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Charlie

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Charlie last won the day on March 2 2016

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  1. Winter Painting Contest - Winners!

    Wow. Absolutely blown away to have won. Genuinely didn't expect to come first as there are some really nice paint jobs in the finished entry thread. Thanks for running a really fun contest @Mako. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
  2. Building a bigger base

    Your welcome. Hope you found it useful. If people are interested I'll do something along the same lines with future builds and conversation work.
  3. Building a bigger base

    Before I painted it I sealed the whole thing in PVA glue. So in effect I was panting on to that rather than wax. Took a couple of coats to get an even coverage but nothing more than that. I've not risked spraying over it because I didn't want to risk a reaction between the wax (if there was still some exposed) and the solvent. In theory if the glue seal is good spray would work.
  4. Building a bigger base

    Your welcome guys. Happy someone found it of interest. Thanks
  5. @masterkdog really like the ice effect man.
  6. Building a bigger base

    Latest painting project is done and, unlike my last effort I have remembered to take so work in progress photos as I went along. I don't normally take photos as I'm working but a couple of people of late have asked so here goes. Why build a bigger base at all? In this case because I'm starting to paint a new Hunters team but I also hade one eye on the winter painting contest and that rather left me thinking I need something that really stands out but will still work on a gaming table. Building up gave me more room to decorate but also let me overhang the area normally occupied by a gamming base without getting in the way of measuring aids or other bases. this is what I came up with..... What follows is something of a step by step of how I built this base. Ok the first thing I did was prep Hearne, assemble him and lightly glue him to a 40mm base for when I painted him. I do this first because it gives any glue or green stuff I've used plenty of time to dry . step one. find an other 40mm base and a candle! WTF? answer - it shapes well and has a bit of weight to it. Herne is a big lad and putting him up off of the table is asking for him to fall over. this one also has a shape that is slightly wider at the top than the base so giving me I little more room to work. Wick out. just pulls straight through. Add more weight. Hearne is a big lump after all. this is a fairly dense ball bearing from a washing machine. hole gouged into base of candle before it is then attached to the gaming base. Cut cave shape into wax. PVA and sand for areas of exposed rock. small bits of wire pushed into wax for icicles A few rocks for the top and PVA brushed on to wire to build up the ice. Undercoat by hand after sealing the whole thing with a layer of PVA. Paint ice and snow now because it will be harder to work with once you start on the top. Nothing looks more like trees than small bits of tree. just have to make a couple of adjustments... cut and pin to achieve new shape twig. And the same at the bottom to attach tree to base. Like so. Add climbing plants to break up the large area of grey rock face. This stuff can be picked up at most hobby stores that cater to model railway fans. woodland scenic produce it. I found however that the flower arraigning area in my local hobby craft had the same thing. it was called "moss effect decoration" and for some reason cost less than the same stuff packaged for gamers. go figure. Grass. These are from army painter. Last job. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. this was from GW. I find with snow it works best to build up light layers rather than go to heavy to soon as it can smother other details. Final step was to give the ice a heavy coat of gloss varnish and touch up the highlighting on the rocks in the middle of the ice. And that's how its done. I hope its of interest to some and maybe even helps try something new. there is a lot more space on a model base than some people realise
  7. Winter Painting Contest

    @Mako haha let's hope I paint better than I type
  8. Winter Painting Contest

    cheers for getting back to me. turned out changing brouser fixed it.
  9. Vet Hearne all done. guess i have to do 9 more now
  10. Winter Painting Contest

    I'm having trouble uploading a picture of my entry from Imgur. The URL I'm pasting in is not doing anything. any advice would be appreciated. thanks in advance
  11. Zarola ..... and playing her well

    Sounds like you have a solid understanding of what she does and how to use her. She is, for the most part a walking character play that can normally do what she wants for little or no inf. Being a battery for others is useful in its self. The issue sounds like position rather than role. I play a lot of Theron hunters and almost always with her in the team. She normally sits just left or right of central in my formation. Normally between Theron (central) and Fahard (closer to the wing) and normally behind where Theron is and preferably with cover. For me if she is not involved in a goal run there is little need to have her up as far as your front line just be conscious of range for Blessings so she is not left short. Hope it helps
  12. Vet Zarola

    If you were going to make changes I would be interested to see how a legendary play that could link to any other team member would work. It would have value under both captains and as once per game I don't think it would be OP. However I'm assuming that she still has MO. Without that it's pointless and for me she never gets on the pitch ahead of her current incarnation
  13. The Goal Post Thread

    Thanks for the compliment. It was scratch built, mostly from card and small diameter wooden sticks from a local craft store. The door began life as a table from a dungeon terrain set I had and the round widows are green stuff into some old shields. The scythe I chose to leave on because I couldn't remove it completely without causing a lot of damage to the rest of the pice so I opted not to move it at all. The smaller accessories on the balcony all came from the farmers guild box apart from the bucket that was from an old ww2 model kit I had. The rope holding it is thin picture wire.
  14. Always there to keep my ego in check. Cheers Dom
  15. It's waited inside the base was built around an old paint tester pot (that happened to be exactly 50mm) Not as often as you would think but it's had some close calls. Touch wood it's never gone off the table....... Yet :/ It was nice to get my Alchemists out again. Thanks for the complements
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