More Hellboy, New Acquisitions, and a Miserable Room Tour

55 thoughts on “More Hellboy, New Acquisitions, and a Miserable Room Tour”

    1. Thanks, mate! I think I can rework it into something I’m happy with sooner or later so it will be interesting to see what comes from this “salvage” job. Hopefully by the end of the year, you will say the hobby space is something even more impressive than great 😉 That’s my goal anyway!

      Liked by 4 people

  1. Hellboy’s looking good, although I struggled to differentiate between the before and after pictures as far as the skin was concerned! 🙂
    I tend to always have plastic cement on hand for plastic kits – I think you’d find if you’d used plastic cement and left that any length of time the same would have happened anyway! You’ll know best what you want to do with it, but maybe just put it to one side and have a think on it.
    I’ve found workspaces evolve over the years. I think the only thing I’d do would be to put both desks alongside each other on the same wall and add a low bookcase or shelf unit to move stuff up from the floor.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Hellboy looks more red or the red is brighter, I suppose you could say 🙂 Maybe you’re right on plastic cement. I seem to remember it being more forgiving but for whatever reason, super glue is really easy to find in the US so it has been my default. I do think I can get a couple of nice projects out of this kit at minimum so all is not lost!

      I really like your thought on having the desks next to each other as well. I could use some kind of shelf to store hobby stuff in and I could probably get less wide of a desk if I had that so its certainly food for thought. There are a lot of possibilities for the room and I will definitely have to make decisions on what direction I want to go in at some point. Maybe I will surprise myself by how the room ends up looking!

      Liked by 3 people

  2. Excellent progress on Hellboy Jeff, and if you’re happy, that keeps you motivated to progress.
    Shame on the scenery, if you can do a twisting action, it should be easier to separate the pieces, as super glue bonds only work in straight lines.
    Your work space is far tidier than mine, but then my room is still waiting for plaster board (I believe you call it drywall in the US) as my room is only used by me, it’s bottom of the list to have the building work finished ! LOL
    One thing I would suggest, as you are heavy into your painting is an arch light for your painting desk, it will give you 180 degree light for your painting area.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. So far, Hellboy has been enjoyable to slow down and work on. At this point, its just a matter of time before he’s done as well.

      I’ll give that a try after using Azazel’s tip. Hopefully that will do the trick!

      I’m not surprised to hear your workspace isn’t as neat as mine. I imagine sculptor’s have eclectic workspaces, for some reason! The description you provided certainly doesn’t disappoint! Hopefully, you can get that fixed up in your room. I’ll be happy to send you some drywall if you need it! 😉

      The lighting in here definitely needs to be improved so I appreciate your suggestion. I think this was a girl’s room before we bought the place because the light is a chandelier that puts out fairly weak light. That is definitely on my list of improvements to make in the future since it doesn’t fit our decor or my taste at all. I think a 180 degree light is still a great idea and I will jot that down for a future purchase!

      Liked by 4 people

  3. Hellboy is looking really good and nice job on the lower half. I like your recipe for leather quite a bit. Shame on the terrain. I guess I would try to cover up the mistake? Using moss, making it into ruins, ..? Your space looks a lot neater than most hobbyists. Mine goes through stages. When I’m deep into a project or several, it’s a disaster. Then I clean up, then the next project(s) start. Rinse, repeat. For improvements on the space, I’d get a corner table that covers the space between your computer desk and painting station. That would give you a place to store paints, etc. I’d also add an IKEA storage unit on the wall behind your painting station. Again, more organized storage. I’d probably also add a mat on top of the desk. I’ve always painted on top of a cutting mat. Helps keep the desk cleaner, and doubles as a …cutting mat! Haha! I don’t think I saw a camera light box? So I imagine you’re taking that out, packing it away. I’ve kind of got a spot setup where I don’t have to break mine out. Makes it so much easier to take photos, which isn’t always the funnest part for me. But like I said, you’re probably in the top 99% of cleanest hobby spaces out there, so I wouldn’t fret too much! 😃

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Thanks for the kind words on the painting and Citadel does have pretty good leather colors, I must admit! I appreciate your thoughtful response as well. Its chockful of good ideas!

      One thing I didn’t think to mention is that my hobby space is kind of serving dual purposes. It isn’t just a hangout space for me to work and play video games in, it is also meant to show off my collection(s) and look nice. I don’t have a basement like most American homes have where I can hide the mess and clutter that comes with our hobby so that makes it tricky to balance.

