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Finland, Espoo

Great work on the model!
It's always nice to read such a detailed write up. That's one of the best ways to share techniques and ideas with other hobbyists

That being said, I think I have to give those Vallejo metal paints a shot when I come across some.

   
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amazingturtles wrote:He looks excellent! And of course, congratulations on cheking off another box! I'm trying that bingo thing now too, so thank you for showing that it exists!

Thanks a lot! And no problem, hope you have fun with the card!
Ezki wrote:Great work on the model!
It's always nice to read such a detailed write up. That's one of the best ways to share techniques and ideas with other hobbyists
That being said, I think I have to give those Vallejo metal paints a shot when I come across some.

Much appreciated! Again, it's nice to hear that people appreciate my rambling

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No miniatures today, but some updates for my hobby table and a development in the real life.



First up, I've updated my lighting setup. My old setup had two lamps (see above), but they were wildly different from each other. The other was a desk lamp with really warm, comparatively dim light. The other was a floor lamp with a bright white light, but the light cone was so tight that at times it was difficult to keep the model under it. The differences meant that I often had (harsh) shadows on the figure, and that when I was taking photos I had trouble with white balance as I had two lamps with different temperature values.



I've thought about the update for a while now (well, basically since I got back to the hobby a couple years back), but after I recently saw a video on the subject and noticed how affordable the update could be, I decided to pull the trigger. I got two Tertial desk lamps from Ikea and two led bulbs from the local automotive store. These bulbs are nice as they have three temperature settings: warm, white and daylight. After installing the two lamps (had to modify the clamp on the other one slightly), I've gotten rid of most of the shadows. This obviously makes painting, as well as photography much easier. I think the lights could be even brighter (the video recommended 13W, whereas I found 9W bulbs), but for now I can certainly get by with these. They're a big improvement!



Secondly, I've made myself some new brush pots! Okay, this is probably not that interesting, but whatever.. Some time ago I found some very decent (good even?) cheap brushes from the local super market. They come in packs of five, and I've bought four so far. My old Coca Cola cup started to get a little small for the lot, so I decided to get a second container for them. I then realised that I could make it myself, and ended up doing a bunch! I've worked as an insulator (/scaffolder) since last summer, so I've got access to all the aluminium that I could ever need and the tools to work it. Now, these pots could be described as prototypes, and aren't really too nice. But they work as intended and are a nice memento from the insulation work. I made some others as well, a bit neater even, but my wife took them to her work before I could take a photo of them



Never one to pass an opportunity to fill a hobby bingo square, I'll claim the "something for the hobby that's not for battlefield" with these pots!

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Finally, I'll be starting a new job tomorrow, and this time it's on my own field of work! I'll be a substitute English teacher until the end of May, which should be interesting. While this is definitely a good thing for my career, it probably means that I'll have less time to work on hobby projects. The job is also on the other side of the country, so I'll lose access to some equipment for some time. I'm taking some minis and paints with me, however, and we'll see how it goes. Expect fewer updates though, especially on new finished minis.

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Finland, Espoo

Firstly, congrats on the new job! Changing the scenery for a while might prove interesting.
Good that you are able take some of the hobby with you.

Don't worry about regular updates, we'll be here.

Regarding the setup: it's looking good! The brush cups are ace!

   
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Been Around the Block





Love seeing your hobby workspace! I just got a new lamp a couple of weeks ago, and it immediately made painting easier. Congrats on the new job. Work always comes first, but looking forward to your updates once you are settled in.
   
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Raging-on-the-Inside Blood Angel Sergeant






Congrats on the new job! Being away from home for such a long time is tough, but having something to while away the evenings is good.

The new hobby lights look great, how are they temperature wise? LED should help on that front, I really should invest in decent lights myself

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Regular Dakkanaut





Thanks to everyone for commenting, and sorry about the late response once again!
Ezki wrote:Firstly, congrats on the new job! Changing the scenery for a while might prove interesting.
Good that you are able take some of the hobby with you.
Don't worry about regular updates, we'll be here.
Regarding the setup: it's looking good! The brush cups are ace!

