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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Water effects on bases and miniature transports...

Nothing super exciting today. Last night was a pretty chill night for me, but one that I needed to work on a few "box" type projects for upcoming events and such.

First was the base that I made way back in January at the basing workshop with Matt Cexwish.

As there is also a Brushbrothers contest for basing, and it ended last night, I figured I best just finish the base and call it done.

Main things I did though was just touch up a couple of the colors on the base, add some foliage ( yay! Finally got to use some of my polak stuff that has traveled almost as much as I have! ), and then add the water effects. Prior to putting down the water effects though I did paint the bottom of the dice cube with teal and white stippling to make it look more magical? Shallow? Like water??

One of the biggest things I tried ( and not sure if it fully worked yet ) was to make a small waterfall with the water coming from inside the cave system.

This was one of the techniques that we learned, but I think I didn't do properly, from the class.

Basically taking some cling wrap or plastic, and gluing it down where you want the waterfall to occur. By gluing I mean, place it with satin or gloss varnish and let that kind of hold it in place. As I said, I was not too good at this part, but it still worked in the end I guess. Maybe the piece at the bottom is a bit too large though.. no idea.

From here, it was just putting in the water effects. For me, I finally got to use some of my liquids that I have been hording here.  For this one I tried to use the Vallejo Still Water effects. It seemed simple enough... pop a hole into the top of the bottle.. pour bottle where you want the water effects! Wait 24 hrs?

For me, I just poured some into the bottom well. And then also poured some into the reservoir at the back of the cave, and just let it run through until it reached the bottom cavity again. So I hope it will be a more natural effect when it is all dried. Had to play around with a big of it with the paint brush ( hope I haven't destroyed said brush now! ) to get it to move around where I wanted it to. Now we just wait till tonight to see how it all settled and what the plastic looks like afterwards also.

On top of this though I also went ahead and built up a HobbyZone miniature transport case out of wood. Pretty simple. Just used white glue.. and when that didn't work Thin Viscosity Super Glue and Accelerator. Made the pieces that didn't want to stick stick real quick :)


As you can see.. it is pretty big. Actually big doesn't begin to cover it. Which is sad cause I was hoping I would be able to use this for my upcoming trip to Germany, but it looks like I will need to find an alternative solution instead. Something that is not as heavy, large or unwieldy. Though this piece is more than large enough to store quite a few pieces ( heck maybe a smaller army could fit here! ) and some larger pieces like the Sci-Fi bust I am working on currently. So in that part it is good.. but damn if I want to be carrying this everywhere, or if I want to try to get this into the overhead compartments when on a plane. Something tells me that it will not fit there, and I don't really want to have to lay it on its side.

But you can see at least a few of the projects underway that I wish to take with me to upcoming events ( Salute, Duke, MV ). So we shall see if I can find an alternative solution to this all. In the meantime I will attempt to take it to Salute and see how well I do. Worst case I have a sore arm at the end of the day. Best case is I become a professional body builder during Salute.

Time will tell.... enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. Is this the large transport case from Hobbyzone? I have been thinking about one of those but it might be to bulky...
    Awsome base by the way!

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    1. Yes, this is the monster sized one from them. Far too big for planes, and only good for land trips I think.. will see in time though.

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    2. Thank's it's good to know about it's size!

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  2. Impressive work my friend , very realistic .
    Cheers

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    1. Coming from you this is high praise Capt LOL. Thank you for the compliment!

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  3. Hola
    Buena la escena y la caja es como la que tengo,son muy utiles
    un saludo

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    1. Gracias JD
      ¿Alguna vez has llevado la caja en un avión antes? ¿Se ajusta como continuar y en los compartimientos superiores? No estoy tan seguro, por desgracia: (

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    2. Hola
      Si la monte en un avión dirección Italia y no tuve problema,pero yo las tenia sujetas con tornillos a las bases eso si.
      un saludo

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    3. Gracias por esta información JD. No utilice tornillos, etc, pero voy a tener que repensar eso o imanes fuertes en el futuro. Tendré en mente!

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    4. Hola
      Mejor tornillos que imanes,eso si te lo digo,tengo amigos que las vibraciones se los movieron,yo lo que preparo en las peanas es un tornillo hembra en la base y luego solo tengo que poner el tornillo por la madera de trasporte.
      un saludo

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  4. That base is looking superb and the water is certainly working for me.

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    1. Thanks Michael. It is another first for me, so I was not too sure how it would all turn out. Am still waiting for it to fully cure, so there might be a post of me crying tomorrow ;)

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  5. I think the water looks great! I like the WIP bunker too, but yes, it looks quite heavy o_O

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    1. WIP bunker? You mean the carrying case? The thing is solid, that much is for sure, but I have to rethink the whole using it for abroad though atm :(
      Glad you like the water. Expect more bases with it in the future I guess!

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    2. Yeah, it looks like some kind of panic room for minis ;) You should get in touch with Meg Maples. I know she did some travel over to OZ so maybe she has some ideas or resources.

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  6. Get a model on it, then post it on the Portal page on facebook to get it into the competition! ;)

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    1. Heh... mmm... a model.. I have a few that i want to add to this... but do I have the time to get it finished or it? :) Will come back to you on that :D

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  7. I like the waterfall. From what I hear water effects can be tricky but with trial and error most people seem to find a method that will work for them. Me, I've not attempted any yet.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Honestly if i didn't do the basing class with Matt and make such a cube based base, i wouldn't be too inclined to start with water effects either. Though I can see it coming into a few pieces in the near future though :) Time will tell as always!

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  8. It looks brilliant mate. Fiddly I imagine but well worth the effort.

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    1. Thanks SImon.. very fiddly indeed though... still not 100% sold on it however..

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  9. Dude ! Don't forget that I have an empty GW case of yours here...

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    1. Heh.. thanks mate.. I have 3 more here also.. but they are not the best for showcase pieces... that is the only problem with them :(

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