Monday, 22 September 2014

Soviet Diafilms - MAJOR UPDATE

I am back to translation of vintage Soviet era film-strips! Today I redesigned my Soviet Diafilms blog, added introduction, published 4 new slides and remade all previous ones. I also added 'Notes' section to Ninth planet of Taya (1964) post to explain some cultural differences.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bogatyr and Kurganets-40 - more updated

Sneak peek! The Russian bear has awoken! I a glad to tell you that Bogatyr and Kurganets I made for Armies Army are now casted in metal and resin :)


Heroclix Repaint - Riddler

I recently discovered that Heroclix gaming figures of 4cm height are very well sculpted. However, the factory painting is very basic and flat. So I decided to get some of those figures on eBay, repaint and re-base them to make them collectable ones.

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The first figure I wanted to share is Magneto from X-Men comic series. As you can see, I removed the figure from its base and repainted it COMPLETELY with high attention to details. I manually added all highlights and shadings using different paints and washers. For example I used 4 shades of purple for Magneto's cloak and 3 shades of red for his clothing. After that I sprayed the figure with Vallejo matt varnish and glued it to a custom made clear acrylic base from LITKO.

Magneto figure before repainting.

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The second figure I wanted to share is Colossus or Piotr Rasputin from X-Men series. I decided to use gloss varnish for his metal skin.

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And the last figure for today is Riddler from Batman comics. As you can see on a photo below, the figure had very basic and flat colours before I repainted it. And it was a little difficult to cut him from a base while trying not to damage the money bags.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Repainting Giganto the Mole monster

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I bought a huge heroclix figure of Giganto on ebay and decided to repaint it to make a collectable figure. I almost finished the head and chest of a monster and decided to share a photo.

I washed head, chest and shoulder of a monster with green Citadel wash, heavy dybrushed it with Goblin Green then light drybrushed it with Camo Green and after that I used Goblin Green to manually paint facial features with Camo Green, Bubonic Brown, Red Gore and Blood Red.

For those who don't know who is Giganto, I decided to share this Marvel Wiki link. The Giganto first appeared in Fantastic Four issue 1. He is one of many Deviant dwelling on Monster Isle. The Mole Man made him his servant and used him to attack atomic power plants all over the world.
On the picture above you can see how Giganto looks in comics.

And on this picture from Google you can see how this figure looked before I stared repainting it.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Bogatyr - heavy tank of Russian Empire

Just finished Bogatyr heavy tank for Armies Army. Bogatyr is an epic hero from Slavic legends, similar to knight-errant.

The Bogatyr is a heavy armored tank of Russian Empire. It has a crew of 3 and armed with heavy gun located in automated unmanned turret + 2 remote controlled machine guns (same type as on Kurganets-40 MGS). Engine is located at front, crew in middle section and auto-loader in rear section. Like modern Israeli Merkava tank, Bogatyr have armored door at rear part of the hull to load the ammunition. By removing some of the ammo it is possible for Bogatyr to carry up to 5 passengers. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Made Kurganets-40 APC for Armies Army :)

Just made Kurganets-40 APC for Russian Empire faction of Armies Army :) This is 3D model suitable for printing and casting in resin and metal.

In the Future Russian Empire faction took Kurganets-25 vehicle and made heavy modification by adding new armor, weapons and systems. APC and MGS variants have fully automated turrets.

Kurganets-25 is a REAL WORLD ultra modern prototype vehicle that is currently in development by Russian Federation to replace BMP fleet somewhere in 2015-2016 . So the idea with Russian Empire design is not to base their vehicles on real world Soviet designs, but on prototype Russian designs. That way RUSK and Russian Empire vehicles will look Russian but different.

All 4 roofs variants are separate and removable.
APC variant

MGS Variant 

Ambulance/Cargo vehicle variant

Command variant

Close up of command roof

Fully automated APC Turret

Mobile Gun System

Friday, 10 January 2014

Swedish S-Tank (The Stridsvagn 103)

I am proud to show you 15mm Swedish S-Tank or The Stridsvagn 103, that I finished at the beginning of December, but because of Christmas and New Year I found time to post it only now :)  

There should be a cupola MG, but I haven't unified this element yet. There are be 15 parts (actually its 14 unique parts, because two headlights are identical, so there should be be 14 parts on mold and 15 parts in a pack (I need to unify Machine Gun))