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Gitsplitta wrote:It's not just volume graven, though that is impressive. The quality of models that you've been generating is excellent.

That's very kind of you. I do feel that the Enforcers are somewhat rushed, tbh, as I just wanted to hammer through them. I definitely take more time with the Marvel and Moonstone minis though. TBH, I have kinda hit a bit of burnout after that lot - not sure what to paint, or even if I want to. So might take a breather for a few.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Hola peeps

Was in a terrible state with my brain yesterday, so forced myself to paint - I couldn't initially summon the energy for it, but I know it helps me when I'm low. Not much progress, but started on the marvel heap o' shame, starting with Gambit.

Lovely sculpt, really dynamic.

Totally captures the character.

And as I'm on the mutants, Cassandra Nova:

Not a character I know, really, she's prof X's evil twin. So evil, in fact, that she was a miscast. Had to reconstruct one side of her face with gs. Actually rather pleased, not sure you can tell (except of course on dakka super zoom).

And then, the next wave, as I'm on a mutant kick.

Decided also to build some stuff. Trying to claw my way through the big grey heap. NYC Truck, Sin, Viper, Hawkeye, Black Widow - Agent of Shield, Winter Soldier, Vision, Venom, Crystal, Lockjaw, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight. That leaves Thanos, Hulk, Black Bolt, Medusa, Elektra, Shadowlands Daredevil, The Hand, Nick Fury and the Agents of Shield, and the comic cover display Spider-Man/Doc Ock, to build - in other words, all the MCP Minis (barring some terrain) to date. Phew!
Wee fella's birthday this weekend, so I suspect we'll lost in a PS5...

Graven

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Madison, WI

I think you should paint those playing cards so that they are easily identified as royal cards (J-K). Get to it man!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

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Gitsplitta wrote:I think you should paint those playing cards so that they are easily identified as royal cards (J-K). Get to it man!

SHADDUP!

Wee fella had a great birthday, and we consumed much excellent food (and indeed drink). Inevitably, minimal P&M over the weekend, but still some done. Built up some more to unwind after birthday shenanigans - Black Bolt, Medusa and Hulk - but that's really all from the heap o' plastic. I've also got tons of DCU to work through, including the Sinestro corps. I think I'm going to tackle all that yellow the pink+yellow ink method - which I've used for taxicabs in the past, and am also using on Rogue and Ms Marvel - but if any one has any thoughts from Marine experience (Lamenters? camo Mantis Warriors? Impy Fisties?) certainly interested to hear. My other approach to yellow is a much more ochre base using Averland Sunset as a starting point, which is what I used on these chaps...

Whatcha lookin' at Bub? The wee piece of Sentinel on the base is actually from Rogue but she's got enough going on frankly.

I don't know why, despite my being raised on the 90s cartoon and live-action movies, but when I think of Wolverine, it's the classic brown that springs to mind. Maybe it's because in my mind he's always lined up against this fellow:

A big part of both of these was seeing if I could register sufficient contrast between two VJ Burnt Umber and Mahogany

Return of the base newspapers!

Nice sculpt, not that the 3D printed one I did was much different (not quite as dynamic I guess).
On the desk, Rogue is blocked in, Ms marvel's yellows and skin done (that was really hard to get right), and flesh tones started on Cable, Medusa, Black Bolt, Magneto, Jean Grey, Cyclops, X-23 and Honey Badger. Not even started Beast, Domino or Storm; still, I'd like to get the Mutants and Inhumans done before I move onto the Black Order.

Starting to plan June, and with The Batman starter coming to review, I'm going to start revisiting KM stuff generally. I want to do something Harry Potter themed for a mate as a 30th/housewarming gift, so thinking of tackling Harry on Buckbeak and/or Luna on Thestral. Whilst I do get antsy painting for others (and against the clock), I hope these will be a refreshing change: having painted hordes, it's good to focus on something requiring more detail. In theory

Game night tonight, not sure what it'll be, probably Unlock! Star Wars edition to get us in the mood for Kenobi.
Cheers,
Graven

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Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Madison, WI

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/8430/289929.page#4108629

I also have a much shorter method that I use for my Bad Moons. This is all pre-airbrush of course.

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I started reading X-men in the early 150's (around the start of the Brood saga), and so prefer gold and brown for Wolverine's costume. I think you made the right choice.

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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Gitsplitta wrote:https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/8430/289929.page#4108629
I also have a much shorter method that I use for my Bad Moons. This is all pre-airbrush of course.

