Asgard wizard repaint - Mission Complete

Well, here's that old Asgard figure from this entry, all repainted and based and ready to start clambering about the tabletop. I think he turned out OK, really.

Stripping off the old paint didn't take nearly as long as I had thought, because after it had been in the Simple Green for an hour or so I remembered that I have a cheap ultrasonic cleaner. I put it in that, still in the Simple Green, and hit it with the ultrasonics for eight minutes or so, and the paint lifted very nicely. 24 hours soaking in just a few minutes — sweet. I don't know if that first hour of soaking is necessary to pre-soften the paint surface before putting it in the ultrasonic bath; next time I'll try it straight in, and see how it goes.

I kept the grey scheme from the original paint job, and just jazzed it up a bit with some shading and highlighting. The base is a 20mm steel washer; I tend to base all my figures on them these days, as it means I can store them on magnetic mats and they don't knock each other around.

All in all, I'd call this guy a success.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, you're really good. Do you do dry-brushing or glazing or...?

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  2. On this one it's mostly just simple three-tone shadow-midtone-highlight block painting, and then I've used some Citadel washes to smooth out the transitions and deepen some shadows after matte-coating. I used to use dry-brushing a lot more; you can see some of my other minis on my website.

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  3. Aw, man. If I had known that wizard came with a backpack I would have ordered one years ago.

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  4. Awesome paint job on the scarf, by the way!

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  5. What washes did you use on this guy? I just discovered the "wash remove the harsh transitions" secret. Nice job, BTW!

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  6. Badab Black, Gryphonne Sepia and Devlan Mud are the ones I use most of all. I've used them all on this guy in various places, as well as Ogryn Flesh on his boots and pack.

    Good old transparent watercolours (I like Winsor & Newton or Maimeri) work very well as washes or glazes too, and they give you an infinite range of colours and density. I lay them on in water and matte acrylic medium. The down-side is that because they're not pre-made, they do take a bit of practice to get reliable, repeatable results.

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  7. Yes, very nice job on the mini. I'm curious about how you did your basing, I liked how it turned out.

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