While my own peculiar take on batch painting has many downfalls, occasionally the benefits start rolling in. "Batches" of minis all started at the same time also near completion near simultaneously. Such is the case this week. I have several pirates and other miniatures all nearing completion together. I want to share the first two with you.
|Captain Hook and Melisande Wavecutter|
Both of these piratical miniatures have been in the queue for quite some time. I have an excuse for one and well, nothing for the other. I am extremely glad they are both completed and ready for a bit of action in my Legend of the High Seas campaign.
|Melisande Wavecutter from Reaper|
Miss Wavecutter has been in my collection for a very long time and in the painting queue since the first of the year. I am terrible with female skin tones (especially facial features) and the fear of completely mucking her up has kept her from completion for months. Sheer desperation finally allowed me to finish her but I'm still not happy with her face. I simply cannot seem to get the subtle female shading correct no matter how hard I try. Maybe the purchase of the OptiVisor I ordered will help me achieve better results.
|More detail of the hat and coat|
Though my meager painting skills did not do her justice, the miniature itself is a beautiful sculpt. The hat, greatcoat, and the face make the mini stand out for me so I chose colors that would emphasize some of those features. If I had more time I think I would have removed the skulls from the boots and possibly added a bit of trim around the coat though. I'm fairly pleased with her overall however and look forward to using her in the next game. As far as her backstory goes, I'll have to think on that a bit.
|Captain Hook from Reaper|
Next up is Captain Hook, also from Reaper Miniatures. He too suffers from the fantasy element that Reaper has imposed upon their pirate line...mainly in the size of his
I need to work on a good background for this miniature as well. I really have not thought too much about it but I can assure you that his name will not be Captain Hook. Arrrr....!!!
I have two other rogues to share as soon as the varnish is finished drying then it's time for the ladies. Yep, the wenches I've been ignoring forever are nearing completion as well. My pirates are thirsty and ready to spend some of their ill gotten gains. Their arrival could not be more appropriate nor appreciated but pirates beware! These ladies will have a few tricks up their...hmmm....bodices.