Exhibition of Miniatures and Tabletop Scenery Agram 2021

Marko Paunović, 18th March 2021

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Our annual Exhibition of Miniatures and Tabletop Scenery Agram 2021 took place this year from 18.02.-07.03.2021. The setup was done on Wednesday 17.02.2021. in the afternoon. Many club members as well as some friends of the club and members of the local FB group Miniature Painters Croatia came by to help, provided their miniatures and helped with the setting up of the whole event.

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We held the grand opening on Thursday, 18.2.2021 starting at 18:00. The Exhibition was organised for our 18th birthday, and during the opening we also held the unveiling of our newest books:

- Miniaturism in the Age of Corona (Collection of Articles about Miniaturism and Modelling), Authors: Marko Paunović, Ana Polanšćak, Goran Krunić, Jure Cukar, Matija Koružnjak, Dalibor Čavić i Krunoslav Belinić

- MONOGRAPH: Our First 18 Years, Authors: Marko Paunović, Ana Polanšćak i Goran Krunić

During the entire Exhibition (up to Mar 7) people were able to get the books at a promotional price and financially help the club.

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As always, the exhibition showed a cross-section of the work of the Association, its members, participants in its courses and workshops and members of the FB group Miniature Painters Croatia. In a large number of showcases, there were numerous miniatures for tabletop wargames, board games, and an entire showcase was dedicated to award-winning exhibits from previous miniaturist competitions. Several showcases were dedicated to the projects that the Association has been implementing for 18 years, such as the Library of UMS "Agram", the Terrain Workshop and the Miniature Painting Workshop.

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During the first weekend of the Exhibition, on 20.-21.2., we organised a MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP – Horses, Wargs and Birds.

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The weekend workshop covered the basics of painting three kinds of animals. The main focus of the workshop was painting of the fur textrue, long and short animal hair as well as feathers. For this, the tutors chose some appropriate miniatures of horses, wargs and birds for the attendees to paint with acrylic paints. The lectures were addapted so the tutors could spend equal ammount of time on each participant and therefore could addapt to all categories of miniature painters (beginer or advanced).

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First the tutor sitting behind his desk explained and demonstrated each step of the painting on his example. His work was transmitted over a camera and a digital projector onto a screen in the cinema hall. The pupils watched and listened to the tutor but could also stop him/her and ask questions. Then, the pupils paint their own miniatures copying what they have learned while the tutors walk among them and check their progress. The following themes were covered:

1. Horses – short hair and long hair

2. Wargovi – fur and snout

3. Birds – feathers, beak and claws

The club provided all with the necessary equipment, paints, tools, brushes, lighting, glue as well as a set of paints.

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Due to the pandemic, the following epidemiologic measures were enforced:

Correct wearing of masks was obligatory. The Disinfectant was at hand for all to use freely. Camera nad projection screen was used to ensure the social distancing while lecturing and separate tables for all the participants moved 2m apart to ensure the social distancing while the pupils paint.

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During the weekend of 27.-28.02. as a part of the Exhibition, we held our 15th annual Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition!

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In 2021 due to the Covid-19 epidemic, we had some changes in the format of the Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition. For the first time, the contestants had to pre-register for the event via e-mail. They then received the exact time when to register at the event (from 8:30 until 11:00). This was to limit the number of people at the venue at the same time.

Here is a quick run down through categories at this year's event:
1. Single Miniature (any 28-35mm single miniature)
2. Mounted and Large Miniature (mounted or large miniatures in 28-35mm scale)
3. Unit / Squad (unit of 5+ minis (28-35mm), or exceptionally 3+ minis (trolls, ogres etc))
4. Masterclass (our most prestigious category, anything goes as long as it's a single entry. Previous Masterclass winners can not compete in the first three categories.)
5. Diorama / Duel (self explanatory, two or more minis locked in combat or in any other interaction on a single base (no limit to the size of the base, if you can bring it, we'll display it!))
6. Open (anything that isn't covered in the categories above – primarily reserved for dragons, monsters, warmachines, but also scenery etc)
7. Bust (busts of any size can go in here)
8. Junior (under 18. The Junior entries will be assigned in the categories above as applicable and will compete with the rest of the entries. However, best three Junior entries in the whole competition will be awarded in Junior category.)
9. BEST OF SHOW (this is a new category which will be sponsored by UMS „Agram“. All of the entries will be judged by our own Ana Polanšćak and the best entry will be awarded a special prize!)

