I finished two miniatures today, that in itself is nothing remarkable. What I noticed was that both of them are colours that I have heard people say they find difficult. One of them is the new White Scar Marine, Kor’sarro Khan, and the other was the noise Marine:
The noise Marine I started at the beginning of the year and intended to use him for a diorama that I didn’t get around to finishing. I found him and baked him today and I think he looks great in the Black Legion colours.
Kor’sarro Khan was a challenge because white is a pain to get looking crisp. I think I did a decent job here though.
I have been doing some hobby bits for myself today. Shocking I know. A week or so ago, at the meet-up, I bought some Age of Sigmar miniatures with the intention of actually learning to play the game. I have been thinking about what I want to get out of the miniatures I bought and how I want to make them look amazing.
I went for Ioneth Deepkin – or Fish elves as I have been calling them.
I don’t like the plastic stick that holds up some of the miniatures, so I have been looking for a way around using them. Here is what I did today.
First I mixed some liquid resin and painted it over some cotton wool. I have heard of this being done before and wanted to see what it looks like.
I am not convinced how well this will actually work, but you never know without trying.
I then tried another method, which I think will work better. I cut up bits of blister plastic into triangles and glued them onto a base:
I then covered the base in gel diorama water effects stuff. I also built a wave and another base to see how they turn out:
I need to let them dry and see how they look then. I suspect I will need to put another layer on as well, but we shall see. It is a start and I am only going to learn by trying different things. Let’s hope one of them will lead to success!
It is hard starting up a small business. I stopped a well paid career to paint miniatures and the financial fall out has been a challenge. A good friend of mine has followed the same path, she has also stopped a well paid career to walk the path as a tattoo artist. She is damned good at what she does as well. Nansi Twice combines her immense real life drawing skills with the needle to create what I think is a unique look and feel.
Here are some examples:
Now, as a budding artist it’s a good idea to learn from the greats. She has applied to go to a seminar with a tattoo artist that she greatly admires, and got accepted! Win!
Now the tough bit. It’s in Berlin, she was told about it yesterday, and needs to pay for it by Tuesday Midnight. The problem here is that it costs £900, which is not a small amount of money to come up with in two days for anyone!
As a fellow artist in a small business, I said I would do all I could to help. Nansi has set up a GoFundMe and is doing all she can to raise the required money in the time frame. I don’t usually ask for money as it makes me uncomfortable but if there is anything you can do to help, please do.
I am very proud of my Iron Hands. I painted them relatively quickly, but that isn’t the only reason I am pleased with them. It is the largest force I have painted and finished. It might not be the largest ever, but for me it felt like an achievement. When I put them all together and took pictures, I thought they looked really cool. Here are some shots of them individually, and together as well:
The pictures of them together are not the best, as I do not have a black insert for the big light box, but I hope you get the idea.
I am proud of this small force, and I hope that wherever they end up, they do well!
On finishing my mini swap for Vidpui today, I thought I would put up the pictures of those that I have saved on the laptop. I know this is not all of the miniatures that have been completed, however here are some of the ones that I have had sent to me and my own as well:
By Ave Decimus
By Heretic Deb (me)
By Tragic Fangirl
It is amazing to see people’s creativity and ability to make something for someone else as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I hope people have enjoyed creating things as much as I have. I know there are other miniatures that are not featured here, and that some people are yet to finish.
As some of you know, I have had a Reaver Titan sitting here for over a year. I love Reavers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just think they are amazing. The shape, the aspect, imagining how noisy they are; they’re just brilliant. I bought this one for that reason. However, I looked at the box when I got home, saw how many bits it had in it and then balked.
Today, I faced the fear and got on with it. I opened the box again…
The envelope is a really cool thing, inside it contains the certificate of Authenticity. I am going to have mine framed.
Of course, mine is a Chaos Reaver, I am a heretic after all, and so the machine is excommunicated or whatever passes for ‘baddy’ in Imperial Speech. Under the certificate is a big pile of grey resin. And when I say big, I really do mean it:
The body is in the box, the weapons are outside!
First task then – use the instructions to check off all the parts. This took an hour. I spread them all out and then used the lists from the box to see if everything was there!
Can you believe it? I am short one pipe. I have already sent an email to the lovely people at Forgeworld who should hopefully be able to send me another one. However, I wasn’t about to stop because I was one pipe short. My next task was to wash the resin. I’ve already been advised to do this twice, so will have to do so again next week, but that’s fine. I want this to look amazing after all and it is worth spending the time on.
Interesting part of the week:
It is going to be a while until I am able to stomp on people in games with the Reaver, but that’s ok. I have something to look forward to at the end, as well as having an amazing miniature too!
I shall leave you with the final shot of all the drying resin!
This weekend, myself, Dave and Jenn went to meet some of the Warmongers at Element Games. It was really nice to put some faces to internet names and actaully speak to the people I have known for nearly three years face to face. There were also games going on, and it was good to see other people’s miniatures as well. I did manage to take some pictures of people and the games, so here we go:
Of course, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun without the people to chat and laugh with.