A Quick Paint Job

Tonight, to be totally truthful, I couldn’t be bothered to paint anything as I had spent ages fighting with my resin printer, if it carries on being a bugger, it is going back. The plate wouldn’t go up or down so after swearing at it and threatening violence I did the old IT trick and turned it off and back on again and voila… it worked. On the build plate this evening is hopefully a mammoth.

So my little painting venture was thus…

It’s alright for 20 minutes work. I wanted something done and I cannot think how I am going to do the wraiths, so I chose something easier.

While mooching about I found this lot…

A pile of female Halflings, one is riding a pig. For the life of me I cannot remember where they came from.

I have ordered myself Osprey’s Men of Bronze rules to have a look at, there is absolutely no way that I am going to be adding another load of lead to the pile of shame. 🥴 But interestingly enough the Museum miniatures z range are rather nice… not that I am getting any though… I just thought I would point it out.

‘‘Twas a productive day on the old house front, filled the hole in the floor, rewired a light switch, changed a socket front plate, did a tip run, got horse feed, and pretty much sorted out more…sadly the weather was against me so I couldn’t get the seams on the roof or the walls on the conservatory painted. But hopefully some nice weather will arrive sooner rather than later. I am really hoping that the annoying little drip has been well and truly sorted… but as you know water, like life, always finds a way.

River Maiden and the Hobbit

Well I managed to get these nearly to completion tonight.

They were really nice miniatures to paint and didn’t take too long really.

As you can see, the rhino have had a bit of work too.

Now I learned a little fact this evening. By all accounts, the only way you could get leave from the Napoleonic French Army was for, wait for it… Homesickness… yup the urge to go home, except it wasn’t called Homesickness back then… it was called nostalgia (a bit like other conditions with algia on the end). They spent a lot of time and effort trying to work out what it was and to also stop it as it was a serious medical condition.My good lady came across this snippet while reading some articles from the Welcome Institute… you can have a read here…https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/X3L9vxEAACEAoOIt

Hopefully tomorrow I will crack on with the Wraiths, I am still unsure what colours to do them, hopefully inspiration will arrive by then.

Wight he is Finished

Tonight I managed to get him finished. When I say finished I mean that he is where I won’t faff with him any more. There are other bits that I could do but he will do.

The prince and his minions

I have got the four riders and other two from the other night sprayed today so will make a start on them tomorrow.

I also threw some paint on the woolly rhino to see what they looked like.

I was going for two different shades of brown, which I achieved, not that you can see it on the photo. One is a red brown and the other a more yellow brown. Still some work to go, but not bad for 10 minutes of flinging paint about.

And finally… this made me laugh…

A Quasi Night Off

So, this evening I decided to paint something and set to work, the problem was that I really couldn’t be bothered…

As you can see, there is still an awful lot of white visible, but at least some form of progress has been made. I am not using the GW paint schemes on these and will choose colours that I fancy. I also stuck the wraiths to their bases…

The most important part of the photo are the 6mm Japanese town gates. I have turned the house and shed upside down looking for them. I opened my paint box and there they were. I have only opened that box and rootled through it dozens of times. I though that I must have put them in with one of the castles that went to new homes.

Two more days to go before I am on leave. This is just a short term, so I get a bit of a break, during which I have a list of jobs as long as my arm 🥴.

Printing not Painting

I had a parent council meeting this evening so didn’t leave work until 20.50 so needless to say I am a bit pooped and seriously could not be bothered to do anything. I did rescue some miniatures of the print bed and cure them and the ones from this morning…

So here we have four of the Nazgul in their human form…

The one with the spear has a bit of a curl on the bottom of the shield as well as a bit of a bend on the end of the spear. I am not sure why this has happened, a similar thing happened to the Hero Forge shield too…

Well actually, the bottom of the shields were missing in both of the miniatures above.

Having a Night Off… Sort of

I am absolutely knackered tonight so decided not to try and paint anything. I have rescued a print off the printer and also sliced a few more. Now interestingly this print had four bases on it and only one came off perfectly (more of that later). So this miniature is the wight prince…

Not that you can really see him in the green resin… you will have to trust me, but it is a really nice miniature.

