Agram Group Build Project #1 (part 1)

Marko Paunović, 20th September 2021

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In this series of articles, we will follow our Goran, Kruno and Marko in the making of a diorama set in New York / Gotham in the mid-1980s. Diorama is being built as part of a new UMS "Agram" project called Agram Group Build, which was created after the trio discussed joint projects to be done on Wednesdays and how cool it would be to gather more people to work on something together… This gave birth to the idea of Group Builds... By the end of the year, probably three projects (diorama, some figure and some bust) will be launched so whenever you come and whatever your preference might be, you will have something to do. The idea is for everyone to do something on each of these three projects - the main rule (except that there are no rules) is not to mess with other people's work. That we all participate and make some kind of Frankenstein monster ...

Given that we still don’t know anything about finances in 2021 from the City at the moment, the trio decided to start with a diorama (since it doesn’t require additional investment - which the figure and bust require).

MARKO: Since September, we have been making a diorama from the picture. In short: the end of the 20th century, something between New York and Gotham. Lots of different materials - concrete, brick, stone, metal, plastic, wood ... studded with details such as air conditioning, electricity distribution and various garbage, bins and the like on the floor. Scale 1/35 or 54mm. For now, we have no plans to put up figures, but you never know ... Basically, it looks similar to the Chestnut Ink template from the picture ... After a couple of brain storming meetings, we came up with a rough outline for our project.
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Feel free to contact us here if you are interested! We are every Wednesday from 8 pm to 10 pm in KD ZZTK on Trg žrtava fašizma 14.

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  • Agram Group Build Project #1 (part 5)
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    In this series of articles, we will follow our Goran, Kruno and Marko in the making of a diorama set in New York / Gotham in the mid-1980s. Diorama is being built as part of a new UMS "Agram" project called Agram Group Build, which was created after the trio discussed joint projects to be done on Wednesdays and how cool it would be to gather more people to work on something together… This gave birth to the idea of Group Builds... The idea is for everyone to do something on each of these three projects - the main rule (except that there are no rules) is not to mess with other people's work. That we all participate and make some kind of Frankenstein monster ...

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    MARKO: For homework I had to prepare blueprints for window negatives so we could make moulds. I worked out the idea quite a bit considering that, like last time, this Wednesday I was busy running the Workshop for making spatial models, so I wanted to contribute at least in this indirect way. The idea is to make one negative for each type of window. We then make a mould from Siligum and pour identical window negatives from plaster which we later coat with PVA glue to make it rubbery enough that the final wall casting can come out of the mould.
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    KRUNO: Today’s work on the group build was pretty lonely… no one joined me. I’m starting to wonder if the problem is in me… Basically, after the initial lemonade and setting up the workspace for the workshop, I took on the task of making window negatives for the moulds. Marko made the blueprints, and I drew and cut out the parts on balsa. I used slats 2 and 5 mm thick. I tried to be precise, so I cut the balm with multiple light strokes. I cut out several pieces and then measured the best specimens by measuring them and glued them with Drvofix.
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    After that, I finished the plastic containers and assembled a couple more gas bottles for the diorama. Of course I had the same glue problems as before and used Domagoj's "apparatus for unclogging the glue in tube".
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    P.S. Marko says that I screwed up one negative, but that's because I want him to participate with something to make him feel a part of # project1.
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    DOMAGOJ: I was fed up with Marko and Kruno's constant complaining about the Apparatus-for-unclogging-glue-in-a-tube, so I donated one.
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    GORAN: As Kruno mentioned, he was lonely, so towards the end he got bored and had fun with pyrotechnics. At least that's what they tell me because I was busy running around Jarun. I hereby invite all the fly honeys to join me on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm to 7pm.
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    Feel free to contact us here if you are interested! We are every Wednesday from 8 pm to 10 pm in KD ZZTK on Trg žrtava fašizma 14.

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    U ovoj seriji članaka pratit ćemo našeg Gorana, Krunu i Marka u izradi diorame smještene u New York / Gotham sredinom ’80-ih godina 20. stoljeća. Dioramu rade u sklopu novog projekta UMS „Agram“ pod nazivom Agram Group Build koji je nastao nakon što je trojac srijedama razgovarao o zajedničkim projektima i kako bi bilo cool okupiti više ljudi srijedama oko rada na zajedničkom nečemu… Iz toga se izrodila ideja o Group Buildovima. Ideja je da svatko nešto odradi na svakom od ta tri projekta - a glavno pravilo (osim da nema pravila) jest da se ne prtlja po tuđem radu. Da svi sudjelujemo i napravimo nekakvo frankensteinovo čudo...

