Something from minimonsters.eu

Recently I purchased few resin diorama items from Polish manufacturer minimonsters.eu. I would like to share with you my impression about them. Here is what I bought:
– Cottage
– Outhouse
– Wooden barrels
– Big wooden barrels
– Vases

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The items are made in 28 mm scale. Each set is packed in a small bag with label. The casts made of light grey resin are really good and I didn’t notice any bigger air bubbles or substancial mould lines. Let’s look closer at each set.

Cottage
The set contains 13 pieces that allow to assemble one building with following dimensions: 105 mm (height), 14 mm (lenght), 100 mm (width). The pieces are not bent and there should be no problems with the assembly. The doors are cast as one piece with the walls, so if anyone wants to make them openable, it should require some work. There are no details on the inside parts of the house (there in no floor either), so if you want an interior, you should do it yourself. This a different approach than for example in Tabletop World buildings (which have interior), although they are about 30% more expensive than those from minimonsters.eu. You should decide yourself whether you will use house interiors durring wargaming sessions or no.

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Outhouse
This little building has dimensions: 50 mm (height), 35 mm (lenght), 35 mm (width). The set contains 5 parts (4 walls and roof). Again – the parts are straight and fit together well. There is no interior either, but I will not complain this time. I’m not going to put any figure inside, although technically speaking there is room for one 28-32mm miniature 馃檪

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Wooden barrels
Set contains 6 resin barrels 19 mm high, cast as one piece each.

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Big wooden barrels
Set contains 5 resin barrels 23 mm high, cast as two pieces each (barrel and cover).

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Vases
Set contains 6 unique resin vases 18-24 mm high, cast as one piece each.

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Overall I think that the items from minimonsters.eu are worth their price and should make nice diorama or battlefield addition. Soon I will paint them and show you finished pieces, so stay tuned.

Something for bases – Textured Rolling Pins

I would like to share with you my first impressions of Textured Rolling Pins that I purchased recently from Green Stuff World.
I bought Textured Rolls Pack v2.0 which contains 6 rolls:
– 1 rolling pin plain (no texture) – used for extending the putty to smoothen the surface before impressing with other textured rolling pins
– 1 rolling pin Runic
– 1 rolling pin Celtic
– 1 rolling pin Frozen
– 1 rolling pin Wood planks
– 1 rolling pin Factory ground

Rolling Pins

They are about 140mm long and 25mm wide.
The cost of this set (including shippment) is 50 EUR (59 USD), which is not cheap. But when you consider how many bases can you make with those tools…
I made first tests using Runic rolling pin. I didn’t have anything else at hand, so I used my daughter’s modelling clay – hence those vivid collors. Don’t worry – it will be painted 馃檪
After extending and flatting the clay to a small disc (in size of 30mm base, about 3mm thick) I transfered the texture to the putty.

Rolling Pins

As you may see, I used 2 toothpicks to get even surface when rolling the pin. It looked really OK. Sculping It would certainly take me a lot of time! I made a few more and put my production to boiling water for about 25 minutes to harden it.

Rolling Pins

After cooling down I crushed the edges to make them more irregular and sharp. Then I glued the textured discs to the bases using epoxy glue. I broke some discs to make it more interesting and to suggest ancient provenance of the stone floor.

Rolling Pins

Here is how two of the bases looks painted:

Rolling Pins

It’s not much except base paint, wash and drybrush. I wanted to paint them as quick as possible – there are much more bases to make! I think the effect is really good, considering that “sculpting” 4 bases and painting 2 of them took me about 45 minutes.

What minis will I put on those bases? I’ll show you that in my next post 馃槈

Balrog builds HobbyZone miniature transport cases – review

HobbyZone‘s offer includes interesting miniature transport cases. I was lucky to receive them for testing and reviewing, but I realized that there are already such reviews on the internet, describing thoroughly these products. This put me in a difficult situation – should I write yet another review, posting nearly the same photos, similar comments and remarks? Everything must have been said already….

