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Hobby exploits 2020

Hobby exploits 2020

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About the Project

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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Haidao Hacker

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Working on my Invincible Army, standard acrylics.

 

Mr Noburu

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I love those little guys from Unit 9, they are truly therapeutic for me. The minis are interesting, somewhat unusual, yet very easy to paint and deliver almost instant gratification. I spent maybe 60 minutes on one shown below.

2nd place

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Bellow you can see a mini I painted some time ago as my entry to the Bromad Academy painting contest for quarter 3 2020. It was one of attempts in the anti-burnout therapy. I wasn’t entirely happy with the result, but luckily the judges delivered favourable verdict – the title shows my achievement.

All the contest entries can be seen here: https://www.bromadacademy.com/2020/10/painting-entries-003-lieutenants/

The mini was painted mostly with oils, acrylics were used on tabard  and those weird lights (including fluo red), also edge highlights and freehand were done with acrylics.

Lazy Boy

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I try to fight my burnout by changing the pace more frequently. I painted a knight for competition last week (I’ll show him off in a couple a days) and then a couple of lower level dudes, like tis Lazy Boy from Unit9.

His outfit looks a bit like it belonged to a dock worker and the gun he’s holding was apparently welded from different pieces of scrap. Since I own a team of Deck Crew from Statuesque, I painted him to match their colours and style. Last picture in the set shows comparison.

Soldiering on…

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…or in this case more literally ‘yakuzing on’. This is Mr Satoru from Unit 9’s Patereon. I did him as fun little side project exploring potential of oil paints. Just to give you perspective, the suit was done as you see it here in 15 minutes, that’s faster than airbrush in my case.

I lost my mojo

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Well, I had a very slow quarter. In August and September I only pulled two models off. Among kids and wife around 24/7 and a university course I enrolled to, I had very little time, but what actually killed my fun was that model bellow. When I was painting her she looked ok, I was happy, but the photos show all the shortcomings and really broke my resolve to paint more. I think I lose eyesight faster than before.

That being said, I like the model very much, I actually printed her again to repaint under better circumstances.

To double-check on my abilities, I then did a fast job on that one, which only proved my burnout was a real thing.

EDIT: I forgot about one more painted around the same time as the other two.

More cyber-printing

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A 3h job. Strange mini, some parts (chest, suit) are cool, others (oversimplified metal arm and face) are rather underwhelming.

 

Private contractor

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I love aesthetics of new Unit 9 Patreon minis. The guys responsible for HINT board game delivered first batch of .stls this month and I didn’t think twice before joining in. This is firs dud I printed and painted, a fast job to get used to that style.

In natural habitatIn natural habitat

Back to blue

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I painted this Akalis Sikh almost entirely with oils. Only trousers and brown webbing is done with acrylic.

It is my second mini painted with oils, I still learn that medium but those buttery  smooth blends are really exciting considering that you achieve them in seconds.

Also, CB went a long way in quality of design and cast since this one.

A black full size

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For reasons unknown I started building conjested city of near future. I have no space to store its elements not even mentioning puting it all together… but well… the urge…

Zuyong Combi Rifle

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This one is the last I painted in this batch. Remaining Red Veil dude will wait for better times.

Zuyong BSG

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Zuyong HMG

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I’m nearly there with my Zuyongs. Apart from this HMG I also painted combi rifle lady but have to attach her to the base. The last one with boarding shotgun is also close to completion.

I wanted to make directional light on this one, now I wonder if I haven’t overdone it.

More Nox

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Two more to be exact.

And bases for the rest of the Shas.

More Nox

First bite of Wildfire

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Just a hummble Nox, color scheme test.

This is only for archive purposes

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This is Bones IV core set barbarian painted with oil paints, more details here: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1504153/#snav

Blue wolf

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With the advent of White Banner Army to Yu Jing in April, we were given a new light tag called Blue Wolf. Its usefulness on the gamming table is rather suspicious as with most tags, but nevertheless big stompy robots are always cool to look at.

In that situation I felt obliged to somehow build/kitbash it (since CB haven’t even published its dossier). As you may say from my recent updates here I’m crazy on digital kitbashing lately. I used that technique to create my version of Blue Wolf and this way make CB publish official model sooner.

Couple of entries earlier I showed one gundam model kitbashed to act as the tag in question. I even painted it, but after painting it looked even more ridiculous than before – like a clown of gundams with huge feet, way too large trousers and a tiny head.

Luckily I found better model to work with.

Original model from thingiverse.Original model from thingiverse.
My kitbashed version. Deleted wings/shields and one sword, added YJ spitfire with longer barrel, sign of AP characteristic on many weapons in the game.My kitbashed version. Deleted wings/shields and one sword, added YJ spitfire with longer barrel, sign of AP characteristic on many weapons in the game.

I haven’t taken many pictures during painting, but I’ll show what I have.

Typical zenithal undercoat.Typical zenithal undercoat.
Base colour, VMC Ornage brown. Other colours used were: Highlights: VGC Gold Yellow, VGC Moon Yellow, VMC Deep Yellow, White. Shadows: VMC Black Red, Brown Ink, GSW Tiger Eye Brown. The base is also 3d printed, it is Titan Forge's Cyberpunk base upscaled from 32 to 40 mm. Base colour, VMC Ornage brown. Other colours used were: Highlights: VGC Gold Yellow, VGC Moon Yellow, VMC Deep Yellow, White. Shadows: VMC Black Red, Brown Ink, GSW Tiger Eye Brown. The base is also 3d printed, it is Titan Forge's Cyberpunk base upscaled from 32 to 40 mm.

And the final result:

Tai Sheng and her little buddy

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I tried to employ a new technic with those two. I blacklined them before putting base colour on. It didn’t work too well. They look much sloppier than others painted traditionally.

Tai Sheng and her little buddy

Deliberate practice

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They say that to get better in anything you need to practice, I guess practice is only good if it is deliberate. This time I practiced human skin tones, mostly airbrush, brush was used only to glaze some shadows)

Just a toy

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Another kitbash, this time gundam robot turned into new YJ tag for Infinity

Just a toy