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Bluestab
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 07:05 AM UTC
I'm back with an overdue update. There's been a lot of trial and error to tweak the overall design. This update will focus mainly on the buildings.

One of the issues I had with the diorama was its size. It was a bit large and I had even mentioned that I would probably reduce the base size.
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I went with a smaller base and cut down the bar building to better fit it. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have reduced the bar as much as I did. There's still plenty of room and the layout allows a combination interior/exterior view from all four sides. The base still allows for future additions, possibly even a third cutaway building. I probably won't have time for that for this campaign, but maybe it'll get added at a later point.
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This is the interior shot of the second building. This will probably be a shop of some sort. Aside from the village tavern the town shops tend to be the next priority building type in an adventure/MMO/RPG setting. This will probably be a general store/pawn shop that buys "acquired" items from adventurers and sell them supplies. There are several shops, each owned by the same corporation. The shops are networked to control prices and redistribute their inventories. Anyway, I still have to sort out the inventory, shopkeeper, etc.
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I'm mainly focusing on the tavern. The initial bar was a crude mockup based on the underwhelming bar sections Masterbox included in two of the figure kits. They only sent one section per kit and they are only included in two of the figure sets so you have to buy duplicate sets to make a realistically sized bar.
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I used the mock-up bar as a frame. I made it "L-shaped" within the displayed building. I lined the bar front with wood sticks just to give it a rustic look. I'm debating on "staining" the wood...probably won't.
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Behind the bar you have a standalone sink, keg refridgeration, a fridge, etc. It's still a work in prgress. I figure a future bar will lean heavily on pre-packaged food and drinks. You have to have beer on tap though. Speaking of, the taps will be placed at the corner.
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I don't know what they are called but I made the facade/overhead cabinets that hang over the bar. It's mostly storage and I probably will add a microwave. The nuts are just to hold it up to pose it. The facade will be mounted to the ceiling. I've got a flat section added and will be boxed in to make it all flush. I might add a support beam at the corner to help suport it.
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For the ceiling I used wood strips both for decor and to add strength. The original idea was to light this. The rafter beams would help support the lights an hide the wiring. Likewise, the power source would be mounted on top of the roof, dressed as an HVAC unit. I decided against the lighting but the rafters remain.
All bars need a ceiling fan. For this one, I made one from the spares. The prop is an airplane leftover. The motor is actually a wheel hub from an old 1/24 Jeep CJ. he light is a protective cap that came with a machine part. I got a pocket full of them from work and have used them in a couple of builds.
You can see the flat mount space for the facade. It's boxed in. The wooden strip is essentially crown molding. It should tie-in with simular crown molding which will help support the ceiling.
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One thing I noticed when working with the ceiling is the bar interior is pretty dark. That's great for a real bar, but makes viewing a bit difficult. I thought about adding a sunroof or two. What I found after a few tests is that the sunroofs really didn't help. Enlarging the doors and windows helped a lot.
In this shot you can see the core of what will be a corner booth/sofa. I am debating between a conventional table/booth or a sofa with a low coffee table for a casual approach. Once I settle on that, I'll cover and pad it up.
The line that runs across the top of the walls is the placement reference point for the ceiling.
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The build is further along than it looks. The figures have been the big hold-up, but I'll address that probably next update. I'm trying to add more variety and I've had some issues with a couple of figures. I hope to get the buildings done by the end of the month and spend the rest of the build time finishing figures.

All that said, this diorama will never be done. I have a goal set for the campaign deadline, but I expect to expand and add to this diorama as the ideas (and figures) present themselves....and as the theme evolves.
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 07:27 AM UTC
Wow! That is a very extensive build you got going, Alex. Looks great so far! Cannot wait to see more!
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MODELGEEK
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 11:14 PM UTC
just a quick update, i've installed the engines and connected teh main upper and lower hulls together

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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 08:07 AM UTC
ok well i have now tried to finish the upper hull surfaces but have hit a snag.

the real upper hull doesn't quite meet the front section and you can see a gap of about half a millimetre. i have tried various ways to make this fit but it's just not happening and having checked a few other sites this seems to be an issue with the kit so i tired to superglue it but these parts are under a lot of tension and the glue didn't hold. so it looks like some back filling with super glue and or putty which is a bit annoying as i have decided to pre-paint this kit.

Scipio2010
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 11:53 AM UTC
Quick update on my Battlestar Pegasus

The kit fit well and the assembly was a breeze. Only minor putty work was required in some of the joints and I regretted not purchasing the various upgrade sets on the market.

I used Metallic Gray as a base coat on the ship and did some shading with Burnt Iron. I've used various other metallic colors on panels and components to add variety to the overall color.







Dixon66
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 12:40 AM UTC
David, good luck with the gap filling. Looking good so far other than that.

Shawn, the Beast is looking great. Nice metallic finishes.
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 12:54 AM UTC
Ready for painting:



And there's still plenty of time remaining. Obviously there's some Yamato influence, but there's also some Klingon Bird of Prey DNA and command tower (not really visible in this photo) has Star Destroyer feel.
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 04:01 AM UTC
Great progress, guys!

Good work on the Metallics, Shawn!

Pasi, looking forward to see it in its paint scheme. Looking Great so far.
Stoker
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 08:05 AM UTC
Hi Everyone,
Long time since I did a campaign. Saw this one and it tempted me to join. I'm in with the Moebius Models BSG Colonial Viper Mark II.

