Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gunpla Sinanju Stein WIP Shot - Alclad II Paint...

Hey guys,

So I started (finally) to paint the Sinanju Stein. So far I've laid down some shading, some white, and some panel lining. But also, I've started painting the inner frame with a new metallic paint process (for me, that is). I'm using Alclad 2 metallic paints. They are a laquer paint, which I am really not used to at all. A far cry from my GW metallics for sure.

Basically the approach is to do a first coat with gloss black (in this case I'm using Alclad's gloss black base) and then, after that dries, you apply the metallic. Here I'm using Airframe Aluminum. You can see it comes out pretty smooth and shiny. So far so good. The only trick is I think my undercoat was not very smooth, and so in spots it does look rough. Also, this does seem like nasty stuff (toxic) as compared to the water based stuff I usually paint, so I'm using a breathing mask (I forget what they are called, the ones with the two round things on the front lol).  Also, I think I'll go through the dedicated Alclad airbrush cleaner relatively fast.

Still, all in all I'm happy with the progress so far. I could actually see myself painting the whole model! What I want to do is add in some nice satin black panel sections and then a nice amber/yellow for other panels (again, like Mass Effect Cerberus) but I'm a bit worried I will screw up the amber tones.  TBD.

Here's a shot of the partly painted leg, and the unpainted one. Note the painted one is bent. I was painting the inner joint/frame, and once that cures 24 hours I will extend it again and paint the other portions of the frame that become exposed. I dont want to bend it right now because I noticed I was already seeing some paint scraping on the primer coat when I did it too quickly.  So far this is over a primer coat of Vallejo Surface Primer black. Seems to be working decently.

Ignore the purple dots/flecks, it's my camera phone.

By the way, how awesome would that smooth, shiny finish on the metallics look on Convergence of Cyriss models?? The only problem (for me) is they wouldn't match the ones I've done so far very well.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Need to Share this Gunpla Blog I Found

Some of you may have seen this before but - I am just floored by this person's work. I wish I could understand ANY of what they have to say about the stunning models on their blog!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gunpla Sinanju Stein Ver Ka Finished

Well, he's built I think! Don't think I missed any pieces (even though I have a lot left over...). I was going to say I was happy with how he turned out...but all I did was assemble him properly. Now I have to find the guts to paint it. For some reason I'm quite intimidated despite having painted some fairly complex Warhammer stuff. It's just that these guys seem to require a different style to look really badass.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gunpla Progress - MG Sinanju Stein Ver Ka

It's been a really interesting few days since receiving my first Gundam model kit by Bandai. The hobby itself seems to be referred to as Gunpla so I'll be using that term from now on. Actually part of the fun I'm having is just diving into this whole other hobby world I wasn't aware of - learning the history of the hobby, what the various grades mean, all that jazz. It's really interesting (and appealing!).

I've been putting in a handful of hours a day since Friday, and have just finished the majority of the main body and limbs. Still need to do the backpack/thrusters, shield, and weapons. 

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A few things I found notable:
  • The box was very large and packed with parts. And yet, with shipping the cost was less than 100 dollars Canadian. So I have to say, the hobby feels more affordable than Games Workshop (GW - Warhammer and 40K) already....
  • The model is very tall - I don't have a measuring tape handy, but looks like ~ 9-10 inches?
  • The engineering is just crazy - all the various parts are articulated/movable. I'm still getting used to it, so posing him to stand for a photo wasnt easy. But for example, all the digits in his fingers can move. It's kinda awesome.
  • The model comes apart (sometimes a bit too easily) so that will help for painting. I can remove the head, legs, arms etc to paint them individually. Still pretty intimidated about that by the way.
  • No basing is nice, for a change lol.
  • The instructions are easier to follow than GW instructions, especially lately where GW seems to have reverted to very small images/type and the booklets almost have a photocopied look.
  • Still no need for glue. It's just a nice, "clean" building experience so far. 
  • I'm enjoying taking my time with it. I see this kit (and hopefully future ones) as a bit of a longer project than I used to strive for with my GW kits. With Warhammer stuff I was always kinda desperately trying to build it and paint it as fast as possible. I have no clue why that was, but there you have it. Who knows though, with my hobby ADD it's possible I could suddenly lose interest halfway through painting this guy!
    • I think there's more flexibility in this hobby community in terms of color schemes. So for example even though this guy is supposed to be blue/white (like the plastic colors are), I don't think people would balk at something different like metallic blue or something. That said, for my inaugural model I am probably going to play it pretty safe. I was actually thinking about using Cerberus (Mass Effect) colors.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Where have I been, Gundam It?

