Saturday, December 6, 2014

Eaglemoss Wolverine: Part 2

Hi everyone,

I have continued to work on this model in my spare time.  Unfortunately it is Christmas, and work is flowing up again, but I still got some time in.

After cleaning the model up as best I could I gave the model a grey primer.  This has two purposes.  First it acts as a primer, but more importantly all the defects I missed, pop out when the model is in a neutral colour of grey.



At this stage I continued to fix any problems with the model, and let me tell you - they were many!  In fact, in the end I gave up!  This was just a project to improve this model and as with the Conan model, I was not out to create a masterpiece.  So in the end I  decided to strick a compromise between quality and painting.

In the meantime, I thought the figure needed a bit of a story... and that means a cool base, something that accentuates his pose.  So I opted for a corner wall section that he could rest against.
After figuring out the size and height of the wall section, the next step was its construction.  I decided to build the whole thing from dense foam to keep it light.  For the brick work I will be using cut-up foam from the same material and plaster bricks I bought off Ebay several years ago.  All this would be glued together with wood glue.



Well that is all for this week.  Next week I will continue with the wall section, so you will probably see a post on that before you see any further painting of the model.  Hopefully, everything will be ready by Xmas.

So until next time, farewell and good health, from your devoted blogger Nightrunner!

        NR





Saturday, November 29, 2014

Eaglemoss Wolverine: Part 1

Hi everyone,

Today I begin my next figure - the 70mm Wolverine from the Eaglemoss Classical Marvel Figurine Collection.  This is a publication that began life several years ago, and Wolverine was issue 2 if memory serves me well.  Each issue is dedicated to one Marvel character in particular and comes with a collectible boxed 70mm scale fully painted figurine.  They cost anywhere from 7 to 20 sterling depending on the size - the larger ones are usually special issues.  The link is HERE for anyone interested.

I have bought several of these figurines, and 2 of those I like enough to repaint, the Wolverine being a case in point.  The painting of these figurines is basic and not as well done as in the photos on their site, but this is expected.  The figure itself is posed very nicely, but on closer inspection one can tell that the production of this figure is somewhat sub par.



The first thing I did was strip the figure to bare metal and clean it up a bit - what I found was a bit disappointing. First of all the back musculature is a bit confusing, and there are quite a few manufacturing defects that I will have to fix before I start painting this model up.


Some of the most pronounced defects were gashes and holes in the head!, besides holes and ill-fitting parts like the glove and arm fittings.


After cleaning the model up and just looking at it for an hour or two; trying to decide what to do with it, I decided to put it on a base with its back to a wall - the pose of the figure lends itself to such a composition.  The only problem was I had to build a wall for it, which is actually not a problem at wall, but rather a lot of fun.

Well that is all for today, see you all next month and until then farewell and good health as always.





    NR


Monday, November 24, 2014

The Damnation of Pythos - What is the purpose!

Hi everyone,

I have finished this book, The Damnation of Pythos (TDOP), and I want to make it a point from the start that this is not a review per se.  I rarely write reviews about novels I read, the last was Prospero Burns, and that was not the most positive of reviews.   After reading this book though, I felt the need to comment about the scope of this book.
From the onset, let me say that this book is enjoyable for an average sci-fi novel.  It is not the greatest BL novel out there, but it does stand on its own merits.

The problem is that it was written for the Horus Heresy (HH) series, but it does not add anything to the story, nor does it move the story forward in any way - big or small.  Granted you are reading about the destroyed legions, but these survivors do not engage in the grander scheme of the HH story setting either.

The book is a completely stand alone story that leads absolutely nowhere.  If anything it just continues to grind these poor devastated legions into the ground!  I know this is the Grimdark universe; and bleak and hopelessness are staple themes, but please give these boys a break!

In fact, with a few changes, it could work as a horror/thriller novel set in the 40K universe - and to be honest that is what it should have been written for.  I buy the paper back versions of the HH simply because I started buying the collection and decided that I liked the setting enough to continue to collect them.  I am thankful I did not buy into the hardbound volumes - that would have been a waste of money.

I have also read some of the reviews on other sites, and everyone seems to agree with the point I have made.  So this beckons the question - Why did the editors of BL not pick up on it too?  Don't they see that this book is no more than pointless filler in the grand scheme of the HH series?

Well that is it.  I have said my piece and call it a day.  I just hope the next installment of the HH is nothing like TDOP, and that the story in the next book takes the series into some interesting undisclosed ground.

Farewell and good health,





    NR

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ebay Epic 40k Sales Wave 4

Hi everyone,

As you probably seen on this blog, if you follow from time to time, that I am selling off my Epic 40k collection.  I have now sold off around 75% of the whole range I had.

This time round I am selling off a batch of metal vehicles, then after the New Year I will try and sell the last few Space Marine Infantry models.

So if anyone is interested in starting Epic, completing their collection or starting a new faction, then please take a look at my lots

The link for this lot is HERE.

The link for this lot is HERE.

There are more lots available, just click on the link and then click on see other items or just go ahead and click HERE.

Well that is all for today.  I apologize in adavance for these self-promotion posts.  After I sell them off, I promise you will not see these type of posts again.  Until then farewell and good health from Nightrunner.





    NR




Monday, November 17, 2014

Conan the Barbarian : Part 3 - Finished

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished the this model as well as completed another New Year's resolution.  Unfortunately, the pictures did not come out too well, but I did not have enough time to fiddle around with my camera.

