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    My dad had a mixing trick for old tinlets of...

    My dad had a mixing trick for old tinlets of Humbrol enamel paint that had settled... he asked us kids to put the tinlets in our pockets before we went out to kick our football around the local park....
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    If you are using acrylics, a coat of enamel matt...

    If you are using acrylics, a coat of enamel matt (e.g. Humbrol matt clear) will give a very flat matt finish, but don't use it on the sword blade as the metallic pigments will be taken up by the...
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    Haven't posted for a while because I've not got...

    Haven't posted for a while because I've not got much visual progress to show, it's been endless clean-up of Battle Wagon and Trukk parts. plus sourcing and clean-up of a wide variety of other bits...
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    Hi DaBeebs, I'm with Kuribo in wondering whether...

    Hi DaBeebs,
    I'm with Kuribo in wondering whether the rough resin finish may be frustrating your efforts. Painting on a well detailed smooth surfaced mini can just feel 'right' in a way that...
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    Thanks everyone, I'm kinda stuck waiting for the...

    Thanks everyone,
    I'm kinda stuck waiting for the Ork Trukk now, as I want to bring the major components together to see how the basic vehicle shape will look and whether any major re-engineering...
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    Yeah, and it was complete blind luck! This is no...

    Yeah, and it was complete blind luck! This is no false modesty on my part, they just fitted together as easily as a horny teenage couple gettin it awn!! There's more tidy-up and detailing to do,...
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    The 155mm field gun is now close to completion,...

    The 155mm field gun is now close to completion, and when I offered it up to the Battlewagon turret it just fell into place. It literally took a minute or two of filing to make it look like it was...
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    Thanks for the keen responses and apologies for...

    Thanks for the keen responses and apologies for lack of replies, my home wi-fi has been shakey and keeps barfing when I try to save WIP posts.

    Still sourcing and cleaning up parts, as soon as I've...
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    More wheels might be better for the final result,...

    More wheels might be better for the final result, but they are utter mutha f##ka's to clean up!! Spent a whole evening just scraping seam lines from the complex tread patterns from these four...
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    After another look at images of the Ork Trukk...

    After another look at images of the Ork Trukk sprue I see that it's a six-wheeler (more wheels is good for this project) and also features an engine block. Big bonus, as I'd planned to build a rather...
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    Hi DaBeebs, I still intend to finish Toni, my...

    Hi DaBeebs,
    I still intend to finish Toni, my guess is that I'll suddenly find motivation to finish him when the new 'Battle Bus' build get challenging.

    Early progress has been removing and...
  12. Thread: Graishak WIP

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    Seeing that gargant reminds me that I must chase...

    Seeing that gargant reminds me that I must chase up GW for the fee they owe me for when I body modelled for this sculpt. They're trying to get out of paying on a technicality because they had to pay...
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    According to the Peter Jackson LoTR movie,...

    According to the Peter Jackson LoTR movie, there's not a lot of difference between male and female dwarves, so standard bezerkers plus two lumps of green stuff each should meet requirements! Make's...
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    A GW Ork Battlewagon has been purchased and here...

    A GW Ork Battlewagon has been purchased and here is a quick concept sketch roughing out the basic spacing of the wheels and tracks.
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    Update: Phoned the local GW store... no go on...

    Update:
    Phoned the local GW store... no go on the Trukk, but they have the Battlewagon. After further examination of the Battlewagon sprues yup, that'll work and maybe better.

    I'm visualising...
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    Thanks Gorb, So I've figured out why I'm...

    Thanks Gorb,
    So I've figured out why I'm suddenly so reticent to progress Toni, and basically it's because I've tensed up. Toni started off as a joke, a cute lil' pony head grafted to a bunch of GW...
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    Thanks for all the positive feedback everybody...

    Thanks for all the positive feedback everybody and apologies for lack of updates, but I've hit the dreaded 'modellers block' with Toni. I've been trying to motivate myself for days, and resisting...
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    No Steph, you're the visionary! I was thinking...

    No Steph, you're the visionary!
    I was thinking the torso keebab was just dead meat, possibly Toni's version of a packed lunch (good luck with eating that Toni... ooh yeah. no arms!) but you're...
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    Shieldmaiden sketch looks great. Nice fleshtones...

