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I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better Ezki. Nice work on the new models and especially the bard. Glad you are feeling well enough to return to the hobby, it can be so hard to have the energy and concentration when you have been sick like that.
Same! And wonderful work on the bard, the light banding on her glossy hair is super good.
Thanks Boss Salvage! Kind of happy how the light worked out. Saw something like that in a picture somewhere (can't remember where it was) and decided to give it a go.
Meer_Cat wrote:Exalted the bard- really nice work. A lot of emotion and energy captured in the shading and color tones of this piece.
Thank you Meer_Cat! I'm glad it emits some emotion
Viterbi wrote:Wow, amazing work on the bard, she looks lovely!
Syro_ wrote:I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better Ezki. Nice work on the new models and especially the bard. Glad you are feeling well enough to return to the hobby, it can be so hard to have the energy and concentration when you have been sick like that.
Thanks! Yeah trying to focus while being sick is definitely hard.
Captain Brown wrote:Very nice work Ezki.
About a month of quiet time again, which seems to be trend for me at the moment. Sorry about that.
A few more models painted though.
Some of you are looking forward to the scythed lady, which I would be very keen to paint. However, there seems to be a little roughness on the print, so I will have to address it somehow. I could always return the mini, but sending it to the other side of Europe would be a hassle, so I'm either trying to fix it or buy the STL and use my friend's printer. We'll see.
Anyhoo, got the Druid and the Male bard painted! Chose these first, as there's a female druid and a male bard characters in one of our D&D games at the moment.
First the Druid from Galaad Miniatures
Second, the Bard from Crippled God Foundry. After buying this mini, I realized that the clothing is almost entirely cloned from the video game Witcher 3. So of course, I had to paint it with the "Dandelion" color scheme.
These both were very fun models to paint!
Tried to practice painting volumes a bit more, especially on the bard. Still need to practice the light flow and transitions a lot more.
But I should not try to be so obsessed with the smoothness, which I'm not going to be able to achieve yet, and instead focus on the contrast.
Instead of using the paints straight out of the pot I tried to mix the colors as much as possible, especially for the main tones.
In addition to these guys, I painted a couple of Modrons. Alas, I don't have a good picture of them. There is not much to show though, as they were just a really quick project before a game.
The only picture where they can be seen, is from this demo version of a encounter map I made out of cardboard:
Yes, the wheels spin during combat (manually). And yes, I was lazy and did not cut the teeth.
I'm currently painting one of the Dwarves for another character in an upcoming game:
That's that for painting.
In other news, I finally got to try out the new Aeldari codex!
All I can say that the new Falcon rules combined with the Far-flung craftworld buffed Dire Avengers are pretty darn awesome!
A few quick pics in the spoilers:
Game was really tight: 64/65 for the knights! If the painting points are calculated, I got 74, which rules wise counts as a victory. So in a sense, we can both say that we won
After the game, I accidentally bought a box of the Rangers.
So more eldar soon maybe?
Won't make any promises yet though, as my mind jumps from one project to another quicker than I can rip the plastic wrapping from the box.
Excellent work on the D&D minis, they look spectacular! The game board seems really cool, i don’t think I’d have been able to not make the gears work using foam board or similar! Ingenious idea either way
The Eldar look amazing in the heat of battle, hopefully the rangers get some paint to join their brethren
Goberts Gubbins - P&M Blog, started with Oldhammer, often Blackstone Fortress and Void Panther Marines, with side projects along the way
gobert wrote:Excellent work on the D&D minis, they look spectacular! The game board seems really cool, i don’t think I’d have been able to not make the gears work using foam board or similar! Ingenious idea either way
The Eldar look amazing in the heat of battle, hopefully the rangers get some paint to join their brethren
The game board actually worked quite well, even though it was just a quick test build just before a game. I actually used a gear planner that I found online to determine the rotation speeds for each gear. The teeth and sizes on the board don't match perfectly though. Cut a few notches to the gears and drew small lines to the board so I was able to rotate them quickly during the game.
Captain Brown wrote:Ezki,
Wonderful work on the characters, great selection of colors for them as well.
Thank you captain!
youwashock wrote:Good stuff, Ezki.
The bard looks fantastic. You are on some sort of bard roll. Congrats on the game, too.
Viterbi wrote:Those accidental buys are a pain, for sure Hope to see the Rangers soon, minis with sniper rifles are almost as highly regarded by me as those with silenced pistols
D&D minis look stunning, so bright and vibrant colors, great job and excited to see the dwarf.
Thank you viterbi! The rangers are hopefully getting some paint real soon!
Dwarf is finished!
I like how the robe and the owl turned out!
But I don't like the book nor the writing on it. Decided I would not fret it though and just let it be. First tried using a fine marker to make some lettering, but that was a mess. Tried to fix it with a brush, which ended up making it more messy.
