Thursday, 22 January 2015

Last Night on Earth: Starfleet Survivor Pavel Chekov

Fourth in my Star Trek-themed survivors from the Last Night on Earth board game is Pavel Cheko, a young ensign aboard the USS Enterprise who also sometimes on duty at the science officer's station on the bridge. To represent Chekov I used Jake Cartwright the drifter, a board game piece that had on attire akin to Russian winter clothes. Alhough Walter Koenig the actor who plays Chekov had always denied the character's 'Russian origin', I felt his accent was a dead giveaway as to Chekov's roots. 

Starfleet survivor and ensign of the starship USS Enterprise, Pavel Chekov
Chekov was painted with a pale skin tone

For the clothes worn by Chekov, I used a colour scheme based on military attire worn by Russian soldiers in the 18th century. Due to the 'boring' nature of Chekov's clothes, I decided to concentrate more on the face and eyes as that was the most interesting part of the miniature/board game piece. As such, in terms of paint-hours, the most time was spent on the face and eyes, especially the eyes.  

Side views of the Last Night on Earth board game piece painted as Chekov, the Starfleet Survivor

Skin tone was kept pale as befitting the subject matter - a spacefaring ensign of supposedly Russian descent. Meanwhile, constant practice has allowed me to get better results when painting eyes on 28-mm to 32-mm scale miniatures. That and the use of a 6/0 Raphael Kolinsky Sable brush.

Some rust was added to the cleaver on his left hand
Back view of Pavel Chekov, Starfleet survivor
Axe on the right hand was painted in similar colours to the one carried by Uhura

Work on Chekov's weapons were fairly straight forward: The axe on his right hand was painted in a similar colour scheme to the axe wielded by Uhura (one would assume they both got the axes from the same source/location) while the cleaver on his left hand had some rust painted on to give it a little bit of character. The alternative - a shiny new metallic cleaver - seemed out of place somehow.


Walter Koenig, shown here playing Chekov in Star Trek: The Original Series
Painted figure next to a 31-mm paperclip and a five sen coin for scale comparison

At last count, I have finished painting seven zombies and four survivors. Going forward from this half-way point, I am unsure if I want to continue the Star Trek Original Series theme for the rest of the board game pieces or paint something entirely different e.g. Walking Dead. I guess that's a good reason as any to take a temporary step back from my Last Night on Earth project, muse on potential themes and await new inspiration. It also gives me an excuse to start new projects. I love this hobby!

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18 comments:

  1. Great work again! The rust on the cleaver looks spot on.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei ... rusted weapons is almost a must in a zombie apocalypse.

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  2. great choice with that mini and great painting job!
    you are very creative!
    bye

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    1. Thank you luca, imagining the miniatures as characters that I like makes them more interesting to paint.

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  3. Great work ! I really like what you did on the pants. Very real !
    Greetings

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    1. Thanks so much Mario ... I actually did not have the colours I needed for the pants so I had to mix some colours together to get the right hue.

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  4. Don(t know why, but I want to be a friend of him...great job!

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    1. Ha ha ... as for me I tend to steer clear of anyone with a cleaver.

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  5. Lovely work dude! Eyes are my kryptonite, yours are excellent.

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    1. Much appreciated Bob ... I find myself getting better with lots of practice. The tough part is getting through those hair-pulling moments when nothing seems to work.

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  6. The detail at this scale of a mini is extremely impressive.

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    1. I was a bit surprised myself by some of the details they had on the board game pieces.

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  7. Excellent, he certainly looks ready for a fight.

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    1. Thanks Michael. But by the way he is holding both melee weapons you can tell he hasn't swung anything in anger before.

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  8. Haha, this one is great! Really love the lookings :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind comments Suber. :)

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  9. Looks great. In keeping with the Russian theme, the hat somewhat resembles a soviet-era tanker's helmet.

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    1. It does, doesn't it. That must be why I just thought he was of Russian descent the moment I set eyes on this mini.

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