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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:59 pm

Heats over to the reddit model makers subreddit. Plenty of folks doing vehicles and military equipment that have experience with chipping.

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Post by Blackhawk » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:11 pm

A quick trip to the dollar store, thrift shop, or your own scrap bin often turns up piles of stuff to experiment with new techniques on. For instance, since I re-base all of my Bones, I save the old bases just to try new materials and tricks on.
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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:08 pm

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For instance, since I re-base all of my Bones, I save the old bases just to try new materials and tricks on.
As someone that is just now getting into Bones, when you say "re-base' do you mean you're physically removing them from the round/oval bases they are all seemingly cast with and then affixing them to a round black base? If so, how are you removing them? I've considered it but could only brute-force my brain around separating them and it looked (in my mind's eye) ugly and difficult.

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Post by Blackhawk » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:20 pm

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For instance, since I re-base all of my Bones, I save the old bases just to try new materials and tricks on.
As someone that is just now getting into Bones, when you say "re-base' do you mean you're physically removing them from the round/oval bases they are all seemingly cast with and then affixing them to a round black base? If so, how are you removing them? I've considered it but could only brute-force my brain around separating them and it looked (in my mind's eye) ugly and difficult.
Basically. Although I never used plain round black bases. I used to go with fully decorated bases. Now I've switched to simple acrylic.

Bones PVC is extremely soft and easy to cut. I just use an XActo knife and carefully push (rather than slicing) the blade under the edge of the foot just a bit, then do it form the other directions until the foot comes loose. As an alternative that's a little faster and easier (but doesn't preserve the base), I've been using an edge cutter designed specifically for plastics (marketed as a sprue cutter.) I cut along each long edge of the foot, in front, and behind. Foot's free, but has a lump on the bottom. I then place it even with the bottom of the foot and snip.

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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:34 pm

Wow. Just realized this thread is almost 7 years old! Thanks. :D

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Post by Punisher » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:56 pm

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Anyone have a link to a walkthrough on really quick & easy stormtrooper painting? (Imperial Assault) The best I can find so far are still like 15 minutes per figure, which for me would be closer to 20 or more. I really don't need mine to be museum pieces at all; I'm just aiming for "good enough to look like stormtroopers".
I've started trying a few things. Currently I'm trying prime white, black or grey sharpies for the black parts, then a light colored wash to rounf it out. I also have skipped the wash. I'll try to get some pics up for you.
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How about this? Seems pretty easy...
This is a simplish technique, but it took her 20 minutes for 1 and 15 minutes each in a batch, so it is longer than he is looking for. FWIW, this video is on my list of techniques o try for my Stormtroopers.
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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:47 pm

That's pretty interesting - sort of painting it in reverse. I think I'd do it the way the first person commenting suggested:
Another easy way: Prime white, clear-coat, apply GW Nuln-oil gloss into the recesses (don't have much on your brush), let dry, dull-coat (or leave clear coated)
This is basically what I've done with skeletons - prime them in bone white, then hit them with a sepia wash. I then detail anything they're holding or wearing (weapons, armor, boots, etc...) assembly-line style. They don't look as great as her method, but they probably take about 5 or 8 minutes each this way instead of 20.

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Post by hentzau » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:08 am

Oh. Missed that he was looking for faster than 15 minutes.

Well, prime white, quick dark grey or black on joints and guns and eyes, and then a dip in Army Painter strong tone or dark tone. That’s probably the fastest you could get it done.
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Post by hentzau » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:32 am

Oh, and a thorough washing of the PVC figures. I’d recommend simple green and water. I give them a solid soak for at least a few hours then a scrub and rinse.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:43 am

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Oh. Missed that he was looking for faster than 15 minutes.

Well, prime white, quick dark grey or black on joints and guns and eyes, and then a dip in Army Painter strong tone or dark tone. That’s probably the fastest you could get it done.
Strong is very brown. Dark is more of a gray/black. But yeah, this is about as fast as you'll get. If you wanted to take it a single step further for much better results, hit the center of the large areas with a little thinned-down white after the quickshade dries.
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Post by Zarathud » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:14 am

When we had a single nice day, I was able to finally clear coat my figures for Stuffed Fables, the Red Dragon, and the Beholder.

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The Beholder came out a dark, rich purple from the purple ink I used over lighter purples (Imperial/Icy Violet). I'm torn over going back for drybrushing, as I like how it looks on the tabletop even knowing the contrast could be improved. I do like the effect on the lighter eyestalks, which is entirely from the purple ink over the white model. My other disappointment is that the matte clearcoat ended up clouding the plastic over the main eye. I should have waited until the end to glue on the plastic. A lesson for next time.

