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So a bit more progress on basing and assembling the pile…

Jareck from Enigma miniatures has been cleaned and assembled and his base from an earlier post completed, all ready for undercoating. He needed a few mould lines removed and a good scrub up.

I soaked him in Dettol for a few hours as there was a faint yellowish deposit on the surface of the metal, perhaps some sort of mould release, who knows. It disappeared after a clean and then I went to work with the wire wool.

I opted for the ‘second’ option by putting the head in the left hand and sword in the right, to be a little different from the box art (you get both included in the pack which means some nice spares too). Some additional putty, sand, lichen, twigs and various stones finished off the effect on the base which I am hoping will be a darkish woodland when done.

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Next up I have assembled the Succubus from JMD miniatures, a really nice model based on a Golden Demon winner. I decided to just use the included resin base for this model, which I intend using as an exercise in improving my pale flesh work.

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And lastly the start of a base for my War of the Zodiac Leo, which is a Yedharo model I bought from the excellent El Greco miniatures site. They carry some excellent kits and their service is top notch.

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It’s a really nice kit with a metal base piece included, which I have integrated into the start of the base for the figure.

Last on my list of big projects is a present I got for Christmas (what a present, ok only a modeller would say that but what a present anyway!) and have had sitting in its box for ages while I got up the courage to make it!

Its Varathar, Dark Guardian, from Andrea Miniatures of Spain. And what a model it is. Its 54mm, cast in resin and metal and from the fantasy ‘Warlord’ range. I like Andrea and painted a 54mm Lawrence on camel of theirs a good few moons ago. Expensive, but good.

Just working on the assembly and cleanup, but thought some pictures of the beginning might be fun and encourage me to build the monster. So here is the box (which is large) and the head of the dinosaur, lizardy, scaley thing in resin, uncleaned but showing a nice design up close.

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Hopefully more later!

As well as making some bases, I have been assembling some resin cast models from JMD Miniatures, a fantastic French company whose work is a sight to behold. I got one of these from a model show in Milton Keynes and the other from Steve Kirtley’s shop online. Steve Kirtley is a military modeller of long standing (I recall being inspired by his work in Military Modelling magazine years ago, in fact I blame him for my Metal Modeles habit) and sends stuff in the blink of an eye, a recommended ‘Hasslefree‘ level of service.

First up there is a bust, named Thoteikito, which is a…. large fat bulging alien thing with oxygen tanks. I am sure it has fluff and a purpose but what the heck, I really liked it when I saw it, ugly but fun and should be a challenge to paint. Easy to prep (though all the little tentacles are separate pieces) a little filler was needed on one of the pipes. Popped onto a round resin base from Fenris Games and ready for the Halfords primer. I always take the extra precaution of scrubbing resin models in Fairy liquid with a toothbrush, who knows whether this is wise or simply paranoia! Hands that do models can be soft as your farce, or however it goes.

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Secondly there is an awesome model (which I doubt I can do justice to) which I wanted as soon as I saw it! The Demon from JMD. This is a sizeable resin model which I think will be a lot of fun and an education for me to boot. All resin, it was easy to clean and assemble, some filler was needed between the parts, so I used magic sculpt for that. Mounted on a plinth, I shall tidy up the cast base edges to make it blend in more. Despite being so large its quite light so should be ok to paint assembled.

I love everything about this model, from the pose to the way it grips the rock, to the casting. A complete treat. I feel lucky to have one. I didn’t break out the light tent or anything sophisticated for these shots, so they are a bit ‘as you find it’ but I think the loveliness of the thing still shines.

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So, after an age not updating anything and,  indeed, not modelling much, I decided to devote some of my holiday to getting some models off the ground. The ship has sailed off to its new owner in Germany and I am free to begin new things!

I decided to base lots of models and undercoat lots of things ready for painting. I like base making (indeed I love base making), I don’t enjoy cleaning and assembling models (unfortunate for a modeller) so the more I can get out of the way the more likely I am to paint! So I cleaned and prepped 20 models (photos to follow) and then started on some larger ones and some display bases. I tend to work on lots of things at once as if I wait for something to dry I am apt to find something else to do entirely! Attention span of gnat.

All photos are clickable thumbnails, so click if you want to see more detail.

Bases first

I’ve been working on a few bases. The first is for my Black Troll (Troll Noir) from Rackham. I’ve decided on a dockside base with some water in it, which should lead to some two part resin fun. I built up the base in cast bricks (some from Hirst Arts, some from a rubber mould I made myself using pink foam as bricks) and balsa wood, plus some handy plastic rivets from Anteonociti’s workshop. I’ve bought a hole punch for making cheaper ones, but these look rather nice. Obviously a work in progress with no paint or extras on yet.

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The second is a base for a FW figure I picked up at salute, which I am sure most people have seen, its an Ogryn holding a DKK soldier. I’d always wanted one but baulked at the prices, so Salute seemed a good place to get one. For this I am going for an industrial platform base with some murky water (seeing a theme here) and a grim rusted look. Hoping to use some of the techniques I’ve been studying lately on weathering and aging and rust. This is plastic card, foam board, mesh from Halfords (car repair mesh, 99p, very useful) and wooden cocktail sticks and reels. The pipe is a plumbing part, looking at the prices of cast ones for modelling I decided to venture to the DIY store and found lots of useful accessories there. Lots to do but it at least has the elevation I am after.

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The third base is for an Enigma figure in 54mm named Jareck, a really fine cast. I wanted a wooded, dark autumnal feel for this one, no water (shock). This is a wood offcut base which I hacked at with a knife, with foam, procreate rocks, cork, milliput tree roots and some handy twigs (the larger one is from a treated wood bundle for budgies I found in a pet shop). Still got the groundwork to fill in and make it ‘whole’ etc.

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Moving home…..

Moved to wordpress from blogger as its a little more user friendly.

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Foolishly I forgot to include clickable thumbnails in my post so, to save editing it, here they are instead.

Well its been age but I have been posting progress pics on my WIP thread over at the Forum of Doom. In classic style I altogether missed the deadline for the comp and have decided I have the planning skills of a dodo. Still, must finish..must finish, repeat mantra etc.

Anyway I thought I’d post up some shots of the work so far.

The boat got underway with some planking

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and I built the deck planking individually (insane) from strips of balsa, making nail holes using a bit of brass rod.

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While the ship continued

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I built the first part of the base. Built a basic box out of MDF and shaped the rocks out of a variety of foam material.

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Then I put ready mix filler over it all.

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Until it was all covered and a bit more rock like. Undercoated it in black car paint.

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and laid the base colours in

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Then I took some aquarium plants to bits and built them back up into more realistic looking plants and made some coral from green stuff.

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Painted that and then laid in a false bottom for the ship so it can be seen ‘under’ the water when the perspex is laid in.

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Then I put the perspex in and built the cliffs up further to the area where some models will stand.

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Painted that and added a walkway.

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and did some harness work on a shetland pony and built it a cart to pull.

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Then the ship was completed.

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and undercoated.

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And on it goes!