4Ground Mall Loading Bay


It's been a while since a build went quickly without incident. Maybe I was due? The 4Ground Mall loading Bay has to be one of the quickest things I've put together. It's just the standard kit with some extra Google Image'd work safety posters. The only thing I messed up on was the cross beams that support the garage door had some small grooves for the runner/guide and I, not paying attention, glued those cross beams in backwards. Luckily it doesn't appear to make a difference as the garage door can open and close easily.

I took a little extra care in dry fitting and sanding edges this time. There were few enough edges that I felt more inclined to take extra care - plus gaps/dried glue spreading out messed up the security office a little.

Only the food court and bathrooms left to build for the mall, but I think I'm going to take a little break and work on something non-MDF before I get in a "I can see the end coming" rush and not both take proper care while building plus enjoy it. In other words, don't expect another Built Update in 3 days!

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Mall Security Office


Work on the mall continues in the realm of specialty shops/buildings with the Security Office. This section starts out with a couple of ATMs by the entrance door that opens up to a corridor to a fire exit door. Along the hallway are 2 doors that open up to a security office, which has an interview room to the side. The security office has an obligatory gun safe, which every mall security office obviously has, stocked with automatic weapons.

The only "I learned" moment on this one was that the blue painter masking tape I used to not paint sections grey ended up taking off some of the (off-white?) original paint. As it is, I think it gives a little neglected weathering to the hallway.

Bundled with the security office was a loading dock section, so I think I'll work on that next.

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Last of Not So Bored Games Minis


Normally I have a quirky title or some kind of learning experiment to report on whenever I post a painted batch of minis. This time it's just something I learned after the fact. I like using contrast paints for fabrics, the translucency works well. The things I finally learned are that you really need an even coat of primer, and once a brush starts separating it's time to use a new brush - portions of the application of contrast paint are apt to dry faster, and following dips into the paint won't always get applied evenly. That's were my splotchy contrast paint jobs come from - some portions are drying faster while I'm still painting. Sometimes it comes across as shadows and shading. Sometimes.

I really need either an idea of a color scheme to use or a box/picture sample to work from. Some of the color combos I come up with are a little too reminiscent of showing I grew up with comics from the 70s.

I don't know if any of these minis have recognized names. Wheelchair Guy has a laptop I had a little fun with while using brush-tip pens. From tabletop distance it's just detailed enough.

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3 More 25mm


Here's the next round of 25mm generic, Pandemic inspired minis. These are really too small for me to pull out good details on, so I'm trying out some tricks and techniques, and most importantly missing a painted template to copy colors from. Hazmat guy was my big practice mini here. Yellow is hard to cover with historically, and this yellow came out darker than I intended (it was on top of white primer with a light nuln oil wash) but at least the coverage is there! This was also my first attempt at wet blending on his face shield. The 2 colors are almost the same - sky blue and then sky blue with a hint of white - but the top of the visor is just perceptively lighter if you know where to look.

There's 11 more of thse guys from the pack, so I'll pick another 3 or 4 and noodle around with them for next time.

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Heath and Aaron and Eric and Spencer Oh My!


Round 2 of 3D Printed Commercial Walking Dead minis. This time there was more gluing, especially when it came to Spencer's arms. I also stuck to contrast paints and washes this time around, as I haven't been doing well with properly thinning my paints. The contrast & wash route is a good alternate for when my "proper" painting skills are lacking. Overall, I think this batch is perfectly average. Nothing exceptional, nothing horrible.

Heath's skin was a little bit of an experiment. "Black" (or whatever is politically correct these days) skin is never something I'm very good at. I'm not good at most variations of "White" either. As I was using contrast paints for skin this time around thanks to some Facebook painting group tips, I used one of the brown variations on Heath and got a very light tone. Maybe too light, but I think it works. It works well enough I don't want to overdo it and mess it up.

Aaron managed a weird green splotch on his shirt, which I didn't notice until I was taking pics. Ok, that might count as my big negative for the batch.

Next will likely be another long lull in updates. The 4Ground Mall has roof sections lined up to complete, as I've not done anything with the mall in months. I'm also prepping the other half of the no particular game wee lil' 25mm minis. There's 14 random minis left in the pack to prime and eventually paint. I have no idea when the painting mood will strike, but when it does these will be ready. I just hope they're sculpts I'm in the mood to paint.

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