•April 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I had backed Patrick Keith’s project on Kickstarter for his new miniature line Bombshell Babes. I didn’t make a large pledge as I really wanted two of the babes and his sidekicks. After receiving the miniatures I will pick some more up at retail when he releases them for sale on his website http://www.bombshellminis.com/.
Here is a photo of my babes and sidekicks.
The miniatures are really detailed and sculpted wonderfully. I will be painting up Dusty(the cowgirl) first.
Here she is before I did any work to her.
Overall she is simple so I hope to paint her up next weekend and post her finished product. She will fit in perfectly with my Deadlands minis. Can’t wait to see how she paints up.
•January 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The first official miniature I painted in 2013 is Reaper’s Savage World Reverend Grimme (59001). Since Reaper announced the line of Savage World minis, I have been purchasing every Deadlands miniature they release. I love Classic Deadlands and even though I am not playing it currently I hope to eventually paint the entire line.
I wanted something fun and quick to paint up for the New Year so when I looked in my Deadlands drawer I figured what other way to start then with the first one I bought of the line. The Reverend was a joy to paint as he has so much character in his face. I wanted to stick with the black clothes he is typically pictured in, and it also helped me work on painting black which is quite difficult. I spent about 4 hours painting him and probably another hour prepping him and making his base. I plan on having all my Deadlands minis based similar so I chose a simple desert theme for the base.
After looking at images of old bibles I decided to keep his book simple and paint it up like old leather with an embossed cross. I almost added words but felt it would look too busy so opted to leave it alone. I am quite happy with how he turned out and hopefully with get to paint a few more Deadlands minis this year.
•January 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I painted up one of Impact Miniatures ice hockey miniatures for a gift for Christmas. My boss loves the Pittsburgh Penguins so I when I saw that Impact was making a line of hockey miniatures I had to jump on it. So I joined Kickstarter and backed their project which was funded and orders fulfilled in plenty of time for Christmas. I got to work on paint scheme which was easy as it consisted of the Penguins home uniform.
The freehand on the uniform was quite the challenge to paint small enough on the miniature yet still needed to look realistic to the real uniform. I think overall I succeeded with getting him to look correct. I enjoyed painting him up and after taking the pictures noticed a few areas I touched up before giving him away.
The best part was seeing the reaction of my fellow coworkers as they had never seen anything I painted in person, and pictures do not really show the scale or the detail put into miniatures. I hope to paint another one I may keep for my own collection in the future but for now I have the photos to remember this by.
•January 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
This was the 2nd time I participated in a miniature exchange and I do enjoy them quite a bit. I painted up Reaper’s Monterey Jack, Cowboy Mouseling sculpted by Gene Van Horne for my exchange partner as she really likes mouselings, and requested one for this exchange. Monterey Jack was Reaper’s 2011 Convention Special Edition Miniature and I happened to have two and thought it would be perfect to paint and give away as it is no longer available for sale from Reaper.
I really enjoyed painting Monterey Jack who I nicknamed Charlie Prince (shout out to 3:10 to Yuma). He was the first Mouseling I painted and I really must pick up some more and paint up sometime they have so much character and of course cuteness. I selected a warm color scheme for him as I pictured him in the dry desert area of the wild west. I even added a touch of freehand to his hat which was inspired by western art. The base was difficult as his tail is sculpted onto his base so I could not just cut it off. So I glued him onto a 1 inch square base and hid most of his base by sand and basing materials. Prior to sending him off to his new home I took a couple of photos, so here he is.
Also a quick shot of him with a standard d6 for anyone who does not know the scale of the mouseling’s Reaper produces.
And finally the mini I received during the exchange. I was lucky enough to be paired with Reaper’s own staff artist Martin Jones. The mini pictured below is Reaper’s Netikerti, Nefsokar Mage sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
I absolutely love this mini and how he painted her for me. I am honored to have her as part of my miniature collection. For a better picture you can visit Reaper’s site here http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/mummy/sku-down/14081 to see Netikerti in all of her awesomeness painted by Martin Jones.
And lastly I wanted to post up a personal thank you to Recruittons from Reaper’s forum for running the exchange and taking the time to put it together so everyone can have a great time and get a little piece of art in the mail as a surprise.
•October 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment
After a long break here is a much needed update of Tyrion. I got a little more finished on him, but still have a long way to go. The picture quality isn’t the best as I took them quickly on the paint table.
On Labor day weekend I did manage to do a little more to Tyrion. Here is a shot after I started his shirt and added some highlights to his hair.
More recently I used my paint brushes and started to base coat the red and blocked in the lion. I am happy with the lion at this point, but hope to add a bit more red before I begin shadowing and highlighting.
