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Damaged Weathered and Worn Models Magazine 03 Review

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Damaged magazine is a weathering and painting magazine published by Abteilung502. There are Spanish and English editions. I am reviewing issue 03. I have not read the other two issues. I wanted to purchase several other magazines to review. I picked the issue that was most striking to me. The difference was the Orc on the front cover. Most the the weathering magazines tend to be a little more traditional with at most one article on sc-fi and that is usually a piece of power armor or a spaceship. The fact that this one went in to skin tones was enough to get my interest.

The magazine cost $9.99 from Michigan Toy Soldier while I was at the Cold War's 2018. Total of 78 pages with five of them being for advertisements. Nine different projects being worked on. There is no table of content. The cover is high gloss and the paper quality is good.

As this is a magazine and not a book review I will not write up every individual project. I will instead write up my opinion on the pros and cons of this particular magazine.

Pros: So far this magazine has had the most mix in projects with both sci-fi, fantasy, and real world projects being represented. The pictures are clear with most projects showing understandable step by step process of the project. In all but the Orc project text is kept close to the picture being discussed. Product being used is clearly shown and reason for its particular use mentioned. The magazine does not follow an issue "theme" so it shows a variety of techniques and not just different ways of achieving a similar effect. Making the magazine more interesting for a general read and look over.

Cons: There seems to be a real distinct writing and presentation style differences between projects. The Orc project received a massive wall of text with some jumping between stages with the photos. I am not sure if this is because it is the featured article or just this writers writing style. While the advertising pages are few in numbers the magazine has a clear bias towards AK interactive products and Vallejo. Though to be clear the magazine is a project With Fernando Vallejo as Chief Editor and he works with AK interactive. Though the Vallejo paint preference is a coincidence as despite name he has no hand in the Vallejo paint line. As the magazine does not have an issue "theme" there is potential for articles being of little interest or use to a particular individual. Those looking for a particular model focus or result might be better off with Tanker or Weathering magazine

My over all final impression is that it is a solid mixed modeling and weathering magazine. I would pick up issue 1 or 2 in the future and give them a read knowing I am getting a well designed product.

Link for those interesting in purchasing:


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Tags:  Abteilung502  Cold War's  Michigan Toy Soldier  Product Review  Sci-fi  weathering 

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Product review: Green Stuff World Texture Rolling Pin

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Friday, January 5, 2018

With the desk in place.  I can now get back to painting. I am still trying to break in feeling 100 percent comfortable in the new set up so decided to paint some play pieces instead of competition figures. I didn't have a resin base for the list I was happy with. then I remembered having this base texture "thing" but  never had the chance to try it out. As you can see it does give a very nice texture and other then some work to make sure the green stuff is level. (I used plastic wrap and anothier smooth acrylic tube.) It is super quick to make a base with.The pattern changes through out the roll so depending on where you start from it does give some nice variation. Just make sure you lubricate the roller or the green stuff to make sure the putty doesn't stick and lift with the roller.

The only one I purchased was the Ancestral Recall texture roller. I did find it nice enough that I just ordered two more. For those that don't need 28mm scale they also have texture rollers for 15mm. For the terrain builders they have extra large rollers to get extra coverage quicker. In the information from the website the rollers will also work on foam for terrain building.

Where I ordered the product from:

The recipe for my painted piece:

Beige tile:

Shadow color: Chestnut Brown (Reaper MSP)

Base color: khaki shadow (Reaper MSP)

Highlight color: Linen white (Reaper MSP)



Shadow color: Gothic Crimson* (Reaper MSP)

Base color: Heraldic Red (Reaper MSP)

Highlight color: Linen white (Reaper MSP)

* Limited edition color

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Tags:  basing  Green Stuff World  Product Review  Reaper Master Series Paints  RMSP  Work space 

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Happy New Year

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Monday, January 1, 2018
Quick update as it's already been a long day but over the weekend went and bought a new paint desk as the old one was warping. I'm a table bracer and the sounds it was waking when it braced was making me nervous. The addition of drawers has helped out in getting some of the sculpting materials and tools out of boxes around my feet and easier to reach. Happy New Year and happy painting!

