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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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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.

 

Thermo-optical camouflage

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I haven’t done much painting lately, I had awful neck pain for over a week. But, since we had a couple of warmer days around here, I managed to print something, and took a cool photo, I guess.

 

Thermo-optical camouflage

So what you see above is my old book nook, but instead of HF ninja, I put a Kamikaze Orphan from Unit 9 printed in translucent resin to convey idea of thermos-optical camouflage of the ninja of the future.

Makeup

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Recently I tried to tweak one of my medicore acrylics paintjobs with some oils. I had some Chrome Yellow Hue and Titanium white from W&N Artists Colours range on my pallet and decided to try them out on a finished paintjob.

I took my recently finished Daoying Hacker (https://www.beastsofwar.com/project-entry/1593694/) which was not highlighted enoughand, and simply smeared the oil yellow where I thought highlights should be. It took me 10 maybe 15 min to do whole model (she’s rather tiny) and effects are rather good.

Compare them yourselves.

Both photos were taken in natural light, however, white balance is a bit different on each of them (see colour of the backdrop), in real life I think difference is more spectacular, but even on the photos I think it looks better.

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Menacing space menace from space.

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This mini is kind of a mem-lord. He looks very cool, he’s well sculpted and from the fluff perspective he’s ultimate badass. And yet I don’t know anyone who’d actually field him or at least tried. Also Internet’s opinion is rather unified against Umbra Legates even after N4 changes. It’s not that his stats are garbage or anything but for his points you can have so much more in Onyx or combined army that he is simply redundant.

The mini came to me in Onyx Army Box, and was painted only after 3 or 4 years later…

The reds and shadows on his face were done with acrylics. Rest is oils.

Take me to your leader puny human!

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You can’t help hearing those words when you look at his pose (BTW identical to hacking pose of Umbra legate, coming soon to this project).

Body stocking (?) and face (?) were painted the same way as on Caliban bellow, rest (including details and weapon)are some oils.

All hail mighty oils!

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I’m having true blast painting with oils! Just look at that T-Drone bellow. It was really stress-free painting, amount of time you have to take your decisions, change colours etc. is insane. I guess you can really focus on painting, choosing colours and effects not stressing about blending or mistakes.

Step by step:

  1. Black primer (solid layer),
  2. White ink – airbrush points of light on black parts,
  3. Solid layer of 50:50 mixture of AP Dragon Red and VGC Red ink on lower parts of the drone,
  4. Stipple VMC Sunny Skin Tone over red parts,
  5. Transparent layer of the same red over stippled parts,
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5,
  7. Black oil wash (only panel lines),
  8. Paint the rest of the robot with oil white and black 😉
  9. Add transparent layer of VGC Violet Ink over the muzzles (airbrush),
  10. Add transparent layer of VGC Red Ink on the very tip of the muzzle (airbrush),
  11. Paint yellow triangle with whatever yellow-like colour on your palette.

Mayacast Masterglass Painting Contest Q4 2020

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As the name suggests it is quarterly competition held by major Infinity podcats. Usually level of entries is so high that I can’t even start to think how to achieve similar result. Nevertheless I sent my Krit Kokram in December. The competition was resolved yesterday, I didn’t get lucky and my work went with no attention from the judges, but at least I have my last Zu Yong design painted.

As a side note, I bought it early December and after priming I noticed that it is my first miscast from Corvus Belli, one of those weird tubes on his back is cast wrong. Anyway I had no time to wait for replacement, so he will stay this way.

Bromad Academy Painting Contest Q4 2020

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After I won 2nd place in Q3 I received a cool prize, I could order design of 3d model of my liking (from weapons and bits for Infinity). I chose folded wings for Combined Army airborne deployment troops. I also considered that I must use that part in next round of the contest. Luckily, the main topic allowed for that, I painted Ko Dali, betrayed and disillusioned Tiger Soldier of Yu Jing who joined Combined Army and does pretty well there.

This time I didn’t win anything but three top works were very high level, you may check them out here: https://www.bromadacademy.com/2021/01/painting-entries-004-stealth/ (Frank was the winner with his amazing Taowu).

And my attempt:

A bit of cleaning.

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I was told recently that apparently spring in Ireland starts in February, good 6 or 7 weeks before it does for the rest of the northern hemisphere. It is kind of hard to belive today looking behind the window…

 

A bit of cleaning.

But anyway, I felt the urge to do some cleaning. I’m not particularly rational buyer when it comes to hobby products and sometimes I get carried away, like with Colourshift pains that I bought a year ago and found them unopened last week… That made me reorganize my hobby storage. My space is limited and I have to have good access to all my stuff (otherwise I won’t use it, as those Colourshifts). I solved the issue (to an extent) with 3d printing. Behold my new hanging shelves.

A bit of cleaning.

Last mini of 2020

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I finished her yesterday, literally last hours of the year. In effect she’s a bit rushed and more on the brown side than most of my Yu Jing, but since she spends 95% of game time as a marker and showing her mini is actually to your disadvantage I don’t care too much.

December was the most productive month of the year painting wise, mostly due to 9 SantaYodas I painted for the tree, but I also did two competition pieces – I’ll show them of as soon as the competitions are resolved.