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Thanks very much for the encouragement, Viterbi!

I consulted the seers of the innerwebz for how to paint white cloaks and found a very good short video by the guy from Games Workshop on how he does the High Elf cloaks, which works for me. Base coat of light grey, wash the deep creases with Drakenhof Nightshade (which I had) or other darkish blue ink or wash (if I didn't have), followed by an even lighter grey for most flat areas then white for the highlights and edges.

Here's the first two steps done, plus the basecoat for the Eternal Flame Lunchbox Backpacks:





Looking at them under magnification, I think I was little sloppy even for me with the wash, but I'll be painting right up to the dark part of the creases with the lighter grey and will even out the edges and smooth the transitions.

Someone once asked Camkhieri how he got so much done- this was after a particularly productive session where he was cranking out some outstanding work. His answer was "when I paint, I paint. I don't watch TV or listen to music. I paint." That's what I've been doing these last few nights- I don't ask myself if I feel like painting, I sit down at my little desk. Once in the chair it's easy to lose track of time, it's so much fun. And I cheat a bit, I've got a pretty extensive digital music library and I set that sucker to 'shuffle all' and let 'er rip. Sofie Tukker followed by Mendelsohn followed by ELO by Duran Duran by Kate Ryan followed by.... 'eclectic' doesn't begin to describe it.

Thank you for looking in and for your constructive criticism.

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Finished the four steps to painting the cloaks, and mine didn't have nearly the pleasing effect as the pro on YouTube, which is okay. Had to take this photo to see what it really looked like- very different here than through my magnifier.



Not sure about this look- I figure either I need to make a very thin white wash to pull the layers together or paint the base color again and try one more time. Part of the problem I think is I'm painting too thick a line for the final white highlights, so maybe blending it in a bit better will help.

It doesn't help that the light in the photo is not good.

First time trying, all good, still learning.

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I would reserve the final judgement until a better photo. Maybe too much of highlight color pooling? Did You use wet brush or dry brush/stippling to do highlights?

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To me they look good. Painting white is hard, especially since there’s no good white wash that I have found. The second on the left looks the best to me.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
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Thank you for the feedback Theo! Of what my (biased) eye can see, I like the kneeling figure best myself.

I'm fixing to start some detail painting tonight, gold and brass and things that accentuate the armor detailing- we'll see how that sets off the cloaks and tabards.

And you're right- the only 'white wash' I've ever had any success at all with is thinning water paint and applying several layers, once the acrylic base colors have been sealed with matte varnish. Works on large, flat areas to a degree, but looks grainy.

I may leave these as they are, as I've at least six more to do. If I use the same technique with greater precision and the result is better, I may come back and re-do this first lot. If it comes out the same, at least they'll be uniform!

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Not where I should be

Looking fabulous bud, really great to see your work.




 
   
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Thanks very much for looking in, Cam, and the words of encouragement.

Just a couple of WIP shots tonight, getting closer to wrapping up and still many half-finished projects to get to during Finish Something February.

In the front shot: grenades, grenade belt, crosses, armor decoration and filigree all painted:



In the back shot: Eternal Flame Lunch Boxes heavily washed in Nuln Oil and hoses painted blue and yellow (for something to break up the large metallic blob):



Next major areas to tackle: faces/helmets and the bolters and flamer. Given all the black armor bits, they won't be black. I'd really like to do them white, if I can do it in a way that doesn't lose them with all the white cloak material.

When they are done, I'll break out the light box, or at least some directional lighting, and terrain to pose them on and get some better shots than the WIPs.

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The gals are coming along well. And always remember, painting white is just and may as well be forbidden. But we all try nevertheless and your cloaks look great
   
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Thanks very much Viterbi, I appreciate the encouragement! I like 'em enough to leave them alone for now, because they are a) acceptable and b) done- and this is Finish Something February (at least for me ).

When I knock out the other 6 I may try the same technique but with a finer hand or try something different; if I like how it comes out I may go back and redo these. But the axiom "in mass lies perfection" also holds and even adequately painted cloaks, by the time you sling 11 (or more) of them together start to look good.

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With two minor exceptions, these not-Sisters of Battle are done.

Exception #1 is, now that I can see even more closely than through my magnifier with the photo to post here, is to add some neon color (probably green) for the helmet eyes. Frankly, I'm pleased that I was able to paint as well as I did and I think the eyes will pop a bit (humor intended) with the 'targeting lens' color.

Exception #2 is a bit that I don't have that I want to add- looking at them it seems to me somewhat obvious what they are lacking. I tried fabricating my own from greenstuff, but they are too small and fiddly for me to manage, so I've ordered some from off eBay. I'll paint them and install them and shoot a couple more pics then to show.