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Painting Workshops

The layout of the venue at the Vladimir Horvat Gallery makes it possible to hold several workshops throughout the weekend. Therefore, there were three one-hour workshops on Saturday after the official opening of the competition and three on Sunday before the awards ceremony. This year, the workshops were held in the cinema hall in the basement of the venue. The tutor's work was filmed with a camera and projected on the projection screen in the hall. That way the social distancing could have been maintained. Also, this setup means the workshops were capped at 10 people so registrations for the workshops also took place.

SCULPTING 101 WORKSHOP

Date and time: Saturday 27. February 2021, 12:30-13:30

TUTOR:Ana Polanšćak

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CONTENT:

The Workshop will cover modelling of three separate textures:chainmailfurscalesThose three textures are the most common when converting or even assembling your fantasy, SF and historical miniatures. Ana will show her method using two-component epoxies (like Green Stuff, Miliput etc.).

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

ANA POLANŠĆAK - Born in 1991 in Zagreb. Member of UMS Agram since 2007. She has been the project manager of the club's Terrain Workshop since 2013 and the club librarian since 2014. She used to write for the miniature magazines Figure Painter Magazine and Initiative Magazine (UK) and has been the editor of miniature magazine 28 Mag since 2018. She has won numerous medals at the Black Queen Hobby and the Miniature Painting Competition, the Zagreb Modeler Cup Crna Kraljica, and the second and third place (2013 and 2015) at the Rotten Harvest Competition. She is the author of the blog Gardens of Hecate.

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USING COLOURS TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE

Date and time: Saturday 27. February 2021, 14:00-15:00

TUTOR: @Matija Koružnjak

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CONTENT:

The workshop deals with the process of selecting, mixing and using colour in order to create an ambient atmosphere using miniatures in 28-32mm scale. The theoretical part covers the reasoning behind the selection of a specific palette with regard to the colour theory, the concept of saturation and ambient lighting as the main postulates of practical application, while through the practical part of the sketching process we show how to turn an idea into realisation.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

MATIJA KORUŽNJAK - has been involved in miniature painting since 1998, where, like many, he stepped through the fantasy world of Warhammer. Although painting was an integral part of the hobby, play and socializing were the main motivators for doing miniatures. After a long yawn during college and early youth, he returns to the world of miniatures in 2017 with a desire to reactivate an old hobby. Encouraged by the work of the FB group Miniature Painters Croatia and the lack of organizational opportunities for meetings with like-minded people, the focus of the hobby shifts from the gaming to painting where the last few years he paints regardless of the scale, system or theme of miniatures.

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DILUTING PAINT 101

Date and time: Saturday 27. February 2021, 17:00-18:00

TUTOR: Jure Cukar (aka @John Alton)

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CONTENT:

This workshop will cover the basic ways to manipulate paint. How to prepare out-of-the-bottle acrylic paint, using various diluting ratios, to be used for layering, washing and glazing techniques as well as how to properly use those techniques on your miniatures. The tutor will use the Lord of the Cats bust by Michael Kontraros Collectibles.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

JURE CUKAR - Member of UMS Agram. In the world of miniatures since 2003. Playing Warhammer he discovered painting miniatures can go way beyond just batch-painting for tabletop games. Although active SF tabletop Infinity player, he has always been more of fantasy and history fan. In 2018 he competed in Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition for the first time.

