Painting 1/72 Swedish dragoons - Part two - painting riders and making bases

Dalibor Čavić, 17th January 2022

In the first part, I briefly explained who the dragoons were and how I painted their horses. In today’s article, I will describe how I painted the dragoons themselves and how I arranged the bases.

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Although it looks comical, and often very painful, this is the most practical way to paint 1/72 riders from my perspective. With a pin, I drill a 1mm hole in the rider's groin, and then insert a toothpick inside. I dip the other end of the toothpick into some old piece of styrofoam. This way I get a very practical holder and stand for painting and storing riders.

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After priming, I paint the faces first. Basic skin color, Reikland Fleshshade and then highlights and blush-like effects as much as possible on this scale. Then I paint the dominant color of the uniform that I will be able to wash and black parts. In this case it's blue which I then washao Nuln Oil. After the Nuln Oil dried, I did the highlights on the blue divisibles and then devoted myself to the yellow. Yellow is one of the most difficult colors to paint. Some first paint the parts that need to be yellow in white and then in yellow. I opted for ocher on which I then built yellow highlites. The rest of the details went pretty "straight forward", some basic color and then highlights. Belts, swords, firearms, etc. For metal and wooden parts, I also used pre-highlight wash. In the end, I coated the figures with a layer of matte varnish.

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Then I set out to base the figures. For each horse figure, I cut a 2.5 x 5 cm HDF board (High Density Fibreboard - and some call it hardboard). After gluing the horse to the tiles, I went to disguise the plastic base with which the horse was originally cast. I could also cut off the plastic bases, but then I would have to pin the horse's feet in hardboard and it would lose on strength and stability. This is how I masked the plastic bases using Turned Earth Mud from Mig. I didn't have a plan for what the base looked like, but it was an adventure into the unknown. I definitely didn’t like the Turned Earth Muda color so I washed the bases with Agrax Earthshade and drybrushao when the wash dried. Then I glued the vegetables I had on hand to the bases. Most of the tuffs I had as well as the flowers were a bit oversized for this scale, but in the end I am still happy with the result.

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When it was all over, I painted the edges of the bases black and glued the dragoons to the horses.

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  • Diorama Workshop 2022 – Step by Step
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    During the weekend 21.-22.5.2022. vignette and diorama base making workshop was held. Participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the materials and tools for making dioramas and, after acquiring theoretical knowledge, apply the same to a practical example. This article will briefly describe the process of making this diorama.

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    The first step, after making the draft, is to make the base for the diorama. We decided to cast in gypsum so it was first necessary to make a mold. The underside of the mold was plain overhead transparencies that we placed on a 1: 1 scale base design. We fastened the foil with crepe tape. Another way is to draw the shape of the base directly on the foil with a permanent marker (note that in this case the left becomes the right or to mirror the drawing). We made the frame of the mold from balsa 5 mm thick, and the insert with which we made a water basin from two pieces of balsa glued to each other. Another option is to cut that styrofoam insert. We glued the balm with super foil glue (in two points for easier separation), while we fastened the balm laths on the contacts with pins.

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    Then we mixed the plaster. Gypsum from a hobby shop was used (for approx. 30-40 kn / kg). It is mixed with water so that a slightly liquid mixture is obtained, so that it can leak on its own, but it is not watery. We filled the mold, making sure that the plaster entered the thin parts around the pool intended for rubber. After drying for about an hour, we removed the casting from the mold and patched all possible defects and holes with DAS clay. When everything was dry, we sanded the excess.

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    Then we started building the base superstructure. The photographs show the production using DAS clay. It is more durable because it requires drying for at least 24 hours, so we decided at the workshop to cut the superstructure from styrofoam.

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    This was followed by modeling the terrain using DAS clay, to which we only added volume in certain places and plotted the texture. We coated everything with gypsum or PVA glue and set the sand texture in two granulations. During the creation of the terrain shape, we set up human parts of the diorama (barrel and pier) every now and then to check the positions and relationships between the parts of the diorama. The barrel is a 3D resin print while we made the pier from balsa boards 2 and 5 mm thick. We carefully cut each board individually and glued them together with superglue.