W swojej ofercie HobbyZone posiada ciekawe walizki do transportu figurek. Mia艂am szcz臋艣cie otrzyma膰 je do testowania i zrecenzowania, jednak zauwa偶y艂am, 偶e聽w sieci znale藕膰 mo偶na ju偶 takie recenzje, kt贸re dok艂adnie i szczeg贸艂owo opisuj膮 te produkty. Postawi艂o mnie to w k艂opotliwej sytuacji – pisa膰 kolejn膮 recenzj臋, zamieszczaj膮c niemal takie same zdj臋cia, podobne komentarze i spostrze偶enia? Chyba wszystko zosta艂o ju偶 powiedziane…

Fortunately I was not completely helpless! In such cases I can always count on my men – let us see how they manage聽to deal with this “difficult” task, that is assembling the cases. Obviously I have delicate fingernails. and I’ve just hurt my little finger 馃槢 so I hope they are going to help the lady in distress? I believe at least the older one should manage somehow. But let’s see if they stand up to the task. 馃槈

Let me allow Mahon to continue (unfortunately one cannot count on Balrog as far as writing longer texts goes) – he did the assembly, so may he describe it. 馃槢

Na szcz臋艣cie nie by艂am ca艂kiem bez wyj艣cia! W takich sytuacjach zawsze mog臋 liczy膰 na moich m臋偶czyzn – zobaczmy jak poradz膮 sobie z tym “trudnym” zadaniem, jakim jest posk艂adanie skrzynek. Oczywiste jest, 偶e mam delikatne paznokcie, a do tego w艂a艣nie si臋 skaleczy艂am w paluszek 馃槢 wi臋c chyba poratuj膮 dam臋 w potrzebie? Teoretycznie przynajmniej ten starszy z nich powinien jako艣 sobie da膰 rad臋. Ale zobaczmy czy stan膮 na wysoko艣ci zadania. 馃槈

Przeka偶臋 g艂os Mahoniowi (niestety na Balroga nie ma co liczy膰, je艣li chodzi o pisanie d艂u偶szych tekst贸w) – sk艂ada艂, to niech to opisze. 馃槢

Now these are some packages! / Co za paczki!

The cases arrived well packed in cardboard boxes, which should assure safe delivery. But such a tape-wrapped box is nothing an averagely sharp knife couldn’t deal with! 馃榾

Skrzynki dotar艂y szczelnie zapakowane w kartony, co powinno zapewni膰 bezpieczny transport. Jednak taki oklejony karton to nic, z czym nie poradzi艂by sobie 艣rednio ostry n贸偶! 馃榾

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Gimme a knife, we’re off to fight!
Dawa膰 n贸偶, ruszamy do boju!

After unboxing we spotted the cases. But our task was not to be too easy, as everything was in pieces. No, nothing was broken, the cases simply need to be assembled. Wanting to avoid compromitation in my kid’s eyes, I decided to build the first case by myself, and if I succeed, we’d manage to deal with the other one together. 馃槈 And so I did, according to my plan.

Po rozpakowaniu naszym oczom ukaza艂y si臋 skrzynki. Ale 偶eby nasze zadanie nie by艂o zbyt 艂atwe, wszystko by艂o w kawa艂kach. Nie, nic nie by艂o po艂amane – po prostu skrzynki wymagaj膮 samodzielnego monta偶u. Chc膮c unikn膮膰 kompromitacji w oczach dziecka, postanowi艂em, 偶e pierwsz膮 skrzynk臋 posk艂adam sam, a je艣li mi si臋 uda to jako艣 przebrniemy przez wsp贸lne sk艂adanie drugiej. 馃槈 Jak postanowi艂em, tak zrobi艂em.

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The sight that freezes even most valiant hearts…
Widok, kt贸ry zmrozi najm臋偶niejsze serce…

Biiiiiiig case / Duuuu偶a skrzynka

I started working on the larger case – officially called a Professional Transport Case. The number of elements in the box can look discouraging, but a quick look at the manual allowed me to overcome my reservations. Everything seems to be easy and comprehensible, and I am a smart guy and can deal with pictography. 馃槈
So all there is to do is take the unbeatable PVA glue and start working!

Na warsztat wzi膮艂em wi臋ksz膮 ze skrzynek – oficjalnie nazywan膮 Profesjonaln膮 Walizk膮 Transportow膮. Liczba element贸w w paczce mo偶e wygl膮da膰 troch臋 przyt艂aczaj膮co, ale rzut oka na instrukcj臋 rozwia艂 moje niepokoje. Wszystko wydaje si臋 proste i czytelne, a ja jestem sprytny i poradz臋 sobie z pismem obrazkowym. 馃槈
Pozostaje przygotowa膰 niezast膮piony klej Wikol i bra膰 si臋 do pracy!