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VEGETATION 101 WORKSHOP

Date and time: Sunday 28. February 2021, 10:00-11:00

TUTOR: @Marko Paunovic

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CONTENT:

The workshop will cover the process of making a simple base/terrain. The focus will be on recreating life-like vegetation where the tutor will show how to use various types of vegetation. The vegetation used will be from @Martin Welberg Scenic Studios and @Diorama Presepe.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

MARKO PAUNOVIC, mech.eng. - was born in 1979 in Zagreb. He is one of the founders of @UMS Agram and is a longtime project manager of the club's Terrain Workshop. He became the President of UMS Agram in 2009. He is the recepient of the following state and city prizes: - Annual award of the Zagreb Community of Technical Culture “Dr. Oton Kucera ” 2011 - State award for technical culture Faust Vrancic 2012 - Annual award of the Croatian Community of Technical Culture 2017 He started writing miniature reviews for the Portal (UK) miniature magazine in 2011. In 2013 he became the content editor for the esteemed miniature e-zine Figure Painter Magazine (UK). In 2015, he started writing a column about terrain building for the bi-monthly e-zine, Wyrd Chronicles (USA) and in 2016 he began writing for the Initiative Magazine (UK). He eventually became the editor-in-chief of Initiative Magazine in 2018. He has received numerous international miniature awards and honors at competitions in Mitterdorf and Vienna and Topor Hobby Coompetition, Zagreb Cup, Zagreb Modeling Cup Crna kraljica as well as Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition. He also participates in online miniature painting competitions where he won a third place at the 2011 Rotten Harvest International Competition in the United States, second place at Wyrd 2013 International Competition by Wamp from the UK, second place at the Infamy 2013 International Competition of the same company and two fifth place in the prestigious Iron Painter Competition (USA) in the competition of over 220 competitors (2011 and 2015). In addition, he led the UMS "Agram" team in designing the winning City of Death 2006 model.

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HISTORIC MINIATURES 101 WORKSHOP

Date and time: Sunday 28. February 2021, 11:30-12:30

TUTOR: @Dalibor Čavić

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CONTENT:

This workshop will cover the process of painting 28mm historical miniatures. The tutor has chosen British colonial infantry from Anglo-Zulu wars (1879) by Perry Miniatures to explain the theory behind finding historic sources for uniforms as well as practical application using various techniques like basecoating, washing, highlighting and detailing with acrylic paints.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

DALIBOR ČAVIĆ – has entered the world of miniaturism in 2011. His first area of interest were historic miniatures in 1/72 scale, especially from the Napoleonic Era. His hobby interest widened to larger miniatures (28mm, 32mm and 54mm) as well as to different themes like fantasy and SF. He also enjoys making vignettes and dioramas. In the last several years he has participated in several domestic competitions as well as several abroad (Slovenia, Hungary and Austria) where he sometimes wins medals. He has been a prolific member of Miniarure Painters Croatia FB group since 2018. and in 2021 he became an UMS “Agram” member.

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AIRBRUSHING 101

Date and time:Sunday 28. February 2021, 14:30-15:30

TUTOR: Mario Ogrizek-Tomaš (aka @Cuvar Boja)

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CONTENT:

The workshop will cover the basic techniques for working with an airbrush. Topics we will address: • myths and legends about miniature painting with an airbrush (mythbusting) • airbrush anatomy, • which compressor settings to use, • basics of using dual action airbrush (trigger control), • colour consistency and troubleshooting, • zenithal undercoat, • precision spraying, • cleaning, • safety at work.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

MARIO OGRIZEK-TOMAŠ aka Guardian, has been in this hobby for over 15 years, and he has been using the airbrush for 5 years. He has gone through many battles with this tool and will be happy to share his experiences and tips on how to make the first steps and venture into the painting a miniature with an airbrush easier.

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Speed Painting Contests

There was a speed painting contest organised on Saturday. Participants (up to 10) had an hour to paint a single miniature. Thanks to our sponsor Hobby Chest who secured a huge donation of painting materials by AK Interactive, we were able to hold a Speed Painting Contest with the following rules: - contestants had an hour to paint a miniature - all contestants painted the same (type of) miniature - we provided the paints by AK Interactive - we provided the brushes by AK Interactive

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After all the events of the weekend it was time to award our winners with prizes supplied by our generous sponsors: Carta Magica, Art Zumbur, DIY Connect, Hobby Chest, Battlefield Berlin, Buco Model Base, Grey Mountain Review, Triglav Model. Gardens of Hecate i Green Stuff World. An extensive gallery of entries in this year's competition can be viewed here

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On Wednesday 03.03.2021. we held our annual General Assembly where the club members voted for a new leadership, changed the address of the club and made some changes in the Statute of the Association.