The collection of D&D minis is getting quite comprehensive, so I think the rangers will be next, unless I need a specific mini painted for a game.
Thank you Syro, MDSW and muette! Appreciate the comments.
Trying to pump up the activity here as well a bit.
Nothing finished yet, but just a bunch of random stuff.
So sadly no rangers yet, BUT I did however finish their bases!
Decided to do them first this time around.
I've been slowly working on a half of a tavern, which might work as a photo background or as a prop in a gaming table.
Been gluing few balsa strips on it every now and then when I visit the garage.
Last weekend I visited "Ropecon", which is Finland's biggest role playing convention.
An amazing weekend full of great shows, games, people and workshops.
During the convention, I took part in a short 1.5 hour "terrain building for beginners" workshop.
Even though it was for beginners, one can still get a lot of great tips and try out new materials.
Decided to build a quick "room corner" using foam core. The material itself is not new to me, but I've used the white version in the past.
The black foam core is a lot sturdier and the foam actually has some structure to it. Gotta buy some of that!
Did some texturing using a ballpoint pen. Did not manage to "draw" all the tiles during the workshop, so I finished it at the garage.
Still have to sand the other wall down to make it even and figure out what I'm going to put in it. Maybe I'll turn it to a diorama.
On other news:
During Ropecon, I decided to take part in the painting competition.
My goal was not to necessarily try and win anything, but just to show some of my older creations to other visitors.
I took part in all of the four categories:
To my huge surprise, I was able to snatch two Commendations from the judges, and a 3rd place in small scale!
The quality of entrants is usually really high, and this year was not an exception. The winning entries were just jaw dropping.
I was truly flattered to make the stage. While being surprising, it really motivated me to try even harder next year!
Captain Brown wrote:Congratulations on the Commendations there Ezki.
gobert wrote:Congrats on the commendations and 3rd place! Well deserved for sure.
Thank you very much guys!
Not disappeared yet.
I have been dealing with all kinds of personal things over the last few weeks and have found it hard to get myself to sit down and write.
Mind you, nothing bad has happened lately, but sometimes the stuff from your past come back to haunt you in a manner of speaking.
Been missing out on a lot of the wonderful stuff you guys have been creating, and I'm looking forward to do some catching up!
Regardless, I've been doing some hobbying!
Started a bunch of projects, but so far have managed to properly finish only one of them: the Eldar rangers.
I will split all the stuff I've been working on in two different posts. I'll keep this one a bit shorter and show the said Rangers.
Next time I will show a bunch of half finished projects.
So without further adeu:
I decided to stick with the "star pattern" theme that the rest of the army has going on.
Painting the cloaks was quite fast, but I got stuck with the leather parts and all the other details for a few weeks.
Repainting, fixing, repainting, trying to figure out the color scheme and so on...
I recommend opening the bigger pics in the gallery
All things considered, I think they look quite nice. For all the ten seconds they will live on the tabletop
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Unusual colors together but blended such that they appear very natural in their context. The cloaks are absolutely a marvel- beautiful work! I'm hoping to try that galaxy scheme on full size vehicles, and here you are doing it on less than a square inch!
"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."
Excellent work on the Eldar! I really dig the gradients on all the colors. The only thing I'd rework is the white lines on the orange blade. They don't really read as reflections or scratches. Maybe just edge-highlight all around the blade, including the ridge in the middle?
Thank you very much guys! Appreciate the comments as always.
Meer_Cat wrote:Unusual colors together but blended such that they appear very natural in their context. The cloaks are absolutely a marvel- beautiful work! I'm hoping to try that galaxy scheme on full size vehicles, and here you are doing it on less than a square inch!
Thank you for the kind words Meer_Cat! The scheme is actually deceitfully easy to do, and a smaller target does not make it that much harder. At least with the dry brushing technique I used haha
youwashock wrote:Those look good. Real good. Hope things in RL stay good, as well.
Thank youwashock! Hoping the same!
Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:The orange and purple isn't a colour pairing I would have thought of, but it really works!
Yeah it's something I've been experimenting a bit over the years. Quite like the combination, odd as it is
mcmattila wrote:Excellent work on the Eldar! I really dig the gradients on all the colors. The only thing I'd rework is the white lines on the orange blade. They don't really read as reflections or scratches. Maybe just edge-highlight all around the blade, including the ridge in the middle?
Thank you mcmattila! You are correct, the lines were a sloppy attempt of... something. Not even sure why I drew them, most likely out of habit. But edge-highlighting around the blade sounds a good idea to remedy that!
Part two of my update regarding the stuff done earlier:
Like I said, I have been working on a couple of different projects. Actually managed to finish one of them as well since the last update.
First the unfinished stuff.
Showed some pictures of the tavern project some time back.
I have managed to work on it a little bit.
