Paint some bloody Warhammer

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    1. Cheers! The Bushido sculpts aren’t horrible in terms of their details, but when the pieces blatantly don’t fit together (which has always been a problem with multi-part metal sculpts) that is no good. The other annoyance is that metal swords are very difficult to keep straight and looking nice so that could be a problem as well. Hope that info on my experience with Bushido sculpts helps you make the right decision for you, mate.

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  1. I had a similar experience with Mantic. However I still still have some sculpts from them that I intend to use as tribesmen from the Icebsy of Forochel and I hope they will not be too disappointing to work on. I still think you might enjoy Battle Companies.

    Considering the excellent sculpting quality of the more recent plastic multi-part plastic kits from various historical lines and your rich imagination you might consider kitbashing figures for Middle Earth proxies. Creating your own Rohan, Orc or Haradrim from Victrix/Perry/Wargames Atlantic might suit you. The crisp sculpting on the Victrix Vikings is particularly impressive and their Normans due for release soon are expected to be of the same quality.

    Your Super Mutant Master is superb! I do not think it is too drab, rather it is sublimely subtle. Which works for me. You bring Fallout to life.

    As for money spent, as long as you learn from it the money is not wasted. Such is the way of hobby spending. Recover what you can, perhaps on eBay, and do not best yourself up. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. One in the hand is better than two in the bush. A rolling stone gathers no moss. Etc, etc so on and so forth.

    Chin up mate and let us all hope for better things in the coming days.

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    1. The Northern Alliance sculpts do look pretty solid to me if those are what you’re planning on using for BC. You might be right on Battle Companies. I will definitely keep that in mind if I get the urge to pick up a second game again. Even if I chipped away at LOTR minis here and there, I know I’d enjoy that. I have a decent collection of them as it is too.

      I’ve been thinking about painting something Roman using Victrix’s sculpt. The fact that they’re plastic and look high quality is very tempting indeed. That is also a future project with some potential, I’d say πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the kind words on the painting and I’m glad that you like the Master. I’m certainly proud of the skin and face which came out quite nicely. I can’t wait to see him in a battle report but I better finish the tutorial scenarios first.

      I probably won’t be able to sell the Mantic stuff as it doesn’t have much of an audience in the US and I don’t like to mess selling stuff on eBay unless it is worth around $50 as it doesn’t feel worth the hassle. Thankfully, I used some Christmas money on it so it doesn’t feel like as big of a loss as it might have otherwise. I will certainly give it my best effort to get things turned around and get some hobby momentum going again. We’ll see what this week brings πŸ™‚

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  2. Very nicely painted minis and I agree with Mark, paint what you love, the rest will take care of itself. If it is any consolation I recently spent a lot of money on some figures only to be very disappointed. Over a great many years I have like most of us I suspect identified my preferred manufactures. A small list of companies which I can rely on for quality of product and service. As much as I can I stick with them because they do not disappoint. The problem of course is they don’t always do that something you sometimes want. Thereafter it is a gamble and like you I just lost a fair amount of money. Sadly it will inevitably happen again but there are wins too and I have added to my list of great companies as well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Cheers and I appreciate your perspective on this a great deal. Anytime you feel like you’ve wasted money, you feel a bit foolish and maybe a bit ashamed to have misspent something but you’re right that if you don’t try different things, you don’t know what you like and what works for you. I should chalk this up as a lesson of that and go focus on the things I know will work for me.

