Monday, February 12, 2018

Miniature Monday - Rail Raiders Infinite: Huckleberry

This week for Miniature Monday, we are going to take a break from Adeptus Mechanicus models and show off something from last year that I totally forgot to post about.

Today going to show you Huckleberry, from Rail Raiders Infinite, who is based on Doc Holiday of Tombstone and the legendary old west tales of Wyatt Earp.

Rail Raiders Infinite is a train heist board game by Ninja Division where players take the role of an outlaw attempting to make off with more double dollars than anyone else. It features a bunch of chibi styled western characters, many of whom are parodies of famous TV and anime characters.

Huckleberry was a fun model to paint, but at first I wasn't sure how I wanted to paint him up. Eventually I decided to make him look like Doc Holiday, as portrayed by Val Kilmer, in the film Tombstone.

I'm glad I did too, because the colors turned out really well.

Since it's been so long since I've painted him, I can't really remember the entire process. But there are a few things on this guy that I really love.

I think that he has the best hair that I've ever painted on a chibi. This is because there isn't much of it, and I got to play with shadows from the hat.

Speaking of the way the hat interacts with things, it was also fun trying to make the effect of the shadow on the eyes and face as well. I tried using muted colors on the eyes to keep them from looking like they were too bright and played with grey and blue tones on the skin to get the shading right. I think it turned out really well!

Out of everything though, my favorite part of the entire model is the playing card in his hand.

Originally, I was intimidated by the prospect of freehanding the back of it. But I took the challenge head on and I tried to emulate the back of a Bicycle playing card. It ended up being very nice, and I impressed myself with it.

One thing that I've been doing with minis that are only for games is to paint their bases solid black and then gloss coat them with 'ardcoat. The first time I tried it was with Mechs vs Minions and the Minion models and I really loved the look. Its almost as if the glossy black base makes the model pop more. It also saves a lot of time, since you're not basing a bunch of models that will only be used for board games.

That's pretty much it for Huckleberry though, he was fun to work on and a nice genre change compared to the usual fantasy stuff I work on. I'm really pleased with how he turned out.

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