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Cyberpunk Diorama - Spring Cleaning Hobby Challenge. Completed

Cyberpunk Diorama - Spring Cleaning Hobby Challenge. Completed

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Miniatures painting process and final picture

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Last week brought some progress, in various parts of the project (see next entry).

But, first, I’ve sealed the miniature and consider them done. Bellow you’ll find some description of my process. From time to time I like to read such reports from other painters, so maybe some of you will enjoy my. In attempt to make it somewhat fun, I tried to take pictures on the way, but as you’ll soon find out I was not consistent and left big chunks of painting not documented.

I want my diorama to be as modular as possible in case I’d want to change something in the future. To that end I want my figures to be removable from the set. I also want my figures to stay playable. To achieve that I decided to put a magnet in the bottom of Hanako and leave long piece of wire in Oko’s foot. Using those I’ll be able to take figures of the diorama and put them on the bases.

The pictures above show following steps:

  1. Cut off the tab, with side-cutters,
  2. File off remaining metal,
  3. Drill hole for the magnet (I had a slight problem here as I had metric magnet and imperial drill bit, therefor had to use file to enlarge the hole),
  4. Using superglue and green stuff attach the magnet, level it by pressing your mini down onto some baking paper.


After the green stuff hardened I’ve put the mini on my normal painting handle.

Painting setPainting set

I prepared myself a coffee (to avoid having steady hands apparently) and went on to paint. The mini already had zenithal undercoat and some Army Painter Dragon Red on her kimono.

I applied violet on the skin and build up smooth layer of VMC Sunny Skin Tone over it. Then I added some highlights mixing in some bone to Sunny Skin Tone. Make up is a single layer of glaze of Sunny Skin Tone mixed with violet.

Scary faceScary face

Then I went on to paint kimono. It was very easy as it has mostly large, flat surfaces. As mentioned, the base colour is AP Dragon Red, Shadows are VGC Scarlet Red and Highlights are done with Vallejo RC range Scarlet Fluo (62.034). This colour makes highlighting deep red really easy.

The rest is quite standard: Whites are whites and greys, blacks are blacks and white, gold is one layer gold. I did some washes on the gold and black lining on the kimono.

Ninja is done in the same way: as in skin and blacks of course. The one thing I had to do with her was striping previous paint and starting again from bear metal.

Miniatures painting process and final picture

In the end I spayed them both with satin varnish.

The final result:

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