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I hope it's acceptable I post this here.


All of us are double-crossed from time to time. Life is mean. Life is hard.


In my case, it was later. To be precise: Late enough so I couldn’t do anything against it anymore.


I have been a fan of the Kingdom Death minis ever since I knew they existed. I love the anime design and the anime poses and … errr … kyonyuu.



Anyway: Some time ago I came to know that I could buy single figures instead of the whole bunch and a friend, who owns REAL Kingdom Death minis – and I mean the old resin ones, not the new hard plastic stuff – recommended me to buy some to see if I would get along with the tiny and breakable resin bits. So I said yes. Did it. Went to EBay and checked. Hell, were they expensive.

I was so disappointed and stopped looking, but a few days later I got some miniatures recommended and went back to EBay finding Kingdom Death Minis for a reasonably low price. The seller had mainly perfect reviews and just a few mentioned “recast” and said, that there is nothing special about it. So I thought: Ah, those have to be the recasts my friend spoke of. Yeah. But the recast he meant was a new batch of KDM figures – not piracy ones. I have to admit: I didn’t check it. I bought five figures. 25 Euros, no shipping costs and when they arrived, the first impression was great. I was impressed … until I tried to assemble the first one and her parts crumbled underneath my fingers.

I went to my friend and showed him the figures. He told me the whole thing and I was pissed. Especially because conducting a reverse transaction in such a case in Germany can be … weird some times. Not enough damage done … can’t do anything … on your own … much more money and time lost … I had that before. So I took it as “lessons learned” and put those figures away, buying the hard plastic ones from KDM Website instead … But that’s another story.



A few days ago I was at hangout with the lovely, wonderful and talented @Cyradis (of course not as lovely, wonderful and talented as I am, but still a great person) and she suggested something to me I had lost over the pressure of the last few years of trying to get back into painting: Do something I like and enjoy. Maybe something that doesn’t mean much to me but is perfect for getting back into painting and all that stuff. (Something I try since two years and normally always get the same, NOT HELPFUL reactions of either practice more or take a break ... <_<).

And when I went to my new apartment and unpacked all the miniatures there, I finally found those few figures. They were cheap, they wouldn’t be much of a loss if something went wrong, but most of them were damaged or unfished.

So I thought: Why not make something out of them … creat something new. That moment it struck me: I had been a fan of the NieR franchise and last year in Japan I bought some of the Artworks of NieR: Automata. So I went through those and checked on the internet, deciding, I would make some RPG miniatures out of them … YorHa style.







Well then … Let’s start!

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here we go again ...


Currently the first three figures are under construction.




The first figure I found to fit to the character of Kaine from the first NieR game. I first thought to do some major refits of her dress and the body to make her fit into the YorHa theme, but ... I think that's less of an effort and will work as well ... too bad I had that idea after I bandaged her eyes ...






And this is my version so far:




The second one will be a version of a generic Combat or executioner model, somewhere between 2B and 7E






And my version:




And the third one will be inspired by infamous A2, a rouge combat android:




and my version:




Including her ripped and torn apart clothes:



So far ... so good. Let's see what I can make out of it ...





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Time to continue our little NieR Automata skirmish group.


As always, I took some time to enjoy the wonderful work of @TaleSpinner and draw some inspiration from it. That ultimately lead to a quite productive day on my side. Should have done some housework instead ... but who cares?


Kaine has made a little progress, but she now got her ribbons - which is most important, I assume.






Our combat android finally got the aft side of her dress as well as the cover for her neck and breast.






And our rogue android got her messed up undies and suspender ... wait ... what did I just say? I meant OF COURSE the remnants of her undergarments ... I don't know what you guys think now ...








Then I started the other two:






Have to correct the folds and her boobs. They look uneven. Quite small as well. Unusual for me. But that's okay. She's a second rank.


I really like this one:





She looks a bit like a really nice picture of A2 cutting her hair ...

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Back again for some more smooth sailin' ...


Lately the project got a little halted by the fact that some of the weapons broke, hands crumbled and I was pretty pissed.


So I looked around, checking for alternatives. I didn't find any. So I asked some people in a German forum for assistance, asking for a sword or two, but was rejected.


But I am not that easily dishearted, so when @aku-chanposted some updates on recent KD:M works ->check here<- I decided to ask if there was a sword left or two, to which aku-chan replied.


"Hm - I think maybe I have got a sword left or so. I'll have a look later, but I don't know, as I already got rid of most of the stuff I didn't need."

'errr - oh, noooo!' "Yeah well, anything would help."

"Hm - I found a few swords. Do you need any other stuff?"

"If you don't want it, I take it."

"Nah, would get rid of it anyways. Gimme your address."

"Sure! Cool, thanks!"


And the package arrived yesterday evening. Opened it and thought: Really now? Are you serious? I asked for a sword or two, and I got this:








Err - wow! You just equipped my whole army with new heady, hands and stuff. Thank you so much!


Which triggered my itchy fingers and I continued working on the group.


The combat YorHa got her hand:




And I did some work on her cleavage.




The second YorHa fighter got her sword, but as Combat androids don't use flaming swords, maybe I will use the flaming effect to do some kind of "materializing" effect.




Then I repaired her hands:




Worked on the backside of the rogue android - and no, that's not a camel toe - I just slipped with the sculpting knife. I will correct that later.




And she also got some more cothes on.




For Kaine I did some work on the swords.




And I found a solution for her ribbon: Just did some small ribbons as if she tied it together. Nice!




And our executor:


Fixed her bust and did some work on the cleavage and her neck area.






Then I started to work on her right shoulder part:






And that's it for now. I'll continue tomorrow. Currently thinking about how I get boots on the feet of the first YorHa android. All the boots I create look more like she's somewhere in Antarctica.


Any ideas?

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All the girls got their bases now.












Then the weapons of our Kaine character are under construction.




And 2B gets the first part of her hair ... yay!




Soon the first figure will be done and ready.

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That's where we are now:


The next two figures are now glued to their bases






And this one is finished, I think ... though I think I will redo her eyes cover. I don't like it.








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On 1/19/2019 at 3:09 PM, SisterMaryNapalm said:

Currently thinking about how I get boots on the feet of the first YorHa android. All the boots I create look more like she's somewhere in Antarctica

They're looking great so far! 


I'm not much at sculpting, but for tight anime boots I would imagine putting a sole line around the feet and filling in any toe gaps, and then blending very thin threads of green stuff into boot tops wherever around the legs they should be, would work better than encasing the leg and foot.


I.e., don't sculpt boots, just sculpt over the parts of the legs that can't be mistaken for boots. 


Maybe some leather wrinkles at the ankles and back of the knees.

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A long, long time ago, I can still remember

How I posted some unpainted minis here ...


Time to change that.


Started to work on one of the ladies.


Current status:









Time to dry!




More to come.


Good night!


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Half past 11.


This is what my desk looks like at the moment.




No - not that side - the other one:


I made a bit of progress. Worked on her stockings, prepared some highlights and continued shading. Ruined her cleavage in the process a bit. Will fix it tomorrow. I am tired now. Good night!










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