Mongrel in miniature land

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mothra » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:27 pm

TA wrote:Let me try.

Mothra wrote:Hot damn, that owl.
Mongrel wrote:My crude attempts at a wolf, Eurasian brown bear, and golden eagle (I know the tail shape is not right for a golden eagle. I had to use the figure I had).
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Heh, whoops~

Mostly just looked at the second pic, of the coloring on the wingspan. Looked owly from the back.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:49 pm

Yeah, TA's posts notwithstanding it was more funny than anything. >:3

François wrote:Mothra's (haha i almost typed Mongra) adorable attempt at biology aside, that is some cool stuff. I recently picked up some clay and acrylic paint for something I had in mind for a while and if I can make any of it look one tenth as good as this I'll be right chuffed with meself. (Spoilers: I probably can't. But I gotta try.)

God, sculpting anything myself would end in tears. Hopefully tears of laughter.
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:48 pm

Finished a terrain mat today.

Here it is with the painting all done before flocking:

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And after:

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:15 pm

More dudes

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mothra » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:31 pm

Ooh, liking that black owl in the last one.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:35 pm

To Whit To Whoo~
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:36 pm

Recently finished some big grassland patches as well as some cover stands (shrubs/bracken).

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:35 pm

I made a shack from wrecked bits for an upcoming game, with an eye to ambiguity so that the wreck might be an aircraft or a ship (so that I can re-use this thing!). The game I have in mind will actually feature a wrecked airship (sadly off-screen. Waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too big for the tabletop so I made this instead).

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I tried a bunch of new stuff and learned some neat new tricks!
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby ocksi » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:18 am

I swear, the thing I would love the most is if you just set up incredible stand-still scenarios and had them photographed from various perspectives around the scene to show a larger narrative. Like battlefield set-ups or something. Your miniature game is out of control.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:44 am

Well, I'll have some in-situ photos from the next time we have a game (I do game reports for the wargaming board I go to).
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mothra » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:33 am

Is that actual cloth? If not, good job. If so, good job.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:52 pm

The rectangle on top is actual cloth (it's this light fabric I found that looks like canvas in miniature when I lightly paint it as I have here). The other bits are painted paper towel or napkin. They're all formed and held in place by a heavy wash of glue.
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Büge » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Watching the piece come together was a real treat. Photos don't do it justice! If you look at it up close, you can see the incredibly painstaking detail being put into each component, like the shattered porthole window on the door.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mothra » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:23 pm

The oil stains on the barrel are probably my favorite bit. It actually looks like it streaked down the side, rather than being painted on.

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:06 am

These are some dudes I painted earlier this week (we had a fun game today.)

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A squad of army troops, to add to my other filler Russians. Now I have enough for the Bogatyrs league to occasionally call on the Red Army to help out (after all they are military officers!). Here we have three infantrymen (including a scout wearing his fur hat against regulations), a medic, and a sergeant.

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A sleeping/wounded man and some pilot types. The middle fellow is brave Italian air hero Umberto Nobile, who is absolutely a brilliant real-life pulpy character and incidentally the first man (sharing credit with fellow-traveller Roald Amundsen) to reach the north pole in his airship Norge.

Three adventurers had previously claimed the Pole, and while Fredrick Cook was derided as a fraud in his own lifetime, only modern research has determined that BOTH Robert Peary and Richard E. Byrd lied. Each came close, but too weak-willed to admit the truth, each falsified his logbooks and records to convince the public they had attained the pole. Nobile never learned it in his lifetime, but he and Amundsen were actually the first men to truly reach the North Pole - and in an airship no less! It really doesn't get much pulpier than that!

Nobile was actually an attempt at 28mm portraiture, so that was very interesting as I had to use several painting tricks to slightly reshape the Biggles face of the base figure.

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A few plot points and/or scenery elements. A burnt-out campfire, a cairn of loose stones, a backpack, and a sapling with a banner or rag tied to it.
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:04 am

I piant moar guyes

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The odd shoulder-mounted compass, watch glass, and goggle lenses were created using dabs of epoxy glue (a trick I use for gems on fantasy figures).
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:59 pm

So I was talking to an older fellow I know and I asked him "Don't you think copter guy looks like Burgess Meredith?" and he replied "...now that you mention it. And the big fellow looks like Fred Gwynne!"

Holy shit he's right!

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:32 pm

I've been making little buildy detail things and shit for objectives or just scenery. The luggage is a set of resin stuff made by a fellow I know, so they're just painted. The other stuff, like the dynamite, map, and toolbox I made.

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(The gramophone is what's new in this one, the crates and dude are just for reference)

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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:42 pm

There was a request for our battle reports, so here they are, (links go to the wargaming forum I frequent):

Episode 1 - Fracas in the Taiga
Episode 2 - Samaritan Shootout (this is long, probably way too long)
Episode 3 - Rescue Miscue

I need to get on building more scenery so our games can finally escape Russia's nether regions.
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Re: Mongrel in miniature land

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:05 pm

Painted more dudes. This is my Indian pulp League, the Aiyyars.

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This is actually the very first league I ever came up with, but sourcing the minis and doing the conversions took a while. You might be interested to know that India has a pulp-adventure tradition of it's own, going back to the Victorian period. An Aiyyar is the Indian term for what is essentially a pulp hero, though usually Aiyyars and their adventures tend to have a mystical or magical aspect (but not always).

Also, some more extras painted last week. The dog was actually found years ago for a dollar in a dollhouse shop. I didn't paint it, it came that way so all I needed to do was base it.

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The Red Queen's dress was a rather risky experiment I wanted to try. After varnishing her, I added a second coat of varnish as a glue over the red areas (in small patches, not all at once), and carefully applied glitter as I went with a soft brush. This gave me a true sequined dress!

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