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This is my spot for all of the little hobby bits that aren't related to a specific game–or that are too minor to be worth turning into a full project.

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Scale 75 Instant trial

Tutoring 4
Skill 4
Idea 4
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Scale 75 Instant trial
Scale 75 Instant trial

I got the full set of Scale75 Instant Colors during their KS in hopes that it would be a way to get some things colored up and to the table quickly. I had neither used them nor seen much about them online so I finally broke out some minis I’m not using for much of anything (their from Massive Darkness which is at best a mediocre game but I do like having them should I do something like Rangers of Shadowdeep or Frostgrave) to give them a try.

Overall verdict: I think that with a bit of work they’ll serve their role quite well.
Detailed verdict: I started with these guys zénithal primed. Boy was I disappointed with the initial results. The colors I was using did just about zero to affect the mini. I stewed for an hour and pondered tossing the whole lot. I looked at what few online reviews there were and found much the same reaction.
I went back to the box and pulled out the primer that came in it and figured it would be worth giving them the best chance possible. I reprimed them and took another shot and…it was a world of difference. An hour later I had these two about where they’re at now and decided I had jumped to the wrong conclusion. I’ll definitely be keeping them and using them for some projects and the weight of fair to middling plastic that isn’t of a high enough quality to warrant my usual laborious paint process but that I don’t really want to play grey now weighs far less heavily on my shoulders.
Some tips/notes:

  • These work very differently from my normal paints where I normally highlight up rather than adding shadows to decor in rare instances. These work rather more like watercolors where you work from light to dark. The first layer is going to be rather unsatisfying (and don’t just add more layers of the same color as that really won’t do much). Rather, that’s the base that you than darken down/shade in.
  • These both have rather more skin than is probably ideal for these paints. Skin is difficult to do well even with significant time and energy and, considering that, the skin in these is actually fairly decent.
  • The results are going to look fundamentally different—a bit washed out, a bit palet, a bit more pastel, a bit more watercolor. I can learn to appreciate that and treat it as an alternate method/medium.
  • Let each coat dry before moving to the next. These should go on pretty thick so a hair dryer can be handy to speed up the process.

Some early recipes (though more needs to be done):

Skin: base Human Flesh SIN-15, shadows/second coat Phoenix Feather SIN-14

Leather: base Ogre Brown SIN-38, shadows/second coat Rage Brown SIN-36

Stone: 30-70 mix of Shadow Black SIN-00 and Spectral Wolf Skin SIN-47

 

Pandemic Tokens

Tutoring 3
Skill 3
Idea 3
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Pandemic Tokens

I’ve had these 3D printed tokens for Pandemic for a dog’s age. Finally got around to painting them up and, while entirely unnecessary, I do like what they add to the game.

Santorini

Tutoring 3
Skill 6
Idea 6
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BlackBlack
WhiteWhite
BlueBlue

Just got this from a friend and figured I’d quick paint up the minis. They’re not very good quality (bendy plastic, mold lines all over) but the sculpts are decent so I tried not to spend too long on them. Also wanted to make it easy to distinguish which belong to which player.
For anyone who hasn’t tried Santorini it’s a really good, quick playing abstract. Highly recommended.

Horrified

Tutoring 7
Skill 10
Idea 8
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Dracula, Mummy, Beast Man, and Invisible ManDracula, Mummy, Beast Man, and Invisible Man
Frankenstein’s Monster & Bride, Swamp ThingFrankenstein’s Monster & Bride, Swamp Thing

I decided to put these here (rather than create a full project for them) for two reasons:

  1. They are of only mediocre quality in both mini and sculpt (though completely satisfactory for the role they play in the game)
  2. I took this as an opportunity to try and match my painting time to the quality (of both sculpt and mini) and thereby did them in an afternoon rather than my usual day/mini.

It was a fun exercise in setting a goal and accomplishing it. I obviously kept the detail work and color scheme variation to a minimum, which was really just fine given the paucity of detail in some areas on these. I probably spent the most time on the bride of Frankentstein’s monster’s dress. White still takes me a considerable length of time when there are large sweeping bits of it but I now find it rather more zen than frustrating. Thin repeated coats with brighter and brighter grays and then ivory and finally white (though I didn’t go full white here).

[BTW Horrified is a really great light coop]

Xmas gifts

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Skill 9
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Xmas gifts
Xmas gifts
Xmas gifts
Xmas gifts

Some small gifts for friends.
Mando and child are from Ninja Division and supposedly for use in some game but I suspect they’ll just be decoration for the friends who are going to get them. They’re big Mandolorian fans and these were some of the early Mando minis to come out (though we’re spoilt for choice now).
Ma Grimble could go under my Moonstone project but a) that project was completed and b) she’s not going to stay with me.
Next task is making some boxes for these. I’ll probably just go with foam core.

Holiday Cheer: Krampus

Tutoring 4
Skill 12
Idea 8
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Holiday Cheer: Krampus
Holiday Cheer: Krampus
Holiday Cheer: Krampus
Holiday Cheer: Krampus
Holiday Cheer: Krampus

Not sure if Krampus counts as cheer but he’s definitely Xmas. This is the Mantic version for Hellboy (in resin). Really nice model and it was a joy to put together. This is even turning out to be a holiday tradition as last year it was Xmas Hellboy. I’ll have to figure out what it’ll be next year.
Any ideas of holiday models that you have for next year let me know. I was thinking the fat Juan Juan for Infinity but I really didn’t end up liking the sculpt—not that I don’t think it’s a good sculpt. I just have an issue with chopper style bikes being ridden for military purpose as they are immensely impractical in that arena. There’s a reason no police or military force I know of has ever used them and so they just strike a discordant note for me when they show up in Infinity. And yes, I do realize that complaining about a lack of “realism” is completely misplaced in a game with robot koalas and absurd mechs but…it’s just a personal quirk.
I was planning on doing something different with his sash as I wasn’t sure white was appropriate. However, everything else I tried just really didn’t provide a contrast to his blue/grey coloring so I reverted to white. I did throw in some mud/grime on the ends which I really like.

Objective Markers

Tutoring 3
Skill 10
Idea 10
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Objective Markers
Objective Markers

Got these with my Human Interface kickstarter pledge. Gave them a quick lick of paint so they’re available to use in Infinity and Crisis Protocol and, eventually, in Human Interface.

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