Handy. I have applied some of these principles along with violet wash for contrast. Cheers my old friend.

JoshInJapan wrote:I started reading X-men in the early 150's (around the start of the Brood saga), and so prefer gold and brown for Wolverine's costume. I think you made the right choice.

Much appreciated. I have never been a dedicated Marvel reader outside of Bendis's Max runs (Alias, Cage etc) tbh. DC all the way. But I did enjoy Old Man / Dead Man Logan so grimy, earthy tones feel right to me.

Played Unlock! Star Wars Escape Game with the spawn for our game nights. You get 3 escape room adventures in the box - one each thematically for Rebels, Smugglers and Imperials - although in fact, with the game's tutorial mode you're effectively getting 4 Escape Rooms (granted, the first one is quick, but still, it's great fun). You have a notional hour to complete each adventure, with mistakes earning you time penalties (affecting your final score). This adds real tension and excitement to the experience, which is very satisfying. The final adventure has a marked jump in difficulty, though your skill cards that you gain at the start of the mission can give you extra help along the way - as well as really helping you feel like you're a character in the story.
I'll be honest, I'm not actually a massive fan of Escape Room games, but I was prepared to make an exception for this and I'm glad I did. With the app running the game - which I often find intrusive in boardgames - it reduces the clutter and really adds to the whole experience. The use of Holst's planets as background music works really well, with the addition of key sound effects from the Saga when they fit. The puzzles that are app driven make sense - there's even a VERY clever nod to the original Professor Leyton on DS - and the hints are pitched just right. We did have an issue with one of puzzles that was a phone screen size problem but we just sucked it up as a hint. Equally, there was at least one puzzle that we were just being completely dense about and the reveal was a glorious OF COURSE! Yes, the replay factor is obviously non-existent but at least you can pass it on once done - and you get a decent amount of playtime for your money. What it comes down to is that even with minor niggles, we immediately felt we would buy non-Star Wars versions of this - and will absolutely be looking out for more IP tie-ups from them.

Painting wise, still working through Mutants, starting with one of my faves:

Rogue! Face sculpt is a bit goofy but it's a great model otherwise.


Talking of great sculpts:

I do like the way Storm defies gravity.

I had planned to do her white outfit but, in the end, this felt better


And as I was working in Blacks... Black Bolt!

Goofy model, but great base.

No interest in the Inhumans generally, but I figured it was a good idea to get another Leader done so I can get them on to the table at some point.

And finally, Venom:

The official sculpt, as opposed to my printed version. Really boring sculpt, tbh, so went for a different style of painting.

And a comparison with my printed one:

We Are Venom!

Ms Marvel is probably next, just taking time with her. Beast, with all his blues, will probably get done at the same time.

Payday today, so going to grab a couple more bits for my enforcers I think. Mind you, do I really need more toys
Hey ho,
Graven.

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Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Madison, WI

Wow, that's a batch of excellently painted dynamic sculpts. Good on ya graven. Very well done!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

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Gitsplitta wrote:Wow, that's a batch of excellently painted dynamic sculpts. Good on ya graven. Very well done!

Thanks my friend. And your yellow advice has been put to good use! There's a lot more a coming...

With general lack of storage, really trying to push through the marvel heap. First, one of my absolute favourite characters: Beast!

Loved him as a kid, and Kelsey Grammer was excellent as him even if X3 was otherwise appalling. Hence the slightly dog-eared copy of Self-Help by Dr F. Crane

I'm very happy with how he turned out, ultimately.


And in anticipation of the start of June, Ms Marvel:

And you can't have Ms Marvel without having her EMBIGGEN!

And a side by side

Cracking sculpt. Getting the skin tone right was hellish. I think it's a reflection of the fact that whilst there's plenty of paints for Caucasian fleshtones there's a real dearth for others [/rant] so applied some of the logic for how I tackled Storm's with a lot of blending.

Need to do a major reorganization, the board games are taking over...

Not that I'm complaining

The monster Scenery stuff is very nice, great quality pre painted scenics.

Particularly good for moonstone and other fantasy skirmish. I really the double sided neoprene although it's a bit wee for its box so ends up slightly curled.

