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1 hour ago, RomyCat said:

I've been enjoying my summer. And spending a lot of time working on painting minis. Here is some of my work.

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This is my most challenging piece to date. It came in five pieces. Its the first miniature I had to glue together. Then I had to buy a special putty to fix the cracks. Then I bought 3 metallic paints to use on it. It's become my "Flame and Joy" piece.

 

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My sister gave me the elf for Christmas. I bought the other two pieces. They look like they belong together. 

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I love my portal. Can't wait to use it in a RPG secion. 

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I worked a long time on this one, putting more and more shades of green on it. The final results is a monster I don't (and do) want to meet inside a game.

Awesome!

What putty did you use to fill the gaps?

 

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14 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Awesome!

What putty did you use to fill the gaps?

 

I used Plastic Putty by Vallejo. It made of Acrylic resin. Got it through Amazon, I believe. Someone on a forum recommended it for this purpose.

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16 minutes ago, RomyCat said:

I used Plastic Putty by Vallejo. It made of Acrylic resin. Got it through Amazon, I believe. Someone on a forum recommended it for this purpose.

That was me!

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44 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

That was me!

I really like Plastic Putty. It shrinks a little when it cures, so can sometimes still leave a seam. But it's pretty easy to work with.

I've tried green stuff (which I hated) and really like milliput (but the dust is toxic), but lately have been playing with aves epoxie sculpt and really like it for big areas or places where you truly need to sculpt details. 

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Finally got a shipping notice on my HB55 airbrush.  Guess I'll have to fork out the rest of the money for everything else now :D

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On 6/19/2019 at 10:27 AM, Barb Bliss said:

That was me!

Ah, thanks for the advice. I've bought certain paints also because of advice here. And got that awesome sell on Reaper paints last Nov.

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Random Stuff:

If you are starting to play with fillers and sculpting, the best advice I can give is to grab a set of cheap ($9) sculpting tools like these:

https://smile.amazon.com/Ejiubas-Sculpting-Modeling-Supplies-Ceramics/dp/B0758BP4YT/

Even that kit is overkill; I use 1 or 2 of them and the rest stay in the bag.  The silicone tips work really well for moving material and packing it into holes/seams, while still being flexible enough to work around corners.  When you're ready to smooth an area, dunk the end into some water, dab it on a paper towel, and then smooth out the edges (both Milliput and Aves are water soluble).  The metal end (round ball) can be useful for making texture or getting into tighter areas.

The other tool you might want is a set of dental tools (or wax carving tools they call them on Amazon), but I use them less.

(Because Plastic Putty is a little more sticky, these tools won't work as well but honestly I've never tried.... hmmmm.)

Technique:  Mix up a ball of filler (Aves or Milliput).  Both Aves and Milliput are 2-part "expoxies" that only harden once mixed.  I start with two dots a little smaller than the size of a pea; squish/mix well and then put the combined dot on the back of my thumbnail of my off hand.  Then use the silicone tools to slice off small bits and cram into the model.  It goes faster than it sounds.  If it's not going well, scrape it off, and use a wet brush to clean the area and start over.  

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6 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Random Stuff:

If you are starting to play with fillers and sculpting, the best advice I can give is to grab a set of cheap ($9) sculpting tools like these:

https://smile.amazon.com/Ejiubas-Sculpting-Modeling-Supplies-Ceramics/dp/B0758BP4YT/

Even that kit is overkill; I use 1 or 2 of them and the rest stay in the bag.  The silicone tips work really well for moving material and packing it into holes/seams, while still being flexible enough to work around corners.  When you're ready to smooth an area, dunk the end into some water, dab it on a paper towel, and then smooth out the edges (both Milliput and Aves are water soluble).  The metal end (round ball) can be useful for making texture or getting into tighter areas.

The other tool you might want is a set of dental tools (or wax carving tools they call them on Amazon), but I use them less.

(Because Plastic Putty is a little more sticky, these tools won't work as well but honestly I've never tried.... hmmmm.)

Technique:  Mix up a ball of filler (Aves or Milliput).  Both Aves and Milliput are 2-part "expoxies" that only harden once mixed.  I start with two dots a little smaller than the size of a pea; squish/mix well and then put the combined dot on the back of my thumbnail of my off hand.  Then use the silicone tools to slice off small bits and cram into the model.  It goes faster than it sounds.  If it's not going well, scrape it off, and use a wet brush to clean the area and start over.  

I think we need another tread under all about miniatures for this awesome information so we don't have to hunt.

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FRIDAY HOBBY DAY!  

I took the day off with the hopes of getting through some of the backlog on my bench and be in a better position to enjoy Gencon and Reapercon later this summer.  Here's my activity blog; will try to update as I go.