      I really like the corner desk idea and I’ve been contemplating that idea as well. My dog will have to find a new place for her bed but I’m sure I can work something out.

      A cutting mat is a great idea too. I “stole” this IKEA desk from my wife four years ago and have completely ruined it which she likes to remind me from time-to-time 🙂 I’d love to have a cleaner and nicer looking desk in the future if possible.

      I do have a little cardboard box with parchment paper on the sides that I use for pictures which I store in my closet. I’ve had the thing for quite some time now and its beat up, not particularly nice looking but is still doing its job! The prevailing wisdom seems to be that lightboxes are not necessary for good mini photos and so I probably don’t NEED it any longer if I switch to using white paper backgrounds. That would actually free up more closet room so its probably something worth considering!

      Liked by 4 people

      1. Cheers Jeff! I’ve all but tossed out my Citadel paints at this point, but I’m sure there are similar colors in other lines. I think mainly I tend to reach for dark or mid-browns when doing leather and don’t think about lighter tones. Though yours are also worked up from darker tones, which gives it an even richer look.

        Yea, something to make that space an L shape, whether table or desk would help a lot and give you more working and storage space. If the dog is small enough, I’m sure it would be happy to have the bed under the table as well. 😉

        We don’t have a basement, but I’m lucky to have my own office/hobby area. It’s not really a ‘display area’ for me though. Yet when company comes over it often gets showcased, much to my dismay. My wife’s lady friends are pretty curious about the miniature painting hobby. Or maybe they just want to see what crazy old white men do in their spare time. Funny because when I was younger, if I’d mentioned mini painting that was a sure fire way to get females to run the other way. Now I can’t keep them out!

        Liked by 4 people

      2. A trick with leather is to use bright colors for the highlights and then dull it all down with glazing a dark color. That is how I got the look you see here. Its Steel Legion Drab that has been further darkened with Agrax Earthshade. I can’t say anymore or I’ll be giving away all my good painting secrets 😉

        I think Desdemona, my dog, will be fine. She likes to sit under the other desks sometimes without a bad so she’ll manage!

        That is funny that you get that reaction. My wife doesn’t have any interest in what I paint but she does the same with her friends and they all say that they think its really cool. I think they’re just being nice and I find it hard to believe they are that interested personally, for the exact reason you’re talking about haha!

        Liked by 4 people

      3. Ah, that’s a smart way of tackling leather. Early on I used to try doing more extreme highlights and then a wash. Thinking that saves a step. But the highlights get too dulled if do that versus the wash followed by highlights. Makes sense on leather material though, because it usually doesn’t shine as bright as other materials.
        Yea, I don’t understand the interest with the mini painting. But then again, a lot of stuff was in the past was deemed uncool and is now popular. I still find it hard to believe that D&D has become socially acceptable. Would’ve never imagined that one!

        Liked by 3 people

      4. I think that technique could work with highlights if you use more of a glaze or a light wash. An undiluted wash would definitely kill the highlights you worked hard on and might make the shadows too dark as well. With Citadel washes, I always dilute them at least a little to prevent that from happening.

        It really blows my mind that D&D is popular. I’ve never played it and never really saw the appeal of it. Its not that I judge anybody who enjoys it, I just don’t know if I could ever really get into it. I’m not good at acting or playing pretend and while I have a big imagination, I prefer to use it in other ways if that makes sense. So for D&D to be popular shows how far we’ve come. Like yourself, I’m sure, I grew up before nerdy things became “cool” or acceptable so I’ve always been closeted about playing video games or board games or painting. It never seemed cool or desirable to do those things so I figured I would keep that to myself so nobody else knew what I liked unless I wanted them to!

        Liked by 3 people

      5. The thing I like about D&D is that it’s one big interactive story. I find it more fun when people try to get into their characters, but also played with a lot of people who aren’t comfortable with the voice acting and/or getting into character. Some prefer combat, strategizing, or puzzle solving. A good DM should pick up on that and try to make it fun for all involved no matter what their play styles. But ultimately it depends on the DM, the group, the amount of time people have, etc. If it wasn’t for my kids, I doubt I’d be playing. As it’s much harder to get adults together for a few hours to play a game on a regular basis.
        You mentioned video games, and I remember back when computer games were first coming out and the social stigma attached to them as well. Where I grew up, you were likely to get beat up if you mentioned you were into comics or computer games or role-playing games. Funny, because arcade games were ‘ok’ and console games would get super popular in a few years. Everything changes, well except war! 😉

        Liked by 3 people

      6. I can see the appeal of that, especially with the right group of people! I should also say that a good dungeon dive is always fun and if I understand correctly, D&D can offer that. I think its great that you can play with your kids as well. I think the game has a strong appeal to youth which is cool to see.