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Latest articles

  • Marko’s Top Tip – How to make your own plinth for a bust
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    In preparation for this year's Miniature Painting Workshop - Krieger Bust, a problem arose because the standard wooden cubes we use for bases for the busts were not available. So I opted for a slightly more complicated version. I got large wooden miniatures at the Chemaco hobby store (for Čovječe, ne ljuti se, I guess).

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    First I had to behead the miniatures which I did using a Proxxon table saw. The same can be done with a model saw without too many problems.

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    After that I sanded the cut with a disc sander. Also, if you do not have such a tool, you can do the same with plain sandpaper.

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    This was followed by drilling holes for the bars which hold the busts. Since we would be using brass rods with a diameter of 4 mm, the holes were drilled with a 4 mm drill.

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    And finally, after the brass rod / pipe was cut into "slices" of about 4 - 5 cm, each stand got its own rod which was glued with super glue.

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    U pripremi ovogodišnje Radionice bojanja minijatura – Bista Kriegera, javio se problem jer standardne drvene kocke koje koristimo kao baze za biste nisu bile dostupne. Stoga sam se odlučio za malo kompliciraniju verziju. U hobby trgovini Chemaco sam nabavio velike čovječuljke (za Čovječe ne ljuti se, valjda).

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    Prvo sam morao odrubiti glavu čovječuljcima što sam učinio pomoću Proxxon stolnog cirkulara. Isto to se može učiniti i modelarskom pilicom bez previše problema.

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    Nakon toga sam sa cirkularnom brusilicom pobrusio rez. Također, ukoliko nemate takav alat, isto možete učiniti sa običnim brusnim papirom.

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    Nakon toga uslijedilo je bušenje rupa za šipke za biste. Budući da ćemo na Radionici koristiti mesingane šipke promjera 4 mm i rupe su izbušene svrdlom promjera 4 mm.

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    I za kraj, nakon što je mesingana šipka/cijev izrezana na „šnite“ od cca 4 - 5 cm, svako postolje dobilo je svoju šipku koja je zalijepljena super ljepilom.

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    Marko Paunović, 17th May 2021
  • Making a vignette for Wyrd Spring Competition – part 1: Making a wire tree
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    In this article Matija Koružnjak explains how to make your own realistic wire tree.

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    For a start, I stripped a few electrical wires and simply began to weave the three bundles of copper into the trunk of the tree. I shaped the lower ends into shorter and thicker branches that would act as a root, and I woven the upper ones into branches according to some supposed principle of growth. The process comes down to simply separating and twisting an ever-decreasing number of wires until you reach one wire, i.e. a branch. For simpler trees with lots of vegetation, you can use a smaller number of thicker wires.

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    When we have finished the skeleton of the tree, it is necessary to shape, ie texture the trunk. Depending on the amount of extremely visible surface, you can only texture the trunk or go into detail down to the tiny branches. This trunk required two, sometimes three transitions with texture, especially on smaller branches where at the first transition only a blob of texture was formed.

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    For the texture I used slightly coarser sand, crushed tea and PVA glue (drvofix). After drying, the mixture took on a final greenish color which in combination with the underlying copper gave a rather convincing look to the trunk.

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    The making of the canopy depends on the type of tree and the level of detail you want to achieve. Here I wanted to make a cherry tree in bloom and the dried sea foam had that final look of flowers that I wanted to achieve. I have noticed that sea foam comes in various variants, although it is always advertised only as "sea foam". For more lush canopies you can use moss, sponge or something similar, and for more detailed flock and even miniature leaves or similar "premade" plants.

    A simpler process involves covering the entire tree with spray glue and adding a piece of sponge / foam / moss or spraying smaller elements like salt bae.

    For this tree, I cut a bunch of smaller twigs and bouquets and individually glued each to the branches of the tree.

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    The end result quite impressed me and, sorry for the modesty, I consider this to be the most realistic tree I have ever held in my hands.

