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Moonstone…finally

Moonstone…finally

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About the Project

I put the minis together last March during the early days of lockdown. Now that I’m caught up on Crisis Protocol it’s time to get some color on them.

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Boom Boom McBoom

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Boom Boom McBoom
Boom Boom McBoom

And yes, that is his actual name.

I suspect he was supposed to come with a pipe sticking out of his mouth. It’s in the art for him in the rule book and there was a little stub on the right side of his mouth. Not sure if it broke off before shipping, during shipping, or wether I did the deed myself during assembly or while he was kicking around on my paint table. In the end, I think he looks fine without it and I just trimmed off the stub and made it part of his beard.

Going for a bit a a washed out, desaturated look for all the goblins, with little accents of color. In the lore, they seem to be almost feral, living out in the wilderness so I figured a bit of a faded look (along with their green hued skin) would help set them apart from the gnomes.

Vicious Midget and Beaky Bobby

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Vicious Midget and Beaky Bobby
Vicious Midget and Beaky Bobby

Two more goblins down. Five to go.

Vicious midget (left) was a pretty rough casting as you can see. Not sure what the story is with the hand strapped to his waist but maybe I just haven’t read deeply into the fluff.

Beaky Bobby was a nice clean cast and is probably my favorite of the goblins.

Overall, some fun sculpts.

Doug the Flatulent

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Doug the Flatulent
Doug the Flatulent

Doug and his pug. I went with a pretty uniform green hued color scheme for all of the goblin skin. Did my usual of painting up the skin on the whole faction which is why I’ve been silent for a good bit. Well, that and life interfering with hobbying as it is wont to do from time to time.

The pug here was fun to paint and I tried out a more weathered wood effect for his lance.

Lloyd & Gerry Shots

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Thanks for the button gents!

In honor of that, let me present you with two pics: one a Lloyd shot I forgot to take earlier. The other is a Gerry shot as the requested payment (in lieu of credit) for this project’s existence.

Scale/Size

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Scale/Size

There were some questions about scale on these minis. Goblin King says they’re 32mm but that’s not entirely true or useful given the wide range in sizes between the different minis/races.

So here’s a shot that will hopefully give you some context. Quack, one of the tallest hoomans, is a tad shorter than Cap who is pretty representative for Crisis Protocol (supposedly also 32mm). Quack is taller than one of the more diminutive Infinity models (28mm) but Mama Gimble, pretty representative for a gnome and many of the goblins, is a good bit shorter.

This exercise has highlighted to me how wide a range/imprecise scales in mm are. And yes, I know that I’ve been imprecise as there are qualifiers like “heroic” etc. but I figured a pic would be worth a few words.

Quack

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Quack

Quack is definitely my favorite of the hoomans. In part that’s because I didn’t have to play “find the detail” like I did with the others, particularly on the face. (BTW, little known fact: playing “find the detail” isn’t nearly as much fun as playing “hide the sausage”). In part it’s because he’s just a really unique and quirky sculpt. I’ve decided to name his pet skull “Bob”.

Next up, a quick pause to paint some objective tokens for Infinity and Crisis Protocol. Then full speed into the goblins!

Edit: it was pointed out to me that there may be some resemblance between Quack and Getafix from Asterix & Obelix. I hadn’t made the connection but now that I have (though it’s certainly more an homage than a direct likeness) I like Quack even more.

Hanging out

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Hanging out

Playing with a background

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Playing with a background
Playing with a background

So here’s the setup currently. As mentioned, I still have the front/side lights to add. I threw in some Battle Systems terrain as a backdrop (again, inspired by @Soapdodger, praise be).

As to settings, this was taken with my macro lens, Aperture Priority, f10. For any who don’t know, the aperture has a large impact on depth of field. A smaller aperture, a smaller depth of field. The reason I wasn’t able to get the whole mini in focus, as I mentioned in the last post, was that I was using too low of an aperture (apparently a complicated combination of f-stop and shutter speed). If I set the aperture to 22 even the full background is in focus. Set it really low (the lowest this lens goes is 2.8) and the whole mini isn’t in focus.