Sorry for the lack of posts - life has been busy, especially as the holidays approach. I also was in a bit of a painting slump, partly due to being very engrossed in the Last of Us for a couple of weeks (PS3 game) and partly just from lack of inspiration and motivation. I've been dabbling in some Infinity models and some Convergence of Cyriss models, but haven't been making fast progress on any of it.

Then something interesting happened. I came across this story on a gaming site I read every day (partly because it covers my industry).

Ehrmagherd I love this.
 I was really blown away by this model. The amount of time that went into customizing it, the razor sharp paint job, the detailing etc. I just loved it. So that got me searching Google about Gundam models.

I never realized the depth of that hobby, the amount of models available, and how amazing a well painted one could look! Suddenly I'm feeling really inspired to try painting something a little different for a change. It's not model cars or trains  - it's still in the sci-fi vein, but I think I'm finding it refreshing that it's not Warhammer or Warmachine, or tiny soldiers.

So in any case, I bought my first kit and this evening started assembling it. It's quite a different kind of modeling experience - for example, so far it's all push-fit and no glue! But some of it, like cleaning up sprue nubs etc, is very familiar territory.

The kit I'm working on is this one

MG Sinanji Stein Ver Ka

Excuse the weird purple flecks, my camera phone is messed up.

 The only thing is I'm terrified of painting it and making it look anything less than awesome :D  I've seen some really incredible ones online. The good news is there are lots of WIP and help articles online. This should be fun because I will stretch my painting skills a little bit to try and achieve new finishes, such as a metallic red or things like that. Colors and techniques I don't usually use when doing Warhammer or Warmachine models.  That said, with this guy I will probably end up playing it pretty safe :P

For what it's worth - I've never seen a Gundam cartoon or show. Although I did really enjoy Pacific Rim :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saurus Warriors (partial unit) completed

Finished up first 16 Saurus Warriors. This unit will ultimately be 6 wide and have a full command. About 30-32 Saurus.  I was definitely cutting corners because I don't have the patience these days for big rank and file units :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lizardmen Saurus Scar Vet on Carnosaur

Hey folks, sorry for the lack of posts lately.

I finished this guy up today, and am starting to assemble and work on a small Lizardmen army. Those of you whole follow the blog will find that amusing (because I never...well, almost never....stick to a project for very long :)  I was looking at models around my work area today and thinking if I had more "stick to it ness" I'd be way richer and have more forces done.

The Scar Vet on Carnosaur is not considered a very competitive choice - but I feel he looks badass, and since I rarely win these games anyway I figure I might as well look as cool as possible (not me...the army) while losing!

I used a satin varnish on the scales - I'm not sure if I like it or not. The effect worked great on my Tyranid's shells but that may have been because they are smooth surfaces.  I wanted to go for almost turtle-shell vibe on any scaly areas but it may be an unnecessary distraction.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Miniature Bids is Live and Cookin'

Hey gang,

Although lately most of my auctions have been on Ebay (especially expensive ones like the Zombicide set), I'm keeping a very close eye on

Basically the site proposes to give gamers and hobbyists a place to buy and sell models without the relatively exorbitant fees Ebay tends to demand.  Arguably it should also bring buyers and sellers together who have a very specific desire to buy and sell the spoils of our hobby - so there should be higher interest from buyers and better deals to be had.

This post is to help spread the word, because without enough buyers and sellers the site will have trouble flourishing. I am already pondering what sort's of models I should dip my toe in the water with as far as selling. I have a *LOT* of unpainted, rare, nice models that could use a better home than mine.

As a marketer, I have to say I'm super impressed by the work they are doing to spread the word about their site and service. Their facebook page is very active and they don't just get spammy, they post interesting auctions, informative links, all kinds of stuff. They also obviously encourage people to spread the word - which is what I'm doing here with this post.

I've given them direct feedback (which they've acknowledged, which is cool) about adding tools for sellers - specifically the ability to view/sort/analyze sold or completed auctions. I use that a lot on Ebay to figure out what's popular and what approximate price to ask for things. I believe that's in their pipeline. I feel a bit "blind" on their site until they add that.

Anyone tried it yet as far as buying or selling? If so, how'd it go? Once I try it for myself I'll report back here with results.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Final Three Survivors - Completed (Zombicide)

Ok - decided I would paint these last few up and not leave the set feeling incomplete. They aren't the best work I've ever done, but work great for playing the game I think :)  Now I have to photograph and figure out a price for the set etc.


