Sunday Afternoon Painting (and Modeling) WiP

So I painted this character for our next Writer Nerd Game Night. I love how the face came out on my Moto/barbarian/pseudo Mongol. 2 hours from start to finish:

Shinjo Namori

And this is a little more involved project, but it is for my son. He wanted to play a very specific character for an Iron Kingdom’s RPG. An Ogrun bounty hunter/alchemist. Ogruns are sort of gorilla looking ogres, but he was very specific about the fact he wanted armor, a gas mask, a huge mace, and grenades. And he’s named Shon Hutchuck, and I’m not about to argue with an 8 year old about such things.

Shon Hutchuck

So out came the diamond saw, the dremel, an exacto knife, some green stuff putty, and a bunch of super glue. This mini is made up of parts from 6 different figures.  I started with a Privateer Press Legion Warmonger, cut off the head, shaved and filed down all the spikes, weapon swaped the spear for a titan cannoneer’s mace, used the bottom of that mace as a stick grenade, attached a spare sword and dagger to his belt, shaved off the skulls, added a left over samurai shoulder pad to the crotch, added a cataphract shoulder pad to balance, and finally added a Kromletz 40k gasmask.

It was a lot of work, but when your 8 year old comes to you with a page of backstory he’s written (Hutchuck’s first love is making bombs, but he turned to bounty hunting to pay for his chemicals and bomb making components) then you do your best to support that sort of imagination. Now I’ve just got to give him a groovy paintjob (based entirely upon the full color illustration presented to me) 🙂

17 Responses

  1. That’s very cool. He’ll love it that you took all that time. And who knows where his new character will end up. Go 8 year olds imagination.

  2. Can’t wait to see the pics when the Ogrun is done. And keep encouraging his imagination! 🙂

  3. Awwww… So cute! Love Daddy-son bonding exercises. I’m not going to squee, though, because neither Daddies nor 8-year-old boys like that! 🙂 You must be proud he’s got such a great imagination!

  4. Best. Dad. Ever. Can’t wait to see it finished 😀

  5. Nicely done conversion, Larry. It was clearly a labor of love. BTW, if you ever have an opening for one more writer nerd in your roleplaying group, I can only imagine how much fun it would be to play with you and Paul.

    I enjoyed chatting at LTUE last week, and I’m glad the “You Look Like PUFF” Monster Hunter International button that my daughter created gave you a chuckle. She thought that was awesome. Have a great night, Larry.

  6. I can’t wait to READ about Shon Hutchuck. Encourage this.

  7. Wow, you are very talented. Author and this too. And I would like to read Hutchuck’s story too!! 🙂

  8. “Hello? Skull Island Expeditions? Hi there, this is Larry Correia. Say, I’ve got a great idea for a new story. It’s about an Ogryn bounty hunter. His name? Oh, uh, well, his name is Shon.”

    When a kid and his dad can do something together and neither one can tell you who’s enjoying it more is an awesome thing.

  9. And here i was thinking i was a gun nut nerd for my love of comic books and magic the gathering. Wanted to say thank you for your outspoken stance on gun rights that lead me to your blog. That lead me to your MHI books that i love so much i got the ebooks and paper backs. Also for having someone to point out to my wife to show that I’m not that crazy. My son being 13 i understand the things we go through for them. Picture 20 teens and pre teens with airsoft guns all turning on you.

  10. Awesome. I’m hoping so hard that my little girl shares any of my interests when she gets old enough.

  11. That’s a nice conversion; can’t wait to see the painjob!

  12. “Hutchuck’s first love is making bombs, but he turned to bounty hunting to pay for his chemicals and bomb making components”

    That sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

  13. This reminds me when i kitbashed together my Cybork squad using a Ork boys box, some star wars battle droids, and some techpriest bits.

  14. […] Last week I posted up the mini I was making for my son. He was very specific on his Iron Kingdoms RPG, so I had to use bits and pieces from 6 different minis, a bunch of Dremeling, and some green stuff, to get it together. […]

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