Thursday, July 28, 2016

I made a challenge to myself and see how fast I can paint a 30mm miniature, took me 3 hours from box to this...

Haven't done something like this before, and haven't done a mini from start to finish in a shorter period of time in a long while as well.  The last two that I had done took over a year, and the diorama that I started 2 years ago is still only 70% finished.

Anyway I ran into a lot of issues, especially when some of my supplies are still not in my current workshop:

- I had to make the base as well, which I got a whole bunch of secret weapon base tucked away in storage and not with me, so I need to make due with the plastic square base that comes with the mini.

- I haven't got enough time to let the glue dry, didn't have time to let the green stuff dry, so I just pray that these won't give me trouble down the track.

- the box art is not a painted version of the mini so I need to quickly think of a color scheme, which Is am still trying to make up my mind.

- air-brushing took me a while as I need to clean the air brush before and after using, and I spent some time clean it after use so it'd be easier for me next time.

- photography is still a problem as the lighting is still a little harsh, which again took me a while.

- order of painting was wrong, I could have do the small parts first, then mid tone to make corrections, then .... should I do the shading first or highlight first... damn it.

Anyway, as I woke up this morning and took the mini under the sun to have another look, it wasn't too bad, and it had been fun.

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War
Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War

Here are some progress shots, notice the Ikea clock behind the mini.  Nice clock from Ikea, affordable, simple, does the job.

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War, out of the box
What I started with straight out of the box, a 3 parts mini from Avatars of War,
I bought it from a hobby shop in Spain

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War, washed
cleaning is important, don't want the releasing agent on the mini to mess up with priming

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War, cleaning flash lines
cleaning the flash lines from the mini,
very good casting, not a lot of lines to clean

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War, basing
added some green stuff to fill in the gap on the arm,
took some sands for basing, it looks like ground now.
that took be longer than I though as I put several layer of fine sand on it

Swordmaster of Lusia - Avatars of War, ready for painting
Mounted and primed, ready for painting, 1.5 hours

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I finished my first bottle of black in weeks, my second bottle lasted for years

I was sitting next to the painting station helping with some work on my PC, as I was just waiting around I looked across to my pots of paints i decided to add some water to them and gave them a good shake.

These are the first bunch of paints I got for this hobby, all except the black. I was told that the easiest way to prime a mini was to paint it black. I did that as it made sense with my Chaos armored units. Later on I learned that black is actually the hardest color to paint and paint over I stayed away from this pot for a long time. Not until recently I had enough skill and courage to use black paint, but still I haven't gone through my second pot.

Friday, October 9, 2015

First batch of BONES selected for painting

trying to start my painting service business, selected the first batch of Reaper BONES (1st kickstarter, vampire level) for painting.  Some of them are of very good quality and have a lot of details, some of them are so-so, one or two of them got a very... simple face but I'd do something about it.  All in all I expect to sell them for USD10 to USD20 each, not trying to make a profit but just to help with my cash flow.  The list of selected BONES below (the link is for the original metal cast, I'd post the BONE version on hand later)

Actually there are two more of these but they had already been primed so they didn't get to make the group shot.

50178: Andre Durand, Time Chase

50033 > Horace "Action" Jackson

60048 > Feiya, Iconic Witch & Fox Familiar

60095 > Merisiel, Iconic Elf Rogue (Version 2)

03337 > Terezinya, Bone Pander Wizard

03098 > Astrid, Female Chronicler

P02584B: Townsfolk: strumpet [10029 E]

03255 > Callie, Female Rogue with Bow

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Basing of dragon rider, almost...

Got the base painted and base coated. The finaly touches was done with molding clay and sandy pastes (forgot proper name).  The clay is water soluble so it was really good at filling in larger gaps of the base giving it is more natural look, plus it was very easy to shape while being wet.

The next step is to make the claws rest more naturally on the rock, and the hind leg touching the base.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"The Escape" - diorama setup

Hi everyone, I am back and hopefully I can keep posting here.  This is going to be a slow project as I am working on a pretty complicated, long-overdue paint job (checkout my FB page if interested:

I love this Sophie, so much so that actually I got two of her, one that I had already finished a while back, and another one sitting in the box since last X'mas.  Here is the one that I had already painted, excuse the poor lighting...  She had been one of the better models sitting on my display shelf for long now, but one thing that keeps on bugging me is that she deserve more, more elements to complete the story, and especially something for her to shoot at...

So when I ordered another Sophie during last Xmas, I order a bunch of other mini to compliment her.  Sticking to the tomb theme I got an army pack of mummies and a mummy lord... Excuse me for not correctly naming though cause I am not really into pathfinder.

The fun thing about doing diorama is that I can play around with the setting ideas in my head for days and days, and gave me excuses for looking up all sorts of stuff like background information on tombs.  One one that I really want to get happening this time is to set a good composition for the whole thing, trying to use techniques like triangle placement, 3:1 golden ratio extra... the current idea is like this one.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Basing, not that good though.

In real life, as i saw dueing all the hiking, the wild roads are pretty flat, even for areas that no one treaded bigger rocks are not that frequent. So the problem here with this base is it still doesn't look natural enough.  The worst part is the claw doesn't fit right with the ground, that means i need to out more clay or green stuff on it... we'd see.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I am back!

Hey everyone, I am back, and this time around I can not only paint but I can also blog! Not exactly the best of times at work there, but it's always good to have some down time at work.

Anyway, this time it is about make the base for a dragon and its rider. Here is our lovely Super Sonico with the Dragon.

And here is the base so far, I teared up a cork board coaster and sprinkled some sands on it. So far so good.

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