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More Miniature Skin

More Miniature Skin

Starting to have real problems in finding time to do everything. But, I managed to get some skin paint on a few more miniatures. I was trying to get a lot done quickly, so it could have been less messy, but remember, the bits (outside the lines) will be painted over when I do the uniforms.

Anyway, I’ll let the (not that great) photos do the talking…

Smacktastica

Bitchy n Scratchy

Haterade

Winnie Bruise

Brit Knee Tears

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Playtesting at Cafe Savage

Well finally I managed to get some people together to play test this game.

What a great night – there were cool people, great food and coffee and a really nice environment. And don’t forget Impact City Roller Derby!

I’m posting feedback and comments to do with the play testing of the game somewhere else, but I wanted to give a sneak peek at how fun the game looks! This is with the play test kit, so some parts of the game may not be how the finished product will be.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Actually painting now

Actually painting now

Okay, so the plans are set, and now I can actually start painting.

The first thing to do is set up your workspace – you need paints and brushes and water and a REALLY COOL way to do fine detail work…. This is my set up. : )

And yes, that’s two alligator clips, one holding the miniature and one holding a second magnifying glass. There’s also an adjustable magnifying glass (huge) on the stand as well, and I’ve clipped on a lamp too. It makes things a lot easier, but still not easy. 🙂 This is what it’s like looking through the looking glasses…

Anyway, after setting up it’s time to get down to business.

I’m painting the miniatures in the same order that I’ve kept on this blog to make things easier. I have the iPad on one side with this blog open so I can reference the planning.

I have started by doing the skin colour on all miniatures first. The more I can do with one colour, the better. Now, please note that it’s a little sloppy in places. This doesn’t really matter at the skin level because I’ll go over everything else on the miniature with a different colour anyway.

There is also a process called “washing” where a darker more viscous paint is washed over the top of the colour. The idea is that it gets into the grooves to provide a sort of shading finish. I will do that after I’ve done all the skin tones on each of the miniatures. At the moment, the girls look like they haven’t put their make up on yet. 🙂  I also have to add in eyes, eye balls, lipstick, etc. But it’s a start. 😀

Here’s the progress on Crystal Beth…

Then next up, Womb Raider…

Then on to the rest of the D’viants. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Drawing Update

Drawing Update

I went to drawing last night, but got there late since I had to stay back at work for a bit. The good thing was that I got straight into the longer poses, but the bad thing was I got less of them. Still, I was pretty happy how they turned out. For some reason I was channeling a kinda of 40’s vibe. I think it had something to do with the model wearing her hair back and having a faux fur draped around her shoulders.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Drawing

 

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Skateboard Upgrade

Skateboard Upgrade

Well, it’s been way too long since I last did anything to my skateboard apart from ride it.

So I decided it was time to give it a little maintenance. I have been riding a lot more of late and noticed that the bearing just weren’t happy, and the deck bolt had started to come loose. I couldn’t really tighten them much because they were pretty rusty.

I went down to “Decked Out” in Sutherland and picked up some new Modus bearings and some new deck bolts. I don’t need expensive named stuff, just not cheap nasty stuff. All up it came to just over $30. I was happy with that.

I sat down and changed the bearings (the old ones pretty much fell apart when I took them out) and then I rotated the wheels so that they could wear more evenly. And when I say rotate, not like that, you idiot, I turned them to face the other way. I have noticed a fair bit of wear, and I want round wheels not oblate ones.

I also took the trucks off and remounted them with the new deck bolts. Super tight and all happy now. I gave board a five second road test and it seemed to go well, I’ll have to wait for the rain to stop to test it properly, though….

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Skateboarding

 

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Getz almost finished

It’s been a while since I’ve done any more work on the stereo in the Getz. However, almost done.

I really wanted to get it finished this time, but time, as always, is my enemy. I did however get a few other bits finished off and only have pretty much two things to do left – hook up the speakers to the amp and turn it on.

I did however have a couple of things that I did need to finalise before I do that: Connecting the ground, connecting the remote wire, connect the sub wiring to the amp and too the sub.

Connecting the ground

First step is to get everything ready. I always like to vacuum before I start as it’s easier to find dropped bolts, etc. I’ve also got the yoga mat down to help when I have to kneel on the concrete. And of course the socket set ready to take the drivers chair out. Once that’s done, I need to remove the centre console (see previous posts on how to do this)…

Okay, so as you can see, centre console is off and the chair is out and I’m ready to start work.

