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Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase Tthree of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Micro Paint Chips]

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Painting micro paint chips has been one of the biggest tests of patience I’ve ever encountered in this hobby. While it’s not as difficult as painting eyes on a miniature figurine, the task of micro paint chipping is extremely laborious in its own right…

HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP – Prep, Pinning & Priming]

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

HQ12-02 Race Queen aka the 1/12 scale resin figurine from atelier iT will have the dubious honor of being my first miniature figurine project to involve considerable use of an airbrush. As is always the case, before the Race Queen receives any paint sh…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase Two of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Oil Dot Filter Weathering]

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

As a work-in-progress update it’s pretty hard to distinguish between Phase One and Phase Two of the weathering process. Firstly there the technical issue with photography which I’ll get into in more detail later. And secondly there’s the slightly overe…

What’s in store from my project pipeline, optimistically speaking, in the coming months of 2018

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It was nearly three years ago when I last did a project pipeline update. As is my wont, other projects soon crept into the pipeline (i.e. Katana, a Snowspeeder, C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8, Princess Leia, a T-55A tank, a Nurgle Rhino, a Bodhisattva, a Star Dest…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase One of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Basecoat, Wash & Panel Lining]

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

There was once a time I would’ve stopped here. Weathering with washes and panel lining over a basecoat was all it took to momentarily scratch that ceaseless itch to paint up a monotone grey hued vehicle of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Navy or Army. A…

Nendoroid Wonder Woman (Hero’s Edition) – Unboxing and Review

Posted on April 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

A short break from hobby projects has always been a necessary evil for me to avoid creative burnouts. And I’m using this one to post a quick review of the second Good Smile Company Nendoroid figurine that my son and I got as a gift for the missus i.e. …

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Pilots seated in Cockpit Interior]

Posted on April 13th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Well duh but a model kit is always greater than the sum of its individual parts. So while both the AT-ST pilots/drivers looked bland on their own, the meh-factor lessened somewhat when they were both seated inside a fully assembled and painted cockpit …

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Pilots / Drivers]

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

What was Bandai thinking, molding a rigid looking pair of AT-ST pilots/drivers to accompany their 1/48 scale AT-ST model kit. Any form of dynamic pose – e.g. having one of them reach for a side control panel – would’ve made a lot more sense. The altern…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Cockpit Interior]

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

As with most Bandai Star Wars model kits, the interior parts are usually molded with close to movie accurate details. But also in most cases the details would’ve been covered up, sometimes completely, in the final build. For the AT-ST, I have the optio…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – First tentative steps in the use of Oil Dot Filter Weathering Paint Technique]

Posted on March 28th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Before assembly of the Bandai Star Wars 1/48 scale Imperial All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) Walker had even started, there was something I needed to get my head around first. That something is a technique used by scale modelers to increase the rich…

Toyo Safety Gas Respirator [Unboxing and Review]

Posted on March 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Airbrushing lacquer paints can be a nasty experience. Lacquer thinners used to dilute the paint not only smell bad but aren’t good for your health if inhaled frequently and in large quantities. Because I don’t have a portable airbrush spray booth – the…

Unboxing atelier iT resin figure kits [HQ12-02 Race Queen & HQ12-04 Girl with Spear]

Posted on March 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My newfound obsession with larger scale resin figure kits dovetails nicely with my first steps in airbrushing. For figurines, the bigger their size the harder it is to obtain smooth skin tone transitions with just a hand brush. Not entirely impossible,…

Airbrush Setup and First Use

Posted on March 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Few of the reasons I’m adding airbrushing skills to my
painting repertoire is to acquire the ability to paint smoother transitions as well
as paint faster and more efficiently. This skill set is especially crucial when working with larger scale sci-f…

Suicide Squad Katana [Completed] aka the 70 mm Nocturna Models Soum 13 Moons

Posted on February 27th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

It took a while but Suicide Squad Katana is finally done. Luckily for me, the 70 mm Nocturna Models Soum 13 Moons resin figurine turned out to be a perfect proxy for my recreation of Yamashiro Tatsu (山城 たつ) who is the super-heroine Katana’s alter ego. …

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Samurai sword, right hand & sculpted half face mask]

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

With her right hand, samurai sword (katana) and half face mask painted, Suicide Squad Katana is all but completed. All that remains to be done is to assemble the painted base and place Katana onto it. So here’s a quick update on a finished Katana sans …

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Facial features, Hairpin, Ponytail and Leather Arm Armor]

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Funny how things work out. It was only during the painting of Katana’s face that it finally dawned on me what I had to do. Prior to that I wasn’t too sure what kind of look I wanted for her facial features. But I suppose that’s how it is for all creati…

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Diaphanous white top, off-white stockings and white cotton tabi socks]

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

There isn’t a whole lot you can do to make white look interesting. Two ways I could think off was to vary the tonal quality of the white clothing (i.e. whites vs off-whites) and to create different fabric textures via paint (i.e. diaphanous vs stocking…

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Soft Black Hair] aka 70 mm Nocturna Models Soum 13 Moons

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Black hair is so ubiquitous among East Asians (K-Pop stars excluded) that I find it a somewhat uninteresting hue to paint. Familiarity breeds contempt as they are wont to say. Suicide Squad’s Katana is, however, one character that requires black hair s…

Atypical cool weather hits close to the equator

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Cool weather isn’t unusual in itself. But when it occurs in a city which averages 28°C to 31°C in January then it becomes a problem hobby-wise. Temperatures have plummeted 10°C to a low of 21°C in Kuala Lumpur and to an even lower 16°C in highland area…

Nendoroid Belle (Beauty and the Beast) – Unboxing and Review

Posted on January 10th, 2018 under , . Posted by

It’s still lazy days as the new year slowly crawls into its second week. Hobby/art projects lay ignored as the inertia build up over the holiday period refuses to release its hold on me. This languid pace is deceptive though as I know it won’t be long …

Starting the new year with a look back at 2017 (… and a sneak peek at my new hobby tool)

Posted on January 4th, 2018 under , . Posted by

At the start of every year, it has become the norm for me to take a step back and look at what I had done hobby-wise over the past year. And to be honest, it was a bit underwhelming to see that I had only managed to complete ten figurines/scale model k…

Tamiya 1/35 scale T-55A Medium Tank [Completed]

Posted on December 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With the new year only hours away, I’ve just barely made a self-imposed deadline to post my final completed scale model project for 2017. So the Tamiya 1/35 scale T-55A medium tank has the honour of rounding up my year of miniature and scale model kit …

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Tank Tracks and Wheels]

Posted on December 26th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

It looks like I’m on track (… groan, pun intended) to finish my first Tamiya AFV project before the year is over. This second to last step before the T-55A tank is finally completed involved attaching the track and wheels onto the lower hull. A key d…

A Blast from the Past: My Very First Model Kit

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

More than three decades ago, I worked on my first model kit. I never finished it. After all these years I can still vividly recall the frustrations I faced as a kid in his early teens trying to put together a model kit without proper knowledge about th…

Game of Thrones Bronn [Completed] aka 54 mm Nocturna Models Heroes & Legends, The Crusader

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

This brief back-and-forth between Bronn and Jaime Lannister in Season Six of Game of Thrones sums up what I had envisioned colour scheme wise for this miniature project. [Dialogue Begins] Bronn: Now that is a sorry attempted siege. Someone needs to …