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    MARKO: Za domaću zadaću imao sam pripremiti nacrte za negative prozora kako bismo mogli napraviti kalupe. Razradio sam ideju poprilično s obzirom da sam kao i prošli put, i ovu srijedu bio zauzet vođenjem Radionice za izradu prostornih maketa pa sam htio dati doprinos bar ovim indirektnim putem. Ideja je da napravimo po jedan negativ za svaku vrstu prozora. Potom od Siliguma napravimo kalup i izlijemo identične negative prozora u gipsu kojeg kasnije premažemo sa drvofixom da bi bilo dovoljno gumenasti da odljevak može izaći iz kalupa.
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    KRUNO: Današnji rad na group buildu je bio prilično samotan… nitko mi se nije pridružio. Počinjem se pitati je li problem u meni… Uglavnom, nakon inicijalne limunade i postavljanja radnog prostora za radionicu primio sam se zadatka izrade negativa prozora za kalupe. Marko je napravio nacrte, a ja sam na balzi nacrtao i izrezao dijelove. Koristio sam letvice debljine 2 i 5 mm. Trudio sam se biti precizan, pa sam balzu rezao višekratnim laganim potezima. Izrezao sam više komada i onda mjerenjem odabrao najbolje primjerke, te ih polijepio Drvofixom.
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    Nakon tog sam dovršavao plastične kontejnere i sklopio još par plinskih boci za dioramu. Naravno da sam imao iste probleme s ljepilom i koristio Domagojev „uređaj-za-odštopavanje-ljepila-u-cjevčici“.
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    P.S. Marko kaže da sam zeznuo jedan negativ, no to je zato da i on nešto napravi i osjeća da sudjeluje u radu na #projekt1.
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    DOMAGOJ: Dosadila mi je Markova i Krunina žalopojka oko uređaj-za-odštopavanje-ljepila-u-cjevčici pa sam im donirao jedan.
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    GORAN: Kako je Kruno napomenuo, bio je usamljen pa mu je pred kraj postalo dosadno pa se zabavljao pirotehnikom. Barem mi tako kažu jer sam trčao po Jarunu. Ovim putem pozivam sve fly honeys da mi se pridruže ponedjeljkom, srijedom i petkom od 18 do 19h.
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    Slobodno se ovdje javite ako ste zainteresirani! Nalazimo se svake srijede od 20-22h u KD ZZTK na Trgu žrtava fašizma 14.

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  • Fistfull of review – A Retrospective of the Hellboy Workshop through the Perspective of the Attendee
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    UMS Agram organized a Hellboy bust painting workshop in the second half of September. Like most of the workshops organized by Agram, it lasted two days and was held over the weekend, so I could not find an excuse for not participating, so I would like to share my experience as a participant in the Agram workshops.

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    The first thing I noticed, and I have to admit that it proved to be a significant improvement from previous workshops, is the organization and accommodation of participants. The venue that the association can use, each of the ten attendees has the opportunity to work at their own table with their own light source. Before we started working, I have to admit that it was a significant improvement for me, primarily as a comfort that sometimes life means. :)

    The workshop was divided into two days, both in terms of time and topic. The first day we dealt superficially with most of the bust, clothing, while on the second day we shifted the focus to Hellboy’s skin, lighting, and smaller items on the bust.

    At the beginning of the workshop, in addition to individual places, we were greeted by assembled and primed busts. Hellboy busts were painted by the Zenithal light method, when white spray from one direction on a miniature applied in black. The effect we get with this is to reward the volume, highlighting the highlighted elements with a lighter color, while the more hidden and withdrawn parts of the miniature remain darker. This makes it easier for us to determine the lights and shadows in the colors.

    Although Zenithal itself is not something I have not encountered, working on clothing I have become acquainted with the application of Zenithal which can significantly help me in speeding up painting. Using thin layers of paint, glazes, we repainted the skin in several layers. Getting a uniform coverage is much slower than a thicker paint, more coats are needed, but the result shows the volume of the surfaces far better than applying a flat coat of paint.

