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Hobby exploits 2020 and onward

Hobby exploits 2020 and onward

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About the Project

Note on change of the title (09.01.2021): I guess it is quite self-explanatory. Since some people apparently follow this project and may be interested in following it forward, I decided to keep it alive for the time being. Original description: I intend this project to be chronicle of my hobby progress throughout the year. I usually post photos of my painting on the forums, but I’ll probably add more pictures here with occasional recipe and maybe a battle report from time to time.

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Long Ya (?) – Momoyama Drone

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Corvus Belli introduced new concept of REMs with Long Ya models for Yu Jing in December last year. While I appriaciate creativeness, I don’t like new design, I don’t think it works for that particular profile. Thus, I decided to substitute them with Momoyama Drones from Unit 9. They look all right ant their weapons correspond with what you would expect on Long Ya model, only thing I did was scale them down to 77% so they would fit 40 mm bases.

Painting was very basic, black and white oil over sombre grey under-paint, the yellow is my typical Yu Jing recipe.

One thing, the weird white clouds around their ‘feet’ – this is superglue I Used to attach them to the bases, it is virtually invisible IRL, but quite pronounced on the photos.

Long Ya (?) – Momoyama Drone

Sang-Ji(sus) HMG

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With this one I tried to be super-neat. I also used much more powerful lenses in my visor (or chick-magnet as my wife calls it).

Painted with oils (over acrylic base):

  1. Yellow – oxide brown to bismuth yellow, over sun-yellow base
  2. Mechanic parts – black wash, white highlights over sombre grey base.

When I started painting this one he was considered pinnacle of offensive game in whole the Infinity universe, now after the changes in fire-teams composition rules he is just powerful. Still the mini looks amazing.

I’m repainting my spaceship-corridors terrain, works nice as a backdrop for photosI’m repainting my spaceship-corridors terrain, works nice as a backdrop for photos

It’s official, I’m losing eyesight

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Last month, like almost every last month of each quarter I focused on working on some small competition pieces. This time I had some Yu Jung on the table, so decided to do alternate pose of Cpt Qiang Gao from Defiance set and Liu Xing hacker from Invincible Army starter pack.

I was quite happy with my performance until I took the pictures seen bellow. They looked awful! Messy as hell. I use my magnifying glasses while painting, but even with them I can’t see all the spots and nasty streaks seen on the photos – it must be my eyes.

In the end I haven’t participated in any competition this quarter, at least I have two minis painted on very average level…

Xeodrone Red Fury

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And the last of the CA models painted in this series. Technic doesn’t change, but since this is general Infinity model and not necessarily a Defiance one, he needed different base, as per usual that meant mass production (especially with new Morats lurking from behind a corner).

Dynamic DuoDynamic Duo
And said basesAnd said bases

Seed Soldier

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He’s part of the bunch described in previous post but project system didn’t let him in together with his pals.

A bit of a disaster

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Together with my Charontid I also pushed three Shasvastis. I didn’t care much about them (they are just pawns), but on top of that, when I finished and tried to attach them to final bases, something went wrong. I had to handle them much more than I’m used to, and thus scrubbed off some paint on many edges, and also on larger surfaces. I tried to repair that, but my success is questionable at best. Maybe I’ll repaint them entarily some time in the future.

Defiance Charontid

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That was a long silence… what can I say… life, at least I finished my university course (and haven’t started new one yet).

Anyway, my typical Combined approach: black and white oils on the armour and Giraldez’s set of washes/glazes on the body (?)

Back to Defiance

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After painting bunch of PanO and generally humans I’m switching back to CA, to make that switch even smoother I started with Aida Swanson from Defiance set. She has one the coolest stories in whole universe, and to illustrate her dubious allegiance I made her base by blending a normal base I have for my heroes and shasvasti base.

 

 

And finally some more shasvasti bases that I’ve printed. I painted them with oils paints, chromatic black achieved from mixing all three primary colours, it gives very fun effects while highlighted with white, because each stroke of white may pull different tone to the surface. And of course I haven’t painted all the rims yet.

Tetsuo Kenji (Unit 9)

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Another mini that was acting as test dummy for quite some time, I thing I printed him out last year with the rest of Yakuza from Unit 9.