I used my Chinese Walled Villa as backdrop, which I like, but it reminds me I really should get a proper sci-fi type backdrop painted up for figures like these. That may not be a proper subject for 'Finish Something February' but it fits right in with 'Make Something March'.

Here are the first five Ladies from Hades, the First Lysistrata Corps of the Amazons (thank you Robert Heinlein, for a wonderful adolescence growing up with your books):











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Prepping the next lot to get finished off and decided that 'Finish Something February' could also be 'Fix Something February'. I found my stash of figures that had been broken in either the first flooding of the apartment three years ago or the second flooding two years ago; some were broken in both. With all the clutter (that is rapidly disappearing from my painting desk) I had forgotten that these last few needed a touch of glue or paint to put back right.

Group shot:


OOP Wargames Foundry Storm Trooper Heavy Weapons Team (conversion):


Offensive Miniatures Mounted Riot Police converted into Rough Riders (true scale 28mm):


Archon Empire of Man Female Snipers (true scale 28mm) I may have to replace the rifle that got broken on the one:


(Now) Wargames Atlantic Female Panzerjaeger and Eisenkern Stormtrooper Missileer:


OOP Wargames Foundry Anti-tank Team (conversion with Armorcast special effects):


Kromlech Space Highlander Multi-melta Gunner:


Scratchbuilt ammunition hauler with GW Imperial Guard crew:


1/35 BA-64 Armored Car conversion (counts as Sentinel):


These got left until after other, more seriously damaged pieces got fixed first and then were 'overtaken by events' and only now just getting finished. Broken off arms, weapons, barrels, that sort of thing. The lance I fixed by cutting a piece of the thinnest tubing I have to act as a sleeve to join the two halves. Unless I get flooded out again, this should have everything ship-shape and Bristol fashion for awhile.

I'll be getting started shortly on figures that were based for quite some time now, but only tonight have they been de-flashed and primered.

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Here are the new figures that I'm starting basecoating:



These are from the first (I think) kickstarter by Macrocosm- and designed and sculpted by Inso of this site. If you haven't taken a look at his blog "The Squats of Inso's Reach" you really should: there's a lot more in there than Squats and he is very talented.

I've been looking forward to painting some of these guys for a long time. Back in the late 80's, when we discovered Rogue Trader as it was transitioning into Warhammer 40k, four of us picked a different army to build so we could game- Orks, Eldar, Imperial Guard and Squats. I and another fellow argued for a long time as to who would get Squats and I ultimately went with Guard. Although Squats were slow in movement, give them heavy weapons and some Hearthguard on trikes and they were a lot of fun to play and rock solid- the hard core upon which the Guard formed in times of crisis, as it were.

So, long overdue for me. I've backed all three kickstarters and am in possession of two, so I have grunts, special weapons, heavy weapons, mortars and sentinels to paint. We'll start with these five and see where it goes.

After all, Aggregate April will need something to build upon!

Thank you for looking in, your interest and encouragement and your constructive criticism.

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You're doing great with "get it done February", keep it up Meer

   
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Thank you, Syro- it's good to be able to stay focused for a bit, rather than having some new excitement pop up every other day! Some of these things are _long_ overdue. Hoping to wrap up this squad quickly and get at least one more project- if not two- wrapped up before month's end.

Then on to 'Make Something March', which at the moment looks like wrapping up at least two terrain pieces and maybe, time permitting, completing a new one that has just suggested itself to me as I was clearing up old junk boxes at the Farm.

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Great job on the Amazons, love the look and green helmet eyes are always the way to go!

Great job taking the time to fix all the poor minis getting flooded all the time. Hopefully they will now stay dry!
   
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Thanks Viterbi- it has been an interesting few years in that apartment. Life, the universe and everything are finally lining up in the same direction enough to allow for some modeling time; that's a great benefit.

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Ooh, squats! No one in my gaming group went all in on squats, but we each had a few. I wish I had kept mine. I'll just have to live vicariously through you.

Now showing Deadzone Rebs!

Painting Total as of 6/25/2022: 73 plus eleven pieces of street scenery and a wrecked car

Painting Total for 2021: 113 plus an iron golem and five spider nests and all the obstacles for Dreadball Xtreme and four trapdoors and a cauldron and some teleport disks and seven SF buildings and some resin barricades!






