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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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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.

Suryat HMG

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Still in the Combined Army mood, but I’m slowly changing to something else.

I’m not sure if the photography on this one went well. I couldn’t get proper white balance and in the end turned automatic balance on. The pictures look oversaturated on my screen, but still better than anything I managed with manual balance.

Tinbots

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Since I was working on the Xeodron with the same colours as the rest of my Onyx/Combined Army, I could as well finish the two little ones (I’d started them like half a year before). And so I did.

Xeodron

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That was a quite long time since last update…

Anyway this is my entry for the Mayacast Masterglass Q2. Again, I received a shout out with some constructive criticism from Tom (speckling).

Gun Desire – Unit 9  

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Just a fun fact, body of the bike is painted with oils (white, black and turquoise), while the wheel rims are done with acrylics, I managed to pull very similar effect on both.

The Girl is done with acrylics, so is the base.

Bad guys recipe part 2 (for part 1 check older entry)

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Then, I painted the red parts using method presented in Giraldez’s firs book. That is: red wash (2 layers), the same with added black-red, and again in deepest shadows this time with addition of a drop of violet ink.

 

Bad guys recipe part 2 (for part 1 check older entry)

8’00” in total (each).

 

Waiting for subsequent layers of washes to dry, I did couple of things:

I painted the weapons (rifle and pistol) with base colour of sombre grey. Two layers on each took 2’50”.

 

Overall glaze of turquoise: 2’30” each.

 

Painted heads with bone white : 1”30” each.

 

Blue-violet wash over the weapons 0’20” each

 

Bad guys recipe part 2 (for part 1 check older entry)

And at this point I had to go to bed…

 

Next session started with white oil edge-highlight, the greatest time-sink in whole process – 24’00” each.

 

 

Bad guys recipe part 2 (for part 1 check older entry)

And from here everything was easy and fast:

Black oil wash (overall) : 0’45”, head details (green lines and violet/pink mouth): 1’10”, varnish 0’45”.

 

I didn’t paint their headgear – I assumed the wash and some white over-spray on the black were enough.

 

All in all, they both look rather similar, yet the one started with white took 70,6 minutes and the black 75,5. That being said, total time spent painting those two was somewhere between 3,5- 4h (including beverage, and toilet breaks, mixing paints, waiting for the paint to dry and cleaning airbrush).

The process can be leaned further, and goal time would be around 1h – 1h 5’ per mini, starting from white primer.

Final product.

Bad guys recipe

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Apparently it is good a good idea to keep record of painting recipes, thus I put together bellow step by step, to have it on hand whenever I paint Defiance minis. I had to break this in two parts due to projects system limitations.

I wanted to find out the fastest way to paint Defiance enemies – and in the end generally Combined Army/Shasvasti models from Defiance. I started with two Nox and primed them with white and black (by airbrush).

BTW, sorry for unpleasant backdrop, I was just working fast.

Bad guys recipe

To have reference, I worked with stopwatch. I turned it on for each instance of application of paint (not for preparation, mixing, drying, cleaning airbrush etc.).

Priming by airbrush took:

White: 0’20”

Black: 0’45” (I have no idea where the difference comes from)

Bad guys recipe

Next, on my black model I applied white on each part that was planned to be red in the end. I used big (size 8) brush

White: 0”

Black: 1’35”

Then the same places (on both models) were painted with sunny skin tone – this isn’t opaque colour and need a couple of layers. To make my exercise even more scientific (???), I switched from brush to airbrush between models.

White: 6’40” – brush

Black: 1’45” – airbrush

 

Following that I repainted (on black Nox) or painted (on the white one) all the armour with black (both with traditional brush).

 

White: 10’40” + 8’45” (the second value describes time spent on fixing errors made with black),

Black: 18’0” + 8’15”(with this one, I thinned black paint too much and had to apply two or three layers, thus the difference),

Next was a simple step of establishing “light points” as Giraldez calls them. Since it was sepoused to bequick job I didn’t spend time gradually building them up – I just sprayed some white ink here and there (paying some attention to keep it generally top to bottom direction).

 

Bad guys recipe

Both: 2’20” + 1’ for retouching some skin tone areas which were over-spayed. From this point on, both were taking similar amounts of time, I used same techniques on each of them.

Mein Name ist Österreich und ich komme aus Salzburg

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Actually her name is Dr Chen and she comes from Unitr 9 over on Patreon, but after looking at the third photo I couldn’t shake off the notion that she actually looks like Austrian flag. I guess this is telling how much I miss skiing this year.

Anyway, I like minis like this one, just enough details to give her character and not to swamp the sculpt with nonsense.