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Looks promising…
Zapowiada si臋 obiecuj膮co…
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9 pictures? I should be able to do it…
9 obrazk贸w? Chyba dam rad臋…

I was happy to see that the elements are connected like jigsaw puzzles – the cut ins and outs fit perfectly and the joints hold well thanks to it. Of course I wouldn’t trust them enough to keep miniatures in a non-glued case, but for dry-fitting it was good enough.

It’s good to check in the manual which elements should be used in the particular moment, 聽because generally the connections are all of one kind, pretty much standardized, so with a little stubornness one could join wrong parts with each other ( no no no, I didn’t make such mistakes…). The manual clearly explains how and what to connect.

Ucieszy艂 mnie fakt, 偶e聽elementy 艂膮czy si臋 jak puzzle – naci臋cia i wypustki pasuj膮 doskonale i elementy dobrze si臋 trzymaj膮 dzi臋ki takim 艂膮czeniom. Oczywi艣cie nie powierzy艂bym bezpiecze艅stwa figurek nie sklejonej skrzynce, ale do cel贸w spasowania element贸w to wystarczy艂o.

Warto sprawdzi膰 w instrukcji jakie elementy powinny by膰 u偶yte w danym momencie, bo zasadniczo 艂膮czenia s膮 jednego rodzaju, w jednym standardzie, wi臋c przy odrobinie uporu mo偶na spasowa膰 ze sob膮 z艂e cz臋艣ci (nie, nie, nie, mi taki b艂膮d si臋 nie zdarzy艂…). Instrukcja zrozumiale wyja艣nia co jak zmontowa膰.

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Who played with jigsaw puzzles, he will cope with it
Kto uk艂ada艂 puzzle, ten da rad臋

I started with drawers, which are excellent for transporting small items, like glue, brushes or accessories which will be used by Ana to bring her transported minis to their final state or to remove the last faults聽(did I say “faults”? how risky of me…). I am sure the box can hold enough materials to suffice for a demo painting session (yes, they need to squeeze in, because we are not going to carry any more boxes with us! :-P).

Zacz膮艂em od szuflad, kt贸re 艣wietnie nadaj膮 si臋聽do transportu drobnych element贸w, takich jak kleje, p臋dzelki czy akcesoria, kt贸re b臋d膮 A艅i聽s艂u偶y膰 doprowadzeniu transportowanych przez ni膮 figurek do stanu finalnego lub usuwaniu ostatnich niedor贸bek (napisa艂em “niedor贸bek”? ale ze mnie ryzykant…). Jestem pewien, 偶e聽w skrzynce uda jej si臋 zmie艣ci膰 do艣膰 materia艂贸w, by spokojnie przeprowadzi膰 pokaz malowania (tak, maj膮 si臋 zmie艣ci膰, nie b臋dziemy targa膰 ze sob膮 wi臋cej pakunk贸w! :-P).

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Shortly this will…
To wkr贸tce…
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… become a drawer.
… b臋dzie szufladka.

While dry-fitting parts of these drawers I got some help from Balrog, which allowed me to see that even his little hands have no problem with such a “complex” method of building. 馃槈

W pasowaniu element贸w szuflad pomaga艂 mi Balrog, dzi臋ki czemu mog艂em zobaczy膰, 偶e nawet jego dzieci臋ce 艂apki nie maj膮聽k艂opotu z takim聽“skomplikowanym” sposobem monta偶u. 馃槈

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Beautiful drawer, perfect for brushes!
Pi臋kna szufladka, w sam raz na p臋dzelki!

While gluing some parts (especially the corners) I noticed that it’s better to apply glue onto both glued surfaces or at least take care not to glue the parts only partially. Because the elements interlock 聽with each other, it’s a good idea to assemble them without gluing to see聽where the glue should be applied and only then move on to gluing.

Przy sklejaniu niekt贸rych element贸w (zw艂aszcza naro偶nik贸w) zauwa偶y艂em, 偶e lepiej聽na艂o偶y膰 klej na obie klejone powierzchnie lub w inny spos贸b dopilnowa膰, by nie sklei膰 element贸w jedynie cz臋艣ciowo. Poniewa偶 elementy zaz臋biaj膮 si臋 ze sob膮, warto najpierw sprawdzi膰聽“na sucho” kt贸re powierzchnie wymagaj膮 na艂o偶enia kleju i dopiero wtedy bra膰聽si臋 za klejenie.

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Now we see where the glue should go
Teraz wida膰 gdzie trzeba na艂o偶y膰 klej

I liked the way the handle is made – there’s an additional little slat attached on the bottom, and it makes the handle stronger, thicker, and also more comfortable thanks to rounded edges.

