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    Mushroom's Project Log

    I should have done this a long time ago.

    Anyway, I got a privateer press archangel about a month ago, and I got my first airbrush a few days later. I've just found made some time to work with both of them, so I figured I'd post some WIP here.


    The base is brown because I wanted to seal the foam for spraypainting. Then I added spackle paste to simulate water.




    After airbrushing in several shades of grey.




    I'm very pleased with how the cliff face came out.


    And here's a random piece of foam terrain that has been waiting for paint for nearly two years. (I needed to use up my thinned out paint on something...)

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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    Oooo that looks really interesting! I don't normally care for privateer press but I guess big dragon like monsters are always appealing! That's a really nice base you've made for it I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!
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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    So! For the past month or so I have been...

    (1) Taking Final Exams
    (2) Travelling in Central America
    (3) Taking a Summer Class "Bootcamp" style (one week, 9am-5pm daily, take-home exam at the end)
    (4) Writing a submission for the school's law journal (hopefully I will be published this year)

    I finally got a chance to come back to this model. The base is almost done. I'll need to run to a craft store and pick up some scale flowers, and then I'll hit the Archangel's leg with a few more coats of paint, clean it up a little and it will be done.



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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    looks good! I'm excited to see how it goes!

    Where in central america did you go? Sounds like a fun, if not busy time!
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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    Ooh, nice base!
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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    Today's progress:









    Quote Originally Posted by Kisanis View Post
    looks good! I'm excited to see how it goes!

    Where in central america did you go? Sounds like a fun, if not busy time!
    Belize and Guatemala. It was a very interesting trip. Belize is where we spent most of our time, and it's much more travel friendly than Guatemala. Both countries had small pockets of thoroughly developed areas, complete with beautiful (expensive) houses, WiFi and smartphone support.

    But once you get away from the Caribbean coastline, even Belize had a very 'developing country' feel to it. It really put some things in perspective for me. Our hobby could only happen in a thoroughly modern economy. Many of the people we met were 'dispossessed' so to speak. They have naught. Naught but farmland in the jungle, scorched by wildfires; a bicycle to get to the marketplace in town; a shack with a corrugated tin roof to live in; and no public education. And yet, many of them appeared to live wholesome lives. ... ... We have a strikingly material hobby.

    EDIT: We went to some Maya temples in Guatemala at 4 AM to watch the sun rise. Here are some pics, for any lizardmen/necron players looking for some terrain inspiration.







    (Also, Howler Monkeys makes the ******** scariest sounds on earth. Like some sort of hellspawn. If I were a conquistador in the 1500s trying to cross through the Caribbean jungle late at night, I'd be scared for my life. Scared *****less. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vxlnZ8BihI Disclaimer: Not my video.)

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    Ooh, nice base!
    Thank you!

    EDIT: What color should I make the spines and the chitin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaryscarymushroom View Post
    EDIT: What color should I make the spines and the chitin?
    Dark turquoise.

    Glad to see the thing is not staying entirely grey, because that always makes it awkward. Is it painted yet, is it not... Far easier to tell this way.
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    Ah, now you have a log! I should probably start one...

    Anyways, I like the base! Nice use of spackle. What is the stone pillar made of? Did it come with the mini? I know so little about PP products.

    Curious: Did you have guards with you when you were in Guatemala? My grandparents went last summer and had a security escort. Apparently it's a major drug trafficking hub now and somewhat dangerous.
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    Wow, looking good already.

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    Looks good, as do the pics of the holiday
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    Great looking miniature, the base is especially impressive! How did you do that water? In the first pictures it look like silicone putty but then you've applied a layer of coloured transparent resin haven't you? However you did it it looks really, really good.

    On a sidenote I'm also a bit envious of your vacation, even though I always get flashbacks from the movie "The ruins" when I see Mayan ruins...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorNorton View Post
    Dark turquoise.
    You got it, dude!

    Quote Originally Posted by Caiphas Cain View Post
    Anyways, I like the base! Nice use of spackle. What is the stone pillar made of? Did it come with the mini? I know so little about PP products.

