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The Final Push – Lawnor approaches 100% painted

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The end is in sight. Out of the 2200ish models I own I only currently have 63 left to paint, so why not share the final push with everyone and watch me accidentally buy and print faster than I paint instead of doing this

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114 MTG: Adding the Box of Undesireables

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Since I last updated here I’ve gone in the the Box of undesireables (The stuff I’ve been pretending doesn’t exist) and pulled out all my Dreadball and gotten it painted up for the spring cleaning challenge.  I’ve also built an Optimus Prime model kit.  With that lot out of the way I may as well bring the remaining models in to the fold and admit I’m going to paint them too.  I also won a box of 20 Stargrave models and the books.  That means my To Go total has just risen by 53 models!  I’m still ignoring stuff that’s yet to be delivered.

So what do I think I have left?

KoW Skeletons x20
Busts and display pieces x8
3D printed regualr models x8
Ronaldo the Bard
Loka Fire set x8
KD:M Modular warriors etc x29
Stargrave Troops x20
Asterians x10
Plague x10
Masons (Not arrived yet) x6
Aeon Tresspass Odyssey Wave 1 (Not arrived yet) x27
Aeon Tresspass Odyssey Wave 2 (Not arrived yet) x??

I think there may be one or two other bits not accounted for here, too, like an oooold WHFB Goblin Chariot.  No idea what that could be used for these days.

It seems that when Kingdom Death turned up I was already part way through painting 6 models, and I have a challenge model to paint up for MonkeysWithFire.  More progress was made over the weekend.

A single model from the Stargrave Crew II set, for the MWF challenge.  Done using AP Speed Paint Fire Giant Orange.  I approve!A single model from the Stargrave Crew II set, for the MWF challenge. Done using AP Speed Paint Fire Giant Orange. I approve!
Tiefling Warlock, by Titan ForgeTiefling Warlock, by Titan Forge

61 MTG: Kingdom Death: Monster in Full

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I finally got off my back side and took a group pic.  I'm slowly getting the game set up ready for solo play.  There's A LOT of cards to sort and sleeve first though!I finally got off my back side and took a group pic. I'm slowly getting the game set up ready for solo play. There's A LOT of cards to sort and sleeve first though!

61 MTG: The Hand and The Kings Man

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I’ve finally finished all the core models from the base game.  I won’t be touching all the optional armour sets, at least until after my first playthrough.  That’s another 29 models to go that I’ll be ignoring for a looooong time.  I took these pics late last night and I’ve a busy weekend ahead of me.

I plan on coming back here with a group shot of everything when I have time.

The Spring Clean Challenge starts this weekend and I’ll be focusing on models not included in the ubertotal for a while so I’ll be ignoring this project.  I’ll be working on my Dreadball minis from my Box of Undesirables.  The stuff I didn’t care about and was thinking of selling and generally ignoring.  Most of them I’ve been ignoring for 5-6 years.  They’re long overdue some attention.  A bulk airbrush priming and base coating begins this weekend.

The HandThe Hand
The Kings ManThe Kings Man

Handsome Plinths

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I found out a work colleague has his own lathe and enjoys mucking about in his new woodworking workshop.  He’s also a nerd so I explained what I do and that if he’s got some suitable offcuts heading to the bin I’d love a hew plinths for some upcoming busts.  He’s made me these as some test pieces and they’re great.

Right now they’re raw wood.  I’ve never had real plinths before.  What should I be looking to treat them with on a budget (I don’t want to buy 20l of high end wood stain and then only use 20ml of the stuff!).  Should I be doing any kind of treatment before or after?  I assume priming and painting them black with acrylics, varnishing and then polishing isn’t right?  I don’t know the first thing about woodwork or care.

I’m UK based.  I assume that’ll affect what products and brands are available, and where I can get them from

The small one is 40mm across at the top, and the big one is about 50mmThe small one is 40mm across at the top, and the big one is about 50mm

63 MTG: The Phoenix

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I’ve finished the Phoenix, which just leaves The Hand and The Kings Man to do, ideally before the Spring Clean Hobby Challenge starts in two weeks on Sunday 20th March.  it should be doable.  I’ve done the metal on both of them and begun work on other colours already.

