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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.
Sky Captain Drusilla is the Kickstarter only commander of the Iron Empire's Jet Girls. I wanted to maintain the IE color scheme but lean towards a Rocketeer style look. To this end I went with raw leather flight harness, gloves, boots, and mask/cap.
While painting I opted for a darker sepia color for shading but think I'll go back to a lighter shade for the rest of the set as the sepia tended more into brown than into yellow and is a bit too much contrast.
I may go back and add some powder work around the flight stem and on the base but I'd like to do the unit all together for that. I'm also still pondering adding some faction/unit markings to the flight harness and/or mask.
We've been a bit amok collecting Anime Figure Models and have to rotate them to get good displays. At the moment we're running small Evangelion, Madoka Magika, Steins Gate, Lucky Star, and K-ON displays. We usually have 4 full curios running but for this move we're just running one curio and two built in half curios. I'd like to get Soul Eater up but those are still lost in the big room of boxes.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today is a short update featuring just Jinx.
Jinx is one of the TGG Kickstarter Mascots. An Egyptian themed cat with a lot of attitude.
Its larger than a house cat more like a Jaguar in scale though all the harness and jewelry give it a strangely jackal-esqe feel.
This was tough over a black primer and I think I'll do the display version with washes over white
Jinx is shown here with Mortaria for Scale. Shes rockin' her Zombie Sniper Motif. They'd make a great team!
Jinx is here with a WiP Sky Captain Drusillia. Dru is going through washes and re-layers at the moment but should be ready to roll in a day or so. The 1/4 Ayanami Rei is also making progress so if a get a good block of work in she might roll out as well.