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Made in gb
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Looking forward to progress. The mini looks really interesting. Your miniature game has come on leaps and bounds bud, I am sure we are in for a treat here.




 
   
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Interesting! Wishing You good luck and steady hand (and well ventilated space for working with resin of any kind, even though transparent acrylics are some of the more friendly ones).

Painting progress tracker:
2017: 50 of 50 planned; 2018: 80 of 60 planned; 2019: 75 of 75 planned

Pledge 2020:
6 to sculpt, 75 to paint (2/57 done) 
   
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 Camkierhi wrote:
Looking forward to progress. The mini looks really interesting. Your miniature game has come on leaps and bounds bud, I am sure we are in for a treat here.


Thanks for looking in, Cam, and the kind words- they mean a lot to me. You were the first Dakkanaut to ever comment on my blog!

Wirecat wrote:
Interesting! Wishing You good luck and steady hand (and well ventilated space for working with resin of any kind, even though transparent acrylics are some of the more friendly ones).


Thank you also, Wirecat! It's funny, once I got switched over from doing vehicles and larger terrain pieces, the hand steadied down remarkably. I'm better pleased with how the faces came out, but I'd like to push that level up a bit more. And am surely being careful about fumes (and do work mostly with acrylics): I'm a child of the 60's, but there is a limit!

I have learned and continue to learn a lot from both of you.

For tonight, I still don't have WIP photos of Astrid- that has been an interesting learning experience as Signum Games make their minis from a material less slick than Raging Heroes but not as paint-forgiving as Games Workshop hard plastics. She's coming along but all the component pieces are drying just now. Hopefully some photos soon.

I do have something to show for the river terrain piece though:

I primed the board grey (spray paint I had lying about) but a lot soaked in so I hit it with spray polyurethane and then another coat of grey. Then a spry painted the basecoat of tan/khaki:



Then rewatched the Woodland Scenic videos and used Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna and Yellow Ochre to do the riverbed, trying for the illusion of depth. I must admit, it isn't terribly reassuring at this stage, but this is the same stuff I used for the castle moat from the Hirst Arts project awhile back, so fingers crossed:



And of course, because I usually don't plan very far ahead, changed my mind and want a greener riverside, rather than the desert I had first thought of:



That's the first of two or three coats of craft paint "Italian Sage" and then all the flocking, weeds, chinks of stick and rocks go on top of that.

More follows soonest.


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So, not much to show for a fairly good amount of work put in tonight.

Firstly, the colors were too disparate on the riverbed and the depth not nearly enough. I'm looking for my notes to see what colors I used on the castle moat, because that turned out okay, I think. I chucked that panel out and have prepped another this evening to try again tomorrow. I wanted an algae looking greenish murky water with a little bit of current to it, so we'll go for less apparent depth and more the color I want. You learn more from your mistakes than your successes, eh? If I'd had more than 1/8th inch of depth, and/or tinted the Realistic Water more strongly, I think I'd have gotten away with it. In retrospect, I should have saved the unsuccessful panel, flipped it over and used it for the base of something else, but it was pretty gooey with the water product, so not really that fashed about it.

On the more positive side, got a lot done on Astrid, who now I think is Fiona as she has a blue woad stripe across her eyes which I believe is more scotti and less viking. Almost to the point of final assembly and a few washes and done.



I'm pleased with how the eyes are shaping up and am going to take more care in applying wash to the face. It's been awhile since I've built a figure in sections, but it seems to be working well. I was worried too about the dynamic, running pose she's in- the only part of her foot that is in contact with the ground is the ball of one foot, an area about 3/32 of an inch square. But this jeweler's glue I found- Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue- it comes in a tube- seems to be the bomb. I prepped the base separately (and my, wasn't that a nice, easy treat! compared to painting around boots and trying not to splash on coats and things) and the glue seems to have set up very strong.

I also hit a sort of milestone with 1200 photos uploaded to the Dakkadakka Gallery.

Anyhoo- I hope to finish Fiona tomorrow and get past the water phase of the river tile and then more makings for March.

More follows soonest.

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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Those aren't the colors I usually think of when I hear "river." It's a shame your first attempt didn't live up to your standards, but live and learn, as they say.