        That is very true on PC games. It used to be that you had to be somewhat serious about them and get a more expensive computer to even play them. That was the case when I was growing up still but I think it is easier to play computer games casually which is probably a good thing overall. Its funny how playing Madden or Mortal Kombat was cool but playing Civilization or any other game that was PC exclusive wasn’t! 🙂

        Liked by 3 people

      7. Definitely serious, having to crack open to manually switch IRQ jumpers or editing the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files so you could load mouse and sound card drivers in the right order for your limited amount of memory! Haha!

        I was also thinking the addition of sports games like Madden and probably the popularity of Fighting games, increased the gaming audience a lot as well.

        Liked by 3 people

      8. That’s right! It wasn’t for the faint of heart 🙂

        It is ironic that Street Fighter 2 was so popular because Fighting games are one of the more hardcore genres in video games since that time. You can play them casually, of course, but they’re really for gamers who dedicate themselves to learning the moves and timing and all of that (which is probably why I’ve never been into them). I guess what I’m really saying is Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were kind of lightning in a bottle at that time though none of us knew it back then! Hopefully this makes sense and I can talk about video games all day (clearly)! 😀

        Liked by 3 people

      9. Yep, definitely make sense! Mortal Kombat was lucky, I think. It got negative press due to its extreme violence. But I always felt it wasn’t a very good game. Not the worst, but back then I’d choose SF2 over MK any day. I also don’t think it really mattered how good you were until later on. Or maybe it depended where you lived. For us, it was just another game and we got to battle the machine enough to learn a lot about the different fighters. Of course, we would also battle each other and sometimes other kids. But nothing like would happen later on with people mastering the game and executing moves with precision split second timing. No, for us it was an exploration. Back before you could just Google ‘winning moves’ and practice those all day long. Yea, there’s still skill involved, but I’m saying that games have changed a lot with full walkthroughs, cheats, etc. easily available now.

        Liked by 3 people

      10. I completely agree on MK. Its overrated and I’ve never been a fan. Street Fighter was a technically sound and fun fighting game. I’ve dabbled with a few others but even something as cool as Marvel vs. Capcom has never hooked me. I mostly play single player games and so fighting games aren’t as much fun.

        I think fighting games are probably like a lot of hobbies including miniature painting where early on, there were a lot of casual fans but people have practiced and got really good and that is the core fighting game audience so the games have adapted to their audience primarily. This is especially true online. I bet if you or I tried to play Street Fighter online with minimal practice, we’d be absolutely massacred!

        Liked by 2 people

      11. Oh no doubt I’d be massacred. I used to be the better one out of our group, but the kids who are doing it now are just insane. There’s a story I read about a kid who could beat anyone in his area, going to another city and just getting creamed. You never realize how bad you are until you meet the best! I think I would relate Street Fighter more to sports, because it has a lot to do with reflexes. Though they do have to know all the combos and counters as well. But it’s more about timing things just right. I’ll play Street Fighter on our home arcade sometimes, but I played so much of it in the 90s that I’d rather play something else most of the time. World Heroes or Samurai Shodown were really fun fighters.

        Liked by 2 people

      12. Haha, I can imagine. The internet has definitely changed that since you can play people from all over the world. I completely agree that fighting games are basically e-sports and I think they’re categorized as such nowadays. I haven’t played a fighting game since I tried to get into BlazBlue on the PS3 when it was new so quite a long time. I wouldn’t mind checking out Samurai Shodown as the theme seems right up my alley. I may have to see if I can find a collection of those games for PS4 or Switch. I think there is one that came out recently, if I remember right…

        Liked by 2 people

      13. Samurai Shodown was a Neo-Geo game. They made so many great games! I didn’t have the console, so I mostly them mostly in the arcades. The fun thing about Samurai Shodown is that it had some cool characters with weapons, a rage meter (you do more damage when it’s full), and you could disarm your opponent!

