It's been a while since my last post, so to get back in the swing of things I'll introduce to you a certain Balthazar Weiss, the Arch-Militant of the good (bad) ship "Siegfried and Roy", last seen stood atop a transport vehicle, blasting away at another Rogue Trader's foot soldiers with his hellgun, while the rest of his merry band were busy falling over each other trying to pick up a "relic".
Balthazar likes to fade into the background, follows orders, prefers others to do the talking, and quietly and efficiently cleans up when others make a mess. Due to a rather good characteristic roll at character generation time, plus weapon specialisation and some helpful equipment, Mr Weiss has an insanely high Ballistic Skill, which makes him very effective in a firefight. Our glorious leader is a decadent, spontaneous nut job, who jumps in first and thinks afterwards, so this skill is going to come in very handy...
Miniature wise, he's not the best paint job in the world, but I wanted him done quickly and went for neat and tidy. Unfortunately the model is quite a bad cast with plenty of rough areas that needed cleaning up, and in some cases, make the best of a bad job. There's very little in the way of conversion, save for removing the Imperial eagles from his armour and equipment. While he's a loyal citizen of the Imperium, he'll frequently have to go where Imperial Law is not welcome, so the eagles had to go. The base is from Model Display Products, and he's positioned on it to look like he's going up a step
The dark grey of the armour was Vallejo German Grey, Highlighted with Adeptus Battlegrey and Codex Grey, washed with very watered down black paint, and then re-highlighted in places with the Battlegrey. I think this works OK, although it does look a little flat, but it fits in with the stay-in-the-shadows, no-nonsense character that he is. The green cables are a base of P3 Cryx Base, washed with Agrax Earthshade, then highlighted with Catachan Green and Deathworld Forest.
The leather is a base of Dryad Bark, washed again with the Earthshade and highlighted with the the base colour and increasing amounts of Graveyard Earth. The metal is equally simple, Leabelcher, shaded with Nuln Oil, and then highlighted with Chainmail.
In this picture you can see one of the casting issues that I couldn't fix, on the top of the hellgun - I didn't want to damage the rest of the model trying to fix that, so it had to stay as it is. To be fair it's more noticeable in this picture than it is when seeing the model with the naked eye.
The off-white of the trousers and shirt is painted using the House-guards method. I started with a base of Khemri Brown, highlighted with increasing amounts of Karak Stone and then white - it's a bit patchy in places on the trousers, and suffers from me breaking my own rule about laying down a solid base coat, but the sleeves turned out nicely. The base is done in the same way as I did for the Seneschal, with the addition of a glaze of Gryphonne Sepia to tone everything down, as I thought the Seneschal's base was a bit too in-your-face and drew attention away from the miniature.
So the Siegfried and Roy has its second character painted, and another of my half finished collection on my painting desk is completed. Like I said at the start, it's not the best paint job in the world, but it's effective and it was quick to do, and he does look the part. Just in case you were wondering about the post title, it's kind of become Balthazar's catchphrase...
As always, comments and criticism welcome!