Added some of my old furniture to test things around.
The walls are still unattached and none of the windows have been glued in yet.
Slowly pushing forward...
The other project is also related to D&D.
My character for an medium length adventure run by a friend is a warlock, whose familiar is actually a "living" ragdoll (homebrewed slightly).
Now, my girlfriend had this fun idea that she could start practicing some crafting skills first time in a very long time and could make me a prop doll!
Me knowing nothing about sewing decided to help her a bit.
This is the current result. Not quite finished yet, as the dress is just a piece of cloth with a hole cut in it. Had to get it dressed before a game haha.
Mind you, I sewed the hair and did the braids!
The little thing that I'm holding in the picture above is the miniature for that familiar.
I was lucky enough to find a STL file for a very similar looking miniature, that a friend of mine printed.
Still needs a proper base.
Before showing the finished miniatures, some sad news.
I mentioned a while back that we had a rented game room with a group of dozen or so people.
Unfortunately the building was so old, that it was commissioned to be demolished. Quite a harsh end for that story.
We were able to store all the terrain, gaming tables etc. while we are looking for a new room.
Many of the options available are far too expensive, but we are doing our best. Hope to find one sooner rather than later!
Two bonus pictures from the move in the spoilers.
Packing the terrain. Here's maybe one fifth of all the stuff in the room.
Dodge had it's trunk full of plastic.
So, now that's done it's time for those finished pics!
A rusty Paladin from Dragonforge minis and a Blademaster from RN Estudios.
These guys were painted rather quickly. Maybe two evenings worth of painting per mini.
Played around with some dry pigments on the paladin and with contrast paints on the Blademaster.
I'm not happy with the chest piece. I used yellow contrast for the "golden" parts. It would have looked okay, but I started messing some other colors in there as well.
Ended up covering those bits with the contrast completely again, but the result was a lot worse this time.
Tried some simple NMM as well on the sword. This was just a quick attempt to plot out the colors, instead of trying to blend them or anything like that.
Noticed that I have to approach the NMM with baby step instead of going all in.
Went a bit overboard with the rust effects on this guy. Was fun to play around though!
That's all for now folks!
It's getting late so I'll end this here. Thanks for reading and sorry for all the possible typos!
Viterbi wrote:Sorry to hear about the gaming room, hope you find a suitable replacement soon!
And damn those cloaks on the Rangers Amazing work!
Love all the other projects two, the doll project seems like a lot of fun.
Thank you Viterbi!
The doll surely was a fun change of pace!
Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:I actually like the very blocky NMM on the sword, it has a kind of sword-and-sandals vibe to it!
Thanks! I have to agree.
gobert wrote:Looks like I missed your rangers post, they came out amazing! The black, brown and purple work really well together, giving them a quite menacing look.
Both renditions of the doll are awesome, matching pretty well and a great choice of colours.
Hopefully you manage to find a good spot to rent for your games room soon, all of that terrain needs to be played on
Thank you gobert! The small printable doll miniature was a great find.
Sadly no replacement for the game room yet, but we'll keep looking!
Been working on a couple of projects again: have been painting some D&D miniatures and building a new "Iron Harvest" inspired walker for my Krieg army.
The first miniature I've been working on is a Rogue style mini from Galaad Miniatures. Bought the STL and a friend printed it.
It represents a "Dhampir Rogue" my girlfriend plays in a D&D campaign I'm running.
Got to this point a month ago and it's still not finished. I sort of lost interest and got "burnt out" trying to play with the NMM and blending the colors.
Will finish it eventually though!
The second mini I have worked on is this "Shadow Sorcerer" miniature that a friend made using Heroforge.
Also for the same campaign.
This guy was actually very fun to paint and I was surprised how great most of the details were. This was also bought as an STL and home printed.
As for the main course, the project that has taken most (if not all) of my hobby time during the last month has been this scratchbuilt / kitbashed walker.
It's inspired by the "Straznik" mech from the video game "Iron Harvest". The artworks of Jakub Rozalski have been a great source of inspiration as well.
Namely these (note: these are NOT mine and they are big):
Some of you might remember the three sentinels I built almost two years ago. This will be sort of a continuation for that project.
The build is pretty much complete.
Still needs a lot of cleaning and a few small details before priming.
Even since the Dunewalker kit was released, I have wanted to build something out of it. Finally got around doing so!
In addition to the Dunewalker legs etc, most of the other bits are from the Killa Kan or Leman Russ kits.
The weapons are from the old Imperial Aegis DefeIn nce Line kit.
The body itself is built - I kid you not - from foamcore and plasticard. The foamcore was bent using V cuts and covered with plasticard later on.
Definitely not the easiest way to make a cylinder, but it was a fun experiment!
I will go through all the work in progress pictures and do a little write up showing the whole build process.
Will likely do that when I get this thing primed!