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Hobby Challenge Day 4 and 5

I was sneaky and got two done on one miniature. They were finish a character and use a technique you haven’t used much before. So I finished of the Hook Elf for my army of Swamp Elves and tried a bit of object source lighting on him, something I have not done a great deal of before. Here he is:

I am pleased with how he turned out. He matches the other Elves well but has a little more detail actually pulled out on him. I layer blended the cloth as well to give it a bit more depth. I am enjoying using green, as this is a colour I haven’t done much with as yet. I’m also proud of the base as this uses materials I am not so comfortable with yet.

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Hobby Challenge – Day 3: Swamp Elves

I started an Age if Sigmar army a while ago and went for Deepkin. I’ve not done anything ‘elfy’ before so wanted to do something different. I also really liked the Deepkin miniatures so that helped.

I did not want to copy the paint scheme from the book so thought about other biomes with water. Swamps came to mind and so I thought I would take that as a theme. I opted for greens and browns as the base colours, and then green tinged silver for metallics. These are the first finished squad, they are not my best work by far but they are a good first try in my mind.

The bases were the hardest part, I used mud texture paint and then mixed some sepia wash with some water resin to get the muddy water. I used some old bristles for reeds, some coral bits for plants and some dark brown flock as well. I might try adding some green onto the next set as they are a bit dark still.

I also need to finish the character, but that will come tomorrow, as well as airplanes!

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Hobby Challenge – Day 2

Today’s challenge was to continue with a large miniature that has been neglected for ages. I have a Khorgorath here that has been half base coated for about a year. I had to dust the poor thing off before I started work on it today!

I did make a fair bit of progress though – most of the base coats are now done and I did some work on the face and eyes. It’s nowhere near finished, however I am pleased to actually get some more paint on the miniature.

I have a couple of progress shout outs to make that people have shown me for yesterday’s challenge. Well done to Gallandrox and Mabat for getting to their miniatures finished!!

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Hobby Challenge – Day 1

Over on twitter, I suggested doing daily hobby challenges together, something for everyone to work together on and to help us all try and stay connected and sane in these difficult times.

Today’s Challenge is Finish a half painted model you’ve had around for ages. I have a few of these to choose from, but I want for the oldest ones. Seems only fair as they have waited the longest.

I finished two (2) rubric marines!! They are great, fiddly miniatures and I am pleased to say I have done them.

They are not great, I started them well over a year ago and I am significantly better at painting now, but they are done.

Glad to get them off the backlog table and into the display cabinet with their ‘friends.’ Can rubrics have friends? A question for another day perhaps!

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Animation Project – 1

With being stuck inside and unable to go out, this seems like the perfect time to try out something new. I have been wanting to learn how to animate so the short film idea I have for Fulgrim dancing to Staying Alive can be met. It’s a small dream perhaps, and definitely a silly one, but it is what it is.

So, I did a bit of research into available free software and I went for a program called Plastic Animation Paper – Or PAP4 for short. It came with free tutorials and seeing how I know nothing about animation, I thought that was a good idea.

I read through the first lesson, which was about familiarising myself with the software’s UI, and then went straight into the second. More was taught about the UI, and I managed to create a small sequence using what it told me. Here it is:

This is a very simple one I know, but I am so very proud of myself for it. For those of you who do not know of my comics, this is a simplified Perturabo doing something he would never ever do.

https://abaddonandteal.wordpress.com/ for those that want to know more about that…

Next I am going to try and make one of Abaddon walking. It will not be simple but it should be fun!

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Sergeant Himbo.

I have picked up a couple of commissions lately, which has led to a few people asking me what Table Top and Table Top Plus are. I found that the commission page I have doesn’t really answer that question very clearly and it has made me think what the differences are. I decided to make it much clearer by painting a single miniature to demonstrate this. Seeing how I have a ‘few’ Blood Angels kicking about, I used one of them to do so.

This is Table Top Sergeant Himbo. He has base colours and a single set of highlights on him. There are no freehand details on purity seals and no markings on him. His colouring is very basic and there is little in the way of shading. He also has a simple scheme on his base, in this case done with texture paint.

This is Table Top Plus Sergeant Himbo. He has two colour highlights, freehand details – note the purity seal and decals attached as well. More of the miniatures details have been picked out and his base is more than a texture base.

I did this exercise to clarify in my mind what each stage includes. I do now need to go and paint the rest of the Blood Angels, but I have quarantine here so I will certainly have the time!