Painting


Of Space Knights and Superheroes.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again. It's been two weeks since my last post but I want to try and keep things relatively interesting so I felt a longer gap than usual, was warranted.This week, has been very similar to last week... lots of work, lots of sleepless nights and lots of tiredness... but I had a birthday in there, so it wasn't all doom and gloom.I have now been on the wagon for over eight months and the time is flying by now. May is creeping up nicely and I will soon be able to enjoy a nice pint of ale again.At work, I am now (more or less) part of the furniture so I am working hard and people are starting to listen if they need to... which is nice. I still have some ice to break, here and there, but I'm getting there.Hobby time has been relatively slim but I have managed to get a few things done.First up is a converted superhero:Click the Pix!It started life as THIS Hasslefree Miniature and ended up as a new speedster for my little group of superheroes. A very simple conversion and it has worke

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Sorting Box

I've talked before about how I use the boxes from Privateer Press to sort my painting queue, but more and more often I'm also using them to sort my paints.Recently I was painting and having a hard time figuring out if and how much I had of Vallejo game Color Bonewhite. The answer, it turns out, is 1 mostly empty bottle (painting anything Menoth tends to wipe out a good chunk of my supply).So I turned to the Privateer Press boxes and simply started lining up my bottles and fitting them by brand and number.I have yet to figure out which Privateer Press cardboard boxes have the taller cardboard, as some of the boxes are tall enough to contain Vallejo dropper bottles fully upright. If I could get more of these, I'd be in a good place as they could then be stacked.As it is, some of my boxes have clearance above the dropper bottles, but most of them are just short enough for the bottles to jut out.I've used Really Useful Boxes for this before, but I've never found the perfect footprint and the plastic containers ty

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RGG 360° Painting Handle – Giving It A Spin

...what the RGG 360 does achieve is showing that other companies are now taking risks and stepping forward into the market of accessories and tools in our hobby. This will end well for us hobbyists in the long run and this feels like a great start. [...] The post RGG 360° Painting Handle – Giving It A Spin appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Doing the Hammerhead lift

So a few people asked about the steps I took to lift the Hammerhead model from the base. The actual idea was from ForgottenLore at the Tac Comms forum.Thanks to Don at Onslaught Miniatures it was actually easy to do. When he designed the vehicle he put a small tab at the bottom of it so that when it was glued to a base there would be a small lift. I tried it out and it didn’t look as if it was high enough to give the impression of hovering. As well, it would make it difficult to put sand on and paint the base with the vehicle so close. All of the vehicles come with metal sprues that the weapon pods and engines are attached to and so it was a simple task to clip a piece of metal into the right length and then glue it to base. Once that dried the model was glue to the metal sprue. Voila! Instant hovering vehicle. It is a wildly simple solution but it is based on the foresight that the model sculptor had in the first place.

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Tau vehicles started

We had a week or so of higher temperatures so I managed to get the first six Tau Hammerheads primed and started work on getting some base colours on them. I primed them using the Army Painter Skeleton Bone primer and then tested out a few different GW shades on the bottom tab to see which colour looked best. The idea was that I could shade the model as well as get some darker tones in the recesses with one pass. After I decided on a colour I tossed all that work aside and used Seraphim Sepia instead. Fairly typical for me really.I originally wanted to do the weapons in white but when I put down the grey base that I was going to use for the white it looked really good so I have stayed with that. Hammerheads WIP I need to touch up some of the colours and then add some highlights. One small problem is that I am not sure what colour to use to correct some of my painting errors so there may be some trial and error involved in that.

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54mm AWI and 33mm Star Wars

So a bit of an odds-and-sods post today. I finished off a 54mm AWI Prussian General. This figure is from an old kids play set so the detail is a touch thin. And basing it (no integral base? on a kids play set? really? ) was a real hassle. That is probably why he sat on the painting table half finished for two years.I'm moving into a small commission. A fellow I did some Imperial Assault figures for in 2015 asked me to paint some expansions to match. I started on the Heart of the Empire expansion and first up are three heroes.I'm a bit out of the loop on Star Wars but this lady wookie had cool goggles and a lot of demolition charges.Then there is Star Wars Wolverine with some kind of impractical hand weapon. Clearly no match for a blaster.And finally Big Headed lady who actually seems toknow what she is doing. All are painted to match the cards that came with the expansion.Up next are a selection of imperial troops.

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Basing my Epic Tau

So I haven’t figured out how I want to paint my Epic Tau but I have figured out how to base the vehicles. The models from Onslaught have a small tab at the bottom to lift them off of the base. it adds a bit of height but not enough, to my mind, to properly portray them as being skimmers. It also doesn’t leave a lot of room to work on the base or paint the bottom of the figs. Thanks to a suggestion from the Tac Comms forum I used some of the metal sprues from the vehicles to life the models up higher. Now they have a suitable height and I can get in under the models to do the bases. Normally I don’t like basing Epic vehicles but in the case of skimmers I think it is necessary to properly convey that they are skimmers.

