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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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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.

Quick and dirty

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I usually paint my minis in bright, flashy colours but with the two bellow I wanted to take different route, well it came up more dark and lacking contrast than gritty and dark as I intended, but what can you do. BTW, I didn’t use oils at all with those two – somewhat unusual for my recent style.

 

Hatuku – Unit 9

 

Black site Agent – Unit 9

Yesterday I commented on one of the minis painted by @joshtogo in his project and  thus got inspired to have another go on cammo pattern used by Kujo on Youtube, but again, it came out to dark and unreadable for me.

E-drone

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Another one painted with my recently standard mixture of airbrush and oils.

Just a shameless ad:

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I started new project about spring cleaning, Swedish design from 1980s and spaceships: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1635297/?pupdated=true#snav

Knight Hospitalers and Uma Sorrensen

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And, as hinted before, the rest of the Hospitalers. Somewhat accidentally I also painted Uma Sorensen (alternative pose) from Defiance set. She was prepped and the colours matched, at the beginning. She was actually source of frustration as she is to small for me, I just can’t see which detail is what, where It begins or ends… anyway, I probably painted her three times and in the end used completely different paints and techniques to the rest of the PanO troops bellow.

 

Oh, and to avoid upsetting the project system with too many pictures I compiled them into 4+1 (BTW I somehow managed to skip one pose on the HMG guy).

One happy famillyOne happy familly

Knight Hospitaler Doctor – Mayacast Msterglass Q2 entry

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A mini finished last week, but since it was an entry to a contest, it couldn’t be revealed earlier.

The armour is done with oils – deepest shadows are black (tinted with Ultramarine), base colour is cobalt blue and the light is styled on a sunlight on a cool day –which in my eyes looks like white with some chrome yellow (like 5 parts white to 1 yellow). Similarly tabard goes from mixture of cobalt blue through cadmium red to the same cool light (but since it is not so reflective as the armour, light are not so pronounced).

The white cross on his chest is a freehand, while crosses on his pauldrons are self-made decals.

I didn’t expect to win the contest, wince level of some works presented there is usually insane, but this time I was surprised to get a mention (for anyone interested: https://youtu.be/e4tBpNH59BY?t=1923).

There he goes:

His buddies are also ready – waiting for the paint to dry before taking photos.

Rahman Rouhani

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First hero from Defiance set. It probably doesn’t show in this project blog, but my first and biggest Infinity army is Haqqislam. I started playing the game in 2014 and my first army was Qapu Khalqi. That’s why it felt like no brainer to start Defiance with Rouhani. This is actually alternative pose mini, a bonus starch goal during Kickstarter. I painted him to fit my other Haqq minis.

Backdrop on the photo is my new ‘concrete’ mat.

Robo-werewolf

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That’s exactly it! But officially it is called Blue Wolf Mongol Cavalry.

I painted this mini as an entry to Bromad Academy Painting Contest last quarter. It was a crazy run, I received the package on March 25th and sent pictures of finished paintjob on the 31st… and I used some oils in the process.

Anyway, it was mostly painted by airbrush – with my normal mix for the Yu Jing Yellow (orange brown>gold yellow>ice yellow>white and then overall ice yellow glaze), but this time I deepened the shadows with a mixture of yellow ochre and magenta (+some black to desaturate and darken it) and made final light points and edge highlight with some white and chrome yellow mixture.

To add some flare to the model I designed some easy decals.

The it goeas, oh and results of the contest shall be announced next week.

Shasvasti Mentor – go to alien lieutenant

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I have 8 minis close to completion but only this one little dude is ready for a phot session.

This is last mini from Operation Wild Fire Shasvasti set. Now on to the Beyond box.

And a family shot:

Shasvasti Mentor – go to alien lieutenant

3rd offensive

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You can easily see on this blog when I started work latest batch of my Combined Army models – way back in December I built them and did some airbrush work. I still have 4 more to finish, but these two are done.

The method is basically the same as with Q-Drone.

Gwailos with spitfire:

 

And king of any Onyx list in N3, now outshined by one Norkias (too lazy to check spelling of his name – Umbra Samaritan character dude).

 

Still to go: Mentor, E-Drone, 2x Tinbots from Overdrone box.

Mr Goro 2.0

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I redid Mr Goro. The one I did previously looked really bad (see for yourselves somewhere below).

However, when painting that hideous one I had a revelation – he somehow brings the ghost twins from Matrix 2 to mind. Fast forward to last week, I reprinted the dude and painted him white (whith oils), he just dried yesterday.

First steps into Defiance.

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I received my first batch of Defiance on last Friday of January. After checking inventory quickly (my copy had all the figures it should have) I put the boxes away, intimidated by the volume of work ahead of me.

The first decision I had to make was what bases to use. The box has over 40 miniatures (second wave will double that), most of them foes from Combined Army. My standard basing scheme for that faction doesn’t lend itself neither for boarding action type of scenarios nor for those played in alien jungle. On top pf that most of the minis in that faction has some weird hooves instead of feet which can make pining rather hard not to mention putting them on uneven surface.

My internal deliberations were cut short by @joshtogo who created inspiring sets of bases for his minis from the same game (see here: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1503825/). Looking at his glorious bases I created my own, mimicking his to an extent.

The hero bases are made from OpenLock spaceship floors from one of @2nd Dynasty spaceships.

The ones I plan to use with the Shasvasti are done in similar way from some 3d printable terrain inspired by art of H.R. Giger kickstarted couple of years ago.

Here are some prototypes:

Painting is very basic:

Hero bases: light grey basecoat, stipple any brawn and red you have, glaze pale blue grey over it, drybrush with white (over details, not entirety of the base), edge highlight with white. Yellowish parts: orange brown edge highlighted with moon yellow.

Badies bases: light grey base coat, white drybrush, blue and violet filters, white drybrush again, black wash.

Kamikaze Orphan with bow by Unit 9 and HF Ninja

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I had to split my photos into two posts due to project system limitations.

This is Kamikaze Orphan, she was real pain to print and the final result appears to be too big, compared with other minis from the same range. I wanted to use her alongside similarly equipped ninja from Infinity’s Operation Red Veil, but she seems to massive, maybe one of those days I’ll find strength to scale her down and print again, which hopefully would make finding right bases possible.

That being said the model is cool, and painting it was entertaining.

 

And lastly, another MartialArtist by Kev White. This ninja was part of my cyberpunk diorama, but recently got replaced by the translucent Kamikaze Orphan (see one of the previous posts). I didn’t do much with her, just added a highlight here and there and put her on a base.

Practice

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After I healed my neck, I decided to cut my pile of started but not finished models.

I usually have 10-20 minis in various stages of “prepared/unpainted”. I use them to test colours, train some techniques or just as warm up when I don’t feel like painting anything in particular.

This week I finished three of them. First two are very old (2006-2009?) Martial Artists from Kev White. They bear his characteristic style all over their limbs – their palms and feet are caricatirally large and thus I didn’t pay much attention to them. I focused on their white outfits, those were painted with oils.

Next is Lucy M from Unit 9 Patereon. With her I mainly paid attention to her face, I’m quite pleased with the result there, what doesn’t work is the fact that highlight on the face and on the rest of her body (including hair) are done in opposing directions… cost of painting one mini over multiple painting sessions.