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Okay! While I'm waiting to finish up my Exchange Mini Base, I've started working on another project. There's a contest over on the WAMP forum that's centered around Hasslefree Miniatures. Now, I'm already plenty loaded up with projects, but as I'm a glutton for punishment, I figured, what the hey!


Now, let me say that I'm an ex-gamer... Well, that's not entirely true, but I just don't have the time/skill/reflexes to invest in video games like I used to. I cut my teeth on the old arcade version of Double Dragon. I could play through the entire game on one quarter when I was probably 11 or so. This was beneficial as I generally only had one dollar to play in the arcade, so I had to make it last. People would stop to watch me play the game. Then Street Fighter II hit the arcade and the addiction grew. I got good, real good. So good in fact that the adults would not allow me to place bets against them when they'd wager who'd win with what. I had a guy break a Samurai Showdown arcade game because he dropped about $10 worth of tokens in that machine trying to beat me. He slammed the control panel so hard he shattered the glass that covered the screen. I literally almost got into a fist fight when some college guy fed Tekken II around $30 trying to win. Pit Fighter, Kagi Ki, Vendetta, TMNT, Bad Dudes, Vigilante, Karate Champ, River City Ransom and countless others all hold fond memories for me.  So.... I have a thing for fighting games.  :wub:


ANYWAY! It turns out that Hasslefree has an assortment of martial arts guys, so we are going to:






Here are the current contestants. This will probably grow but I'm focusing on these three guys so I don't try to tackle too much as I still need to finish Year of the Giants.




We have "Fist of Golgo" who resembles a cross between Kenshiro of "Fist of the North Star" (which I really hated on NES) and Billy Lee from "Double Dragon" (A personal favorite!) Because of this, I'm planning on painting him up as Billy (or "Spike" if you prefer the arcade version)



Next we have Kado who looks a lot like every karate guy from every fighting game ever, although he does have a shaggy mane like Ken Master from "Street Fighter II" (another fav!) I'm trying to decide whether to paint him up in a red gi like Ken, a traditional karate gi, a Cobra Kai gi ::P: , or something wacky. 



Finally we have Bobby Van Li, who resembles Williams from "Double Dragon." As such he will either get the Williams treatment or maybe some sort of military look. I haven't decided yet.



Here they are all cleaned (mostly) and pinned.




All shiny, pinned, and mounted up. Kado/Ken will have to wait until the Exchange Mini is completely finished before getting his own holder. I'm going to focus on Billy/Williams and if I have time after assembling the diorama, I'll throw in KK. 




Also, I decided to try something different this time and mixed Scalecolor 75 white and black primers to make a gray primer. I work mainly with white, once with black ("The Fly"), and I've seen that some prefer gray so I figured I'd try this go around.




If you can't tell, I'm pretty pumped to be working on these guys, although I'm planning on doing a rush job on this in order to finish YOTG to the same standard I threw at Kaya the Reaper. We'll see what happens. 


The plan for the diorama is the traditional street fighting scene using Hirst blocks and such. This may be a challenge as I only have a few molds, and may need to order some more to complete the scene. This will be fine as I enjoy the casting process and haven't poured any in a while. If it goes to plan, we'll have a marquee with health bars and such. This is probably a bit more than I'll have time to do, but again, we'll see....


Let me know what you guys think, plus if y'all have any ideas on elements to add an such. I know that's a loaded comment as I KNOW everyone likes to instigate things that add time, $, and effort to projects, and we love y'all for it!


Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Hasslefighter 2014!!!



P.S.: I have plans to add Reaper minis to this after the contest as there are some great sculpts in there as well, but I'm limited to Hasslefree for the first go round. I should probably find or write up some sort of mini based fighting game to go with this... Hmmm.....
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Okay! Got to spend time with the fighters last night, and man, it was a rough one! This is going to be a tough job, probably because well, they're fighters!


First of all, I thought I had cleaned the up, mold lines and all. I was WRONG! These dudes have all sorts of casting problems, pretty much beyond my ability to take care of. If I make it to Reapercon, I hope there's a class on cleaning up minis. It made me appreciate Reaper minis, as I've only had one so far that was severely deformed (*cough* Kurff) These guys look like, well, they've been in a fight, so I guess it's appropriate!


I decided to try out the Scalecolor 75 Flesh Paint Set.




I'd used a couple of colors on Kaya the Reaper, but she was mostly MSP Golden Skin / Fair Skin blends with some Scalecolor thrown on top to even out the tones. It actually worked really well, and after working some with these paints last night, that may be my approach in the future until I learn to blend flesh tones better! I'm not sure what it was, but I just couldn't get the flesh tones to cover as well as the other colors in the Scalecolor sets! For example, this pic was after several coats of the flesh paints:




I'm thinking they just weren't shaken well enough as Scalecolor is notorious for not being easy to shake up. In fact, even with agitator balls added, they're still a pain to mix. I finally got frustrated enough to take the entire package and throw it on the vibration table I use for casting Hirst molds, almost all the way up on high. I couldn't stay on high as the machine was dancing around on the floor, and was too loud (everyone else was sleeping) This seemed to mix things up a bit better, and may just be my go to method of shaking Scalecolor. I don't have this issue with MSP, but they are thinner than Scalecolor. 


By the time it was all said and done, this is where I quit after working on skin tones for several hours, mixing, remixing, vibrating paint, and painting...




Better, but not perfect! The Reaper triads make shading a lot easier than trying to figure these paints out. There's an insert in the package that shows how they recommend you do "Indian Flesh" and "Caucasian Flesh" but it's a lot of layers in different places with different blends. It may be a bit beyond me to get those blends on figures this small. I think the examples are on a larger line that they produce and may be airbrushed on... I'm not sure. At any rate, I'll be working on skin tones for a while. The rest should go together fairly quickly as I know what to expect from the other paints.


One thing I will say is that I tried something I picked up from Meg Maple's blog about using W&N S7's full size #2 brush for eyes. In fact, I used a #2 for everything last night. These guys have notoriously SMALL eyes! I mean, tiny! However, I was able to hit them with a lot of accuracy, and the only ones that gave me problems were the ones that had casting issues. I can't explain it, but it really is easier to hit eyes with that large #2 than smaller brushes. Either that, or I'm just getting better....




P.S.: If anyone has experience working with the SC75 Flesh Paints, I'd love to know what you're doing! What blends are you doing? What are you using for different races/ethnicities? For Billy and Ken above, they're basically a derivative of the caucasian instructions included in the kit until I got tired of following the and started mixing things myself. Williams in the middle is basically a combination of Base Flesh, Arabic Shadow, and Golden Skin to various degrees. What I'm seeing is that the shadows aren't shadowy enough and the lights aren't light enough. I'll work on them more when I get the chance and post the results here. I'm also planning on starting a painting journal as I'm getting so diversified in what I'm doing I can't remember what I did the last time! I shudder to think if I ever want to recreate Kaya's leather armor again... LOL! Thanks for reading!


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Okay! I'm shutting this one down for now! I'm shifting my focus for the contest to a different project. I'll pick this one back up in the future, but for the sake of time and completion, I'm going to concentrate on "Target Acquired." I'm going to post a few pics of where these guys are at when I take their pics at my next photoshoot. I'll post it here when I get them  :upside:​ 

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