Necromunda The output of a low-productive PitSlave

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In a moment of optimism I thought the day has come to start a thread to share some pictures of the stuff I build and paint. We need to remember that it is only from time to time I make any progress at all, and I have only a few hours here and there to spend on my projects. I promise nothing, not even blood, sweat and tears.

However, I really, really like the 40k universe in general and the narrative, storytelling, warband progression of Necromunda and Inquisitor. The constant challenge is to have a healthy mix of painting minis, playing games, reading books/fluff and drooling over the pictures and other achievements of other enthusiasts online. There is rarely anything healthy or even predictable about the mix I end up with.

Being the old grognard that I am, I honestly find the current possibilities and supply of online forums, social media, newsletters etc. quite stressful. I don't have the time or inclination to engage in all that. Yaktribe and some general pic googling for "necromunda", "underhive", "40k", "grimdark" and occasionally "blanchitsu" is about what I am comfortable with.

So, I hope to share a photo or two here, be it with low and irregular frequency.
 
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Mostly my reason for creating this thread now, instead of, let's say, in three more years, is the idea that I might join Yakcomp 37: "You just can't get the staff these days". I have totally missed the previous 36 competitions, which says something of my ability to effectively follow along even a simple forum. The first step - to have a place for sharing any progress - is achieved! Let's see how the rest goes...
 
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I am still trying to come up with a really good idea for the Yakcomp 37: "You just can't get the staff these days. I have a few candidates, but I am not really enthusiastic about any of them yet. I would like to make a tunnel rat type of dome runner specialist and of course that would be a squat or a ratling/halfling, but I don't have any minis for that.

The idea of using something I already own as a starting point appeals to me. Especially to make use of something useless rather than coverting a mini that already looks good. I have found two candidates for this: a barbarian (Warhammer Quest, I believe) and a druid (some pack containing four mages, if I remember correctly). Both are really simple one-piece casts with pretty lousy details. I am not sure I will be able to make anything of them.




A third candidate is a Mordheim priest, I think. Not really a bad mini, my main plan would be to include him in a inquisitor entourage, but if I come up with a good idea for what kind of gang hang around, that may be his destiny.



If nothing else, this is my first attempt at taking photos of miniatures.
 
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If the actual building and painting doesn’t break me, the stupid camera, file management and forum gallery stuff sure will... o_O
 
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The models you describe sound like they have a good bit of promise to either play with or against type depending on what strikes your fancy and seems doable given the bits you have available and how much conversion you want to do on any of them. The priest could be an underhive street preacher or a zealous ammojack preaching the gospel of sweet Lady Caliber from atop a pile of ammo crates. Is the druid a beast handler for the local fighting pit or a successful chem dealer who only looks like he's sampled too much of his product? That barbarian could be the local Goliath gang pit trainer or the largest dome runner we've seen in awhile carefully geared up and using his 1/4 ratskin heritage to "see" the hidden paths between domes.

This will likely not help much on the forum management end of things but my current process for taking pictures and posting them to my one thread in the forum is to:
  1. Take picture on my Samsung phone which gets it into Google Photos.
  2. Download the Google photos I want to post to the Mac in our home office.
  3. Re-size and re-name the photo and move it from the Preview folder into another folder open on the desktop.
  4. Upload the picture(s) into my Gallery by:
    • clicking on my name in the upper right hand corner of the Yaktribe screen,
    • click on Your Content
    • click on a picture already in my gallery,
    • click on the name of my gallery,
    • click on the yellow Add Media button at top right of thumbnails
    • click on Upload File button,
    • select files from folder on desktop of Mac.
    • click on Save button at bottom of list of pics uploaded.
  5. Use the Gallery Embed camera button in the menu at the top of the post box to select pictures to include in the post.
  6. If you don't have a Gallery folder you'd need to start one by using the left hand nav menu to select Gallery, decide which folder you want your gallery to be in and then click on the yellow Create Album button at top right of the display of some of the existing album thumbnail photos.
There are faster ways to navigate to your gallery once it exists and to upload photos I'm sure but I'm not the most savvy tech user so I'm just happy to have a process that works for me. Good luck with the whole process.
 
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Thanks for the ideas, and thanks for the picture management procedure! I will need to come up with an adapted procedure based on the products/services I have access to, and I like the step-by-step approach. I suppose these things comes natural after a while, but in the beginning it is a real struggle. I feel old...
 
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I have done some thinking and I don't think I can accept the druid our barbarian models as-is. So, the barbarian has been exposed to some peeling, a.k.a the Dremel treatment, to add a little more 3D-ness to the very simple one-piece-cast. Not sure if that will be enough though.

As a back up plan I have done some more digging in the pile of shame and found more candidates. No solid plan yet. Thinking, deciding, testing, rethinking... The golden building blocks of low productivity!
 
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I do all my photography and processing through my iPhone with free software “Adobe Express”. Normal iPhone pics are ridiculously huge (like 4K x 4K) and I get them down to around 800x800, plus effects and captions. (All my Zim “memes” are done with the same program.)
 

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As a back up plan I have done some more digging in the pile of shame and found more candidates. No solid plan yet. Thinking, deciding, testing, rethinking... The golden building blocks of low productivity!
Well played sir. 👍😀 Have fun and see what comes out of your process.

I like to go with “I’m not procrastinating I’m brainstorming additional options and refining my approach.”
 
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It’s about time to get started! Today I decided to build a bullet merchant to support any gang that can afford it.
The first steps of cutting and glueing are done.

I just hope I have some greenstuff that still works - haven’t used it for a few years. 😱
If I have to order new now and wait for it to arrive, it can be a challenge to finish this on time.
 

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Is it, perhaps, easier to work with now that it has aged? I found my old greenstuff in the back of a drawer where I tossed it in disgust.
 
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Yes, one would have thought... It seems soft enough and it cures. Unfortunately not even the most careful ageing process in an ancient and blessed oak casket appears to have given it the magic ability to form the shapes I see in my imagination! :unsure:
 
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