        Liked by 2 people

      14. Neo Geo did make some great games, not least of which is Metal Slug. I double-checked and Samurai Shodown is still getting new versions and one came out on PS4. They may have released a collection of older Samurai Shodown games which would be a fun game to mess around with when the mood strikes 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  4. I can appreciate the more red of HellBoy. Niiice.

    That room is a f-big disaster! Shameful! Ruinous! I’m shocked you can get anything done.

    I’ve shown pics of my hobby space before. Yours is no worse. Like many i imagine ; in the middle of a project it’s a mess but eventually I reach a point where the clutter interferes with my thinking and I tidy it up. 😀

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Haha, thanks for the public shaming! If there is anyone I would guess who would be willing to help out with that, it is you, my friend 😀

      I’m glad you can see improvement in Hellboy as well. Hopefully it knocks the socks off the judge(s) when all is said and done. That is true on hobby space. I used to have things much more organized and I was a lot less bothered by it all. I’m sure once I get things a bit cleaner and more organized, I’ll be happy or at least content again.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Hellboy is looking good! Nice progress and it’s really taking shape. Sorry to hear about your Dol Guldur mishaps, but on the plus side they are ruins so a bit of damage should fit right in.
    My hobby space is crammed full of shelves packed with old boxes, I can barely move in there! However I love it in there, it’s cosy and I’m surrounded by inspiration. I’ve reorganised the room a few times since moving into this house and every time it’s been an improvement. Well worth spending time occasionally to think whether something could be improved.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thanks, Nic! It is a shame to make such dumb mistakes with Dol Guldur (the Necromancer is surely unhappy with me!) but I think I can figure out some kind of solution to all this in the end.

      Your hobby space sounds nice and I agree that its something that you can make slow but steady improvements with over time. That is my hope for 2023 anyway!

      Liked by 3 people

  6. Ah yes, I see what you mean about Hellboy. Looking even better now.

    I have certainly had hobby and work spaces such as you have shown… I was much happier once I got more organized and they become more comfortably lived in. It would likely be worth taking the time to sort you space out for a more relaxed atmosphere. The time you invest in that should pay dividends later, perhaps even resulting in less damaged terrain.

    Your shelf looks like the kind of potential your overall hobby space could have. It is worthy of pride and a sense of accomplishment… just like your amazing artwork.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. I’m glad to hear you think so on Hellboy!

      I think organization is key for me as I really do better the more organized and on top of things I feel. We’ll see how the year progresses and if I feel like I’ve made positive changes or not.

      Thank you for the kind words on the shelf too. It isn’t quite fully organized yet but eventually it will be and it will be something I’m proud of in this room for sure. Hopefully the display case with miniatures will give it a run for its money as well!

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Bummer about the piece breaking, put aside and think about it later. I just cleaned up my work area, I had at least three projects going with all the associated paints on my desk. I said enough, put it all away and then took one out and finished it. It felt good. I just need to focus more, it’s hard with a shiny object mindset.

    I can see the improvements you do every week, very impressive. I have a question on the pupils though, is it a result of the figure manufacture or your decision? Seems strange that he is looking up at his arm.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. I definitely have ideas for future LOTR projects still using this kit so all is not lost, thankfully!

      Its amazing what being clean and organized can do. I know some people don’t need that to function well but for me its a must and it sounds like it helped you too.

      Hellboy actually doesn’t have any pupils in the comics and I didn’t paint any on him but the eyes are not quite right. I think one eye somehow isn’t as bright as the other so I will see if I can’t fix that this week because it is bothering me when I notice it. I’m glad you mentioned this because it is a reminder that there is work to do there still.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. No pupils? Huh. It must be one corner looked darker to make me think that. Looking at it again, the right eye isn’t as bright as the left.

        I hesitated to mention it because I didn’t want to sound picky on such a great paintjob.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Being picky and sharp eyed helps get a piece like this ready for competition so no worries at all. I’m sure I’ll end up taking pictures when I think I’ve got this done and spot at least one more thing that needs work.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Hellboy’s looking great matey.
    Like where you’re going with the flesh, it’s really striking and at the moment the focal point of what is a lovely, dramatic sculpt.
    Hard lines on the scenery but I’m sure you’ll sort it out.
    A tidy workroom there, much better than… Oh! Hang on a minute, I haven’t got a dedicated workroom, I have to make do with a corner in an untidy, cold, gloomy old garage 😢

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thanks, mate! I’m getting closer and closer to finishing this mini so I’ll be excited to share the final results with you.