Have you had much success with Realistic Water? I poured some on some Battlefield In A Box swamps, and the stuff is still pretty fluid-- resting anything on the water for any length leaves divots, even 2-3 years after the pour...

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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"River" may be too grand a term, Josh, I'm thinking murky/greenish because those are the materials I have, the tint at least, the water is just clear. I reckon I could paint the bottom differently or maybe try tinting the water a bit differently with one of the washes I have. Things should work out all right and for a wonder, my Make Something March project matches the newly announced League of Extraordinary Riveters them for the contest ending in April (biomes). So for the first time in a long time I might be able to get something completed in time to be considered.

I'll dig out the castle and see what the moat surface is like; I've never worked with Realistic Water before and hadn't heard that it stayed pliable- especially after so long a time as you describe. I didn't add a hardener or anything and I doubt the formula has changed between when you used it and now, so we'll see. The castle project got boxed up by the contractors when I was away during the first flooding of the apartment. There's no reason for it to stay in the box, just haven't had a reason to get it out yet!

I didn't get any work done on the water body (? ) tonight but have almost finished Fiona, so maybe some final pics a bit later. I wanted to get this out now though, in case there's no time later.

Thank you for looking in!

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Longtime Dakkanaut






The flames on the sister's backpacks look very cool and excited for your March projects. The blue "eyeliner" looks very fitting!
   
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Thanks very much for looking in, Viterbi! I hadn't tried painting (not) Sisters of Battle since the late 90's, it was fun to try something new for a change.

Astrid-Fiona is done, and naturally I left my little Canon camera at our place in Pennsylvania (I work in Northern Virginia during the week). These photos are with my phone and setting up the best light I could. Next weekend I may try to shoot them again with the camera, but I might try again with the phone- I like the 'textured shading' it got as opposed to the starker lighting that the camera flash obtains although I still need to fiddle with the settings to get better detail for the up-close shots. Unfortunately, most of what I shot tonight (10 in all) aren't usable.

Anyway, here's Astrid (or Fiona, if the woad stripe doesn't work for Vikings):





I just couldn't get the sword straightened out- even tried careful application of heat. I figure she must have really wrapped it around somebody's head to get it looking like that.

Next up is Ursula, who was originally intended to be the mechanic for the air-freight delivery service (the diorama for which is hopefully going to get done this Make Something March. The pieces of her model have been lying about on my desk for almost two years now (she qualified for Finish Something February, but I'm working on her now because she wasn't assembled). I like the other mechanic I painted last month pretty well, but she is 32mm and Ursula is true-scale 28mm. So, now Ursula is Ricki's kid sister and will probably be handling cargo on the top deck of the installation to create a sense of forced perspective.

More follows soonest.

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Astrid looks great.
   
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Thank you for the kind words, MeatShield!

Progress has been made tonight, but no pics- I'm whupped. Tomorrow, as Scarlet O'Hara informs us, is another day.

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Here's the beginning of the second attempt at a river terrain board. I used much darker colors and more blending rather than more distinct colors to get some shading that will hopefully give the impression of depth. Board prep was about the same: sprayed on polyurethane to seal, then khaki/tan sprayed on to primer and act as a partial basecoat and next brushed on inexpensive craft paint for the river bottom shading and base color for the banks:



I'll add another layer of Italian Sage Green to the riverbanks and then try tinting and pouring the Woodland Scenics Realistic Water material.

Also have gotten the base colors done on Ursula (with all those mechanical arms I couldn't help but think of the Sea Witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid):



There will be a better picture later, but I used greenstuff pressed into a Basius pad from their second Kickstarter and hit it with a black wash to show the texture. If I can get better at wetting the pad enough, I can see me using it a lot more- the effect is simple, infinitely customizable and relatively simple to execute.

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Some progress tonight.

Things going well: Ursula is well along and will be done relatively shortly- just her hair and the mechanical arms to finish up, really:



Things going not as well: I don't like this riverbed coloring either. The water material pour- even tinted- is too shallow to get away with coloring the bottom this much, I think an even, greenish-brown would probably have been better instead of trying for the depth illusion. Having said that, I'll bull through on this as I don't want to throw out more reasonably usable terrain to no purpose:



I saw a technique on YouTube whereby you pour out some of the water resin onto wax paper in circular pools to make 'ripples'- I want to try that upstream of the boulder, with a bit of whitewater/foam downstream. And it is now time to get scenicking on the banks themselves.

