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Discussion in 'Miniatures & Terrain' started by Ben_S, Aug 7, 2015.
Extras just means variety! Whose it gonna be?? Tentacle Tom or Two Arm Tony?
I said, of my competition entry Leprechaun, that:
Well, I did it:
Obviously not quite finished yet. The last one still needs a head (preferably one that can pass as female) and I still want to add some other details, but there's enough here to get the basic idea. I don't have a particular use in mind, but I figured that a squad of six (including the original Leprechaun) would be enough to have a use somewhere. A unit of scouts for Dragon Rampant perhaps (though I've not played that in a couple of year).
The scale might not be immediately apparent from the above, so I did another shot with a regular human and one of my Possessed models:
There's not a huge different from one to another, but I think it's plenty enough. Even though the halflings are not that much smaller than the human, and the Possessed is not that much bigger, he dwarfs the halflings.
Size looks spot on! Nice group, I love that you just make models you like and then think of uses for them later.
It's the darn competition's fault... Though it just occurred to me that if I made one more of these guys then I could also call them seven dwarfs (as in Snow White). I doubt I'd finish them in time though.
Truth is, I hardly play anything besides Blood Bowl. The hobby's mostly about making stuff for me, so I might as well make whatever I feel like.
That paint mat is interesting. Found one in the US for $20 on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/INTERDESIGN-10050-IDJR-MINI-MAT-OVAL-/273494579060
That Skylander portal I showed earlier wasn't the only one. I bought it with another, in a different design, so now I thought I'd try to do something with the other one:
This time, I had to remove the bottom, which proved surprisingly difficult. (Who would have thought that electronic devices intended for children would be so hard to take apart?)
The indented glyphs round the side struck me as a bit orky (or orcish?) at first, but I think I'll try to pass them off just as 'magic runes'. After spending some time trying to decide what to do with the top of this one, I decided to try wooden floorboards. I'm hoping it will look like the remains of a ruined wizard's tower.
I got all these floorboards cut out and stuck down last night:
I decided to include a hole in the floor, to add some extra interest and possibilities (it's just large enough for a 25mm base).
I also went over the whole thing with a drawing pin, poking nail holes into each end of each floorboard and then carve in a bit of wood grain. This proved a right pain as a lot of the boards lifted up again. I only used PVA glue to stick them down and the shiny white plastic is not a good surface for contact.
I've only used PVA to fix them down again, but I'm hoping they will be ok once they get some paint over them. It's not like they'll usually get pushed or pulled about. I hope the details still show one I put the paint on.
Before I get to that, I'm tempted to try making a few more stone blocks out of das clay and building some of the sides up, so it's less uniform.
I've been having issues with PVA and plastic. used some sand paper to rough up the plastic a bit and reglued. so far so good...
Yeah, if I'd realised, then I could have tried roughing the plastic surface first. Might not have been easy though, as it's slightly recessed. Anyway, I'll just have to keep fingers crossed now.
I've started building the wall:
I don't know what that will look like when painted. I'm hoping that the clay blocks will look reasonable. I'm not so sure about the gaps between them though. I guess I need to find some way to fill those in a bit. Too bad I don't have some grit/rubble stuff too, as that would be useful to scatter around.
I've been going back and forth between working on the portal and painting the halflings. For some reason, I found these more of a pain to paint than the first one, but here they are practically done except for finishing the bases:
I may be able to get a squad of leprechauns in my comp#26 entry after all!
Those floorboards did come back to haunt me...
The whole thing got a heavy brown wash during painting. When I came back to it, a bunch of the floorboards had lifted up. This wasn't simply because they weren't stuck down well - I assume they'd soaked up the water and swelled in size, like a wooden door in the rain.
I pulled some of them out and filed them down, to make them fit back in the gap. Now I've coated them all in mod podge:
I'm hoping no further problems though I'm a bit worried now that, having apparently been well soaked, these floorboards might go rotten on me.
"natural terrain effects"?
looks great though If you've sealed it with pva (dunno what mod podge is), but anyhting that will seal it, then you shouldnt have any rot issues. The water inside will cause a tiny amount of rot, but ones the decay uses up the teenie amount of oxygen inside the sealed wood, it stops. The level of decay will be not noticable or have any inpact. The only issue would be if you are leaving it exposed (and the pva is an extra, I'd have thought the paint should give it a suffiecnt level of protection)
For future reference, if you scratch up the plastic base you’ll get better adhesion. Either rough sandpaper, a stiff wire brush, Dremel, or even a craft knife. It gives the glue more surface area to grip and becomes sort of like Velcro.
I don't know exactly what mod podge is chemically, but it's like a thicker/more concentrated pva glue. I think it's a bit more complicated than that, but it has broadly similar properties. It's mainly intended as a sealant though. I don't have much experience with it, but bough a pot a while back having seen many crafting videos using it.
The wood is only painted on the top side. I guess the problem is that the wash seeped through to underneath.
Yeah, when bits came off I scratched up the plastic before reapplying them. Just didn't realise what a problem it would turn out to be before I started. Once it's down though, I don't anticipate further problems, as it's not going to have anything to upset it (I hope).
I showed all these bits separately already, but here's my (1st) entry for competition 26:
In Felstad/Mordheim, Leprechauns defend their gold much more violently.
That bucket of gold worked out very well in the end. The halflings are great too.
Also glad to see that (some of) those bits I sent you went to good use. (I am still amassing bits for my Ratskins, so it may be a while before you see my half of the trade being used.)
And here's my 2nd competition entry...
Probably unwise to split any (pity) votes that I may actually get but, having finished them both, I may as well enter them both. It's not like I'm going to win anyway.
They still look a bit shiny in the pictures, but I did hit things with a matt varnish.
I wasn't going to try starting any new projects until the new year, but then I got inspired by this video:
Some statues looked like a quick and easy 'project'. Unfortunately, I was a bit stuck for what to use. I have some old monopose models that would make good statues, but the ones I have are mostly orcs, skaven, etc. I'd prefer something more human, as more fitting to a statue, but don't have anything suitable.
Then I had an idea - I had some old, rather poor quality, models that came with a Dr Who magazine a couple of years ago, including this angel (which I assume is supposed to be weeping).
It's pretty poor quality, as I said, but that's not really a problem here, when it's supposed to be a statue.
It's been painted bronze/gold and given a wash. Currently I think it looks like a Christmas decoration! Next step will be the verdigris.
I was inspired by the very same video! The angel looks like a perfect candidate for a statue. I am planning a plinth or fountain with a guardsman statue with banner on top. Just because I'm not going to use it for anything else...