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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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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

Manga character

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I made a tutorial on how I made this one (this is what I call digital kitbash) but the website decided to play hard on me an deleted all my content, I’m not going to repeat it.

Bellow are pictures of digital original, digitaly kitbashed design and painted physical mini.

 

Original designed to print as 90 mm statue (toe to top of the head)Original designed to print as 90 mm statue (toe to top of the head)
KitbashKitbash

Heavymetal biker

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Some time ago I bought amazing model from MyMiniFactory. It was 1/10th scale woman and a bike covered with bones. Overall extremely wasteland/post apocalypse feel. I bougt it to support the sculptor mainly and didn’t think I’d ever print it. But having all that free time which I spent mostly on the computer I started playing with MS 3d builder. This is very simple programme which gives you just a handful of tools to play with your .stls.

It proved to be really useful for me. I managed to merge parts of the bike and the main character into just two printable files and even changed weapons on the chick to make her look as Kum Rider from Infinity Haqqislam. Of course I had to scale down the model significantly (22% of the original to be exact) which made some details become hard to read, nevertheless I find final result very promising. I just primed her and really want to paint as soon as possible.

This is how she  is advertised on the websiteThis is how she is advertised on the website
She comes in many parts to be printable in her original scaleShe comes in many parts to be printable in her original scale
This is her bike in 28mm scale. Take a look at the breaking discs, the detail is insane. It took me over 2h to build proper supports.This is her bike in 28mm scale. Take a look at the breaking discs, the detail is insane. It took me over 2h to build proper supports.
Proof of scale. This is a body of an Infinity miniature on the bike, fits perfectly.Proof of scale. This is a body of an Infinity miniature on the bike, fits perfectly.
And with proper driver. I designed a Haqqislam sword and chnger hehr original katana to this one, as it wouldn't be printable in my current scale. And with proper driver. I designed a Haqqislam sword and chnger hehr original katana to this one, as it wouldn't be printable in my current scale.
And alternatively, I also printed one armed with chainrifle as most Kum Riders are, however, I stupidly added a support under her chin and it left ugly mark. I'll use this one as practice dummy for painting. And alternatively, I also printed one armed with chainrifle as most Kum Riders are, however, I stupidly added a support under her chin and it left ugly mark. I'll use this one as practice dummy for painting.

Experiment

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I painted Zuyong with missile launcher. This is exclusively paintbrush job, well I did zenithal undercoat with black and white primer and painted the base with an airbrush). But anyway I wanted to see difference between very deliberate paintbrush work and average airbrushing which I usually apply. Bellow you can see two Zuyongs:

  1. Paintbrush, ca.10-12 hours:

 

  1. Airbrush, 2-3 hours (painted back in October 2016).

 

I don’t know what is your opinion, but I guess putting one more hour into tidying up the airbrush work would give the very same results as paintbrush in less than half the time…

VIP Executive

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A second take on stockings, this time much more successful in my opinion.

According to fluff from Dire Foes mission, she isn’t particularly nice person. I tried to give her rather diabolic face to sell that trait of her personality. I call it success, however, I probably gave her too light eye colour.

A faction starter

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While I was never fan of PanO, some of their designs, especially new knights is just insanely good. I loved this guy since his premiere as part of Operation Ice Storm back in late 2014, I bought him in 2018 as part of my new Knights army when CB offered 300 pts army pack for that faction.

Of course, since the pack was offered before changes in their roster I also bought a starter to grab some fusiliers… Now with advent of Operation Koldstrom I suddenly find myself in uncomfortable position of an owner of PanO army…

I painted him to fit Knights Hospitalers force from the box.

BTW, I tried hard to achieve passable results on the freehands on this one, I’m not entirely happy with them, but they shall pass.

Daturazi Witch Soldier

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Zhēnchá, Armored Reconnaissance Regiment (Hacker)

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This dude is one of my favourite minis in whole rage right now. He looks as he really means business and in game he is truly quite deadly for the opponent. Gameplay I’d rather prefer the SMG/DEP loadout but design-wise, only this one. One surprising thing is the paintjob on official photos, it’s really poor considering the standard set by AG.