Tiny Dragon Gets Painted!

Ok ok, I am actually fully aware that this particular model is in fact a snake – but I mistakenly called it a dragon when I said to my painting friend ‘Oh, I wonder what the dragon will look like in person?’ before the Malifaux miniatures arrived in the mail – and since then, I’ve called him the tiny dragon.

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Err….I don’t think my tongue should be green. Get the medic – tell them my tongues green!!

So I have to admit I was on a little bit of a high from all the work I’d put into Myranda and thought – hey the snake creature doesn’t look that tough! Should be a breeze.

How sorely mistaken I was.
1. The model actually doesn’t fit together. For some odd reason. I received 2 tails, which after much inspection found they were definitely identical and neither fit.
In addition, the teeth do not quick glue flush close to the models mouth – so I got to learn all about the world of ‘Green Stuff’.

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Teeth greened in, and behind that loop is a greened together tail that I then filed back to make it look like it was 1 piece.

2. Painting something with tiny cracks, and a lot of flat surfaces is actually damned hard.

3. I have no idea how to blend colours properly or contain my ‘wash’ shading to his cracks.

Either way, here is the end result:

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Whew, my mouth isn’t green. Hey wait, El…EL…ELLISON..You know I’m meant to have a blue tongue right?

Yeaaaa…the model is depicted in the photos as having purple gums and a blue tongue, but after I’d put in all the work on his little teeth – I didn’t have it in me to change the colours. Although…I do think he’d look nicer with a blue tongue to be honest.

Well, not as happy with this one, but it’s all a good learning experience. And a good reminder that just because I was happy with Myranda doesn’t mean I still have any idea what I’m doing … AHAHAHA.

On a side note, I watch anime. Recently watched about 7 episodes of an anime called ‘PhotoKano’.

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Needless to say, don’t do it. I’m a lesser person for having sat through 7 episodes.
Back to Shinjeki!Sincerely,
Ellison

20 Things you probably didn’t know about PS4

These are mostly just ‘little’ features and things that haven’t really been focused on with the whole E3 game trailers and Xbox One funeral – but I actually found it quite interesting.

Suspend mode? Now that’s something I can get excited about!!

Myranda is FINALLY done!

Finally my little Malifaux miniature Myranda is done! With hair!!

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Finally! You gave me hair!

To be honest, I am super super proud of her!! Admittedly, she would look nothing like this if I hadn’t had someones advice.

Now, I would also like to give a mention to the amazing EvilBleachMan (Bleached Models) for writing me a guide on how to do blond hair. He is an amazingly breath-taking painter, and I felt so honored that he would take the time to write out how he does blond hair for me.

Now, I didn’t have all the right paints, but with my friends assistance we selected what we though was a good range and had at it.

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It didn’t come out quite how I’d hoped, or anywhere near EvilBleachMan’s work – but I think it was an acceptable attempt!!! I shall have to really practice hair hehe.

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My friend was teaching me how to do a layering effect on the feathers. Now, compared to their models – my feathers look like clumps of purple with no highlights haha, but still – I’m happy with them.

Well, with Myranda done, and only her base to give some other browns and a little grass to go – I’m now onto dun dun DUUUUUN.
This bad boy.

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Ehehehe.

Painting Boots

Hello again!

Thought I’d do a small update as, well, watching YouTube tutorials, reading tutorials and looking at miniature painting forums seems to have taken up my last few days. Hahaha, I love the feeling of excitement with a new hobby/interest.

So, worked a little bit on Myranda today.

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Still haven’t done my hair? Serious Ellie, I think the shoes could have waited?

I have given her some nice brown boots (still to be finished with some details/hightlights), and the little skulls on her belt.

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Come to think of it, given their size…Myranda has killed, and is now wearing the heads of small children……

Now, I was surprised how much layering was involved with these little skulls when my friend (who is helping me learn to paint minis) stepped me through the process. But I think it was worth it, they look much more dimensional now.

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Oh little sabertooth, shake….SHAAAKE….Who’s a good boy?

Based and then painted with a light tan/skin/something colour the 3 headed Sabertooth Cerberus ready for his fur. It was suggested as I was doing a bit of tumb twiddling when waiting for various aspects of Myranda to dry that I get another one going so I can bounce between them. Soooo excited to start on the Sabertooth.

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This is the picture of my little ‘part of the table’ that I sit at my friends house (as I own maybe, 8 citadel paints and they own something like 100+). I have it set up so that I can see the two characters cards at all times for colour scheme.\
I know I can do them whatever colour, but this is making it easier for me.

Other highlight of my week was getting my X Men Starter decks in the mail.
This is an old Wizards of the Coast release with limited comic book and poster inside. Pretty much just drop the words ‘limited edition’ and/or ‘Wizards card game’ in an advertising campaign and I’m all over your product like ants on candy. Gimme gimme.

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Well, off to sleep I suppose.
~ As always, Ellison.

Eating, Gaming and Miniature Painting!

Heeeeeey, that title kind of rhymes?

So, I’ve been ridiculously stressed out lately. University Exams were on, at the same time as my job get’s super busy, at the same time as a number of my friends suddenly dissapear off the face of the Earth (Not dead, just avoidant!) and yea – you get it.
*First world problems, right?*

Well, I explained that because when I’m stressed out I cook – so the other day I find a fishmonger selling Moreton Bay Bugs, so I nabbed a few and did them in a garlic, butter and parsley dressing, sprinkle of rock salt and optional lemon.

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Yea, kinda tasted like … fish prawns. Very meaty.

Another stress release, painting up my new Malifaux miniatures! Arrived safely in the mail the other day and I’m having a crack at painting up Myranda first.
Now, please keep in mind:
1. I am not very good at this
2. Any level of ‘success’ I achieve is because I’m planted next to a professional painter who’s saving my arse every time I stuff something up hahaha.

So this is her with skin and blue fabric done so far.

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Oi, El…You’re not leaving me GREY haired are you? This is awful.

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With the FLASH on looks really bad, but wanted to show that I’d painted on shine…even though, yea it kind of looks like smudge like this hahaha.

Other than these two activites, got in a little Neverwinter time, kind of dull now that the Event is over – but either way got to questing.

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I was sent into this dungeon when a lot of sections of roofs have caved in and you walk up the debris to get tot he next ‘level’ of the dungeon and I discovered a somewhat glitch.
Was stuck here for a good 10-15 minutes trying worm my way out of the crack.

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Don’t step on a crack, or you’ll fall and break your….ability to move forever.

Hunting a dead dog

I have been kicking around on Neverwinter for the past few days due to the event currently on!! Oh, how I love events.

This event releases monsters through variously placed portals through the main city (Protector’s Enclave) and the players can all run and kill them to protect the loving defenseless citizens.

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Paaaartay! Who brought the boom box?

Once the portal closes a minute or two later, every get’s a ‘bag of bones’. Collecting these bones allows you to turn them in for various rewards – the top one being a new skeleton dog companion.

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Keep moving you creepy citizen, I will not follow you into any suspicious looking lane-ways.

So, you need 40 bones to get the companion dog, and I was up to 35 when maintenance was announced to hit shortly. So I scrambled to get the rest of my bones and pick up my new puppy.

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Looks like everyone else had this idea as well?

Because there are so many people at the spawn points, it can get a little messy trying to see what the hell you’re doing.
A problem I successfully solved, by planting myself on a pillar and casting from there.

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Go team! I got your back! … from up here…

It also allowed me some good digital photo-ops between spawns…

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Well, minutes before server shut down – I had success.
Everyone say hello to my new friend, SPARKY!

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Arf arf?