Podoba艂 mi si臋 spos贸b wykonania uchwytu – od spodu przykleja si臋 dodatkow膮 listewk臋, kt贸ra nie tylko wzmacnia uchwyt i wygodnie go pogrubia, ale tak偶e dzi臋ki wyg艂adzonym kraw臋dziom zwi臋ksza komfort noszenia.

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Oh, thiis handle is from the smaller case, but the larger one is made much like this 馃檪
O, to akurat uchwyt mniejszej walizki, ale w du偶ej rozwi膮zany jest tak samo 馃檪

The upper part is very stable thanks to the additional shelf on which the drawers rest.

G贸rna cz臋艣膰 jest bardzo stabilna dzi臋ki dodatkowej p贸艂eczce, na kt贸rej spoczywaj膮 szuflady.

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So many elements create the upper shelves…
Tyle element贸w tworzy g贸rne p贸艂ki…
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… that the construction is strong and stable.
… 偶e konstrukcja jest mocna i stabilna.

While building the case it’s good to fit the back wall pretty quickly. Otherwise the construction may bend to one side and won’t get glued straight. Dry-fitting the back for the time of gluing the rest will prevent such problems.

Jednak przy monta偶u warto do艣膰 szybko dopasowa膰 tyln膮 艣cian臋. W przeciwnym razie mo偶e si臋 okaza膰, 偶e konstrukcja nam si臋 nieco przechyli艂a i krzywo sklei艂a. Do艂o偶enie tylnej 艣ciany “na sucho” na czas klejenia zabezpieczy nas przed podobnymi problemami.

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The back makes gluing it all straight easier
Z tyln膮聽艣cian膮 艂atwiej prosto sklei膰 ca艂o艣膰

As you can see on the photos, connections are made clean and neatly (I would like to consider it my own achievement, but it’s more thanks to the good craftmanship from HobbyZone). For additional security and reinforcement I applied some glue over all the connections, so the glue could reach into any possible holes and crevices.

Gluing the inner wals in was pure joy, but it’s good to press them well or at least hold them with the removable shelves, which hold in their slots well and there’s no problem with inserting or removing them,

Jak wida膰 na zdj臋ciach 艂膮czenia s膮聽wykonane bardzo starannie i czysto (chcia艂bym przypisa膰 sobie t臋 zas艂ug臋, ale to akurat dzi臋ki dobremu wykonaniu element贸w przez聽HobbyZone). Dla dodatkowego zabezpieczenia i wzmocnienia przesmarowa艂em 艂膮czenia klejem, dzi臋ki czemu klej m贸g艂 dotrze膰 w ewentualne szczeliny 艂膮cze艅.

Wklejanie bocznych wewn臋trznych 艣cianek to ju偶 czysta przyjemno艣膰, cho膰 warto je dobrze docisn膮膰 lub chocia偶 przytrzyma膰 p贸艂eczkami. P贸艂ki trzymaj膮 si臋 stabilnie, ale nie ma problemu z ich zak艂adaniem i wysuwaniem.

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Did I do it? I told you I would! 馃榾
Uda艂o mi si臋? M贸wi艂em, 偶e si臋 uda! 馃榾

As you can see, the side walls are covered with soft felt fabric, while the shelves arfe made of wood, which allows to attach miniatures easily with likes of patafix or blutack (or at least this is how we attach our miniatures for transportation). The shelves can be inserted on several levels, which allows to transport even very large model – which is very important in our case, as Ana often paints large models (if not large, then at least on large bases, and if even the bases are not large at all, then they are surely very fragile :-P).

The case measures 45cm x 35cm x 25cm and is really capacious! We tested it with Ana’s renaissance knight in 54mm scale with a large banner and there were no problems with finding him a comfortable and secure place.

Jak wida膰, boczne 艣cianki s膮 zabezpieczone mi臋kkim filcowatym materia艂em, a p贸艂ki pozostaj膮 drewniane, co pozwala na 艂atwe mocowanie figurek za pomoc膮 mas takich jak patafix lub blutack (przynajmniej my w ten spos贸b montujemy figurki na czas transportu). P贸艂ki mo偶na zak艂ada膰 na kilku przewidzianych poziomach, co umo偶liwia transportowanie nawet du偶ych modeli – w naszym przypadku to bardzo wa偶ne, bo A艅a cz臋sto maluje du偶e figurki (je艣li nie du偶e – to na du偶ych podstawkach, a je艣li nawet podstawki nie s膮 du偶e – to na pewno bardzo delikatne :-P).