To connect the ground, I have decided to use the existing ground bolt for other equipment. I could find somewhere better and drill or stuff, but I think this should be fine. If I find there is a lot of interference then I may need to look at positioning it somewhere else, but this spot should be okay.

The spot is under the handbrake, here’s a close up.

You can see the ground wire from the amp just sitting there – that needs to go on the bolt next to the P04 labelled bolt. It’s a little hard to get to, so I removed the switch that holds the wire sending the message to turn on the hand brake light. It’s unplugged in this picture, but is directly above the bolt I want to use. There’s just a small screw holding it in – remove and don’t lose.

The photo above shows said screw and switch from the handbrake removed. The biggest thing you should notice here is that there is a lot of paint around the hole where the grounding bolt goes. This presents a problem as the paint interferes with how solid the grounding will be. Therefore, we need to make a nice bit section around the bolt hole that has no paint.

That should do it. I’ve tried to get as much off as I can and from there, it should make for a better ground. Fortunately, this is all under the centre console, so no one will see it if it’s a little messy. 🙂

Next I want to put the ring of the amp ground onto the same bolt as what’s already there so I’ve put some washers in to space them out a little. I prefer to put a nut in there, but I didn’t have any that fit, so the washer will do fine.

What you see in the photo above is (from top down) bolt, washer, smaller washer, amp ring, washer, existing ground then all of that is attached to the body of the car. That should do it.

Remote wire

The remote wire makes sure that the amp is turned on only when the stereo is turned on. I couldn’t find an actual remote wire, but I did find the accessories wire on the back of the factory stereo. This is just as good. It means that the amp will only turn on when the key is in the car and turned to either “Accessories” or start. This means the amp won’t drain the battery while just sitting there.

I had to identify the wire first – it turns out it’s the thin dark green one with the black stripe as you can see in this photo…

Basically, what I need to do is to run a wire from the accessories wire to the amp. This means splitting the current wire and then joining in another wire to go to the amp. Since it’s really tight in there, I’ve decided to split the wire, extend it and then join it to the amp wire.

First step (as always) is to prepare.

I have cut a short piece of wire, and then put some heatshrink on it, ready to join it on. I then also got the soldering iron, solder and wire strippers ready. The next step was to cut the wire…

(see top and bottom of the pic – green wire)

Then strip the green wires, twist, solder and heatshrink the extensions on (see other posts for step by step on this). It should then look like the following picture:

Next we want to connect the extensions with the remote wire to the amp. Firstly, thread the amp wire through to the amp from the head unit so that it’s ready to join up. Then twist the two extensions in place and then join the third amp wire in place…

And then once all that’s connected up, connect the other end to the amp, thus…

And finally, check this all works by turning the key to accessories. If the stereo still works, at least you have the connection closed again. Once the amp is connected, we’ll see if it works then.

Sub connection

In the boot, I put a few wires through to connect to the actual sub woofer. These wires needed to be connected to the sub itself. Here is a pictorial version of how I did that…

 

 

 

Planning #2

Planning #2

Here are the rest of the plans for the miniatures.

You know, this took a REALLY long time. The first thing I did on each page was roughly sketch out in pencil the stance that the skater is in for the miniature. This way I can match the miniature with the plan. Secondly, I went through a whole heap of photos on Facebook looking at each player individually to see what details I could pick out. Then after about 50 photos I would remind myself that I wasn’t just looking at cool photos, but trying to find details. So I would have to then go back and look through them again.

In some cases, I just couldn’t quite get the details. Some eye colours will be wrong, some placement of things like tattoos and stickers may be off, but I’m hoping that when a fan sees the miniature, you can tell who it is. I also think the players name and number should help with that.

Anyway, I’ve finished them all off now and I think this was the most time consuming part of this project. I’d say the planning part has taken around 5-6 hours! I broke it up into a couple of sessions, but the end result I hope will be worth it.

Without further ado, I give you the rest of the SRDL players, Impact City style.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Planning #1

Planning #1

One of the biggest problems about painting miniatures is knowing exactly what colours will go where. Therefore, it helps to do a little planning. Especially in this case since I really want these ones to have personality – not their own, but the players they are based on.

There are always things that make each player stand out and allow you to identify which is your favourite. I wanted to encapsulate as much of that as I can, but to do so, I need to make sure I get as detailed as possible. So, I’ve put a lot of time into stalking… I mean researching what the players wear and what they look like. This way, I hope to be able to make the miniatures recognizable enough for a fan to know who it is.