Got a start on it with the cockpit, lots of flash but the parts are going together easily. Going to attempt to do the pilot figure and have the Viper in flight.


Ron
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 08:39 AM UTC
Welcome onboard, Ron! Nice choice of kit.

Looking forward to see more
Neo
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 09:27 AM UTC
Thanks Jesper. ,
I am familiar with Dust, I've been fan of Paolo Parente for a long time. Never built any tho - kind of pricey...

But I have made some progress on the PzKpfw IX Arctic Armored Heavy Crane.




Almost done w/ this, will be moving on to the igloo and dio base.
Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:12 AM UTC
well, i tried to fix the gap by using super glue but there was to much stress in the join and the super glue gave way. so i ended up using thicker super glue as a filler as the my regular filler would have probably crumbled away once i started the sanding process and the super glue would be more resilient.

Once the glue had dried i masked off as much of the area as i could to preserve the fine detailed upper hull surface then began to sand it. it should now be ready for painting again.

Florre
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West-Vlaaderen, Belgium
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 06:55 AM UTC
Hi guys,

wow, some great progress going on here, there'll be some jewels by the end of the campaign!

My humble figurine is very, well, humble, compared to most things going on here. Nonetheless, here are some pictures.

It's a small figure, only +- 4cm in heigth, but it has an astonishing amount of detail! It's a pleasure to work on, but if it wasn't for my reference picture, I simply would've missed quite a bit of those details

Not a lot to tell, it's just painting, nothing fancy here. I use acrylics (vallejo and game color, which are basically the same), and use the 'layering' technique. I experimented a bit with wet-in-wet blending, but these paints are dry almost the moment they touch the figure, so how people do that is beyond me

So as you see, i'm almost done, i'm bad in posting upgrades, I usually feel more like modelling and painting Just the skintones and quite a bit of detail here and there. Now that I watch the pictures I notice that I choose a 'bad' colour for that 'ammo-belt'-thing. Should've stayed in the grey-blue area, it looks too busy this way. I might yet change it.











Keep in mind that its only 4 cm high

Tank1812
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 07:12 AM UTC
Hans,

Very interesting, I like it. I understand about the size, the Hellman is about 3.5cm and Hellboy is 4.5cm.

Regarding the wet-in-wet blending (need to research that), do you use a wet palette? I find that keeps everything nice and wet.
Florre
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 08:23 PM UTC
Hi Ryan, thanks for your response!

To be honest, I never even heard of a wet palette before
I googled around a bit and it looks very promising. I'm not really a figure painter, I mainly do armor, but I would like to paint more minis in the future, so this might come in handy! I'm not sure if it would prevent the paint to dry too quickly on the model itself... Wet-in-wet means you blend the edges between different colours on the figure itself, make them soft-edged.

Your hell-people look very cool, looking forward to some pictures of the paintjob!
Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 10:05 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Ryan, thanks for your response!

To be honest, I never even heard of a wet palette before
I googled around a bit and it looks very promising. I'm not really a figure painter, I mainly do armor, but I would like to paint more minis in the future, so this might come in handy! I'm not sure if it would prevent the paint to dry too quickly on the model itself... Wet-in-wet means you blend the edges between different colours on the figure itself, make them soft-edged.

Your hell-people look very cool, looking forward to some pictures of the paintjob!



there a few good tutorials on YouTube regarding wet pallets and painting using that dtyle
Tank1812
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 10:37 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Ryan, thanks for your response!

To be honest, I never even heard of a wet palette before
I googled around a bit and it looks very promising. I'm not really a figure painter, I mainly do armor, but I would like to paint more minis in the future, so this might come in handy! I'm not sure if it would prevent the paint to dry too quickly on the model itself... Wet-in-wet means you blend the edges between different colours on the figure itself, make them soft-edged.

Your hell-people look very cool, looking forward to some pictures of the paintjob!



I am not figure painter either, I am more of a kit collector these days. The wet pallet keeps paints like Vallejo from drying out quickly once out from the bottle, gives you more time to blend colors in place before using on the figure. Also gives you some working time on the figure. Another some thing is once the pallet is set up, add paint and use a wet water brush to mix with the color. That thins the paint to make it more manageable on the figure and allows for layering.
Florre
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 06:32 AM UTC
Great, thanks for the advice!!
Neo
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:51 PM UTC
Update:
Crane - finished build, painting this weekend.
Igloo - need to seal cardboard "ice blocks". Thinking white latex caulking, thinned out.







Neo
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 08:02 AM UTC
Kind of like this...




The caulking is not the finish, just an intermediate treatment.
Came out better than I hoped.
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 06:05 AM UTC
Looks great, Tom!!
hofpig
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 03:00 AM UTC
I almost forgot to do this campaign, so here are some start pics.




SGTJKJ
#041
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 10:21 AM UTC
Welcome onboard, Tom! Looking forward to see more.
Stoker
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:35 AM UTC
Hi everyone

Some progress on my Viper. I have the cockpit done and the pilot. Normally don't do the figures but decided to give it a go. Not sure if the colour is correct but I like how it came out. Not liking the decals, most ripped easily as I tried to position them so not all were used. Here are some pics, not the best as I used the camera on my phone.




Hope to have more progress this weekend
Ron
Dixon66
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:10 AM UTC
Really liking the cockpit and Viper pilot. The cockpit comes alive with the coloring and I think the flight suit color looks the part, especially in the one in the cockpit without the flash.