I'll be picking up some primer for the monsters in the Mice & Mystics game, which will be my next project. I might end up painting the Bones mice adventurers, depending on when my order finally arrives and how long it takes to get a nice day to base coat. So much plastic to paint.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:18 am

Boardgaming miniatures have been a learning experience for me. I'm so used to painting a handful of figures in careful detail that I've had trouble wrapping my head around getting 40 figures painted 'good enough' with compromises in order to not have them take five months. I've finished two boardgames: Fallout, which only had five miniatures, and Mice & Mystics, which was the first game to really force me to compromise to get it finished. Now I'm working on Sword & Sorcery, which has tons of pieces.
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Post by Zarathud » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:25 am

It's easier if your minis get mixed with prepainted figures and your skills are limited. :)

I know my beholder and red dragon could be better. But they're already better than the prepainted lines, so I'm happy.
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Now I'm working on Sword & Sorcery, which has tons of pieces.
Are you going to leave the bases their original color for the enemy figs in order to distinguish between the different levels?
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Oh, and a thorough washing of the PVC figures. I’d recommend simple green and water. I give them a solid soak for at least a few hours then a scrub and rinse.
Is cleaning essential for all miniatures? I had thought so before, but a local mini painter friend made me think it was only necessary for certain types.

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Post by AWS260 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:05 am

Well, it depends on where you've been putting them.

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Oh, and a thorough washing of the PVC figures. I’d recommend simple green and water. I give them a solid soak for at least a few hours then a scrub and rinse.
Is cleaning essential for all miniatures? I had thought so before, but a local mini painter friend made me think it was only necessary for certain types.
I wash EVERYTHING. Especially softer plastics like PVC and resins. They all have release agents on them that don’t mix well with paints. First time I had a figure finished and a day later I was able to just pick the paint off of it, that sold me.
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Oh, and a thorough washing of the PVC figures. I’d recommend simple green and water. I give them a solid soak for at least a few hours then a scrub and rinse.
Is cleaning essential for all miniatures? I had thought so before, but a local mini painter friend made me think it was only necessary for certain types.
Yes, except for pre-primed (which I strip, wash, and re-prime anyway.) First (and mainly) the molds are treated with a release compound to keep the miniatures from sticking when they're formed. This leaves a residue on the miniatures. Second, you never know when the guy who handled your miniature just got done eating a Whopper and fries, leaving big, greasy fingerprints on them. Either one will prevent the paint (including the primer) from sticking properly.

The process is normally:

1. Cleaning - removing mold lines and flash, cleaning up any mold defects, that sort of thing.
2. Washing - I normally just use dish detergent in hot water. I let them sit about five minutes then use a toothbrush (soft, set aside only for washing miniatures) to give them a quick scrub, followed by a thorough rinse.
3. Straightening - most miniatures don't require this. Plastic and PVC (like Bones) often do. If the piece is leaning oddly, the weapon is bent, a wing is droopy, a multi-piece miniature is warped and won't fit properly, or anything like that, it needs straightening. I fill a large bowl with ice water and a tray of ice cubes, then boil a pot of water next to it. I dip the miniatures in, count to 15, then make sure they're straight and carefully dip them into the ice bath until they're cold. It straightens them and (generally) keeps them that way.
4. Drying - make sure they're 100% dry. First, shake them really well (but don't fling them across the room :oops: ) I usually leave them all day or overnight, as water in crevices can take a long time to dry.
5. Priming

The process is enough that I generally try to do a dozen or more at a time. If I only need one or two, I'll abbreviate steps 2 and 3 if possible. For 2 I'll put the soap directly on the toothbrush as if it were toothpaste, scrub up a good foam on the miniature, and let that sit for a few minutes before brushing it again and rinsing. For 3, if it is only a small weapon or something that needs tweaked, I'll just turn the tap water on hot, hold it under, then turn the tap water on to cold. I've actually had some success on single larger pieces using a hair dryer. I've heard of people using heat guns, but I don't have one so I don't know. Just don't melt them.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:23 am

hepcat wrote:
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Now I'm working on Sword & Sorcery, which has tons of pieces.
Are you going to leave the bases their original color for the enemy figs in order to distinguish between the different levels?
I've been going back and forth. I'd rather not, but I need to have another really good look at the figures. I've seen some shots online where people have picked out one feature on each set that all the miniatures have, then painted that in the correct color (the loincloth, or a wrist wrap.) If not, I'll likely paint the bases black then paint the edges the correct color. The characters and bosses will just have black bases.

What I don't want to do is try to protect the bases while priming dozens or these things or try to not smudge them while painting.
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Post by Smoove_B » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:25 am

I was trying to come to grips with the same thing for the S&S miniatures. I don't care for the colored plastic but wasn't sure how to maintain identity. I hand't considered painting the edge a specific color, but that sounds like a good idea.

