Posts Tagged ‘Modelling’

The Helpful Hobby Guide : Sculpting tools

Posted on July 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

It will come as no surprise if I tell you I am not much of a sculptor…
However, part of our hobby involves using putty at one stage or the other (unless you’re a plastic-only kind of modellist) to simply fill gaps, repair damaged detailsor even add new ones for conversions.
In all those circumstances, you have to learn by trying. learning from other people’s experience though is allowing shortcuts though.
Though many painting techniques are covered in magasines and all, I’ve always felt that you don’t get much sculpting tips or tricks and that basic techniques aren’t as well known as they are for painting.
The aim of this post is is no way to tell anyone what to use as I’m clearly out of my jurisdiction here but it’s aimed to share with you what I use and learn from your tips and advice, critics and comments.
The tool below is the first sculpting tool I got when I started pushing putty back in 2000. You can see it’s not the most precise of tools. I think when I got it it had already been used for dentistry or something has it was clearly not brand new. It did what it had though and I quickly switched from Milliput to Green Stuff (I won’t go too far on the subject of putties as it clearly exceeds my very limited knowledge of the only 2 I use).

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Hobby Time – Preparing Dungeon Saga Miniatures

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

In today’s Hobbytime we take a look at how to prepare your Dungeon Saga models for painting. Dungeon Saga is available to pre order on the Mantic Store now!

Vehicle painting tips

Posted on June 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Great little article posted this week by Leif Eriksson with some great tips on the differences between painting a figure and a vehicle.   Blindingly obvious really, but I’ve never seen it written so clearly and concisely, or thought about it …

…and Now a Word From Our Sponsors

Posted on June 16th, 2015 under . Posted by

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Plastic Soldier Company Ltd T-34 1/72nd scale

Posted on June 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A long, long time ago the postman delivered to Kingsleypark ManorActually he delivered 3 of these boxes as they were the Russian Tank Brigade Deal that PSC offer the discerning gamer who is looking to build a horde of Russian tanks at compara…

Jungle Foliage

Posted on May 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Amongst Mig’s recent releases are three interesting jungle foliage sets: terms, plans and jungle leaves.

They are at the 28mm+ size scales but would make great additions to Heavy jungles and Lost World style projects.  No good for historical 15s…

"The times they are a-changin’ " or terminators, finecast and Emporium for a change

Posted on May 14th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Always looking to populate my Rogue trader setting with intriguing new inhabitants, I recently fell upon a cheap model on a french trading site…

Yup, that’s what it it, a Dark Eldar S-Slyth… in finecast.
Some of the early followers here my remember I have a particular fondness for Snakemen… and my southern brother Captain Crooks recently did a very excellent post to unveil the origins of these creatures (follow his blog, really).
SOOOoooo, having a blister is one thing but having a built model is another. With everything I had heard about the finecast, I was a little nervous about the time I might have to spend on filling voids and all…

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Peter Jackson’s Gallipoli 1915 Exhibit

Posted on April 30th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past months over 100 New Zealand wargamers have been painting 5,000 miniature soldiers for a huge diorama of the Battle of Chunuk Bair for the forthcoming The Great War Exhibition in Wellington. This is part of an ANZAC commemorative project

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‘Lest We Forget’ Exhibit Papatoetoe

Posted on April 25th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I previously posted about Nick Papadopoulos quest for 1/72 scale figures & human volunteers to help complete ANZAC Day 2015 exhibits he was working on – Nick managed to get the figures he needed and with some hard work complete his

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Ars Moriendi – A life in progress post

Posted on April 21st, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

(Some appropriate music first)

It’s common knowledge that life’s a funny thing. You’ll hear the “life’s worth nothing but nothing’s worth life” motto and all kinds of ready made predigested thoughts when getting on the topic but rest assured I won’t bore you with any of it…
It’s just that life’s funny, you get a slap from one hand and a caress from the other… but memento mori I suppose (OK I did continue).
Why all the weird (and let’s face it, slightly gloomy) tone ? Well because among a massive dose of real life that hit me in a face like a trout, some good things have immerged. One of those is that Brian Roe AKA the Roebeast from the Magical house of sunshine blog, has kindly organised a giveaway to celebrate his 200th follower and I’ve somehow managed to be the winner of it thanks to a fluke !
I think giving away a present in which Brian put some time and effort makes it even more valuable and the excellent thing about it apart from its quality, is that it blends just nicely with my bases and their sort of purplish tone.

