Saturday, January 26, 2013

Magnetizing your Forge Fiend...

The latest crop of GW figures have definitely gone the way of ball and socket joints lately.  This has been causing me some consternation as I try to figure out ways to magnetize them,  Gone are the days of the dreadnought arms, where that one miracle magnet takes care of everything!

For a while, I was trying to drill into the 'ball' part of the joint to sink the magnet in there.  This took a long time, and it lead to a less than strong joint.  Also, polarity issues could be even more tragic if you got them wrong, etc.

Some of you may have seen my newer method of magnet to metal.  It has spared me the polarity craziness, and saved on magnets!

Somehow the idea struck me that if I were to change the joint itself, all those waiting magnets might work again.

Out came the razor saw, and I started slicing away...

Now I had created a space for the big hefty magnet to go!

And cut some magnetized sheet metal for the weapon.  This is important!  Not all sheet metal is the same.  If you get #5545 vs #5544 or whatever, your magnets will be useless!  We test them out in the store after finding out the hard way.

Here is our waiting joint...

"Click!"  Yea!

Here's the rest of the weapon arms for the two Fiends.

I also did the same thing for the heads!

Next up:  Painting the Fiends.  This will be a classic case of "Shaded Basecoat!"

Yes, a link to the Kickstarter... I wish I could do a "Magnetizing your Minis" how to video...

Dredge Blackwater, Highwayman

Here is another offering from Stonehaven Miniatures!  He is Dredge Blackwater, a dwarf highwayman.

Dredge utilizes his talents in the most direct way possible.  He is not one to spend much time thinking out a plan, but only because he creates excellent plans so quickly.
He does not always communicate his intentions.  Dredge jumps immediately into action and explains himself afterward!

This was another one of those 'limited palette' exercises.

Every color that I used on this was greyed down, and I used the same greenish off-white for the highlights on all the colors.  This was to give him a bit more shadowy appearance.

This set of views gives you a better look at the base.  The base itself is from DragonForge...

While I added some leaves from Woodland Scenics.  You can see that I took some of the maple leaves (a thin tissue-like substance), and glued them onto the base.  Once they set up, I painted them in a fall scheme.  Semi dried out leaves...

A few more shots of the leaves.  These things can really add to a base, that's for sure!!!

There are lots of basing technique videos on the Painting kickstarter here, and more are being added!

The rest of the crazy Gobbos from Gamezone!

These guys just kept getting funnier.  Cathy painted the fanatics, and some pesky Gobbos that had a different sort of 'moon' in mind...

Gotta love the Target Goblin!

And this guy hauling garbage...

This shaman was fun as well with the warpstone.

The various bases were done in a few ways... either carving a chunk of baked sculpey, or by sculpting some rocks with apoxy sculpt.

Look out!  Incoming!

The Painting Pyramid kickstarter is almost at the next stretch goal...