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Every now and then I've seen people start up a WIP thread that's more or less along the lines of "clean the shelf of (blank)". For me, it's of hopes and dreams, of projects started, but not quite realized, finished, or... Even painted. This isn't necessarily going to be one of those more serious minivember, one mini a day, or even a burn towards the finish line to actually "complete" the one a week RPChallenge, uh, challenge. That and while I'd love to do minivember or even 99 minis in 99 days both of those seem a tad too... Intense for me. Especially with how often I get distracted from such with playing computer games, longer days at work, or even starting to have a social life! (Yeah, some of the Infinity gamers in town are starting to slowly coax me into coming out to play and do things, it's kind of nice!)
To meet my own goal this year of beating 2018's count, I'd need another "14 points". Coincidentally, that's fairly close to the mark of 18 for October through December, so I figure why not! ...I guess I am going for the RPChallenge bit after all, but I'm going to give a whirl at a full twenty, because I like that number more than 14 or 18!
In short, my goal is to try and clear some of the assembled and primed backlog I have, and focus on mainly getting those painted up and FINISHED. Naturally I'm not going to lock out the prospect of adding in a few more minis to the table (I am more than likely going to be building up a tournament HaqqIslam force for February 2020, which will require more units to be acquired, assembled, and painted), but as for some of the things that come to mind for being taken care of...
Getting Wyrmgear's mods sculpted - I really would like to see him at least standing up at the end of the year Additional work on my Rainbow Dragon Challenge Ebonwrath - he's taking up a decent amount of space on my desk, plus, hey, DRAGON! Infinity Red Veil, and Beyond Red Veil boxed set - at least the HaqqIslam portion, anyways, although I'd like to at least get the Yu Jing assembled and based too Various CAVs in various states Other, smaller dragons! (Pathfinder Red Dragon, Temple Dragon, and I think I have a Narthrax hiding around somewhere too) minotaurs, gnolls, and some Skaven character/heroes A few minis that have become "paint catchers" for when I mix up too much
There's probably more, but still. I'm not going to keep a full on tally of things, but either way, I'm hoping to work on, and finish, at least 14 "points" worth of minis, but 18 "points" would be awesome... Or even more. Apparently, as of this post, there are ten weeks and four days until the end of 2019.
What am I mostly aiming for by doing this thread? Well, by having a WIP I'm regularly updating, I'm hoping to not only get more work done close to every day on miniatures (even if it's just twenty minutes), but also get back into the habit of sitting down and hobbying every day. I really do like how relaxed I am when doing it, and it helps me cool and calm down too. That and, oh yeah, I already mentioned the habit thing.
Anyways, I did mention something else in the beginning of all of this about something silly, well... Let's put it this way....
^I was okay with some of them trying to teach others how to "roll over" and "play dead", even if it meant my Switch is a little harder to get to....
I was even okay with some of them guarding one of my spare graphics cards, and the Mission Models iridescent and pearl paints...
^Yup, even didn't really mind them taking over a shelf in my cube shelf (there are more minis hiding in the ice cream pail, they're in there due to having been washed) - Actually, this helped kickstart me being able to paint again, since ALL of those were on my desk before tidying up...
But once you try and hold my benching rig hostage.... Or you try to do dark rituals around my turntables... Oh no, this needs to be stopped. if I let them continuing running amok, they'll try and take over the entire living room! (there were additional pics, but it kind of felt like things were dragging on).
^So... Here's how my desk looked last time I tidied it up. It looks a little different, and somewhat messier now, but that's because I have a few projects on the go that I was working on before this post. Not all of the minis in that picture are mine (the Pathfinder Red Dragon belongs to hubby, for example) but still. There's a decent amount of stuff on the table, to say the least.
^So here's where I left off two days ago - I apparently didn't take a picture of yesterday's table, but there were two more Haqq minis done, and I suspect that's also simply because we played Division 2 for like two hours yesterday, then I worked on minis, then I went to bed rather tired...
^And how things are looking so far today. All seven minis from the Operation: Red Veil started set are now assembled (although they'll be an eighth one added in eventually due to having been sent a double by accident - Corvus was quick and prompt when replying on their mispack line... Err, email), and bases for the three miniatures from Beyond Operation: Red Veil are drying, so they'll be assembled tomorrow. The reason why the seventh guy doesn't have anything extra on his base yet is quite simply because I'd assembled him tonight. I'm not quite sure what kind of colours I'll be going with on my Haqq, but I strongly suspect they won't really be all that traditional, or at least studio paint jobs. Totally lost on what colours I'll be going with for the Oathsworn Minotaur as well, but I'll worry about that when I get to that front - today's focus was assembly and basing.