The Phoenix was sadly too big to fit in my light box.

The Phoenix from Kingdom Death: MonsterThe Phoenix from Kingdom Death: Monster

64 MTG: The Watcher

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This week I finished off the watcher.  I’ve also made good progress on the Phoenix.  His feathers and main flesh colour are done already.  Tonight I start work painting all the little hands to look like human flesh, while the birds flesh is much more pallid.

There were lots of washes involved, so lots of down time while they dried.  I spent that time doing some prep work for my Spring Cleaning Hobby Challenge: All the Dreadball in my Box of Undesirables I’ve been pretending don’t exist.  This appears to be about 92 models, but there’s some duplicates in there.  Pretty sure I’ll be getting rid of at least 12 of them.

I’ve a question about Dreadball bases, as I’ve more models than bases.  Do any models other than players actually need a base?  Does anyone else have a facing that matters?  Refs, coaches, cheerleaders, medibots?  Do prone players have a facing or need a base?  Do you even need them, or are you better off laying down the model or using a token?  Anyone other than players?  I don’t want to spend £5 delivery on £3 of bases from Mantic and I don’t think my FLGS will have any.

The Watcher from Kingdom Death: MonsterThe Watcher from Kingdom Death: Monster

65 MTG: Gold Smoke Knight

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I finished the Gold Smoke Knight this week, and laid down some base colours for the Phoenix.  At time of typing I’m mostly done on The Watcher too.

Following the narrative of the world, I’ve painted him to be wearing a White lion pelt.

Here’s the recipe I used on the gold, mostly through an airbrush:
Zenithal preshade

Base with Darkstar Bronze, allowing the preshade to do it’s think.

Enhance the preshade with an upside down zenithal coat of Darkstar Aged Copper.

Restore the base coat, leaving the Aged Copper in the shaded parts.

Side and top down spray of Darkstar Royal Gold

Diagonal and top down spray of Darkstar Braid Gold

Top down only spray of Darkstar Pale Gold

Pin / targeted wash of GW Seraphim Sepia

Drybrush and edge highlight of Pale Gold

Gold Smoke Knight for Kingdom DeathGold Smoke Knight for Kingdom Death

A while back I heard about a place that not only sells dice, but does cheap blind buy packs of dice and I’ve been tempted ever since.  They do 3 ranges of acrylic dice priced from £7-£10, which seem to come in a tin.  They also do a blind buy tinless pack for £5 which could come from any of the ranges.  I’ve been tempted ever since.  It was my Birthday last Friday so I thought I’d treat myself to a couple of sets.  When I found a 10% discount code I upped it to three sets.  Postage is free, too.

I got a free sweetie (Nothing unusual there these days, but still nice) and they threw in a metal D8 too, which I was not expecting.  They also do a range of metal dice and a similar blind buy bag for them, it’s just more expensive (£30-£35, or £20 for blind buy)

If you’re tempted please use this link: http://dndice.co.uk/?ReferralCode=a99A1F192AVK2S

If you sign up and buy using this link we both get £1.00 store credit back after your first order.  I used the discount code PENANCERPG and got 10% off.  Dunno how many times each of us can use it, or how long it’ll stay valid for.

Yes, I’m shilling, but who doesn’t love fancy dice, and who doesn’t love cheap or even free fancy dice?

Here's what arrivedHere's what arrived
Here's what was in the blister packs.  Nothing too exciting, but I quite like the purple set.  Not sure if it wasn't supposed to have a d12.  i'm contacting them to find out.Here's what was in the blister packs. Nothing too exciting, but I quite like the purple set. Not sure if it wasn't supposed to have a d12. i'm contacting them to find out.

Grrr!

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God damned double posts!  I check this time too.  There was nothing here so I posted again, and now this is here and I can’t delete it.  Grrrr.

 

Ah well.  may as well use the space to test if Gif’s work here

Grrr!

Nope.  Not as a .webp file uploaded as a file or an embed.  Lets try as a .gif.

Grrr!

Nope.  Nothing.  Ah well.