    Shieldmaiden sketch looks great. Nice fleshtones and blending, if it's looking that smooth in the magnified image it must look cracking in the real!
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    Despite personal trepidations, painting Toni's...

    Despite personal trepidations, painting Toni's eyes freehand went better than I'd expected:
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    I'm generally happy with the eyes, and Toni's overall look, I've not really...
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    Post script to above... I was using cellulose...

    Post script to above...
    I was using cellulose car spray on steel bike frames. Don't use it on miniatures, the same solvents are likely to melt you treasured figure into goo! (and any other types of...
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    Hi Dabeebs! Turns out 'how to draw my little...

    Hi Dabeebs!
    Turns out 'how to draw my little pony eyes' pulls back loads of search hits, I'm currently planning to use these as my design template
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    Got a couple of options with the rollin'...
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    Hi DaBeebs, I've just started using Microsoft...

    Hi DaBeebs, I've just started using Microsoft Paint (because it's free) to create colour sketches over photos of my figure. It's pretty basic and ugly but can quickly show how different colour...
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    Thanks Gorb! After I finish Toni (we agreed on...

    Thanks Gorb! After I finish Toni (we agreed on a gender neutral name in the latest councillor session) I'll have another crack at nmm using a pile of gash dwarf axes from the spares box, rationale...
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    I've been making slow progress of late, which is...

    I've been making slow progress of late, which is fairly typical for me when getting outside of my comfort zone. I thought I'd have a first try at nmm on the gold crown, the general consensus is that...
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    For wood grain effect I use a pointed blade,...

    For wood grain effect I use a pointed blade, dragging either the side or the back of the point along the balsa grain to press in rather than cut (essentially just a refinement of the ballpoint pen...
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    Hey CC, If the hand is gone for good I could try...

    Hey CC,
    If the hand is gone for good I could try sculpting a replacement for you. Do you have any photos of or links to how the hand should look, and can you give details on size (diameter of the...
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    My further thanks to Gorb for getting me...

    My further thanks to Gorb for getting me motivated to tidy up Tony's Gurgling Nurgling. I was setting in for a CBA night (Can't Be Rzd), but instead made a bit more progress.

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    Thanks Gorb! (and thanks BAM) Tony (now...

    Thanks Gorb! (and thanks BAM)

    Tony (now pronounced Tonya but staying with original spelling to save having to replace passport, driving license, work ID card for the nursery he works in etc.)...
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    With aging eyes I have to use a desk lamp now,...

    With aging eyes I have to use a desk lamp now, and the heat of the bulb does dry my pallette. Ice pallette to extend drying time off model plus bulb to reduce drying time on model... Win/win :)
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    Nice change of pace for Tony today, he stopped of...

    Nice change of pace for Tony today, he stopped of at the salon for a nice relaxing cut and blow-dry...
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    New clothes that give a slimmer look, toenails recently painted,...
  32. Thread: Graishak WIP

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    Hi Graishak, Some great work here, and there's...

    Hi Graishak,
    Some great work here, and there's very clear improvement looking through your WIP. I notice that there is an element of paint graininess around dry-brushed areas appearing in your more...
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    Bit more progress tonight, I shaped and painted...

    Bit more progress tonight, I shaped and painted Tony's hooves...
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    There was a fissure in the milliput on one hoof (think I stretched the last bit of milliput a bit too far during sculpting...
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    Better progress tonight and I'm feeling like I'm...

    Better progress tonight and I'm feeling like I'm getting some control back on Tony's paint job. I started with a couple of purple washes over the trial snakeskin, both to consolidate the rather...
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    Hey DaBeeb, After further excessive drooling...

    Hey DaBeeb, After further excessive drooling over the Creature Caster website can I just say a big thank you for putting me on to their work...OMG there are some inspirational sculpts there!

    As a...
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    Hey DB, Quick catch up post to say "Awesome...

    Hey DB,
    Quick catch up post to say "Awesome stuff". Really like your Blightspawn, the oil streaking worked really well and you hit the balance spot-on re how much to apply. Applying an effect for...
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    Slower progress tonight... 71973 ... using the...