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    What thrilled me about applying this technique is that, despite the required number of coats, it speeds up the painting process significantly, especially if I will be painting a larger number of thumbnails at the same time. While a few coats of glaze paint further darkened by some sort of washes won’t be enough to impress anyone, I believe it’s good enough for tabletop gaming purposes. In addition, with such a foundation, we can spend more time drawing and extracting details from the surface we are painting, such as damage and textures, freehand lines and patterns, or something else.

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    The next day we set off hard. We painted all the visible Hellboy skin, did the lightening and darkening of the details, and we dyed most of the bust. Of course, this does not mean that we have finished earlier, because our work so far has only been a preparation for the continuation.

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    The first extra step we did was coloring the cigar, and creating a micro-OSL effect. Although I have an effect around a large area cigar, I think it's a great exercise to master OSL with a light source on the miniature itself - a small light source means we have a chance to make only small mistakes, and therefore only small corrections are needed to correct them. We achieved this effect by applying additional highlights to simulate the glow lighting, and the procedure itself was relatively simple, as the light tones matched the color of Hellboy’s skin.

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    After drawing a warm light on your face, on the opposite side, we mastered how to overcome the cold, bluish glow. The experience was significantly different because we were working on a larger area than in the first part of OSL, and we didn’t have a light source on the miniature itself. From a technical point of view, it was also important to overcome the fact that the blue light significantly changed the character of the color it strikes, which is most visible on the nape of the neck. We achieved this by successively applying thin layers of plaque paint, glazes, and drawing blue highlights on the brightest parts.

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    This workshop will remain in my memory among my favorites, because during the lessons I noticed where I can use certain lessons without being out of the box equivalent to the topics from the workshop. They helped me to significantly simplify skin coloring, and I am very glad that I learned a new "messy" technique. I am sure I will apply the lessons learned in coloring my own miniatures.

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    UMS Agram je, u drugoj polovici rujna, organizirao radionicu bojanja biste Hellboya. Kao i većina radionica u organizaciji Agrama, trajala je dva dana i smještena je tokom vikenda, te nisam mogao naći ispriku za ne sudjelovanje,te bih htio prenijeti svoje iskustvo kao polaznik Agramovih radionica.

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    Prva stvar koju sam primjetio, a moram priznati da mi se pokazao kao značajni napredak od prijašnjih radionica, je organizacija i smještaj polaznika, U predpandemijska vremena znali smo dijeliti stolove, a sada, što zbog prilika u kojima se nalazimo, što zbog prostora koje udruga može koristiti, svaki od desert polaznika ima priliku raditi na vlastitom stolu s vlastitim izvorom svijetla. Prije nego smo počeli s radom, moram priznat da mi je to predstavljalo bitno poboljšanje, prvenstveno kao komfor koji ponekad život znači. :)

    Radionica je bila kako vremenski, tako i tematski podijeljena u dva dana. Prvi dan bavili smo se površinski najvećim dijelom biste, odjećom, dok smo drugi dan fokus prebacili na Hellboyevu kožu, osvijetljenje i sitnije predmete na bisti.

    Na početku radionice, osim individualnih mjesta, dočekale su nas složene i prime-ane biste. Biste Hellboya prime-ane su Zenithal metodom, kada bijelim sprejem iz jednog smjera na minijaturi prime-anu crnom bojom. Efekt koji time dobivamo je nagrašavanje volumenta, naglašavanje istaknutih elemenata svijetlijom bojom, dok skriveniji i povučeniji dijelovi minijature ostaju tamniji. Samim time lakše nam je odrediti svijetla i sjene u bojama.

    Iako sam Zenithal nije nešto s čime se nisam susreo, radeći na odjeći upoznao sam se s primjenom Zenithala koja mi značajno može pomoći u ubrzavanju bojanja. Koristeći tanke slojeve boje, glazeove, prebojali smo kožu u nekoliko slojeva. Dobiti ujednačeno prekrivanje znatno je sporije nego guščom bojom, više slojeva je potrebno, no rezultat daleko bolje prikazuje volumen površina nego nanošenje flat sloja boje.