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    PAINTING OF THE METAL BARREL:

    The last step of the first day of the Workshop was to give the basic color to the barrels. We did this using Citadel acrylic paints: Runefang Steel and two layers of wash from the same company: Nuln Oil and Reikland Fleshshade. Then the next day we coated the barrel with the Heavy Chipping effect of Ammo by Mig Jimenez and sprayed it with yellow acrylic spray. After drying for about 10 minutes, remove the excess yellow color using soft ear sticks and the remains of soft balsa slats. After additional drying, we added rusty effects using Oilbrusher oil paints (Rust and Orange) and removed the excess with Odourless Thinner from the same company.

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    PAINTING OF THE BASE:

    We painted the base with Pebeo Deco acrylic paints. They have more pigment than Citadel paint, but it is also a coarser pigment so it is suitable for the drybrush method. It is significantly lower in price, so it is suitable for large areas. We painted the lower part of the base (immersed in slice / water) in shades of green with the colors that were available to us, considering that three layers of resin go on that part.

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    PAINTING A WOODEN PIER: 

    Painting of the pier was started using different Citadel washes (Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade and Seraphim Sepia). Each board in its own wash and after drying in another layer of Nuln Oil wash to connect into one whole. This was followed by a layer of drybrush in a light gray shade. In the end, everything is painted with oil effects (Oilbrusher: Olive Green and Dark Green).

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    PREPARATION OF SELF-MADE VEGETATION:

    We made sedges and water lilies in our own hands. We made water lilies from a DAS clay disk with a hole for a pin, and the flower was drawn on paper and cut out. The sedge, on the other hand, was made on a pin, on top of which we glued sand with superglue to get a flower. And the leaves are cut from pre-colored paper to green.

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    STORE-BOUGHT VEGETATION:

    From the purchased vegetation we used static grass (Citadel, Green Stuff World, etc.), sod (tufts) (Gamer's Grass, Green Stuff World, Ammo by Mig Jimenez), shrubs (Green Stuff World, Martin Welberg Scenic Studios, Diorama Presepe), flowers (Diorama Presepe). We also used wood roots (which you can find in forests on overturned trees) as dried trees.

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    UV RESIN:

    For the water effect, we used a UV resin from Green Stuff World. It is easy to use because the resin is one-component and requires only pouring into your "pool". After pouring the first layer, we "baked" it with a UV lamp (also from Green Stuff World). When the layer dried, we covered it with Marabu green alcohol wash. We repeated the same step three times putting in fewer and fewer washes. After the last layer of UV resin, we did not put any ink.

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    Then we continued with the vegetation, moving first from the lower to the higher.

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    And with that we finished making the base for the diorama.

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    Tijekom vikenda 21.-22.5.2022. održala se Radionica izrade vinjeta i baza za diorame. Polaznici su imali priliku upoznati se sa materijalima i alatima za izradu diorama te nakon usvojenog teoretskog znanja, primijeniti isto na praktičnom primjeru. U ovom članku će se ukratko opisati proces izrade predmetne diorame.

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    Prvi korak, nakon izrade nacrta, jest izrada baze za dioramu. Odlučili smo se za lijevanje u gipsu stoga je prvo bilo potrebno izraditi kalup. Donja strana kalupa bila je obična grafoskopska folija koju smo postavili na nacrt baze u mjerilu 1:1. Foliju smo učvrstili kreptrakom. Drugi način je da se permanentnim markerom direktno na foliju ucrta oblik baze (imajte na umu, da u tom slučaju lijevo postaje desno odn. da zazrcalite nacrt). Okvir kalupa smo pak izradili od balze debljine 5mm, a umetak kojim smo napravili bazen za vodu od dva komada balze zalijepljene jedan na drugi. Druga opcija jest izrezati taj umetak od stirodura. Balzu smo zalijepili superljepilom za foliju (u dvije točke radi lakšeg odvajanja), dok smo letvice balze na kontaktima pričvrstili pribadačama.

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    Zatim smo umiješali gips. Korišten je gips iz hobby dućana (za cca 30-40kn/kg). Pomiješa se s vodom tako da se dobije lagano tekuća smjesa, da može sama od sebe curiti, ali da nije vodena. Ispunili smo kalup, pazeći pri tome da gips uđe u tanke dijelove oko bazena namijenjenog za rezin. Nakon sušenja od cca sat vremena izvadili smo odljevak iz kalupa te DAS glinamolom pokrpali sve eventualne nedostatke i rupe. Kada se sve osušilo, pobrusili smo viškove.

