Monday, 14 December 2015

Psycho Sam ! The Oldhammer Punk.


I'm really glad to present you this model right here. If you don't know the model, it's quite normal as only people who attended Oldhammer events in UK, USA and France (maybe some other countries too) had the opportunity to get it (Extra special thanks to Airbornegrove for sending us frenchies some to celebrate our first french gathering, you truly are a gent sir).
The model was designed by the legendary Mark Copplestone and commissioned by some of our fellow north american Oldhammerers along some other members of the Oldhammer forum.

Concept sketch by Heofthreenames
See, this is exactly the kind of initiatives that makes me love this little world of ours. Some people decide to spend time, money and energy just to make sure we lazy asses get a free miniature when we attend our Oldschool convention. I'd also point that the people who made this happen didn't speak about it much or tried to brag. Reminds me of a saying "Those who speak the least do the most".


So let's talk about the painting now. First of all, I have to say the model is particularly detailed and precise. It's an amazing sculpt and the casting was hopefully up to the level of Mark Copplestone's work. I'm not usually happy of my painting but for once I'm quite chuffed and on top of that I had a very very pleasant painting time. It's the kind of models that really lift you up technically.



Since a couple of versions are already out I had to choose my own scheme.
The model being initiated by american members, I kind of wanted to give a little nod towards the origins of the model. 

The model itself has a clear post-apoc/dark future/mad max vibe and for some reason it reminded of the legion of doom :


Wrestling is one of the earliest elements of american culture that fascinated me as a kid in the early 80's and those wrestlers from that era really had everything to make youngsters like me dream.

Another obvious element to integrate was the american flag but since I didn't want it to be too obvious (for some reason I think it would look weird to have a guy in the year 40k+something to have an american flag) I tried to change it a little bit.



So I decided to reverse the colours and paint white and blue stripes on the mohawk and white dots on a red background on the shoulder pad. I think it really gives the same feeling without making it a simple replication.
Of course, now I'm gonna have to give him friends...


Good thing is, EM4 does sell some Copplestone goodness that fits with this guy like crisps and beer. Add a couple of oldschool references and you have some pretty sexy group of punks...


From now on, I'm going to focus on a couple of models I have to paint for some diserving people but I do have a couple of odd and sods on the menu as always... ;)

24 comments:

  1. Wow ! The miniature didn't caught my eye when I saw it but under your brushes it turns into a great marvel ! I particularlyl like the choice you made for the skin tone which not only goes very well with the model and your palette but is also very well executed.
    The blue, white and red add a nice touch and the trousers are veeeery nice. Great mini and great painting. Makes me eager to see the rest of the band :)

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    1. The model is really the best of both worlds between oldschool and new school. It does have a strong influence in the old days but the details, proportions and quality really make it a modern miniature. Add a flawless casting to that and you get a very nice model to paint. Once you love painting a model, I find you most always end up with a nice looking one.
      I've been suggested models to add to the crew I had'nt thought of before so we might have a full gang of maniacs soon !
      thanks a lot !

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    2. A whole gang of bad motherf****** like this will sure be a delight for the eyes. I can't resist imagining them fighting their way in the dark alleys of a forlorn hive world... When do you start ? :-D

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    3. Looks like a great project for Xmas holidays !

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    4. Whoo, could Santa Claus be an Asslessman ?

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    5. We'll see, I have plans for Santa too ^^

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  2. Bang up job JB! I especially like the highlighting on his pants.

    I've yet to start on mine....not sure when I'll start it either, but yours is a great example to try to emulate when I do.

    Cheers.

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    1. Cheers man, I really wanted to get a cool looking pair of blue jeans on this one so I tried to replicate how some of mine look. In the end, a very subtle drybrush of white with a small brush with almost o paint in it gave the right texture. At a bigger scale (with a larger brush and more paint) it would have looked real chalky and shitty but here I find it works.
      Cheers mate, really looking forward to seeing your version of this mofo now !

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  3. Superb paint job with plenty to like - the skin tones, the pants...

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    1. Thanks ! The model is a real help here, no non-sense, just clean details and all so it's a real pleasure. Glad you like it !

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  4. JB you have done an excellent job. I love the ideas for your inspiration, and your color scheme turned out splendid. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the gang develop as well. Cheers buddy!!!

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    1. Cheers, kudos to you guys for making this happen ! I've been suggested a couple more models to add to his little crew and I think I have a good bunch in the tubes now.

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  5. This one looks great, funny how you got the essence to make this work either for a post-apoc or an RT setting indistinctly. Cool work, man!

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    1. Nice to hear Suber, it's what I try to do with many models so Im' glad it showed on this one ! The group iun which it is shown does play a lot too though.

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  6. I love the skin. I love the denim. Most of all, I love those red 1980s boots!

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    1. Cheers, I was quite happy with the denims. Good thing is red boots will be all the rage in the future (at some point... I think).

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  7. Fantastic! Makes me want to play Dark Future!

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    1. Oh really ? Can't see why ... ;)

      Cheers mate.

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  8. A cool mini and a crisply executed paintjob. Very nice indeed.

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    1. Cheers man, clean sculpt and casting do help to get a nice result ! It's also ver y good to boost one's mojo to have fun on a model.

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  9. Awesome work on the dark skin tone. I'm trying my hand at dark skin tone at the moment too.

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    1. Skin tones on 28mm models is always a tricky problem, too realistic and it looks blend but too much contrast and it looks silly. It's really tempting to push the contrast on darker skin tones but I don't think it looks good. this is the compromise I'm happy with now. Looking forward to seeing what someone with your skill come up with.

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  10. I have seen this fig on a couple of occasions but wasn't sure of its origins. Lovely work here, JB. The denim has come out really well. He's complimentary to his compadres; the Hive Worlder is my personal favourite of all your paintjobs.

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    1. The hive worlder is not what he used to be since he got frosted due to my carelessness. I've been suggested ne companions for Psycho Sam which seem to be perfect. You shoul dbe able to see for yourself how fitting they are ;)
      Cheers Ed !

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