    Curious: Did you have guards with you when you were in Guatemala? My grandparents went last summer and had a security escort. Apparently it's a major drug trafficking hub now and somewhat dangerous.
    To your first question: Yes, it is a part of the miniature. Here is the original.

    To your second question: no security detail. I heard about the drugs too, but my cousin (works for a public health non-profit in southern Guatemala) says that it's more a problem in central and southern Guatemala. I was in the northern half, which is about 80% national parks. We were warned about pickpockets at the border, that's the most nervous I was about being the target of a crime.

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    Wow, looking good already.
    Quote Originally Posted by shelfunit. View Post
    Looks good, as do the pics of the holiday
    Quote Originally Posted by Azendral View Post
    Great looking miniature, the base is especially impressive! How did you do that water?
    The water texture was done with spackle paste. I used a blade to make the choppy effect and stir it up a little. The color was done with a couple layers of blue and green paint, and then I loosely applied some glossy blue and green testors oil paints on top of that. The tips of the waves are simple white acrylic.

    Thank you all very much for the compliments.

    Today's progress is minimal, and I finished a little after midnight so the lighting is poor. Sorry.

    I made the wings a greenish fleshy color. Since I finished painting them, I've decided that the highlights are much too sharp. I'll come back to that and blend it down a little tomorrow.

    Also, I filled in lots of gaps with green stuff, including the shoulders. I'll need to come back and paint over the GS when I get back to it.

    Coming together!



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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    It is looking really impressive! The base is very nicely done.
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    *The next morning.*

    The green in the wings brings out the green hues in the tan I used for his flesh. I don't like it. I'm going to change it so there's more contrast and it doesn't make it look muddy. I'm probably also going to make the dark turquoise a dark bluish turquoise.

    I also have more gap filling to do. Not sure what happened last night.



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    Just out of interest - how heavy is that thing? How much (if any) pinning did it take, and how stable does it seem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfunit. View Post
    Just out of interest - how heavy is that thing? How much (if any) pinning did it take, and how stable does it seem?
    Sorry it took so long to respond - I didn't see this until today!

    It's probably just over 1 pound. I needed to do very little pinning. There's one pin right beneath his torso going into the obelisk, just because I wanted the added protection in case it got whacked while I was gaming with it. Actually, it's the only joint I'm really worried about. Even the tail, which comes in two parts and coils around the model, seems to be very stable.

    Today's work:





    I took the wings off and I'm going to change their color.
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    Very Good airbrush work!

    I'm excited to see the final product!
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    Re: Mushroom's Project Log

    After my summer classes started, I had no time to work on the Archangel, and it sort of fell by the wayside... It's still sitting on top of my desk and I will get to finishing it sometime soon.

    On Friday afternoon I started going crazy. Deciding I needed some hobby time, I worked on a terrain project that has been "In progress" now for about a year...

    Resin cast walls!


    The wall in a mold box.

    Better view of the mold box.

    The materials needed.

    The rubber with catalyst added.

    Mixing!

    Pouring the rubber.

    About three minutes after pouring the rubber into the mold, I discovered that my mold block wasn't properly glued down to the MDF base, leaving a space where liquid rubber could escape. So I grabbed the hot-glue gun, wiped up the rubber, and quickly did some gap sealing.

    The next time I try this, I think I will glue the sides of the mold box down to a piece of plastic wrap (so I can ensure there are no gaps). Lesson learned!


    The next morning, I tore the mold box apart, pulled out the mold, and popped out the master.

    Each of these walls took about 10 minutes to make. Each of them have a base of 3/4" x 4", the same as a Warmachine Wall template. They're about 7/8" tall.

    I have nearly enough resin left to make about 20 more. I'm not going to do that though, I think I'm going to make a mold so I can pop out some nice-looking 30mm base inserts without spending too much time on the details.
    Last edited by Scaryscarymushroom; 02-09-2013 at 22:05.
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    Oh my God, it paints.

    I'm very excited about this log. Amazing progress so far. Subbed!

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