Thanks! Yeah, taking some hobby things along was a must, and in the end I probably went a bit overboard, hauling most of my stuff to the new place..
King Thor wrote:Love seeing your hobby workspace! I just got a new lamp a couple of weeks ago, and it immediately made painting easier. Congrats on the new job. Work always comes first, but looking forward to your updates once you are settled in.

Cheers! Lights make such a big difference in painting, I'd now say they're the first thing you should consider after a good brush.
gobert wrote:Congrats on the new job! Being away from home for such a long time is tough, but having something to while away the evenings is good.
The new hobby lights look great, how are they temperature wise? LED should help on that front, I really should invest in decent lights myself

Thank you! There's not really any temperature to speak of. They're slightly warm if you put your hand right up to them, but you're definitely not going to work up a sweat painting near these. I can heartily recommend the investment, the two lamps and bulbs cost me less than a box of Space Marines!

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All right, it’s high time for an update. For the last three weeks or so I’ve been on build mode whenever I’ve had some hobby time, and have now got a couple of models to show you. First up, a couple of Ork boyz!





The two unprimed boyz are built from bits fresh off their late-90s sprues, while the primed one is a rescue job (parts are still from the same box, though!) that I did ages ago. He’ll be painted along these two new ones, whenever I’ll get to them The shoota boyz are pretty stock builds, while the slugga boy has a number of minor adjustments, such as reposing the hands and the horns on his helmet.





Next we have my latest creations, two more members for the Astra Rodentia. These guys take me a plenty of time to create as I fiddle with most of the parts. Getting a chainsword on a right hand was quite an exercise, I can tell you! Another conversion/scratchbuild was the radio pack: I wasn’t happy with how thick the antennas were, and made some new ones from paperclips and thin wire. I also added a phone(?), haphazardly hanging from its cable. While building it, I noticed that the Skitarii backpacks would’ve had the same elements, but I didn’t want to wait for an order to arrive.



Finally, a bunch of Space Marines. The two tacticals above were actually built around six months ago, and have since been based and primed, and the sarge on the left has got his banner. I’m using this old image as I have a couple of subassemblies on them, here they’re reasonably assembled. Fun fact: the sarge was actually built around the right, open, hand that was found in the Devastators kit! I’ve also built two more shotgun scouts, which completes the squad I started building.. last summer? (where does the time go?)





I’m using the scouts to claim the conversion square in the hobby bingo. The slugga boy might’ve been a more ‘optimal’ choice, but fug it, I’ve made more progress than expected already!
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drinking tea in the snow

All nice bits of progress! I like the radio antennae, it looks more rough and ready than the skitarii bits would i think, and that fits with the overall model better.

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Finland, Espoo

Nice looking bunch of models!

I'm really digging the new Astra Rodentia guys. They are definitely worth the time!
The converted radio pack looks very good.


 mcmattila wrote:
I noticed that the Skitarii backpacks would’ve had the same elements, but I didn’t want to wait for an order to arrive.


Ha, I can feel you there. When the inspiration hits it hits. There's no time to wait for deliveries!

   
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Shotgun scouts look great, really nice conversion. And light is something I definitely haven't optimized at my hobby station, that is now on my list.
   
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Raging-on-the-Inside Blood Angel Sergeant






Cool, more Space Rats! The conversions already look great. As do the heads on the scouts, are they scion heads?

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amazingturtles wrote:All nice bits of progress! I like the radio antennae, it looks more rough and ready than the skitarii bits would i think, and that fits with the overall model better.

