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If you want to live dangerously, you could freeze them and snap the arms off. Superglue becomes brittle when frozen.

 

The most reliable way to break off a glued-on part in my experience is to spend ages painting it, pack it as securely as possible, and ship it to a client. 

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Tried the freezer - snapped off a wee, tiny tongue and then an arm at the bicep (and not the joint I wanted) :lol:

 

Safe to say I need a more 'exotic' chemical approach as plain science just won't cut it.

 

 

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Another vampire in progress...slow, slow progress as quite honestly motivation waxes and wanes somewhat. 

 

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Still, I'm liking the colours so far, so that's something :)

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4 hours ago, Davros sock drawer said:

Amazing. And all the more impressive when it’s a model I’ve painted myself and I am intimately familiar with the tiny details (the Cursed City ones). Your Cleona makes mine look like I just dropped it in some paint by mistake :lol:

 

Thanks. The amount of detail on these models is somewhat overwhelming and getting these done was more about finding the motivation to sit down and paint. I've switched my hobby time to after work instead of before and whilst I get more work done this way most evening's I've been choosing playing on the switch over painting. I'm working on my infinity collection this month so lots of edge highlighting still but at least they're troop models.

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I think I’m addicted to painting terrain, it’s just so pleasing. Spray cans, big wash brushes, cheap makeup brush dry-brushing. Though it’s easy to paint something to look shit. 
 

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it’s so quick though. This lot is probably less than 3 hours work. 

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I actually played a games last night*!

 

Finally made it down to the gaming club and had a game of Twilight. Viv - who organises the club - is a huge fan and helped Mike set up his web page and is a big advocate for the game, is making a push to get some content made, so I got off my arse and headed down with my Delgon so we could both get our heads more around the rules.

 

Great fun. Just a four turn deaht match, no scenario. Just figuring out things worked. Lots of fun. And now of course I'm going to have to buy more to plug the gaps in my force,

 

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*that wasn't with my kids

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Cheers Joe! Your name came up in the discussion, too. A couple of guys popped by the table to check it out, and Viv reckons there are a few more keen to jump in, so he's going to finish off his how to play series adn maybe get a campaign going.

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37 minutes ago, Davros sock drawer said:

Your vampire lady is great @JoeK

 

Talking of vampires, been working on my Coven Throne commission. The guy went very quiet on me so I haven’t been rushing, but he’s now paid me so I’d better get on and finish. 
 

The main “carriage” is painted and based now, just need to finish the three vampire ladies who sit on it.

 

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Looks great. What a bonkers model, somewhere there’s a metal album missing its cover art. 

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I know right, it’s definitely a lost album cover by a band like Stormwitch or something :lol:

 

I’ve treated it a bit like scenery in my approach, with three individual minis which will sit on top of it. Surprisingly it hasn’t taken that long to do, to this standard at least.

 

I’ve just blocked in a dark base colour and done the eyes on this vampire who sits at the top. I need to start layering and highlighting the skin now. @JoeK what was the skin recipe for yours? 


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Right. Need an opinion. The mane and scales on this cat are going to be dark green and I was thinking of doing some stripes as well. But now I’m thinking that might be a bit much and will mess it up. 
Part of me thinks yolo, part thinks leave it plain. Thoughts?

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Maybe the sensible thing is to do just the scales and see , rather than overcommit. Also - does it pop enough or shall I try and squeak some more contrast out of it?

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I have that same guy, and all his mates, in the unfinished pile. I had similar ambitions, and I also wanted to try a fur texture at some point (on the brown one below). Never got round to it though so at the moment they’re either just plain, or I’ve gone the usual dry brush route - and then popped them in a drawer to finish “later”…


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What I would say though is, if you have time why worry about “messing up” the stripes? It’s super easy to re-paint it, or even strip it if you don’t like it right? Go for it I say! Copy a picture of Battlecat for reference!  :)

 

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And done! They took about 20 minutes each. Black primer with a heavy semi drybrush of white over the top, base of Army Painter blood red speed paint, then flesh, books and silver details done in normal paints with washes just over those little bits. I'm really liking the Speed Paints for churning out tabletop quality minis in next to no time. I've never painted this many in such a short time before.

 

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Cracking on! Rikku has painted up the Hunting Horrors. Deep ones are done, and some weird looking cosmic tentacle prick, and I finished Barry off last night -

 

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Just a few ghoul things and the player characters and we'll have a fully painted board game 😮

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Really like the colors on that one @And

 

Here are a couple of quick models I painted over the weekend, trying to work through the bigchildcreative illutrative style. Keeping things simple at first to concentrate on light placement.

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With a bit more practice I'll add more of the fancy stuff, but I also like this rough and ready look. This face took five layers of paint in fifteen minutes:

 

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Haha, your “rough and ready” look

is better than anything I’ve ever painted!  
 

I think there’s 6 models left in that army to do, am a bit bored of the turquoise metal / pinky purple combo now. 
 

I need to fixture out what to do for the other mounted HQ. A similar beast - orange maybe? Or swap the colour and go green with yellow scales maybe. 
 

then I’ve got one model with big angel

wings to do, no idea on that one as it’ll be on a big grey base like above. 
 

 

 

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