of their Space Crews. Classic stuff. Now all I need is money!

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  14. that's a great looking piece of work, it keeps getting better

    Ian

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  15. Wow Anne, you've done that sculpt proud there! I really could not do that panelling of yours any better. That said, if I would get my hands on this model, I'd go for the Navy blue scheme seen on US Naval fighter squadrons of WW2.

    Anyway great stuff so thanks for sharing!

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    1. He's got the concept art for a model based on the Fighting Tigers. I WANT that model so bad my teeth hurt. I'll do that one in USAF colours and try to do the nose art as well. I'm hoping he sells a ton of stuff at Gen Con so he can afford to have that one cast.

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    2. Oooh that really does sound good, can't wait for you to get your hands on 'em!

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  16. Hope the hubs didn't miss you in bed, dear :)
    What colour is tan, dear? I've heard of it before, and thought it was black....
    Lovely green shades!

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    1. Tan is a very pale brown, darker than beige. However, moi does not like the words Black and Tan used in the same sentence as it gets my temper up. Bastards thought they could defeat us. Well, we showed them a thing or two.

      I've done up a little vignette of a tiny, lonely little bot and his spaceship that is done is glowing greens. I think you shall like that one as it is almost as cute as you are :0)

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    2. It is a delight, dahlink, we could use a whole fleet of those rockets on current world rulers.... we could launch them up their arses :)
      Will the bot have stripes? :) Not only that my shirts are striped by now my face too: I've been downtown today at noon and the sun was so scorching that I now have two white lines from my glasses on my temples :) and lines on my feet too from the flipflops LOL

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    3. Obama has his head so far up his arse, I'm not sure there'd be room for it:0)

      He's such a tiny little bot. Less than 15mm and the smallest think I've painted to date. He is adorable.

      You is a white zebra dahlink :0)

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    4. 'tis true about Obama and Devila Merkel, dear, they're riders of apocalypse :(
      Or a coon, dahlink :)

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    5. Devila Merkel-hahahaha I love that. Can you imagine the offspring that would come about if those two breed? There would be no way to hide the cloven hooves of that hideous child.

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    6. with the two of them and the British prime ministers, sometimes I feel we already live in utter hell, dear.... they spread more ebil than their daddy Lucifer.....

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    7. The Great Horned One must be so proud of his children. Obama is dropping bombs again and he thinks every time a civilian dies, an Angel gets his wings.

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    8. I'm terribly afraid for the world, dear, especially with how Devila and Obama are spinning every truth and using propaganda as their weapon. Russia sent more than 200 trucks with food and medicines for the people in Ukraine who are bombarded by their own government, and the West is trying to show it as something evil... what the hell?

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    9. The news here is all propaganda when it comes to Russia. When Russian troops go anywhere to help, the West accuses them of being a fighting force. They've no idea how much work those soldiers do and they hate them. There are loads of Russian soldiers that work with animal conservation in Siberia and without them, the work couldn't be done. They and the biologists are successfully returning orphaned cubs back to their habitat. The tigers live and they breed. The work there is amazing. But the West won't tell that magnificent story.

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    10. it's just so deeply disturbing, dear, all the spinning and the propaganda against the victims, that sometimes I feel I should just stop watching news, stop reading the papers and just live in blissful ignorance.... And sometimes I wonder how ordinary Americans have to be gullible to buy all the shocking crap that is being served to them on a daily basis from their government....
      Dahlink, we should just find ourselves an isolated mountain or an island and never care about the rest of the ebil world anymore....

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    11. The Hubby has a friend who just returned from the Ukraine. He told us lots of things that the US is lying to us about. He said that the US is sending loads of spy planes flying over and are entering Russian airspace illegally and with impunity. He also said that the stories of Russian soldiers amassing on the borders is bollox. Those are soldiers doing humanitarian work, not supplying weapons.

      I'm voting for the island darling, as moi does not like snow. On an island we could have tropical flowers and drinks served to us by gorgeous tanned men. And we could rub sun tan oil onto their backs.

