16 March 2017

The Lion - Prepwork II: The Face/Head

With the leftover putty used to fill-in the underside of the torso and complete the basic form of the cuirass, I began to work on the face.

The first thing to be done is remove the superfluous elements of the Imperial helmet: namely the neck and ear guards. You don't have to be particularly "careful" as the helmeted portion of the head will not be visible on the finished piece. That being said, dry fit the lion cowl often to make sure there are no surprises later on. . .     

I do not know to what extent the face will be visible/exposed. The "new" helmet has a very cool bevor that I would like to include; however, I don't know if it is the right call given the scale, etc. Currently I am leaning to leaving the face exposed. . .

The preliminary enhancements to the stock face are filling-in the attachments points for the cheek-pieces, and enhancing the brow and cheekbones--DONE! This will probably be followed by enhancing the upper and lower lip/chin DONE! and adding the facial hair.

More to follow!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

15 March 2017

The Lion - Prepwork I: The Cuirass (2)

As it turns out, as of this writing, the foundation layer will be all that is required for the basic cuirass.

This evening, I:
  1. Began shaping the breast of the cuirass (coarse grinding with burr).
  2. Finished applying the foundation layer of MS to the back.
  3. Reduced the arms by grinding down the pteruges and roughly shaping the arms before permanently attaching both arms to the torso. 
So far, I am very pleased. . .

UPDATE 16.03.17--The cuirass--back and breast--is now roughed-in and shaped, ready for the detailing and fine finishig. . . 
 
When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

14 March 2017

THE END

I regret to inform you that due to reasons beyond my control, AMF will cease to be an ongoing concern.

Yesterday, I noticed that I began to "lose" images that heretofore had been fine. While not all images have been impacted, a significant number of my latest uploads are now broken links. There is a reason for this--obviously; however, I have neither the time nor the inclination to ferret out the root cause/s of a problem not of my doing.

This site was a pleasurable self-indulgence; but it is time to move on. Blogs are now largely passé, and I am not now, nor will I ever be, a supporter of so-called "social media"--especially as the adaptations to mobile platforms have compromised the utility and functionality of sites such as this.

So, I thank you for your support and your indulgence. I hope that the site has proven to be of some use over the years. While the future is ever The Riddler's sigil, rest assured that I will continue modelling miniatures until it is time to call it a life. . .

PS - I have managed to "fix" a few of the broken links. Whether these are permanent fixes, I haven't a clue; but for now, the disruption has been reigned-in somewhat. . .

PPS - Please read the Comments for an update of the situation. . . THANK YOU!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

13 March 2017

The Lion - Prepwork I: The Cuirass

This is my goal. . .



After reducing/grinding off the excess metal on the front of the bust (belts, superfluous pelt, ex- posed shoulder doubling/mantlet), I roughed-in the foundation layer of the breast with MS. Whe- ther or not a second layer will be required depends on how the shaping of the breast evolves.

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

11 March 2017

Eamonn the Lion

NBC recently concluded the first season of Emerald City, the dark retelling of the Oz chronicles that has been characterized as "Game of Thrones meets The Wizard of Oz". While the validity of that label is arguable, what's wrong with that? In any case, the future of the series is on the razor-wire, and I can only hope that a major network grows a pair and quits letting the myopic, great unwashed on [counter-]social media dictate its programming decisions. . .

While I fervently hope for renewal, I will forever appreciate the inspirational S1. . . if only for its creative take on the familiar characters. Case in point, "The Cowardly Lion"--bka Eamonn, Commander of the Wizard's Guard.

I'll neither tip my hand, nor bore the readership with my synopsis of the character and its back- ground. Suffice to to say that if I could find the right bust of a Roman aquilifer, the realization of Eamonn would be more than likely.

Most would say, "An aquilifer? No problem!"  And therein lies the first problem: most people don't know what they are talking about! So it comes down to tracking down every bust of an aquilifer, signifer, and imaginifer (read: Roman standard bearer) available and see if it meets the criteria/ requirements. The winner on virtually all counts is the following:

Subject: Signifer
Stock No.: MB-002
Manufacturer: Pegaso
Range: Minibusts
Scale: 90mm
Sculpted by Ebroin
Adapted (Modified/Converted) by Atelier Pegaso
Base Figure: Roman Signifer (90-057) [nb: 31 pcs.]
Medium: White Metal.
Parts: 11

This 90mm bust is nothing more than an "adaptation" of Pegaso's 90mm Roman Signifer.

Casting quality is excellent! This is one of the best Pegaso offerings I have acquired long after its release. And the packaging is equally superlative!! As a historical white metal piece, it would receive the highest recommendation!!!

But, its destiny does not lie in the realm of the historical. So. . . follow the yellow brick road. . . follow the yellow brick road. . .
 
When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

26 February 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Prepwork III

Save for two more sub-panels to be lined on the coat tails, the TDL has been completed.

Once those are done (later today? - DONE), all that will remain is the final once-over before pri- ming. I am hoping that the figure will be primed and on the painting bench by the end of next weekend at the latest.