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Man O'War - The Fleet Sets Sail

Eluf Gorebeard, Bloodfated, chosen of Khorne and Jarl of the Hversing clan strode along the deck of the bloodship World Eater with mounting impatience. He was man unused to answering the summons of another like some lackey, not even for one such as Aesir Vortag.As Eluf approached the steps leading up to the immense black sterncastle he could hear the exhortations of a slaughterpriest addressing the faithful. The priest stood atop a high gantry which rose above one of the gigantic bronze vats that fed the bloodship's colossal greatcannon. He was loudly extolling those watching below to fight well in the coming battle. A captive lay kneeling before the priest, precariously balanced on the edge of the walkway, his eyes glazed with terror. As Eluf watched the priest raised his axe high, paused to give one final bellow to the crowd below and then effortlessly struck the head from the prisoner. The corpse collapsed forward before disappearing into the noxious gases rising from the bubbling inferno beneath. Eluf nod

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Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 3: The Rebel Army

A few militia style clothes may have been the most uniformed anyone got in Monmouth's ArmyTo describe the rebel forces as an army is probably being somewhat overgenerous. Several of the officer cadre including the Duke himself were soldiers, brave, proven and with battle experience gained in formal, continental wars. There were undoubtedly ex soldiers, deserters from the army, militiamen and mercenaries forming a portion of the regiments however, the majority of the men were volunteers, whipped up to rebel against something - the King, Popery, oppression and the usual causes trotted out to get the masses mobilized by their political lords and masters.Not everyone came out for King Monmouth. This however may be a scene from the Bloody AssizesMonmouth landed on June 11 and was executed on July 15. Even the most zealous supporter of the cause would have difficulty in arguing that the assembled volunteers could  have been moulded into an army with the necessary organization, command structure, campaign plan,

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Cutting into the Primed vs. Paint Ratio

 Painting can be hard. There's so much you want to play with, and packing it up to play after you've laid it out to paint is a chore, but playing with stuff makes me want to see it painted.And then there's the buying of stuff. You can make every plan, but if your budget allows you to, you're simply going to buy all the stuff you want to because it, in the words of organization guru Marie Kondo, "sparks joy" to buy all the new stuff.(at least it does for me. I don't know about the rest of you weirdos who don't consume for fun)So you have a piling collection of miniatures gathering in boxes. You have a bunch of stuff going unpainted. You have a bunch of stuff getting primed. And then you have a bunch of stuff that you've started painting and then you kind of just stop.And by "you" I mean "I". I have all these things happening. A closet of unbuilt kits. Boxes and piles of unprimed or primed miniatures. Stuff I've started but never finished.This year as part of my process I'm trying to paint to a ratio.Paint

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Dumpsters and a library table

I made a rare trip to a model train store before Xmas and was unable to locate any of the buildings on my to-get list (including a stone church, a city hall or court house, and a bank). I did find some HO-scale dumpsters, though!These were three for $12 and about the only accessory that didn't cause my jaw to drop ($40 for a tow truck? really?). So I bought these along with some two-part modelling putty. They painted up okay and will add some nice LOS blocks.Back in early December I also picked up another WizKids' terrain pack from Red Claw. This included a library table and four stools. The table has a tiny bit of warping (no luck using hot water to bend it flat). That said, I'm reasonably happy with the results.I'm not sure what will get painted next--I hav some 25mm Cthulhu figures I got from Chen that have been eyeing me from the painting table (and they have lots of eyes).

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On the Painting Desk 77

We keep making progress in the forces for the AHPC, as my second entry appeared earlier this week on the blog.Add to that some preparations for a few games, on which you will get a battle report later this week, and we come in the realm of getting things finished at last...So for the coming week, I`ll be working mostly on the next bonus theme round, called Sports, and hopefully get some actual "regular" entries finished.Check back next week on any progress!

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Painting My Oscar Award Trophy and some cyber ninjas

One of the things I hate having to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.One of the things I keep finding reasons to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.I picked up my current method of painting gold from an article I saw years ago on Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic. If you know me, then you know that this method is actually Too Many Steps, so I cut it down a bit. And what I started with was the blue gemstones (because I was also painting blue powerglows on my Shadow Sun Syndicate at the time) and so I started with the baseline yellow.After the gemstones, I lay down the Filthy brown on all the trim of the Supreme Guardian and the Immortal Advocate. Both models get gold trim both in the studio scheme as well as in mine, as do all Ancestral type models (Golems infused with the souls of valiant Skorne warriors)My current go to paint for yellow is actually an Ochre, Vallejo Game Colour's Filthy Brown. It lays down a nice color backing for gold.The next step is gold immediately followed by a gold/silver layer. I thin

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