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Jokaero

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This hi-tech space ape might be my last post of 2015…

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As the appalled Administratum looks on, Inquisitor Jodorowsky takes full advantage of the xenos techno sorcery to further his own Machiavellian schemes.

I painted this figure months ago, but didnt get around to posting about it until just now.  Its a GW Jokaero released in the mid to late 2000s if I recall correctly.

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The paint job didnt work out as well as I had hoped, so after it was initially “finished” I tweaked it here and there to make it a little better.  Its ok now, but its not my best work or anything.

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I actually painted this model before I painted the other cyber ape from Ramshackle Games as Speed Raceorks simian sidekick “Chim-Chim”.

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“And I will NEVER, EVER work with them again!” [SMASH CUT] [CANNED LAUGHTER]

With Inquisitor Verhoeven being my resident radical Ordo Xenos type, it seems likely that he will be spending the most time in the company of cyber-simians.

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You pay astro-peanuts, you get techno-savant space monkeys.

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“Ah, shurely shum short of shpaysh shimian” said Ramirez the Space Sensei.

Im hoping to get another post or two in before the end of the year, but no guarantees unfortunately.

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I get an E.T. vibe from that finger.

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22 Responses

  1. Phenomenal! The glowing green effect is extremely convincing on this one. And it really suits the mood of the piece, giving the techno ape a rather eerie appearance. My only criticism would be that the reddish shrubbery on his base could use a bit more color variation, perhaps some lightly painted highlights or berries or something.

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    • I’m glad that you like the green No Such Agency. I was really quite unhappy with how it worked out initially (OSL techniques are still very much something that I am experimenting with).
      After some tweaking the OSL looked a bit better, but still not quite right to me, but it has got to the point that I can’t really see it anymore.

      I might go back to the model one more time to tweak the shrubbery.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  2. Nice work! I was never really convinced by the space orang-utan look, but your use of colours here marks him as a ‘believable’ alien.

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    • I tried all sorts of colours on various cyborg ape models over the years, but they never worked out, the project stalling each time. Like you, I wasn’t sold on the space orangutan vibe for years either, but eventually decided to give it a go.
      I went for a blue in the highlights on the models visible skin. In conjunction with the various sci-fi knick-knacks, I like to think that the blue gives a slight otherworldly feel to the model, so that it doesn’t just look like a repurposed 20th century Earth ape. It’s slight though.
      The paint job is quite reserved considering my gaudy tastes really. Thanks for the feedback Subedai!

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  3. That’s nuts Paul no one should make an ape look that good lol just in case it is the last post of the year happy newyear mate.

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  4. Very nice indeed. I’ve had one of these sat undercoated for several months, but waiting for me to work out a colour scheme. I’m wondering about very pale orange fur, but I’m not sure how to execute it.

    I particularly like the dark blue flesh. It really does frame the model nicely.

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    • The blue flesh was important for a few reasons I think. I didn’t want the model to be too naturalistic, and the blue adds a little pop.

      As I mentioned above, it took me a few false starts before I even got to a point where I was content with the fur. I used paler colours initially but struggled to get the high contrast look that I like.

      I’m sure that you will enjoy painting it though, it’s a very nice model. Thanks for the feedback Jon!

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  5. Lovely job Paul, and a great way to cap the year – looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2016!

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    • Thanks Alex and right back at you. I have far more planned than I could squeeze into twenty years I reckon, so it will be interesting to see what bubbles to the top.

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  6. Very cool; I love that last photograph in particular – very nicely set.

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  7. Your painting is getting better and better👍

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  8. Excellent paintjob. What you call ‘ok’, I call awesome. Very good belending and excellent OSL. The only thing you could improve is the basign as suggested, but that is only a minor thing that does not detract from your excellent work (and excellent presentation).

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  9. This has been an inspiring year of random and really cool silliness from you and this jokaero is no exception. A tip of the hat to you, sir!

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    • A full year in review post will go up in a few days. 2015s output has been as varied as any if the last few years, but total is a bit lower I think. Some fun stuff though.
      Thanks for the feedback Mikko!

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  10. Lovely as always, Paul! Now I need my own Jokaero family!

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    • I have a Jokaero family unit in the works José, im just not sure when it will et the attention that it deserves. Sooner rather than later I hope.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  11. Is that the metal casting, or Finecast? The Jokaero and Castellan Crowe were the final two metal miniatures Citadel released. I’m still hunting a metal Crowe.

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    • That’s a metal one.
      That’s also an interesting piece of trivia. That would make those two the only metal releases as part of that Grey Knight 5th ed Codex in 2011 I guess.
      It’s an interesting idea to booked the metal releases like that. Thanks for the feedback Curis!

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