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Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka





Surrey, BC - Canada

Meer_Cat,

Nice work on the Astrid or Fiona model.

Cheers,

CB

   
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Colorado, USA

Nice work. I saw a technique for straightening sword that called for alternating almost boiling water and ice water. I don't know that I would try it with a painted mini, though . . . disastrous results could ensue. Especially one that looks as nice as Astrid.
Good luck with the resin river. I used realistic water on my skaven bases and haven't noticed a problem. But, it's a relatively small application. I now want to set something on a base and see what happens to the resin.
For Science!

   
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@Captain Brown: Thanks much for looking in, Captain! Certainly, something a bit off the beaten track for me.

@DJJazzy Jeff: Agreed, I'd be a little reluctant to mess around with Astrid at this stage, but I'll remember that for future projects- I've got a metric crap-ton of Ragin Heroes and Signum miniatures modeled in that softer, engineering-type plastic, some are bound to need adjustment. I hadn't considered trying to use smaller amounts of the Realistic Water on figure bases, now of course am mad to try it. There was no problem with the water material per se, the problem was operator headspace & timing in that I wasn't painting the bottom correctly and then tinting it right to get the effect I wanted. At the end of it, I think it'll definitely do for gaming and I'll probably like it just fine. I'm thinking about trying a wash on top of the water: I'd lose the 'glistening effect' a bit but smudge the bottom colors coming through the water medium. It'll be fun to see. Or I'll leave it alone and do a quick browser search for pictures of muddy rivers and exclaim 'See? It looks just like real life!"

Also, nice Girl Genius ref- truly, For Science!

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Made in gb
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Awesome work bud, very nice. Clean and smooth.




 
   
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Thanks very much, Cam!

Some work done yesterday and tonight:

For the riverbed gameboard, I got the idea in my head to include an improvised bridge and cut some pieces of popsicle stick for that:



And used this stuff to texture the otherwise flat as a board (literally) grassy areas:



I highly recommend it: it goes on pink, when it's beigey-white it's dry enough to sand, sculpt or paint, it sticks to anything and this pot has been open for more than a year (I can't remember exactly when I used it last) and it's still perfectly usable.

And Ursula is done:











She's a got a track link in the one set of grippers- I'll swap that out for a piece of engine or computer board or something when I know what she's going to be repairing. I'm glad I tried the Basius for texture on her base, she's from the Archon Empire of Men release and is true-scale 28mm, so very small. The augmented base gives her a bit of height. She, Tank Girl and Oggie the Robot will populate the Air Freight terrain piece which is soon to get it's turn back on the work desk.

Thank you for looking in and your constructive criticism.

More follows soonest.

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A bit more progress tonight:

The spackle has dried and received a(nother) base coat:



Here's a floral pick I got for 50 cents that looks all alien-y already- I'll cut it up and find a way to add it as shrubbery:



The foot bridge the way it's more or less going to look. I trimmed the popsicle sticks, scored them with a gribbler (for working greenstuff and clay), base painted them chestnut and hit 'em with Huge Miniature's Dark Wash. The wood 'grain' ain't rivets, but it is finer detail, to help out with LOER philosophy. They're still drying in this picture:



And a preliminary look at how things might get arranged. I've got flocking, reeds, stick-down grass tufts and flowers to spread over the blank green spaces:



I'll add some brown wash and pigment where a footpath would naturally occur going to and from the bridge once I know where everything else is going to sit. Hot glue gun time- need to borrow Syro for an evening!

I've got a couple of critters from the Signum Games Heroes & Animals kickstarter that are nearly done also.

More follows soonest.

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Longtime Dakkanaut






River plate is coming along nicely, good choices for the terrain surrounding the water.

Ursula looks very cool and gives off some additional Doc Ock vibes!
   
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Thanks very much for looking in, Viterbi! I also saw the Doc Ock resemblance, but what a great rig for a mechanic, eh? Glad you like the river terrain piece, I'm liking it a bit more as it gets more towards 'finished' status.

