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Contest Update, Now with More Base Coats!

Written by  on October 15, 2015

I worked on my Skaven Grey Seer yesterday for the Emerald City painting contest. I really like this miniature.

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Once again, I really should have sub-assembled him. I have to keep touching up bits and pieces.

I also need to buy some cork for basing. Any suggestions from U.S. based readers on where to pick some up?

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Another day, another contest

Written by  on October 8, 2015

I stopped by Emerald City today to purchase my miniature for their painting contest. It is sponsored by Peachstate Hobby Distribution. I found out about it the day before sign up ended so it was a close one.

Nick tried valiantly to convince me to buy the Skaven Stormfiends. I opted for a Skaven Grey Seer. I’m just not a huge fan of the technology aspect of the Stormfiends. They are awesome looking but maybe for a later date.

Here is the miniature in its package:

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Opening it up and examining the sprue:

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Clipping it apart:

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Assembled and primed:

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This guy is a bit tedious to assemble. It is a normal humanoid-sized 25mm figure and it is eight pieces! The right hand is a separate piece. Yes, it has a bad-ass rat standing on it but come on…

I actually attempted to paint on the white Stynylrez and it didn’t seem to go on well so I immediately washed it off and switched to trusty, old Krylon. Now to paint this guy up like the ones from my Island of Blood boxed set.

Stripping with Simple Green

Written by  on September 29, 2015

I stopped by a local hardware store yesterday and decided to purchase some Simple Green so I could strip a few models. When I got home I used two dishes that I shouldn’t have used (ask Lady MacDeth) as painting palettes and such. I filled them with Simple Green and dropped in these two guys.

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The black/green is a Reaper 2281 Crypt Wraith metal miniature and the gold/white one is a Games Workshop Stormcast Eternals Prosecutor which is plastic. The Crypt Wraith is one of the first miniatures I painted. I liked the green glow but the black didn’t have enough variation. The Prosecutor was painted in three hours with a fairly limited palette and I wasn’t really pleased with some of my color choices (or placing third in the contest). I allowed them to sit overnight. In the morning I took them out, gave them a nice brushing with an old toothbrush, and this is how the wraith looked.

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The wraith could probably use another bath to get paint out of the deep crevices that I couldn’t pick out using a paper clip. I should probably remember to pick up some toothpicks…

The dish I used for the GW Prosecutor wasn’t quite deep enough to cover the whole miniature so I had to clean him and give him another bath. I suppose I’ll drop the wraith in with him.

This is after two overnight cycles and using the old toothbrush to clean them up. The metal miniature is easier to scrub since there is a small chance of breakage. The plastic though has a ton of very fine parts that I can’t really clean too roughly so there is still a bit of leftover primer.

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Not bad for there being very little actual work involved. Both dishes are looking pretty nice now too.