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    Potom smo krenuli u izradu nadgrađa baze. Na fotografijama je prikazana izrada pomoću DAS glinamola. Ona je dugotrajnija jer zahtjeva sušenje od barem 24 sata stoga smo se na samoj radionici odlučili da nadgrađe izrežemo iz stirodura.

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    Uslijedilo je modeliranje terena korištenjem DAS glinamola kojim smo samo nadodali volumen na određenim mjestima i ucrtali teksturu. Sve smo premazali gipsom ili PVA ljepilom te postavili teksturu od pijeska u dvije granulacije. Tijekom izrade oblika terena, svako toliko smo postavljali ljudske dijelove diorame (bačva i molo) kako bismo provjerili pozicije i odnose među dijelovima diorame. Bačva je 3D rezinski print dok smo molo izradili iz daski balze debljine 2 i 5 mm. Pažljivo smo izrezali svaku dasku ponaosob i zaljepili ih superljepilom.

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    BOJANJE BAČVE:

    Zadnji korak prvog dana Radionice bio je davanje osnovne boje bačvi. To smo uradili koristeći akrilne boje tvrtke Citadel: Runefang Steel i dva sloja wash-a iste tvrtke: Nuln Oil i Reikland Fleshshade. Potom smo sljedeći dan premazali bačvu sa Heavy Chipping efektom tvrtke Ammo by Mig Jimenez te posprejali žutim akrilnim sprejem. Nakon sušenja od cca 10 minuta, korištenjem mekanih štapića za uši i ostataka mekanih letvica od balze uklonili višak žute boje. Nakon dodatnog sušenja, dodali smo hrđave efekte korištenjem uljnih boja Oilbrusher (Rust i Orange) te uklonili viškove sa Odourless Thinner-om iste tvrtke.

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    BOJANJE BAZE:

    Bazu smo bojali Pebeo Deco akrilnim bojama. One imaju više pigmenta od Citadel boja, ali isto je tako i grubljeg pigmenta stoga je pogodna za drybrush metodu. Bitno je niže cijene pa je pogodna za velike površine. Donji dio baze (uronjen u rezin/vodu) obojali smo u zelene nijanse bojama koje su nam bile na raspolaganju s obzirom da na taj dio ide tri sloja rezina.

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    BOJANJE DRVENOG MOLA: 

    Bojanje oglednog primjerka započeto je korištenjem različitih Citadel wash-eva (Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade i Seraphim Sepia). Svaka daska u svoj wash te po sušenju u još jedan sloj Nuln Oil wash-a da se povežu u jednu cjelinu. Nakon toga uslijedio je sloj drybrush-a svijetlo sivom nijansom. Na kraju je sve obojano uljnim efektima (Oilbrusher: Olive Green i Dark Green).

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    IZRADA VLASTITE VEGETACIJE:

    Šaš i lopoče smo izradili u samoizradi. Lopoče smo izradili iz diska DAS glinamola sa rupom za pribadaču, a cvijet je ucrtan na papiru i izrezan. Šaš je pak izrađen na pribadači na čiji vrh smo superljepilom zalijepili pijesak kako bismo dobili cvijet. A lišće je izrezano iz prethodno obojanog papira u zeleno.

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    KUPOVNA VEGETACIJA:

    Od kupovne vegetacije koristili smo statičku travu (Citadel, Green Stuff World itd), busenje (tuftove) (Gamer's Grass, Green Stuff World, Ammo by Mig Jimenez), grmlje (Green Stuff World, Martin Welberg Scenic Studios, Diorama Presepe), cvijeće (Diorama Presepe). Također, koristili smo i drveno korjenje (koje možete pronaći u šumama na prevrnutim stablima) kao sasušeno drveće.

