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Little shop.. Little shop of Haro

Last weekend marked the deadline for the Annual contest hosted by the admins over at ITSAGUNAAAAAAM!!!!!! on Facebook and once the votes were in I wound up in 1st place for my second time in the contest, go me! I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t have made it since I’ve been head over heels at painting minis for DnD games as well as another project I will discuss soon. Congrats to all of the other participants, seriously, this years entries had some crazy efforts put into them and I was almost doubting my skills for a bit. Seeing as the other contestants are now starting to share their progress videos and progress pics I thought I might do something similar. Here is how I made my Haro Mimic that I entered for my third year in the Annual ITSAGUNDAAAAAAM!!!!!! contest.

 

 

Concept and Sculpting

I started off back in march by doing some basic sketches of what I thought was possible to make. My goal for this build was to challenge and familiarize myself with sculpting. I have only ever sculpted something advanced before but looked forward to applying it to the newly released Haro model from Bandai. I made sure to order a couple extras in case I did something horribly wrong but once it arrived I started cutting out the shape of the mouth as well as hollowing out the interior with a power tool in order to make room for the greenstuff I used as sculpting material.

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Insert Pacman noise

Once done I began with the general shapes and features such as lower gum of the mouth eyeballs and exposed muscles and mutation.

In order to smooth the transition between the plastic and putty I used a variations of tools such as silicon brushes dental tools and other, I continued adding details such as eyelids, more muscle mass and the full interior of the mouth.

Lastly I added the teeth and tongue which took me about 2 nights thanks to the greenstuff needing to cure. “Pro tip”, if you ever work with greenstuff on a stressed timeline. try looking into a greenstuff oven. Those things will more than half the greenstuff’s curing time.

Painting

Once everything had been sculpted and cured, I stared painting the interior with a dark fleshy, purple tone with several glazes of skin blended into the mix to highlight. As for the tongue I went with a more purple-isch than brown tone. once done I applied a super glossy glaze to give it a… moistened appearance. I later glued the two halves of the model together and filled any unwanted gaps that had appeared.

I gave the model a rusty undercoat using similar technique as in my salt & hairspray guide then I gave it the green base-coat starting from darkest bottom to the lightest top. The fleshy parts were glazed similarly to the inside of the mouth but given a bit of red shade just give it a more disgusting effect.

Somewhere along the line the base which was inspired by classical dark sci-fi corridors from games like dead space or the aliens movies.

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By then I thought i was done with the build, but one question haunted me.. is this gross and disgusting enough?.. Colors, check.  Peel the paint to expose the rust, check. Use GW Shade to further wear it down, check. it needed something.. more…

Enter the slime, oh the slime. Its amazing what an effect you can get using UHU Glue, toothpicks and some gloss glaze medium. Grab the toothpick, dip it in the glue and poke it between the areas you want the string of slime to appear.

Et viola! that’s how it was done. Hope this helps anyone curious on some of the details in the build. Gallery will soon be updated with the Haro Mimic.

Take care!

 

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Commission Done, Raven Guard Force

I Finished these a while ago and uploaded to the gallery but I never wrote anything about it, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some highlights from the project All in all it was a good first time experience to paint models for someone else and I would gladly do it again if given the chance to do so. As the client (is that the right term?) wanted something just higher than standard table top standard with the bases quickly done and I think I delivered quite well on that promise.

 

Out of all the models I painted I think I had most fun with the commander in terminator armor and the Mor Deythan Squad. I think they look amazing with my level of painting on them and FW did an amazing sculpt on them.

 

That’s all for now dear reader. There’s a bunch of more pictures in the gallery folder so go have a look if you want. Cheers and have a lovely summer, I’m off to paint some more minis!

https://craftatorium.wordpress.com/completed-work/space-marine-raven-guard-commission/

 

Taking Commission & new year

Wow It’s already the second month of 2018? Time flies!

Since my last update, quite a few things have happend in life for me. I finnished my first RPG Campaign as a DM, which was stressfull but very fun and I got to use my first ever almost fully greenstuff sculpted model as a centerpiece for the campaign. Meet Alpha-02 from the depths of the ancient Laboratory ψ-03.

 

I still have to complete her hair but I will get around to that eventually. Another amazing thing that happened during the winter break was that I got asked to do my first real commission work for a friend of a friend. Right now I am well under way into painting a smaller team of Raven Guard Spacemarines at a bit above table-top standard.raven-guard-space-marines-wip-painted-commission-tactical-mor-deythan-warhammer-40k-cogwings-01[1]

 

It feels a bit different working on soemone else’s models and knowing you won’t keep them in the end but at the same time I am happy to work with a client for my first time.

Lastly my instagram page has been growing quite quickly as well and I mostly use it to post my most recent WIP and such there. Have a look if you feel like it.