Sid's T-shirt was going to have a Union Jack on it, until my one sensible brain cell burst out laughing at the idea that I could freehand it. So he's got the Rock Against Racism star on his shirt and the anarchy symbol on the back of his jacket. I was stuck for a colour for his Gibson Flying V until I spotted my never-before-used pot of Army Painter Jungle Green, and it's perfect. He also has a fantastically expressive face. I thoroughly enjoyed painting Sid.
By Jordan Peacock
Some more Interface Zero 2.0 Kickstarter minis painted up for cyberpunk-themed games (and removed from their original "broccoli bases" and put on some War Cast Studios resin "tech" 25mm round bases instead). Alas, that I don't know where I can actually GET more of these minis after the Kickstarter. They're fairly straightforward poses, with hands held out, so they invite easy kit-bashing for hand-and-weapon swaps.
The Street Samurai is a pretty nice basic retro trope cyberpunk mini. As cast, there's an extension to the long coat that includes the attached scabbard, so technically you could *leave off* the train and give him a much shorter coat, then do a hand-weapon swap to give him (for instance) another gun in his off hand. The right half of his face has a mechanical look to it, and I'm guessing that "painted as intended" would be to paint the right side of his face in "chrome" or "gunmetal" appearance -- but I decided to deviate here and go for more of a "half Kabuki-mask" look, which I thought might fit better with the "cyber-samurai" theme.
As with capes for fantasy minis, the billowing trenchcoat begs for some sort of insignia on the back. I was tempted to paint him up like a Japanese bosozoku (biker gang) member -- a white coat with lots of splashes of brush-work to suggest Kanji in red on the coat -- but this time around I went for dark, but with "Tron lines." (I've got at least one more street samurai to paint up, so I think he might get the Bosozuku treatment instead.)
The MAIN POINT of this of more general interest, however, is with the Hacker: I had a piece of scrap laser-cut acrylic from a Warsenal "grab bag" deal, and I got the idea to try to use it to represent an "augmented reality" interface. Since it was hot pink, I thought I'd go with a pink-and-black scheme for the figure as well. (At least, I don't think I've painted up any other cyberpunk minis in hot-pink-and-black recently.) For the display effect, I drilled a hole in the center of each side of the triangle, then took a piece of paperclip wire and bent it into a makeshift tiny "compass," with one length of wire longer than the other. I then stuck the longer end in the drilled hole, and used some needle-nose pliers to drag the "compass" around in circles and arcs, gouging the plastic in the process. When the piece is put under a light, the gouged lines seem to "light up" in relation to the translucent pink background, giving me my "holo" or "hyper-reality" display effect. I then pinned the triangle to the Hacker's outstretched power-glove hand.
I've tried "etching" this acrylic before (inspired by the pieces from Warsenal that actually ARE deliberately laser-etched for a "display" effect), but with a hobby knife, which is kind of hard to get to follow a curve without making a real mess of things. This is the first time I thought to start with a drill hole and engineer a mini-"compass" to get some decent curved gouge lines. I've got a few other featureless cut-acrylic pieces from the Warsenal "grab bag" that I intend to try etching some more, for "holo displays" or perhaps even Iron Kingdoms-style "runic circles" as additional figure effects. (If only the acrylic weren't quite so THICK!)
So finally got around to finishing up a project now that I am fully moved into the new home and work is settling down a bit. This is the first of two Desperadoes that come in the box. One cool thing about the Infinity line (imho) is that the two bikers are completely different, even the bikes are different. Just nice from a variety standpoint. These guys are described as bikers first, soldiers second, so I decided that even though he is technically military, that he would have a little bit of bling on his bike. This guy is my usual table-top quality as that's really about as good as it gets for me at this stage, but I am always looking for any comments, critiques, suggestions, etc. There are parts in a lot of my projects now where I feel the improvement and others that still show me my newbieness. The leather on the hat, coat and gloves was done using the Oiled Leather triad. I'm not a huge fan of the Burnt Orange for the highlight, but even though I had issues with the blending (a notable issue I have in general) I think it kinda/sorta worked here for the items. It just makes them look a bit rougher, which I think is ok, at least from a table top standpoint.
Finally, based on a suggestion from my last bike that I did, I added some of the terrain color to some of the lower parts of the bike to show that he's been riding through the cracked earth desert for a while, etc. Please let me know your thoughts on this as this was kind of a blind experiment for me. Too much? Too little? Should I have simply glazed it on instead? As I said, I'm always looking for suggestions as I very, very slowly improve. :)
As always, thanks for any and all comments, suggestions, critiques, etc.!
By Kuro Cleanbrush
Hi all! So, I keep putting off and putting off posting with as busy as I've been lately, but I really want to get back to using the forums more. Therefore, here's my newest project!
She's just for fun with no real competitions or games planned for her, but I've loved this rather simple Infinity sculpt for quite a while and finally wanted to get some paint on her!
Also, her base is made of of plasticard and window screen, if anyone is wondering.
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