Skrzynka ma wymiary 45cm x 35cm x 25cm i jest naprawd臋聽pojemna! Sprawdzali艣my j膮 na A艅i renesansowym rycerzu w skali 54mm z du偶ym sztandarem i nie by艂o 偶adnych problem贸w ze znalezieniem mu komfortowego i bezpiecznego miejsca.

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You can insert or remove the shelves as you please
P贸艂eczki mo偶na wsuwa膰 i wysuwa膰 wedle 偶yczenia

The front door slides in聽guides聽carved in the sides – simple and safe. Just like the sides it is secured with fabric, so even if a model touches it during transport, it shouldn’t get damaged.

Frontowe drzwi wsuwa si臋 w prowadnice w 艣ciankach – prosto i bezpiecznie. Podobnie jak boczne 艣cianki s膮 one zabezpieczone materia艂em, wi臋c nawet je艣li model w transporcie ich dotyka, nie powinien si臋 uszkodzi膰.

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The work is officially finished, we’re closed!
Oficjalny koniec prac, zamkni臋te!

Since I knew the larger case is assembled, I summoned our Balrog to see if a four-years-old can cope with such a serious carpenter’s聽challenge as assembling the case by himself. 馃槢

Skoro wiedzia艂em, 偶e wi臋ksza ze skrzynek jest ju偶 z艂o偶ona, zawo艂a艂em naszego Balroga, aby sprawdzi膰 czy czterolatek jest w stanie upora膰 si臋 z tak powa偶nym stolarskim wyzwaniem jak samodzielny monta偶 skrzynki. 馃槢

The smaller case / Mniejsza skrzynka

When Balrog heard that he would be allowed to carry his own minis in the case if he builds it by himself, he started immediately with great enthusiasm and seriously.

Balrog, us艂yszawszy, 偶e je艣li sam posk艂ada skrzynk臋, b臋dzie m贸g艂 w niej nosi膰 tak偶e swoje figurki, zabra艂 si臋 do pracy z wielkim entuzjazmem i powag膮.

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Customs …… at work?
Celnik przy pracy?
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Well packed, nothing gets damaged
Dobrze zapakowane, nic si臋 nie uszkodzi
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MacGyver needed immediately
MacGyver potrzebny od zaraz!

This case turned out to be less complex even during the unboxing – in addition to smaller size it was also simpler by two drawers, which it simply doesn’t include. The manual has only 6. instead of 9, pictures.
Great, so we’ll be assembling large parts only, although the case is called a Small Transport Case!

Ta skrzynka ju偶 w samym rozpakowywaniu okaza艂a si臋 mniej z艂o偶ona – poza mniejszym rozmiarem by艂a te偶 prostsza o dwie szufladki, kt贸rych nie posiada艂a. Instrukcja mie艣ci si臋 na 6, a nie 9 obrazkach.
艢wietnie, b臋dziemy montowa膰 same du偶e elementy, cho膰 walizk臋 nazwano Ma艂膮 Walizk膮 Transportow膮!

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In-depth聽analysis of technical blueprints
Dog艂臋bna analiza schemat贸w technicznych
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Dad, we have to do this…
Tato, to musimy zrobi膰…
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… to get this.
… 偶eby wysz艂o to.

Balrog paid much attention to studying the manual

Balrog z uwag膮聽wzi膮艂 si臋 do studiowania instrukcji

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LEGO blocks teach you how to read manuals
Klocki LEGO ucz膮 czytania instrukcji

… and attached the first parts – first only dry-fitting them, then he wanted to glue them, but he lacked confidence to glue them all by himself. The official version is that he didn’t want to get dirty. Well, his choice. 馃槢 I think a parent can help as much as this? 馃槈 Anyway he was very serious and involved in fitting the elements and pressing the bonds.

… i z艂o偶y艂 pierwsze elementy – najpierw na sucho, potem chcia艂 ju偶 je sklei膰, ale do klejenia zabrak艂o mu odwagi. Oficjalnie: nie chcia艂 si臋 pobrudzi膰. C贸偶, jego wyb贸r. 馃槢 Tyle to mu rodzic mo偶e chyba pom贸c? 馃槈 W ka偶dym razie dopasowywanie element贸w i dociskanie 艂膮cze艅 traktowa艂 bardzo powa偶nie i z zaanga偶owaniem.

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I will hold it…
B臋d臋 trzyma膰…
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… and hold it聽to the bitter end!
… i trzyma膰聽do skutku!