As I said above I printed him and his base plus three more bases. I managed to sort of get a Second one off the plate, but it was pretty badly warped and then there are the other two. One was completely non existent and the second one was a lump on the bottom of the vat.

So tonight I sliced half a dozen bases and when the bottom layer was curing only four showed up on the screen, then weirdly on the second layer the other two suddenly appeared. I have another 15 minutes or so to go before they are finished so it will be interesting to see what they are like. The only thing I can think of is that the missing two weren’t actually touching the ‘build plate’ in the software.

Yey.. they worked

Luckily they came out okay, I did pull the plug on them as it was actually going to be another hour to make the wall a few mm higher…. and quite frankly I wanted to go to bed. It didn’t happen until just now as my daughter needed help with her maths homework!

I am now in the process of printing Gandalf, Frodo and Samwise (and a cat) overnight. I will show them off tomorrow.

Tom and the First of the Nine

So the printer is still working, so much so that I actually managed to do another miniature. I got the first of the nine done, unfortunately he lost a hand and rein in the printing process. Luckily a 15th Century Perry mini hand fitted just fine. I will get a Greenstuff rein added when everything has solidified.

As you can see from the above I also managed to get some paint on the bard miniature… he happens to be called Tom and lives near the old forest and has a water nymph as his wife. I still have a bit more to do on him, but he is definitely getting there.

Unfortunately yesterday when I was chopping back some bushes I got a bit of a smack in the eye. It stung like a bugger and then went away. This morning I could open the eye very easily and the pain was a bit painful to say the least. To cut a long story short then I decided I needed to rest it. Sadly my pirate patch mountain has disappeared so my wife came up with a cunning idea… wear my glasses but cover the sore eye lens… now I didn’t want to freak out my kids so I drew an eye on the tape….

Anyway lots of eye baths in salt water later this popped out…

Over the course of the day smaller bits have also come out, it is still stinging, but nowhere near to what it was this morning

The down side of having one eye covered is that depth perception is reduced… sadly stupidity cannot be blamed on it… guess what happened with the printed bases today?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

See I am a bit cultured… and in the words of Sir Samuel Vimes… We watch each other.

I suddenly remembered these chaps when I was considering what to paint…

I am going for a really simple colour scheme of green and browns, with iron metallics. They aren’t going to win any prizes, but they are going to painted and will look pretty at a distance.

It was a rather nice drive home today, so I stopped and took a photo of the view from the top of Weisdale hill.

All Wight on the Night

So after sleeping until pretty much late afternoon I managed to drag myself out of bed and before heading back there I decided to try and get a bit done on the wights… I succeeded in getting some paint on them.

Not a lot to be honest, but a bit of progress is still progress.

Now one thing on these that is puzzling me is that there are radiating layer lines on the bases and on the miniatures themselves, I am not sure why. It will be a setting in the slicer, but as yet I am not sure what or why.

The printer is still Kerfucktenbuggerd as they say (or not say) in Germany. I have got onto Anycubic to see if they have any answers. Hopefully they will come back with one soon.

I managed to get a couple of sets of roads printed as well.

The roads are the six at the front, I still need more, but it’s a start.

So we have 33 tiles in the coffee colour and about 60 I think in the pink. Quite a little world so far.

Fifteen Hours Plus

I got the wights off the resin printer this evening after 15 hours 49 minutes. This was a bloody age, so this evening I checked the software and for some reason I had set the layers as 0.01mm at 8 seconds a layer… what a pillock!

To be honest you cannot really see what they are…

They are lovely miniatures and will be a lot more visible when I get them sprayed tomorrow. These are pre supported and they just come right off.

The miniatures had four minutes cleaning in the ISO and then had a good old blast with the UV light.

Tomorrow I am going to print the bases for the dogs etc as well as print a hobbit with his giant pumpkin.

I did another couple of river tiles on the FDM this evening.