 
   
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Thanks for looking in, Josh! We were pretty naive back in the day- literally trying to learn the game by reading the original rulebook and then the Compendium. For all that Imperial Guard, Squats, Beastmen and Ratlings were all clearly Empire forces, it never occurred to us to combine them. As I recall, our guy that took Squats dropped out after only a few weeks. It's funny, but for all that Dwarves are associated with tanks and all things mechanical in Fantasy, Fantasy Battle, Age of Sigmar, and all that sort of thing, it never seemed to occur to GW to associate Squats with armor, where the vehicle mobility would make up for their abominable movement rate. As it was, before GW released its model kit for the Rhino around 1990/91 (in the States, at least) they cost 250 points to field (for basically a pair of bolters with some mobility and a slightly tougher armor class). When you're playing a 750 or even 1000 point game, that's a lot to give away, especially if you're playing IG whose motto is "Crunch all you like, we'll make more". Then of course, magically, immediately after GW released their kit, Rhinos cost dropped to 25 points each and they were everywhere.

Anyhoo- here's what's got done so far tonight. I may paint some more later, but wanted to get this up now. For me, as much as you'ns, looking at the pics always gives me a different perspective on how the pieces actually 'look'- even compared to looking at them through magnification.





Beards, badges and bases and these guys are mostly done, plus some washes and drybrushing. As you can see, I'm still pursuing the 'I wanna paint faces' dream, as these sculpts have excellent relief and are heroic scaled to boot. We'll see how they turn out with some more work; if nothing else, they get painted over and washed with Reikland Flesh like the last ones.

Comments and constructive criticism always welcome.

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Not as much progress as I'd hoped, had a little less time to work than I thought.

Redid the webbing/TA-50 in Model Color khaki- the British Uniform Brown was too green for my taste and this strikes me as a bit more like the 1944 pattern gear colors that I'm using as a rough guide for these guys. The gloves are Apple Barrel (50 cents for two ounces from Walmart) khaki and it's an even lighter shade- I may go with that in the end for everything.

Just goes to show, taking pics and posting them here lets you see a lot of things.



I do like how the beards came out and will have to be careful of them and the eyes when applying the flesh-shade wash.

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Progress tonight: all the basecoating is done and some of the washes are applied. Need to finish a wash on the faces, beards and flak jackets, some highlight drybrushing on the flak jackets, boots, gloves and weapons and then do the bases and we're calling these done.



As a side note- the little pieces of paper on the bases cover the gaps in the slotta-bases; I put a dab of fluid superglue (not the gel, which I usually prefer working with) and then use tweezers to put a little bit of post-it note or notecard over the gap. I don't have to be exact, so long as a corner of the paper touches the glue. It wicks right up and the whole piece conforms to the shape of whatever it's on (although, granted, that is usually flat). I prefer the slotta-bases for metal miniatures as they provide more of a key for the two-part epoxy to grip and keep base and figure permanently together.

It's amazing that I've got metal figures I painted in the early 90's and attached with superglue and they remain indestructible; others, you look at them cross-eyed and they shriek and fall off.

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Brilliant work. Love the snipers.




 
   
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Coming along nicely. I like the kicky red berets with the otherwise drab, utilitarian uniforms.

Now showing Deadzone Rebs!

Painting Total as of 6/25/2022: 73 plus eleven pieces of street scenery and a wrecked car

Painting Total for 2021: 113 plus an iron golem and five spider nests and all the obstacles for Dreadball Xtreme and four trapdoors and a cauldron and some teleport disks and seven SF buildings and some resin barricades!






 
   
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Thanks for looking in Cam! The encouragement is much appreciated.

Also thanks to you, Josh. Inso painted his original pieces in a similar fashion, it gave a good pallet to use as a starting point. I'm afraid I'm being highly imitative of the British Red Devils paratroopers from WWII- which is made easier by using Model Color's WWII Infantry paint set. It's easy to lose all the detail with drabs and greens though, so it's nice to be able to set things off with the unit and cap badges and the berets really make a focal point that pops, I think.

I figure to change the color of the berets based on branch of service, like the German uniform waffenfarbe- almost went with black for the line dogs, but it was just too dark a look overall, glad I kept the red. The mortars and other heavy weapons might end up being sky blue and the Sentinel drivers green or yellow. I won't know my mind until I'm there and I'm not there yet!

Hope to have this lot finished shortly and get one more 'finish something' in before I run out of February.

Then it's Make Something March.

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Okay, calling these guys done. A commander, radioman and three security riflemen for a Squat unit:











I'm not terribly happy with the bases and may still do something to them- the top coat of liquid pigment is still wet in these photos, but I may just repaint and do it better another time. And I may at some point add a whip antenna to the radioman- otherwise it just looks like a pack unless you notice the headset.