Balrog had no problems with gluing the reinforcement to the handle and attaching the additional shelf. Daddy applies the glue, and son does the assembling and gluing. It’s fine! And will it last long – we’ll see…

Balrog nie mia艂 problemu ze sklejeniem wzmocnienia uchwytu oraz doklejeniem dodatkowej p贸艂eczki. Tata smaruje klejem, synek montuje i klei. Jest dobrze! A czy trwale – to si臋 oka偶e…

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Dad aplied the glue, now son can glue
Tata na艂o偶y艂 klej, syn przyklei
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Brutal, manly force
Brutalna, m臋ska si艂a

With attention he browsed the manual for the next things to assemble – walls. And again the drill was the same: Mahon – glue, Balrog – building.

Z wyt臋偶on膮 uwag膮 wyszuka艂 na instrukcji kolejne elementy do zmontowania – 艣cianki. I znowu 聽przerabiamy to samo: Maho艅 – klej, Balrog – monta偶.

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Walls, dad!
艢ciany, tato!
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And I will surely be allowed to carry my minis in it?
I na pewno b臋d臋 m贸g艂 w niej nosi膰 moje figurki?

Even adding the floor was not much of a challenge for him. After all the hours spent with jigsaw puzzles he couldn’t go wrong!

Nawet do艂o偶enie pod艂ogi nie by艂o dla niego wi臋kszym wyzwaniem. Przecie偶 te wszystkie godziny sp臋dzone nad puzzlami nie mog艂y p贸j艣膰 na pr贸偶no!

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Just like jigsaw puzzles…
Zupe艂nie jak puzzle…

We still had to attach the back.

Do przyklejenia zosta艂 nam jeszcze ty艂.

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These modern tools were used for building the case
Tak nowoczesnych narz臋dzi u偶ywali艣my przy budowie skrzynki

I was surprised with the speed of his work – I expected a four-years-old to get bored and start fretting soon, but such a “serious and adult” task turned out to be perfectly suited for him! And what a reward he received after completing this stage! At last Balrog could sit on his case and see if it doesn’t break under his weight. Can you see the joy that testing effect of his work gave him? And the case passed the test perfectly – but you better see by yourselves! 馃榾

By艂em zaskoczony szybko艣ci膮 pracy – my艣la艂em, 偶e czteroletnie dziecko znudzi si臋 i b臋dzie kaprysi膰, ale tak “powa偶ne i doros艂e” zadanie okaza艂o si臋 w sam raz dopasowane do jego mo偶liwo艣ci! A jaka nagroda czeka艂a na zako艅czenie tego etapu! Wreszcie Balrog m贸g艂聽usi膮艣膰 na swojej skrzyneczce i sprawdzi膰 czy wytrzyma takie obci膮偶enie. Widzicie t臋 rado艣膰, jak膮 sprawia dziecku sprawdzanie efekt贸w w艂asnej pracy? A skrzyneczka egzamin oczywi艣cie zda艂a wzorowo – zreszt膮 sprawd藕cie sami! 馃榾

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Final test of durability
Ostateczny test wytrzyma艂o艣ci

Now we only needed to glue the internal side walls – just like with the larger case. No surprise that pressing with strong man’s hands was necessary 馃槈

Zosta艂o nam tylko wklei膰 wewn臋trzne聽boczne 艣cianki – podobnie jak w du偶ej skrzynce. Sprawa wymaga艂a oczywi艣cie doci艣ni臋cia silnymi m臋skimi d艂o艅mi 馃槈

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Side walls
Boczne 艣cianki
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Strong man’s hands, aren’t they?
Silne m臋skie d艂onie, prawda?

… and we can close it!

… i mo偶na ju偶 zamyka膰!

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Closing the vault
Zamykamy skarbiec
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Minis are safe 馃檪
Figurki s膮聽bezpieczne 馃檪

To enjoy his achievement to the fullest, Balrog immediately packed some of his minis to the case and paraded triumphantly in our apartment, announcing the official end of work, and giving us opportunity to see the size of the small (in fact not that small at all, but compared to the previous one this case seemed pretty modest) case – the model on the bottom is a LotR troll, and the upper one is a Warhammer 40.000 ork. This photo depicts the size of the case (and Balrog’s pride). 馃榾

