Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare - Vault-Tec Poster Girl

The classic Vault-Tec Poster Girl - in miniature!  This is the first 3D-printed miniature figure that I've ever painted. This model by Modiphius came pre-supported and was a genuine pleasure to paint.  The photos came out a bit dark and they are zoomed a bit much, but the detail on this 3d print is really incredible given it was printed at 50u on an original Saturn 4k printer.  In addition to the significantly increased detail of a resin print, not having to deal with mold lines is a real game-changer.  

While this isn't the most playable character in all of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, I took the opportunity to paint up three of these as a test for deciding what primer color to use for other Fallout miniatures.  Generally, James Wappel recommends using gray.  Spoiler alert - I should have just trusted him. ;)  I ended up trying white, gray, and ebony from Stynylrez.  Turns out ebony is just a regular color and not technically a primer, but I'm not going with it anyway...  The three results can be seen below in the workbench photo.  The white was easier to pull up the brightness, but got a little weird with the blending in places.  Gray seemed to just 'want to work' better with the oil paints - perhaps it is because it is just what I have most practice with, but I think there is something to the gray color itself that just makes it work more naturally.  The ebony really didn't have any advantages when using it with a preglaze.  It may have some benefits by just painting directly the midtones as James has been doing some of lately, but I haven't been able to get that approach to work very well for me.

Anyway, I decided to add a little white to the standard gray to hopefully get the best of both worlds and will be trying a 'light gray' primer for the core box of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare miniatures as well as a few other creatures of the wasteland.  

Oh, one other advantage to having the STL file - it can be changed.  For some reason, the sculptor decided to give the thumb an awkwardly/ridiculously-sized thumb.  I decided to give her a bit of a thumb reduction to make it look a bit more realistic.  I'm not sure if it was sculpted to take into account the perspective of the poster or if it was made larger to prevent the thumb from breaking off, but it seems fairly sturdy at 'normal' size.  Whatever the case, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to bring out ZBrush for a quick thumb-job.  

Stynylrez Primers

From left to right, primer used: White, Gray, Ebony

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