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    Ono što me oduševilo kod primjene ove tehnike je što, unatoč potrebnom večem broju slojeva, ubrzava proces bojanja značajno, pogotovo ako ću za igre bojati veći broj minijatura istovremeno. Iako nekoliko slojeva glaze boje dodatno zatamnjeno nekakvim washem neće biti dovoljno da ikoga zadivi, vjerujem da je dovoljno dobro za potrebe tabletop igranja. Osim toga, s takvom osnovom, možemo više vremena odvojiti na ucrtavanje i izvlačenje detalja iz površine koju bojamo, poput oštećenja i tekstura, freehandanja linija i uzoraka, ili nešto treće.

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    Drugi dan smo krenuli udarno. Obojali smo svu vidljivu Hellboyevu kožu, odradili posvjetljavanje i zatamnjivanje detalja, te smo obojali većinu biste. Naravno, ne znači da smo samim time ranije i završili, jer nam je dosadašnji rad bio samo priprema za nastavak.

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    Prvi dodatni korak koji smo radili je bojanje cigare, te stvaranje mikro-OSL efekta. Iako sam efekt oko cigare nike velike površine, mislim da je odlična vježba za savladavanje OSL-a s izvorom svijetla na samoj minijaturi - mali izvor svijetla znači da imamo priliku učiniti samo male greške, i samim time su samo male korekcije potrebne da ih ispravimo. Ovaj efekt smo postigli nanoseći dodatne highlighte da simuliramo osvijetljenje od žara, te je sam postupak bio relativno jednostavan, jer su tonovi svijetla odgovarali boji kože Hellboya.

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    Nakon ucrtavanja toplog svijetla na licu biste, sa suprotne strane savladavali smo kako savladati hladni, plavičasti sjaj. Iskustvo je bilo znatno drugačije jer smo radili na većoj površini nego u prvoj djelu OSL-a, te nismo imali izvor svijetla na samoj minijaturi. S tehničke strane, isto je bilo bitno savladati to što je plavo svijetlo značajno mjenjalo karakter boje na koji udara, što je najvidljivije na potiljku biste. Ovo smo postigli uzastopnim nanošenjem tankih slojeva place boje, glazeovima, te izvlačenjem plavih highlighta na najsvijetlijim djelovima.

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    Ova radionica će mi ostati u pamćenju među dražima, jer sam tokom lekcija zapažao gdje mogu pojedine lekcije koristiti, a da nisu out of the box ekvivalentne temama iz radionice. Pomogle su mi značajno pojednostaviti bojanje kože, te mi je jako drago da sam naučio novu “messy” tehniku. Siguran sam da ću naučene lekcije primjeniti u bojanju vlastitih minijatura.

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  • Agram Group Build Project #1 (part 4)
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    In this series of articles, we will follow our Goran, Kruno and Marko in the making of a diorama set in New York / Gotham in the mid-1980s. Diorama is being built as part of a new UMS "Agram" project called Agram Group Build, which was created after the trio discussed joint projects to be done on Wednesdays and how cool it would be to gather more people to work on something together… This gave birth to the idea of Group Builds... The idea is for everyone to do something on each of these three projects - the main rule (except that there are no rules) is not to mess with other people's work. That we all participate and make some kind of Frankenstein monster ...