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

22 February 2017

Nochnoy vědma” (“Night Witch”)--Starshina Natalya Gagarina





When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

18 February 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Prepwork II

When we last left off, Karjus had been mostly assembled, pegged, and mounted on his work base. 

Which brings me to my TDL (to-do list). I will hasten to add that there is absolutely nothing wrong with my sample casting: these mods are personal preferences to make the figure "my own".

There are six salient items on my TDL:
  • The Blue Max (Pour le Mérite)--As best I can tell, Karjus is wearing a Blue Max (this is corroborated by Guillaume Menuel's conceptual sketch). As this is an "alternate history", he may very well have been awarded the coveted PlM at some time. But the historical Karjus was never awarded the Blue Max. Thus, I intend to carefully shave the decoration off. DONE
  • The Iron Cross (EK1)--The level of detail, etc. is simply "fair", at best. Decorations in miniatures less than 1/16th/120mm are an absolute bear, so this is not a dig at the sculptor (the PlM was masterful!). Fortunately, I dug-up a fret of 1/32 scale photo-etched Iron Crosses (by Nimix), that will provide an excellent replacement after suit- ably backdating. DONE
  • The ribbon bar--The conceptual sketch clearly shows a ribbon bar above the left breast pocket: this was left off the master sculpture. Given that Karjus is wearing a jacket with the buttons concealed by a fly, the ribbon bar would be the only place you would see the EK2 ribbon. I intend to also show the ribbon for the Knight's Cross with Swords of the House Order of Hohenzollern. DONE
  • Reworking the join of the left forearm--As noted previously, the left forearm is a flush, flat-on- flat join. I intend to extend the arm slightly, and hollow-out the gauntlet cuff for a "plug-in" connection. DONE
  • The fly of the jacket. Scribe the seam down the left quarter-panel of the jacket. DONE
  • The lining of the coat--The coat's lining as sculpted is limited to the front quarter pa- nels and the collar. While this may be perfectly legit, it doesn't ring quite true with me. So I intend to add a woolen lining to the visible interior of the coat-tails. DONE

UPDATE 26.02.17--While working on the coat's lining, I decided to rework/convert the collar lining to fur. This adds a diversity of texture; enhances the flow around the face/head; and enhances the essentially achromatic palette.

The TDL is now closed!

Stay tuned!!!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

16 February 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Prepwork I

As I mentioned in my introductory posting and review, assembly has been completed except for the left gauntlet/forearm. Save for cursory clean-up and the due diligence of dry-fitting until satis- fied, this was essentially "plug and play". The left forearm will be somewhat less straightforward, depending on your preferences. I personally do not care for flush, flat-on-flat joins on layered items, so I will extend the arm slightly, and hollow-out the gauntlet cuff.

Taking a break from Natalya this evening, I proceeded with pegging the legs on Karjus. I don't believe I've ever mentioned it before, but I usually make my pegs from a single large "non-skid" paper clip. I prefer "non-skid" paper clips since the serrations provide the super-glue "teeth" to which it can adhere--think of it as miniature re-bar. I coat the distal portion of the wire in the glue, and smoothly insert it in the drilled hole.  

Karjus is now on his work base.  More to follow!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

"The Night Witch"--Painting: Finishing

I have just finished laying the basecoat for the remaining leather items; i.e., gauntlets and flight helmet. That means that there is no primer or acrylic uc now visible on the figure! In short, I am on the home stretch!!

And as most of you know, the hard work now begins. . . Final integration is a long row to hoe, and there is little room for carelessness, indifference, or complacency. 

But enough of that! The leathers will be completed tonight, and tomorrow I will begin the minutiae: the goggles, final highlighting of the jacket lining, boot eyelets, etc. etc. etc.

I will update the progress as is my wont on the final stretch, using "diary entries". . .  

FOLLOW-UP- 
  • Phase 1 of the groundwork is now complete. 
  • Phase 1 of the boot eyelets is done.  
  • Tonal contrasting is all-but-done on the breeches.
17.02.2017
  • The breeches are done. 
  • The visible portion of the rank insignia (custom-made decal) has been applied. 
  • The rudder has been permanently attached and weathered.
18.02.2017 -  
  • The goggle lenses are done (nb: clear Elmer's and 5-min epoxy).
19.02.2017 -  
  • The goggles are done!
20.02.2017DONE!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

11 February 2017

Ltn. Walther Karjus

Accompanying Natalya on her trans-Atlantic flight was Leutnant Walther Karjus, aka "The [Iron] Claw" (LUFT 3203). . .




















This casting is EXQUISITE! If the seam-lines were elusive on Natalya, they are virtually non- existent on Karjus!! Beautifully sculpted by Nino Pizzichemi, Karjus is comprised of 4 perfectly rendered components. 

Save for the left gauntlet/forearm, assembly has been completed. And to date, this has been a filler-free exercise, as might be expected.

More to follow!
 
When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003