66 MTG: KDM Special Survivors

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I’ve had very little free time over the past fortnight, but I’ve finally found time to sit down and finish off the four special survivors for KD:M.  I am currently building the last 3 models needed for the game (The Kings Man, The Watcher and the Phoenix).

My housemate has ben moving out very slowly (Very!  We’re 14 months in and still going!) and recently uncovered 2 20 man boxes for Kings of War, which he doesn’t remember owning and doesn’t want.  He gave me the skeletons to add to my unplayed undead force, but I had no use for the elves.

I want to get Kingdom Death and ideally the other models I’ve already got paint on finished before the Spring Cleaning Challenge starts.  I’ve a project in mind for that I want to throw myself in to (A massive Dreadball catch up).

20 man Skeleton Regiment20 man Skeleton Regiment
Survivor - Young RachelSurvivor - Young Rachel
Survivor - Old JoeSurvivor - Old Joe
Intimacy MaleIntimacy Male
Intimacy FemaleIntimacy Female

50 MTG: The Butcher

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I got the butcher finished this weekend, and returned to work on the 4 special survivors.  I’ve picked out cloth colours for them and work continues.

 

The butcher looks good i my hand.  Not amazing, but fine.  However, he looks awful in photos.  I hate it when that happens.  He looks like a mess here

50 MTG: The Butcher

51 MTG: White Lion and Screaming Antelope

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My computer blew up last sunday morning and it’s thrown everything off, otherwise I’d have got these guys done last weekend.  My new computer is built and running without a graphics card because theres one on the CPU!  When did that start being a thing??

Work has started on the butcher today, then I might go work on the remaining four survivors.

 

White Lion recipe, for reference later, when I come to paint armours made from bits of him:

 

Zenithal Preshade
Airbrush from under with VMC 70.884 Stone Grey
Airbrush from side and above with VMC 70.986 Deck tan
Airbrush above and diagonally with VMC 70.918 Ivory
Airbrush from above only with mix of ivory and white
Allow to dry

Shade hair with thinned Stone grey and VMC 70.988 Khaki
Shade everything with 2:1 ish mix of VMC 70.990Light Grey : Khaki

Highlight with thinned mix of Ivory and white

The White LionThe White Lion
The Screaming Antelope for Kingdom Death.  He's supposed to look like he's been skinned alive, but my mix came out too brown, even though I've used it before with better success.The Screaming Antelope for Kingdom Death. He's supposed to look like he's been skinned alive, but my mix came out too brown, even though I've used it before with better success.

53 MTG: Survivors

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Kingdom Death actually arrived!  it turned up between Christmas and new year.  it was almost 11kg and huge.  There looks like 10-15 sprues inside.  I’ve taken out the first 3 I want and it’s let me build 13 models so far so who knows for sure what’s on the rest.  I think there’s about 45 models in the box, so I’ve added that to my MTG total for now.

While waiting for it to arrive I started work on the last 28mm 3D prints I had, but I ditched them to focus on the big black box.  So far I’ve finished 4 survivors and I’ve begun work on more.

Starting Survivor - AllisterStarting Survivor - Allister
Starting Survivor - ErzaStarting Survivor - Erza
Starting Survivor - LucyStarting Survivor - Lucy
Starting Survivor - ZacharyStarting Survivor - Zachary

Here’s my progress on the rest of the stuff on my table.  I could use opinions on the red lady.  She’s a red Tiefling wearing a red dress which will have gold trim.  The leather is a black-green.  I thought perhaps I could get away with that front sash thing being white, but it looks all wrong.  I don’t know what colour to make it.  Any suggestions?

My WIPS.  The lion and Antelope next I think.My WIPS. The lion and Antelope next I think.
What colour should I make her white sash thing?What colour should I make her white sash thing?

12 MTG: Wood Elf Pin-Up 1

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I’ve finished the final model I wanted to get done this year.  DPD are telling me KDM is ready for them to pick up and have sent me a tracking number.  Will it get here before January 1st?  We will see.  I’d like it to not be held against next years numbers.  I’m looking to play KD:M painted only so I’ll likely hold off starting another model until it arrives, or I decide it’s not comming.

