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.
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.
All of us, at some point in our time as miniature hobbiests, have bought or painted a model that has not been to our standard. It leaves us with the choice of what to use to remove the paint so we can start again on the miniature.
Yesterday, I worked on an old metal Mephiston who I was presented with. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of what he looked like before I got to work but I can describe him. You couldn’t see any details on the miniature. Mephiston has some very intricate musculature carved into his armour, you couldn’t see that either. The paint was caked on, and caked on thick!
I had two product options. One was Biostrip, the other Paint Killer by Scale 75. I started with the Biostrip, which looks like PVA glue. The miniature was pretty bad, so I put him in a bath of it for about 40 minutes.
I scrubbed him with a toothbrush (an old one!) and some of the details began to show through. I then repeated the process and low and behold, there was some of the metal! Oh my.
It wasn’t enough though, he was still covered in the thick paint, so I moved on to Paint Killer. Now, Paint Killer is not odorless, so I had to stick the extractor for the airbrush on while I did this. Smelled like surgial spirit and it was strong.
Again, I left Mephiston to sit in this potent liquid (good job he is a Space Marine) for a good soak.
To get into all the hard to reach areas, I used a hard bristled brush with trimmed bristles. After that, I switched to a tooth pick and then a pin, to get out the last little bits. It worked though and the effort paid off. Look at how shiny he is now!
His power pack will be replaced. It was plastic and instead of striping it, I will just get a new one. He does need a base as well, so I wil be strimming off the strip of metal at the bottom and attaching him to an appropriately sized one before painting him. I think I will probably keep him as well, he can go and pull faces at Abaddon the Despoiler through the glass while the Ultramarines keep an eye on him.
Mostly. I need to just touch up the base and tidy up the rim. The miniature is finished however and here he/she is! I am so very, very pleased with how this turned out:
I am so pleased with the blue skin and how the layers came together. The purple cloth looks alright as well, though I think the fabric layers could vary in colour a bit more.
The gold non-metallic metal has a slightly warmer tone to it than I have done before and that is something I want to build on further in my next attempt at something like this. The silver could use more work I think but regardless of this, I am pleased!
It seems to have been ages since I posted anything on here. The reason for this is that my urrent projects have been taking a while to complete. I am so close to finishing the D&D miniatures for Stronghold Games that I can really smell the finish line (It smells like varnish). They have taken a long time due to the sheer number of miniatures I have had to get through, and I shall be very glad when they are done.
I have also been working on Shalaxi. All the blue and purple is now finished on this wonder and I am left with the non-metallic metal, both silver and gold, as well as the bead chains and the base. I hope to have both of these done by the end of the week.
I have set up a Patreon as well for those who want to support me. This goes far better than I thought it would and can only thank those people for their support here too. If you are interested I am here: https://www.patreon.com/Heretic_Deb It’s only $2 as I wanted to keep it really cheap for people; a bit like a ‘tip-jar’ if you will. It has my tutorials on it as well as some other little bits here and there, a lot of it relating to Abaddon and Teal!
I’ve also got these to work on, and a commission for D&D Dogs as well. I will not be quiet over the next week, that much is certain!
Just a quick update on how I am progressing with the daemon prince(ss) of Slaanesh. I have decided that this will be my reward miniature. For the last hour of the day, I will paint it as a reward for getting through the D&D scenery and the Critical Role stuff as well.
Today I managed to get most of the other claw finished. The blending takes a long time to get right and I am still not totally happy with where I ave left it. I think there are some parts that need smoothing out in terms of colour transitions, however I made a good start on it. I can look again tomorrow with fresh eyes and make any adjustments that need doing then.
I won’t lie, I bought this miniatures with the intention of painting them and selling them on. I am not a fan of the show particularly, though the bits I have heard were amusing. I must say I prefer playing table top than listening to others do so. That said, I thought the miniatures would be different to paint and a break from what I usually do.
They were a break. I was not all that impressed with the quality of them however. The quality left a bit to be desired in my eyes. Most of them needed heating and bending back into shape and the mould lines on some of them were particularly bad. If I had backed this on the original kick-starter, I would have been disappointed with the result. I even found air bubbles on one of the miniatures, which is never a good thing! At least it was a relatively small one and didn’t affect the overall look of the miniature.
I did my best with the painting on them. Some of the details were so shallow in the design that they are absent from the finished product. I know Grog is meant to have tattoos on his head, but they just don’t show up. Scanlan’s facial expression is also a little amusing if you look at it closely. One side seems to be smiling, the other seems to be fixed in an evil grin! Anyway, here they are all finished:
I know the show is popular so it is a real shame that the quality in these miniatures is lacking, especially with the high standards that are around from other companies.