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Tags:  Work space 

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Slowest copy machine ever

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Tuesday, December 5, 2017
First let me apologize for mucking up settings on this blog. I had comments set wrong all this time and now with the update it stood out big time. Anyone in the Hobby University should be able to comment now. Finished a bunch of commission projects and now back to painting for myself. I was lucky enough to purchase a commission paint job from Jen Haley. A wonderful painter and a most amazing person. So as many canvas painters I set out to copy this master piece of a master painter. I am less concerned about the conversions and the specific color choices. The goal is going to be to match light placement and challenge my blending skills. So far it has been a very slow going paint job but I am learning a ton.

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Tags:  Kingdom Death  Pin up  reaper paints  Wip 

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Hasslefee: "I am Wrath"

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Saturday, September 30, 2017
Getting ready for Reapercon and I figure i would post up one of the figures i have been working on to bring it to the show. Hopefully I will have this done and be able to put a few hours in to a mecha figure I would like to bring.

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Tags:  Airbrushing  Hasslefree  Painting Contest  reaper paints  Reapercon  weathering 

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Keep on walking part 3

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Monday, August 28, 2017

Yes I know I'm bad about updating this. I got distracted by new projects but I'm semi back now. For the stones I use a very wet paint blending which is a modification of Jim Wappels shaded base coat. Idea is use a wet and just slight water paint and loosely lay down a base coat that with work as an under color. The next wet color near a section will blend with minimal work which leaves the stones similar yet different. More thin colors can be applied on top. Idealistically if I work the next layer the previous color with work as an under shade and continue to add a soft individual look to each rock with out me over working single stones at a time.

See Jim's excellent blog here:


Until next time

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Tags:  Airbrushing  reaper paints  Reapercon  Wip 

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"Keep on Walking" part 2

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Sunday, May 28, 2017

Some mild progress on the display base. I promised to keep updating work in progress pics as I remember. Now I am happy with it I have to work on some gutter and road trash. 


The charity project got me out of a blending technique that I was practicing on so spending some time this weekend getting back to it.

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Tags:  Airbrushing  Bombshell Miniatures  Display Base  Reaper miniatures  reaper paints  Reapercon  Sculpting  Wip 

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"Keep on Walking"

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Starting one of my display piece that if I am lucky will be ready for world expo but that I am really shooting for Reapercon with. Idea is a adventurer outside a tavern. I will try and keep up with these work in progress blitz of pics when ever I can.

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Tags:  Display Base  Painting Contest  Reaper miniatures  Reapercon  Sculpting 

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NOVA Open Charitable Foundation

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Sunday, April 23, 2017

So i got to paint for the NOVA Open Charity Foundation.  The proceeds go to Doctors with out Boarders which as a physical therapist is a group very near and dear to me.  I do play Wrath of Kings but is was a nice change to break out of my usual group.


If you would like to bid please check out:

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Tags:  Charity  House Gortsi  Nova Open  Wrath of Kings 

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Painting Yourself in to a Corner

Posted By Gregory Zuniga, Monday, April 10, 2017

So back from Cold Wars and in full swing at my paint desk. Lets talk about the trap of painting yourself in to the corner. I started with Tara the silent miniature from reaper minis knowing I wanted to do a black leather using the Vallejo Dark Sea blue and a warmer leather. This left me in the lurch for the cape though as it will fall between the normal split complementary triad that I shoot for. Thank fully my friend Jim Wappel was able to help talk the issue out with me.  Burgundy with a dark blue shadow.  Get this! A pale green to work up the highlight. 

Recipe for the color is in the last picture is Burgundy wine base coat,  Blue liner + Burgundy wine for shadows, Burgundy wine with pale lichen for first highlight, pale lichen for final highlight.. Jim recommended undead flesh but I have issues with the color with how I have blending lately.

Often our colors are predetermined in military figures but how we mix highlights and shadows in to those colors can often change he results. When stuck between colors don't be afraid to reach out some times. With a figure inches from our nose while painting it is easy to get stuck in color.

Enough mad rambling...Happy Painting!


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Tags:  Painting Contest  Reaper miniatures  reaper paints  Wip 

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