Monday, June 1, 2020

Well that went fast

As I was perusing some of the other blogs I follow, I noticed that my last post was back on the 5th of April. WOW where did the time go?

I have been taking this time at home to work on the crawlspace, hauling out boxes & going through things, then reorganizing the items going back in, so that all of the components for the game systems I have are together in one place.

This has also afforded me an opportunity for others to benefit from my finding of duplicates, etc which I am not putting out for sale to friends & local gamers.

During this time I've also received a couple of kickstarters & also set aside some items for my next project to work on.

Finally I am getting back to some hobby time, as well as more 3d printing as I delve down that rabbit hole.

So fist up is my first print from Lv427 Designs. This is a corridor set for use in such games as Aliens & Space Hulk. So I started with the Hangar Bay Entrance.

The other side of the piece

And some doors. It appears you need to print each twice, so that they are glued together to make the door. The large door had some small areas in the centre I've cut out & will be placing some clear blister plastic in to act as glass.

So after printing it, I noticed some issues. From what I have seen in others asking online, this is due to extrusion issues. However I've decided that those will make the perfect spots to use for rust effects & corrosion, perhaps from acid?

I am curious how the next piece will turn out as I am now finished with the 2 rolls that came with the printer & will be trying some Hatchbox PLA I got from Amazon.

I also received my order from Lunesdargent Workshop. This time around he did a Mayan/Aztec style dungeon set. I got his Egyptian tiles from his first kickstarter so knew what to expect.

The tiles come in a pale yellow tone

So I wanted to go for a greenish hued stone effect. I have some large bottles of Woodland Scenics pigments. So lets look at how the green undercoat turned out.

It looked good, but still seemed a little light for my tastes. Then I tried doing one in Earth Undercoat

Again, it would be usable, but I've lost the green hue I wanted. Finally I thought, what if I added the earth tone over the green?

I think I've discovered the palette I want to use for this set! Now I just need to spend the time painting the sets!

As for the next project I am working on. I've been seeing a lot of good stuff on Core Space. So I've just gotten the core box figures added to washers & primed. I will be painting them up to prepare for when we are able to socialize again

Thanks for visiting & I hope to be posting more frequently than 5 weeks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Next!....Another Barbarian

Painting continues on my Barbarians. Here is the next built from the Northstar Barbarian Box Set for Frostgrave

Continuin to dabble with the GW Contrast paints on things like wood. I used the Wyldwood for his shield. I do like the effect!

As we are confined to our homes, I've begun the monumental task of hauling all the stuff I've stashed in the crawlspace out & am taking stock of what's there, what I still want & now builing the pile of what eventually will be posted for sale either online or through swapmeets down the road. This also means I am finding odd miniatures that are now making their way towards the paint table.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dungeon Painting continues

I continue to paint my Deathray  Designs mdf dungeon set. One of the comments on my previous post was from my friend Scott asking about the colours.

So today I will present the stages & colours I am using on this project. For the basecoat, refer to the previous post.

I've sourced a bunch of cheap stiff bristle brushes from the Dollar store. So up first is the Gray/Green. Dabbled on with drybrushing.

The next colour I've gone with is a Spanish Olive. Not sure of this paint as its brushes on fairly transluscent. This has meant numerous coats of it when used on miniatures. However for this project this has worked well. Again drybrush/scrubbing it about the piece.

Then onto Yellow Ochre. As I've mentioned before the Yellow Ochre/Sand combo is my go-to for drybrushing most of my miniature bases & walls/stone/statues etc. Whether I've used a brown or gray base, it works wonders.

The icing on the cake is this Sand colour. I do a light drybrush dusing across the entire piece, hitting the edging everywhere. It also mutes when scrubbed over the previous colours nicely.

All the paints I bought at Michaels. In fact I use a lot of craft paints on my miniatures. They blend well enough with the more expensive GW, Vallejo, Army Painter paints & the range of colours is extreme. I've found however that I often require 2 coats when doing my miniatures with them. Otherwise the price for quantity can't be beat.

Hope this helps some of you who were also curious as to my system. Stay home, enjoy your hobby time & stay Safe!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

This is my dullest post

For those of you checking out my recent painted figures, you've seen my frustration with shiny anti-shine results, and yes I've already posted about these miniatures below...however;

Today I am happy with the purchase of the Testors Dullcoat I made. I've also gotten wind of other products, thanks to Michael Awdry, that I will be hoping to check out once I can source them.

So here is the result of the Army Painter  Anti-Shine left beside the same figure after being sprayed with Testor's Dullcoat

You can certainly look back on my previous posts for the recent barbarian figures I posted below. These have all now been revisited by the said Testor's Dullcoat & I am a much happier fellow due to the results.

It's plausible that the extra spray over the already Army painter Anti-shine just adds to it. More testing with mulitple sprays of the Army Painter product may be needed to prove /disprove my thoughts.

However the next figure I finish will be sprayed directly with the Testors Dullcoat. Let's think of it as a little experiment while we wile away the hours at home. Thanks to those who commented with my dilemma & offered options.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Frostgrave Barbarian Infantryman

Continuing to work through the Barbarians, today I present you with an Infantryman.

GAH! I really do hate the shine! But a solution will soon arrive as I've ordered some of the Testor's Dullcote. So these fellows will be getting another spray soon! This guy was sprayed with the Army Painter Anti-Shine...

I have done a bit of research into what are the best Anti-Shine products as posted by other miniature painters. Many tout the Army Painter one & indeed my previous cans 'did' the job with 1 coat. Then there were comments about doing several coats of it.....really? I feel its possible I just got a bad can. So once this runs out, we will test the theory. So for now, please bear with me & my shiny guys!

This is another of the ones made from the Northstar Plastic Barbarian box set.

 Lots more Barbarians are in the primed box awaiting my brush. One of the positives about this imposed stay at home directives, is that its afforded me more miniature painting opportunities!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dungeon Test Piece

If you recall back at the beginning of the year I started putting together one of the DeathRay Designs Dungeon sets I had snagged during last years Black Friday Sales.

We have finally had some nicer weather where I could get out & start prepping the pieces for paintng. I bought a few cans of Rustoleum at Wal-mart. One of the few places still open for business at this time.

With the base coating done on quite a bit of the set (still more to go) I wanted to do a test piece of the paint scheme I wanted for it. Grabbing one of the smaller pieces. I worked on it today during lunch.

Once again I am happy with my go to Yellow Ochre & Desert Sand craft paints! Will just be going through several of my cheap dollar store brushes to perform this task. I have another barbarian drying from the dip, so he will be presented tomorrow.

Thanks as always for taking the time to visit!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Confrontational Barbarian

I continue painting up barbarian figures for Frostgrave & have just completed this 2nd of the Confrontation Warriors of Avaghdu figures. 

These are multi-part metal figures from the OOP Confrontation Game.

These are beautiful miniatures, with lots of detail. I do see that mold line on his head now with the image so large hehe.

As stated previously, Confrontation is returning. They had a kickstarter about a year ago working on getting all the original miniatures back in production.

Still waiting for the temperatures to warm up for some more priming. It seems winter doesn't want to go away....though all of us with it would. 

No worries though, I have many more barbarians that need painting.