I hope to get done with my commission work this month at least and even though the guy who ordered his models to be painted said that I can take as much time as I need, I have started to feel like I’m slightly draging out the time and make more room for other projects.

That’s all for now at least and I will post again after the commission is done.

thanks for reading  ^^

And the results are in..

During this weekend I participated in my first ever scale model competition. something even more amazing also happened there, I managed to wind up with 3 bronzes and 1 silver at the end complete with a sweet bag of loot.
A little bit of explaining i perhaps in order? The contest is set up into multiple different categories in which people compete against respective modellers in said category.
The judges then have an unspecified standard a model has to reach in order for it to qualify for either the bronze, silver or gold spots, so multiple models in the same category can receive the same “rank”. Which also means that some categories can be left without some higher ranks or with no ranked modes due to them not measuring up, at least that is how I have understood it. c4-open-2017-malmo-modelling-competition-bronze-silver-prize-petitgguy-antique-ashen-one-emeth-1.JPG

For me, the highest rank I reached was silver, which I believe I shared with two others in the category for models with base diorama, man those others were amazing addition to the competition. in the same category I also applied the recently completed Mk 1 Defence Bot from infamy miniatures which landed a bronze spot. I was surprised to se my Dark Souls  statue actually receiving any points due to the very impressive Blood Borne model next to it. I talked to the girl who made it and she was great fun to talk to, she also got gold for that one which was much deserved.  Same goes for the guy who won took home gold in the “figure with base” category.

Also quite joyously, I was also the only one in the “figure bellow 69mm scale to receive any rank at, which I am glad for but found it strangely odd. But I don’t know, I’m new and super impressed by everyone’s efforts put on display. All around about half of my entered models took some kind of higher ranking which makes me real glad and motivated for next year’s competition, only a slight shame that my airship didn’t get anything but looking back I can see why. A part of the reason I entered was to where I would stand and how my models would be ranked in comparison to others. I am happy I’ve entered.
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Before I end this already too long post I want to share some things that I learned from competing in this competition and to start of: When you are applying for a competition, make sure to always check your deadline. I noticed the day before that they had closed the digital entry some days before the actual competition, which was a bit frustrating but nothing that couldn’t be fixed on spot.
Secondly it is almost a necessity to have a base or display which your model is attached to. Mainly because it looks damn professional but it also gives your models a bit of elevation from the low tables which they stand on. I noticed this was a particular problem with my petitgguy, since many overlooked the fact that its eyes and stomach was glowing thanks to their angle of perspective.
if you can, make your base a part of the model such as a smaller diorama, it always improves the selling-point additionally it puts the model into an environment and creates an overall bigger impact.
Right, I believe that was everything for this time. I will get back and talk about some of the models I probably haven’t mentioned before like the airship and defense bot, but that is for another time and post.

Take care and don’t spend your hard earn cash like a rich kid with his daddy’s wallet 🙂
Here’s a collection of things I found cool at the event.

 

Gear up, suit up, paint up!

Okay I’ve finally done it, I’ve entered my first modelling competition at a local modelling convention, same one I wasn’t able to go to last year and I just wanted to send in a quick post about it. The con is called C4-open, is supposedly is one of south Scandinavia’s largest modelling competitions and will as traditionally be hosted at the technical museum during the last weekend of October. From what I’ve gathered last year, you compete in many different categories, with the most prominent being classical scale models such as planes, tanks and similar with a small of classes dedicated for general sci-fi, miniatures and other figures. The latter is where I’ll most likely place most of my entries at and I’m currently in the process of adding and finalizing some additional models since you can bring as many models as you like and only be charged once for entry.
If things stay the same as last time they are about to get a 300-something % increase in mechas which will be quite interesting to see. I also have one smaller project underway which I’m unsure if I’ll be able to finish in time but you’ll never know.

What i’m currently bringing to the table is my Emeth, puchigguy and Medusa 4 chaos sorcerer, but as I said, might be able to squeeze in some more and I’m dead curious on how they will judge my painting and modelling skills, also there’s a lot of tools and paints I usually have no clue where to otherwise get.

Time is limited and I’ve got quite a few projects going as well so I will leave you here for now. Thanks once again for reading and stay awesome.
// Cogs

I don’t always complete a model, but when I do…

After spending a bit more then a year on my shelf I did the unthinkable and actually completed some models. In the past I’ve had some weird idea that doing proper highlights was way above my skill and effort. It might have been the fact that I did not have the tools, teaching or inspiration but during the latest couple of years I have slowly pushed myself out of such thinking and through sharing, asking and competing, I think I’m slowly progressing into a better painter.

Mostly I also try to test out one new method for every build that I make, aside from fun or relaxation builds. With that said, here are my 2 freshly finished battle suits with the addition of some proper pictures on my hammerhead gunship I did a while ago.