Monday, 7 January 2019

Get over here ! - Chibi Ninja from Super Dungeon Explore


And now for something completely different... I've recently been offered to take part in a fun painting challenge to paint chibi models from Super Dungeon Explore ! Some painters offered to send some of their models (thanks Audrey !) so that many could try their hand on this kind of subject so I took the offer to paint something different for a change.
Now those models have super deformed proportions (they're chibi) and come in a soft plastic. Now I'm used to painting heroic 28mm so correct proportions aren't really my thing but this is entirely different !



Now the models were assigned randomly from many sets and I got this sweet little ninja with katana. And being the contradictive idiot that I am, what do I wanna do when I see cute little ninjas ?


 That's right, I want to recreate a cute version of the least cute ninja from pop culture :


Now since I'm still an idiot, I also didn't take the time to check how scorpion looks before painting so  I got the colours for the hood and mask the other way...
Yeah I know, I didn't do my research properly, amateur hour and all that...
Painting wise, I thought there were only 2 ways possible : go full Kawai with flashy colours and big eyes or try to reverse that...
I opted for the latter. I kept a very desaturated palette and added a bit of weathering, blood splatters (totes not cute) and dust on the base. And I'm glad I did. 
Now since Scorppion has white eyes, I decided to paint him chibi eyes but in a light grey as if the colour from his eyes had vanished or he has strong cataract. I imagine he's just the result of an unfortunate babality.
I'm honestly not one to blend on huge areas and I need a fast and nervous approach to painting so I know this isn't the kind of figures for me but my respect for those painting them has hugely increased.
I don't fancy painting soft plastic and soft details, I need the sculpt to giude and help me to be honest. The katana on this one had 6 sides almost all the same size so it was quite hard to get a semi NMM to look right and get semi sharp edges. I guess I could paint a box like the one above if I fancied the game though.


It's quite fun to see this little guy next to some of my most recent models but now I must focus and work on some secret but really cool projects !
Enjoy !

12 comments:

  1. You know I was really expecting a Sub-Zero. Katana looks very katana in the photos - great stuff.

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    1. Which Sub-Zero ? ^^
      I opted for the antihero rather than Mr Nice Guy. ;)
      Thanks.

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  2. I don't relate to the appeal of Chibi but your painting is up to its usual high standard.

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    1. I'm a big fan of mangas and dspite being used to it, for some reason, it's not a style I'd favour for painting generally although a small project could probably do it for me.

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  3. I really like how you did your blending, and the muted tones really suite the mini. I got some of these to try and paint awhile back, gave up and let my daughter have them.

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    1. It's quite different isn't it ? I've never tried the game so there's little chance of me painting any more than this but it was fun trying really !

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  5. I think painting a different style of miniature is a useful exercise once in awhile. I like how he turned out.

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    1. It really is, it's like stretching before and after exercise ^^

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  6. A great mix of muted yellows and a dash (well, more than a dash) of red. Nice work.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted something really comic book like hence the choices. ^^

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