Aby w pe艂ni nacieszy膰 si臋 swoim dzie艂em, Balrog niezw艂ocznie zapakowa艂 cz臋艣膰 swoich figurek do skrzynki i tryumfalnie przespacerowa艂 si臋 po mieszkaniu, obwieszczaj膮c tym samym koniec prac, a przy okazji pozwalaj膮c zobaczy膰 rozmiary ma艂ej 聽(tak naprawd臋 to wcale nie takiej ma艂ej, ale w por贸wnaniu z poprzedni膮, ta wydawa艂a si臋 do艣膰 skromna) skrzyneczki – figurka na dole to LotRowy troll, a g贸rna, to ork do Warhammera 40.000. To zdj臋cie daje obraz rozmiaru skrzynki聽(oraz dumy Balroga). 馃榾

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Triumphant parade
Tryumfalna parada

The whole construction didn’t even take an hour – including unboxing, studying the manual, careful application of glue, pressing the elements together and victorious parade with presentation of the masterpiece he made with his hands. 馃槈 Bearing in mind that most hobbyists are more than 4 years old, this time can surely be reduced to half an hour, or for somebody accustomed to DIY works, maybe even 15 minutes.

Ca艂e sk艂adanie nie zaj臋艂o nawet godziny – w tym rozpakowywanie, studiowanie instrukcji, pieczo艂owite smarowanie klejem, dociskanie klejonych element贸w, oraz zwyci臋ska parada po艂膮czona z prezentacj膮 dzie艂a w艂asnych r膮k. 馃槈 Bior膮c pod uwag臋, 偶e wi臋kszo艣膰聽hobbyst贸w ma wi臋cej ni偶聽4 lata, z pewno艣ci膮 da si臋聽ten czas obci膮膰聽do p贸艂 godziny, a je艣li kto艣 jest wprawionym majstrem, to mo偶e i nawet do 15 minut.

A few final words / Par臋 s艂贸w na koniec

Now that the boys are no longer working and moved on to admiring the effects of their work, I can judge the outcome of their efforts. 馃檪

Mahon already mentioned that the cases were well made, construction was easy (just for a 4-years-old and his slightly older dad ;-)) and according to them also well explaind in the manual.

The cases are sturdy and capacious聽so I can entrust my models for the time of travel to them. I usually use stuff like patafix or blutack to attach models inside transport cases, or in case of heavier models – a little modification that is drilling 聽a few holes in the shelves and using screws to fix the models there, especially if their bases are heavy, like the wooden ones I use. My boxes haven’t been modified like this yet, but when I am to transport a heavier model I will surely persuade my boys to modify my cases. 聽This will assure me that the models remain in place – they will rather snap or break than unscrew themselves from the shelves, and even then the only risk comes from these severed parts hitting others as long as I attach the models to their cases securely. A few holes should not be a problem, and the versatility聽and security of transporting heavier models should make up for the esthetic detriment.

Skoro ch艂opaki upora艂y si臋 z prac膮 i nacieszaj膮 si臋 dzie艂ami w艂asnych r膮k, mog臋 spokojnie oceni膰 ich wysi艂ki. 馃檪

Jak ju偶 Maho艅 wspomnia艂, skrzynki by艂y wykonane bardzo dobrze, monta偶 by艂 prosty (w sam raz dla 4-latka i jego nieco starszego taty ;-)) i ich zdaniem dobrze opisany w instrukcji.

Skrzynki s膮 solidne i pojemne, wi臋c spokojnie mog臋聽powierzy膰 im swoje figurki na czas podr贸偶y. Do mocowania聽zwykle stosuj臋聽masy typu patafix albo blutack, lub – w przypadku ci臋偶szych modeli – drobn膮聽modyfikacj臋 polegaj膮c膮 na wywierceniu kilku otwor贸w w p贸艂kach i mocowaniu modeli za pomoc膮 艣rub, zw艂aszcza je艣li maj膮 ci臋偶kie, drewniane podstawki. Moje skrzynki jeszcze nie zosta艂y w ten spos贸b przerobione, ale na pewno przy transporcie jakiego艣 ci臋偶szego modelu nam贸wi臋 moich ch艂opak贸w do zmodyfikowania moich skrzynek. Dzi臋ki temu mog臋 by膰 pewna, 偶e modele si臋 nie odczepi膮 – ju偶 pr臋dzej si臋 rozklej膮 albo po艂ami膮, a wtedy – o ile dobrze rozmieszcz臋 modele – jedyne ryzyko uszkodzenia wi膮偶e si臋聽z uderzaniem od艂amanych element贸w modeli (lub 藕le przymocowanych figurek) o inne. Kilka dziurek w p贸艂ce nie powinno by膰 problemem, a jej wszechstronno艣膰 i bezpiecze艅stwo transportu ci臋偶szych modeli zrekompensuj膮 niewielki ubytek estetyczny.