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    The finishing touches included only painting the flowers like buds on the cherry and subsequently pulling out the branches affected by the overspray. The airbrush here seemed to me to be the most elegant, and perhaps the only solution given the thrust strength, and the canopy was given one coat of mixed pink and one finishing touch of white.

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    End result – awesomesauce!

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    U ovom članku Matija Koružnjak objašnjava kako izraditi realistično drvo.

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    Za početak sam ogolio nekoliko električnih žica i tri svežnja bakra jednostavno poceo plesti u deblo drveta. Donje krajeve sam oblikovao u kraće i deblje krakove koji će glumiti korijen, a gornje sam prema nekakvom pretpostavljenom načelu rasta ispleo u grane. Proces se svodi na jednostavno odvajanje i uvijanje sve manjeg broja žica dok ne dođete do jedne žičice, tj. grane. Za jednostavnije drveće s puno raslinja možete upotrijebiti manji broj debljih žica.

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    Kada smo završili kostur stabla, potrebno je oblikovati, tj. teksturirati deblo. Ovisno o količini krajnje vidljive površine, možete teksturirati samo deblo ili ići u detalje do sitnog granja. Za ovo deblo trebalo je dva, ponegdje i tri prijelaza teksturom, pogotovo na manjim granama gdje se pri prvom prijelazu uglavnom formirala samo loptica teksture.

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    Za teksturu sam korsitio nešto grublji pijesak, zdrobljeni čaj i PVA ljepilo (drvofix). Po sušenju, mješavina je poprimila završnu zelenkastu boju koja je u kombinaciji s podložnim bakrom dala prilično uvjerljiv izgled debla.

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    Izrada krošnje ovisi o tipu stabla i razini detalja koji želite postići. Ovdje sam želio napraviti stablo trešnje u cvatu i sušeni sea foam imao je taj završni izgled cvjetova koji sam želio postići. Primijetio sam kako sea foam dolazi u raznim varijantama iako je uvijek oglašeno samo kao „sea foam“. Za bujnije krošnje možete korstiti mahovinu, spužvu ili nešto slično, a za detaljnjije flock pa čak i minijaturno lišće ili slično „premade“ raslinje.

    Jednostavniji proces uključuje prekrivanje čitavog stabla ljepilom u spreju i dodavanjem komada spužve/pjene/mahovine ili škropljenjem manjih elemenata kao salt bae.

    Za ovo sam stablo odrezao gomilu manjih grančica i buketa i individualno svaku lijepio na grane stabla.

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    Završni rezultat prilično me ipresionirao i, pardon na skromnosti, smatram kako je ovo najrealističnije drevo koje sam držao u rukama.

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    Završna obrada uključivala je još samo bojanje cvjetova poput pupoljaka na trešnji i naknadno izvlačenje grana koje je zahvatio overspray. Airbrush mi se ovdje činio kao najelegantnije, a možda i jedino rješenje s obzirom na jačinu potiska te je krošnja dobila jedan sloj izmješane ružičaste i jedan završni prelet bijelom.

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    Završni rezultat – awesomesauce!

    Što vi kažete?

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    Marko Paunović, 10th May 2021
  • The Bust Saga (part 5)
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    If you are a bit older and from Zagreb, you probably remember Saga o Pičekima? If not, the joke will elude you. Well, hopefully beside the Croatian pun, you will like the rest of this saga. Goran and Marko will take you on a miniature painting journey while they build and paint one and the same bust for their Admin Challenge. Why call it a saga? Because everyone who knows them knows this will take a while to finish.... They chose a bust by Crecy Models that comes in two options – as King Ladislav Jagellone and as Grand Master of Teutonic Order Ulrich von Jungingen. Goran and Marko will do different versions...