But overall I'm not disappointed: tried some new techniques, definitely a new subject for me and had some fun and most importantly- got them done during Finish Something February.

I've got one last embellishment for the Sisters of Battle to show on Monday (hopefully) and then I'll post a brief summary of February and roll into Make Something March.

Thank you for looking in and your constructive criticism.

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Love the squats, so much better than the biker dudes of ages past.

Basing drives me nuts, it’s what stalled my Necron push. Good luck.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Great job on those space dwarves. They look a bit scottish special forces, which is not a bad thing. looking forward to seeing other bits from the kickstarter.

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Thank you Theo! I'm usually more competent at basing, not sure why nothing really 'clicked' with doing these. I'll give looking at them a rest and see how they appear later, maybe I'll like 'em better, maybe they get repainted.

Thank you also, PaddyMick! I used model Color's WWII Infantry paint set, which had the colors for Great Britain among them- let me come close to the Red Devils palette. I wasn't sure what emblem to paint on the disc on the chest armor, but you've given me the thought that it probably should be 5 Para. I jumped with them once (training in the mid-90's) and if I recall correctly their Regimental Headquarters and Billeting Station was Scotland (we actually boarded aircraft at Lakenheath RAFB and landed somewhere in Yorkshire near Foxmoor, I think). More definitely to follow as I want to add special weapons plasma gunners to the command squad and a medic and then build out at least one straight leg infantry squad.

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So, the first annual Finish Something February comes to a close, and for myself- it has been very productive. I'm not sure which came first: the gimmicky "Month of" name that created enthusiasm to work (or at least the grudging idea that I should) or if I had the grit to actually sit down and _do_ something and then tacked a cutsy name onto it to help stay focused.

This is the before/after of the CD I used as my palette for this month:



Either way, it worked. This month I completed:
Repairs on 12 vehicles and figures
One mechanic/Jailbirds figure
One crazy assistant mechanic robot figure
One fire team of Squat Infantry
One fire team of Siblings of Confrontation with Lunch Boxes of Eternal Flame

On the subject of which, here they are with the 'final embellishment' I was hoping to have time (and enthusiasm) to finish today:





I mean, really- what are Siblings of Confrontation with Lunch Boxes of Eternal Flame without the flames? The flames are from Armorcast (small energy pulses) and I followed the advice of the Games Workshop guy on how to paint flames.

Oh, and the helmeted Siblings now have glowing green eyes. I'm adding muzzle burn to the Sibling with Flamer (really, just to the flamer, but the idea is intriguing) and then we're ready for MAKE SOMETHING MARCH

Towards _that_ end, I've found a jewelry glue that actually seems to stick slick plastic and resin together. If it forms a strong enough bond, there's a huge help.

So that's it. Thank you for looking in and to those who offered advice, suggestions and encouragement.

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I'm looking forward to seeing what you do for "Make something March"

   
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Welp, time to transition into Make Something March. My selection criteria for this month is something that's been either lying about completely untouched (ie: a kit) or pieces of junk for which the Good Idea Fairy brained me with her club but I hadn't got 'round to beginning yet (although the pieces remain out and in the way because 'any day now I'll get started').

Without getting too far ahead of myself, here's the first two things I want to tackle (I reckon I can work these concurrently because the terrain pieces will mostly be drying after applying one thing or another and I can put most of my time in on the figure):

The miniature:



This is Astrid, a Maiden of the Shield from Signum Games for their game Legends of Signum. I backed the original Kickstarter and they continue to add new figures and even whole new factions to the game, plus more scenarios and quests and the like. Great animation and she's a full 28mm, so I will get a chance to try doing the face better than some of my past efforts. Signum also make about the fanciest bases I've come across with ornate styling on the underside so you don't forget where it came from:



As you can see, I've assembled as far as I'm going to until the nearly final stages of painting.

The terrain:





I literally stumbled across these birch panels looking for something else on Amazon. They are 12 x 10 inches and the 'river' down the middle is recessed about 1/8 of an inch. They are intended for resin pouring and I've got Woodland Scenics Realistc Water and some Murky dye left over from making the castle gatehouse a fair while back. I also need photography display terrain so here's a chance to knock out three things at once: build a piece of terrain for fun, use up the water effects materials and have something better than my kitchen counter to pose my figures on when they're done (the Siblings of Confrontation I just finished could be walking along a river, they could not be hanging out in a Chinese walled villa).

So this is the start. I have other terrain pieces- including a brand new one that I'm very excited about starting and completing- for this month but we'll try to keep expectations manageable.

Your suggestions, observations and constructive criticism always welcome.

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