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About Schwarz-Brot

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  1. Thank you, guys! Trust me, they are threatening when the hoard is coming to get you. I'll get some in-game pictures the next time we play. I am no MJ guy, never understood the hype. Never saw the thriller video clip. But sure enough I got the very same comment when I posted those pictures over at the CMON forum. Regarding skill and time: The zombies are quite simple and fast to paint. I estimate a total working time between 20 and 30 minutes per zombie. Including dipping, varnishing and rebasing. The survivors were painted the "classic way", which of course is way more time consuming. The workflow was as follows: All miniatures of the game got cleaned in one huge batch. After drying a few light buffs with light grey primer (Army Painter), just enough to give the surface some grip, not even close to opaque. I then batch-painted them in groups of identical miniatures - that's always eight of them. This allows to see them side by side and helps with painting them all different. It was roughly one evening per group, mostly done at a regular painting session we've got around here. Procedure is as follows: Just basecoating with vallejo acrylics. No highlights, no shadows. Simple plain colours. Small mishaps stay uncorrected. There's enough blood later to hide most oops moments. Let dry for 24 hours. Literally dipping (Army Painter Strong tone). Taking away the excess of stain with a clean brush. This allows to control the light and shadows quite nicely and avoids heavy pooling. Let dry for 48 hours. Picking details if necessary. Most times there's nothing to pick on the zombies. Let dry for 24 hours. Army Painter Ultra Matte Varnish in several ultra thin layers. Takes away the shine of the stain perfectly. Picking shiny details if necessary. BLOOOD! I used Games Workshops blood effect paint. Works well for zombies. Used to hide moldlines, mishaps. Also applied to taste. Let dry... Cut off the bases and glue onto clear ones. This is for sure good enough for gaming miniatures but far from showroom stuff. After all - anything with colour on it looks better on the table then a blank plastic miniature. I'd say go for it! Quite rewarding to paint in such an effective way. Comes close to cheating, I think.
  2. Gotta be the teaser of the month!
  3. @kpnuts underneath the video is a "more" button. If you hit it you can report the video telling youtube this is your own copyrighted material. Usually they are pretty fast to take things down then.
  4. Thank you, Dave. Mark, I stumbled over your profile picture before and meant to drop you a line. Ned is also a favourite of mine. Too bad I didn't get Zombicide on the table since it's painted completely. Soon... Funny you mention Climbing as interest. I spent quite a lot of time climbing before I had an accident. Traffic, not climbing. Since then I've been without a regular partner and lost lots of motivation. But I want to get back to a least bouldering in the next month when I'm through with studying.
  5. Looks like a winner to me, despite the lost mirror. I totally love those cars.
  6. Beautiful in silver. Tempting to get one!
  7. All Zombies sorted by model. There's eight of every pose in the game box. Takes a bit of effort to make them all look different. Hope you like it! Walkers: Runners: Fatties: Heroes and Abomination: On the board: Every Zombie in the game messing up my survivors (BIG, only linked) Those are finished, but you are very welcome to comment and criticize. Season #2 is in the work, but delayed by other games. If you'd like to see more boardgame miniatures, let me know. When my time allows I'll be working on The others: 7 sins, Zombicide #2, Sword & Sorcery (to land in May) and Kingdom Death: Monster (to land later this year). I don't do much miniature painting anymore besides those gaming miniatures, but I think they are up to a standard that is ok to post here. If you think this is not the right forum, drop me a line.
  8. My Zombicide #1. Lots of pictures ahead! Those I started in november 2015. I was done September 2016. For those not knowing: Zombicide is a Boardgame series by Coolminiornot. Famous for their excessive Kickstarter stuff. This game got me back into painting miniatures and ultimately model building. This is what I wrote back when I started: Those are the survivors: Last a groupshot from the players perspective. I think this rocks. So much better than unpainted minis! I feel my painting style matches the games artwork pretty well. Hope you like it, too. Next post is about all the Zombies.
  9. I gave mine a double purpose. I use the outside to test my setup, constantly spraying random colours on. So I don't see when the inside gets dirty. I don't care of what's going on in there. Why would I? It's a tool to clean another tool. So if I need yet another tool to clean that tool what tool would I clean that with...? Not worth my time.
  10. Reading books like this with the understanding of history we have from our point of view allows some interesting views into propaganda mechanisms. I have quite a lot of old books - not a collector, but If I want to read something I tend to get an issue as old as possible. This is more a thing of my love for bookbinding and anything old in general. Living in Germany one finds a lot from war times and inbetween the world wars. I avoid obvious propaganda stuff usually. But I picked up a tales collection once which altered well known tales and offered less known, but with some harsh twists: All stories threw a bad light on minorities, especially foreigners in general, black and disabled people in special. Not in an obvious propaganda style, but very subtle. Mashed up with overly patriotic heroes which are absolutely unforgiving. The stuff was so subtle sprinkled in that it took me two stories to realize it was there and two more to be sure what this was all about. I couldn't even decide what to do with it. It is an interesting piece of history in very good shape, but it also is kind of dangerous. I wouldn't want to risk poisoning any childs mind with this kind of stuff. So now it sits in a box stowed away in the attic. Now imagine this subtle stuff doing it's work on kids. Cold shivers running down my spine by just thinking of it. The book was released shortly before the war started. The editor later worked for the regime in high places. Not really related, but possibly a matter of growing up in such times: My grandma has a deep fear of black people to these days. She never made any bad experience - the opposite is the case, which she is aware of. No such fears nor prejudices towards any other immigrants or foreigners.
  11. I'd love a tablet with a good working, accurate stylus and an app that allows to annotate .pdfs. In fact I got me a super expensive Lenovo Laptop-Tablet convertible (Thinkpad X201 Tablet) as this was the only thing with enough performance when I looked around back then. I used the tablet option with stylus a lot in university to take annotations directly in .pdf handouts. Well worth the money. Just a question of what one needs. With regard to the OS: Both, my mothers Wiko and my Samsung run Android 6. So it's not just a matter of the OS.
  12. I only have a smartphone since about half a year. Went with a last generation mid-class Samsung and am glad I did so. It was a bit overwhelming when I started using it, but the interface is quite logical and most things are where one would expect them. Then for Christmas my mother got a smartphone as well. A Wiko branded thing. I had the same problems you describe: When she asked me I couldn't find things like a way to delete contacts, manage apps and what more. What's worse: When we finally managed to get things up and running in a way that's useful for her Wiko pushed an update and most settings were gone. Back to zero and repeat. This happened a few times since Christmas. My mother then decided it was enough and learned to use it as is. Quite frustrating stuff. Wouldn't ever recommend this poo-poo to anyone.
  13. I enjoyed the build thread quite a lot. And I like the outcome very much. Only thing I dislike is the wiper. I realized this with other builds of this car as well - it looks way to massive and out of scale. But this for sure isn't your fault. You did a superb job on this. I especially like the paintjob. Not too shiny for a car of that era but shiny enough to show you cared a lot about what you did there.
  14. Following your every step. This is fascinating stuff!
  15. Is the pipe already glued to the model? I'd try to do such things by hand: find a way to spin the pipe slowly but steady and bring the brush to it carefully, starting at the bottom and moving steadily to the top. This should result in a very regular spiral pattern. If the part is already mounted I fear this is not of help to you.