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    KRUNO: With the obligatory lemonade and important information from the world of miniatures, Marko and Domagoj easily introduced me to today's tasks (last time I was not here). After going down to the basement, primarily due to worsening meteorological conditions, we first arranged the workspace for the terrain workshop and complied with epidemiological measures. Finally to the modeling work… I drew the window curbs on the diorama drawing. We opted for 2mm edges on each side of the window to get a more realistic look and to fit the frames more easily. I listed the dimensions to make it easier for us to manage when making the moulds. I started drawing a decorative brick stucco above the window of the brick building, but I didn't have the information about the dimensions of the bricks we intend to push into the decoration, so for now I just determined the angles of the decoration ... the rest next Wednesday. Then I decided to "show" Domagoj how to assemble small plastic elements for dioramas. I finished a metal trash can, made two gas containers and a metal trash can. After that, I also arranged one plastic trash can and half a plastic container. All this was accompanied by Goran's imitation of David Attendorough, who presented my work as a documentary. An additional difficulty was the constant clogging of the plastic adhesive in the tube, so fortunately Domagoj's "device-for-unclipping-the-tube-adhesive-for-plastic" (read: lighter) often helped, and I seemed to the participants of Agram's terrain workshop to know what I work with it… yeah right!.
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    DOMAGOJ: Coming into a group project among the last, I spent the beginning in a brief conversation with Kruno and Marko to see how I could best help. So far I have not had the opportunity to work on projects like this, so I am extremely glad that Kruno took the time to demonstrate assembling plastic details. I set about assembling the gas cylinders, and I finished a few. The techniques that will be used in making the diorama seem extremely interesting, and the plastic models we work with are much more delicate than the models I am used to. New modeling techniques and delicate models are a fundamentally different experience from the tabletop and wargaming models I’ve worked with so far.
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    GORAN: My tasks the previous evening were exclusively of an observational and auxiliary-narrative nature, since I did not come with the intention of doing anything on the group build. I mostly provided Marko with the necessary materials and tools for the terrain workshop, and the rest of the time, as Kruno said, I made him laugh by playing the narrator Sir David Attenborough. Towards the end of the evening, I was thinking about which Ork I would put together for the Miniature Painters Croatia Winter Painting Competition, as well as participating in economic and political discussions that socializing with Marko almost inevitably leads to.
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    MARKO: This time, due to my obligations to lead the Workshop for making spatial models, I only participated from the side, disturbing the team more than constructively contributing to the work of the group. Fortunately, the economic and political debate was well received and the team enthusiastically set to work.
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    Feel free to contact us here if you are interested! We are every Wednesday from 8 pm to 10 pm in KD ZZTK on Trg žrtava fašizma 14.

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    U ovoj seriji članaka pratit ćemo našeg Gorana, Krunu i Marka u izradi diorame smještene u New York / Gotham sredinom ’80-ih godina 20. stoljeća. Dioramu rade u sklopu novog projekta UMS „Agram“ pod nazivom Agram Group Build koji je nastao nakon što je trojac srijedama razgovarao o zajedničkim projektima i kako bi bilo cool okupiti više ljudi srijedama oko rada na zajedničkom nečemu… Iz toga se izrodila ideja o Group Buildovima. Ideja je da svatko nešto odradi na svakom od ta tri projekta - a glavno pravilo (osim da nema pravila) jest da se ne prtlja po tuđem radu. Da svi sudjelujemo i napravimo nekakvo frankensteinovo čudo...