Yeah, I like the the IG antennae, and the whole radio box for the same reason, the Skitarii ones would've just had the phones on them by default. Of course, I could've mixed the two if I had the bits..
Ezki wrote:Nice looking bunch of models!
I'm really digging the new Astra Rodentia guys. They are definitely worth the time!
The converted radio pack looks very good.
 mcmattila wrote:
I noticed that the Skitarii backpacks would’ve had the same elements, but I didn’t want to wait for an order to arrive.

Ha, I can feel you there. When the inspiration hits it hits. There's no time to wait for deliveries!

The rats are probably my favorites as well, a real labor-of-love kinda project for me. And I think I might be getting a bit quicker with the basic construction process! Of course with each one I come up with even more ambitious conversions
Viterbi wrote:Shotgun scouts look great, really nice conversion. And light is something I definitely haven't optimized at my hobby station, that is now on my list.

Cheers! Good luck with the shopping!
gobert wrote:Cool, more Space Rats! The conversions already look great. As do the heads on the scouts, are they scion heads?

Thanks! The helmeted heads are indeed Scion heads, with some very minor trim detail removed (from the top and the back of the head). Not an original conversion by any means, but it's the coolest headswap for the Scouts that I've seen. The backpacks and the sarge's arms are also from the same source.

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And some more progress to share! Last weekend after finishing the AR rats I got back on the painting saddle, and continued working on Uriah Jacobus. You might've seen him lurking around my desk in a "just-about-started" condition, but now he's much closer to completion:





As you can see, I've gone for pretty much the studio scheme for him, as I've always loved it, and wanted to try my hand at painting the flag and it's skull design. It's obviously not as nice as the original, but I'm pretty happy about the proportions and the general look and that's the important thing.

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Uriah looks fabulous! Really great transitions on the highlights, but the writing on the script looks like actual words... did you really write out a sentence? That barbed wire skull is really cool too!

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Great work on Uriah, love the scabbard, the hazard stripes and their weathering are ace!
   
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Been Around the Block





Love the hazard stripes on Uriah! How did you do them?
   
Made in au
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Australia

Uriah looks awesome! Those hazard stripes look really nice and the banner is looking fantastic!

 
   
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Thanks again to everyone for the kind comments!
gobert wrote:Uriah looks fabulous! Really great transitions on the highlights, but the writing on the script looks like actual words... did you really write out a sentence? That barbed wire skull is really cool too!

Haha! No, that's just scribbling, not actual words. But I'm glad it looks like it! It's fun to imagine what it would say though.. Actually, I don't even know what the capital letter should be, just tried to copy the original.
Viterbi wrote:Great work on Uriah, love the scabbard, the hazard stripes and their weathering are ace!

Much obliged! I think that this time I didn't over-do the weathering !
King Thor wrote:Love the hazard stripes on Uriah! How did you do them?

Cheers! Started with averland sunset & abaddon black, agrax earthshade on top. This looked too flat, so I highlighted the black with eshin grey and mechanicus grey. The yellow was highlighted with yriel yellow, and further shaded with very watered-down skrag brown. Weathering with rhinox hide and the highlight colors. All of this creates something of a 3d-effect which might not be too realistic, but creates nice definition.
zahnib wrote:Uriah looks awesome! Those hazard stripes look really nice and the banner is looking fantastic!

Many thanks!

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Alright, ol' Jacobus is now finished. I'll try to get some halfway decent pictures of him during the weekend. I don't currently have access to my DSLR, so I'll have to make do with my phone. Proper showcase pics will follow in the future

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Alright, I finally have proper pics of the old Protector of the Faith! I actually did take some pretty decent photos with my phone, but before I got to upload them, we got word of schools getting closed, which meant that my work continues from home. And that meant a trip across the country and access to my DSLR and a proper photo setup!



I got the model at the same time as the chainsaw preacher, and from eBay as well. This was right after GW had pulled Jacobus from sale, so I rushed to eBay and managed to get him at an acceptable price, albeit of course more than what I could've bought him for a week before. The model was properly old though, as it came in an unopened 3rd edition era blister pack, which was pretty cool.