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    GORAN: Since I’ve been working on the cloak last 2-3 sessions, I’ll only briefly look back on it this time because I’ve finished it. What I have learned is that the strongest highlights should be placed in the direction of the imagined light source, as they look too uniform and equally prominent on all the more prominent folds. The colors used are Nacar, Mojave White and White Sands from Scale75, I started with a mixture of Nacar and Mojave White to emphasize the wrinkles and soften the transitions, and then I added White Sands to this mixture for further work on the mantle. I finished the cloak with a highlight of pure White Sands.
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    MARKO: well, what to say... not a lot I did this week. On the Jagellone bust – nothing. But I did manage to finish a Krieger bust for our upcoming weekend Miniature Painting Workshop. Once I was finished painting, I cut the rods for all the busts that the participants will use. And that's about it...
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    GORAN: Then I started painting the chain mail vest, I made the basecoat by mixing Graphene Gray with Heavy Metal in a 1: 2 ratio, and then I made the first shade with Citadel’s Drakenhof NIghtshade
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    Sjećate se Sage o Pičekima? E pa ovo je naša verzija. Goran i Marko su naši Pičeki i nadamo se da će vas zabaviti svojim pričama o slaganju i bojanju jedne te iste biste u njihovom Admin Challenge-u. Zašto saga? Jer imamo dojam da će njihova rabota potrajati izvijesno vrijeme... Za sve vas koji se pitate, bista koju bojaju je od tvtke Crecy Models i dolazi u obje opcije – kao kralj Ladislav Jagelović i kao Veliki Meštar teutonskog reda Ulrich von Jungingen. Zbog raznolikosti, Pičeki su se dogovorili da će raditi različite verzije.

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    GORAN: S obzirom da protekla 2-3 puta radim na plaštu, samo kratko ću se na njega osvrnuti ovaj put jer sam ga dovršio. Ono što sam naučio jest to da najjače highlight-ove treba stavljati u smjeru zamišljenog izvora svjetla, jer mi izgledaju prejednolično i podjednako istaknuto na svim istaknutijim naborima. Korištene boje su Nacar, Mojave White i White Sands od Scale75, krenuo sam sa mješavinom Nacar i Mojave White isticati nabore i ublažavati prijelaze, te sam zatim u tu mješavinu dodao White Sands za daljnji rad na plaštu. Završio sam plašt highlight-om čistim White Sands.
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    MARKO: što reći, koju poruku poslati? osim da ovoga tjedna nisam baš puno toga odradio. Na bisti Ladislava Jagelovića, apsolutno ništa. Pripremao sam ogledni primjerak biste Kriegera za našu novu vikend Radionicu bojanja minijatura. A onda sam se bavio i rezanjem štiftova za sve biste za sve polaznike.
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    GORAN: Zatim sam krenuo raditi prsluk od chain mail-a, osnovni sloj sam napravio tako da sam Graphene Grey pomiješao sa Heavy Metal u omjeru 1:2, te sam zatim Citadel-ovim Drakenhof NIghtshade-om napravio prvu sjenu.
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    Goran Krunić, 8th May 2021
  • Step by Step – Italy 1986 Diorama pt 7 – Painting of bricks and stone
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    Some time ago, I stopped with my articles about diorama Italy 1986. However, I managed to complete it for this year’s Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition. Therefore, the following is a continuation of the articles in which I will describe the painting of the diorama, but also the figures I used.

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    In this sequel, I will deal with painting bricks and stone surfaces. But before I started, it was necessary to protect the base from getting dirty during painting. I did this with masking tape which I carefully placed in all the places I wanted to protect.

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    Then I basecoated the brick and stone parts. I used orange for the bricks, while I painted the stone surfaces with gray.

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    After the basecoat had dried, I applied a couple of coats of lighter drybrushes that I covered with a couple coats of washes (Ogryn Fleshshade and Nuln Oil, and a few combinations of them). After that, when the wash dried, I added the final highlight to the brick surfaces. This was followed by weathering. I used white, green and olive green oils, the excess of which I removed using Odourless Thinner.

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    When I finished with the bricks, I threw myself on the stone surfaces (steps and tiles on the square). I decided that these tiles should be two-tone - gray (like stone) and reddish. I put on the base color, a couple of coats of drybrush and finally a few washes (Nuln Oil, Athonian Camoshade and combinations).

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    Pred neko vrijeme, sam stao sa člancima o diorami Italija 1986. Međutim, uspio sam ju dovršiti za ovogodišnje natjecanje Black Queen Hobby and Miniature Painting Competition. Stoga slijedi nastavak članaka u kojima ću opisati bojanje diorame, ali i figura koje sam koristio.

