Last 15 posts from Noobs and their paintbrush

Showcase – Blood Warrior of Khorne

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Here are some more photos of the Blood Warrior that I painted the Lava base for. For Christmas one of my non hobby friends bought me the Easy To Build: Blood Warriors starter sets. it’s a few of the snap fit models from the Age of Sigmar box set. They’…

Showcase – Blood Warrior of Khorne

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Here are some more photos of the Blood Warrior that I painted the Lava base for. For Christmas one of my non hobby friends bought me the Easy To Build: Blood Warriors starter sets. it’s a few of the snap fit models from the Age of Sigmar box set. They’…

On The Desk – Creating a Lava Base Part 2

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

“Join me next week for the painting” he said two months ago…Well I’ve had a bit of an artist’s block. This piece in particular has been 95% complete for ages. Time to finally get it done. In case you need to refresh your memory here is the first part…

On The Desk – Creating a Lava Base Part 2

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

“Join me next week for the painting” he said two months ago…Well I’ve had a bit of an artist’s block. This piece in particular has been 95% complete for ages. Time to finally get it done. In case you need to refresh your memory here is the first part…

Happy Monk Pt 6

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

 I understand this is late and for the people who have been waiting to see it I am sorry.But the wait if over to see how it works out.So it turned out very well and I am super happy with it there is a lot more to do, but as it is at this point I a…

Happy Monk Pt 6

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

 I understand this is late and for the people who have been waiting to see it I am sorry.But the wait if over to see how it works out.So it turned out very well and I am super happy with it there is a lot more to do, but as it is at this point I a…

Distressing Wood.

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I know some of you may be interested in how the waves turned out and to not show you all how it went as of yet might really annoy you and if that is the case I do apologize. But I found something out while painting and I was so happy about that I found…

Distressing Wood.

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I know some of you may be interested in how the waves turned out and to not show you all how it went as of yet might really annoy you and if that is the case I do apologize. But I found something out while painting and I was so happy about that I found…

Happy Monk Pt 5.

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

This guy is Happy but I think I may have taken things too far with this one!!So some people might have been thinking when are you going to paint those kick ass waves? And the answer is after I cast them in resin (won’t be painting them fully) I know cr…

Happy Monk Pt. 4

Posted on May 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Sink or Swim for the boat!last week I was left with alot of nothing with out knowing where I was going to with it and if you missed it this is where I finished.So after getting told what for on my thursday paints in liverpool I came back and thought it…

Happy Monk Pt 3.

Posted on May 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Like with most things the show must go on even if it is going slower than it should.So this week, it’s been a bit lackluster with the progression with the monk as a hole but there has been a few reasons for that which I will bring up later. What I…

Happy Monk P2

Posted on April 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

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This project is taking longer, but I feel that it will be worth it.
So as normal this week is about the base and this one is the most complicated I have done to date I understand that to some who might be reading this may have done this or more complicated but this is for me is a massive undertaking.
So the idea is something close to karate kid, but a lot more dramatic, so the idea is the monk is standing on a rock in the middle of the ocean wile a storm is happening and even though the world is against him he is still able to find peace. 
So now the idea is out lets get on with the build starting with the rock make out of cork. 

Now the shape of the rock is made I needed to try and make the hole thing more stable as the figure is heavy and the cork is not really the strongest of material so I inserted Lots of brass rods through out to try and make it more ridged and added miliput to give it a sort of hard shell.  

 Because I am trying to create something that is a big scene in a small space I thought from the start I would use the back of the rock to be an ending point of the scene to allow people to think about the rest and to use the bottom to make it more sturdy. 

With these pics you may or may notice some things that do not make sense and that is because there has been so much going back and redoing this and that because of being unsure about what I was doing and wanting to do it perfect.

Here we have it with a bit of paint.

Now this part is an example of something that did not work out like it should the Idea is the cling film would protect the rock/painting from the plaster that I am using to make the water and the waves bit the cling film was did not allow the plaster to cover all the rock so I had to just forget about the paint and just carry on.

Here we have a first go at making the waves I used filler from Tesco cost £1. 

From there I built up the wave up the rock.

And again we hit another point where I had to restart and change something and this was what I was using turns out Filler is not the best thing to use and what happened was first it stuck to the rock like glue and also the home thing did not set in one piece and broke apart which made it useless as I could not even if I wanted to glue it together.
So after chipping away the filler and repainting it (I know I did not have to but I did anyway.) I got plaster not filler and it works a hell of a lot better and I was given the advice to use vaseline on the rock to stop the plaster sticking to it and to use it if filling in mold line but not wanting them to stick together.

and as you can see you are able to remove it in a hole peice.

