Wednesday, 16 March 2016

8th AHPC VI submission: Schaeffer's last Chancers and a lonely Cross of Iron Steiner

During the challenge is probably the most inappropriate time to try out new techniques and recipes. Nonetheless I had to give it a go and here's what I came up with:

Schaeffer's last Chancers
So far I was quite happy with my take on caucasian skin tones but figured it to be about time to try some different approaches on painting skin. So what better way to do so than to paint up some Sci-Fi miniatures? After all who knows what different complexions people have in the 41st Millennium?

I only got six of the originally twelve figures done, so the rest might appear in an upcoming challenge. If I should then feel the need for some 40k, that is.
These figures were among my very first figures I bought as a teenager and I have fond memories of the day they were released in Germany. I was saving my pocket money for some month to get my hand on these on the very first day.
This latest paint job is probably the fourth or fifth coating they recieved during the intervening years. Still they're some of my favourite models ever. Would have made for a fitting entry for the 'Nostalgia' round I guess.

Also new for me was blending and OSL. Due to its form Schaeffer's power sword might not have been the best choice to try this but Shiv's power dagger came out better than expected. I'm not totally pleased with the OSL on Schaeffer's plasma pistol too. First the colour doesn't fit with the rest of the miniature and second I should have extended the lightning to shine on his glove too. But for some reason I feared it to look too over the top.

A good friend of mine gave me the 'Cross of Iron' figure wich comes with the Ostfront supplement for Bolt Action. As Schaeffer's last Chancers are called 'Steiners Galgenvögel' (Colonel Steiners Rogues) in Germany I thought it only fitting to include him  here.

I tried to paint the metal parts using the so called Non Metalic Metal technique. It's far from perfect perfect but I'm quite chuffed with how it turned out, if I might say so myself. Maybe something I should try more often in the future.
Now I only need a Hauptmann Stransky to accompany him. I'll probably go for the one I already painted as Curtgeld in the 2013 challenge. Man how time flies!

Another grand total of 35 points for this submission I'd say. So that's 535 points in the main challenge and 460 in the side duel with ChrisS. Not nearly enough...


  1. Cracking work Nick! You keep getting better as hard as that is to believe. I love the new metal look! I've tried the method as well in the past and quite like it.


  2. Very cool looking figures. Fascinating work.

  3. Just staggeringly good Nick. There is so much to enjoy in the group from the hugely expressive faces to the NMM - outstanding work Sir.

  4. Amazing work Nick! Imperial Guard really did have plenty of these characterful special units going around! Schaeffer's last chancers being one of my favorites from there!

    I think the OSL effect looks very nice. Subtle enough that it doesn't take the center stage, but adds to the whole paintjob! It's quite often overdone and just starts looking goofy.

  5. Wow! Stunning collection of such varied figures - all superbly painted.