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    U ovom nastavku bavit ću se bojanjem cigle i kamenih površina. No prije svega, bilo je potrebno zaštititi bazu da se ne zaprlja tijekom bojanja. To sam učinio sa krep trakom koju sam pažljivo postavio na sva mjesta koja sam želio zaštititi.

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    Zatim sam obojao ciglene i kamene dijelove u osnovnu boju (Basecoat). Za cigle sam koristio naranđastu boju, dok sam sivom bojom odradio kamene površine.

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    Nakon što se osnovna boja osušila, stavio sam par slojeva svijetlijih drybrusheva koje sam prekrio sa par slojeva washeva (Ogryn Fleshshade i Nuln Oil, i nekoliko njihovih kombinacija). Nakon toga, kada se wash osušio, dodao sam završni hajlajt na ciglene površine. Zatim je uslijedio weathering. Koristio sam bijela, zelena i maslinasto zelena ulja, čiji višak sam maknuo koristeći Odourless Thinner.

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    Kada sam završio sa ciglom, bacio sam se na kamene površine (stepenice i pod trgića). Odlučio sam da te pločice budu dvobojne – sive (kao kamen) i crvenkaste. Stavio sam osnovnu boju, par slojeva drybrusha i na kraju nekoliko washeva (Nuln Oil, Athonian Camoshade i kombinacije).

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    Marko Paunović, 6th May 2021
  • The Bust Saga (part 4)
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    If you are a bit older and from Zagreb, you probably remember Saga o Pičekima? If not, the joke will elude you. Well, hopefully beside the Croatian pun, you will like the rest of this saga. Goran and Marko will take you on a miniature painting journey while they build and paint one and the same bust for their Admin Challenge. Why call it a saga? Because everyone who knows them knows this will take a while to finish.... They chose a bust by Crecy Models that comes in two options – as King Ladislav Jagellone and as Grand Master of Teutonic Order Ulrich von Jungingen. Goran and Marko will do different versions...

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    MARKO: What I forgot last time, this time I stol… borrowed and brought with me to the Hobby Corner on Wednesdays. A technical pencil. I lightly sketched on both shields the elements (a checkered plate on one plus a half lion half a bird on the other). After being relatively pleased with the look, I set out to apply the base paints. Then I added a couple of highlights to the design. This is enough for this phase since I plan to add light weathering towards the end of the painting.
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    GORAN: This time I continued to work on the cloak, with the same color palette as last time. The colors used are Scale75: Rainy Gray, Nacar, Birch and Mojave White. Here it is important to note that I used a fairly diluted paint, which is also called glazing. I think I could work with an even thinner color and be more patient, but even this is more than good for my skill level.
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    I first set out to fix the shadows using Rainy Gray. I drew the shadows by taking a slightly thicker brush (2 from the da Vinci Maestro series for example), and where the recess in the mantle was widest I applied the most pressure with the brush, so that the most paint would accumulate there. Then, while the shadow paint on the miniature was drying, I set off with a mixture of Rainy Gray and Nacar to fix the transitions between the shadow and the area next to the shadow, as they seemed relatively uneven and rough (although the roughness turned out to be a texture mantle).
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    MARKO: Then I set out to work on the cloak. If you remember, last time there were white stains from washing. This time I managed to cover those and add a few more layers of shadows ... As the cloak goes towards the shoulders, so the color becomes lighter. At least that's the idea.
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    GORAN: Then I set out to lighten the shields on the shoulders and even out the layers of a lighter color, with pure Nacar. I also further evened out the layers and thickness of the lighter colors on the shields on the shoulders, also using Mojave White.
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    Then I started to smooth the transitions towards the lighter parts of the crease with an equally clean Nacar, here I leaned the brush against the crease itself, and I evenly smoothed the transitions near the tops of the creases with equally uniform movements towards the lighter part of the crease. Then, with a mixture of Nacar and Birch, I started to lighten the tops of the folds, the same technique of applying the brush to the folds, and uniform movements towards the lighter part of the folds. In the next step, I used Mojave White, and I additionally lightened the creases with the brush application technique along the crease tips.
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    MARKO: For the end, I painted the fabric on the bust’s chest in a base red color. After I paint every layer on the gown, only then will I add the white eagle.
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    Sjećate se Sage o Pičekima? E pa ovo je naša verzija. Goran i Marko su naši Pičeki i nadamo se da će vas zabaviti svojim pričama o slaganju i bojanju jedne te iste biste u njihovom Admin Challenge-u. Zašto saga? Jer imamo dojam da će njihova rabota potrajati izvijesno vrijeme... Za sve vas koji se pitate, bista koju bojaju je od tvtke Crecy Models i dolazi u obje opcije – kao kralj Ladislav Jagelović i kao Veliki Meštar teutonskog reda Ulrich von Jungingen. Zbog raznolikosti, Pičeki su se dogovorili da će raditi različite verzije.

