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By Dan S
Dan's Build Journal #1
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I recently undertook the task of creating several display pieces to serve as scenic backdrops when photographing my miniatures, however being the procrastinator that I am, I have instead found myself with an ever growing pile of unfinished projects. In an effort to break this cycle I am no longer allowing myself to start new projects until my current one is complete. I figure a progress journal would be a great way to hold myself accountable, and hopefully by sharing my build process even inspire others into giving diorama building a try.
Anyway, without further ado here is my current work in progress, a good old fashioned hobbit hole, my interpretation of Bag End. I managed to pick up a cheap and incomplete resin kit (front wall and chimney) on Ebay a while back. I painted it about a month ago, and it has sat on my desk gathering dust ever since. Today I finally started to put in some real work on the build.
29/05/20 - Laying the foundation.
The first job was to lay the foundations of the build. I hot glued thick polystyrene sheets to an old photo frame and then cut them to shape using a hot wire cutter. The challenging part was then getting the front wall to fit convincingly into the hill, being an incomplete kit, the front wall was completely rectangular and just didn't look right no matter how I positioned it. To fix this, I measured out and then cut some thick card stock in to triangular sections, and then cut some thinner strips to match the wooden beams on the front of the house. I then glued these to the house so that the walls now followed the contours of the hill more organically. I also made some curtains using some old fabric (The original kit has holes for windows and I needed to hide the polystyrene behind them).
Next I mixed up some Sculptamold and started to cover the polystyrene and base of the picture frame before adding some rocks that I had cast previously with Plaster of Paris (They are probably hard to make out in the photo, as they blend in with the white sculptamold, but once painted they should stand out nicely). With that done I decided to call it a day, and give the sculptamold the night to fully dry before adding any paint. And that is pretty much how I spent my Friday afternoon.
Apologies for the poor picture quality, I took the photo during the evening in poor lighting with my ancient phone camera. I'll get some better pictures up once I have something more substantial to share.
Good morning Reapermaniacs,
So here's one I've had painted for about a week or so but have never just gotten around to sit down at my normal computer to post him.
This one is one I've actually had for a long time, and it's an old lead version back from the seventies. I had to at one point I think scrape off some paint. I had another newer version of him, but the detail was pretty soft so ended up painting up the original, whose details were so much more nice and crisp.
And being he was a "high" elf, I wanted him to have some nice light colors, no greens and browns.
Anyhoos, here he is:
I've been on a recent kick painting these older miniatures, even old by Partha standards (pre-eighties). I think I'm going to keep painting them, putting them into my normal mix of newer, old Partha figures. In any case, hope you like them!
So just finished this one up and got photos edited. I've had this figure for a while now, just finally getting time to paint it, he's Ral Partha, Wizard from Ral Partha's Personalities and Things that Go Bump in the Night series. One of the first miniatures of that series, and this might be the second version. There was another version with a shorter hanging cloak, and then one was done many years later, where you are able to easily see Tom Meier's progress over the years. This was sculpted in the seventies, in the infancy of Ral Partha. It's a fun miniature and this is just a huge and heavy chunk of lead.
and then kind of little close up of his tomes:
and this figure oddly enough at one point came in a gold plated version as some sort of prize. No idea why I have it, I think it came from when my brother was working at Star Realm, our local game shop. Sadly, as I was bringing him upstairs to photograph, he did a nose dive onto my basement, concrete floor and got a piece of his gold plating knocked off around his hat:
Beyond that he has certainly seen better days with rust/mold or whatever happens to gold plating after 40 years or so.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this little look into miniatures history!
The way of the Dawi-kin
A goal of Acquiring every single Reaper Dwarf and painting em up.
Master check list has been put together that will be updated with time.
Any duplicate model will receive conversion using Reaper weapons.
I like my check-off lists and achievement progress icons.
Green box indicates the mini is owned, the picture next to model indicates that is has been painted.
Reaper, Dwarf Mancatcher, sku: 14463
Made this guy a Noblemen with bright colored clothes and golden glave.
Reaper, King Axehelm of Kragmarr, 77478
Wanted a dirty worn look on this dwarf kind, and a high contrast in color scheme of white and red.
Made a mistake on this one using wrong type of shade that made everything glossy, had to layer addition shades of different brand to take out the gloss. turned out a bit darker than planned.
Reaper, Dwarven Brewmeister, 02559
Quite a strait forward model to paint.
Did not want crazy colors for this guy.
A variation of royal blue color scheme with gold patterns and closed eye lids could be interesting.
The rest of the gang. Those mugs man, are like half the size of that poor little barrel.
Wanted grouped colors of tans and browns to create tonal contrast instead of use of intense colors.
These are quite easy to paint, good models.
Reaper, Hagar, Dwarven Hero, 77482
Wanted to make Hagar and Durgam Deepmug into a two brother team of green-beards.
Just leather, iron, and green.
Reaper, Durgam Deepmug Dwarf Hero, 77400
The green-beard brother of Hagar.
Rangers both, with green rune weapons
Reaper, Dwarf Royal Weapomaster, 77574
There is nothing royal about this malicious looking guy.
Went for high contrast red/white.
I was thinking of possible conversions, I don't know, this is not the most interesting dwarf model they have for that.
Reaper, Fulumbar, Dwarf Warrior, 77011
Gave him axe and a shield from reaper Weapon pack III
Usually I do not go for bright colors, yet this warrior needed some frost armor! (too much terreria of late)
Reaper, Fulumbar, Dwarf Warrior, 77011
The original model with a bit older paint job, or battle dirt paint job ;)
But with TrueBlood effect paint from GreenStuff
Reaper, Freja Fangbreaker , 77073
This is one of the cooler looking models, even though was a bit hard to paint.
Older paint job, dirty, battle weathered.
Went with Conan the Barbarian face paint.
Reaper, Freja Fangbreaker , 77073
Same model with Weapon Pack III axe upgrade.
Most recent paint job, cleaner with different paint scheme of bronze and green.
So these are two I've been working on for the last week or so, two really small Tom Meier sculpts from Dark Sword Miniatures, ones from another post on the forum where I was complaining about eyes. Two really fun figures I think, excellently sculpted by Meier. Here's the first one:
and a few shots of her face up close. The eyes aren't perfect, but they turned out better than the first try before my repaint:
and then here's the male halfling thief. He's nice and basic, with a classic old school feel. He almost gives a Bilbo Baggins type of feel to this is you ask me:
and then here they are together:
and to give you an idea of their size, I put them next to a few recent reaper models, a few of my favorites, the female hobgoblin archer (metal version with nose) and the other one is one of the dark gnome gals:
So anyhoos, lots of photos, hope you enjoy!
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