    Slower progress tonight...
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    ... using the sharpened tip of a bamboo skewer to stipple in better shape to the patches and introduce some colour transitions. As ever the photograph is rather...
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    So I have eventually summoned the motivation to...

    So I have eventually summoned the motivation to get Tony the undead Pony back ont ot he workbench.

    I decided the bet thing I could do with the yellow and green polka dot was take it back to white....
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    No worries Gorb, I think the trousers look...

    No worries Gorb, I think the trousers look gopping as well which kinda raises the question 'Why did I paint them like that then?' There is a single character in the Chinese alphabet that portrays...
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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I was...

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I was going to shelve Tony and switch attention to repairing a zombie dragon, but you guys have given me the motivation to keep working with him. We've had...
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    Hi Gorb (I'll just mention here that my...

    Hi Gorb (I'll just mention here that my autocorrect thinks 'Gorb' should be 'Gorgeous'... could save embarrassment later).
    If you insist that I judge... I've since viewed your Scratchbuilt Land...
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    It takes a long time and the mini has to want to...

    It takes a long time and the mini has to want to change!! However, scalpels, gouges and other surgical instruments can be far more immediate! Moo ha ha ha haaa!!
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    I met Tony for a counselling session today, he...

    I met Tony for a counselling session today, he said some things that he needed to say, I did the same, some feelings got hurt, some tears were shed, but then some bridges got mended... after a long...
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    Hi Stephan, Oil paint streaking... this is the...

    Hi Stephan, Oil paint streaking... this is the first tutorial I happened to find and is quite a good demo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwVvHYn5BvE
    Hi DaBeebs... Winsor and Newton... forget my...
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    [QUOTE=gorb;878405]... I have a 50/50 mix of aves...

    [QUOTE=gorb;878405]... I have a 50/50 mix of aves and greenstuff, so most of it should file down well enough where needed./QUOTE]
    Hi Gorb, great sculpting I really like your work. The 50/50 mix...
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    Great terrain tip and hey, if you ever fly to an...

    Great terrain tip and hey, if you ever fly to an international model meet Wolfie might get to play on the ground with the other doggies in the airport!



    interesting game play... Our party...
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    Hi milkmen, You could try progressing for low...

    Hi milkmen,
    You could try progressing for low through to high dilution glazes to see if you get faster and better results. To explain I'll use the analogy of sanding a rough piece of wood to a fine...
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    Well brothers, this is the perfect opportunity...

    Well brothers, this is the perfect opportunity for me to show solidarity... I can't airbrush for shit either!!

    Sound advice from LL re oils, however do some testing first to check drying times,...
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    So after a fresh look I think the lizard skin...

    So after a fresh look I think the lizard skin effect can best be described as 'yellow with green polka-dot clown trousers'. That plus the Frozen wings... I probably could've puked a more...
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    Had a crack at a lizard skin texture on a couple...

    Had a crack at a lizard skin texture on a couple of Tony's legs, wasn't sure how it would look painted so tried a green/yellow effect based on the lizard skin example image that I posted a while...
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    The terrain board is fantastic! My guess is that...

    The terrain board is fantastic! My guess is that the absent elements may well be the figures and the game play. Add an exciting narrative with a bunch of intrepid heroes fighting against desparate...
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    Plasiticene is just the cheap kids modelling clay...

    Plasiticene is just the cheap kids modelling clay that's usually packages in coloured strips, key point being it doesn't cure, hence having to add the 'rollcage' balsa beams. Foam board is great,...
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    Hi DB! My advice for a relatively new painter...

    Hi DB! My advice for a relatively new painter achieving this level of quality?... You're already making fantastic progress so keep with it. I know you are watching and learning from (and...
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    Cheers fella! As usual I made it up as I went. ...

    Cheers fella! As usual I made it up as I went. Initially I wanted to make the green goop look alive (initially tried painting gaping mouth parts green, really sucked!) so I prototyped how to sculpt...
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    Quick post of a previous build, related to my...