Anyway, I was practicing red on him, with acrylics. Base colour was scarlet red (VGC), then lights with Pure Red (AP) and finally Scarlet Fluo (VRC) – this is what gives it that reflective feel. But true power of this mix is in shadows, those were done with glazes of magenta and phtalo blue inks with a touch of black (without black shadows will be too saturated and will look like shining).

Rest of the mini was of less interest for me, so it probably looks rushed, especially since the model has very plain face.

Fugazi

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Yet another Auxbot

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Nisse from Svalarheima with Multi Sniper Rifle

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Painting with oils has that unique quality, that completing five or six minis takes almost the same amount of time as finishing one. Therefore, evry time I paint one colour scheme, I end up with a bunch of nearly finished models. This weekend I painted all lacking parts on three minis I’d started with my Defersen. I tried to get them all into one project entry but only got blank page in return, so sorry for splitting them up into three separate entries.

Another competition

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As it is tradition for the year, I took part in Mayacast Masterglass competition for the quarter as well. I haven’t won that one. The theme was “meme”. I tried something different this time, as memes bring comics and cartoons to mind (for me at least). So there you have it, Kunai Solutions Ninja as meme:

I won!

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Finally I won a paining competition. Q3 Bromad Academy Contest had conversion as their theme.

I converted Knight Hospitaler Medic to Father Officer de Fersen. Although he has his official mini (even two) I really hate it – it is probably my least liked mini in whole present range.

The conversion was rather simple:

  1. Cut off medic’s bag on his right side and sculpt some wrinkles of the tabard instead with some greenstuff.
  2. Cut off the sword and replace it with 3d-printed spitfire (Monstrous Makings on Thingiverse).
  3. Cut off head/helmet and replace it with 3d printed one (from one of U9’s civilians).
  4. Cut off his medikit together with his hand and replace it with 3d printed one (from different U9’s civilian).
  5. Cut off his left forearm and turn it accordingly to imitate “hacking hand” – a pose characteristic for hacker minis in whole Infinity universe.
  6. Add sheathed longsword of my own design to his left side (again, 3d printed).

 

Painting was quite fast, main bulk of the armour was painted with Phtalo Blue (green hue) and highlighted with mixture of turquoise, white and a drop of bismuth yellow. Tabard started as mixture of cadmium red and some blue (probably phtalo) and was highlighted with pure cadmium red. Shadows on all colours are accentuated with mixture of magenta and phtalo blue (with a bit of black to kill some saturation).

Back to the Human Sphere

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This is Jazz, probably the best hacker in whole Infinity game, she comes from Corregidor (the Nomad mothership, not the island on Earth). The mini is Kickstarter special from the Defiance box.

Completely out of my comfort zone…

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I never played any Warhammer or any GW for that matter… save for Talismanin early 90’s and some Space Hulk 3rd edition in early 2010’s. The latter is actually only set of GW figures I have, some of them are even painted.

Anyway, from time to time I want to get some break from Infinity and paint something ‘grimdark’. Couple of weeks ago Trovorion (https://youtu.be/nlf_j8CB-3k) of YT fame (among others) did great video on the topic which inspired me to paint one of my reaper models that way, but first I wanted to check the method and that boardgame piece seemed to be best suited to become test dummy.

Oh, the mini was painted completly with acrilics and paintbrush (2 of them),  no oils, no washes. Airbrushed primer and varnish.

So there you go:

Federale

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This is a misprint I held for almost two years. Finally I decided to either paint it or throw it away. See for yourselves if I made good choice,

All the decals are self-made, colours done with airbrush and blacklining with a sharpie.

Auxbot

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I’m working on a competition piece and wanted to alter the colours of mu Military Orders to something more flashy. I used this model as a training grounds, and while contrast on this one is not the best and “blacklining” on one side is ridiculous, I like it (BTW I really like this mini design, classic).

Joan d’Arc ready to lead her Deathstar

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Of course I painted wrong variant (with spitfire instead of a multirifle), but I’m really pushed away from the other one because of that dead Umbra under her heal.

Anyway, standard oil job as on the rest of my Military Orders, however, with the following minis I’ll switch back to phtalo blue as the  base colour, cobalt blue I used to use on my Hospitalers and her is doesn’t seem to be vibrant enough.

Joan d’Arc ready to lead her Deathstar

Member of general public

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Apparently her name is Judy Moreno.

A nice little civilian mini from Unit 9 Patreon.