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For my last few projects, I haven't stepped back and taken the time to snap a few pics while I'm working, and frankly, it's leading to sloppier results. While this definitely isn't the case for everyone, I'm finding that a combination of taking those breaks to really study your work, and documenting what you've done for your own future reference are both rather helpful tools as I learn about this hobby.


Thus, it seems appropriate to start an ongoing project log.

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First of three initial projects: Mini 1 of 2 for an exchange. We have


02587: Wraith w/ Two Handed Sword




Cleaning him was a breeze, very little in the way of mold lines or flash to remove, all of it done with a needle file. Need to decide on a colour scheme for him, thinking something fairly dark. Looks like it'll be great blending practice, and a chance to try some TMM techniques.



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Second of three initial projects: Mini 2 of 2 for an exchange


03170: Lurien, Ghost




This one was a fair amount of work to clean up. Nothing horrible, mind you, but it took some creative work to get all of the various little nibs cleaned off her cloak and hair. There's definitely going to be some missed mold lines on this one.


Thinking a mostly blue scheme for this, very pale for the skin with deep blues for the clothing. Also, an attempt at glowing eyes.


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Finally, initial project 3 of 3, a jungle themed diorama.


This one is really going to be a big push, but ought to be pretty interesting. One nice thing about this is that I can work on it for a bit, then while waiting for various parts to dry or set, I can switch over to a mini and maximize my project time.


With this, I started with a simple block of wood from the hobby store, which I then stained with a coat of Minwax w/ Poly for a little extra protection against all of the horrible things I'm likely to do to it. I should also note that I actually figured out to mask the edges of it, unlike my last (first) attempt, where I ended up with tons of misc. debris all over the edges from random glue and flock mishaps.




Now, initially, I was of a mind to do a jungle/river scene. So, I laid out some air-dry clay (el-cheapo brand) to make a slightly rough terrain impression, with a spot on the left for the river. I even laid down some sand for texture and did an initial pass with some Muddy Brown.




Then...I tried sticking some aquarium plants on it to simulate foliage.




And that's when I realized...wow, no, that's not going to work. So, went hunting around the intertubes for inspiration, and ran across this. Now, I don't speak a lick of Spanish, but I loved his work, and I started really digging the concept of ruins in a jungle.


So now, we have this:




Now, I'm not a sculptor, as can plainly be seen above, but it's really a lot easier than I guessed to create the suggestion of things out of clay. Messy as all get out, and pretty expensive if I'd tried to do this via green stuff or milliput, and did I mention messy?, but it is easier than I thought.


Once this is finished drying (seems to take about 24 hours for this brand to really set), it's time to start adding some textures, build up the trees more, etc.


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Son came down with a cold, so not much work this weekend, poor little guy. Still, nothing like painting to the first season of SNL, hard to keep the brush steady when you're laughing.


Got some work on the wraith:





Cloak is based in Cloudy Grey with a 50/50 mix of Cloudy Grey and Templar Blue for shadows, then some glazing of straight Templar Blue to enhance the shadows a little. Tunic started as Mouldy Flesh with a hefty wash of Army Painter Strong Tone, but then I decided to go back with Terrain Khaki to touch up and ended up using that a fair amount. Inside of the cloak and hood is Nightshade Purple with a Black Ink wash to just barely deepend the shadows.


Also got some more work done on the jungle scene, and by more work I mean once again ripping sections up and starting over. Just not getting anything close to what I'd like, but it's getting closer.


Remembered that I had some left over Hirst Arts bricks from an attempt at building a dungeon years ago. Dug those out to use for the structure, and ditched the idea of having stairs up to a platform, that just wasn't panning out. Instead, decided to start building a wall with the bricks, potentially with an archway.


Added a few more smaller trees as well, rather than just a couple of bigger ones. Placement of those is going to be tricky, actually find it hard to get them to look random.





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Still, nothing like painting to the first season of SNL, hard to keep the brush steady when you're laughing.

I did the trim and gold NMM on Ororo to a marathon of Portlandia. I'm amazed there are any straight lines at all. No pun intended (they gender bend a lot on the show).

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Still, nothing like painting to the first season of SNL, hard to keep the brush steady when you're laughing.

I did the trim and gold NMM on Ororo to a marathon of Portlandia. I'm amazed there are any straight lines at all. No pun intended (they gender bend a lot on the show).


