MESBG – A Shirriff joins the fray

39 thoughts on “MESBG – A Shirriff joins the fray”

  1. Great work on the Hobbit Jeff, and can see the differences between the original metal, and the new resin, where the definition and detail are a lot crisper, and I think you have done an excellent job with the greenstuff to cover the holes. The diorama is off to a cracking start, I would say those were more flagstone than cobblestone, but you’ve done a great job on them, If I’d known that was the size you were doing, I would have suggested getting a piece of slate to press on the top to add some texture, but you’ve done a great job anyway.

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    1. Cheers, Dave! I think you’re right that flagstone is the proper term here. Can you tell that cobblestone and flagstone aren’t used in the US that much? πŸ™‚ I textured each piece of green stuff with an old brush and sculpting tool which was somewhat tedious. I’m glad it turned out alright in the end!

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      1. There something we see a lot of in the UK and Europe, so are a common place term, I should remember this in future ! LOL Completely forgot to say a belated Happy Birthday, and some great gifts you got.

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      2. That’s what I suspected, Dave, but I wasn’t sure πŸ™‚ I clearly need to visit England and do a bit of research. I tease one of my English friends and say I’m coming over to visit Stoke, Scunthorpe, Blackpool, Grimsby, and all of the “worst” towns you’ve got over there haha! Thanks for the birthday wishes as well! πŸ™‚

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  2. Nice work on the Hobbits, Jeff! πŸ™‚ Read Dave’s comment above, and I can see the difference between the two of them, but I think I’d be expecting decent metal minis these days to have the crisper detail – is it more a case of the difference is in their ages rather than the material? I don’t know! Anyway, a belated Happy Birthday and glad you got some nice presents!

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    1. Cheers, John! That is a good question about the metal minis. Those metal hobbits came out sometime around the mid-2000’s if I had to guess so they are not very new anymore. That could play a big part in the difference in quality too. Thanks for the birthday wishes as well. My family certainly spoils me and I’m very thankful for it πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve seen House of Flying Daggers and Hero and enjoyed both so now, on your recommendation, I’ll give the new marvel one a go. I just watched Werewolf by night which was a lot of fun.

    I can’t see any patchiness on the mini at all mate so well done. I’m glad you’re making progress on the Diorama.

    Happy birthday mate seems like you got a little spoilt which I’m sure is well deserved.

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    1. I’m glad to hear you like those movies as well. I’d be surprised if you don’t like Shang Chi then! I’ve heard good things about Werewolf by Night as well so I’ll have to give it a watch sometime soon.

      Thanks for the kind words and the birthday wishes. I certainly did get a bit spoiled but I’ll try not to let it go to my head πŸ˜€

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  4. Nice hobbits! I like the detail on forgeworld figures but that detail is wasted on my painting skills, glad to see that they meet yours.

    I enjoyed the visuals of the early 2000’s Chinese movies, my favorite of the era is Curse of the Golden Flower.

    Wargs vs Hobbits, nice idea for a diorama. The Dol Guldur set is actually one of the GW terrain sets I don’t have, will be interested in seeing what you do with it.

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    1. Thanks, Bret! Finishing this hobbit means I can finally ship something out to you so I’ll be in touch when its in the mail.

      Curse of the Golden Flower is one I never saw but always wanted to. I may have to go back and hunt it down. It looks like a visually impressive movie.

      I’m glad you like the diorama idea as well. It is finally coming together and I’m hoping I’ll be happy with the final results. I don’t know how practical the Dol Guldur terrain set is from a gaming point of view since it costs a lot to buy and how many scenarios would you really use it in? But I’m hoping I can make it look cool for a display anyway!

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      1. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll definitely see if I can take a look at the article for ideas. I was watching Zorpazorp on Youtube this week hoping for similar inspiration so this is timely.

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  5. Happy Birthday buddy! The mini looks good to me, and nice work with the green stuff. Some friends took me to the theater to see Crouching Tiger and I had no idea.
    I was pretty blown away by it. I’ve always been intrigued by Asian culture and history since I was little.