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Mantic Monday: Community Round Up

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past week it seems like we have had a lot of community action going on – so let’s take a look at what has been going on in the world of Mantic! The Kings of War 2 beta army lists have been updated! For those of you that don’t know, the Kings of […]

Project: Astra Militarum Update #3

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

It’s been a long time between posts, so here are some ‘proof of life’ pics to assure you all that I am still alive and painting!
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The Coven painted and ready to go

Posted on April 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Felt like a quiet day so I painted my Coven models that I got from the KS. Very nice models apart from the Powerhouse who I just didn’t like. So I added some claws and a head piece . Still looks a bit static but its better. I also made up some the temporary minions […]

Pulp City cards

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Pulp city dot com has started updating the web site to have the new cards. See here for list of Heroes and Villains. Here is an example of an updated card and what it means Twilight level 1 infiltrator with mystery alignment, generates 2 AP each turn and no minion points. Mounted on a 30mm base and […]

Pulp City based coated and washed

Posted on March 29th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Still lots to do but almost ready for a game or two. They are a bit brighter than photo suggests but I do tend to be quite a dark painter anyway. Very nice to paint and the variety is brilliant. Each model is unique and they are require different techniques. The big powerhouse, Cro Mag […]

Pulp City models based

Posted on March 27th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Well some of them are based, enough to have a starter game with my mate. I based up the Coven on some resin bases from Taban and made up a 50mm using a 40mm plus the rim from a 50mm. I based the Villains on some resin secret model bases. They are ok but not […]

Taking the Scenic Route

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

The Mantic Battlezones scenery is a fantastic, easy to assemble system. Everything works based on a 3” square tile. You simply take a tile, add some connectors and fix the next one to it, and so on. Before you know it you have futuristic cities for short range firefights, or the interior corridors of a […]

The Helpful Hobby Guide – How to make a wet palette

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Probably the greatest tool in miniature painting history after the brush itself
Most of you must have heard of wet palettes before and many of you might already be using one or maybe some amongst you have tried and hated that.
If you haven’t heard of these or have but never got to try it, here’s how I made myself another one.
Now because I find my palette is my best friend, jus press play and see for yourself how life can be made so much easier :

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Hobby: Scale Modelling Techniques

Posted on March 21st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

My last couple of weeks have included minimal hobby time, so I still have no new models to share. I have also been held back by a desperate need for resupply; I have several paints and other modelling supplies on order from various stores that I’m waiting to receive before I can progress my Astra Militarum vehicles. I could, of course, be working on my infantry, but I honestly just haven’t found the motivation to grind my way through painting mass Guardsmen.
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Urgently Wanted: 1/72 HäT WW1 Figures

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Nick Papadopoulos of Papatoetoe in Auckland is currently in the process of mustering 1/72nd scale figures to produce two dioramas to display on behalf of the Papatoetoe Historical Society for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings. The dioramas will be a ‘Gallipoli

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Project: Hobby Update March 2015

Posted on March 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My hobby time has been scarce recently, and most of it has been consumed by stripping paint… but I’m not going to let that hold me back! I’ve just made my biggest single 40k purchase of all time: a trio of Forge World Cerastus Knights.
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Mantic unleash their Secret Weapon!

Posted on February 10th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Mantic is a hobby company – we make good quality, affordable miniatures, and simple to play games. We offer incredible customizable scenery, and now we’re pleased to be working with Secret Weapon as their exclusive distributor for the Tablescapes Gaming Tiles in the UK and Europe! What are Tablescapes Gaming Tiles? Tablescapes Gaming Tiles are […]

Hobby: Setbacks and Motivation

Posted on February 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

My hobby time is rare and precious. I try to make the most of it: I keep my workspace tidy and organised, I plan ahead with my projects, I work on several models concurrently so I’m not waiting around for glue/paint to dry. I strive for perfection in all my modeling and painting. So how do I find the will to keep pursuing this hobby when it all goes horribly wrong?

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Tale of a King: Clash of Kings Road Trip: Part 3

Posted on February 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Part 3: It’s all about the Base! So I’ve chosen the Faction, written my first army list, bought the models… now I need to start building my army! Everything in Kings of War has a base which is it’s Footprint. Infantry take up the smallest area so are represented on 20mm or 25mm square bases, […]

The Writing’s on the Wall

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Yet another not-very-interesting post today I’m afraid, serving to document what I’ve painted as opposed to entertaining the reader.

Another set of Tamiya 1/35 brick walls assembled and painted to add to the scenery pile in readiness for March’s Big Game (Burley Gate, Herefordshire, Saturday, 14th March).

Speaking of which, we’ve had a couple of players drop out recently, so if anyone’s interested in popping along, then please let me know (cost will be £10-£15 which includes buffet). More details here.