Well, it's the Northwest. We have to do SOMETHING to keep ourselves entertained during the nine months of the year we go without sun. :poke:

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More work done last couple of days, this time on the ghost. Very fun mini to paint, and it gave me a great excuse to use some of my mystery sample paint, which was the base colour of the skin tone. It's close to Icy Blue, I'm really digging it.


The cloak is turning out better than my normal blending as well, which is giving me some hope that I'm actually learning something. I like to think that I'm getting just a wee tiny bit better with each mini, but it's hard to gauge after staring at the same thing for around 8 hours.


And speaking of starting at a mini for 8 hours, after a few hours of this mini, I couldn't get Madaline Khan in Young Frankenstein out of my head...hence the Bride of Frankenstein stripe in the hair.




Skin: Mystery Sample Paint, shaded with Ashen Blue, highlight of Ghost White

Eyes: Sun Yellow over Blue Liner

Cloak: Breonne Blue, washed with Blue Liner, Highlight 1 of Brilliant Blue, Highlight 2 of Cyan Blue

Hair: Nightshade Purple, washed with Blue Liner, Highlight of Ghost White, stripe of Ghost White with highlights of Pure White

Tunic: Terrain Khaki, washed with Army Painter Strong Tone, highlight of Leather White



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VERY COOL STUFF! I'm thoroughly enjoying watching your Living Impaired Folk develop. AND your bases are BEAUTIES...don't sell yourself short on your sculpting abilities. One & all GREAT WORK!


One thing helpful about taking photos is that they will highlight any mistakes in the brushwork...it's annoying, but helpful nonetheless.

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One thing helpful about taking photos is that they will highlight any mistakes in the brushwork...it's annoying, but helpful nonetheless.


Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated! And that's one of the major reasons I quite like doing WIP threads, I find that if I stop and take pictures every once and a while, I get a much better sense of what I'm doing and catch a number of things.

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Spent most of the weekend watching videos. Got my self two Miniature Mentor vids, one on TMM and another on mini photography, both of which have some interesting stuff in them.


The TMM is going to take a bit of work, as they use specialty metallics from Japan, so I need to figure out how those translate to Reaper paints. The theory should be the same, but I'll have to play around with the metallics recipies.


Only got through the first part of the photography, as I also got the Marike DVD from Darksword, which I really wanted to watch. Not much so far in the photography portion, mostly just discussions of termninology and cameras being used, which is good info to know, but nothing much to apply so far.


In between vids, got a chance to work some more on the jungle base. Decided to paint it up a bit to help me differentiate the various sections, as they were starting to run together a bit around the trees. Still have a lot of patching up to do on the trees. The shrinkage on the air-dry clay really causes a lot of problems, so I'll have to find another medium to work with for the future.



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Watched the first disc of the Marike DVD from Darksword. It's oddly like watching Bob Ross, complete with "Happy Tree" references on a regular basis. Overall, the video isn't near as professional as their first one, but it contains a huge amount of great information.


So far, she's covered her teminology, which is, in places, fairly different from what I'd read/heard before. Her idea of "wet blending" is to actually use two separate colours of wet paint on a brush at the same time, which I'd never seen before. It doesn't make a lot of sense just hearing it, but when you see it, it's a pretty neat technique.


She's also covered her basic blending and layering, which covers several techniques, all of which provided some helpful information. There's also been a section on female skin tones, which I quite enjoyed, where she uses the Cerci Lannister mini that happens to come with the DVD set. She really rushes through colour choices, but the technique is what I was really interested in, and that's what most of the time is on.


The end of the first disc covers sheer fabric, again on the Cerci mini. This section is particularly impressive, it's amazing how quickly she comes up with a pretty good looking sheer fabric, and the concept is actually much more simple than you'd expect.


So, after watching this first disc, I started on a mini I had lying around that had some good cloth on it, and was pretty surprised at the results.




It's nowhere near what some folks can do, but it's miles better than many other things I've done before.


EDIT: Forgot the colours, need to keep track of those, as I'll probably use this reds recipe again:


Base: Carnage Red

Blocking/Deepest Shadow: Imperial Purple

Shadow Glaze 1: Deep Red

Shadow Glaze 2: Bloodstain Red

Highlight Glaze 1: Blood Red

Highlight Glaze 2: Fire Red

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