Ichiban Painting – How to Paint a Nebula

Tip top #warmonger and friend of The Shell Case, Hugo of Ichiban Painting, has done a brilliant video on how to recreate the truly awesome nebula style paint scheme he did on the belly of his Eldar fighter.

It requires an airbrush so if, like me, you require adult supervision before being allowed to handle such devices this tutorial may not be for you. Fucking cool though…

Ichiban Studio: The Mean One – A Review

The other day I wrote about the Indiegogo campaign that Hugo of Ichiban Painting had launched with Dennis Zarnowski to get their miniatures company – Ichiban Studio – off the ground.

A common concern with Indiegogo campaigns, or any crowd funding project for that matter, is that it’s hard to judge exactly what you’re going to get for your money and if the juice is worth the squeeze. Well as ever I’m here to help as what should come in the post on Friday but none other than the full size edition of The Mean One. The model can be acquired in exchange for a $100 (£62) donation on the Ichiban Studio campaign page. And in this world exclusive review I’m going to see just how much awesome can be squeezed out of it.


Yes, I am a lucky bastard. But not an idle one as I immediately set about scrutinising the kit and then attacking the kit with clippers and files to better understand this hefty slice of awesome.

The Mean One is, depending on your point of view has either a Catachan Jungle Fighter type vibe or a Space Marine that forgot his power armour. Either way, the dude is hench. He’s also massive, standing at 23cm tall which makes him not only an impressive display piece but an awful lot of resin for your money and cheaper than an equivalent item from Forge World.

So what’s in the box? Well, as I say, a shit load of resin; in the form of two feet, a body (including head) arms, a hand clutching an Ork head and another holding a fooking huge knife. And, if I’m honest, a lot of flash. I mean a lot. This isn’t really a complaint, more of an observation as if you don’t have a hobby saw – like me – it can take a while to work your way through the chunks attached to the various body parts. As you can see from the picture below the blocks attached to TMO’s legs are very thick which took a while to clip through with my standard issue GW clippers. This has the added arse ache of all the associated filing so all the parts fit flush together. But, because the resin is from good stock you won’t get any cracking or shattering if you cut in too close. It all came away (eventually) very easily.


As I say, it’s not so much a complaint as something to be aware of because despite that, every inch of every component is extremely well cast, and if that comes at a cost of a bit of hacking and filing then I’ll live. Where I do have a bit of a grumble is that because the flash is so large and thick it’s a pain to get completely smooth and you may find, unless you have either (A) the patience of a saint or (B) really good hobby files, that you’ll be doing a bit of greenstuffing around the joins. That said this is not a gaming piece so that fact that it takes a little while to clean and prepare is not big deal, especially as you’ll want to take your time painting it. The other grumble is that it needs a base. Nothing fancy just something to mount it on because, as it’s sculpted mid stride, it’s not going to be the most stable of display pieces. And it’s £60.

But, that aside, it is beautifully detailed. The fabric hangs so naturally, even the thigh pouches on the fatigues and the bootlaces. The boots themselves look well broken in and used – even without paint which I think is quite something – and they have stitching all over them. Including along the sole edges. Which is mental. The arms even have that massive vein that only really buff people get. As one would expect from a display piece: all the little details are there like a patterned belt buckle, stitching on the trousers and even on the back of the boots.

The Ork head is also excellent. I mean really excellent. It’s not just the angular features, the leathery skin texture or the grisly detail at its severed neck – although they are awesome – it’s the detailing on the teeth, the fact that one has pierced its slack tongue, no doubt at the point of death and the fact that it has a slightly sad expression on its face. But more than that an all the other details, it’s the finished article that is the most striking as for all the brilliance of each part its the coming together of it all that gives such an organic feel. It’s a sculpture rather than a model. It all just feels, once built, all so effortless and natural. Putting the whole ‘Sci-fi soldier lopping the head of an Ork’ to one side. I also like how he kinda looks like G’Kar from Babylon 5. But I suspect that’s accidental.

The Mean One is a fantastic model. Almost intimidatingly so. It fits well into almost every Sci-fi soldier archetype so it’s accessible to all and it has also been well designed so joins have as much surface area as possible for gluing. As a launch piece of Ichiban Studio it’s exceptional and certainly impresses. If anyone is on the fence about supporting Ichiban Studio in their efforts, based on what I’ve seen you’d be a fool not to donate something, even if you don’t have a spare hundred dollars.

The juice is most definitely worth the squeeze.

You can donate to Ichiban Studio’s Indiegogo campaign here.

Ichiban Studio Launches Indiegogo Campaign

That’s right ladies and #warmongers, Ichiban Studio has taken the leap into producing wargaming crack, God love em, and has launched an Indiegogo campaign.

Firm friend of The Shell Case and all round top #warmonger Hugo has done a video explaining the method behind his brand of madness which you can view below.

And here’s some info from their page:

Yes yet another indigogo/kickstarter campaing for Wargaming related miniatures and accessories, but unlike many other we aren’t a big lucrative company trying to piggy back on crowed funding just because its cool or because it “free money with no interests. No! We are a real start-up company trying to make it in this world. You must ask your self if you don’t know us already who are those crazy guys? Well let me introduce our selves to you! 

Ichiban studio is a collaboration between Hugo Matte and Dennis Zarnowski.

  • Hugo Matte is an accomplished painter and also youtuber, he won 2 golden demons and also many other famous painting contest. He holds a pretty impressive rating on coolminiornot
  • Dennis Zarnowski is the talented sculpter behinds all the wonderful miniature and accessories we will offer. He’s also holding a very impressive rating on coolminiornot.

Now let’s talk about the real things! Yes why are we using a crowd funding website. The reality of it is pretty easy. Although Hugo and Dennis are working hard developing new products amid the ones that we already have, doing this isn’t first an easy thing and also producing a decent amount of them for you to enjoy is a real challenge.  So we are resorting on crow funding to help us launch the line. Think of this campaign as a pre launch with cool discounts!

  • First with the funds we will collect here we will buy resin! A lot of it to be able to produce the cool minis that you see in the perk section and also for the future models that are in the concept phase.
  • Other things we will acquire with the funds from this campaign are hopefully a 3D printer and also a die cut cutter which will allow use to design more cool products and accessories for wargaming.
  • Last is pretty easy Me and Dennis have to eat 🙂 

If you count yourself amongst the #warmongers and you like what you see then give what you can. You know it’ll be money well spent. And if it wasn’t enough to support an effort set-up by members of our own community, just look at some to the perks on offer…