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So, usual weekly update, just a little late.
Started in on my werewolf challenge entries, and their werewolf cousin:



also put a little more paint on the void hunters:


Even dropped a little paint on the rabbits from last month, though not sure where they're going from here:



And then it turns out I lied, I didn't take a break from titans:




These will probably go slower, especially as I'm not fully sure how the three headed guy's gonna go, but still, be nice to have a full venator maniple up and running. Til next week.
   
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You'd think with an extra day off from the government shutting down, I'd get more done, but sadly, no.

Did make a little progress on the void hunters--down to wash and highlight work.


Got to the same place on the challenge wolves, as well:


Kinda amused by the bad light making it look like the vest is painted with vantablack though--its just a dark blue, gotta do some highlighting there.

And continued getting distracted with titans. Base is actually done, except for the naming and alignment mark, which won't happen until the top is done. Still a good bit of leg layers on the green and striping to go before I have to work that though.




This work week is also shortened effectively, so we'll see if maybe I can kick a bit more out coming up.


   
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Those titan bases are always glorious, they give so much scale to those warmachines. Wolves are coming along nicely!
   
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Druid Warder





Hmmm... That dansing she-wolf with a pair of tomahawks I do not recognize, and yet the style is familiar. Is it Wild West eXodus vibe in Aristeia?

The whole wolf pack looks very varied and catchy in these base colors. Ghostly rabbits in background are a nice touch.

Ad of course - titan bases are ace. Would really like a closer look at these bikers! Cheers!

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 (0/38 done) 
   
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The she-wolf is a Corvus Belli peice, from their "Double Trouble" set. They also make infinity--not sure the sculptor, have to go dig out the box, from where ever it ended up.

Further progress on the wolves:



Think I needed to pick some other colors, blue fur and armor just kinda run together, and it'll get worse if I use either cloudy or wolf grey to drybrush highlight. Mostly just feels like its down to cleaning up details, maybe a bit of wash on the green pants and red in mouths and ears.

Also, real reason for the post: bike base close ups. Feel the printlines!


Gladius games (now silverback) bases, with a 40k scale biker set I found on thingiverse scaled down to approximately the right size. Even a foot away and zoomed my phone isn't liking it, but rough idea.
   
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I love the bikes dodging the blast craters, great execution!

   
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Upstate, New York

Coming along great. Love the little bikes!

Ultramarines, 3rd Co. and friends, 13K+ Slowly growing 3Kish
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A little late this week due to extra off time, and wanted to have something to show on the titan. Just got the legs done and mounted, as well as some other peices (including the top gun for the Reaver). Now to just get that core torso modeled...


Also did a bit more on the old Crucible Void Hunters:


Just gotta do a solid bit of highlighting (and repaint in one strap), after a bit more "oops" corrections.

Also started putting a bit more base colors onto the rabbits, because I should probably occasionally have some furry things from time to time if I'm gonna call the thread that:


Really, they're cut minis, but man is the casting and sculpts kinda bleagh--just lots of flash and shallow detail. You can tell their older sculpts still soldiering on.

On other furry thing news, for those who don't follow the dakka painting challenge, I finished up the werewolves for it:




sadly, bad handling and bad painting means they're already chipping a bit. I kinda like the vest and the yellow fur, and some of the knee pads, but I'm kinda down on the general quality of work there. Will try to do better next week.
   
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Progress is good - and thanks for the bike photo. Wonderful bases! These werewolves are definitely unconventionally painted. Vest definitely helps, although monotonously yellow fur hides details. But then yellow is notoriously difficult to shade... :(

Good luck with wabbits!

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 (0/38 done) 
   
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Got the void hunters done. Amazing how much worse things look when blown up to full monitor size, even compared to on a phone screen. Still, pass the arms length test well enough I think.



   
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Love the werewolf marines just for the insanity of their sculpts. I believe you saved the bases quite well. And I feel you on big pictures of painted models, I cringe every time I watch mine on the big screen
   
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Vitterbi--thanks, on both parts.

You'd think with four days off in a week, I'd get more painting in, but only a bit actually did. Plus side, finally got a conversion I like with the fourth warhound, so down to grinding down the paint on him.


As it sits, with the primed panels to finish off the reaver once I get the detailing there done.