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Preparing for the struggle 馃槈
Przygotowania do zmaga艅 馃槈

If you care about keeping your transport case clean, I recommend varnishing or maybe even painting it before it gets dirty. Unfortunately unvarnished plywood is very prone to dirt, especially on the edges. Mine haven’t have too many opportunities of catching some dirt, but I saw what an unvarnished case can end up looking like! :-O

There’s another review of HobbyZone transport cases on Arbal’s blog. He described the cases there in detail, so I don’t think repeating what has already been written is of any use. Of course if there is anyone who still feels the report from my men’s heroic struggle with two plywood cases is not enough. 馃槈

Je艣li komu艣 zale偶y聽na zabezpieczeniu skrzynki przed zabrudzeniem, radz臋 pomalowa膰 j膮 lakierem lub nawet farb膮 zanim si臋 pobrudzi. Niestety nielakierowana sklejka jest podatna na zabrudzenia, zw艂aszcza na kraw臋dziach. Moje jeszcze nie mia艂y zbyt wielu okazji si臋 pobrudzi膰, ale widzia艂am jak mo偶e sko艅czy膰 nie polakierowana skrzynka! :-O

Inn膮, dok艂adn膮 recenzj臋 skrzynek HobbyZone zamie艣ci艂 na swoim blogu Arbal. Dok艂adnie聽je tam opisa艂, wi臋c nie widz臋 sensu powtarza膰 tego, co zosta艂o ju偶 napisane. Oczywi艣cie je艣li jest kto艣, komu nie wystarcza nasza relacja z bohaterskiej walki moich m臋偶czyzn z dwoma sklejkowymi skrzyneczkami. 馃槈

The last sigh (review and painting)

Hello guys,

after all those brutal drunes I decided to paint something more subtle. Here is Last sigh – mini from Figone. This is my first figure from this manufacturer, so now let’s give it a closer look.

The mini is made of high quality resin. The details are really great, despite they’re quite subtle.

The mini has 2 assembly options – she can hold a bird (probably a hawk) or eastern looking axe/halberd. I like her more with the first option. The quality of the cast is great and almost no work is required before painting.

And here is another mini from Figone – Rhymaiss. As you can see, the details are also superb, almost no mould lines are visible. I’m sure I will paint it soon. I’ll only have to choose appropriate base and paint scheme…

Let’s return to Last sigh – here is how I painted her. I wanted her to look like eastern princess from One thousand and one nights tale, so I used rather clear and vivid colors. The color scheme is similar to the one on manufacturer’s site.

On the base I used oriental arch with door – resin scenery element also made by Figone. It fits this mini perfectly. The floor is made of pieces of plastic card.

Overall, painting this mini was a pleasure. I don’t know why, but painting figures of beautiful ladies is always pleasant 馃檪

Cheers,

JerzyK

Fury of the Norsemen

The day when courier coming to my office with the parcel for me is always a good day!

This time inside the box was long awaited Viking’s bust from Castle Miniatures. Sculpted by Yuri Serebriakov – former Seil Models sculptor – it’s one of best models in this scale I’ve seen.

Model comes in small but thick and rigid box (box sustained pressure of 20 tomes of PWN Encyclopedia). Inside parts are protected by foam and bubble foil for addicts 馃槈 So if parts were not packed damaged or wrong there’s really small possibility that anything will be damaged during delivery. Model’s price is average for this kind of miniatures, but for this quality I would pay even more without hesitation.

Viking Warrior

Here you can see all parts that are in the set. It’s highly customizable (for the bust…) as there are two different hats and one helmet to choose from.

Viking Warrior

Viking Warrior

The resin is of very good quality and the cast is almost perfect – no missing parts, bubbles and whole that other stuff that annoys the modeler. There are only few visible mold lines than can be removed without any problem. In fact the only thing to do is to fit the needle to the cloak’s buckle – the hole have to be carefully drilled to place the needle in the right spot.

The sculpt itself is great and very detailed. In my honest opinion Yuri Serebriakov is one of most talented sculptors these days. This model is exactly what I picture to myself when I think of viking warrior.

Viking Warrior Viking Warrior

For me it’s one of the best models in larger scale I’ve ever seen, both looking at technical part (casting, resin quality) and project and sculpt. Painting it will be a lot of fun!