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I finally got myself motivated to start painting again at home.

And as my wife got a new camera I figured if I started a home WIP, I might even get around to building the light box I've been planning for a couple of months and start taking pictures with it. (Note: that hasn't happened yet, so expect my usual mediocre phone pictures.)


To get myself going I went down and dug through an Army Transport of Chainmail figs to find something interesting. Picked out a Pulveriser first, but then he fell apart (good ol' 13 year old glue job) so it's now on the bench to get pinned. So I grabbed the Hammerer. I wanted something different to get me interested and an all metal construct is pretty different.



I spent most of the evening playing with metals. I've got Reaper, Army Painter and Partha all on there. My P3 metals were all at work...

My concept (which pretty much developed as I was doing the base coat) is to paint him as he is starting to activate after untold years waiting for someone to trigger him in whatever forgotten tomb he's guarding. This lets me play with a bunch of weathering stuff I've picked up recently. I also want to try painting the runes, and the eye slit, as if they were glowing a bit.


So to begin with I gave him a wash of blackened brown with a bit of black mixed in.



And that's how far I got in one night.


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Tried doing "glowing" runes last night. My hands were actually pretty steady, which was little surprising after two hours on the mower.

I tried out my optivisor knockoff for the first time as well, and the extra magnification was very helpful.




I did the runes and eye slit three times. First I did pure white. Then Pearl White, although I'm not sure that really added anything that a second coat of pure white wouldn't have. And finally P3 Heartfire for the eye slit and P3 Necrotite Green for the runes.

I had to touch up a few spots of the antique gold, then I carefully washed (to not get it in the runes) the whole fig with P3 Armor Wash to darken/dirty it more. I may need to go back with some blackened brown to keep the touch up spots from being too clean...


Thoughts on the runes and eye slit would be appreciated. Should I make them all one colour or keep them separate? And is there anything I can do to make them more glowy? Can't really do any OSL, can I? The light should all be pretty much projecting out from the runes, not on to the rest of the figure.


Up next will be starting to do some rusting/corrosion stuff, which I've never really done before. Should be fun!



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I've never done any glowy rune stuff, but bloodydrake has done some amazing stuff in his Circle of Orboros thread: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/46259-circle-of-orboros/page-37 It might give you some ideas on making the glowing runes really pop. Yours do look good though, and I don't think you need the same colour for the runes as in the visor.

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I did some rusting on the Hammerer this weekend. This is my first attempt at it and so far all I've done is some paint. I plan to do some pigments as well.

After the rusting I matt coated it, as I wanted something to protect the paint a little before doing the pigments.

I then popped off the old base as I could hear the glue cracking. I tried out a few different bases but ended up just putting the original one back on.

And I did use some Milliput to fill in the gaps on the base.




Here he is kicking back while waiting for me to finish his pedicure.




And here he is after I showed him the bill. I was able to rescue the Rosy Shadow before he could do any real harm.


Next time I get to work on him I plan to paint up his base ( may add a bit of sand or something in spots as debris ).

Then I'd like to do a bit of pigments in some spots to show some more corrosion. (Which I've never done before)

And finally I'm thinking a little OSL type glows up on the crest by the runes. (Also something I've never tried before)


So lots of learning in a little project. Hopefully I can keep from mucking it up too badly. :)


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Finally got back to this guy. Well, I've been puttering with his base a bit, but finally trying to get him finished.


Painted up his base and used some pigments to try to do some additional rusting/grim effects. Think they turned out ok. Looking forward to trying them on something bigger at some point.


Then tried some OSL from the runes. Think I have them positioned about right, but I'd really like some advice on how they look, and what I should be correcting or changing regarding it.

I tried to do it with the concept that the lights aren't that bright, and that the metal it is hitting is weathered and dirty.







So please comment.

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Had to go digging to find this thread...says something about how much painting I'm getting done at home...


But this update is about my display shelf.




This is it's current state. I unloaded all my painted minis from it last night as I'm getting ready to put a board in across the front of the top and adding three LED lights behind that to give it some lighting. I think I'll try mocking that up later as I'm not sure that description is clear.


Anyway, my big question is, while I have it uncovered, what, if anything, should I do with the wood shelf? I've considered painting black, painting it "grassy", getting one of the flock sheet things from the train store, covering it in HA tiles, or just leaving it.


BTW, the castle wall is all Hirst Arts blocks. I built it a few years ago, the first time I blew out my back and basically couldn't stand for a few months. I had rather a lot of blocks already cast, and this was made just from some of those. I actually have plans somewhere to add another layer, using the 8 inch tower, I think, and a couple of curved stairways... Each wall will hold a dozen 25mm bases, plus an extra in the little outcropping. The gatehouse will hold at least 12 more, in two rows of 6.


Thoughts on the shelf?


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Just had to make sure you're not one of these damned kids and their 'face' cord measurements. Makes me crazy, nobody around here calls them face cords, so they trade in cords of 4'x4'x16". They even have me doing it. I don't burn much, just 2 (real) cord a year until I can get a better stove, mine isn't the safest thing in the world.

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