With the third head sitting in loosely for mockup. Also, front view of the months challenge entries.
Its "pile of shame" this month, and goodness knows mine is big enough. There was a subchallenge some people were talking about on "paint the oldest mini you've got unpainted", so I did a little digging and research, and pulled these guys out. Far from the ones I've had longest unpainted, but given at least one of them is bottom stamped 1979 by a company that went out in 1996, and I only date to the mid 80s, they very much win on "oldest ones I own." They're mostly done base coating, just need eyes and metallics, then its cleanup, wash and highlight time.
Slightly tighter view of them:


And finally, made a few more passes on the rabbits. Getting there, but slow. Maybe by the end of the month.



We'll see. Need to get back to the Basti at some point before July, if historicon even ends up happening. Just put in an order from Crocodile games for the last troopers I need for the base army...
   
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Vejut wrote:
We'll see. Need to get back to the Basti at some point before July, if historicon even ends up happening. Just put in an order from Crocodile games for the last troopers I need for the base army...


Lets hope for the better!

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 (0/38 done) 
   
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another week down. Still not getting as much done as I want, but there is progress.

Biggest one: Warhound Titan #4 is done. I gotta get a better way to do the trim (and the feilds for that matter on these, they take forever, and its grinding me down, but hey, another down.



Came out kinda rough even by my normal standards, but I can do more cleanup later. One more assembled one to do, and three total to get to 1750. I think I really am gonna take a break from these after the Reaver is done though, as I am feeling burnt on them.
The Reaver in question is coming along though!

Again, just a small eternity of trim left. Both this one and the last warhound are magnetized, this one including the torso, so this is kinda still at mockup level, but hey, still usable!

Also got some other small stuff done. A few colors on the rabbit samurai:

Just need to do all the bamboo and the banner poles, and then can move on to details

and a little progress on the challenge models for the month:

About ready to move on to washes there I think.

Until next week.




   
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Man, April's just screaming by, and I'm nowhere near as done as I want to be.

Still, have made some progress.
Bunnies are around four-five colors from being able to start washing and highlights:

Mostly just filling in flag holder tabs, coloring lacings, and cleanups. Might even get done this month.

Actually did start washing and highlights on the challenge entry grenadier stuff:

Biggest issue here is turns out I have no idea what color to use on that somber grey! Black wash gets too stark, and purple just looks wrong. May try vallejo's grey wash later on the bunnies. That said, still a lot of work to be done here--haven't even washed the scales on the lizard, and I think everyone's boots and leather will need another pass of base before I can start washing them.

For the Reaver, all I did was just glue on all but the shin pads, without further painting, just to feel like I did something-not really going to show that. Enthusiasm's rather aground on that one. Thanks to whoever put some ratings on my titan stuff--I think you're rating it a wee bit high, but its still nice to know somebody likes them!

And then of course, wouldn't be me if I didn't start another bunch of projects before the old ones were done. Got a bunch of Basti from Croc mail order, enough to fill out my 1000 point plan, so started playing around with sculpting some armor on some of them (usual female Basti boob spoilers)

Started with this one, trying the pat and pull method (siding ridge the putty, cut squares, then pat and pull down over the next row each square), kinda enh on the resulting dishing...
Spoiler:



Did these two last night, still pat and pull but with more curing first:
Spoiler:


Think I like them a bit better, but may instead just try the ridge-and-cut method, like the pat and pull but without pulling, seemed to give cleaner, if less shaped scales I think I like more. Also gotta go back in for greaves, straps, and weapon swaps (and two more bodies, plus a back rank of 5 once I know what I'm doing.)

All three together with a 20mm square base:
Spoiler:

   
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Very nice scale mail, I like that even though it goes slightly against their flavor. These cats are fine, spoilered or not. Good luck with further customization!

As soon as I burn through the bad plastic mountain I'm going to give attention to metal cats too.

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 (0/38 done) 
   
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Always love looking into this thread for the weirdness of the not-AT minis. Love the bunnies and good luck on getting them and the comp entry finished!
   
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@Wirecat: Thanks! And I do hope to see that. Need to get on my half of that too, probably after the bunnies and cats are done..

@Vitterbi: Thank you as well, gonna try tonight and this weekend. Shouldn't take too much more, if nothing else, if I throw a base on them I can call them "done but crap" (hoping to do better than that though!)

Will have more Not-Titan stuff shortly, because I just got done the Reaver, giving me a full Venator Maniple and a nice case of burnt out on that for a while. Got two and a half more warhounds on hand and some other stuff coming, and need to get at least two done to get to workable points, but that's for a couple months from now at least.

Finished state:



Just noticed the vents didn't get done, corrected them as I was making this post. Magnetized the arms, carapace gun, and waist, and also finished the chain fist, in case you're wondering why the arm and pose suddenly changed a bit between pictures. Looking at it: wow, what a crap paintjob at that zoom level, but I just don't want to be working on it anymore, and its only mildly bad looking at tabletop distance.
Full Maniple:


   
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And we got through another week. Not as productive as I wanted, but is it ever?
Obviously, got the Reaver out of the way this week, so started in on clearing some more of my desk, so have some fuzzy things.