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    KRUNO: Uz obvezatnu limunadu i važne informacije iz svijeta minijatura, Marko i Domagoj su me lagano uveli u današnje zadatke (prošli put me nije bilo). Nakon silaska u podrum, prvenstveno zbog pogoršanja meteoroloških uvjeta, prvo smo posložili radni prostor za radionicu i poštivanje epidemioloških mjera. Napokon na maketarski posao… iscrtao sam rubnike prozora na nacrtu diorame. Odlučili smo se za rubove od 2 mm sa svake strane prozora kako bi dobili realniji izgleda i lakše uglavili okvire. Iskotirao sam dimenzije da se lakše snađemo pri izradi kalupa. Započeo sam crtati ukrasnu ciglenu šukaturu iznad prozora ciglene zgrade, no nedostaje mi podatak o dimenzijama ciglica koje mislimo ugurati u ukras, pa sam za sada samo odredio kutove ukrasa... ostalo iduću srijedu. Zatim sam odlučio „pokazati“ Domagoju kako se sastavljaju sitni plastični elementi za diorame. Dovršio sam metalni kontejner za smeće, izradio dvije plinske boce i metalnu kantu za smeće. Nakon toga sam posložio i jednu plastičnu kantu za smeće i pola plastičnog kontejnera. Sve to praćen Goranovom imitacijom Davida Attendorougha koji je moj rad prikazao kao dokumentarac. Dodatna poteškoća je bilo stalno zaštopavanje lijepila za plastiku u cjevčici, pa je srećom Domagojev „uređaj-za-odštopavanje-cjevčica-lijepila-za-plastiku“ (čitaj: upaljač) često pomagao, a ja sam polaznicima Agramove radionice izgledao kao da znam što radim s time… moš' mislit'.
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    DOMAGOJ: Došavši u grupni projekt među posljednjima, početak sam proveo u kratkom razgovoru s Krunom i Markom kako bi vidio kako najbolje mogu pomoći. Do sada nisam imao priliku raditi na ovakvim projektima pa mi je iznimno drago što je Kruno odvojio vrijeme za demonstraciju sastavljanja plastičnih detalja. Prionio sam sastavljanju plinskih boca, te sam ih složio nekolicinu. Tehnike koje će se koristiti pri izradi diorame djeluju izuzetno zanimljivo, te su plastični modeli s kojima radimo znatno delikatniji od modela na koje sam navikao. Nove maketarske tehnike i delikatni modeli su bitno drugačije iskustvo od tabletop i wargaming modela s kojima sam radio do sada.
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    GORAN: Moje zadaće prethodne večeri su isključivo bile promatračke i pomagačko-narativne prirode, obzirom da nisam došao s namjerom išta raditi na group build-u. Većinom sam dodavao Marku potrebne materijale i alate za radionicu izrade prostornih maketa, a preostalo vrijeme sam kao što je Krunoslav rekao, njega nasmijavao glumeći pripovjedača Sir Davida Attenborough-a. Pred kraj večeri sam smišljao kojeg ću Orka sastaviti za Miniature Painters Croatia Winter Painting Competition, kao i sudjelovao u ekonomsko-političkim raspravama kojima druženje s Markom gotovo neizbježno vodi.
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    MARKO: Ovaj puta zbog obaveza s vođenjem Radionice za izradu prostornih maketa sam samo sa strane sudjelovao, više ometajući ekipu nego konstruktivno pridonoseći radu grupe. Srećom, ekonomsko-politička rasprava je bila dobro prihvaćena te je ekipa zdušno prionula radu.
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    Slobodno se ovdje javite ako ste zainteresirani! Nalazimo se svake srijede od 20-22h u KD ZZTK na Trgu žrtava fašizma 14.

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    Krunoslav Belinić, 7th October 2021
  • Comparison between a branded and DIY wet palette
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    I recently bought Green Stuff World's wet palette because it was very affordable compared to the competition, and it was also available in Croatia, ie I didn't have to order online. Considering that even being available locally, it cost relatively a lot compared to the "do it yourself" palette, I decided to do a comparative test.

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    To make a DIY wet palette, you need baking paper that can be purchased in almost every neighborhood store for about 10kn. The paper I bought was 8m x 38cm. So, you can pull out (if you are a little careful and cut neatly) over 130 papers for your wet palette (dimensions od GSW are 12.5 x 17.5 cm). You also need a sponge to wash the dishes (trulex, vileda, spirak). You can also get it at your local store. I paid 5kn for 5 pieces again. And finally, you need a box with a lid. The choice is huge, plastic boxes of chocolates, lunchboxes, tin biscuits, etc. I used a box of salad and I calculate that the cost is 0kn.

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    GSW wet palette comes with 2 sponges, 50 sheets of paper, a plastic two-tone box and an elastic closure tape. It was bought at Carta Magica and cost me 110kn. Additional sponges and paper can be purchased at a price of about 25kn each (2 sponges and 50 papers in a package). But even these are quite ok prices when compared to the competition. Redgrass Games's Everlasting Wet Palette - Painter Lite is identical in content to GSW's and is slightly larger in size but costs € 25 (+ postage). Army Painter's Wet Palette is also the same in content and is a few cm higher, but the price is € 22.5 (excluding postage).

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    I will not describe the preparation of a wet palette. That is not the intention of this article, and there are dozens of tutorials on Youtube. I will just point out that I used distilled water and several color brands (Vallejo, Scalecolor, Warpaints and Ammo by Mig).

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    After the palettes were prepared, I applied a drop of each color on them and made a few mixes. Personally, I didn’t notice a particular difference between these two palettes when used. Using both was easy and convenient. Then I closed each pallet and left for about 36h. After that time, the paints were still equally usable. The only difference is that one drop of paint on the DIY palette has dried. I guess GSW paper leaks moisture better.

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    Decide for yourself which palette (branded or DIY) to choose. I can only list the advantages and disadvantages from my point of view:

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    Benefits

    Custom-cut papers and sponges come with the branded palette. Therefore, its preparation is very quick and easy. The sponge is white so it does not affect the perception of the colors you are working with. The design is definitely nicer than a plastic box of chocolates.