Such as with the progress tonight:



This pic is definitely WIP- what you're seeing is the boards for the footbridge glued down, the couple of stones on the riverbank also, and the pathway sand and flock laid down. I used a three stage technique for this, based on the directions on the MicroMark Ballast Cement bottle and my own experience messing about with track ballast in model railroading many years ago:
- I painted the ballast cement (very thin white/PVA glue) on relatively small sections at a time to drop the flock onto so it wouldn't blow all over the place
- Dropped the flock and hit it with a light mist of 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Used an eye dropper to 'flood' more ballast cement amongst the flock

That's what you're seeing here: the flock liberally saturated with drying white glue. Past experience suggests that when dry, the cement will be invisible and the flocking will still look vibrant and 'springy'.

I used two mixes of flock from Huge Miniatures (I really like their product): Marsh and Meadow. I wanted to show a transition from the wetter riverbank itself into a drier meadow ecology. It's hard to see here, with the wet glue, but the meadow areas at the very edges of the board have more yellow in them (darn dandelions!).

And a 'biome' is defined as an "area of diverse and interconnected lifeforms contributing to a whole and unique ecology", or something close to that, so I needed critters. These are from the Monsters of Solan Heroes and Animals set and I give you Roger's Antelope and the fully armored Battle Jackalope:



They're nearly finished and need a much better picture.

Like I mentioned to Viterbi, I'm liking this terrain board better as it gets some color, texture and character, but it was lacking something. I like height differentials in the pieces I try to build; if I were to try to model a section of the Bonneville Salt Flats I'd have to try to give it some elevation relief. So even though I'm modeling a (flat) river based on a (very flat) arts and crafts board intended to be actually gamed on (not a diorama where I could cut loose with some sculpted pink foam board) I didn't like how (flat) it all was, even with flock, rocks, bridge and logs.

So we're building a tree:



I've always wanted to try to fashion a tree from intertwined wires but never had success covering/texturing the trunk with masking tape or other materials until I saw all of the work here using hot glue (thanks for the inspiration, Syro!) and greenstuff. My plan is to build the tree and use the 'root' wires sticking out at the bottom to form it agains tthe rock in midstream and look all old and kung-fu-ey.

We'll see how that works out.

Meanwhile, as we come to the end of Make Something March, there isn't a high count of output- but I've tried more new techniques and materials in this month than in the last year, possibly two, so I'm counting it a win. The river terrain board will be 'done' for purposes of MSM although I don't think The Tree will be complete. I'll finish that in Augment Something April and take my pictures of the finished river board to submit for the League of Extraordinary Riveters Terrain Competition closing out at the end of April.

More follows soonest. Thank you for looking in and for your constructive criticism, encouragement, tips and suggestions.

Rock on.

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So, the river tile Part One is finished- the part that counts towards my self-imposed "Make Something March". Here's a couple of shots:

The whole thing in Panavision!:



Yoshi versus the Fully Armored (and very dangerous) Battle Jackalope:





Robert's Antelope watches with disinterest:



Really, the only things different from the last WIP shot are the addition of the rushes at the one point on the bank and a second round of adding flock to spots here and there where it was thin. I swept the water surface with a soft brush but see I'll need to do that again. To add the rushes, I had to drill a hole into the spackle and the board, fold the 'rushes' fibers in half and push them in with a small screwdriver. I tried to hide the residue from drilling the holes with green wash, but it's too dark and shows too much (I was hoping that capillary action would draw it off and thin it out, but no) so I'll thin some acrylic paint and cover it up once it dries, or maybe tuck some more flock in there.

And per JoshinJapan's observation: yes if you rest things on the water material, it will gradually sink in and leave marks. It isn't sticky, but it will press down on the softer plastic-y stuff. I'm going to do some research and see if there is a hardener or additive that can rectify that (probably too late for an accomplished pour, but for next time).

The part of the river tile that isn't complete for the League of Extraordinary Riveters is the addition of The Tree, as described earlier. Here's most of the rest of the greenstuff applied:



Since this pic, I've covered the rest of the trunk and branches, smoothed out my fingerprints and shaped and cut the 'roots' to length to fit exactly over the rock in the middle of the stream. Once it dries, I'll primer, paint and add the foliage flocking. The suspense for submissions for the Biome competition are the end of April, I believe.

