Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 2014 - WIP - Week Seven

Abominable Snowman WIP - Light brown undercoat, brown wash and light brown dry-brush
This rather large model of Sasquatch by "Pulp Figures" was going to be the first of the two models from Bob Murch's code PLT07 Hairy Hominids that I was going to submit to the Myth themed bonus round of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

However I actually found myself trying to rush painting the figure in order to ensure it was ready for this weekend’s deadline, and as a result I was making foolish mistakes with my brush; such as missing portions of the miniature when applying my wash. Because of this I have taken some time away from the work table in order to recharge my batteries.

I was originally planning on painting the troglodyte white, in order to create a nice yeti for my games but in the end, I decided upon a much more warmer brown colour which would better suit a jungle environment than a polar one. This have given me a chance to see just how good “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter” work together. Both this model and its similarly-sized companion figure still have some way to go yet before being finished but they should certainly be finished before the end of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.
Ape WIP - The third picture shows that the black wash has helped smooth the contrast of the charcoal dry-brushing
I was also planning on submitting the three models from “Pulp Figures” code PLT10 Killer Apes this weekend as well. But again found myself rushing and therefore messing up the models. I’ve previously been impressed with the way “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal has worked on black models as a highlight; especially with a couple of “Citadel” Nuln Oil washes. I thought the more heavily detailed large gorillas would establish whether the same technique would work on much rougher surfaces. Having applied just one liberal coat of the Shade over the ‘off-black’ I am admittedly somewhat uncertain. But the model won’t actually be finished until after I’ve highlighted the skin areas with more “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal so I'll wait until after that phase in its painting is completed before I decide whether the combination works or not.

Finally I have taken stock of just what I am actually finishing at present, and realised that I’m partially painting an awful lot of miniatures. This seems to be because I start painting something new every time a themed bonus round deadline imminently looms, and then afterwards I simply move on to the next new shiny, leaving numerous models, both metal and plastic, discarded on my shelf. As a result I don’t now plan to submit anything else to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge themed bonus rounds unless I happen to have something near completion when a deadline looms. I’m going to try and simply complete painting what I have currently got on the go.
Fist Of Khonsu WIP - The model now needs to be dry-brushed white before I can 'pick out' its details (again) 
Having said that, I have started one final “Heroclix” model in order to use him for a ‘street-level war’ “7TV” campaign I have planned for March. In addition this model of Moon Knight will be an excellent test piece to try out the “Vallejo” wash Pale Grey, before I finish painting the flowing white dress of a certain Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation.

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  1. I'm looking forward to seeing all three figures finished, Simon. They're looking good so far.

    It is ALWAYS a good idea to finish what you start. No excuses, young man!

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Just a light-bulb moment really as I realised I wasn't getting anywhere fast and just need to take a few weeks to tidy and finish what is already in front of me. A bit like your 'button down all the hatches' approach to SDE :-)

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  2. I love the look of those two hairy chaps!

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    1. Cheers Michael. Bob's sculpts are first-rate and I felt it would be a shame to rush them.

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  3. Nice start. Shall look forward to seeing them finished.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Hopefully as part of this 'tidy up' I can get 'Queenie' finished and finally play some 'AtDE' :-)

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  4. Good start on all three dude! Finishing them is a bit of a must, really though.

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    1. Cheers Bob. Lots to finish, so no new minis planned for a while. Though I've hopefully still got a few surprises to be posted in the coming weeks.

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  5. Good work on the hairy chaps, but i'm loving that Moonknight figure, always thought he was an interesting hero but would be a real bu**er to paint.

    But yes you need to finnish some stuff or if we do the end of year review thing again this year I'll have nout' to pick from!

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    1. Thanks Roger. Clearly a time for consolidating my unfinished projects, and as you've probably guessed from my American comic review blog, I've suddenly become Moon Knight mad :-)

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    1. I wasn't actually expecting much from the 2014 comic series but each issue is superb. Shame Warren Ellis leaves the title as writer after #6.

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  7. Great looking hominids and a very disturbing third figure, it would be criminal to rush these though and your approach is right. Howvere you really should see things through !

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    1. Thanks Zabadak. Plenty to get finished and a game or two as well :-)

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  8. Looking good, Blaxkleric. Neat effect on the cloak. Still reads as white even with the strong shading.

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    1. Cheers Finch. Need to dry-brush some white across the folds and then hopefully we'll see whether this "Vallejo" wash works or not. Fingers crossed.

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