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Sergei's Spooky Space Russians and other encounters painting log

Discussion in 'Miniatures' started by Sergei Simonov, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone;

    Long time lurker here; I have been inspired by all your work to come out of a vodka fueled quarantine stupor to reveal the latest works of glorious Izhevsk armory paint shop, the fine soldiers of the motherland, my foray into Tartary Army Corps-- as well as factions I actually have completed.

    I have three years of infinity painting but only now got a camera that isn't a potato covered on cosmoline and lovely Olga's toenail clippings. Now I can post my most recent stuff and my more shameful older work for public ridicule and possible knock on door from politburo, da?

    Oh Blyat, they are already here.
    Ariadna Vodka Sneak.jpg
    Ariadna Vodka Heavy.jpg Wait, you are most definitely not motherland...
    USA full 2.jpg

    And you too? Double Blyat.
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    There will be reinforcements for the motherland! As soon as backwater Dawn internet allows for more uploads. Green space tsarists will meet the armored might of space russians and other union workers of the world.

    I'll be uploading more closeups too and updating the thread as soon as I finish more stuff.
     
  2. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    So who are these disgusting green space tsarists? With their fancy food production and watch batteries that don't need separate suitcases? They are enemies of the motherland!


    You will forgive outdated intelligence. The big one, codenamed 'sphinx' has been redeployed to the front with upgrades after the glorioes soldiers of the motherland drowned it in their blood... errr, sent space counterrevolutionaries to whatever hell awaits aliens and tsarists. Onyx Complete 1.jpg Onyx Complete 2.jpg Onyx Complete 3.jpg Onyx Complete 4.jpg
     
  3. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    We have a better look at the new weapons platform of the fascists, this 'Sphinx' they have modified. Sphinx Finished Resized.jpg
     
  4. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    Now, we mentioned something about allies, da? Space ruskies and space communists! Ok, with weird blyat degenerates, but allies are allies, nyet?


    Nomads Sneakyr.jpg Nomads Technicalr.jpg Nomads Advanced.jpg Nomads Line Infantryr.jpg Nomads Full upload.jpg

    The last picture really show the range of painting. The alguacilles were the first infinity minis I painted, while the Kriza, Daktari and Yaun Yaun standing in for Lupe are some of the latest. That's why the alguaciles and Mobile Brigada are hiding out of focus in the back. Shame.
     
  5. Golem2God

    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    @Sergei Simonov Amazing work on these models. All that effort you put into them truly shows and shines bright. Can we see a close up pic of your Alguacilles & Brigada if possible?
     
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    Amazing painting and conversions. Love your collection. Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Sure-- both were some of my first, and examples of my various painting skills over time.

    1st Generation: Basecoat and a wash. Maybe a single highlight layer, and certainly never more than two. Best exemplified by my Alguacilles.
    2nd Generation: Base, Wash, Minimum 2 highlight layers. Very crude blending using imperfect techniques. Exemplified by my Brigada which I attempted to upgrade with extra highlights, but only so much I can do given the base.
    3rd Generation: Low reliance on washes, minimum 3-5 layers to create extreme contrast. No use of true metallic paints in favor of pure NMM and early experiments with OSL. The last picture is a third gen Spetz next to a 1st gen engineer.

    Nomads 1st gen.jpg Nomads 2.5 gen.jpg USARF Comparison 1st and 3rd gen.jpg
     
  8. Sergei Simonov

    Sergei Simonov Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of 1st to 3rd gen painting, this weekend I used the quarantine to attempt mass rennovation of my USARF minis. I didn't want to strip and start over, I just don't have the time or patience for that. Instead the attempt was to use just added highlights, blends and glazes to bring them as close to third gen style as possible. Most got to a solid 2.5! The Idea was that they wouldn't look too out of place on the table next to my CA, a very recent project and my highest standard paint job to date.

    USARF Grunties.jpg USARF Heavies.jpg USARF Leadies.jpg USARF Sneakies.jpg USARF Speedies.jpg
     
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  9. Golem2God

    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    @Sergei Simonov That is a nice conversion you made of Trump. Using the old Grey Rifle model as the base was something I'd never thought of using. The rest of your USA models look great and those slight conversions on them stick out in a good way. Thought I have to ask where does the female next to the Foxtrots & Hardcase come from? She isn't an Infinity miniatures but she looks the part.

    And finally your Brigada and Alguaciles are good looking as well. I like the blueish color that you painted them in.
     
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  10. Sergei Simonov

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    Thanks Golem. I will probably still be stripping and repainting them in the near future though-- between quarantine boredom and a massively different paint standard there's not much choice. Until then, let's bring out the big guns. Meet El Diablo. El Diablo Main.jpg El Diablo.jpg
     
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    archangeleong Deadly Ninja Assassin

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  12. Sergei Simonov

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    And because now I need to start touching up my brigada... WIP CJC upgrade project: Corregidor 66th Assault Battalion: The Patchwork Devils

    Patchwork Devils WIP.jpg
     
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    El Diablo and the Patchwork Devils. It seems worker solidarity comes in tequila instead of vodka these days. CJC Hell's Fist.jpg CJC Patchwork Devils.jpg
     
  14. Sergei Simonov

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    Because it wouldn't be quarantine without painting. Third gen paintjob (WIP) next to marauders with the upgrade project. Marauders WIP.jpg

    The issue is of course that you never see results until the final step. This morning they looked a little less polished. The base coat always takes ages to apply and always looks worse than terrible. It saps the will to put the effort in to finsih because you look at that first step and say 'why bother, nothing can can improve this disaster.'

    Am I basecoating wrong or does everyone's first step look like this? Marauders Base.jpg
     
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    archangeleong Deadly Ninja Assassin

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    You’re doing nothing wrong. Base coat always takes ages to do right. You need thin layers over and over to get an even finish and full coverage. The model ends up looking messy and unimpressive. But you just need to get it done and out of the way before you can do the good stuff :-)
     
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  16. Sergei Simonov

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    Thanks. I will say that your thread has been a painting inspiration to me, though I am nowhere near ready to try to do yellow/orange colors.

    Meanwhile, marauders ready to deploy! As my most overused Haris/Core it's a shock I have waited so long to start on these guys.

    marauders.jpg
     
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  17. Sergei Simonov

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    So anyway I started blasting...

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    Very cool, that colour palette is perfect, and the shading really adds to the dynamic feel of the figure.
     
  19. Sergei Simonov

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    In in the fine tradition of turning an Azaril into a Blackjack because I built it before the official mini came out. I recently had to strip and repaint it after a tragic freak varnish accident.

    Blackjack finished.jpg
    And the tragic varnish accident:

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    And the completed USARF new minis from this month:
    usarf quarantine finished small.jpg
     
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  20. Sergei Simonov

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    CA universal proxy

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