Well, this post has been a long time coming!
I started this model last year. You can remind yourself what I wrote back then by clicking on the following link: http://thecolourintospace.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/fiddler-mech-part-1.html
It started like this:
I always knew I wanted to paint something quite intricate on it, something like a cross between a writhing mass of stuff and a canal boat...
The first effort was disappointing. Too much fuss and not enough planning. I liked the name on the bodywork, but it had to go in favour of something simpler.
So I planned it out a bit and went for a tentacl-ish pattern that flowed better.
...and there it stayed for months as I slowly added details here and there and wondered what to do to finish it off. I liked the design but it looked to clean and flat.
Until I thought of a new way to weather the thing. A thinned mid-dark grey applied around the edges followed by successively lighter greys in really thin strokes. The idea was to make it look like years worth of wear and tear. It also meant I didn't need to cover the model in tentacle designs too.
The test on the leg looked ok, so I carried on with the rest of the model. It was a bit daunting at first, scribbling over mycarefully laid out designs, but it also served to hold me bac from weathering too much of the surfaces.
I tried to keep the wear to exposed areas with more inaccessible places just shaded. In several places I added darker lines edged with white to represent deepr scars.
I'm happy with that.
I have another with a different loadout, not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I don't want them to be the same, I think the model has too much character that would be lost if it was too "production line".
Possibly green. Certainly tentacley designs, but different. I may try to pose the legs so that the fiddly arm parts can reach the ground. Perhaps have it lifting something. We'll see.
The fiddler is such a great model. A lovely blend of insect, alien, robot and the threat of imminent annihilation. WhIt's nicely poseable too, and it just looks like it means business.
If you fancy your own Fiddlers (and why wouldn't you?) you can get some here: https://whitedragonminiatures.co.uk/the-fiddler-mech/