Sunday, 16 March 2014

A few things that was recently passed...

Lately I missed a few things that now I would like to draw some attention.
Firstly, there were several new issues of the Figure Painter Magazine. Personally, I don't have them yet, but from what I saw they promise to be interesting... as usual.
So here they are:


Secondly, Wyrd Chronicles... and a brand new Wyrd (
Recently, I had quite a long break when it comes to Malifaux miniatures. But it is high time to catch up. So, for now I will not elaborate on all the news. Actually, I'm waiting for a parcel with a few M2E things and then I'll find out how it all looks in practice.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Figure Painter Magazine Issue #5 now available

I have just purchased the latest issue of the Figure Painter Magazine. First quick look, and I must say it promises to be interesting. What's inside, you have to find out yourself.

A short official description of this issue:

'Figure Painter Magazine issue 5; our first 100 page issue. In issue 5 you'll find an insight interview with sculptor and painter Sang-Eon Lee of Life Miniatures, four great tutorials and product reviews including one about the new Scalecolor Paint Sets. Also in this issue is the latest hobby news, new releases and all of our usual regular features.'

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Recently prepared for painting #4 - Arachnarok Spider

Another, one of the largest miniatures, which were produced by the Games Workshop company. This is a very nice model made with great attention to detail. I'm big fan of Orcs & Goblins and owner of a fairly large army of greenskins, so assembling this model gave me a lot of joy. Of course, as is the case for models of this size I have to devoted some time to properly assembled and smoothed the joints of individual elements.

Below, a few shots of this miniature. Some elements not yet been installed because of the convenience of future painting work.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Recently prepared for painting #3 - Beastmen Cygor

This big distant cousin of the Minotaurs is one of the largest models that I've ever assembled. Personally, I don't like such big models, because this involves a lot of work with green stuff and sandpapers. In this case, most of the time took me smoothing the joints of the individual body parts. But as you can see, the end result is really impressive.

Above, some general shots of the model. Below, closeup on body from both sides.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Recently prepared for painting #2 - Beastmen Ghorros Warhoof

This time something of the army of Beastmen... assembled and prepared for painting Ghorros Warhoof.

This miniature is now rarely seen on store shelves, which is a pity, because it is a very nice model. Unfortunately, when this one came into my hands, it lacked the horn. I could not find a similar part, so I took over a small leather bag.

Very nice model, which at the moment goes on my shelf with unpainted miniatures.

Recently prepared for painting #1 - Warriors of Chaos Lord of Slaanesh

Unfortunately, because of my profession for last several months I don't have much time to painting miniatures. However, from time to time I manage to find a moment to piece together some interesting miniatures and prepare them for painting. So now, here are some of them.

One of the most interesting figures that I recently put together is this Lord of Slaanesh.

This is Games Workshop miniature and works on it were not easy. It took some time to remove all the molds and fill the gaps. But it was worth it, because this mini looks really nice.
And for now, this model is waiting in a rather long line for their turn to paint.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Airbrush Compressor Model No. AS-186 - opinion

A few months ago I bought a new compressor for airbrushing. Since then I’ve been testing it to see if it will be as unreliable as the previous one I’ve had. Now is the time for a short summary.

Airbrush Compressor Model No. AS-186 can’t be described as fully professional, but taking it’s price under consideration I must say so far meets my expectations entirely. First of all I recall that the previous compressor after three weeks needed to be send for service to replace the piston. This situation repeated twice over the next three months. Being fed up with constantly malfunctioning equipment this time I have decided to invest in a slightly more expensive machine. And as it turned out  it was a pretty good decision.

Airbrush Compressor Model No. AS-186 is oil-free, single piston and has a built-in air tank, which provides a stable flow of pressure and no pulse-emerging air. The air flow is sustained at 20-23 l/min. It is equipped with an auto Start/Stop level at 3/4 bars. The compressor has a built-in circuit breaker to prevent it from overheating in case of extremely long working hours. The big advantage of this tool is its relatively low noise level ca. 47 db, which allows me to work at any time of a day or night. Together with a fairly low price this feature convinced me to purchase.

I'm happy for one more reason. This may seem funny and not relevant, but its great enhancement is a well-made rubber feet. It is covered with non-slip material to prevent the compressor from "dancing" around the room, as my old one did.

I can't say Model No. AS-186 does not have any flaws thought. In seldom situations when the pressure falls to a automatic start level (3 bar) the compressor does not start properly, does not turn on the startup and it seems as if the engine does not know what to do. Quick reset of the main switch solves the problem and the compressor continues to run properly. So far I did not notice further consequences arising from the problem, and certainly don't mind it at painting.

I can recommend this compressor to all beginners who don't require professional equipment to start with. This compressor provides good quality at fair price and is designed to last, so you might be sure it support you in proces of your skill development. And the last thing, I'm totaly against buying any compressors if not having air tank, it's a total waste of money, time and nerves.