If anyone knows what order the minis are likely to be needed in so i can paint them in that order, please let me know.  I know its the 4 base survivors and the lion, and then the antelope, but I don’t know about the rest.  I won’t be touching some of the optional models until I either need them, or I’ve played through the campaign and have decided I want to play again and know what I want to do with them.

Right.  I’m off to push through the current season of Diablo 3.

Wood Elf Pin-Up 1, 3D print from Ghamak.  Another example of a paint job that looks great at 6 inches, but the camera makes it look like a blotchy mess :(Wood Elf Pin-Up 1, 3D print from Ghamak. Another example of a paint job that looks great at 6 inches, but the camera makes it look like a blotchy mess :(

13 MTG: Titan Forge Adventurers

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I’ve finished 7 more adventurers.  Only 1 more model to go this year and I’ll have painted more than I’ve gained, even if KDM turns up this year.  Its supposed to arrive at the distribution hub today, but no word yet and I think the EU cores were two days behind schedule.

Just a reminder that this 13 MTG is not the whole story.  I’ve 2 kickstarters and a Guildball team not arrived that aren’t in that number yet.  There’s also the Box of Undesireables which I’m ignoring still.  Its stuff I was trying to sell on ebay but I’ll probably end up painting next year.  There’s hopefully less than 80 models in there, but I’m not 100% sure.  I’m looking to do most of it as part of the Spring Clean Challenge so I’ll do a better catalogue at the time.

These models look better in person.  I cut corners and used speed techniques where I could and the camera is showing all my sins.

Dwarf Barbarian Female, 3D print from Titan ForgeDwarf Barbarian Female, 3D print from Titan Forge
Gnome Mage, 3D print from Titan ForgeGnome Mage, 3D print from Titan Forge
Halfling Rogue, 3D print from Titan ForgeHalfling Rogue, 3D print from Titan Forge
Human Female Rogue, 3D print from Titan ForgeHuman Female Rogue, 3D print from Titan Forge
Lords Female Bodyguard, 3D print from Titan ForgeLords Female Bodyguard, 3D print from Titan Forge
Dragon Empire Ninja 2, 3D print from Titan ForgeDragon Empire Ninja 2, 3D print from Titan Forge
Stranger, 3D print from Titan ForgeStranger, 3D print from Titan Forge

20 MTG: Kromlech Dwarf and Titan Forge Titans of Adventure

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Monkeys With Fire’s final community challenge piece arrived recently.  A dwarf from Kromlech.  Something of a casual piece compared to most of the other challenges and it was nice to relax with this one.  I also finished of four more of my 3D prints while working on him.  This leaves me with 8 more minis to paint before 2022 to have painted more than i gain, assuming KD:M arrives.  Mr Poots says its on it was to distribution hubs, but we will see.

Hospodars Boyar 28mm from Kromlech Bits of WarHospodars Boyar 28mm from Kromlech Bits of War
Titan Forge Elf BardTitan Forge Elf Bard
Titan Forge Elf MageTitan Forge Elf Mage
Titan Forge Human WarlockTitan Forge Human Warlock
Titan Forge Elf Monk - I was going for Buddhist Monk robes and accidentally ended up with Hi Vis robes.  I guess he works on a building site?Titan Forge Elf Monk - I was going for Buddhist Monk robes and accidentally ended up with Hi Vis robes. I guess he works on a building site?

25 MTG: Bloodcrushers

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That’s 3 more Bloodcrushers of Khorne, taking me up to a max unit of 12.  This leaves 25 models left to go.  If I can paint 13 more models this year I’ll have painted more than I’ve gained, which is my goal.  I’ve already passed that goal if my KD:M 1.6 core box doesn’t turn up this year.  I only ordered it last Black Friday, and it was only due Q1 2021.  There’s no word from Poots about if or when it’ll ship at this point (Last estimate had it in the post already, and possibly delivered).

Bloodcrushers of KhorneBloodcrushers of Khorne

28 MTG: Yuko and an Amazon

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Last weekend I finished off the models I’d started before Alexandra.  I’ve also made a strong start on the final three Khorne Bloodcrushers I need to make up a max unit of 12.  40K has some silly unit sizes for a non rank and flank game  I don’t know why I’ve ended up building a horde army again.