  • Up at 0330 on my day off. Bubba the cat decided I needed to be a jungle gym. He's 20, so I let him get away with it.  Finally rolled out of bed at 0645 and put some coffee on.
  • Sat down to put some wash on my Dropfleet Dreadnaughts. Found that one of them got some oil or schmutz on it that was causing a few spots of paint to bubble. I wiped it off and reprimed by hand. Minor setback.
  • Did dishes. Yay.
  • Took some Brimstone figures to the sink and washed them in rubbing alcohol and water. These are the 'villains' for my Shadows of Brimstone diorama. I normally let them dry a couple days before attempting to prime.
  • Found the resin bases for the SoB Gencon Entry, mounted them to some cardboard and hit them with primer.
  • Touched up the primer on the 'heroes' of my SoB Gencon entry. Hope to have them basecoated this afternoon.
  • Taking a pause to drink some coffee and go to the butcher shop. Not a ton of progress so far, but as usual it's a bunch of things in bunch of different directions.

 

Dreadnaught A - Primed and airbrushed basecoat.

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Dreadnought B - You can see the scmhutz on the top of the bridge. No idea what it is, felt like olive oil. This is before I cleaned and fixed it.

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Diorama bases mounted to cardboard for priming with plasti-tac.

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Brimstone Diorama Bone Chewers - the Villians.  I only need 1 for the diorama but will paint all 6 for future gaming.

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Here's a hint at the diorama. This came out of a matchbox car set.  Factory paint has already been primed over for my attempt.

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Hobby day round 2!

3 color gradient applied to my heroes. Will let cure a little and then perhaps start basecoating the doodads.

Saved the leather white for final highlights.

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Still going! Shifted gears again and started some assembly for some dropfleet speed painting.  These are some merc troopships. Models have only been available a few weeks. I had them shipped in from the UK and could have fun with them at gencon.

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23 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

Now I want to take a few hours of PTO.

😁

I need to do this more often.  

Doing some housework while things are curing. Swapping projects has kept it pretty exciting.

Oh, the dreads are also washed and are curing out.

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1 minute ago, Zoxe said:

😁

Oh, the dreads are also washed and are curing out.

LOL - I initially went to you having dreadlocks as a hair style. 

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23 minutes ago, Zoxe said:

Still going! Shifted gears again and started some assembly for some dropfleet speed painting.  These are some merc troopships. Models have only been available a few weeks. I had them shipped in from the UK and could have fun with them at gencon.

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Keep posting. Every time you do, I get one step closer to buying an airbrush. 

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35 minutes ago, Konas said:

Keep posting. Every time you do, I get one step closer to buying an airbrush. 

One more, might be the last for the day as I think I hear some rye calling me....

This is a color test for another project. Not intended as a contest entry, just using the airbrush to quickly basecoat. From here I'll wash, dry brush, maybe adjust highlights/shadows with some airbrushed inks, paint the rocks brown and call it done. Was going for a very directional light. 

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59 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

LOL - I initially went to you having dreadlocks as a hair style. 

Oh heck no.😁 No offense to those that can pull it off, but I'm a clippers #3 sides and top and short finger length up top kind of guy.

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3 minutes ago, Zoxe said:

One more, might be the last for the day as I think I hear some rye calling me....

This is a color test for another project. Not intended as a contest entry, just using the airbrush to quickly basecoat. From here I'll wash, dry brush, maybe adjust highlights/shadows with some airbrushed inks, paint the rocks brown and call it done. Was going for a very directional light. 

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I really like you showing us the set of paint colors you are using.

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Ok, one more. 

Normally I let primer sit at least overnight but decided to shoot these bases so I can continue on in the morning.  I'm going for kind of an urban/concrete environment. Over the black primer was a coat of AP Uniform Gray, which is less blue than it looks in the bottle, followed by an angled shot of reaper misty gray to define which edge is front.

From here I'm going to play with some inks to give some transparent colors to the designs, but overall will keep it low key to not distract from the figures. 

The second picture is uniform gray vs. Black primer.

You can tell from the timestamps of these posts how much time I had into it, and I wasn't rushing at all, switched airbrushes (full cleaning of my trusty 105), and rummaged around in my supplies bin for a different disposable brush.

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44 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

I really like you showing us the set of paint colors you are using.

thanks. :)  I end up taking pictures like that so I can go back and figure out what the heck I did later.  I kind of snagged one by accident while posting and just went with it.

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1 minute ago, Zoxe said:

thanks. :)  I end up taking pictures like that so I can go back and figure out what the heck I did later.  I kind of snagged one by accident while posting and just went with it.

Some of the best ideas are accidents.  😉

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On 6/22/2019 at 6:08 PM, Barb Bliss said:

I think we need another tread under all about miniatures for this awesome information so we don't have to hunt.

I'm about to create a Tips and Tricks thread. :)

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I spent another half hour or so on the Brimstone Ancient Tentacles Friday night and again Saturday morning. 

As a quick paint color test, I'm pretty happy.

After a healthy dose of AP Dark Tone ink.

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Dry brushed my highlight colors, then got out 2 inks for the airbrush. Liquitex inks are super vibrant. 

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Mostly finished, just need to paint the lip of the base black.

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