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  3. Nice mutant and roaches! πŸ™‚ Shame about the Vanguard and Bushido minis. I think we’ve all suffered some disappointment with minis at some time or another. One option for Vanguard would be to paint the figures anyway so you can enjoy the game and don’t worry that they’re not up to scratch (the minis, not your painting)! I still use my German and Russian WW2 stuff painted in the 80s because I’ve got them and they were the best I could do at the time even though I’d paint everything differently now! The bottom line is always to enjoy what you’re doing! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks as always for the kind words, John! That is a good approach with the Vanguard minis. I still have the box of them kicking around (unlike the Bushido ones which are in the bin) so I could certainly give that a try. For some reason, I’ve become stuck in my ways and tend to paint slower and slower to try and constantly improve and achieve perfection so thinking about how I can paint some stuff fast would be a totally different mindset for me but I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t adapt πŸ™‚ I will definitely focus on projects that I enjoy in 2021 and I’ve not been afraid to drop something or change gears if it turns out that I no longer am enjoying it so I will make that same commitment for the future.

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  4. Really like the Mutant King. He looks fairly radiates due to the green colour scheme. If you want to use a restricted palette, you can always try to get contrast via texture or warm / cold versions of colour e. g. a green with a blue or red bias or a yellow with a green or red bias.

    If you are looking for high quality boutique miniatures, check out anything Boris WoΕ‚oszyn sculpts. There is also a Patreon where you get a mini a month and some sculpting tutorials.

    https://www.artstation.com/boriswoloszyn

    https://www.patreon.com/boriswoloszyn

    Another idea would be to go down the 3D printing route. I love Loot Studios, as they make very nicely detailed and proportioned sculpts. You can also print them in 32mm or 75mm.

    https://www.loot-studios.com/

    Maybe look for Samurai in a larger scale. Those will be much better for a Diorama. Maybe Andrea Miniatures has something you like.

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    1. That is excellent advice on the contrasting colors and something I wish I had slowed down to consider a bit more. I had not heard of Boris Woloszyn but that seems like a cool idea and I like the style of his sculpts quite a bit. I will definitely keep that in mind.

      Moving up to a larger scale for samurai might actually by my best bet to find a high quality sculpt. The tiny details in the armor would work better at a higher scale. I’ve seem some great Andrea and Pegaso sculpts so maybe that is the direction I will go in for those.

      I appreciate all of the suggestions you provided. I wouldn’t have thought of any of these and that is one of the great values (in my opinion anyway) of being a part of the online blogging community πŸ™‚

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      1. You are very welcome. I think Blogs still offer the opportunity to get into slightly longer conversations without the time pressure of constantly changing timelines. The ephemeral nature of more hectic platforms is also a tad frustrating. So while there might be a move to other social media I think it is worth it to come back to WP and slow down a bit.

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      2. I couldn’t agree more. I enjoy having Instagram overall but the depth of feedback you get there and even the frequency are both less than ideal and often from total strangers which is not terribly helpful. I think WP is a better way to exchange ideas and get feedback as a result too.

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  5. Great work on the painting things, thanks for the heads up on Bushido, I was going to do a Samurai diorama and was considering them. As people have said Paint what you enjoy. I might have a go at printing something for the Samurai idea.

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    1. Cheers, mate! And in regards to Bushido, the fact that they’re metal and multi-part is discouraging. GW couldn’t even make metal minis without issues so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. I’d definitely try printing some samurai on your own first and see what you come up with. That would certainly be easier and faster than fiddling around with metal sculpts!

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  6. Shame about the money, but maybe you can use parts of the models by kitbashing them with other figures or use as corpses, etc. It is discouraging to see cad mock-ups that look great but fail in the casting process. I think that is part of the reason I don’t do kick-starters, I need to see how the figures look before buying, either by seeing blogs on the them or even rarer, in person. Unfortunately, that is harder and harder to do. One of the few game stores in the area couldn’t survive Covid restrictions and is no longer, partly unable to pay the rent, partly people unable to go and play games and partly the owner was at the age where didn’t feel it was worth the effort anymore. The one game store I do go to has only limited shelf space that GW seems to eat the majority of because that is what sells.

    As mentioned above, paint what you enjoy!

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    1. I don’t kitbash almost ever but it is a skill I should develop so maybe some of these can be used for that. I might also donate or give them away to anybody who wants them. I agree that cad mock-ups are something to be skeptical of. They often seem to be used by small companies to make their minis look better than they are.

