Friday, 30 September 2016

Hail Hydrant!

Greetings one and all, please forgive my absence, it's been one of Those Septembers. The planets aligned and everything in RealWorld(tm) seemed to happen all at once. But I am back now and with a totally-not-a Hugo Weaving to show for it!

As is usual for subtle blacks... the camera hated it but I've done my best in post! This is the painted version of the chap we were converting a little while ago. He's quite clearly supposed to be a pre-Red Skull "Johann Schmidt" of Captain America fame. Hence the: the title. Client wanted him to fit in with some previous Imperial chappies so that's how he got painted. Speaking of which:

He was fairly straightforward to complete. The black is my usual German Grey, highlighted, washed with black and rehighlighted. The leather was Flat Brown mixed with a little black and washed at the same time as the rest of him. Again, go back to the original mix and lighten it for highlights. A couple of dark green accents and a teeny, tiny suggestion of an aquilla in a white disc on the arm and all is good. His face gave me some trouble as the sculptor had gotten a bit excited on the expression and it was anything but nuanced. I had to go back and forth with shades making the flesh feel less "lumpy". But still, he's done! His friend is still on the painting table - and is getting a significantly more Generalissimo vibe - and will be with us soon. Oh, and the long slow assembly/conversion project is still being long and slow. Soon!

All the best folks.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Alright, but dogs CAN look up!

There I was, looking through some really cases that I hadn't opened in quite some while (you know how it is) and found a model languishing in there that I had all but forgotten about.

Yep, it's Ed! Waaay back in - oh dear god, 2013 - I painted Hasslefree mini's "totally not Shaun of Shaun of the Dead" and I started his "totally not Ed" friend too. Then one thing or another happened and he got put in a case for transport/storage/some reason. The other day I found I found him and discovered that the mighty quantity of work required to finish him was... a spade, a hat and his shoes... WHY DID I NOT JUST FINISH IT AT THE TIME? Sheesh. So I took a half hour and finished him off.

I've finally realised what the pleasure I get at doing these Cathode Ray Conquerer type miniatures is. It's not an expectation of ever really using them, it's a kind of cosplay. I like trying to match the scheme from the movie (which is why the shape of the spade caused me pain ;) ). With Ed, he's mostly the beige T-shirt with "I've Got Wood" on it - expand the image, it's there - and some jean shorts. Quickest way to get sculpted trousers to look like blue jeans not just blue trousers? Add the orange stitching and raised seam. It's barely visible in photos but it gives the correct impression. You'll notice I'm not giving too many colour details on this... it was three years ago, gimme a break...

Details help with this sort of project. This Ed is less a single moment from the film but a bit of a montage of his character, the "bench" cap from the electro sequence (yeah, I tried the 90's Bench logo and then just left a suggestion of red), the mobile phone (added a suggestion of buttons and screen) and the spade. I used weathering pigments damped down with odourless turps to give bulk to the dirt. It's little things like all of that and the tiny red swooshes on his trainers that help finish a miniature cosplay project like this. Lots of fun, and now I have the dynamic duo for both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Cornetto?

So what's the oldest model you haven't finished hanging around? I don't mean abandoned projects, I mean something you actually want finished but for some reason is hanging around unloved. As you might have guessed from this post I am working on a slow assembly/conversion project at the moment (which is so shiny and indeed so chrome) so little breaks to finish old stuff is a nice treat. More shinies soon.