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    Destroyer of Ladders Enlightened Wamp vegascat's Avatar
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    I love this so much, especially the last paragraph.
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    Yes, she's got firm opinions on matters and I can respect that! She did query very early that it was strange all the models with faces not helmets were boys. I have a bunch of female miniatures sat in a drawer ready for her to paint when she's feeling more confident in her abilities too, and I know she'll love them.

    When my larger, more complex painting projects are going a little slower than desired, I've been dipping back into my Space Wolves box* just to get something completed quickly. These won't be winning awards any time soon but it's nice to shift another model out the backlog and onto the table.

    * Okay, it's a massive drawer of Space Wolves. Honestly, I swear they're multiplying when I'm not paying attention.
    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)

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    Totally agree! That last paragraph about what your daughter thinks - awesome! And awesome on you for encouraging her!
    Overly obsessed with: Perry Samurai, Red Box Games Dwarves, Ral Partha, and Dragons.

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    Cheers! While she enjoys painting, I'll continue to support her, and when her attention swaps to another hobby, I'll support that too. If kids don't try things and get encouragement - where's the fun and adventure?

    Anyway, back to the miniatures. A mere 15 months after completing his Ogre counterpart, I've wrapped the second of the two sportscasters from Willy Miniatures, the Vampire sportscaster. One small step for painting, one giant step to wrapping up another project.

    I don't like the face on this sculpt, it feels wrong. He should be leering, and the mouth feels a little too big. It's beyond my skill to make it look other than a big happy grin, but there we have it. I did enjoy painting the leather coat, it's another approach to leather in constrast to my other recent projects.

    Here's a shot of the pair of them together.

    Eagle eyed viewers will notice I've gone back and updated Bob Bifford the Ogre's scarf to match Jim Johnson the Vampire's scarf. Plans are afoot to build a nice sideboard for my Guild Ball games to feature crowd and commentators, but that's way down the list of projects at the moment.

    I feel my something-better-than-tabletop painting has come on in the 16 months between them. Especially in trying to build textures. Still a long way to go but it's nice to feel I've progressed.
    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)

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    liking the boars head on the spazz wolf!
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  6. #326
    Cheers DL. It's a lovely sculpt, and the temptation is always there to do whole squads of them - but there's something nice about having them dotted through an army.

    Back after a short break from online activity to recharge batteries and focus on real world bits and bobs.

    These were a lot of fun! Slightly fiddly MDF kits to build, but once assembled they're great.

    I pondered how to approach the front panels, as my ability to paint super fine detail is lacking, and opted to go for transfers. The aim was to capture that slightly frantic feel of vending machines in sci-fi settings like Blade Runner, Fifth Element or anything that ends up set against a Neo Tokyo backdrop. Where language doesn't matter, it's driven by iconography - so there's representation from Ork, Necron and Eldar in here.

    A note for the purists. These won't see a lot of use in 40k, so using a mix of different faction decals didn't bother me. Long-term they're going into another sci-fi project, where my heinous mix matching of symbols won't break canon!

    I went nuts on the weathering, so there are lots of chips, dents, rust and generally a feeling of well past their prime. You probably wouldn't rush to spend your money in these machines, or would eat anything dispensed by them with a healthy dose of caution.

    Highly recommend this kit if you're looking for non-combat terrain pieces.
    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)

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    Love the weathering, really great look.

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    Cheers Ark. It was a lot of fun and didn't feel OTT.

    Now it's on to Hasslefree's Howling Gorvhogguth. Phew. This was a hard model.

    Usually I start researching a figure by looking how others have painted it, to understand the details and ensure I don't miss anything. I couldn't find a single painted version of this online.

    From my old school mentality that any fantasy squad needs a musician, this guy was a required pick for my Norse warband, and it's a real surprise there's no versions of him out there. The face is a troublesome element, and I repainted it several times before hitting the "eh, it'll do" stage.
    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)

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    I'll start by saying that miniatures from Hasslefree are a curious beast. They're great sculpts, but they're terrifying from the amateur painter's perspective. So much fine detail crammed in and I literally can't do it all justice. Pretty sure I've said it before, but honestly ... it could be a disclaimer on the front of every one of their models.

    So here's TradKarl. I had disgruntled Brendon Glesson in mind when painting this. The coat and furs are muted as I wanted the focus to be the beard and the tunic.

    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)

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    So here's Bolverk the Bold, yet another one with tricky eyes. It took a few attempts to get something that didn't look like he was wearing clown facepaint, or actually had eyes where they should be.

    We'll settle for the current look of mild panic, or a grimace.
    Nerodine (blog, WIP thread)


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