Brass Daemon

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Well…I successfully managed to pull that out of the hat.  There was some good competition at the Brass Daemon painting event but dis guy right here got the win.  I am excited that I was able to finish the model first of all, cause I thought I was just going to let it sit there like a lot of my other projects I have going.  But I stuck to it, and finished it up and obviously got recognition for it.  I won a prize and am going to be put on a plaque or something…nothing too too special.

Anyways, like I said I started on a light box.  So far it’s been really easy to make.  Just typed it into google and found a way to make it out of a cardboard box and some tissue paper.  So far it looks okay but I dont have the proper lights to go on the sides so I’m still kinda screwed.  Was even looking at some light box kits online through ebay and might just pick one of those up…What do you guys use to photograph your minis?

Vlad Von Carstein: COMPLETE!

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I fooled you.  Didn’t I?  I know I did.  I almost fooled myself into thinking I could even try to finish him for the weekend.  But you know what….I did it!  I came home today after a great pep talk with the buddies at GW (thanks Dan & Kyle) and literally went to work.  Told the wifey “I gots shit to do, don’t bug me” and look what I can accomplish.  Now I also almost ruined the model too.  I knew the risk in Purity Sealing it, and I did it anyways.  I shook that can for like 30 minutes, tested it on a mini, came out decent and decided to go ahead.  The model ended up looking pretty powdery so I had to do a few touch ups with some washes and things to bring that powderyness down.  Anyways, here you go, for all to enjoy.  I think I’m going to make a light box over the weekend so I can actually start taking some good pictures of my minis cause right now, I struggle to get a decent shot.  Please comment on what you think, I’d love to hear it.

Procrastination…

Not good…I procrastinated hard last night after my blog post.  I’m not sure what it was.  Maybe me looking at the photos, or looking at the mini…but I started to paint his skin and just decided I didn’t want to do much more yesterday.  Instead I helped my girlfriend make a wreath for a wedding shower she is hosting, and made myself a lay out of the flowers!  Unfortunately, it didn’t fit my neck so I put it on my dog, much to her displeasure.  Anyways, maybe I’ll get some work done tonight….4 full days left before competition.

Update on Vlad

Here’s an update on Vlad.  Did quite a bit of painting last night, managed to get some solid word done on his armour and his cloak, but am starting to get a little frustrated.  Honestly, I’m not really liking the way it’s all coming together even though he looks pretty decent.  Probably more to a table top quality cause I’m going real fast on his, but hopefully it turns out nice in the long run, and I can at least bring it to enter the competition. Heres some photos.

Vlad Von Carstein

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I have decided to enter a painting competition at the local GW called the Brass Daemon.  The store literally had a fake golden daemon statue and have painting it bronze instead and are having a competition for it.  Now I haven’t left myself a ton of time to complete this task….only finding out about the competition and deciding to enter with 8 days left.  So now that I’m finally done assembling and primed the model, I have 7 days.  Next Saturday.  Its going to be a monumental task to paint this guy up nicely in that time frame, but I think I can do it.  Here are some photos of the model so far.  I’ll continue posting updates on the painting as it progresses.

Molding Part #2

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After somewhat failing with my 2 part molding the other day, I decided to find a new way and new product to help me accomplish this.  I went to a few hobby stores here in London, as well as some art stores to find the right thing.  As it turns out, the product I was originally told wasn’t available was in fact available, just not from the first guy I went to and so ended up picking up some Milliput, the superfine kind cause the owner talked me into finer stuff.

So I went about making a new mold, this time of a sword from the Games Day Fantasy Orc Warboss cause it’s a cool looking sword.  I began by getting two GW blister packages and took the plastic part off.  I softened some Instant Mold and put it on the bottom of the first blister then placed the sword down and used the second blister to press down the sword into the Instant Mold.  I then popped it into the freezer to harden the bottom.  This created the first half of the mold.  Once it was solid, I took some more Instant Mold and did the same thing and created the 2nd part of the mold but this time did not put it in the freezer.  Once it was all dry I ended with a pretty solid 2 piece mold, completely flat on both side and easy to press down using the blisters.  I made up some Milliput and placed it into the mold, and pressed on the top blister to squeeze the two together.

Best part about Milliput is that it only took 3 hours to dry so I was laughing instead of waiting 24 hours for Greenstuff.  By the end, i ended up with a perfectly good looking replica of the sword, and since Milliput is rock hard once dry, I don’t think i’ll ever have to worry about breaking this bad boy.

Now I tried to also use the Milliput to create the impressions for my shoulder pads, and it did work, but the excess is rock hard and I’m not unable to cut away at it.  So I’m thinking I’m going to need to continue to use Green Stuff for impression (besides bases or standalone items) as the Milliput is too hard to manipulate after 3 hours.  All in all, pretty successful test of the Milliput and new press molding technique.

InstantMold: First Impressions

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Like many of you who subscribe to the CoolMiniOrNot newsletter, I was instantly excited about a product they featured called InstantMold.  I watched the video of the dude I dream of never becoming using the stuff and I instantly thought of like 100 ways I could use that product (notice the uses of instant…ahhh I’m lame).  Anyway, I bought some and here are my first impressions of it.

So I set out trying to do what it says it can do, and what the fat man in the video did.  I duplicated some surfaces, attempted to cast and eventually actually made a decent mold of a backpack I was thinking of using for a Salamander Sternguard.  Now like they say, why buy 10 boxes of something to get the bits when you can mold it!  Hurray.  So I did that, and I thought the mold turned out great

AND IT DID!  Well it somewhat did.  Certain parts of the mold didn’t completely shape but that could be a lack of InstantMold to begin with, or a lack of Green Stuff for the piece, I’m not sure yet.  I think I am going to try to get some Miliput or whatever it is called (modeling putty) and try that instead and see how that goes.  Other then that, the backpack turned out pretty cool.  Now I just need to learn how to do this with some shoulder pads so I can duplicate them!

I’ll keep you updated as I continue to find new uses for the product and how it all goes.