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    UV REZIN:

    Za vodeni efekt koristili smo UV rezin tvrtke Green Stuff World. Korištenje je jednostavno jer je rezin jednokomponentan i zahtijeva samo izlijevanje u vaš „bazen“. Nakon što smo izlili prvi sloj, „zapekli“ smo ga UV lampom (također tvrtke Green Stuff World). Kada se sloj osušio, prekrili smo ga alkoholnim wash-em zelene boje tvrtke Marabu. Isti korak smo ponovili tri puta pri čemu smo stavljali sve manje i manje wash-a. Nakon zadnjeg sloja UV rezina, nismo stavili više ink.

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    Zatim smo nastavili sa stavljanjem vegetacije, krenuvši prvo sa nižom prema višoj.

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    I time smo završili izradu baze za dioramu.

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    Marko Paunović, 25th May 2022
  • We visited: 14. Festival Svet V Malem - Pivka 2022
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    We left Zagreb around 7 am and arrived at half past 10 in Pivka, Slovenia for the 14th Festival Svet V Malem.

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    After registering and setting up our exhibits, we re-parked the car according to the organizers' instructions and used the time before the competition to visit the Museum of Military History and pleasant and surprisingly cheap coffee.

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    MARKO: After the opening, my appointment for an eye coloring workshop soon followed, which I did at the invitation of our Slovenian friend from Miniatures.si, Bineta Logra. I used the miniature Eyes of the Danish company Nordlys Miniatures.

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    After the workshop, we went on a tour of over 500 works by more than 160 miniaturists and modelers from 6 countries. In addition to sightseeing, we also chose the Best of Show by UMS Agram. Eventually the choice fell on the Westfront 1918 bust of Italian miniaturist Pietro Todar. In addition to that bust, he had other notable works (like Dr. Frankenstein).

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    KRUNO: Although I didn't know until the last minute whether I would join the UMS "Agram" expedition in the campaign on SVM, I admit… it was great. The location of the Museum of Military History was a great idea, because the exhibits of the museum exhibition became the backdrop of the competition, which created an interesting contrast. The hosts were very kind and well organized, I did not notice any major problems with the schedule or organization. The workshops were appropriate and interesting, and the offer of models and materials caused salivation and awakened Gollum in me. I was also surprised by the number of visitors.

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    KRUNO: It was interesting to watch so many different models and ideas in one place. Of course, some of them were more "cool" than others, but all of them showed the effort and love for the hobby. Special to me were those who told a story of their own. He could watch them for hours and imagine what was going on, what the miniatures were talking about or why they were in such a state, what they had all survived. It was interesting to watch the models in the junior competition and remember their beginnings… in the last century. I definitely recommend a visit to the next SVM, especially if it will be held at the same location. And I will try and do something until the next competition that will be able to compete at least to some extent with the quality of the exhibits.

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    GORAN: What impressed me in this visit is the fact that our neighbors manage to cash in on everything, including the memories of the former common state. Regarding the competition itself, it was done correctly, although 1-2 categories of figures would no longer be out of place. The level and number of exhibits was quite good for a competition like this, so we made nice friendships and contacts with several fellow miniaturists. From the organizational point of view, the only thing that didn't suit me personally was the fact that the awards ceremony was held in a cramped space with a lot of echo, which is why we couldn't hear or understand much. This shortcoming can be seen through the fingers, given that there was a significant downpour just before the award, but I have the impression that it would be held in the same space regardless of weather conditions. All in all, a nicely filled one-day trip, crowned with a medal in the K-1 category, some purchased material, and beautiful memories.

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    Overall, there was a lot of socializing, good food, but also medals (the total number of members of UMS "Agram" won pleasantly surprised us) as well as good shopping.

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    Visit our FB gallery for more images from the event!

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    Krenuli smo oko 7 ujutro iz Zagreba i stigli u pola 10 u Pivku u Sloveniji na 14. Festival Svet V Malem.

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    Nakon registracije i postavljanja naših izložaka, preparkirali smo auto prema uputama organizatora i iskoristili vrijeme prije početka samog natjecanja za razgledavanje Muzeja vojne povijesti i ugodne i začuđujuće jeftine kave.

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    MARKO: Nakon otvorenja, ubrzo je uslijedio moj termin za radionicu bojanja očiju koju sam odradio na poziv našeg slovenskog prijatelja iz Miniatures.si, Bineta Logra. Iskoristio sam minijaturu Oči danske tvrtke Nordlys Miniatures.