    Disadvantages

    Higher price compared to the DIY version. If your palette is too small for a larger version you will set aside even more money. Refill materials are available only in specialized (hobby) shops. And when you buy one brand, the refills of other brands are unlikely to match in size.

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    Benefits

    Very low price. If everything was put on paper, with this version of the wet palette you will pass about 10 times cheaper. You are not limited by the size of the pallet by choosing the right box. Refill materials are available at almost every local store.

    Disadvantages

    Longer preparation because you will have to cut the paper and sponges to the size of the box yourself. Sponge cloths usually come in colors (yellow, green) which can affect the perception of the color you mix on a wet palette. White sponges are a little harder to find so some people use plain paper towels instead of a sponge. I also found tips that baking paper must be coated with silicone, ie it must not be waxed. I did not find any baking paper on our market that declared whether it was siliconized or waxed. So, you will need a little luck to find a paper that suits you in terms of characteristics.

    My position, which I cannot defend with strong arguments, is that I would still choose a branded palette. If finances were a big problem, I would try to buy refills (paper and sponges) for around 50 kuna and put them in a box of similar dimensions. Of course, others may have completely different experiences and cannot be generalized based on one experiment. In the end, it seems that the choice is a matter of personal preference.

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    Nedavno sam kupio Green Stuff Worldovu mokru paletu jer je cijenom bila vrlo prihvatljiva u usporedbi s konkurencijom, a i bila je dostupna u Hrvatskoj tj. nisam morao naručivati online. Obzirom da je i kao takva relativno puno koštala u usporedbi s „uradi sam“ paletom, odlučio sam načiniti usporedni test.

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    Za „uradi sam“ mokru paletu potreban vam je papir za pečenje koji se može nabaviti u gotovo svakom kvartovskom dućanu za reda veličine 10kn. Papir kojega sam kupio bio je dimenzija 8m x 38cm. Dakle, iz njega možete izvući (ako malo pazite i uredno režete) preko 130 papira za vašu mokru paletu (dimenzija kao i GSW-ova tj. 12,5 x 17,5 cm). Također je potrebna spužvasta krpica za pranje posuđa (trulex, vileda, spirak). Nju isto možete nabaviti u lokalnoj trgovini. Ja sam 5 komada platio opet nekih 10kn. I na kraju, treba vam kutija s poklopcem. Izbor je ogroman, plastične kutije od bombonjera, lunchboxeva, limene od keksa i sl. Ja sam koristio kutiju od salate i računam da je taj trošak 0kn.

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    GSW-ova paleta u kompletu donosi 2 spužvice, 50 listova papira, plastičnu dvobojnu kutiju i elastičnu traku za zatvaranje. Kupljena je u Carta Magica i koštala me je 110kn. Dodatne spužvice i papir mogu se kupiti po cijeni od cca 25kn svaki (2 spužvice i 50 papira u pakiranju). No i ovo su sasvim ok cijene kada se usporede s konkurencijom. Redgrass Games-ova Everlasting Wet Palette – Painter Lite po sadržaju je identična GSW-ovoj i malo je većih dimenzija ali košta 25€ (+poštarina). Army Painterova Wet Palette također je sadržajem ista te je za koji cm veća no cijena je 22,5€ (bez poštarine).

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    Neću opisivati pripremu mokre palete. To nije namjera ovog članka, a i postoje deseci tutorijala na Youtubeu. Samo ću istaknuti da sam koristio destiliranu vodu i nekoliko brandova boja (Vallejo, Scalecolor, Warpaints i Ammo by Mig).

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    Nakon što su palete pripremljene na njih sam nanio po kap od svake boje i napravio nekoliko mješavina. Osobno nisam primijetio posebnu razliku između ove dvije palete prilikom upotrebe. Korištenje obje bilo je jednostavno i praktično. Zatim sam svaku paletu zatvorio i ostavio cca 36h. Nakon isteka tog vremena boje su i dalje bile jednako upotrebljive. Jedina razlika je što se je jedna kapljica boje na „uradi sam“ paleti osušila. Pretpostavljam da GSW-ov papir bolje propušta za vlagu.

