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Hunting pirates #6 – All done!

July 8, 2021

It’s summer holiday time, and that means I finally have the time and energy to get to blogging, a little bit at least! This post is a special one though, as I rarely get to make one – it actually marks the end of a project, and this is because of actual completion, not dried-up interest.

With most of my projects usually being very much open-ended, it was a delight to actually take one to a clear, pre-defined finish. So here they are, my pirate hunters! A group of tropey types defined in my initial post, the bit of extra character made all the difference when painting them. For me, a little fantasy – thinking about the characters and their back stories – is a really good motivator, so I’ll have to do even more of that in the future.

In the end, I made one change in the cast, as I wasn’t completely happy with the Hero Forge duelist I’d made. However, as I drew inspiration for him from The Three Musketeers’ Comte de Rochefort, I realised that I actually had the good count as a miniature already. The model I have is by Redoubt Enterprises, and is actually a really nice piece. I think I originally skipped him as there was a fair bit of flash on the model and the sword was a little bent – the kind of things you “can’t be bothered with right now”. The model is very tall especially compared to my Foundry pirates, which also left him sitting in a box for years. Once cleaned up, painted, and based, he fit the crew just fine!

Group shot of pirate hunter miniatures

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So, from left to right, front row:Β  the second-in-command, one of the twins, the leader, the other twin, the sniper. Back row: the beastmaster and his dogs, the scholar, the veteran, the unhinged, and the heavy.

They’ve been based in a way that combines elements from my pirates and my civilians, so they can easily serve as either, should I ever actually play a game. At the same time it makes them a faction of their own. They may get a small ship of their own some day in the future, but for now I’m happy just to have the crew. While they’re pirate hunters, they would actually make for a super cool 18th century vampire/monster hunter team as well, Γ  la John Carpenter’s (or rather, John Steakley’s) Vampires. New sub-subproject, maybe?

For the previous posts in this project featuring many of the individual characters, check out the Pirate hunters tag.

17 comments

  1. Super nice crew here, beautifully painted and chock full of character.

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    • Thanks for the kind words! The crew sprang from deciding to paint something that I specifically wanted to paint, as opposed to the requirements of one project or another. I guess ut shows!

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  2. Lovely job mate πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  3. Crikey, those are great! πŸ™‚ Well done getting them finished! Like them all, but the sniper’s my favourite!

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    • Thanks John! That sniper’s a lovely piece, supporting the musket on the sword is a great detail.

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  4. Those look great.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    • Thanks Pete, glad you like them!

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  5. I love these models and the paint job. They look fantastic. Can’t wait to see them in action!

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    • Thanks! Knowing myself they’ll maybe see action in 2025, but looking forward to it myself too πŸ˜€

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  6. That is a great looking crew! They have a really nice edge to them that makes them look like supernatural hunters. I really like the variety of people in that group too. It makes them seem more realistic to me anyway πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Kuribo! I love this mix and match approach when building forces, it makes for fun painting projects as well. Now to get them some proper opponents…

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  7. Fantastic work on all of these. Reading this got me thinking and it’s true, I very rarely finish projects myself. Mostly I just leave them open ended, “an army is never complete…” and all that, but I do have a habit of getting distracted as well. I don’t lose enthusiasm for the original project, I just have more enthusiasm for something else! Well done for seeing these through to the end – well worth it!

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    • Thanks Wudugast! It’s very rare for me to finish projects as well, I very much go for the open-ended, neverending variety. My pirates are a good example, I’ve been working on them since 2015! However, it is pretty pleasing to have smaller, delineated projects like individual crews, Blood Bowl teams etc. Even better if, like with the pirate hunters, I can make them a subproject of a larger one. I might eventually return to these if just the right model comes up, or maybe give them a ship of their own, but for now I’m calling them done πŸ™‚

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  8. Love these Mikko, clearly you are the master painter of this genre.

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    • Awww, much appreciated Mark!

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  9. […] hunters is a finished subproject! It’s a trope-laden group of special characters, fit for all sorts of hunting […]

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