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Friday, June 06, 2014

WIP: Helion Rain - Laying the foundation

Inspiration is great, but progress is better. The picture frame above needs a solid base for the minis to anchor, but it can't be too heavy. Foam isn't a very tough anchor though is it...


So, some MDF for the top layer helps...
Keep that pen handy because next we have to mark out where the terrain will go...
...and then ignore that placement when inspiration strikes...
 This is going like poop through a goose! Time to add some textures and build up details...
First I use apoxie sculpt to build up the rubble and blend it into the base...
Then the other bits and bobs....
 Ready for priming!
Well that was fun! Thanks for tagging along :)

***NOVA UPDATE***
Got the insignia done. the pics are a bit washed out so the subtle shading of the insignia isn't that clear. Oh well. Colors and pictures below...
 Onto the fatigues and cloaks, then when I weather the armour these will tie in really nicely.
***NOVA UPDATE***

Next Post: Prepping the minis. Check out the blog roll, hit me up in the comments and remeber; you can't spell paint without a little pain.

11 comments:

  1. I like seeing how this is coming together. How long did it take? Also love how the primer says 'extreme danger'. Excited to see the next stages now :D

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    1. Thanks! I'd say no more than about 7hrs. It was 30-60 min a night over the course of a week. Yeah, now that you mention it that primer looks very exciting!!!!

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  2. I admire your tenacity in putting this little diorama together. So far for me, a 'diorama' consists of putting some fake grass on a base. :)

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    1. Nah I don't believe that. I've seen your stuff ;)

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    2. Lol ... you must have me confused with my alter ego ... 'Mr.Testing out some water diorama but not really creating anything of worth'. ^_^ Seriously though, I am still thinking of how to put together a water diorama that would look cool. The mind is willing but the hands don't yet know what to do! :)

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  3. Sweeeeeet. Really digging how they're coming together, man! Keep up the great work!

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  4. Just listened to Helion Rain couple of days ago (inspired by your previous post - my wallet cursed you;)) There are a couple moments that can inspire a great duel scene.. Anyways the foundations look great, can't wait to see some paint on them :)

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    1. Thanks, I love how in the books a squad of scouts could take on a lictor with one casualty, but in game if you tried that they would just end up as a nice light snack ~sigh~ It does make for a cool scene though ;)

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  5. Hiya Zab ... a quick question if you please. Is the Vallejo Matt Varnish in your photos used as a final coat to help protect the paint from chipping?

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    1. I use that to seal in the decals once I have them in place and take the shine off the surface from the gloss varnish i put down before adding the decals. It's good stuff, but mainly for display. These guys are gaming pieces so they'll get a couple of thin coats of testors dulcote to protect them at the end. the vallejo stuff can actually rub off if handled too much :)

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