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    12. you know the example of my own country - the Americans were the first here to bomb us, the Russians were the first here to save our people from floods and death..... we need no other proof....

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  17. Don't be in too much of a hurry to roll out of bed. The rider looks great. Very bright and vibrant. I can't offer much in the way of painter's criticism but there are others who can, and will.

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  18. Looks fantastic, Anne. Great color choice. I wasn't the only one that thought of this when they saw your rocket rider, was I?

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    1. That was a brilliant film. Thanks for reminding me of it. I'm going to search the Netflix and Youtube for it and watch it again. The Hubby and I have seen that a couple of times.

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  19. Hola Amiga
    En una palabra MAGNIFICO
    Me encanta lo que as echo en todo el conjunto
    un saludo

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  20. What a wonderful model - and superbly painted! Nice one, Anne.

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    1. I've painted up loads of his Babes and I'm so glad he started this Pulp line. I want every single bot and space ship he makes.

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  21. Very nice looking rocket and rider. I really like concept of this piece. It would be a blast to jet around Zamazonia on this ride!!

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    1. In the right scale this would work perfectly in your world!

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  22. Very nice work Anne and that thing looks dangerous to ride!

    Christopher

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    1. Ya, I don't think that helmet is going to lend much protection in the event of a crash.

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  23. And the painting is terrific as well!

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    1. About bloody time you came by to visit me. You naughty, naughty boy :0)

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    2. He is probably sunbathing his gorgeous self at Greek beaches, dear, go easy on him :)

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    3. He must send us a pic of that dahlink :0)

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    4. pray do make him oblige your wish :)

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  24. Stunning, simply stunning - quite possibly my new favourite piece of your work!

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    1. Thank you Sir Michael. This and my Hasslefree Joe are my favourites so far. Usually I end up giving my figures away. But not those two!

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  25. I like the ship a lot!
    I'm not sure about the pilot.

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    1. Glad you like the ship. That pilot is really quite well done as he's only about 12mm. Not easy to sculpt or paint something that small with so much detail.

      If you ever pick up a brush again, we'll have ourselves a little painting duel. My money is on me to win :0)

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  26. Anne; I've said it once before; I'll say it again....I envy your talent....this kicks ass.....the colors rock and compliment one another extremely well.....it's too bad you can't figure out how to get flames to shoot out of the rocket...

    what is the brush width you use....

    like this ________ !!!!



    da tabbies send trout ta kitty fang ♥

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    1. The brushes are sooo tiny and are made specifically for this kind of painting. I can't think of anything to compare them with to give you an idea of scale though. Having flames shoot out can be done. There is a company that makes shooting flames that you can attach and then paint. They look great coming out a giant dragons mouth.

      Kitty Fang send you nose bumps and purrrrs!

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  27. Superb brushwork, and color choice Anne! I do hope this rockets you to the front of the pack.

    I really like the work you did to highlight each panel. There is a name for this technique -panel lighting? Doing it by hand over and over had to be quite a trial! It does make the rocket glow nicely.

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    1. I don't know if there is a special name for the technique or not. It did take a lot of time to do each one as there are so many layers and glazes between each level of highlight. I will say this though-it's so much easier than painting human skin. I enjoy it more too.

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  28. That's simply wonderful Anne. Real Flash Gordon stuff. The green is gorgeous!

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    1. I'll be getting some classic Pulp space men, aliens and more ships by months end. I can't wait!!!

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  29. What a fantastic work Anne, colors are just perfect!

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  30. I like that palette a lot, but then there was a time in my life when those were the only colors I wore. The sculpt is pretty damn cool!

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  32. That is cracking work girl, very neat.

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  33. Just saw this, very nice paint job on this mini.

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  34. Nice work my friend. An interesting figurine

    Slainte!

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  35. Wonderfull work! Love the bright colours!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  36. Popped in to say howdy. Good to see you painting.

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  37. I love Raygun Gothic! Top work, Anne!

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