    Quick post of a previous build, related to my reply in Stephan's WIP (that I was in danger of hijacking). I made this for a GW store competition to build a single figure... I think I mght've got...
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    Decided to sort out Tony's sheepskin chaps...

    Decided to sort out Tony's sheepskin chaps (strangely lacking motivation on painting the wings suddenly). The shape of the legs is much improved though I've not quite decided how to approach the...
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    I'm sat at my office desk right now and suspect...

    I'm sat at my office desk right now and suspect they might take a dim view of mini painting during 'core' hours. Missed lunch yesterday (system install went toes up just like they always do) so will...
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    Hey thanks DaBeebs! It was mainly fortunate...

    Hey thanks DaBeebs! It was mainly fortunate accident because dry paints are designed for the exact opposite of glazing (what idiot would you try to use thick blue porridge for glazing?) and also...
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    Tonight's glazing session got really...

    Tonight's glazing session got really interesting!! I previously mentioned that the light blue is a GW dry paint and tricky to thin to a diluted glaze, and it just didn't want to blend smoothly into...
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    Hi Stephan, Thought I should visit your WIP...

    Hi Stephan,
    Thought I should visit your WIP after all your supportive comment on mine :)

    Your orc face looks awesome, if you're specifically asking for advice on how to make that face more...
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    Thanks buddy! Fast progress was because I was...

    Thanks buddy! Fast progress was because I was still applying less dilute glazes (maybe 3 Lahmian Medium : 1 Paint) so getting reasonable coverage from each layer, as I progress through finer...
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    Another idea... I've never been sold on the leg...

    Another idea... I've never been sold on the leg texture which is more like tree bark than fur... How about scaly skin (irregular scales like cracked clay in a dried river bed). That way I could...
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    Hi Stephan, glad to hear from you! After role...

    Hi Stephan, glad to hear from you! After role playing as a six year old painting my horsey like a bad acid trip I was worried that my friends parents might think I wasn't 'the right sort of play...
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    Grabbed time for a quick flick of the brush...

    Grabbed time for a quick flick of the brush during my luchbreak, and continued sketching in the wing colours, deliberately rough at this time, will build up density of colours and transition blends...
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    Hi everyone and thanks for all the positive...

    Hi everyone and thanks for all the positive encouragement!
    That was a mare of an evening with most of my hobby time lost to losing CMoN postings. Things was easier in my day, desktop...
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    Try to quickly post another preview, this is the...

    Try to quickly post another preview, this is the basis for my 'rainbows' pallette
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    Hi StephanW0lf (great name... is it a nod to the...

    Hi StephanW0lf (great name... is it a nod to the Hermann Hesse novel?). If possible I'd like to incorporate rainbows and skittles with death and decay but it'll be as much a journey of discovery for...
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    Hi DaBeebs, Thanks for the welcome and a warm...

    Hi DaBeebs,
    Thanks for the welcome and a warm "Welcome!" back you to. Also thanks for showing interest, it's already encouraged me to make a start (apologies for the poor quality flash photos)......
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    Addition to above post (still new to the edit...

    Addition to above post (still new to the edit interface)...
    Above WIP photo is of a conversion I started a while back after seeing a freeby 'paint your own' My Little Pony on a kids comic. "Ah ...
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    Doc Zoff's WIP

    Despite being a veteran modeller (I remember when Matchbox 1/76 tank kits retailed for 35p... yes, I'm that old!) I've never acheived the level of skill shown by many modellers of far fewer years. I...
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    Hi Foxtail, As someone once said... Why...

    Hi Foxtail,
    As someone once said...



    Why drag up the ancient history?

    Two reasons:
    1. I am that same CMoN lurker who has looked upon the works of others and marvelled but never committed...
  73. This is a superb 'how to' article and a brilliant...

    This is a superb 'how to' article and a brilliant and innovative example of reusing everyday items and 'junk'. The advice to disguise familiar items to avoid a 'scrap collage' result is...
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    My most successfu glazin experiments to date have...

    My most successfu glazin experiments to date have been GW paints thinned with lahmian at varying dilutions. I'll try to post a fuller description with images soon but I'm a comon uber-noob so still...
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