Each time I worked on adding the greenstuff, I had material left over and I hate to waste it. So here's what I made from the left over bits- they just need paint to be ready to add to some future project:









Overall, I'm pleased with what I got done during Make Something March. The raw totals aren't that impressive, perhaps: Ursula, built, based and painted, one river tile completed and some odd bits of greenstuff formed into tarps, but there's so much more for me than that:

- tried forming a tree from wire for the first time
- practiced using wash to shape the facial features of true-scale figures too small for me to even think about trying to paint
- used my Basius molds for the second time to do Ursula's base
- practice using Woodland Scenics Realistic Water
- proof of concept using the arts-n-crafts resin boards from Walmart Online (interesting, but I'd rather use flat birch and texture it with pink foam)
- proof of concept using Huge Miniatures' flocking and scenicking materials
- first time painting any animal other than cavalry mounts
- proof of concept for Aleene's Jewelry Adhesive (big thumbs up!)

A very positive month for me.

Finally, tomorrow begins Augment Something April, the goal of which is to paint some more of a unit that I've started already. I have candidates from over the span of my almost 50 year career of taking perfectly good models and messing them up, from the Elf Sea Guard Regiment featured earlier in the thread to more Squats or Siblings of Confrontation completed much more recently. I even have the last stand of four figures for the 33rd West Riding (Yorkshire) Infantry from the Peninsular Campaign (Napoleonic Wars) to complete that Regiment- only sitting around since 2004 to get done.

I'm TDY to another work site the last week in April, so won't get much, if any painting done then. The last time I had to go there I took all those tiles for the courtyard of the walled villa to do- it made for a relaxing evening that didn't call for too much squinting or a million bottles of paint to do, so I'll try to find things like that to take with me again.

More follows soonest. Your observations, constructive criticism, suggestions and encouragement always welcome.


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Looking good Meer_Cat, you're getting a lot done. I like the stand-off at the bridge

   
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Thanks, Syro!

"That rabbit's dynamite!"
"I tried to tell you, but does anybody ever listen to old Tim? No."


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I wonder if Yoshi can be given any additional armament to aid in his battle, perhaps something that requires the removal of a pin and counting that proceeds to no more or less than three before lobbing said armament?

   
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"And lobbest thou the Holy Handgrenade into the midst of mine enemies, who- being naughty- shall snuff it."

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Welp, first unit up to augment is the Siblings of Confrontation and their Eternal Flame lunch boxes. It was either them or the special weapons section for the Squats, and the Siblings were already primed.



These are also Artel W figures, I got enough from whenever I ordered to make a full squad (11 total figures actually, but I can always mix in some old school GW metals to make up two full squads if needs be). And whenever I assembled them, I wish I hadn't; the regular gun bunnies were tough enough to paint getting into all the tight spaces- these, with their special weapons and reliquary standards are very tight in places. Of course, if they weren't built and based, I'd be painting Squats right now, so there is that.

The Commander and the Heavy Flamer Gunner are mounted on temporary bases, just for painting. They came with fancy, shaped bases with broken bricks and things for them to stand on, posed heroically. I'll cut them loose and glue them onto their proper bases when they're done.

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Got some work done over the past couple of (several) days:

As I started painting the cloaks on the special Siblings of Confrontation, I didn't like how everything was coming out the same between folds of cloak, tabards and protective parchment scrolls, so I tried painting the tabards imperial purple. Here's a previously completed Sister:





I like this better, but am unsure of the next step:
- Do I add another thin layer of purple, then drybrush with white to hit the highlights?
- Leave it as is?
- Try that Druchii Violet wash (I think the original purple is too dark)?

It needs something, I think.

I did get the first thin layer of purple on the specials:



Towards the current League of Extraordinary Riveters, finally got the tree primered and started the basecoating. This is going to be a sycamore (my Huron cousins call them Ghost Trees) or birch kind of look:



I've got some ideas for mosses, vines and tufts of flowers and/or grasses, so we'll see. But running out of month to get the thing finished and submitted.