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    MARKO: Ono kaj sam zaboravio prošli put, ovoga puta sam u firmi mazn... posudio i donio na Hobby kutak srijedom. Tehničku olovku. Lagano sam skicirao na oba štita elemente (šahovnica a jednom plus polu lav polu ptica na drugom). Nakon što sam bio relativno zadovoljan izgledom, krenuo sam nanositi osnovne boje. Potom sam dodao par hajlajta na dizajn. Ovo je dovoljno za ovu fazu s obzirom da planiram pred kraj bojanja dodati i lagani weathering.
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    GORAN: Ovaj puta sam nastavio raditi na plaštu, sa istom paletom boja kao i prošli put. Korištene boje su Scale75: Rainy Gray, Nacar, Birch i Mojave White. Ovdje je važno napomenuti da sam koristio dosta razrjeđenu boju, koja se još naziva premaz, odnosno glaze na engleskom. Smatram da bih mogao raditi sa još razrjeđenijom bojom i strpljivije, ali i ovo je za moju razinu vještine više nego dobro.
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    Prvo sam krenuo popravljati sjene pomoću Rainy Gray. Sjene sam crtao tako što sam uzeo nešto deblji kist (2 od da Vinci Maestro serije npr.), te sam tamo gdje je udubina u plaštu najšira radio najveći pritisak kistom, kako bi se najviše boje tamo nakupilo. Zatim sam, dok se još boja za sjenu na minijaturi sušila, krenuo sa mješavinom Rainy Gray i Nacar popravljati prijelaze između sjene i područja neposredno uz sjenu, obzirom da su mi djelovali relativno neujednačeni i hrapavi (iako se za hrapavost ispostavilo da je riječ o teksturi plašta).
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    MARKO: Zatim sam se bacio na plašt. Ako se sjećate, prošli put su ostale bijele mrlje od washanja. Ovoga puta sam ih uspio prekriti i dodati jos nekoliko slojeva sjena... Kako plašt ide prema ramenima, tako i boja postaje svjetlija. To je bar ideja.
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    GORAN: Zatim sam štitove na ramenima krenuo posvjetljavati i ujednačavati slojeve svjetlije boje, čistim Nacar-om. Također sam dodatno ujednačavao slojeve i debljinu svjetlijih boja na štitovima na ramenima, isto tako koristeći Mojave White.
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    Zatim sam krenuo sa isto tako čistim Nacar-om ujednačavati prijelaze prema svjetlijim dijelovima nabora, ovdje sam prislanjao kist uz sam nabor, te sam blizu vrhova nabora isto tako ujednačenim pokretima prema svjetlijem dijelu nabora ujednačavao prijelaze. Potom sam mješavinom Nacar-a i Birch-a Krenuo posvjetljavati vrhove nabora, istom tehnikom prislanjanja kista uz sam nabor, te ujednačenim pokretima prema svjetlijem dijelu nabora. U sljedećem koraku sam koristio Mojave White, te sam dodatno posvjetljavao nabore tehnikom prisljanjanja kista uz vrhove nabora.
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    MARKO: Za kraj obojao sam tkaninu na prsima u osnovnu crvenu boju. Nakon što obojam sve hajlajte na halji, tek onda ću dodati bijelog orla.
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    Goran Krunić, 2nd May 2021

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