New picture frame

Now that there are only three older NVA soldiers left before I start on the Crisis19 ones, I thought it would be a good idea to change my photo setup. Until now i took the pictures on my gaming table . The lighting wasn’t perfect there so I decided to make a small framework for my painting/modeling desk as light there is no problem. So I took two pieces of extruded polystyrene and glued them together with my hot glue gun.

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You get something like this then. I glued sand and grid down like I would do on a piece for my gaming table and started painting it with my usual ground colors.

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Then I painted the backdrop a light blue color and used a second even lighter tone of blue to simulate light clouds.

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So when used correctly you get a picture like this:

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Now you can use different scatter terrain pieces to change the layout as you like. Here are pictures of another NVA soldier using the plain photo frame I described above:

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I think you get much better pictures like that . What do you think?

I did modifications to some pictures with a new photo editing app

I got myself this App for my iPhone . It is called Lens FX and it cost me short of 4 Euros. You can add different effects to your photos like explosions, muzzle flashes, laser beams, smoke, fog and a lot more. The effects are added by overlaying additional layers on your photo you can then adapt the overlays by changing direction, adapting color or opacity etc. The App is very powerful  recommended if you have an iPhone.

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Here are a few examples I did:

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As you can see I added muzzle flashes, an explosion in the back and a flying bullet or tracer round to the right.

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I added a plasma beam and an explosion.

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Added muzzle flashes, explosions and fog.

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Added Laserbeams, rockets (sorry no photon torpedoes), Sun and moon.

What do you think? These are the first pictures I did with the App there will definitely be a learning curve so will try some more in the future.

Use a light box to take better pictures of your miniatures

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Close-up photography of small objects like our miniatures requires good lighting. However, lighting a piece properly to show the true color, details and beauty of a miniature can be difficult. A light box is a good solution. It provides light diffusion and a uniform background against which to place the object.

You can see how to make your own light box on this video