Even if the model is positively ancient, I think it has aged really well. There are some details that are a bit clumsy, such as all the skulls, the fur, and the comically large hands, but overall ol' Jacobus still holds up. Of course, just the pose and the concept of a "shotgun preacher" are cool enough!





Painting the model was largely similar to the last preacher. As I previously said, I chose to go with the studio paint scheme with this model because I wanted to see if I could replicate the awesome skull design on the banner. While it's not as nice as the original (big surprise, right?), the important thing is that the proportions look good to me and I'm happy with the result. Two other things I practiced while painting this model were the hot coals on the banner top and the more refined hazard stripes on the chainsword. I'm very happy with how both of these things turned out. Especially with the stripes, I feel like I'm approaching a good amount of weathering, and not over-doing the chipping.



And finally, I managed to claim another bingo square with Jacobus, this time for using a technique I haven't mastered yet. I mean, really I could claim it with any model as even my basecoating could surely be improved, but this one is for practicing freehanding.

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drinking tea in the snow

Yeah, that guy is pretty amazing. I like his one tooth, and like you say, the whole thing is just brimming with personality. He's ragged looking in the best way.

The shotgun preacher thing reminds me of father grigori from half life 2, so it's definitely an idea that can be a lot of fun.

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Jacobus came in amazingly well. The work on the coals and hazard stripes was definitely worth it! Loving your highlights on the fabric too, great touch!

Edit: I’ve been back through and see your cloaks shaded with purple and highlighted up to orange but couldn’t find the exact recipe, any chance you could share it? I’d like to use it when I come to do Pious Voronezh from Blackstone Fortress. It looks like you basecoated grey, and did flecks to represent the fabrics texture for the orange highlight, but I could be seeing things!

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Finland, Espoo

The freehand on the banner turned out great! The banner all together looks good.
I also really like the worn out look you got going on: the metal on the shotgun looks especially good.

Keep up the amazing work!

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






Congrats on finishing Uriah! He and his buddy look like really restrained and open-minded priests
The glowing embers on top of his banner look great and the freehand is amazing!
   
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London

Jacobus looks fantastic. Really awesome job replicating the studio scheme on him. And he has aged fantastically!



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Wow, thanks again for the amazing response!
amazingturtles wrote:Yeah, that guy is pretty amazing. I like his one tooth, and like you say, the whole thing is just brimming with personality. He's ragged looking in the best way.
The shotgun preacher thing reminds me of father grigori from half life 2, so it's definitely an idea that can be a lot of fun.

Ah yes, father Grigori! There's definitely some connection!
gobert wrote: Jacobus came in amazingly well. The work on the coals and hazard stripes was definitely worth it! Loving your highlights on the fabric too, great touch!

Edit: I’ve been back through and see your cloaks shaded with purple and highlighted up to orange but couldn’t find the exact recipe, any chance you could share it? I’d like to use it when I come to do Pious Voronezh from Blackstone Fortress. It looks like you basecoated grey, and did flecks to represent the fabrics texture for the orange highlight, but I could be seeing things!

Cheers! With only one, relatively small model, it's quick and easy to do some extra highlights/details.
As for the red recipe, you are indeed correct so far. It was something like this:
(gray primer)
basecoat khorne red
some really quick, broad layering with mephiston red on "upper" surfaces
wash the whole thing druchii violet
highlight by doing small lines and dots, simulating fabric texture, with the following:
-mephiston red
-evil sunz scarlet
-wild rider red
-fire dragon bright (seriously, just a dot or two here and there)

sound like a lot of steps, but it goes really fast if you just lay out the colors on your wet palette.
Ezki wrote:The freehand on the banner turned out great! The banner all together looks good.
I also really like the worn out look you got going on: the metal on the shotgun looks especially good.
Keep up the amazing work!