Having said that, the photos do show basic work, but some of the highlights are lost.  All in all, they are acceptable for a hobby blog. As for the figure, I really enjoyed spending the time just painting it.  Even though the time was quite short due to work obligations, but the exercise was to finish the model and not make a masterpiece.  So I am content!



I have to admit, that I really missed painting a single showcase figure, after all the models I have painted up recently for armies.  Dioramas are showcase pieces too, but if the diorama has a lot of figures I don't spend as much time on each figure as I would do with a single figure show piece.  So coming back to single miniatures was a breath of fresh air!  I plan to do more in the future and alternate projects between single minis, dioramas and armies to diversify the content of my work and make thing more interesting for myself.

To be honest,  I am looking forward to working on my next figure which is the 70mm Wolverine from Eaglemoss Publications.  The figure is of really poor quality, but since I started it three years ago, I want to finish it.  Also I don't expect to do miracles with this figure - so the pressure is off and I can just enjoy spending the time at my workbench and paint it while listening to an audio-book.

So with this chapter now over, all I have to say is farewell and good health to one and all!





    NR

Friday, November 7, 2014

Conan the Barbarian : Part 2

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately, I am still in the grip of massive overtime at work - with one colleague sick and another currently caught on leave.  So I am struggling to keep a lid on things; scrounging a little time for everything, including eating and sleeping!

Well I did have half a day off, and I spent several hours of it painting up the Conan model I started/restarted last week.  I finished off the basic coats and have now started to add highlights and shadows to it. 

The helmet I have not worked on yet, but when I have finished with the first round of highlights and shadows, and test fit the model to the base; I usually then go around a second time deepening or brightening up the shadows and highlights respectively according to the need.


As for the base, I have finished up the stakes and painted up the bronze shield and standard.  I have to admit I enjoyed doing these more than the model!  The next step with the base is the flora and ground work which I will add when the Conan model is finally ready.


Well, once again that's all for now.  I will try and finish the model by next week.  after that I will start the Wolverine model.  I took a look at it and I have to say it is one badly cast piece.  I think it is going to take a lot of work to get it up to standard, but that is for another post.

Until next time, farewell and good health from Nightrunner!





    NR

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Conan the Barbarian : Part 1

Hi everyone,

For the past two weeks now I have been extremely busy with work.  A colleague of mine fell sick and I have ended up working over 20 hours worth of overtime per week.  This has left me knackered and way too tired to do much.  In fact, on my free days I spend most of the time reading or watching a DVD.    Unfortunately, inertia has claimed me for the time being.

Nonetheless, I have managed to scrounge up some energy and I have started my next project, which is the 54mm Conan the Barbarian model from Andrea Miniatures.  This is the first of four single miniatures I have to paint up to fulfill my New Year's resolution.  The others being a 70mm Wolverine figure from Eaglemoss Publications, and a Viking and Celtic warrior from Pegasus Models.

So let's begin.  As I stated a few posts back, I managed to do the face of the model a couple of years back.  I always start with the face.  If it does not turn out right, then I start again.  In this case it came out OK.  My intention here is to get back into the rhythm and complete the model. I am not interested in painting a masterpiece, just something that looks good in my showcase.  Below is the miniature in the state I left it in.
My first task was to paint in all the base colours, in order to get a feel for the model and see if I like where I am headed.  The box art shows the model in drab and earth colours, and I think that is the right direction.
After the base colours and some washes were added, I like to take some time to see if the look of the figure 'works'.  I think it does, but I have decided that the armour needs to be brightened up.  With its present colour, it makes it too dark - even though it is more compliant with the box art.

The solution in my opinion is to paint up the armour in metallics.  This will add a central brightness to the model and hopefully add some realism while I am at it.  Alas, my energy was completely drained with this mighty effort and I decided to put it aside.

The next day I did not feel like continuing with the model, so I decided to tackle the base.  The good thing with painting the base is that one does not have to be over-careful or precise.  This allows for some easy going, and that is what I needed in my current wasted condition!

The picture below shows the components of the base.  It comprises a scene from the first Conan movie, after the heroes escape from the Serpent Temple, towards the end.
Finding a base for this is naturally the next step. I did not want to spend money, so I opted for a base I bought on the cheap from my local Sunday market.  The base is made from wood and came unpainted.  After applying varnish and polishing the base up, I glued the main part of the set to the base and drilled some holes into it, in order to peg the wooden stakes.

Now I needed to fill in the rest of the base and glue the stakes into place.  This was actually the fun part!  Looking for bits of stone and fitting them in with epoxy putty to achieve an interesting base actually kindles reserves of energy I did not think I had.

When the putty dried, I started the painting process.  The first step was to give the whole base a nice base coat.  I opted for a dark rust red, followed by a black paint wash.

Then I started with several layers of drybrushing until I got an earth tone I thought was interesting.  This was followed by a light brown wash to tie everything together.

At this point I am still not ready with the base's painting, but my energy reserves have finally run dry.  So I decided to conclude this session by painting up the bronze standard and shield and give it a first wash.

So, that is all for now.  Hopefully, my colleague will recover by the end of the week and I can get back to my normal schedule and dedicate some quality time to this model and get it done.  If not, then I will have to figure out what to post.  Until then, farewell and good health from your fellow blogger and hobbyist.





  NR

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