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    1. Thank you, Faust! Crouching Tiger was definitely a phenomenon when it came out and opened people’s eyes to Chinese cinema. I’m the same way with Asian culture and history. Its fascinating and visually appealing!

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      1. Yea, I guess I forgot that the wire work in that movie is another thing American movies have borrowed heavily from. Though I think it predates Crouching Tiger, as they used wire fu in the Matrix and possibly other earlier movies.

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  6. That repair is seamless, well done! Those hobbit models from forge world look great, haven’t painted any but you’re making me want to. Love the new ruins set, keen to see what you put together with it.

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  7. I agree with Nicolas, a seamless repair. Great work as always.

    Like you I enjoyed Shang-Chi as well as Hero and House of Flying Daggers. The β€œOver the Top” martial arts in much of contemporary Chinese cinema is on the Marvel Superhero level so no surprise Shang-Chi could work so well.

    As a kid I was always into Japanese history but not Chinese or Korean. Now I am equally interested in all three. I would like to see more good movies/tv shows exploring that.

    I think we will see GW introduce Fantasy Chinese miniatures when they bring back the Old World.

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    1. I’m glad to hear it and I remember your vote of confidence in the repair so that means I didn’t let you down! πŸ™‚

      I’m not surprised to hear we have similar tastes in movies even if we didn’t know it before! I am with you on more movies and TV shows exploring Asian history. There are many interesting stories to tell there.

      I hope GW does actually release the Old World sometime before we’re in a retirement home! I’d love to see Cathay or even the classic Ogre feel come back.

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  8. Ooohhh, aawww; those are some nice bday presents. Happy birthday!

    Great job on the hobbit and the diorama is off to a good start. Nice job on the flagstones. Yes, I know the difference but makes no never mind. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks for all the kind words, Stew! πŸ™‚ I feel fortunate to get such great hobby related gifts most years. And look at you! You’re a man of class, refinement, and education πŸ˜€ Apparently, more so than me, haha!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the birthday wishes, mate! I’m really glad to hear you like the hat. I spent a little extra time on it to try and get it looking good. Its always nice to hear when something like that pays off πŸ™‚

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  9. Top work on that Hobbit, you’ve done a great job on a rather mundane looking mini.

    Malifaux’s Ten Thunders Faction has a load of ‘Eastern inspired’ minis, though they get to cheat a bit because in their world several of the major powers in East Asia somehow became unified which lets them have a mix of many different cultures all under one banner. I’ve had a great time painting them (and, more importantly, playing the game) over the years.

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    1. Thanks, mate! It is definitely a mundane mini overall and tough to do anything fancy with. I have never painted Malifaux before but I have seen people get good results from their minis. I will have to try one of their sculpts out sometime and see how I get on with it. Thanks for mentioning this because I somehow seem to forget about Malifaux. I’m not sure why that is.

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  10. Excellent work on the Hobbit and the base! They both look amazing and really are a testament to how much time and effort you’re putting into painting them.

    As for the Fallout stuff, there’s a few Etsy stores selling squads of guys in power armour from the game. I keep meaning to tell you that but also kept forgetting LOL!

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    1. Thanks, mate! Hopefully it all starts coming together soon. That is interesting about Fallout on Etsy. I wonder if those are officially licensed ones or not. Modiphius makes a lot of STL files and I wouldn’t be surprised if people are buying them and then printing them for people at a small profit. I could be interested in that kind of arrangement because I don’t really want a printer of my own. Thanks for mentioning it and I will certainly have a look!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Pat! Painting eyes is a skill that takes practice but the more you paint, the better you get. Although having said that, some of the minis you paint are so small that it might not be worth doing them because its nearly impossible to achieve realistic results. So a bit of a double-edged sword there!

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      1. Hey Jeff there is a guy that paints eyes on my guys scale 😳his WordPress is Deturnation. WordPress .com
        Anthony is certainly an interesting guy and has given me a lot of advice along the way πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€“.

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