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Post by YellowKing » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:14 am

For my Sword & Sorcery figures, I just made the primary color of each blue, red, or green.

For example, I went pure fantasy and actually made blue skinned orcs, red skinned orcs, and green skinned orcs. Also painted their bases the corresponding primary color. They turned out pretty good.

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Post by YellowKing » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:52 am

Finished up my orcs, goblins, and ruffians. Pretty happy with them though in hindsight I would have painted the base a darker color; I was going for a sandy look for the ground but it came out a little light in contrast. Not a huge deal though.

The base grass is just model railroad flocking and the grass tufts are GamersGrass from GamersGrass.com. Paints were Army Painter, and I more or less followed Sorastro's painting guide.

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Post by Daveman » Wed May 01, 2019 1:55 pm

Very nice! I took the plunge and put more effort into my bases as well. Finished the heroes, ruffians, goblins and Orc marauders so far.

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Post by YellowKing » Wed May 01, 2019 4:55 pm

Daveman wrote:Very nice! I took the plunge and put more effort into my bases as well.
Thanks. Yeah, I was going on the assumption that this is going to be a very supported, long-lived FF game like Mansions of Madness and Imperial Assault. No need to skimp on the minis if it's going to be one I probably play regularly for years.

I really need to get cracking on the heroes, but I couldn't resist starting a new campaign.

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Post by Smoove_B » Wed May 01, 2019 5:18 pm

I still have my copy in shrink and people here are finishing up the minis. What the hell is wrong with me? :D

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Post by AWS260 » Thu May 02, 2019 11:54 pm

Painting miniatures is so... relaxing. I just spent the better part of the evening paint a cultist from Mansions of Madness. Possibly the most boring miniature imaginable, and the end result is not great, but it was exactly what my brain needed this evening.

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Post by Blackhawk » Fri May 03, 2019 12:46 am

I always listen to music, an audiobook, or a podcast while I paint. It keeps my hands and eyes busy and lets my mind wander. It's almost meditative.
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Post by hentzau » Fri May 03, 2019 12:58 am

I like putting on an old favorite movie in the background. It causes me to look up and refocus my eyes every once in a while.
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Cthonian from Mansions of Madness, Necromancer from Darkest Night, and Preston Fairmount from Mansions of Madness.
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I'm going to try to drybrush some more green onto the Necromancer. Green seems like the color of evil in that game.

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Post by hepcat » Sun May 12, 2019 8:58 pm

Very nice.
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Post by Daveman » Fri May 17, 2019 8:58 am

I wrapped up my Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth figures. Got fancy with the bases by putting a textured paint on, then brown, then a lighter brown drybrush followed by some grass.

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When I was all done something just wasn't right... so I decided to do terrain for the battle maps too:

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Post by hentzau » Fri May 17, 2019 10:16 am

Those are great!
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Post by wonderpug » Fri May 17, 2019 10:50 am

Looks fantastic! What kind of light box are you using for your mini pics?

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Post by YellowKing » Fri May 17, 2019 10:52 am

Very nice Daveman. I've got to finish up the wights and 4 of the heroes. I lost some motivation to paint after finishing the campaign, but I'm eager to start a new campaign so I need to get cracking.

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Post by Smoove_B » Fri May 17, 2019 11:10 am

Yeah, those are great - love the little details. Now that you've clearly perfected the process, can I send you mine to paint? :D

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Post by Daveman » Fri May 17, 2019 11:58 am

Thanks for all the comments guys, much appreciated. Not sure what about this struck me but I just really enjoyed working on this game. I'm still such an amateur though. Not counting my fancy bases I still don't drybrush, don't bother with eyes or facial details unless they're really prominent, etc.
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Looks fantastic! What kind of light box are you using for your mini pics?
Heh, all it is is a piece of paper gently propped up against a napkin holder (no crease, just a gentle roll) with my ott lite aiming down. Photos taken on my fancy iPhone 5c :P
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Yeah, those are great - love the little details. Now that you've clearly perfected the process, can I send you mine to paint? :D
Ugh, no time. I've got 3 remaining teams for Blitz Bowl on my plate next.

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Post by Punisher » Fri May 17, 2019 12:23 pm

I like them all, but the green skeleton seems off to me for some reason. Did you shade the green parts at all? That might be whats bugging me.
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Post by wonderpug » Fri May 17, 2019 12:26 pm

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Looks fantastic! What kind of light box are you using for your mini pics?
Heh, all it is is a piece of paper gently propped up against a napkin holder (no crease, just a gentle roll) with my ott lite aiming down. Photos taken on my fancy iPhone 5c :P
See, it's this kinda crap that makes photography so intimidating to buy into. Someday I hope I can save up for a nice paper & napkin holder rig.

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