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    Po završetku radionice, bacili smo se na razgledavanje preko 500 radova od više od 160 minijaturista i maketara iz 6 država. Uz razgledavanje, birali smo i Best of Show by UMS Agram. Na kraju izbor je pao na bistu Westfront 1918 talijanskog minijaturiste Pietra Todara. Osim te biste, imao je još zapaženih radova (poput dr. Frankensteina).

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    KRUNO: Iako do zadnjeg trena nisam znao hoću li se pridružiti UMS „Agram“ ekspediciji u pohodu na SVM, priznajem… bilo je odlično. Lokacija održavanja, Muzej vojne povijesti je bila odlična ideja, jer su eksponati muzejskog postava postali kulisa natjecanja što je stvaralo zanimljivi kontrast. Domaćini su bili vrlo ljubazni i dobro organizirani, nisam primijetio neke veće probleme sa satnicom ili organizacijom. Radionice su bile primjerene i zanimljive, a ponuda modela i materijala izazivala je slinjenje i budila Golluma u meni. Iznenadio me i broj posjetitelja.

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    KRUNO: Bilo je zanimljivo gledati toliko različitih modela i ideja na jednom mjestu. Naravno neki su mi bili više „fora“ od drugih, no kod svih se vidio uloženi trud i ljubav prema hobiju. Posebni su mi bili oni koji su pričali neku svoju priču. Mogao bi ih satima promatrati i maštati što se događa, što minijature pričaju ili zašto su u takvom stanju, što li su sve preživjele. Zanimljivo je bilo gledati i modele u juniorskoj konkurenciji i prisjetiti se i svojih početaka… u prošlom stoljeću. Svakako preporučam posjet na idući SVM, naročito ako će se održavati na istoj lokaciji. A ja ću do idućeg natjecanja pokušati i napraviti nešto što će barem donekle moći konkurirati kvaliteti izložaka.

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    GORAN: Ono što me je impresioniralo u ovom posjetu jest činjenica da naši susjedi sve uspijevaju unovčiti, pa tako i sjećanja na bivšu zajedničku državu. Glede samog natjecanja, bilo je korektno odrađeno, iako 1-2 kategorija figura više ne bi bila naodmet. Razina i broj izložaka je bio dosta dobar za ovakvo natjecanje, te smo ostvarili lijepa prijateljstva i kontakte sa nekoliko kolega minijaturista. Sa organizacijske strane, jedino što mi osobno nije odgovaralo jest činjenica što je dodjela nagrada odrađena u skučenom prostoru sa dosta jeke, zbog koje dosta toga nismo mogli čuti niti razumjeti. Ovom nedostatku se može progledati kroz prste, obzirom da je bio znatan pljusak neposredno prije dodjele, ali sam dojma da bi se ista održala na istom prostoru bez obzira na vremenske uvjete. Sve u svemu, lijepo ispunjen jednodnevni izlet, okrunjen medaljom u K-1 kategoriji, nešto kupljenog materijala, te lijepe uspomene.

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    Sveukupno bilo je tu puno druženja, dobre klope, ali i medalja (ukupan broj koje su članovi UMS „Agram“ osvojili nas je ugodno iznenadio) kao i dobar šoping.

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    Posjetite našu FB galeriju sa još pregršt fotografija sa natjecanja.

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    Marko Paunović, 17th May 2022
  • Agram Group Build Project #4 (part 6)
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    In this series of articles, we will follow our Goran, Kruno, Dalibor, Nino, Jelena, Domagoj, Borna and Marko in making a diorama / game board for the side game Full Tilt from the '90s. The board and miniatures are part of the new UMS “Agram” project called Agram Group Build which was created so that more people could participate in one joint project at the same time and learn something with fun. No prior knowledge or experience is important. With our experienced miniaturists, everyone will learn something.

    Although there was no plan to work on the terrain, Marko caught some time between instructions and put the base layers on the base. He started with a thatched roof on which he put a base coat of ocher paint and after drying put a wash of darker shades.

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    After that, he put the basic layers of paint on the texture of the earth, in two shades.

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    He was accompanied in the hobby section by Kruno, Bero, who came from Hamburg, and Jelena, who came from Seattle.