      There is a local board game and miniature shop near me which is where I prefer to buy paint because its way cheaper but I have to take the train to go there because there is no parking nearby (even if it is a 15 minute drive from my house). Obviously with COVID, I don’t take the train. Also, since the store is quite cramped, I’ve not felt safe going in there either so I’ve had to order paint for much higher prices online which is not ideal. I feel bad not supporting them more but if you can’t do it and be safe, what can you do? Hopefully some local game stores survive all this. I have a feeling when things do get back to normal, life will look quite a bit different…

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  7. Nicely painted mutant; he certainly looks mean with that sledge hammer and congrats on getting your first miniature completed for 2021. That is one more than I’ve completed thus far! πŸ™‚

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      1. Haha, oh I don’t know, I’ve been working on the pig demon, but he’s proving notoriously fiddly and I’m also trying out some things I’ve never done before or haven’t done much. I’m working on getting him done by the end of the month but I’m having my doubts. I might have to paint something small and easy just so I have something to show at the end of my month for the challenge, lol. πŸ™‚

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  8. If you’re eager to take your display painting further this year, I encourage you to take a crack at some larger scale figures. Even just a jump to 54mm grants a lot more scope for texture, nuance, dramatic lighting, etc.
    Keep up the good work, bud!

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    1. Cheers Toad and your advice is extremely sound. Getting myself motivated to try might be difficult but I will take this under consideration and see if I can’t get some kind of larger scale project going this year. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re working on too. I can only imagine you’ve got some impressive projects planned for the near future!

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  9. Great work on the Super Mutant Master! The Radroaches look good too. I think having one ‘glowing’ version would indeed be cool.

    Sorry to hear that the mini quality from Vanguard disappointed you. Looking forward to all the other projects you’ll work on in 2021 though. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you sir! I’m glad to hear the minis look good to your eyes and hopefully the glowing ones turn out well. I think there’s a good chance I’ll play around with the glowing roaches when I need a break from the 40k mini. I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year as well πŸ™‚

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  10. Oohhhh, I hate it when I waste money on miniatures like that; though it does happen from time to time. I once invested in some dark ages figures from Wargames Factory that were absolute trash, even by my own low standards. πŸ˜€

    The Fallout stuff continues to look great and all match in tone which I think is important. And I think you’re revised goals are great; paint the fallout stuff for the gaming fix, LOTR for gaming and creativity, and the random GW (or there has to be other alternatives but I don’t know what they could be since I paint just to put miniatures on the table that look good from the next room over) to push the paint skills. πŸ˜€

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    1. It does make me feel better and like less of a fool of a Took to know many others have had this happen to them. I have not heard almost any good things about Wargames Factory, so I can only imagine what those must have been like.

      The goals sound good and I think for at least a while, I need to stay in my lane and focus on what I know I enjoy and can be successful with. I might even finally get around to painting up some stuff needed to game in MESBG this year. I’m starting to feel a bit nostalgic for painting them so maybe that will be the surprise of 2021 πŸ™‚

      On an unrelated note, I’m eagerly anticipating your next update. It has been too long now! It can just be memes and no actually gaming or hobby progress, but give us something πŸ™‚

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      1. Nice of you to say. πŸ˜€
        Been overwhelmed with real life but writing the next post now. Fear not; there shall be memes.

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  11. I like your Super Mutant melee monster. An interesting and unique take on doing his flesh. It looks a bit like mutant camo. πŸ™‚

    I hear you about spending large amounts of money on games/miniatures that never get any use. I have a whole closet full of such nonsense.

    You did a nice job with the space marine. Particularly with the shading of his armor, I thought.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! My paint scheme on the super mutant is unique (from what I’ve seen anyway) but I think it is somewhat faithful to the source material at the same time so I’m proud of it, in that sense.

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