In my original Getting Started: Hobby Tools article I wanted to discuss what I felt were the necessary tools to handle assembly of miniatures that any new hobbyist would need in their collection. That isn’t all of the tools that I use regularly though and as a follow up, I wanted to touch on other tools that I use quite often and why.
Other Commonly Used Tools
One of my most used tools is a is a curved tip tweezers. There are a ton of these out there as tweezers is something that most people have at least a basic tweezers in their bathroom for grooming. However, the curved tip I find is very useful for grabbing small bits, dipping in glue, and then using to attach to a model where my fingers would just be in the way. Maybe it’s just that I am getting older, or maybe I am just getting smarter but I rarely assemble anything that has smaller bits these days without reaching for my tweezers.
I have been busy over the past couple of weeks. I was able to finish a fairly nice selection of models though. The important piece is that you need to make time to put some paint on a model each day if you can. Even if that’s just 10-15 minutes. That time really makes a difference. I certainly don’t get that time every day, but I am able to achieve that more often then not.
For Marvel: Crisis Protocol I finished up Killmonger. I am really pleased with how his flesh tones turned out. He really looks like he can lay a solid beat down on any super hero in the game.
For the Batman Miniature Game I was able to finish several models and add to my ever growing collection. First, I was able to finish another version of Poison Ivy. This model is their multiverse model so you can also use it in their DC Universe game. She was frustrating at first as the greens just struggled to go down, but once I got past this she really came together. I wanted darker tones for the greens and flowers as I wanted to have her flesh tone a very light, pale tone. I think it worked out really well and the eye draws to her head, upper body and then works down the model.
Next I finished the Thugs that came with the Back to Gotham box. Thug 1 is a tiny little guy with his dagger while Thug 5 is standing tall and upright with his two pistols ready to gun down anyone. Of course, I think he’s more likely to be taken down with his goofy way he’s holding his guns. Clearly their is inexperience there. To round out models from the Back to Gotham box I included the pre-order limited edition Joe Chill model. He painted up pretty quickly and I am really happy how the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents looks on the table.
Final model I painted in this period is Scarecrow from the Batman Begins movie. He’s an older model that’s no longer available from Knight Models. I went out of my way to make sure I owned every model that they produced that was based on characters from the movies. He turned out better than I was expecting and really glad I took the time to finish that model.
I guess with 6 more models painted there’s been good progress over the past two weeks. I hope to be able to continue the steady progress and work over the coming weeks. Particularly I would like to continue to grow my Crisis Protocol collection so that the games I am playing at home against my wife will have more options to both of us. With 179 painted Batman Miniature Game models now I have a huge collection with a lot of selection. Still, with near 200 models painted I have a new milestone to unlock!
It’s time to put those finishing touches on this model that I have been working on so diligently. All of the Marvel: Crisis Protocol models come on sculpted city street bases (well, except Thanos and probably some other stuff in the future). These are pretty cool to include and I have decided to use them for all of my figures for this game.
Yellow is a dreaded color by many hobbyists. However, I feel like this is a color I do fairly well. On the Captain Marvel model there are two different tones of yellow that I will actually do. First, there is the blonde hair color that I want to have distinctly different than the the yellow bits around her costume. Both tones will start out much the same, but then I will deviate in shades of yellow for the hair vs costume bits.
Continuing on this series of painting Captain Marvel, it’s on to the painting her face. For Captain Marvel, again I wanted warm tones to convey the plasma energy that she can manifest as part of her super powers. To do that I am going to work with warmer skin tone colors and utilize a slightly different set of techniques then what I have showcased when painting her blue and red portions of her suit previously.