I’ve settled currently at around f10. It does require a reasonably long shutter speed so hand-held is not feasible at that level.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Edit: just realized I “tagged” Soapdodger here with a # instead of the proper @. Fixed it.

Photo Comparison

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BeforeBefore

Here’s an initial comparison. The Before is just with my iPhone and an tablelamp. The After is with an old but reasonably high end (for me) digital camera and a ring light overhead. I have some more lights coming. We’ll see what difference those make.

I have a telephoto, a fisheye, and a macro lens for the camera as well as the pancake lens it cam with. The After here was taken with the pancake. So far it looks like the depth of field on the macro is so narrow that I can’t get the full mini in focus and I’ll have to play around with the telephoto (45-200) and see if there’s anything interesting I can do with it.

Long and short, if you have any tips/tricks on lenses or the Panasonic Lumix GF2 for taking pics of minis, or if you have any thoughts on this comparison please let me know.

Duplicate post

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Oops! I swear it wasn’t my fault!

Agatha Tavernfrau

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Agatha Tavernfrau
Agatha Tavernfrau

This isn’t my complete photo setup yet but it’s a start. Agatha was fairly unremarkable to paint. Or maybe that should be unobjectionable. I could have given her a bit more pizazz with her feather and/or flower.

Father Flavius

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Father Flavius
Father Flavius

The father is my least favorite of the hoomans. His sculpt really doesn’t look like his card art and he’s just not that interesting. His mail is nice though.

Flintlock

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Flintlock
Flintlock
Flintlock
Flintlock

Particularly pleased with the quilted pattern on his left arm. (And yes, I know the pics are a bit dodgy. As I said in an earlier post I’m hoping I have a fix coming.)

Eric the Squire

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Eric the Squire
Eric the Squire

I’m pleased with the wood grain texture I was able to get into his shield. He is a fun sculpt once you focus in on him.

The Baron part deux

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The Baron part deux
The Baron part deux
The Baron part deux

So this is my second run at Baron von Fancyhat. The first one I sent off as a gift.

Though I can’t quite pin down why, I’m pretty sure I did a better job the first time around. Not my best work. Also not my worst.

A side note: I’m hoping my photos will see a marked improvement soon. Soapdodger’s recent foray into photographic excellence has served as a kick in the jaxie for me to stop taking pics with my iPhone 6 and finally up my game. I’m awaiting some lights and a tripod and then I’ll spend the next few months making a right hash of it and irritating all of you with my crappy but effortful photos.

Fritz

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Fritz
Fritz

So I abandoned my “I’m going to paint all of a given color” strategy. It was both unsatisfying (no nice little gobbets of accomplishment as I finish a mini) and possibly counterproductive (as I paint up in successive layers—skin, then whatever is closest to the skin, etc.—as that means most mistakes I make will be covered over by the next layer up and I don’t have to be so careful).
Quite pleased with Fritz. He’s probably my second favorite hooman.

Hooman Progress

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Hooman Progress

I’ve been working away on these. I decided to give them a fairly common color scheme, with red being the anchor, so I’ve been trying out not batch painting exactly (as they’re all different sculpts) but working through all of the red, then all of the leather, etc.

This has meant slower going in terms of the lag between starting a mini and finishing it but I think it’ll be quicker in the long run. Plus when I finish a minis they will all finish shortly thereafter.

Again, my goal isn’t speed but at the same time I don’t want to unnecessarily waste time and energy. After all, I already have more to paint than I’ll likely get to in my life. (You can see my current stock of RelicBlade in the background and yesterday my acquisition disorder led me to order a bunch of the Twisted inventory so now there’s that to look forward to as well).

Morris

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Morris
Morris

That completes all the gnomes that I have. Now onto the hoomans. Having painted their skin I can say that while the sculpts are good, the details, particularly on the faces, are a bit soft. The upshot is I’m not ecstatic to paint them but I’m sure once I get stuck in I’ll have fun.

Young Jack

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Young Jack
Young Jack
Young Jack

Quarrel

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Quarrel
Quarrel

Love the puns. Not much more to say about him than that he painted up pretty easily.

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