Painting Miniatures

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Time flies! It's officially been a year since I painted my first mini. Didn't realise until FB showed up with this memory.

Work in progress flower beholder...

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..and a trans rights fairy as a bonus!

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Ooh so colourful! Really nice highlights on that

Aw, yeah, Unicycle posts are back!

That is the most horrifying Beholder I've seen. Nice!

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Just a few bases for my death guard

Not gonna lie. first glance of the first photo, i thought they might be cookies. Clearly I need to have lunch.

Great job basing. I usually base after the mini has been glued on. I find that easier than figuring out level ground for the mini to balance on. Am I doing it wrong?

Uni, I would watch a step-by-step video or read a tumblr/imgr post with step-by-step photos and how-to annotations for those bases. They are gorgeous.

I've been wanting to make some more YouTube videos (mostly gaming stuff) for a while now, but that could be a nice little way to kickstart it. If you do want to see my process, I'd be happy to look into filming a quick little tutorial.

Honestly, it's just cork and some drybrushing for the most part. It's amazing what drybrushing textures can do, especially with a few little tufts of grass or some mini flowers.

Nevin73 wrote:

Great job basing. I usually base after the mini has been glued on. I find that easier than figuring out level ground for the mini to balance on. Am I doing it wrong?

Doesn't really matter either way. I just did these before because I knew I would want to drybrush them quite a lot, and little feet would get in the way. More often than not, I glue my models to the base and just slap on some texture paint, quick colour wash, then super quick drybrush. That's what I've done on the purple ghosts I posted on the previous page.

Those are cool bases for the Nurgle, good theming!

Here's what I've been working on, not really miniatures but Mayan gears on the Tzolkin board game (They are just a cream plastic out of the box). Not quite done yet, someone has 3d printed temple centrepieces for the lil cogs and a mask for the main gear, so need to get to those sorted and paint or sticker a couple markers on the edge of a few spokes.

I started this last year as a favour for a game group friend. Something different and chill to paint over lockdown I thought. I have been a bit slack and ended up on the back burner for quite a while. Good to be close to done and we'll be playing it in person as soon as it is!

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Finished up the lord model so...photoshoot time! More for a sense of scale but also because I'm loving these models.

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Bubblefuzz wrote:

Those are cool bases for the Nurgle, good theming!

Here's what I've been working on, not really miniatures but Mayan gears on the Tzolkin board game (They are just a cream plastic out of the box). Not quite done yet, someone has 3d printed temple centrepieces for the lil cogs and a mask for the main gear, so need to get to those sorted and paint or sticker a couple markers on the edge of a few spokes.

I started this last year as a favour for a game group friend. Something different and chill to paint over lockdown I thought. I have been a bit slack and ended up on the back burner for quite a while. Good to be close to done and we'll be playing it in person as soon as it is!

Woah! That's really intricate and looks wonderful. Absolutely gorgeous, I envy your steady hand!

I am a fool. I agreed to buy the Kruleboyz side of the new Age of Sigmar Dominion starter. I have so many unpainted AoS minis...and am yet to even try the game. Still, 1000 points of greenskins for cheap! AND they look like a Lord of the Rings style faction? Sign me up!

In the meantime, please be distracted away from my idiocy by this model. It was a quick little 20 minute job. Citadel contrast paint, hair dryer, quick white highlight and base. I'm actually really happy with how it turned out given how quickly I did it!

Yellow is notoriously difficult to work with, so this contrast paint is incredible. Had zero issues with coverage.

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He looks like a yummy caramel.

Feeling like I hit a plateau lately so I spent some time challenging myself. I've always struggled with yellow, and always struggled with edge highlights.

Hey it ain't perfect, but I feel good for pushing outside my comfort zone. Really happy with the result (and...kinda want to make a Killteam with these colours now)

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That's pretty good for an area of challenge for yourself, Uni.

One thing I notice is that there are a number of plates where it looks like you ran the edge highlight all the way around the perimeter - the back of the glove holding the trigger is the one that made me notice. I'm no expert in edge highlighting myself, but I find the look is a bit better when I stick to one or two sides, especially when you go that much lighter than the base colour.

But that's just my experience and aesthetic. Take it for what it's worth.

Love the basing, but isn't that big stick going to make it hell to store and transport?

Cheers guys. Lighting is definitely something I need to practice more. It's one thing to do a single colour, but between highlighting edges and volumetric shading, I need a lot of practice. This was the first model I pushed myself out of my safe zone with, so I know it's not fantastic - but I'm not going to improve unless I do this sort of thing! I'm hoping to find some cheap models to practice on so I don't mess up the armies I play with.

Nevin, I might trim it but I don't plan on moving it out of my display cabinet. The base is about double the size of a standard model so it's not playable anyway

We're in another pretty severe COVID lockdown here, so my local store ran a fun little "Sunday heroes" competition. Everyone posted an unpainted Warhammer hero mini then had the entire day to finish it and post their results.

Here's mine!

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Gorgeous. Love the detail work.

This week's shop challenge was to paint a squad. I was planning on doing 5 of these guys, but pushed out a whole 10! Getting a bit quicker with blending, so this took about 6 hours in total.

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Is anyone else up to anything?

Just bought a whole bunch of 3D-printed ships for the WWII naval wargame Victory at Sea. I'm going to speed paint them a lot of them (blue primer on the bases, grey primer for the ships). My goal is to get the Battle off Samar scenario on the table. The Yamato and Fletcher-class destroyers are actual Warlord models, however, and got the special treatment. I'm not very good, but I'll post pictures when I get them done.

My Victory at Sea Yamato
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A very different kind of mini! Not exactly what I was expecting, but very cool

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This model was so wobbly and awkward to paint! I sorta got fed up near the end but am reasonably happy with how it turned out!

Getting closer to having 1000 points of Nighthaunt ready for when I'm vaccinated and can start having my friends over to play. Doesn't look like the local store will be open for games for a while in my area.

Nevin73 wrote:

My Victory at Sea Yamato
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Oh wow. How is the game itself? Does it feel like grand naval battle? How does fog of war feel when you can see the whole battlefield? (One of my favorite aspects of war sims is the 'hidden knowledge' mechanics that mimics a real battle and not being able to know precisely how much enemy exists and where they are.)

I like the game. It's made by Warlord, makers of Bolt Action. It is relatively simple and quick. There is no fog of war, you know what is on the board. The ships are 1:1800 scale though weapon ranges are scaled down. If weapon ranges were accurate the models would be super tiny. They provide you with a movement template, measure in inches how far you move and then chuck dice for firing. When you roll, it is 6 sided dice that you then add/subtract modifiers. Ships have different traits and you have orders that you can issue. But the number modifiers, traits, etc. are limited.

They have a number of historical scenarios in addition to random scenarios. One of my favorite battles is the Battle off Samar and they have a scenario for that. The lack of fog of war would affect that battle since the Japanese didn't really know how small the force was that they were engaging. But they account for that by putting a round limit constraint.

Warlord has not issued models for all of the ships yet in the scenarios yet but you can get some good 3D prints off of Etsy. Warlord does have stats for all of the ships, however in their rulebook.

Finally decided to sit down and complete that Reaper Learn to Paint kit I started last year. Feeling satisfied with how this turned out, but definitely feel like some of the steps they had me do could be skipped.
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Looking snazzy! Good definition between different parts of the model. The silver buttons on the cloth are a good touch too. I didn't realise Reaper had tutorials. That's pretty cool.

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