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    Bero was on the "receiving end" of the instructions and painted BB and Malifaux figures, Kruno cleaned the trees he swiped from Sljeme, and Jelena painted the audience for our project # 4.

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    In parallel with the hobby section, a demo was held at the Heavy Gear Blitz. Goran explained the basic rules of the game to Domagoj.

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    And during that time, 40k was played on the mezzanine!

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    If you are interested in participating, contact us at ums.agram@gmail.com! We meet every Wednesday from 18-22h in KD ZZTK on Trg žrtava fašizma 14.

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    U ovoj seriji članaka pratit ćemo našeg Gorana, Krunu, Dalibora, Ninu, Jelenu, Domagoja, Bornu i Marka u izradi diorame / igraće table za prateću igru Full Tilt iz ’90.-ih. Tablu i minijature rade u sklopu novog projekta UMS „Agram“ pod nazivom Agram Group Build koji je nastao kako bi više ljudi sudjelovalo istovremeno na jednom zajedničkom projektu i uz zabavu nešto i nauče. Nije bitno predznanje niti iskustvo. Uz naše iskusne minijaturiste, svi će nešto naučiti.

    Iako nije bio plan raditi na terenu, Marko je ulovio nešto vremena između instrukcija i stavio je osnovne slojeve na teren. Počeo je sa slamnatim krovom na koji je stavio osnovni sloj oker boje i nakon sušenja stavio wash tamnije nijanse.

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    Nakon toga stavio je i osnovne slojeve boje na teksturu zemlje, u dvije nijanse.

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    Društvo u hobby sekciji su mu pravili Kruno, Bero koji je potegao iz Hamburga te Jelena koja je pak potegla iz Seattle-a.

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    Bero je bio na “receiving end” instrukcija i bojao je BB i Malifaux figure, Kruno je čistio drveće koje je upecao na Sljemenu, a Jelena je bojala publiku za naš projekt #4.

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    Paralelno sa hobby sekcijom, održao se i demo u Heavy Gear Blitzu. Goran je Domagoju objasnio osnovna pravila igre.

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    A za to vrijeme se na mezaninu prašio 40k!

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    Slobodno se na ums.agram@gmail.com javite ako ste zainteresirani! Nalazimo se svake srijede od 18-22h u KD ZZTK na Trgu žrtava fašizma 14.

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    Marko Paunović, 2nd May 2022
  • Rebasing your 25mm based minis to 32mm bases – FREE STL!
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    By changing the rules in GW games, there has also been an increase in the radius of the bases on which the pieces come. Since a lot of players have based figures according to older rules, a problem arises. How to change the bases, and to be simple and without potential damage to the figures.

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    Therefore, we designed a base insert that fits the existing smaller base. The free stl can be found here. Feel free to download and use it for your armies!*

    The following is a short tutorial on how to rebase your figures on the 40k Ork example. Glue your existing base into the insert. Then fill the hole with air drying clay (as in the pictures) or some putty. Add the texture as on the original base, paint and place the vegetation as you used before.

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    And that's it. Your figure is rebased and there is no difference!

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    *thanks to our club friend Zlatko Grom who made the stl!

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    Promijenama pravila u GW igrama, došlo je i do povećanja radijusa baza na kojima figure dolaze. S obzirom da puno igrača imaju bazirane figure po starijim pravilima, dolazi do problema. Kako promijeniti baze, a da bude jednostavno i bez potencijalnih oštećenja na figurama.

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    Stoga smo dizajnirali bazni umetak u koji stane postojeća manja baza. Besplatan stl se nalazi ovdje. Slobodno ga downloadajte i koristite za svoje vojske! *

    U nastavku slijedi kratki tutorial kako prebazirati vaše figure na primjeru 40k Orka. Vašu postojeću bazu zalijepite u umetak. Potom popunite rupu glinamolom (kao na slikama) ili pak nekim putty-em. Dodajte teksturu kao i na originalnoj bazi, obojajte i stavite vegetaciju kakvu ste i prije koristili.

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    I to je to. Vaša figura je prebazirana i ne vidi se razlika!

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    * Hvala našem klupskom prijatelju, Zlatku Gromu, koji je izradio stl-icu!

