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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The vanes pictured above are straight out of the package... obviously pre-cleaned up and test fitted... oh.. and arrow straight with no warp whatsoever in spite of the ambitious twist and in spite of sitting in the pile for half a year. As with all the Tabletop World kits to date I did zero clean up on these... just a wash before priming.
The kit had no method to attach the upper turret to the main body and, after dorking around with magnets...mostly out of habit... I settled on inserting an old toothpick container to act as a swivel. Works great!
In terms of painting I seem to have omitted one of the usual layers and replaced it with some washes and glazes... the overall result is that the windmill looks a little older that the rest of the village.
These got the same window treatment as the rest of the village. I like the warm glow and it implies that its dark out! Vampires and Werewolves..Oh My!
The real stand out differences are the sails and the copper roof details.
The Sails were a lot of scrubby layers... Vallejo German Light Brown, Vallejo Sand Light, Vallejo Medium Flesh, Reaper Splintered Bone.
The copper was a lot less messy. GW Bolt Gun Metal over black and three layers of GW Nihilikh Oxide. The oxide is a technical paint and is intended to spot corrode instead of as a coverage paint but I think it works out ok here.
The Lulus are from batch 2 and are more heavily pigmented than the first batch... which look a bit washed out against the buildings. Lesson learned a few more layers of wash and glaze... or maybe 'White primer is not your friend." I'm beginning to understand grey primers now... that took long enough!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Its been a busy couple of weeks. Today we get a visit from Mad Nurse Bernadette!
This was one of the minis in the Raging Heroes TGG Kickstarter that really grabbed attention. Inspired by an old Album cover she is one of several nurse/medics offered in the KS. Here she is paired with my second iteration of One-Shot Blondie.
The sculpt is very striking and the only construction challenge is the fore arm join which requires a bit of filling. Once again RH demonstrates their great feel for style with a simple but iconic pose.
This iteration of Blondie shares a lot of color elements with this Bernadette and I'm liking the "Combat Blue Jeans" look for Post Apocalypse style. I've a couple more Bernadettes on the table at the moment each with different take on color but they should all mix well in any of the jailbird units.
I used a lot of Secret Weapon stuff on this batch... from bases to their washes. I'm getting a better grip on using these washes, which are a lot more heavily... and coarsely... pigmented than their GW or Army Painter counterparts.
Below you can see it forming the basis for the Merchant Shop with a minis thrown in for scale.
Next on the plate.... completing batch 2 of the Lulus, grabbing another TTW building at random from the pile... and starting cleanup on some Malifaux 2e Death Marshals.
Fun fun fun!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I see her as a little damaged so added the 'thousand mile stare' and some hair dye to the already included detail of lollipops and Mickey Mouse ears.
Though metal the mini was relatively clean with well placed mold lines and went together without event.
I decided to use some ideas like... colorful plastic galoshes and rain coats to theme the group and emphasize their identity as refugee children... as if all the teddy bears, pets, lollipops, false ears, and bling left any room for doubt on that score.
Overall the group reminds me a lot of Peter Pan's lost boys.
I returned to a style of painting that I haven't used in a while painting in washes over while. It'll take a few iterations to get better definition but, in general, I think its easier for this sort of subject.
This lulu turned out to be my favorite and went together very easily.
And finally... a size comparison with a Lulu, Hilda, and the crazy Colossal Bone Giant.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Just in case you thought the Lulus were alone There is a tree of metal One Shot Blondie and Mad Nurse Bernadette to keep them company.
The Jailbirds also get a different base treatment from the Iron Empire. I think these came from Base X War but the site is closed making it hard to confirm. These are some nice battle damaged streets and I'll have to get more as the project develops.
The biggest challenge with this model has been the very flexible nature of the Bones material. the thing wobbles and shakes whenever its touched or picked up. Gluing the hammer to the base helped a lot but the awkwardly extended left arm is highly mobile. Might be a blessing in disguise since its bound to take impacts on the arm which just flexes out of the way. Time will tell if droop is going to be an issue. It also did not take the primer gracefully and remained tacky for several days. I'm currently working out a base for it and plan to try out that GW technical paint that cracks as it dries.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I decided to approach these with washes over a white primer base as I've been struggling with paint thickness recently. Here I did thin base coats of paint followed by layers of washes and a glaze here or there.
... provided, of course, I locate the Mordheim minis.... DOH!
With the exception of the plums... which I inexplicably forgot to detail the stems and leaves... I spent a bit of time reveling in the detail of the individual elements. I really like the corn cob colors and the fish... though the pumpkins and cabbages also came out pretty well.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
For my purposes the half cape is an element command insignia and might get color coded probably by changing the border color to match a unit type. As usual these are mounted on Secret Weapon 'Trenchworks' series bases. For this project I've added 1" washers to give the figures some weight and stability on the tabletop.
The capes are still plain pending unit construction. Lots of room for Faction Icons and unit symbols but the structure of this set is still kind of in flux so I'll have to revisit those once I settle things a bit.
She's all one massive piece but needed significant filling due to a really deep mold line seam. Still she was fun to work on and will make a great centerpiece on our Evangelion display shelf.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I'll do more apples to apples comparisons as I unpack.