First priority is the Dakka Painting Challenge stuff for the month. Did a grab bag of old early 80s Grenadier D&D stuff. Actually about at the finishing steps for them now, just got to let some bases harden up and then paint:


Likewise, getting close on the rabbit samurai:


Don't think I'm happy with the helmets, probably should have used a different color rather than just dropping an ugly splotch, but I had it out for working the laces. Need to start some washes on everything and highlights. Not going to be super high standards, but the sculpts weren't either, and they're mostly for a bit of fun. Freehand ended up...kinda uneven on the back banners, kept going back and forth on them and eventually just got tired of it. Using the Miyamoto Kamon, to match Usagi Yojimbo. Granted, several of them look more like the SpaceChem logo, but such is life. If I can get these and the challenge models all done, that'll take me to 52 for the year, which is about on track for my plan of 144. Not sure I can keep this pace, and definitely will aim for less next year, but still kinda a good feeling.

FInally, got the first of the initial 5 girl set of armored Basti with their armor on. I think the primarily cut based style on the girl on the right will be what I'll focus on going forward if I do the next 5, though I'll probably use mostly the style of armor on the older middle set (though hey, variation is good!) Still need to do some cut and drill work for their weapons, which'll be fun, but gotta make sure I don't mess up the sculpting on 'em first. Usual "exposed breast" spoilers:
Spoiler:


Until next week.
   
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Well... Judging from surviving examples horns and other helmet adornments where quite bright to stand out, polished brass and steel. And I really like these banners-shashimonos, bit more variety and it would have been believable that they dip their little paws in paint to draw whatever "colors" they will be fighting for this day. Mercenary rabbits. Laminated armor is more or less right, dark base, light stitches.

Good luck and steady hand! And sound health in these times...

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 (0/38 done) 
   
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Thanks Wirecat. A steady hand would have really helped when doing those banners, but we do with what we got.

Got the adventurers done, unless I decide to go in with another pass or two on the bases:



Will post better pics when I take them, somehow managed to get not a single sheild showing.

   
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And the rabbits are all done. Clearing the decks pretty well for the next round of projects. May circle back around to these later, have some old On The Lamb resin otter ashigaru I could add. and probably at least one oathsworn or reaper rabbit samurai in a chunkier scale I could use as the Hatamoto (and I really want to convert a Grundback groundcrawler walker from Privateer as their steampunk magical centerpeice), expand the whole thing out into a dragon rampant or warlords of Erewhon list, but thats for later. For now, bunnies:



   
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Congrats on fjnishing the rabbits! And truth be told, I would love a group shot of all your furry friends, how much models would that entail?
   
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Finally got the final pics of the Grenadier adventurers:




Vitterbi: As to the group shot, about this many:


mostly just the top tray is the animal adventurers:


but there's a few on the mid and lower levels as well:
.

Counting the rabbits that I forgot to put in the case before I took the photo, its about 99 bases worth of stuff I'd class in the "Animal Adventurers" set. Sorry if it sounded like the I had the otters and the like painted, not yet, but definitely's got me thinking about it.
   
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Rabbit samurai look great .

Also nice work on the old grenadier models.

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

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Thanks Theophony.

I got the enthusiasms today, it seems. Grabbed this guy who was sitting on my painting desk for a while:


and managed to motivate myself to just paint him straight through in about two and a half hours:



Thinking he's going to be my painting challenge entry for the month. That said, probably will take better pictures of him, looked only a little washed out on the phone screen but at full size, I can see they're...rather badly out of focus.
   
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6 foot underwater

Good going

But is it a rhinotaur, or is it a chaos zoat ?

cyborks & flyboyz : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/300067.page
heretical ramblings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/302773.page
imperial preachings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/303365.page
Da Waaagh-ky Races : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/325045.page
Briancj: You have the Mek Taint, MT, and the only thing we can do is watch in horror/amazement.

 
   
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It does kinda have that sort of feel to it, doesn't it?
   
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Nice work!
   
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6 foot underwater

My first thought was that you had converted it from a zoat

cyborks & flyboyz : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/300067.page
heretical ramblings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/302773.page
imperial preachings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/303365.page
Da Waaagh-ky Races : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/325045.page
Briancj: You have the Mek Taint, MT, and the only thing we can do is watch in horror/amazement.

 
   
 
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