Update: Action shots

Friday, September 27, 2013

Zombicide - Amy

With the completion of Amy I have basically painted up the complete Zombicide "basic" set (what you would get at retail) plus all the extra Abomination Kickstarter zombies. The only question that remains is if I have the endurance to paint the three additional bonus survivors. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Space Marine Blood Ravens Tactical Squad

Here's the finished squad - they seemed to take me forever to complete. Not sure why - I even skimped on some of the details like on the backpacks. Also I notice a couple of spots I need to fix up like a dot of grey on the powerfist. Other than that, fairly happy with them.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Zombicide...lurching towards the finish line

Finally completed the last of the zombies in my Abomination level season 1 Zombicide set. Now there's basically just one "base set" survivor (the Goth chick) and then the three promo ones...'course, survivors take longer than zombies with my production line setup.

If I can get those done I'll probably put the entire set up on ebay. TBD. I don't want to part with it after all this work, but at the same time my hobby spending has been a little "extreme" lately :|

Friday, September 6, 2013

Convergence of Cyriss - Painted Forgefather and Cypher

Two more Convergence models completed: Forgefather Syntherion and a Cypher heavy vector. There are visible seams/lines on the vector despite my best efforts - that said, reading the PP forums it's obvious this starter box had quality control issues and I'm not the only one having trouble with cleaning/prepping them :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Warmachine Convergence of Cyriss - Steelsoul Keg Protector (PAX) Painted

Finished up another Cyriss model - the Steelsoul Keg Protector from PAX. These are fast and pretty fun to paint up - the main thing I struggle with is the "blue glow". I've always had trouble with that, even with Cygnar models. Also, I had trouble seeing the details on her face with my aging eyes - it was just a glaring shine :)  Pretty happy with her overall though.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss Axis

Hi folks,

Something different for a change - I painted up the Axis I picked up at PAX. Cool model! He looks quite shiny in the photo (and in RL I suppose) because I opted to go very light with matte varnish (just brushed on in specific spots) in order to preserve the metallics. I was hoping it would turn out a bit neater overall, but still satisfied especially in person.

For my own records, this is how I painted him:

- black primer
- Basecoat with Reaper Master Honed Steel (AB)
- Wash with Secret Weapon Soft Body Black
- Highlight with Mithril Silver (AB)
- Darker metal panels are Reaper Master Skunkworks metallic
- various touch ups of the metallic areas and panel lining etc with those colors
- White is Administratum  Celestra Grey then Ceramite White
- The brass is done with a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Tinny Tin and Bright Bronze, then Washed with Agrax Earthshade, then the mix again, then the mix plus some P3 Brass Balls, then Brass Balls by itself.
- Arcane areas are ceramite white, then washed with arcane blue (basically just like the tutorial in the Cyriss book)
- Base is Gun Corps Brown, washed with Vallejo Umbre wash, drybrushed GW zhandri dust, then drybrushed with Ushabti Bone. Tufts are Army Painter Wilderness tufts.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Farsight Enclaves - Broadside Battlesuits

Hi guys - finished these two suits up pretty fast, now that I've kinda got the 'groove' of painting this colorscheme. Certainly there are opportunities to be adding more detail and visual interest, but I'm going for "nice for gaming" here and am pretty happy with the results. I've got a pretty good chunk of points done - still planning on Farsight himself, a unit of Fire Warriors, more Crisis suits, another Riptide, and probably some Pathfinders.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Farsight Enclaves - Crisis Battlesuits

Hey guys, finished up 6 Crisis suits yesterday. Most projects are taking me far, far longer than they used to between gaming, working and parenting :)

Pretty happy with these overall - they match the Riptide and for "really nice gaming quality" I think they fit the bill.

I'm totally being uncreative with these - using the official "how to paint" color scheme basically. Base of Khorne Red, wash of Nuln Oil, highlight of Wazdakka Red, then edged with Squig Orange and Bestigor Flesh.  Grey is Dawnstone edged with Administratum grey.  Mix of airbrush and regular brush work.

Crisis Suits GO!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Reaper Bones - Finally Arrived!

Today my Kickstarter Vampire pledge + extras arrived from Reaper. It took a pretty long time - months longer than it took a lot of American backers to get theirs. The reason was to save Canadians the duties and brokerage - but those are usually only ~ 20-30 bucks, which I'd have paid instead of waiting THAT much longer to get the stuff....

In any case, I got all the models you can already see all over Google, plus a couple of the Giants sets (frost?) and a whole bunch of their Master Series paints sets (see photo). Everything looks great. There's been complaints about the level of detail on these - at first look, the giants seem to be pretty detailed and free of flash and mold-lines. I guess I'll be able to better evaluate them with some primer on them (yes I do intend to prime them even though Reaper says you don't need to).

Overall - very satisfied. And with the receipt of these figures and paints, plus what I already own (Warhammer etc) I'm pretty sure I have "more hobby" than I can complete in this lifetime...

So I should keep assembling the three Crisis suits I bought today.

It's a sickness.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Farsight Enclave - Riptide

Hi everyone (if anyone is left)!