Thanks a lot Ezki! I'll definitely try! I think the shotgun got some extra worn out look from the metal model's texture and/or priming
Viterbi wrote:Congrats on finishing Uriah! He and his buddy look like really restrained and open-minded priests
The glowing embers on top of his banner look great and the freehand is amazing!

Haha! I think they'll at least leave a lot of open-minded bodies in their wake
IGtR= wrote:Jacobus looks fantastic. Really awesome job replicating the studio scheme on him. And he has aged fantastically!

I'm glad to hear that IGtR, thanks!

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Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have cook up some fanatical emperor worshipper!

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Australia

Uriah looks amazing! Iw as going to ask for the red recipe but gobert beat me to it! Really really nice job on him, the freehand is super crisp and the hazard stripes on the chainsaw as well as the weathering are top-notch!

 
   
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gobert wrote:Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have cook up some fanatical emperor worshipper!

No problem! I'll look forward to him/her!
zahnib wrote:Uriah looks amazing! Iw as going to ask for the red recipe but gobert beat me to it! Really really nice job on him, the freehand is super crisp and the hazard stripes on the chainsaw as well as the weathering are top-notch!

Thanks a lot zahnib! I really appreciate it.

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So I’ve jumped aboard the Contrast train! I wanted something simple to test the new paints on, and what better candidates could there be than the humble Poxwalkers.



I’ve been interested in the Contrast paints for some time now. Not for using them exclusively to paint minis, but to speed up the painting process in some areas. The greatest sources of inspiration for this have been Vince Venturella, Darren Latham (channel will close in May, go watch the videos if you haven’t already) and most recently JuanHidalgo with his ‘Eavy Contrast tutorial series. They all show great examples of how to use Contrast for basecoating or effects, and more traditional paints to refine and finish a model.

About a week ago I went to the FLGS and bought a box of easy-to-build Poxwalkers and a bunch of Contrast pots (not cheap..). I decided that I’d revisit the zenithal undercoating, and at the same time try out how that works for multiple figures simultaneously. Well, multiple minis seemed to be fine, but I had some problems with my rattle cans: the gray one clogged which left me with black and white only, and I ended up messing the white and creating a bit of texture on the models. Well, it’s Nurgle so not too fuzzed about it.. Of course, it probably affected the flow of the Contrast paint to some extent. Oh yeah, I’m using regular automotive primers, not the GW recommended ones.



Painting with the Contrast paints was very enjoyable and in about half an hour I got a model all basecoated apart from metallic parts which I wanted to do with TMM paints. The result looked pretty good actually, and if I’d have to paint dozens of these for playing games I’d happily leave them at that. As I don’t, I spent an additional half an hour per model to refine the paintjob. I layered, or rather glazed the larger surfaces of skin with Flayed One Flesh and then highlighted everything with Pallid Wytch Flesh. The pink tentacles and the orange cloth also got some layering, and the yellow pustules got a glaze of the now OOP Lamenter’s Yellow. Finally, a further 30 minutes were spent painting the metallics (Vallejo Metal Colors, Typhus Corrosion and Ryza Rust) and the base.

So all together, it was around an hour and a half per model, which I suppose is not all that quick, but I reckon a lot faster than what I could’ve done with traditional paints only. I’m calling this experiment a success, will surely use the paints for other models as well. For example, I have the Shadespire dwarf team still on my to-do list, and I now think that I’ll employ Contrast paints for the majority of the models.

I’ll also use these fellers to claim a square in the bingo: paint a model in a color scheme you don’t normally use. So far I’ve painted very few mostly naked models, much less Nurgle afflicted ones, so I think this counts.
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Cracking job on the pox walkers mcmatilla, they look suitably nurgle! Their pustules are particularly disgusting!

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Nice first foray in using contrast paints. I love them and mostly use them for leather, skin and over metals. Atm I‘m painting models only using contrast and no other paints. Really helps with learning more brush control, that stuff is flowy
   
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The pox walkers look great! I'm thinking of testing contrast paints too and it's good to hear you like them.

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