I may work on him this weekend, but poor Tyrion is going to be placed on the back burner while I start a miniature for Reaper’s Forum Miniature Exchange. I will post photos of the exchange mini once it is sent off to it’s new home as I do not want to spoil the surprise for my exchange partner.
I have prepped and primed the exchange mini and picked out a color scheme. Hopefully this mini is just what I need to get my brushes moving and back in to my painting groove.
•September 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment
I am currently painting up Tyrion Lannister as a surprise gift for a friend. I haven’t yet decided how to base him, but I would like to find some tiny gold coins to scatter on his base. I am taking my time with him as he is really small and he will be a gift.
I want to include some of the tips I learned at Gen Con in the process of painting him, so to start I took my time in filing his mold lines and then went a step further than my usual prep and sanded him with a fine grade sandpaper. This did help cut down on the fine lines my files left and made him much smoother. After sanding him I washed him off with soap and water then attached him to my primer top to prime him. Here is my first WIP shot, Tyrion prepped and cleaned before primer.
I used white primer and put on three very thin coats as to try to not obscure detail. After his primer dried overnight, I then took my Reaper Master Series Brown Liner and blocked in where I think may be difficult to reach. I picked up Dark Sword’s new DVD featuring Marike Reimer at Gen Con and just finished the first disc in it she shows this technique of painting where she wants to be sure no white will be showing through in the final product. So far the DVD has a lot of information in it and Marike shows off her techniques of painting and paints a few minis in front of the camera for the viewer to see how she does it. I was lucky enough last year to grab tickets to two of Marike’s classes at Gen Con and I hope this DVD helps show me even more of her miniature painting techniques and tips to help push my painting further. But back on topic here is Tyrion after he was primed and his hard to reach spots were blocked in.
Next, I started his face and skin. He doesn’t have a lot of skin showing other than his face, neck and hands. I base coated his skin with Reaper’s Tanned Shadow, in the shadows I mixed Tanned Shadow with Chestnut Brown and worked the highlights up to Tanned Highlight. After his skin I base coated his hair a dark blonde color I customed mixed. It may still need another base coat at this point, but I had to let it dry completely. I also added in his eyes, one green and one brown, for now I am finished with his face until I complete more of the mini and decide if the highlight should go higher. His hands were also started but not finished yet.
I hope to work on him a little bit more tomorrow since it is Labor Day, but after that I doubt I’ll have time until next weekend. Overall I’m happy with how he is started. Any suggestions please comment and let me know so Tyrion can look his best.
•August 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment
I believe anyone could go to Gen Con and find a game they would like to play even if they are not a gamer. There is so much to do and a wide variety of games represented there. I never feel as if I get to play enough games while I am there, but with so much to do you can’t do everything. Thursday I spend quite a bit of my time in the Dealer’s Hall looking at the new games being offered and of course waiting in line. I managed to get a copy of the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying game from Privateer Press this year. The line was immense so I imagine this was a priority for quite a few. While I was at the PP booth, I also scored both convention exclusive miniatures, which I can’t wait to paint.
Also on Thursday, I played in a D&D Next event play testing the new rules. I like what they are doing with D&D and am excited to see how it unfolds as they get closer to debuting the new system. I may be one of the few people who appreciate both 3rd edition and 4th edition and hope to see a little more of 4th edition involved with D&D Next. The event itself was good not great, we had an hour and a half to make a character and run a short delve. The character creation should have been a separate event that you could do prior to your run or use a pregen for the delve if you didn’t have time to do so. Overall though the DM was great and we got a good feel for the direction that D&D is going in. I look forward to seeing the new edition being released and hope it brings in new gamers to join the fun.
The only other RPG I got to play in at the Con was Bladerunner Press’s Deadlands ran by Gene Cramer. We had a blast and really enjoyed it, the characters were a lot of fun with lots of personality. I also got to meet a few of the people from the Gen Con forum which is always fun. I really like classic Deadlands and hope my husband will run it again for our group soon as it is a fun and diverse setting.
The only disappointing event for me this year was True Dungeon. Two of our friends attended Gen Con for the first time and we treated them to a run of True Dungeon. Unfortunately, so much of the fun of this event depends on the rest of the party. The group dynamic was not good this year and 10 players was too many. The rooms were far too crowded the puzzles were difficult to do because too many people were trying to read the clues and getting in the way of others. I used to really enjoy True Dungeon but I believe I could spend my time doing other things at the convention and have an equally great time.
Of course, my husband and I came home with lots of new games which over the next few weeks we will have to try out and share with friends. Hopefully before long we will be preparing for Gen Con 2013.