If you're not a reader of JB/Asslessman's Leadplague (and why not?!), you're probably asking yourself right about now:
"What on earth is Rogue Quest?"
A good question indeed! Rogue Quest is a little project that JB and I are jointly working on, to port the a classic Dungeon Adventuring party into a sci-fi setting, using Rogue Trader and Confrontation influences.
|Confrontation artwork by Tony Ackland
Between now and Christmas, we have both taken it upon ourselves to steadily build 6 person-strong adventuring parties, set around the classic adventurer archetypes:
- Magic User
- Rogue / Thief
One of my aims for the project is to figures that are not only suitable for the archetype, but which might not otherwise get painted. My first figure is an old pre-slotta Amazon that I've had sitting around for a while, with the vague idea that she would eventually become part of a gang of feral spacers.
|I selected Koka-Kalim for my Barbarian (catalogue page from Stuff of Legends).
Dy-ana totes a sleek pistol, which is perfect for the setting, but also has a very tribal outfit, with exotic hair, feathers and trim to her skirt.
Barbarians in the Dungeons and Dragons setting are characterised by raw fury and feral alertness, speed and endurance. Dy-ana lacks obvious physical strength, which is one of the other key barbarian characteristics, but I figure the feral / tribal elements are obvious nonetheless.
I'll be honest here - this is only the second or third pre-slotta figure that I can recall ever painting, and the sculpt is a jumble of lovely details (dress, face), mixed up with some rather dodgy elements (arms in particular). Overall though, I'd say that the character shines through, and allows you to overlook the less well-defined parts!
Dy-ana's eye make-up/warpaint was directly copied from the delicious Amazons painted up by Thantsants over at Somewhere the tea's getting cold. I liked the design a lot, so replicated it.
I had fun with the paint scheme, which is a translation of the artwork from the cover of the Second Citadel Compendium. The bright colours seem to work really well with the figure, giving her a lot more pop than if I'd painted her in neutral tans and browns.
|Cover of the Second Citadel Compendium, from Stuff of Legends.
I've now got a fortnight to work on the next member of my adventuring party. You can check out Rogue Quest Level Three over at Leadplague at some point next week. But what I would do, if I was you, would be to rummage in the leadpile and see what suitable figures I had for an adventuring party of my own!