Return of the Hobbyist

It has been a long time since I have been able to post, so I apologize to my regular readers.  Between needing surgery and several work trips, I have been unable to find hobby time. Last night marked the first time in nearly a year since I was able to do anything hobby related.

Vernone by Reaper Miniatures in Bones. Sadly miscast.

Conversion of Vernone by Reaper Miniatures in Bones.

The first thing I did was a bit of a conversion.  When my Bones 3 arrived, I had one miscast model, Vernone.  I contacted Reaper and they quickly sent me a replacement.  In the mean-time, he had been sitting on my desk when I came back.  A bit of scalpel work later and viola, a new knight with a grim hammer.  Nothing too involved but a good selling point of Bones: this conversion would be much more difficult in nearly all other materials.

In keeping with my bad puns, like Return of the Jedi, this post will feature a cute and cuddly thing too.


Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ruth by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Well maybe just cute.  One of the space rogues (think Guardians of the Galaxy) I have been working on, I did the basic blocking out of colours for Ruth last night, the plucky space dwarf (Hasslefree Grimm) hacker.

I wanted an eclectic colour mix for the helmet and did some lines to divide and pushed paint around.  Her bright yellow jumpsuit screams non-combatant and I figured it was funny.  I had to make her elbow and knee pads pink just to add to the whole ludicrous effect.

I see with the giants pics of shame that I need to touch up a few edges and I need a bit better blending of her jumpsuit in a couple spots.  I still need to highlight the webbing, helmet, visor and finish a few things but I think the overall effect is cool and evokes the stereo-typical free-spirit hacker.  The laptop is likely going to stay black or grey but I intend to paint on some logos on the back of the screen and possibly add in either the “blue screen of death”, a start-up screen from Windows, or a busy looking screen making it look like she is doing some hard-core hacking.  Still, as a WIP and only a bit of brush time she is definitely coming along.

I do like the look of the Grimm and I am not sure what I would paint the others when I pick more up.  I am tempted to keep the yellow jumpsuits but have everything “military” painted in olive drab or something similar.  When I pick some more of them up we will see where my head is at.

So from the obscurity of the web comes a quick update.  Hopefully you found this inspirational, if nothing else to dive back in with both feet after a hobby hiatus.

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