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    Zaključak koju paletu (brandiranu ili „uradi sam“) odabrati donesite sami. Ja vam samo mogu nabrojati prednosti i nedostatke iz mog kuta gledanja:

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    Prednosti

    S brandiranom paletom dolaze papiri i spužvice izrezane po mjeri. Stoga je njena priprema vrlo brza i laka. Spužvica je bijela pa ne utječe na percepciju boja s kojima radite. Dizajn je svakako ljepši od plastične kutije od bombonjere.

    Nedostaci

    Viša cijena u odnosu na „uradi sam“ verziju. Ako vam je paleta premala za veću verziju izdvojiti ćete još više novaca. Refill materijali dostupni su samo u specijaliziranim (hobby) shopovima. A kada kupite jedan brand, refillovi drugih brandova vjerojatno neće odgovarati po dimenzijama.

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    Prednosti

    Vrlo niska cijena. Kad bi se sve stavilo na papir, s ovom verzijom mokre palete proći ćete i 10-ak puta jeftinije. Odabirom odgovarajuće kutije niste ograničeni veličinom palete. Refill materijali dostupni su u gotovo svakoj lokalnoj trgovini.

    Nedostaci

    Dulja priprema jer ćete sami morati izrezivati papir i spužvice na mjeru kutije. Spužvaste krpice obično dolaze u bojama (žuta, zelena) što može utjecati na percepciju boje koju miješate na mokroj paleti. Bijele spužvice je malo teže pronaći pa neki ljudi koriste obične papirnate ručnike umjesto spužvice. Pronašao sam i savjete da papir za pečenje mora bit premazan silikonom tj. ne smije biti voštani. Ja na našem tržištu nisam našao papir za pečenje na kojemu je deklarirano je li silikoniran ili voštan. Dakle, trebati će vam malo sreće da nađete papir koji vam odgovara po karakteristikama.

    Moj stav, koji ne mogu braniti čvrstim argumentima, je da bih ipak odabrao brendiranu paletu. Kada bi financije bile veliki problem, pokušao bih kupiti refillove (papir i spužvice) za 50-ak kuna i smjestiti ih u neku kutiju sličnih dimenzija. Naravno, drugi mogu imati sasvim različita iskustva te se na temelju jednog eksperimenta ne može generalizirati. Čini se na kraju da je izbor ipak stvar osobni preferencija.

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    Dalibor Čavić, 5th October 2021
  • Ana’s Top Tip – How to Make Muzzleflash
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    …THE STORY SO FAR…

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    For the basic shape of the muzzle flash we need Milliput (or some other modeling compound) and a piece of wire. You shape the Milliput around the wire into a shape like the one in the picture. You leave a little bare wire under the wider part. This wire is used so that you can hold the flash while working on it, and when it is finished you can pin it into the barrel of the weapon. Leave Milliput to harden.

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    Cover the basic form with PVA glue (without water) and cover it with a sponge flock. Color doesn't matter, you'll repaint. Allow to dry completely.

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    Soak everything with a slightly diluted PVA glue. Allow to dry completely. The spongy flock absorbs and holds water strongly, so it needs a long time. When it dries, the flock will no longer be soft. Then you can spray it with primer and paint it. PVA glue and water can be replaced with superglue, the result is basically the same.

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    …Priča do sada…

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    Za osnovni oblik muzzle flasha treba nam Milliput (ili neka druga masa za modeliranje) i komad žice. Milliput oblikuješ u oko žice u oblik kao na slici. Ostaviš malo gole žice ispod šireg dijela. Ta žica služi da možeš držati flash dok radiš na njemu, te kad bude gotov da ga možeš pinirati u cijev oružja. Ostaviš Milliput da se stvrdne.

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    Namažeš osnovni oblik drvofixom (bez vode) i obložiš ga spužvastim flockom. Boja nije bitna, prefarbat ćeš. Pustiš da se potpuno osuši.

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    Natopiš sve lagano razrijeđenim drvofixom. Pustiš da se potpuno osuši. Spužvasti flock jako upija i drži vodu, pa mu treba dugo. Kad se osuši, flock više neće biti mekan. Tad ga možeš posprejati primerom i pofarbati. Drvofix i voda se mogu zamijeniti superljepilom, rezultat je u principu isti.

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    KRAJ

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    Ana Polanšćak, 30th September 2021

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