Had a great couple of days with the kids (had a day off yesterday) tried out transformers Deck Building - not especially innovative, but a lot of fun - and the final Star Wars Unlock scenario which was good if a bit TOO obscure at times. Speaking of Star wars, enjoyed Kenobi. Didn't think it was outstanding, would've been tighter as a movie, but enjoyable nonetheless. A jaunt to the Lego store and Spiderman No Way Home rounded out a very nice weekend all in all. Hopefully get a bit more paint on the remaining mutants tomorrow, too. And then, who knows, maybe tackle the backlog... Doubt it though
Graven



Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
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Nice work on Dr. McCoy. I'm one of the few who unironically just enjoyed X3, but yeah, he was superbly cast and it's a shame we never saw more of him other than the cameo at the end of DoFP.

Kamala looking good too.

 
   
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Great stuff, the Enforcers look good, although not a big fan of the sculpts. But a lot more Marvel goodness and I love the colors on Ms. Marvel they fit perfectly. And I feel you on skin tones, tried some time ago on a few unlucky ETB guardsmen. I kinda managed mediterranean, but one just looked like a zombie
   
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Really good work on the marvel minis. It must be nice to paint up totally different models with different colour schemes.

How is Wingspan? My wife and I got it for Christmas and have yet to give it a go!

One and a half feet in the hobby


My Adeptus Mechanicus Painting Log:
# The Explorator Fleet of Labrunnia IX #

 
   
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Madison, WI

You nailed Beast graven! Great work!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

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Paradigm wrote:Nice work on Dr. McCoy. I'm one of the few who unironically just enjoyed X3, but yeah, he was superbly cast and it's a shame we never saw more of him other than the cameo at the end of DoFP.
Kamala looking good too.

Many thanks amigo!

Viterbi wrote:Great stuff, the Enforcers look good, although not a big fan of the sculpts. But a lot more Marvel goodness and I love the colors on Ms. Marvel they fit perfectly. And I feel you on skin tones, tried some time ago on a few unlucky ETB guardsmen. I kinda managed mediterranean, but one just looked like a zombie

Now that I have a system, it's pretty straightforward: VJ air mahogany base, then 50/50 mahogany and flat flesh, working up through highlights. No, I have mixed feelings about Enforcers, but they're better than the old sculpts :/
Olthannon wrote:Really good work on the marvel minis. It must be nice to paint up totally different models with different colour schemes.
How is Wingspan? My wife and I got it for Christmas and have yet to give it a go!

It is, and the blocks of colour lend themselves to relatively quick work. Wingspan is without doubt the best game we've played all year. The copy in the pic is actually for my Summer Giveaway (you heard it here first folks) on Big Comic Page blog. It's beautiful to look at, mechanically intuitive but deeply complex. It's an extraordinary game, one that's only further enhanced by its expansions. European species more familiar to me so I have more affection for it (and its end of round mechanics are a very good addition too) but Oceania is objectively a better expansion in terms of mixing up the game play with new player boards, flightless birds and resources.

Gitsplitta wrote:You nailed Beast graven! Great work!

Thanks pal. Ultimately, it's all your fault for making me push myself and learn wet blending back in the day.

I do find that I get in strange colour... ruts, for want of a better term. I'm a bit stuck in purple right now, for instance:

Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans.
No real interest in the character but I do love a redhead.

Her hair entangles opponents, which translates mechanically to lots of board control. Got nerfed but is still very good.

And with her beloved.

And more purple with the mighty Magneto:

I had a bit of a headache with his metal tokens but think they turned out ok.

I do love a bit of cape work. Must be why I love Lando Calrisian

Fairly determined to finish the X-Men roster so that leaves another killer couple, Cyclops and Jean Grey

Their yellows were done using the pink method in the end to get that really gaudy, retro feel.

Doggedly trying to get through the Marvel. A *lot* of black coming next between remaining mutants and the Black Order... Another colour rut actually, it speeds things up without being the hell of unit painting.

But speaking of units, got some kitbashes done for my Enforcers.

Damn, I had forgotten how nasty old first gen Mantic plastics are. Rocket launchers, well, 2 with metal arm sets are official but were hellish to assemble. The other (primed plastic) is converted from a jetbike launcher, two different arms and an extra hand. Their leader has an new style head to distinguish him from other rifle dudes. The guy in the middle was a happy accident, they've not re-released the fusion gun for the current edition, but it came in my poorly listed eBay haul (with the 2 rocket launchers, as opposed to 4) so now my Assault Enforcers have a scary-as infantry template weapon. And the other 5 are Defenders, using the leftover shields from Peacekeepers and chopped down old style rifles as combat shotguns. So good savings and more units - lots of win. I mean they probably won't help me win a GAME but still might try to paint up one of these units for this month's dakka painting contest (Dogsbodies) but I do have the agents of SHIELD and The Hand to do also... We'll see
Graven


Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
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LOL! The "red-head disease" is rampant amongst my friends. Luckily I am free of it, but then that leaves more gingers for you brain damaged lot...

