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Chiba3010
@Cthulhu: I checked out your painting blog- very excellent work! How small are these, generally? In most cases they look about 1.5-2 inches in height but I'm just guessing. Your detailing is very, very impressive- particularly considering the size of the sculpts. The color gradients, clean division points and highlighting are excellent, too. Thumbs Up

With respect to the graphic, gory nature of some of your miniatures- no worries at all, my friend. Some of my favorite movies include Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond, Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Martyrs and Suicide Club just to name a few. I'm a die hard horror fan who much enjoys exploring the darker corners of existence. It would appear we've found common ground on yet another subject!

@Merlin: Thank you! I'm glad you like it. Smile The Mothra project is quite an undertaking. As Cthulhu also noted, vinyl kits can be very frustrating to build sometimes and this one, in its earliest stages no less, is already the record holder for "most cursed at model kit of all time". Angry I'm staying the course though and will be happily relieved once that phase is done and I'm ready to start painting. I'll post a pic of the Mothra kit in-progress soon which will give an indication of it's size and a hint of what it will ultimately look like!
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cthulhu
Great taste in movies I must say...The Beyond is my most favorite Zombie movie of all time (I love Fulci) and the Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue is awesome as well. I have a wide range of horror movies ranging from pure splatter to psychological horror and some that can barely be mentioned (Guinea Pig, Ilsa Shewolf of the SS and Aftermath).
My favorite horror movie of all time is The Evil Dead...truely one of the most influential horror movies ever made, which (just like Night of the Living Dead) even influenced other genres as well.

My miniatures are all of the 28mm scale (a little more than 1 inch), some are even smaller like the girl Ghost and some are a bit larger like the Fly Demon, but all humans are roughly 28mm. I use the smallest brushes I can find for the details and for some of the gradients on larger models and bases I "cheat" and use an airbrush (just bought myself a new one)...I'm really crap at doing eyes because they're very small at this scale. I personally think that painting larger models can be more difficult than small ones as they have bigger surfaces to paint and doing those neatly can be quite difficult.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
Chiba3010
Finding no readily available model kits of Godzilla's 2014 (re)incarnation, I decided to custom-modify one of NECA's 24" long G 2014 action figures, upgrading it to high-end "display piece" quality worthy of the film. I set it in a permanent pose, filled in and concealed all gaps, seams and articulation points with sculpting putty, re-sculpted the lower jawline, added more teeth and a jaw-membrane in the rear of the mouth and then repainted the entire beast from head to toe-claw. Below are some photos of the project in various stages and several "before and after" comparisons!

Pose rendered permanent and sculpting putty applied:
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Base-coat of paint applied:
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The finished figure:
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Some "before and after" comparison pics of the original action figure and my upgraded custom mod.

Before:
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After:
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Before:
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After:
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Before:
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After:
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This took some time to get right but I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Smile
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cthulhu
Welcome back! It's been quite a while.
Looking fantastic! Did you use normal brush work on the belly or did you use an airbrush?
I've started painting models myself again recently and I'm in the process of finishing one today...maybe I'll post it here later today.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
Chiba3010
Thanks, Cthulhu! This figure was painted by hand. I don't own an airbrush kit (yet) but I am tempted to buy one at some point. Looking forward to seeing pics of your finished model!
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cthulhu
Very nice work by hand, very nice blending. With models that big, an airbrush will be quite useful. I have an Iwata Hi-Line Series HP-BH (http://www.iwata-...ine/hp-bh/) a quite expensive but awesome airbrush. I first had a Harder & Steenbeck Evolution Two in One (http://www.harder...evolution/), which is also very good, but the Iwata gives a lot more control.

This is the miniature I've just finished...it's a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from the Cthulhu Mythos (approximately 10 cm/ 4 inches high):

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My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
LIFE_IN_2D
Very envious of both Chiba and Cthulu's artistic talents. Really great figures guys.

Cthulu, what H.P. story is that creature from? I'll have to read that story as I can't recall the name of the monster.
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shot in the eye
shot in the brain
shot in the ass...
 
cthulhu
LIFE_IN_2D wrote:

Very envious of both Chiba and Cthulu's artistic talents. Really great figures guys.

Cthulu, what H.P. story is that creature from? I'll have to read that story as I can't recall the name of the monster.


Thanks! This creature doesn't appear in any of Lovecraft's stories but from what I gather, it comes from the Call of Cthulhu RPG. There are a lot of different writers that wrote stories for the Cthulhu Mythos and they made up a lot of deities and creatures. I still have to read many of those and I've just finished the excellent Titus Crow series by Brian Lumley. Still, the original H.P. Lovecraft stories are the best.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
Chiba3010
Awesome work, Cthulu! I love the color choices and how they further accentuate the textures of the figure.

The Iwata airbrush set looks ace, and several kit-builders I know consider the brand to be the "gold standard" of airbrush products. Unfortunately, as you said, they're not cheap and it may be a while before I can set aside enough money to finance one. I will definitely own a proper airbrush set in the foreseeable future, it's o a matter of time. Until then, I'll have to rely on my traditional brushes and steady hand. Wink
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Chiba3010
Thanks, 2D! Glad you like it. Just for kicks, a few weeks ago I did a quick Photoshop job, dropping my G 2014 figure into an actual screenshot from the movie:

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I've talked with a friend who's a professional photographer about collaborating on a series of artistic images merging my models and photos of actual locations. If we get around to doing it, I'll certainly share the results here!
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cthulhu
That's funny. I'd love to see more pictures like that.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
merlin
Good to see you returning to the forum Chiba. Welcome back. Really like the way you painted that godzilla model. Looks very good. Cthulhu's figure was very nicely painted too.
 
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