And finally have been having some fun with a piece of scatter tyerrain and got started painting. Just need paint on the drums under the tarp, the tarp itself and then some washes and weathering powder and she's done:



Thank you for looking in and your ideas on how to proceed with the tabards on the Sisters. Meanwhile, work continues on them apace, as the white part of the cloak requires four colors and I've only gotten the first one on so far.

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More progress tonight:

The scatter piece is done (pallets, canisters and tarp):







I'm really impressed with Huge Miniatures line of washes- I used the 'dark wash' on the wooden pallets. The canisters are toothpaste caps. I painted the tarp Model Colors Russian Infantry Green and then washed it with Citadel Casandora Yellow- easily my fullest pot as I never use it.

The tree has its bark color (don't ask me which tree species). Some drybrush highlighting and we'll glue that sucker down to the rock in the stream and think about getting some foliage on it:



And the cloaks are done on the Siblings of Confrontation and their Lunchboxes of Eternal Flame basecoated:



I saw Insaniak's latest pieces and liked the brown wash he used on his Epirians' white(ish) unfiroms and thought I try that for that 'singed' look that ladies who consider a flamethrower the ultimate evening accessory strive for so hit the finished Sister with some ligh brown wash in a discrete corner. Horrible, in this usage. I painted it out and tried a different techniue, which I will call 'slobber dry brushing'. This is where you (if you're like me and have the bad habit) shape your brush tip by licking it and blend the top white color into the light grey and grey underneath it. It's still not what I'm looking for, but I like it better than how the first five came out, so will redo the remaining four and all others henceforward or until I find another technique to try.

Looking forward to finishing the tree and the Sisters so I can get onto some more Squats and I have my theme for May already picked out.

Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






The LOER River gameboard piece is nearly done, I'm waiting on just one more item to arrive in the post; if it isn't in by Monday I'll get my final pics and submit towards this month's "Biomes" competition:



That little footbridge is just made for confrontations, first the epic Yoshi versus Battle Jackalope, now the okka and inugami yokai. I'm pretty sure in my final pics there are going to be a lot more (in the six shots we provide) confrontations. I'm overall pleased with how the tree came out- I just started gluing tufts to the ends of the branches and then to each other to build up the 'loft' and left the little bits of twig in the lichen to represent more, smaller branches where it looked good. I had two colors of deer moss on hand, this orangy color and a nice green- which looked almost exactly the same shade as the grass on the river bank and was just too much of one color. So, wen with the orange.

In other projects: I should be getting some more painting time in tonight so the Siblings of Confrontation should complete or nearly so this evening. Next will be the special weapons Squats most excellently sculpted by Inso. That might run me to the end of Augment Something April, but I already have in mind what I'm going to be working on next month. We'll see.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






The augmentation for the Siblings of Confrontation squad I did in Finish Something Fevruary (for Augment Something April) is done- a commander, reliquary bearer and heavy flamer gunner:

All eight figures:





Commander:





Gunner:





Reliquary Bearer:








New things tried:

* First time gluing figures to 'painting bases', then cutting them free and gluing them to scenicked bases
* First time trying to paint a simple 'power glow' to a sword
* First time trying to blend colors (in the cloaks)
* Heaviest use of washes to date- almost everything on these ladies has a base coat, a wash and a dry brush

Things to do more gooder:

* Better photography: these were (for me) expensive figures and I spent a lot of time trying to get them as good as I can- they deserve better lighting and photographing to try to bring out the details to show off
* Eyes- seeing the photos, I may go back and try to touch up the eyes- the heavy flamer gunner, particularly, has a great sculpt and needs that brought out with good detail
* Flames: tried to glue them so that they were physics-ly correct and flaming straight UP, but had a hard time getting things to stick. So, these flames are emitted under pressure from the Lunchboxes of Eternal Flame and that's why they go off at unrealistic angles

Overall, I'm very pleased with them and as always, the Napoleonics painters have it right: "In mass lies perfection", the more pieces that get added, the better the unit as a whole looks. Three more of these Artel W SOBs to do, and I may look around eBay and Etsy to see if there are any more at a price I can (am willing) to afford.

I think there is enough time left in April to augment the Squats squad I did in March.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
 
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