Unfortunately this takes a long time (probably longer than painting), but I think it’s going to be worth it. Below are the first three “plans” of what the miniatures will eventually look like (hopefully). I’ve started with the D’viants. I haven’t labelled the photo of the plan, their name is at the top.

Disclaimer: Drawings may not be to scale nor very good. Some colours are moved to base colours (eg bright green to green, lime green to green, fluoro green to green) – this is not to make it easy, this is because I am a bloke. Any offense that may be taken by the actual people of who the plans are made about is fully intended, though definitely in jest. 🙂

More to follow as I do more planning….

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Black Winnie, Bam-a-lam

Black Winnie, Bam-a-lam

The next stage of painting the miniatures has now been done. It’s a highly complex and time consuming process…. undercoating.

To do this, I stood the miniatures on a piece of cardboard and sprayed them with an aerosol can containing Chaos Black Undercoat from Games Workshop. That’s it. Oh, I let them dry.

Not difficult, but an essential part to painting. They now feel more like plastic than pewter. I have decided to go with the black undercoat since most of the uniforms will be black and the skin colour I have chosen is fairly light so should nicely be contrasted by the black.

Anyway a nice even spray from a distance of about 30cm covers the miniatures nicely. You don’t want to put too much on, but enough to ensure there is an even amount all over them. They dry quickly, but I like to leave at least 24 hours between each thing I do that needs to dry. It’s probably not necessary, but since I’m old now, I like to do things properly.

So, here are the results – the photos are starting to be a little better now since the shine from the pewter isn’t causing the auto focus to go haywire…

D’viants:

Crystal Beth – Jammer

Womb Raider

Smacktastica

Bitchy n Scratchy

Haterade – Pivot

 

Unicorns:

Winnie Bruise – Jammer

Brit Knee Tears

Apollonia Thunderpussy

Blood Bath Binki

Captain Ratz – Pivot

 

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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Making Base

Making Base

So the next instalment of creating Derby Girl miniatures involves me making a few modifications and setting the bases.

One of the problems (that is common to most miniatures) is that the bases are too loose to hold the miniatrues properly. Therefore, the base needs to have a little something added to them to ensure the miniature is solid.

There are various different ways to do this. Milliput is the stuff I used to use years ago, but it’s expensive and I don’t even know if it’s around any more. So I decided to use a product I found in Hardware Stores years ago. Luckily they still sell it.

It’s called “Knead It” and it’s a two part type of putty that when you knead it together sets hard as metal after about 15 minutes. It’s primarily used for filling holes in things and can be sanded, drilled, etc once it has set. I find it sets a nice heavy base and fills the gap of the slot as well as adhering to the miniature and therefore making the whole thing quite solid. You also don’t have to be too careful because it can be sanded back if you use too much.

You can see in the picture above the tools I’ve used here. Firstly, note the towel to ensure not to damage the table. The empty cigar box was my cutting board and scrap container (a couple of blobs hardened too quickly). The screwdriver helps to push down any Knead It that oozes through to above the base. The scalpel is for cutting a sliver of the putty. The pliers I used to pry off those sections of the miniature that I wanted to remove (eg, extra base sections). I also used some side cutters (not shown). Most importantly, I wore ruber gloves while kneading the putty since it can be nasty to your skin – especially if it dries on you!

Above the tools you can see the miniatures and how I have pushed the putty up from the base to fill the slot and to be set in the under side of the base.

Above is a close up of the miniatures. You can see clearly how I have made it look like the rear roller skate is in the air where the original was stuck to the base. Also, I have moved the skater back a little with the roller skate hanging off to give the miniature a better sense of balance and hopefully preventing it falling over too much during the game.

Below are the individual players again but this time with their bases done. The pewter is very hard to photograph so there’s a lot of blurry ones in here – sorry!

D’viants:

Crystal Beth – Jammer

Womb Raider

Smacktastica

Bitchy n Scratchy

Haterade – Pivot

 

Unicorns:

Winnie Bruise – Jammer

Brit Knee Tears

Apollonia Thunderpussy

Blood Bath Binki

Captain Ratz – Pivot

 

And that’s it for the basing. Sorry about the quality of the photos, the next post will be the undercoating so the photos should look better. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Impact City Roller Derby

 

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