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I want to let everyone know that I haven't abandoned this ongoing work in progress thread. I've been pretty nonexistent on the forums lately because my daughter was born on the eighth (same day I was born, though not the same month, which is great news because July already has too many birthdays in it). So I haven't so much as looked at a brush since then. Between adjusting our sleep schedules and doctors appointment's I just haven't had the time or the mental capacity painting requires. My wife also started using my work area as a lactation station, though she is willing to share the space.

 

Today while everyone was napping I decided to try my hand at painting again. Honestly I was a little worried that such a long absence from the hobby would be an issue (I know it doesn't seem like a long time since I last painted, but I was painting almost everyday). In the end though my fears were unfounded, my brush control is still there and my hands are still steady.

 

I actually got a lot done in under an hour. I was able to "finish" the hat and the robe, and started work on the skin and hair. (For the record I didn't use Scholar Flesh, I finally tried something new and used Tanned Skin.)20180529_134128.thumb.jpg.5e0856cab1c746a904b0e9999935e8f2.jpg20180529_134136.thumb.jpg.5a10e16f237a4c531a570d35b7a9ad62.jpg

 

My first display miniature finally has some paint on it! I've decided to try completing the figure before I start worrying about shading and highlights. This may come back to bite me but I've been doing tabletop for so long I believe it might give me a better chance at placing my shades and highlights. We'll have to wait and see if I'm right.

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I made a little more progress today. I mostly spent the session working on the torso's details. I even started work on the rifle, unfortunately I ended up painting the gun barrel brown. I have no idea how I did that but at least it's a simple fix. Lastly I used a wash of Pure White to tone down the yellow hair.20180601_160119.thumb.jpg.5fc37eef8103e324b58dec0225e39a78.jpg20180601_160131.thumb.jpg.1e7e0bfb1a007e4cc8eed02722179e92.jpg

 

I've also been experimenting with my camera in an attempt to get better pictures of my progress. I think using the flash may be the way to go.

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Got a little time to paint today and ended up finishing my first display miniature, though admittedly I don't think I ended up with a display quality piece. 

 

It was while I was finishing the rifle with a weathering wash that I realized something. According to the Warhammer lore this dwarf has a black powder rifle and I know a few things about black powder rifles.

 

In my youth my family, myself included, were American Civil War reenactors and I've actually stood in a firing line. During battles we were only using quarter charges of "powder" and it creates a lot of smoke and soot. Even with a quarter charge if you spend any time firing your rifle you end up covered in black powder/soot. Combine that with sweat and you get grime (and trust me in those wool uniforms you will sweat).

 

So unless this dwarf is marching to battle he is going to be pretty "sooty/grimy". With that in mind I decided to soot him up which in the end obscured a lot of the piece but I believe it gives it more personality. Ironic that it was the personality of the figure that made me what to do a display quality piece and I just ended up obscuring everything to add another level of personality. I guess that's what I get for over thinking a miniature, oh well.20180707_215717.thumb.jpg.5b286f7b46ff0fcae7f6c006938c5317.jpg20180707_215740.thumb.jpg.78c9c876e79a5cc97cfc924220dc26a7.jpg

 

All that's left now is to base and seal this miniature. 

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So during my painting hiatus I finally broke down and bought some real turf/flak. I hadn't tried it out though until last night, which I guess was funny to watch as I had already covered the base with glue before realizing I hadn't removed the "freshness" sealers yet.

 

For my grimy dwarf I used both types of turf/flak that I bought. For the majority of the base I used a fine turf and for the rock's moss I used a coarse turf. Though it isn't perfect I believe it does convey the idea of a moss covered rock.20180708_101405.thumb.jpg.26376498d8684db574a1b15d3126bbc7.jpg20180708_101353.thumb.jpg.63074e85f4a05c8fbaa8a76160646872.jpg

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I managed to finish another dwarven rifleman (that can't be the right, dwarven rifledwarf?) using the same techniques as the first. Again I covered him in soot and grime because honestly I like the realism. I guess it also reminds me of my youth and my family's shared hobby/activity. 

 

Basing was fairly straightforward, I just used some fine turf. Its a plain base but the figures look great together as a pair.20180708_132106.thumb.jpg.3d6a145d1ebff743bec196407a77aaa0.jpg20180708_132127.thumb.jpg.0751b685fc4371609b2ae19e4780b91c.jpg20180708_132815.thumb.jpg.e7d933f586d4c82436ba7f5738e1bdb1.jpg20180708_132844.thumb.jpg.4e4a20fa90e192f6e5048e4316087363.jpg

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Well it's been awhile but I'm finally painting a Reaper minature again. Today I started work on Dain Deepaxe 01610; this was actually the free miniature from the site awhile back (for the life of me I couldn't tell you what month though). I primed this thing many months and a whole other apartment ago, so it's nice to finally get to it.  

 

I had spent too long looking at the figure trying to decide colors without making any progress, so I just started throwing paint at different sections. Though unorthodox it did work, I now have a basic color scheme and can begin moving forward.20180709_203808.thumb.jpg.58ba2740f1d60cb76fb80457ad7eeea5.jpg20180709_203820.thumb.jpg.d5b2880340b7d295d5b806f6afe74ab0.jpg

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So the other day the dollar store got me yet again. I found two new "statues" of the Hulk and Spiderman. Thanks to the packaging however I now know they are sold as paperweights. It seems obvious now but when I picked up that Ironman I didn't think paperweight.20180711_105217.thumb.jpg.b7118b4edf047f02ba97b24e506e1186.jpg

 

Today I prepped the next set of miniatures I'm going to prime (hopefully I can do this Sunday). I'll also be testing out a new priming system using what I'm calling the "Complaint Box". I took a standard copy paper box and lined it with a piece of plastic tarp. The idea is that I can use a spray primer while eliminating any chance of primer going anywhere but on the minis and in the box (Contained paint means no complaints right?). Hopefully this will work so intercity priming won't be an issue.20180713_185136.thumb.jpg.641b9ca74f5f91e6493cc933af58249e.jpg20180713_185153.thumb.jpg.906a75c64714d4a261f3831b5235ba77.jpg20180713_204731.thumb.jpg.b2bb2989e0eafa36c10bda5aff7337d3.jpg

From left to right the miniatures are Badger Games' Velite Trooper II-RGDKT020, Reaper's Black Mist-80007, Reaper's Garrick the Bold-77008 (aka Sir Forscale), Reaper's Townsfolk:Oswald the Overladen-77141, Mantic's  DreadBall player Buzzcut-MGDB071-1, and finally RBJ Game Company S*T*A*R* Trooper-STB002.

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5 hours ago, Crowley said:

Why line the box with a tarp? Wouldn't the box alone work? 

I think it would but this is a case of really hedging your bets. I doubt it would bleed through the bottom and the lid but I wanted something that would look inpenetrable to the most hardheaded neighbor. 

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I was able to test my "Complaint Box" today and it worked perfectly. Even the most stubborn and hardheaded neighbor would be hard pressed to complain about my priming box. My figures will need another coat but I ran out of time today.20180714_190017.thumb.jpg.95ccb017514b5b5279cc4b890d1ff80b.jpg

 

I'm finally replacing my old Taco Bell paint cups too. Thanks to a pub crawl my wife wanted to go to and forgetful drunks I now have Harry Potter paint mugs. All in all a great day for painting peripherals.20180714_195212.thumb.jpg.cc1013a2be39e2ba2fe22f204991d54a.jpg20180714_195232.thumb.jpg.80614d787eaabc26ce982895d2345095.jpg

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