Saturday, January 21, 2017

Finch Lives

Eh, close enough.
I'm back.

Yes, this is indeed the dreaded I'm still alive post.

2016's hobby efforts, which began with promise, ended with a resounding thud as my Zomtober participation fizzled. It was all downhill from there.

Rather than dwell on past failure, I choose to emerge back into the light and move on. To that end... some work-in-progress pictures seem appropriate.

Spurred on by some rather nifty textured rollers from Green Stuff World I got for Christmas I'm easing myself back into the hobby.


I've seen these in use by James Wappel on his blog for some time. They did not disappoint.

While Mr. Wappel uses modeling clay run through a pasta-maker that is then baked in a toaster-oven, I gave simple plumber's putty a whirl. Unlike green stuff, plumber's putty is brittle when cured. It also sets very quickly and thus allows a limited window where it's workable.

I kneaded the two components together, rolled it out like so much pie crust (on a plastic sheet cut from a freezer bag), rolled the desired texture into it, and called it a day.


When fully cured, I peeled off the plastic and attacked with plyers.


Two unpainted refugees from the aforementioned Zomtober debacle have been based using the resulting fragments.



The larger of the two is from Gamezone. The smaller (he's still pretty large) is from Heresy with its original weapon swapped for a mace from a Reaper miniature. Its left foot was attached to the putty fragment first, then the resulting subassembly was attached to the base. It seemed much simpler to do it this way than to try to get the angles right on the base before attaching the miniature.



At this point convention dictates that I tease what's coming in my next post. I'm tempted, but given my recent track record convention must be tempered by reality. I'm gonna take this one day at a time.

16 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Those bases will look cracking once painted - just remember all progress is progress! I don't dare stop incase I can't get started again.

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    1. Thank you, James.

      I know the feeling. A body at rest tends to stay at rest.

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  2. Good to see you back, have an excellent year

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    1. Much appreciated. It's good to be back.

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  3. Those rollers produced decent results.
    I think I'll need to make more of an effort with my own (28mm) basing when I get back into painting that size miniature.

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    1. My first impressions of the rollers are definitely favorable.

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  4. Welcome back Finch. You really have been much missed as I thoroughly enjoy both your advice/encouragement on my own blog, and your fantastic WIPs on this one. Slow and steady is a great way to begin, and these first photos have certainly caught my interest. Glad you;re back posting :-)

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    1. You're very kind. Thank you. Simon.

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  5. The bases look ace Finch, welcome back

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  6. Thrilled to have you back amongst us and I do like those rollers, very nifty.

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  7. Welcome back Finch :) And those rollers look like a must-have.

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  8. ooo these look cool mate. Like the basing and the minis can't wait to see these finished they will be ace!

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