      Painting in a garage?! You need to talk to the boss (I assume your wife) and see if the artist-in-residence can’t get a better work area! 🙂 I don’t know if I could handle painting in a cold environment. You have my respect!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. It’s great seeing the development and I can’t way to see the end result. I think it’s a much better way to present your work showing it in phases rather than going, ‘Here it is, all done!’ I certainly like to see how it progresses because I think it helps my own painting, as I can see how you’ve gone about things, improving it all the time.

        That’s the biggest issue, I don’t paint in the garage when it’s cold. I have to lug what I need into the kitchen and then lug it back when I’m done. It doesn’t take long but it does dent the motivation a bit. And, of course, I can only paint when the kitchen’s not in use – roll on the warmer weather.

        There is a bit of light on the horizon, though. When Yasmin goes to University I can pinch here study room for myself😁

        Liked by 2 people

      2. For me, it all depends on how long a miniature takes to paint. If I can get it done in less than a week, you’ll only see the finished result but otherwise, the process will be more visible. I did finish Hellboy up so hopefully you’ll like the finished product 🙂

        That does sound rough but it sounds like there is reason to be optimistic in the future. I hope you’re able to get a better and more comfortable space. That is no way for a talented artist to live 😉

        Liked by 2 people

  9. Mr.Helby is looking good. I also like the smaller details like the worn leather on his boot-guards and the luminescene of his crucifix. The more ivory tones of the billowing part of his coat look good as well – maybe some small stippled dots on the edges of the torn holes to give them a rougher, more uneven appearance? Not that I bother with that level of detail on most of my own models, of course… but this *is* Hellboy! 😀

    Hope the freezer trick worked! The terrain bits from Mophidus look like they have a lot of potential and I especially like those barricades.

    I think some storage and some display space will do your hobby room a world of good. Just some bookshelves and a couple of detolfs would let you store and display so many of your minis and collectables in a way that you can both access and simply sit back and enjoy them – basically by multiplying what you’ve done with your videogame collection along some display cabinets.

    I’m certainly in no position to criticise or shame you, so I won’t be doing that now or later in the year regardless. 😀

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thanks, mate! That isn’t a bad idea at all. I probably could go to town on this miniature even more than I am but I’m getting close to the end and my patience is starting to run out so we’ll see what I can manage.

      The freezer trick did make it brittle but the plastic broke too so the piece I wanted to use is trashed. I’ll still be able to use the terrain for something so all is not lost.

      Storage is definitely a big priority at this point. If I can get a bit more, I should in much better shape. So great minds think alike! 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Hellboy looks fantastic. One suggestion for comparison would be to insert a gallery with both images side-by-side instead of individually- helps to see the differences easily. As for the painting discussion thanks for sharing the leather tips Jeff.

    On the hobby space, I’d suggest checking out Really Useful Boxes – stackable and provide both storage and easy access. I paint on a bench I built that’s close to chest height – I’m always standing when I paint. In between projects I tape down scrap paper with the unused side up with shipping tape to create a large blotter. Still, I think your spaces are quite nice.

    As for the video game discussions, that passed me by, which is just as well as I don’t need another time vampire! Minis await – and getting ready for multiple conventions.

    Great post and discussions.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I’ve never tried the gallery option before so I’ll have to remember to give it a go! Thanks for mentioning it. If you want to see what I’m talking about in action with painting leather, give this video a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1_hQvzTkP4. That is where I learned it from!

      I need a little storage box for a few extra Hellboy pieces and I was thinking about looking up the Really Useful Boxes for that but that is a great idea for hobby stuff too.
      You paint while standing!? I think you might be holding yourself back there because its important to have something to brace your hands/arms against when painting. If I’m not able to do that, the quality of paint job goes down quite a lot so that is why I mention it.

      Thanks for stopping by and giving it a read! I know you’ve been a busy man as of late and Ozz is always calling too.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks for the link I’ll check it out. Yeah, been a rough week which hopefully I’ll catch up about here this week. As for painting while standing, it’s a lot easier on my back. The bench I built is chest high or so, and I brace myself on it that way – sometimes ai use a towel too.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s