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

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Scott and Jean are literally blasting the 90s theme into my brain, so mission accomplished! Going to have to find an excuse to try that yellow method, it looks sublime.

 
   
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Gitsplitta wrote:LOL! The "red-head disease" is rampant amongst my friends. Luckily I am free of it, but then that leaves more gingers for you brain damaged lot...

Well, living in Scotland has its advantages... Anyway, been there, done that, as it were, long ago. just celebrated being with the wife for 19 years in fact. Frightening.
Paradigm wrote:Scott and Jean are literally blasting the 90s theme into my brain, so mission accomplished! Going to have to find an excuse to try that yellow method, it looks sublime.

Cheers bro, very much appreciated It's up on my insta for Wednesday @sam.graven
Been a little quiet here, although we've been off for the long weekend a bug has been working through the house, all the signs point to Omicron. Still, we've worked through it.

Because it has become something of habit, somehow... More Marvel! Starting with my favourite villainous couple, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight.

Do not get me started on how poorly they were used in the MCU [/rant]

I feel that painting the Black Order is a bit like the Wise Woman sketch from Blackadder II: There are 2 things you must know, one, she is wise... That being said, I enjoyed the various black shades and contrasting with the NMM weapons. And finishing the Black Order for now, Elon Musk, I mean, Ebony Maw:

Creepy wee scumbag.

And a group shot

Still got Black Dwarf to do before we get Black Swan and Supergiant (oh and of course Thanos).

Next, the remaining mutants, starting with a couple of clones: X-23 and Honey Badger, aka Wolverine's not-daughters.

X-23/ Laura looks really severe, which I love, and Gabrielle is TINY! She's like 28mm! It's crazy. Fun to do, if very fragile.

Finishing off the Inhumans. First up, Crystal:

I don't know squat about Crystal

I enjoyed painting her with osl though

And Lockjaw.

He's a good boy

What is a glorious sculpt, it just screams DOG!

And a bit of X Factor, I mean X Force, starting with Domino.

In retrospect, I wish I'd done Domino in Deadpool movie style with vitiligo.

And, Cable

Ah, the dimension hopping, teleporting murder machine:

For Cable I really wanted to channel that whole man out of time, wanderer vibe.

Plus to me Cable has to be in his colours from the Onslaught saga.

Love his energy shelf. I am very fond of him, even wrote my own comic as a kid that totally ripped him off

Had a great game of Firefight against the elder spawn's Asterians, so, the two most Elite armies in the game facing off (I mean it's SM vs Eldar, essentially).

1000 points with small corner deployments, 6 Objectives worth bonus points at the end of the game - a bloodbath scenario, basically. I ran a squad each of Enforcer Operatives, Assault Enforcers (electing for a large squad of each, rather than my usual 2 small squads), Peacekeepers, Jetbikes with missile launchers and Enforcer Snipers, 2 of Pathfinders with DOGGs, and a Command of Peacekeeper Captain, Enforcer Captain, Forward Observer (with Snipers), and Pathfinder Sergeant - throwing out a huge amount of Command points, basically, which was key as it also got me first turn.

He was running 2 squads each of Marionettes and Cyphers, 1 of Sky Bikes, Black Talons, Kalyshi, Cypher Specialists, Phantom and Weapon Drones, along with Black Talon Prime, Kalyshi commander and an Overseer with Command Drone - still quite a lot of command dice, plus the numerical advantage in terms of troop units (which is generally a good thing). We used a mix of Mantic Deadzone and Monster Scenics pre-painted scenery, which gave us a range of cover and heights, without cluttering up the battlefield.

The Snipers and Pathfinders were able to advance setup with Scout which meant they were able to get right into his face, immediately taking out his heavy weapon drones (much to his annoyance). I generally popped area effect command abilities early on to buff the army as a whole, throwing out rerolls to hit, be hit and damage, which he found very frustrating. He tends to rush and over-commit, relying on Energy Shields rather than using cover to his advantage and holding back his reserves to deploy at the end of the turn so I can't murder them immediately (which, alas, I did). He is also still a bit reactive, targeting units that have already activated rather than taking down ones that have yet to do so. We talk a lot of tactics as we play, he's definitely improving but by the end of the first turn it was pretty grim for the roger-rogers, and tabled by the second (though he did take out a quarter of my force, namely the jetbikes, snipers and pathfinder squads).

