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Hammereyez

Bugbear, Gnoll and scratch-built catapult

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post-3206-1158772263_thumb.jpgpost-3206-1158772299_thumb.jpgpost-3206-1158772323_thumb.jpgpost-3206-1158772344_thumb.jpgI used to paint miniatures back in the early 90's, back in the glory days of Ral Partha and Grenadier. I stopped painting miniatures around 1994 and switched to military models [ aircraft and armor ] until this spring. Now I am getting back into miniatures painting and am really enjoying it. I decided to share my painted #2592 Gnarr Bloodgristle Gnoll Champion and #2603 Skrug Gauntclaw Bugbear Shaman. Recently I started scratch-building buildings and terrain. I have included a couple of pics of my catapult, and am now working on another catapult, a trebuchet and a ballista. I will try to post some pics of these when I am able.

 

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What kind of finish are you guys using? I use a polyurethane gloss coat for chip protection, then a testors dull coat to reduce the shine, but some times it doesn't work that well. What provides the best flat finish?

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Your minis have a "dirty" feel to them which I really like.

 

Work on more color contrasts. Start with a darker undertone and work up to a lighter highlight (but not too bright-keep that dirty thing going my friend!), rather than relying on old skewl "ink washes" for your contrast. However, those work really well, whether after your final highlight, or sometime before, for color unification, as well as keeping things nice and dark for that "dirty" look.

 

Fewer coats of glossy sealer, and top off with a few coats of Floquil Figure Flat; that will even it out (stay away from dreaded dullcoat; avoid the yellow tinge that ruins good blending and kills your carefully rendered shades.

 

By the way, nice use of an old pipe for the catapult Arm!

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I wish I had used an old pipe for the basket. I used about 6, 1inch by 1inch squares of basswood, 3/16s of an inch thick, wood glued and sandwiched together. After they were dried, I penciled in the dimensions I wanted it to be, and used my Dremel to hollow it out. Seems like a lot of trouble, but I am pretty happy with the result. Just have to be careful with the Dremel, a pointed carbide-steel tip spinning at 20,000 RPMs will have no problem zipping through a finger, trust me, I found out the hard way. And really, REALLY be careful not to drop it in your lap while it is running...I am still having nightmares about that ( it's Vasectomy, the Home Game ! )

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