From there building the waves.

As well as filling in gaps and trying to fill the lines, there was a lot more back tracking in these parts with the wave breaking from the water and not being able to slot it back into place, but if I went on about all the things that went wrong then this would be the world longest post.
This comes to the end of it this week, lots more to do.
What you all think and have you done something similar, please comment below.

On The Desk – Creating a Lava Base Part 1

Posted on April 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Today I’m going to give a little step by step of making a display level lava themed base. As always with my project I use a mix of the knowledge I have gained from the community with some of my own flair by studying reference photos.I wanted a rock out…

Ipms Cosford Show 2017.

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

As you might be able to see from this map of the royal air force museum shows just how big it is, now add that with a model show and you get something that is cool with something that is great for making an amazing day. (But a lot of walking)…

Unboxing A Long Road from RobotRocket Miniatures

Posted on April 4th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s been a good while since I’ve done an unboxing. I’ve been on a self inflicted hiatus from buying miniatures for a while now. Partly for financial reasons and partly because I don’t want to end up with boxes and boxes of unpainted miniatures. It’s been nice going through my boxes of shame and getting some paint on some of them. So why change that? Well I always like to support a new company with interesting miniatures.
RobotRocket Miniatures is a new company started by Matthew Pearce, an admin for the popular ‘Eavier Metal group on Facebook and a friend of mine. This first release ‘A Long Road’ has been sculpted by Olivier Bouchet who has experience working with some of the biggest names in the business including Black Sun Miniatures, Pegaso Models, Mierce Miniatures and Aradia Miniatures. Enough intro though, let’s check out the miniature!
First impressions are good, a solid black box embossed with the RobotRocket logo.

Opening up the box above some padding we’re greeted with a sticker, certificate of authenticity and a piece of card with one possible story of the bust. I love this addition, more and more in the miniature industry we’re seeing people trying to tell a story with their work rather than just painting a piece. This gets the creative juices flowing and I hope it’s something they continue with on future releases. I’d love to see concept art included in the future, even if it’s just a sketch from the sculptor. It might not interest everyone but I’ve always been very interested in the process and where it’s come from. 

Removing the protective black foam and we find the bust! It comes in two pieces, with a separate long pipe that can be placed in the mouth or perhaps elsewhere on the model (I’m considering strapping it to his side pack perhaps) or left out completely. 

Quality of the cast is superb, no bubbles or casting mistakes. There is one small mouldline down the back of his neck and on the top of his head but it doesn’t cross any high detail areas and will be easy to smooth out.
My first impression was that the sculpt itself was a fairly safe first model but actually on further inspection it offers a lot. There’s multiple surfaces and details and it offers good depth between the shirt, waist coat, a lapelled jacket and the travelling cloak. The shoulder guard on his right offers an ornate are where you can go to town with metals. There is definitely options for freehands, perhaps a trim on the cloak hood or brocade on the jacket or waistcoat. On his left side he has a travel pouch (perhaps containing some pipeweed?) on the right you have what appears to be a case for an extending spyglass or maybe a map. These areas offer some nice options for leather and other textures. Both these are connected by detailed leather strapping
The head is a classic dwarven shape, anatomically correct and not immediately suggesting of a particular age. I can see this both being painted as a wizened old dwarf or a younger adventurer successfully. Is he a warrior? A traveller? A scholar? It’s up to you! The beard and moustache are detailed and the left ear has an earring and a larger ring around the upper rim. It’s great to see a Dwarven sculpt that isn’t the classic warrior with heavy armor and a large axe.  

Another nice addition in the box is a resin cylinder plinth with the company name embossed on the bottom. You could either use this to display the model permanently or simply hold the bust while you are painting it.

The bust itself is £35 plus shipping and can be purchased from their website in the future (http://robotrocketminiatures.co.uk/) The site is pretty new and the store has yet to go up so you can contact Matt through the email address on the  site or on their Facebook page here. It’s a great bust for this price, a professional release, well packaged and including a plinth. It’s limited to 80 pieces and there were 39 left last I checked so get in quick.  A very good first release and I’m excited to see what comes in the future from them!
On a personal note I’m planning my projects for this year’s Eadbanger compeititon on the Eavier Metal group (check out the announcement here) and it’s very likely I’ll try and enter this into the bust category so hopefully you’ll see some paint on this sooner rather than later.