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    Marko Paunović, 2nd May 2022
  • We visited: Moson Makett Show 2022
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    We arrived around 9:30 in the morning, starting from Sopnica in the eastern part of Zagreb around 5 in the morning, we would have left earlier, but I turned off the alarm just in time.

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    A cheerful five-member crew of which only me and the road leader Josip went with the intention of participating and exhibiting at the show, he brought home and wallpaper for the animated picture, while I brought one bust, 3 figures and eyes from a miniature painting workshop from February .

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    The hall is quite an impressive building called the United Foam Manufacturers Arena (UFM), so we accidentally parked a little too far from it, as we were guided by navigation via address rather than actual location. It was already very crowded from the early morning, but despite that, we successfully completed the process of registration and submitting the model for trial and competition in 10-15 minutes.

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    Given that this is one of the two largest model-miniature competitions in Europe, the space where exhibitors sold hobby equipment and models was, to put it mildly, impressive. There was really everything, from a variety of tools, models, models, busts, paints, brushes, glue, etc. The exhibition space itself was organized in two locations, side by side. The already mentioned UFM Arena, as well as the school next door.

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    I only discovered the said school on Sunday, but I was really impressed with the amount of exhibitors they placed in the classrooms, ground floor and first floor of the school.

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    Among other things, I was fascinated by something that, despite considerable interest, is almost impossible to buy in any form in Zagreb, and that is wooden stands for busts and figures (plinths). I took myself and Marko a few pieces, it’s always a welcome purchase.

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    As for the exhibited models from a miniaturistic perspective, the quality of painting was really enviable, and at first I was convinced that our best miniaturists would not easily get medals, but in the meantime I learned that the way of judging is such that every exhibition satisfies the judge the criterion for a bronze, silver or gold medal, he really gets that medal. This seems fairer but also requires significantly higher costs due to the possible number of medals required.

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    I took the opportunity to give a few gifts, primarily to Miklos Bute as one of the organizers and Zoltán Budavári, the owner of Buco Model Base, this little token of attention consisted of our bag containing one of our monographs and homemade cherry liqueur, made with love by my mother.

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    I also met Bine Logar from Slovenia, our dear friend and welcome guest and exhibitor at Black Queen.

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    Then, with Marko's wholehearted help, I set out on the challenging task of awarding our Best of Show as voted by UMS Agram Medal. This was not an easy task considering the already mentioned high quality of paintjobs.

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    However, in the end, we unanimously decided to award it to Roberto Del Cima, because of the extraordinarily painted bust of a woman in a war environment, which at the time of writing this text has a lot of weight and meaning.

    Roberto is a very kind and approachable person, who tirelessly and superbly paints miniatures, even on the show itself.

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    We attended the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. I can proudly say that several Croatian and Agram miniaturists and modelers have won notable awards. The organizer also thanked us in front of the full hall for the gifts, which I consider an extremely nice gesture on their part.

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    Finally, I would like to mention the considerable "catch" of the purchased goods from the show, in addition to the already mentioned wooden stands, I bought a few busts - The bootsman, Mexican Outlaw (to me personally the most impressive of all because of the details on the face), Zombie Knight Anu, who loves the subject), Crabcather, and Samurai Daimyo. I also bought a Renault Alpine A110 model on a smaller scale for a very affordable price considering the quality of the model.

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    In addition to the mentioned items, I also bought the entire collection of miniatures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise at Brother Vinnie's stand, thus rounding off the already meaningful and fulfilling weekend.

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    Došli smo oko 9-pol 10 ujutro, krenuvši sa Sopnice u istočnom dijelu Zagreba oko 5 ujutro, krenuli bismo i ranije, ali sam taman u pravo vrijeme ugasio alarm.

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    Vesela peteročlana posada od koje smo samo ja i vođa puta Josip išli s namjerom sudjelovanja i izlaganja na show-u, on je ponio kuću i pozadinu za animiranu sliku, dok sam ja ponio jednu bistu, 3 figure i oči sa radionice bojanja minijatura iz veljače.