Yuko, a 3D print from Titan ForgeYuko, a 3D print from Titan Forge
An Amazon 3D print from Artisan GuildAn Amazon 3D print from Artisan Guild

I done mucked up.

My housemate has moved out and I’ve removed all the furniture from his room and stacked it in the box room, high enough that it’s almost touching the light bulb, all so I can replace his carpet.  Do you know where all my remaining unpainted models are, once I finished the Bloodcrushers?

You see the pic below?  You see that wall of furniture and rubbish?  You see that red box up the top at the far far back corner that cannot possibly be reached?  Yup.  That’s the models I want.  The new carpet is being fitted early December.

Anyone know Reed Richards or Mr Tickle?Anyone know Reed Richards or Mr Tickle?

30 MTG: Alexandra of Macedon, Three Barbarians, and a Barman

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This months MWF challenge model, Alexandra of Macedon, has arrived and I’ve been so lazy in these updates that I’ve already got her painted.  I also finished off what I’d started before she arrived.  There’s one more challenge mini to be revealed and then we’re done and I can get back to focussing on my existing collection.

I’m experimenting with an app called Snapseed to clean up my pics using the advice MonkeysWithFire gave me:

“Basically I used Tune (magic wand) to set a base, used curves to increase brightness to make the background whiter, used healing to remove the shadow line and all the marks on the surface, and adjusted contrast to make the overall image pop.”

I’m loving the cleaner background, but I need to experiment more with the rest of the tweaks.

Alexandra of Macedon (54mm), by Hot and DangerousAlexandra of Macedon (54mm), by Hot and Dangerous
Irya, Female Barbarian by Bite the Bullet  (3D printed)Irya, Female Barbarian by Bite the Bullet (3D printed)
Gorr the Barbarian by Titan Forge (3D printed)Gorr the Barbarian by Titan Forge (3D printed)
Hero Quest inspired Barbarian by Ghamak (3D printed)Hero Quest inspired Barbarian by Ghamak (3D printed)
A shifty looking barman by Titan Forge (3D printed)A shifty looking barman by Titan Forge (3D printed)

34 MTG Oracle of Doom

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Under lockdown and furlough I made a point of updating this project once a week on a Sunday or Monday, in time for the Unofficial Hobby Hangout, but since I returned to full time work in the office a few weeks ago I find I lack the motivation to do this as often, and not just because I’m getting less hobby done.  Life was just better when I didn’t have to go in to the office every day.  If you ignore the dangers and the fear, life was better under Lockdown.  I hope the world learns from this.

A few weeks ago the September Monkeys With Fire community challenge model arrived, and yesterday I finished her off.  I’ve also started work on a few other models while waiting for her to arrive, or while painting her skin tones.

Oracle of Doom 32mm from Rage Craft StudioOracle of Doom 32mm from Rage Craft Studio
34 MTG Oracle of Doom
34 MTG Oracle of Doom
34 MTG Oracle of Doom
34 MTG Oracle of Doom
34 MTG Oracle of Doom

34 MTG Korred's and Liches

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I know I said I was likely to slow down as I’m back at work now, but somehow I got 5 minis painted.  I’m gonna get almost nothing done this week unless plans start to fall apart as I have a whole weekend of Gloomhaven ahead of me.

Frenzy Korred from Raging Heroes Summer Fairies of the Enchanted ForestFrenzy Korred from Raging Heroes Summer Fairies of the Enchanted Forest
Maniac Korred from Raging Heroes Summer Fairies of the Enchanted ForestManiac Korred from Raging Heroes Summer Fairies of the Enchanted Forest
Lich by  Yasashii Kyojin Studio found on MMF (https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-lich-tabletop-miniature-134687)Lich by Yasashii Kyojin Studio found on MMF (https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-lich-tabletop-miniature-134687)
Hero Quest Chaos Sorcerer from Ghamak's welcome pack (Seems something got stuck to his face when he was printing or curing :( )Hero Quest Chaos Sorcerer from Ghamak's welcome pack (Seems something got stuck to his face when he was printing or curing :( )
Al Aksar by 3dartdigital Al Aksar by 3dartdigital

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