Really fun game, and solidifies my feeling that I enjoy playing them as an elite long range army; where some folk like to play the same "feel" of army in every game, I'm the opposite: I like armies to feel distinct, to keep the game fresh. They're certainly a contrast to playing Nurgle/Death Guard in WH (ok, so they're similar to one another, but that's a financial decision ) or even Veer-myn in Deadzone. Keeping the Assault Unit in the back field was very wise - Enforcers aren't really designed to be a melee army, but that discourages outflankers. I had a mantic voucher so have ordered the online exclusive Enforcer Sergeant for the price of postage, and I'll certainly pick up a couple of pathfinder monocycles (sniper bikers), as they're up for pre-order, maybe the big flyer and the combi pack of 5 more Peacekeepers and a squad of Pathfinders (who knew scouts would end up being my favourite unit in the game?) when we go down to Mantic HQ in July; if I can grub up some Mantic points I'll maybe try to grab a couple of the promos. I also picked up the rules digitally, they're only a tenner this month so it's a no-brainer.

We also got some other gaming in, breaking out the Big Box of Carcassonne (with all 11 expansions); went for River, Inns and Cathedrals and got royally stomped by my kids we also started Sinister Motives, the new campaign for Marvel Champions, with the new character packs, Ironheart and Nova. Ironheart is great, everything Iron Man should be. Nova is... Not. Slow deck, low power, pre-build doesn't work. Really frustrating, as he's clearly meant to be a Justice deck rather than Aggression. I'll likely switch him and Miles Morales round.

Next up, Black Dwarf is sitting on my desk, and then I've got just over a fortnight to do Potter stuff, Harry on buckbeak and Luna on thestral, for gifts. I'm trying to get through stuff before my birthday in 3 weeks as there's often some plastic in the offing there Just 6 marvel minis built and ready to go left, but I'm looking at Nick Fury and the Agents of Shield for this month's dakka contest (Underdogs) which are still on sprue. Decisions, decisions...
Graven

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Lockjaw! Yay!
You're continuing to do a really good job on all that Marvel stuff.

   
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aku-chan wrote:Lockjaw! Yay!
You're continuing to do a really good job on all that Marvel stuff.

Ah-woof!

Thanks man. I am really pleased to be pushing through it all... especially with the new releases I have to get on with the Harry Potter stuff next though, as I've only got a fortnight till their birthday. But, in the meantime, last of the black order: Black Dwarf, or Cull Obsidian as he is in the MCU

Skin tone was tricky. The official paint is very green-toned but the classic art is much more brown. So, I went with a compromise.

Similarly, all that black cloth and black metal hurt my head. Still, in the end, not bad.

Particularly happy with the NMM on the left shoulder. Excuse the pic dump, but he's ended up being one of my favourite models I've painted lately.

And as a group.

They've actually got me excited for Crisis Protocol as a GAME again
Lovely long weekend, all in all. A big project has also been set in motion, I've been asked to design a card game by an indy comic publisher. Can't say too much yet, but it's potentially very exciting. I mean how often do you get the chance to create something from the ground up in that way? So it'll probably be a hand-drafter, as that's what I fancy creating.
Onwards, if not upwards. Small person not sleeping. But hey, sleep is for the weak, right? RIGHT?!?!
Graven

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That fells is a head swap away from being a half tidy orc nob!

Great work.




 
   
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Camkierhi wrote:That fells is a head swap away from being a half tidy orc nob!
Great work.

Dat's a lot of teef for a new noggin' Mind you, I could do with a Mekboy to upgrade me, I think. I need a new foot! I broke a couple of toes on Tuesday by walking into the door of the man-cave and have been hobbling about ever since.

What have I been working on? Only one thing, but it's a big time consuming thing. Well, two. But only one is finished, so far:

It's gifting season. A work colleague has just got engaged, bought a house with her partner and is turning 30, so giving them a couple of geeky gifts (they are massive HP fans).

This is one of the newest KM casts and the material is fantastic. I hated their rubbery resin (failcast by any other name) but the new black plastic/resin hybrid stuff is really, really good. Crisp but not brittle, holds tiny detail, not to bad for casting lines and fairly easy to attack with a knife if need be.

I had to build up the base with gs as the water is about 50mm diameter and their standard large base is 60mm. I mean why they couldn't have just made a 60mm plinth for it is beyond me but still.