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    Dvorana je dosta impresivno zdanje zvano United Foam Manufacturers Arena (UFM), te smo zabunom parkirali malo predaleko od nje, jer smo se vodili navigacijom putem adrese, a ne stvarne lokacije. Već od ranog jutra je bila velika gužva, no unatoč tome smo kroz 10-15 minuta uspješno završili postupak registracije i predaje modela na suđenje i natjecanje.

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    Obzirom da je ovo jedno od dva najveća maketarsko-minijaturistička natjecanja u Europi, prostor gdje su izlagači prodavali hobi opremu i modele je bio, blago rečeno, impresivan. Našlo se tu doista svega, od najraznovrsnijih alata, maketa, modela, bisti, boja, kistova, ljepila i sl. Sam izlagački prostor je bio organiziran na dvije lokacije, jednoj pored druge. Već spomenuta UFM Arena, kao i škola odmah pored.

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    Spomenutu školu sam otkrio tek u nedjelju, ali sam ostao uistinu impresioniran količinom izlagača koje su postavili u učione, prizemlje i prvi kat škole.

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    Između ostalog mi je oko zapelo za nešto što, unatoč znatnom interesu, u Zagrebu gotovo i nije moguće ni u kakvom obliku kupiti, a to su drveni stalci za biste i figure (engl. plinth-ovi). Uzeo sam sebi i Marku nekoliko komada, to je uvijek dobrodošla kupnja.

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    Što se izloženih modela iz minijaturističke perspektive tiče, kvaliteta bojanja je bila na doista zavidnoj razini, te sam isprve bio uvjeren da naši najbolji minijaturisti ne bi lako došli do medalja, ali sam u međuvremenu saznao da je način ocjenjivanja takav da svaki izložak koji zadovoljava sudački kriterij za brončanu, srebrnu ili zlatnu medalju, tu medalju doista i dobije. Ovo se doima pravednijim ali iziskuje i znatno veće troškove zbog eventualnog broja potrebnih medalja.

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    Iskoristio sam priliku da udijelim nekoliko darova, u prvom redu Miklosu Buteu kao jednom od organizatora i Zoltánu Budaváriju vlasniku Buco Model Base-a, taj mali znak pažnje se sastojao od naše vrećice u kojoj se nalazila po jedna naša monografija i domaći liker od višnje, izrađen s ljubavlju od strane moje majke.

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    Također sam sreo i Bine Logara iz Slovenije, našeg dragog prijatelja i rado viđenog gosta i izlagača na Black Queen-u.

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    Zatim sam, uz Markovu svesrdnu pomoć, krenuo u zahtjevan zadatak dodjeljivanja naše Best of show as voted by UMS Agram medalje. Ovo nije bio nimalo lak zadatak s obzirom na već spomenutu visoko postavljenu ljestvicu kvalitete bojanja.

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    Ipak, na kraju smo jednoglasno odlučili istu dodijeliti Robertu Del Cimi, zbog izvanredno pobojane biste majke u ratnom okružju koja u trenutku pisanja ovog teksta ima itekakvu težinu i značenje.

    Roberto je vrlo draga i pristupačna osoba, koja neumorno i vrsno boja minijature, čak i na samom show-u.

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    U nedjelju popodne smo nazočili dodjeli nagrada. S ponosom mogu reći da je nekoliko hrvatskih i Agramovih minijaturista i maketara osvojilo zapažene nagrade. Također nam se organizator pred punom dvoranom zahvalio na donešenim darovima, što smatram izuzetno lijepom gestom s njihove strane.

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    Na kraju bih još spomenuo nemali „ulov“ kupljene robe sa show-a, pored već spomenutih drvenih stalaka, kupio sam i nekoliko bisti – The bootsman, Mexican Outlaw (meni osobno najdojmljivija od svih zbog detalja na licu), Zombie Knight (posebno za Anu, koja voli tu tematiku), Crabcather, te Samurai Daimyo. Također sam i kupio Renault Alpine A110 model u manjem mjerilu za sasvim pristupačnu cijenu uzevši u obzir kvalitetu modela.

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    Osim spomenutih artikala, također sam na štandu Brother Vinnie-ja kupio cijelu kolekciju minijatura iz franšize Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, čime sam ionako sadržajan i ispunjen vikend dostojno zaokružio.

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    Goran Krunić, 26th April 2022

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