Sunday, 27 October 2013

How my wife saved the day

I've mentioned it earlier - I wasn't a big fan of the latest Wyrd Miss. It seemed to me that they just put her as an extra to make Arcanist players happy. I changed my mind when I finally got the mini, put it together and glued it to a factory-themed base.
I encountered a major problem as I was finishing work on the mini. At some point when I was about to add the final touches, I noticed that she was... missing one hand. It somehow snapped off and got lost. I was looking for it everywhere with my nose to the floor and even looked into the vacuum cleaner. I had no success and gave up, feeling extremely frustrated.

At this point my wife started looking for the missing part. It took her about two minutes and she had it. It was among here jewellery in another room. I have two suspects, both are small and furry but so far they've been keeping silent about the whole incident.

Its limbs are thin and seem fragile at first glance but the miniature stays together solidly. The only problem was that pinning those mechanical legs is pretty much impossible. I ended up drilling small holes in the base and attaching the pointy edges of her legs there.

Since there's so much of metal on this model, I decided to contrast it with pale skin. I also added a bright, vivid base. I made sure that there are at least a few different colors of bricks to add some variety. A few glazes and washes did the trick.

I've also finished some other stuff but won't be publishing pictures of these projects as I will be entering them in the Rotten Harvest painting competition.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

United we stand, divided we fall (it's good to be back)

Dear Lord it's been a while since I've been here. I guess trying to make it as a lawyer does that to you :)

I'm pleased to report that (finally) I have some time to make up with brushes and paints and try to paint something again :D

For now I'll leave you with old, but still nice, pics of Ultramarines Terminators Batch, that I've finished about a year ago (has it been so long!?) but didn't have time to post them here. you go I hope you enjoy them.

On that note, I'd like to share some epic music I discovered (pretty late I guess):

Until next post ! (which will happen sooner than next year I hope :) )

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Kindness For Weakness

For some reason this song has been playing at the back of my head for the last few days. I really like the positive energy in it - seems like I need a lot of it now :)

On a hobby side of news - something that I found really interesting. Knight Models, creators of many awesome minis, have published a preview of Rorschach for their upcoming Watchmen range. It's definitely a range I'd be interested in.

Monday, 14 October 2013

No Ma'am Malifaux Painting Competition #2 and #3

It's a long story so to cut it short - two of my works were entered into a painting competition and... I ended up with the second and third places. One of the Stitched Together took #2

And the Dreamer ended up taking the third place.

I'm very happy about it as I ended up receiving a sprue with plastic puppets.

Lovely minis, the details look fantastic and they're full of character. Expect to see more on them here soon :)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Malifaux plastics. Redux.

I'm taking some time off Hobbit to focus on putting together my Malifaux backlog. I've started with  the contents of Guild's judgement box.

I really like new Death Marshals. Their poses are dynamic and they look as if they were in the middle of a fight. I remember that in one of the stories from a rulebook it was mentioned that the magical coffins were bulky and very heavy but despite that the Death Marshals seemed to be handling them with ease. These minis definitely give off that kind of vibe.
They were pretty easy to assemble. the only problematic areas were those where a hand or a leg is attached to the coffin. I pinned those and it was the only challenging part.
The only thing I don't care for are the alternative heads (who would use them anyway as you get the awesome flaming skulls in the box?). These are too... human. they don't have that emotionless, hollow look that the old metal versions have and that suits these minis perfectly.
I used Micro Art Studio cemetery resin bases here. There are some nasty gaps but that will be filled with GS and the flames will be sculpted over it later on.

I really like the new sculpt of Justice's totem. It looks much more serious and menacing than the previous one. The old metal version has a lightly comical, exaggerated feel to it. At least that is how it looks to me with thin, muscular body and large feet.
I'm not entirely sold on the Judge as his cloak seems a bit too simple in design and painting it will require several smooth highlights to get it right. Other than that, the hat is a nice addition, it goes well with his fluff (hiding true identity, never showing his face in public).
New Lady Justice was the most challenging miniature from the set to put together. Her sword and its sheath in particular. The blade is actually a separate part and it's too thin to pin it to the hilt. I ended up gluing it to the hilt and Justice's fringe to make sure there's more than one place that holds it in place.
I plan to paint these using the classic color scheme from the original box.

 I wasn't impressed with the New Miss when I saw the artwork. I don't have any other Arcanist minis so it seemed like an unnecessary addition to me. However, after putting it together, I can see potential for great looking model there. Gluing her legs to the base was a bit tricky but I ended up drilling three tiny holes in the resin base and attaching them there. The base is a MAS Factory themed one. I thought this kind of miniature will look good on it.

I'll probably start cleaning my painting backlog with her and this mini will most likely end up on ebay since I don't plan to use it for gaming.

 Here's another plastic mini I've put together recently. I wanted the Pathfinder to be placed on top of a rock to make it look as if he was scanning his surroundings. In M1.5 he had a special rule that allowed to deploy him after all the other models in a distance of 12' from the enemy lines on or behind any piece of terrain. I thought that this kind of base would go in line with that rule. Let's hope it doesn't change in M2E. I also used a piece of the trap that I attached to the base. After painting it will look as if it was emerging from water.
The clockwork traps weren't easy to put together but after finishing one I decided that I don't want to have 4 identical minis and started cutting and gluing. I plan to use water effect on these bases.

And last but not least, here's a quick mock-up for the bases I plan to use on the Ortegas once the plastic version of this crew is released. It's MAS again, this time Wasteland theme with an addition of a cactus from Pegasus Hobbies. I bought a box of these a while ago on ebay. The mini is not glued to the base as it would make painting it very hard. I just pinned it through the boots. I'll paint the miniature and base separately and put it together later on. I really like the Pistolleros. These are some examples of really excellent sculpts cast in metal. What makes them even more impressive, it's all cast in one piece, no parts needed to be glued.

Now, let's put a few brushstrokes on these - my helpers are ready, as always.

Friday, 4 October 2013

A burrahobbit?

Here's the final piece in my latest "Hobbit" project. These have been waiting for painting pretty much since the day GW released them in stores. Somehow I've kept on leaving them for later.

These big ugly guys are actually pretty well sculpted. Weird proportions, with long arms and shorter legs plus the ugly faces make them look like... trolls. The one with a fork in his hand looks a bit like a larger version of plastic troll from the Mines of Moria set.

While working on them I had the scene from the book in mind. The trolls are roasting meat over fire. having an argument and suddenly they hear a noise made by a burglar. I tried to capture the moment just before Bilbo is caught. I placed an empty base behind the tree as I don't have a proper miniature right now. I think any of the new finecast versions, either the one with Sting or the other one that comes in pair with Gandalf, should fit well here. But that's just an option for the future.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

New Dreamer art, Wyrd Chronicles and...

my article in it. I put it together a while ago and now that an opportunity came (Halloween-themed edition), it fit in.
The bit that got many excited over at Wyrd forums was the new Dreamer art.

I like it, especially LCB. If I get this crew, I'll put something torn and bloody in his hands to make it look like he's secretly having his guilty pleasure. The Dreamer looks a bit more grown up and daydreams seem even wilder and more grotesque than they used to be.

Almost forgot, here are some pics of the Depleted - really nice minis but very thin and fragile so painting them was a bit of a challenge.You can read an article about painting them in Wyrd Chronicles #8.

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