Been a while, eh?  I've been pretty busy with work, home, and League of Legends (to which I am grossly addicted). Plus, I started working on a couple of pretty large kits which have really bogged down. For example, I have an Iyanden Wraithknight around 75% done but keep stalling out on it. It's such a bit kit :\

Another big kit (or so I thought before the Wraithknight showed up) is the Tau Riptide....

I finally finished this guy..decided to go with Farsight Enclave colors. This guy took me forever because I had him painted in a totally different scheme (remember the beige Broadside?)...Didn't like how that one was going, so I stripped it. Used brake fluid, and left him in it too long, so some parts broke off and/or I proceeded to lose them lol. I think it ate into the plastic in places. In fact the Ion gun broke off too and I had to superglue it. Notice the missing fins on his shield? Yeah. But it's a 100 dollar kit in Canada and I wanted to salvage him. Overall I'm happy with the final result, and am hoping to paint more Farsight models.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Finished Wraithguard Unit

Finished up a unit of Wraithguard. Nice kit! Models took longer than I expected to paint (that always seems to be the case lately) and they demand a fair bit of precision to look their best, kinda like Tau. I painted the heads separately - body primed white, heads black.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Some Painted Items on Ebay, and High Elf Swordmasters


Finished up a unit of Swordmasters, at "nice for gaming" standard. Still took a really long time. You can see I really kinda crapped the bed on the runes on the sword lol Still, pretty pleased overall.


Hi everyone, I've posted some of my recent painted items on Ebay as of now - some Dark Angels stuff and the Tau Broadside.

If you are interested in taking a look, you can click here:

MiniJunkie's Auctions

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paper vs Digital Codex Comparison

Garfy over at Tale of Painters (awesome blog!) posted a great piece comparing the pros and cons of digital vs paper Codex and Army Books.  Worth a read for sure, and I wanted to share my own thoughts that I posted there in a comment:

I have Dark Angels, Chaos Space Marines and now High Elves on iBooks. I bought Chaos Daemons hardcover (Nurgle!) and I regret it.

For me:

- the ability to tap any rule/ability and see the details of how they work is invaluable - especially for an infrequent player like me.
- it's incredibly fast/easy to navigate
- it stays up to date with all corrects/errata etc
- images are gorgeous
- can easily carry multiple codexes around without back pain ;D
- you can buy it at 11:43PM on a Sunday night if you suddenly decide to play a new army - without leaving your house
- as you said, can read it in the dark

The only downside for me is the same as yours - can't sell it when I'm done with it! BUT - I currently have a few mint condition latest codexes/army books and can't find local buyers for them. I suspect there is low demand because people often buy the latest books out of hype/buzz, and also frankly they can be pirated. So selling it on is decreasing as an issue for me.

Lastly: I'm not sure "can't get it on Android" is a negative for the digital book. It's a negative in terms of GW not servicing demand, but it does nothing to detract from how awesome the iPad version is, and android users can buy the physical copy so they aren't losing anything. I guess what I'm saying is it's a negative but not in the sense that "you bought it and are not satisfied", per se.

I think I'm done with paper army books and Codexes.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Finished a Frostheart Phoenix tonight - still managing to stay focused on painting High Elves. I'll probably get derailed by the Eldar releases coming out soon :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

High Elves: Flamespyre Phoenix and Griffon Rider

Hey folks - finished both of these this evening. I've had the Island of Blood elves for quite a long time and the new book/models were enough to get me started painting them. We'll see how far I make it :)  I also did up a Flamespyre Phoenix as you can see - LOVE this kit, it's really east to build, easy to paint and looks great imo. I like the way you can build a frost or fire version. In fact I have another one coming to paint as a Frostheart.

I also have a Skycutter in the box - another one of the new models that I think is beautiful, can't wait to paint that one as well :)

[update with brighter photos]


This model is hot!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tau Broadside Battlesuit WIP


(this isn't even breaking a 7 score on CMON :\  I thought it was better than that!)
Working on a Tau Broadside - note that I somehow managed to forget he kinda HAS to take two drones (is that right? I don't have the codex...). I mostly wanted to just paint the model because I like it. This is pre-weathering - I wanted to capture this before I potentially wreck it, but I think I want to work on trying out some weathering with dust, pigments (you can see I started some of that on the base/feet) and chipping. I'm pretty satisfied with this so far. Maybe weathering will be a mistake :\

I was also trying to achieve a glowing effect on the "eye". Not completely satisfied with that either. Finally, he's not completely done - few details left to do other than the weathering.

I have a Riptide well into progress but in different colors I'm not happy with. Not sure what to do with him.

Last comment: I think I like black/dark backdrops better for my photos...I just wish I could get the white balance more accurate - this is black construction paper.

Ok, I decided to weather him after all. Finished suit: