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I’m not dead yet…

And my vacation isn’t done yet…although I am in the hours left now.  Once I get back to work I know I will be very busy so I don’t expect as many posts…in fact I might go through until late February before the next one.  Did I mention my new job at work is very busy?

Anyhow, yesterday and today were very productive.  On the building front I managed to assemble 3 buildings and plastered two of them and my bus shelter.  Sadly I forgot to sand any of them so the plaster isn’t staying on well.  I will see how well it stays on after another couple days and try painting.  I also found out that the white glue doesn’t work well on the garbage bags to foam.  The glue stuck very well to the bags but not to the foam.  The glue also left a very obvious film on the bags.  So I was able to easily pop the bags off and peel off the glue.  The bag I attached to one of the sheet-metal fences stayed attached very well though.  If you are going to use my garbage bags idea I recommend using superglue to attach them to things unless attaching it to a porous surface with a large flat contact point.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

I also managed to finish painting the last big building I had sitting as a WIP.  I also added a small shop to this one through the simple addition of a sign.  Not fantastic, but I am planning to go back and put bright green in the centre of the letters to evoke neon.

Also worth noting is the new finishing technique I tried.  I have gone with an even lighter final highlight and it makes the building look newer and in better repair.  It doesn’t stand out from the others but still blends in.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Getting some more brush time is Nick Fury.  I finally decided I had practiced the SHIELD logo enough and gave it a shot on him.  Although not my best freehand, I think it works pretty well, especially at arms length away.  To put it into perspective, the circle for the SHIELD crest is 2mm diameter.  Probably the tiniest freehand I have done, although I did do better ones in practicing for this guy.

Zombies by Reaper Miniatures

Zombies by Reaper Miniatures

Also seeing some paint time are the zombies from Bones 2.  I wasn’t sure if these would work as modern or fantasy models until I actually looked at them.  They didn’t get much love from me, there are even still mold lines on them.  The pale blue shirt model actually has a buttoned shirt and the blue vest guy is obviously wearing either a jean or leather vest so very modern zombies.  That being said, they still will work as fantasy as none of the details are hugely obvious.  At their very low price, they are the cheapest zombies in 28mm.  I should say the cheapest still available.  If you aren’t tracking, Wargames Factory has essentially gone under.  Their products are now sold exclusively through Warlord Games…who have yet to put any of the product up for sale 4 months later.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Anyhow, although my finished building has a store, I did a proper corner store/grocery store too.  This building is the first multi-level without external stairs or a balcony.  There will be a rooftop sign on the corner with the door facing in two directions.  I am also going to put hinged doors on top of the dumpster in the back.  Although it is attached to the building, it isn’t out of the ordinary.  I have seen garbage can containers like this before.  I will try making several free-standing dumpsters too to add that ambience to the back alleys.

These large square windows will actually be the first real windows I will be doing for the buildings.  I will be attaching clear plastic sheets (plastic from miniature blisters) that are covered in posters and advertisements.  If you have ever been in a small town store or an older neighbourhood store you will know exactly what I mean.  This is for two reasons.  First, the interiors aren’t finished and big windows would mean  I would have to finish them.  Second, the dirty poster-filled windows will keep in the theme of the building I am going for.  I did consider boarding up the windows, or a window, but I will keep that for a future building.

Nick Fury battling zombies.

Nick Fury battling zombies.

For a bit of an action shot we see Nick Fury forced to fight his way through a horde of zombies.  Are they supernatural?  A nefarious Hydra plot?  Of just finished minis being show-cased.  Tune in for the next episode to find out.

Hopefully today’s post was inspirational to you.  If nothing else it shows how a bit of practice can give you tiny little details to finish a mini or terrain project.

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Dungeon Work in Progress (2)

I realized it has been a while since I did any updates so I figured I would post what I have managed to do recently.  I’ve had a bit less free time than I’d like so the modular pieces from last post aren’t done.

But, as the pics below show, even half painted they blend in very well with the others.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

A bit over-exposed with light, I am having trouble trying to get the light contrast right for these pics of the terrain.  Might need to look into a cloth to put them on the get colour balancing and light ratios.  Trust me, that only sounds knowledgeable and technical, I barely understand it.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Barrow Warden Mystic,  Astrid Female Bard,  Brother Roberto, and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures.  Games Workshop Dunedain, Goblins and Skeletons.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Barrow Warden Mystic, Astrid Female Bard, Brother Roberto, and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures. Games Workshop Dunedain, Goblins and Skeletons.

The brave adventurers are attacked on all fronts.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Barrow Warden Mystic and   Brother Roberto by Reaper Miniatures.  Games Workshop Dunedain and Skeletons.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Barrow Warden Mystic and Brother Roberto by Reaper Miniatures. Games Workshop Dunedain and Skeletons.

Facing the onslaught of undead, the brave ranger and cleric prepare to sell their lives dearly.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Astrid Female Bard and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures.  Games Workshop Goblins.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Astrid Female Bard and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures. Games Workshop Goblins.

The bard and mage confidently stare down the goblins…

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Astrid Female Bard and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures.  Games Workshop Goblins.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Astrid Female Bard and Anirion Wood Elf Mage by Reaper Miniatures. Games Workshop Goblins.

Until a portcullis separates the two adventurers!

I also managed to get a modular door piece finished, but as I was grabbing it to photograph the top row came undone.  The key point here is build a top row to keep them assembled.  I should have it ready for the next update.

Overall, the dungeon is progressing slowly but surely.  I am busy casting bricks to finish a room I have given the ominous name of “The Gauntlet”.

Hopefully something here inspired you today, if nothing else to play out little dramas to photograph and post.

 

Random Pictures

After a review of my miniatures with one of the wife’s friend’s the other day, I realized I don’t have very many pictures of some of my better work.

Without digging around too much, I present some of my favorite miniatures and the reasons why.

Rackham Cynwall Azure Hunter

Rackham Cynwall Azure Hunter

 

Cynwall Azure Hunter

Cynwall Azure Hunter

Ages ago now it seems, I played Confrontation on a regular basis.  My wife started playing too and seemed to really like the Cynwall army I had.  I added a few more figures to give her a bit of diversity.  Since she was playing with the largely unpainted army, I gave her the chance to choose the colours.  She wanted black and red, so this was the first test on the scheme.

Very simple but contrasting.

Rackham Drune Kelt Archer

Rackham Drune Kelt Archer

Rackham Drune Kelt Archer

Rackham Drune Kelt Archer

Although my goblin army was the one of my favorite armies, the Drunes saw more use.  Mostly because most folks were tired of their heroes being beaten-up by angry samurai Yoda’s, and said they found the Drunes more fun to play.  I like this model as the subtle wet-blending on the flesh came out beautifully.  The dried undead arms provide a nice contrast.  Sadly my photography has lost most of the flesh details.

Rackham Drune Kelt Persecutor

Rackham Drune Kelt Persecutor

Rackham Drune Kelt Persecutor

Rackham Drune Kelt Persecutor

While not as well painted, this fellow (and his two brothers in arms) were the bane of my opponents.  While other models fought better or had nasty tricks to stay alive after otherwise fatal blows, these guys were all around tough and often over-looked as less intimidating.  I am happiest with the hide as I did some blotching and fading reminiscent of an old fur throw we had over my couch as a kid.

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Now this one is completely different.  Years ago my wife played role-playing games and one of her favorite characters was a lizard ninja.  I decided to make the miniature for her as a birthday gift.

This was converted from a Gamesworkshop lizardman to get the final product.  The lizard has skin folds between the limbs like a flying squirrel, a backpack, and a three-piece rod.  This was one of my first really involved conversions as it included sculpting an arm, adding the ninja wraps (forgive my ignorance on the name for the wrappings), the backpack, the wings, a frilled mane,  matching the scales on the rest of the body, and of course breasts.  I know, if humanoid reptilian critters existed they likely wouldn’t have mammary glands, but it helps identify as a female.

Not a fantastic model, but when people ask what I do with my toy soldiers, this is what she goes for.  In fact, she has told me this was the best gift she has ever received.

Hopefully something here on my memory lane inspired you today.