I maybe need to gs the join of the left wing a wee bit. There was a fair bit of gapping generally but nothing like a bad on the Thestral, which is the other part of the gift (the pal in question bears a striking resemblance to Luna, and her other half is tall, dark and with glasses...)
Other things in the WIP stages, other than the Thestral (which I should finish over the weekend) are Sin and some Moonstone figures. The current painting contest is Underdogs and I'm increasingly thinking a few scrappy, unlikely fantasy characters might be the way to go.
A quiet weekend, not as planned - was supposed to be driving across the country with the elder spawn to the National Lego Robotics finals (he's team captain, they've already won the regionals) but can't comfortably drive for more than about 20 minutes. Hopefully will get Luna finished, maybe Sin for MCP (there was a bit of a red spillage doing Harry's robes, so she was a logical choice) and then onto a bit o' Moonstone, I think.
Hey ho
Graven

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Right! Just stopping by briefly... Thestral:

Ended up really enjoying this

I used VJ Cayman Green for the base colour and delighted with the result.

Getting the hair right was tricky but I think it's there.
Graven

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Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Great work, hope the foot feels better.




 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

Camkierhi wrote:Great work, hope the foot feels better.

Well, it's not dropped off Thanks my friend.

Some more standard fair. I should be painting Underdogs for the monthly contest but instead we have some... Marvelous distractions

Black Widow in her most recent outing outfit. Movie was a bit iffy but not awful.

SHIELD logo turned out well, I think. She's a bit overpriced in game but I imagine I'll still throw in her into Shield teams.

Slightly different angle, better view of the face. She's a nice sculpt even if she feels slightly big (even for 40mm).

And continuing with Avengers, the mighty Vision!

Could I take a decent photo of him? Could I buggery?

I'm such a sucker for a cape.

And some more lethal ladies, but of the other stripe, with the Lady Sin

Red Skull's daughter. Apparently.

Fun to paint, though.

And Viper, her venomous sidekick

Lovely sculpt, really happy with the face, still totally failing to take decent photos.

She's so green she's SUPER green (internet cookie if you get that reference).

Moonstone painting is actually happening, just slowly as their so detailed. Progress, perhaps, later in the week.
Graven

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Is 'Eavy Metal Calling?





UK

You're smashing this stuff as usual, but I especially like what you did with the Thestral, it looks wonderfully ethereal.

 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

Paradigm wrote:You're smashing this stuff as usual, but I especially like what you did with the Thestral, it looks wonderfully ethereal.

Most kind old son.
Just a wee check-in (bokbok). For being the last week or so of term, work is astonishingly busy. Exam board stuff, mostly. Still.

This month's dakka painting contest is Underdogs, so I've decided to do some Moonstone townsfolk, starting with Agatha, Tavern Frau (though that really should be frauline).

She is a brilliant support piece in game, giving your troops Dutch courage whilst getting the enemy blind drunk. Nightmare to photograph though.

I've got a few more of them to do, so I should make a fair showing. But they are VERY time consuming as they are so beautifully detailed, which means other distractions are required: I've been building more Moonstone and Thanos for MCP, gap filling Hulk (there's green stuff, and then there's ironic green stuff) and starting to vaguely think about summer game plans.
Ta-ta
Graven

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Your MCP models are lovely as always, but those dynamic poses must make them a bear to photograph.

Agatha looks great-- the feathered hat (?) is particularly nice.

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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JoshInJapan wrote:Your MCP models are lovely as always, but those dynamic poses must make them a bear to photograph.

Agatha looks great-- the feathered hat (?) is particularly nice.

Thanks amigo. Yes, indeed they do Cheers, also, re: Agatha. Feathered hats are very much a feature of Commonwealth humans as a (sub)faction, much to my annoyance as you can see from the state of my workbench:

Gertrude (lass with blunderbuss) and Kaufman (fat merchant) proving my point there, though the others not so much along with Old Cadders (older guy with sword) Quack (Alchemist) and Tabby (lethal Librarian) that'll give me 6 to choose from, 7 if I get Fritz (the Landschneckt chap) done. Don't think Beast or Tubby the faun really qualify for Underdogs

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Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Another wee addition to the Marvel horde.

Longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car.

I rather rate Winter Soldier's revisions. That R5 gun is not to be sniffed at.

Flesh as highlight for red is the business.
Built Elektra and Shadowlands Daredevil, who'll I'll paint as Daredevil Yellow given the sad news about Tim Sale

Pretty much done for the term with the work. Stumbling towards the holidays...
Graven



Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 257 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Wow, I'm so far behind. Love the gal on the nightmare especially. Great work on the edge highlighting and her hair as well.

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