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I had the idea for this unit when I saw the small Wazabi. Why should I not make a unit of miniatures that match without looking as if they gear up to go to war? Why shouldn’t I just build a stroll á la goblin? However, goblins do not just stroll when they can snatch some booty. The idea was born! The first question was which base would be the best choice for this project: a forest ground, just wasteland or mountains? No! That is not what the Wazabi looks like! She must be born in a noble estate because she has her own bodyguards at her side.
That means marble would suit best, at best in green with Asian symbols. The Internet was a perfect source for finding ideas. Chinese braids were found nearly at once and the one I used was the one I liked best. The centrepiece should be something special. A dragon seemed to be a fantastic idea. In my imagination, it looked alright yet, but something seemed to be missing! Something had to be put in the background to give the whole scene the proper frame. An entire house would have been definitively to much. The gate to the estate would be enough; with the marble paved driveway,… the last remaining yards on the way into the great wide open.
 
My plan was set! The problem was the realisation. I wanted the bases to be removable but I don’t like the big gaps around them. So I drew a blueprint with the positions of the single figurines onto a piece of wood and sawed out the little bases and the base plate. Into this base I carved, with the help off a knitting needle, the marble paving plates. Afterwards I painted them pure white and then they got their green marble pattern. The joints were blacked out. To save my precious work I painted it with glossy clear lacquer. The now following work needed all my patience! I sketched the braids out in advance to put the pattern properly around the corners. Now it had to be copied onto the base; the dragon had to be done likewise. I had thought to be on the save side with the clear lacquer as base coat for correcting mistakes easily , but the traces of the black paint were very persistent and I had to try to avoid even little mistakes very hard. After finishing the adornments, I painted it with matt glaze to protect them against damages. The sides of the big base were blackened, the edges of the figurine-bases were decorated with the surrounding patterns of the surface.
I made the Tori out of different rods and laths that are fastened by pins to fix the glued areas for better stability. Now it only had to be painted and than it would be done. As special finishing touch I glued the autumn leaves onto the base; and ….done!!! ;-)
Head this way to see Wazabi!!
Head this way to see Hoosu Uzo!!
Head this way to see the 1. Ninja!!
Head this way to see the 2. Ninja!!
Head this way to see the 3. Ninja!!

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