Exchange pieces (Privateer Press Secret Santa and Reaper Fall Exchange)

•December 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I had previously posted my dwarf King Thorgram that I had painted and sent out to Fishnjeeps of the Reaper Forum, so to follow up I wanted to take time to post what I received from both Exchanges this year and what I sent out for the Privateer Press one.

I’ll start with my piece for the Secret Santa. My recipient listed one mini that he would like from Santa, Una the Falconer. She is a beautiful Circle of Orboros sculpt which I plan to add to my army as well in the future. This mini was a bit challenging as she has so much detail packed on a tiny sculpt, and I wanted to paint her in a Winter theme in the spirit of the exchange. The final scheme is something I quite like for Circle even though I myself started mine with green, purple and bits of gold. I may paint up a small point force in this alternate winter scheme some day for myself.

Without further ado here are the photos I took before sending her off. (Please click on photo to view in full size)

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To my surprise I received Initiate Tristan Durant for my Menoth army with a bit of Christmas flair.

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From the Reaper Exchange Fishnjeeps also was kind enough to send two miniatures my way and some other small gifts as well.

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Both minis I intend to put to use on the game table soon. Here are some closeups of both miniatures.

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Dixie Lost Glimmer of Hope Under a Small Mossy Rock – Commission Piece

•November 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

After posting my first Stonehaven Gnome Wizard a fellow gamer asked me if I would paint another for his Forest Gnome Illusionist. I quite enjoyed painting this fellow up the first time and his character was so awesome I just had to paint one to bring Dixie to life for him. I need to Thank his new owner Chris for all his ideas and inspiration as without them Dixie would not have turned out as awesome as he did.

Working on this piece was a joy the entire way through from brainstorming with Chris on color and base ideas to finishing up all the final details to really make him pop. This tiny miniature has loads of character and finishing up a second only made me want another for myself. This time I had a bit more room with his base and was able to add a little squirrel made by Reaper Miniatures and of course as his name suggests some moss covered rocks.

The base really helped this tiny figure shine and allowed me to add a bunch of interesting details making him look all the more as if he is standing in the middle of lush forest.

Without further ado here are some of the pictures I took of Dixie before sending him on his long trek to Canada. Be sure to click on them to view full size.




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Expect to see more of Dixie as I shall be using his beard Work in Progress for part of my hair tutorial that I plan on writing up after the Holidays.  Thank you to Stonehaven for making this awesome little gnome sculpt and of course again to Chris who allowed me to bring his character to life and inspired me to paint this version of him.

Dark Sword’s Stephanie Law Masterworks Miniature Range Kickstarter

•November 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I wanted to take the time to share Dark Sword’s newest Kickstarter for a beautiful line of miniatures. If you are a miniature lover or a fan of Stephanie Law’s artwork go check it out there are lots of awesome miniatures unlocked and it is an incredible deal. Dark Sword’s owner Jim Ludwig always gives back to the miniature hobby community. If you can please give back to him as he is an awesome person with a wonderful miniature line and I hope to see it grow as much as possible.

I can’t wait to get my hands on these and try my hand at painting them up. Don’t delay if you’re interested there are only a few days left.

Reaper Fall Miniature Exchange 2014

•September 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I am participating in two miniature exchanges this fall. The one is Reaper Miniatures Fall Exchange on the Reaper Forums and the Secret Santa Exchange on the Privateer Press Forums. Exchanges are always fun as it pushes me to paint a miniature I may not normally pick and I get an awesome painted miniature in exchange.

I will not have my partner information for Privateer Press until October, but I already received my information for the Reaper exchange and have mailed out the miniature. My exchange partner really hoped for a Dwarf miniature with a long beard. After going through my collection of unpainted miniatures I had several to choose from, and like always decided to go to the Game Store just to see what they may have. Normally I would then come home with a few more miniatures just in case my mood changed on what to paint. This time I only came home with one, Reaper Miniatures King Thorgram sculpted by Werner Klocke. I have painted many beautiful ladies sculpted by Werner Klocke, but never one of his dwarves. I must say King Thorgram was sculpted just as nicely with lots of details to his face and hair. So naturally I wanted his face and beard to be the main focal point of the miniature with his bird as a second.

When I got home I opened him up and immediately scrutinized the miniature looking for mold lines that may pose problems and to my satisfaction the sculpt was very clean with no major flaws. So I went to work to prep and prime him. I always try especially for miniatures that may be handled frequently to allow the primer to cure overnight before painting. So I decided to work on color schemes for him.Since the fellow Reaper forum members call me the “mistress of crimson Tresses” I of course wanted to go with red hair. With his bird I pictured him being used as a druid or ranger (sans bow), so ultimately I settled with green and brown,
with gold accents.

I really enjoyed painting King Thorgram and I hope that shows with how he turned out. Presenting King Thorgram Dwarf Master of the Forest.

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Once I receive my exchange miniature I will post photos of what I received and share how
I painted the good King’s face and hair. I hope the reciepent likes him and has as much
fun with the exchange as I have.

Now to wait a few more days for my Privateer Press exchange information. I can’t wait to get started.

Stonehaven Gnome Wizard

•September 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I recently completed Stonehaven’s Gnome wizard that I painted for our upcoming D&D campaign. He shall be a forest gnome illusionist. I hope to paint up a few more character minis within the next few weeks before we start.

In honor of Stonehaven’s newest kickstarter for Half Orc Adventurers I wanted to give him his own post. Today is the last day to back the Half Orc’s campaign and show your support to Stonehaven. I met Petra and Mike at Gen Con and they were great. So friendly and excited to have their own booth. I even picked up a few of their miniatures that I had not owned yet.

Stonehaven has a very unique style and so far I love all of their races and hope to see more. So if you haven’t checked out their Half Orc Kickstarter please do so and see if there is anything you like.

Without further ado here is my Forest Gnome all painted up and ready to hit the game table.

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And a scale shot of him posing with Dark Sword’s Castle of Deception female wizard and Reaper’s Anwyn female bard.

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Gen Con 2014

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I know I am a bit late with a Gen Con post but better late than never. Gen Con was a blast this year as always, there was so much to see and do. I always try to experience a little bit of everything from RPG’s, board games, miniature hobby events and of course shopping. This year was a big year for Wizards of the Coast with the new D&D being released, they did not disappoint their events were well run and a lot of fun. Mike Mearls even took time out to sign my Player’s Handbook and I had the opportunity to trade pins with Chris Tulach scoring an awesome D&D ampersand pin. My husband even brought home a signed Monster Manual from the D&D All Access Pass.
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We also brought home lots of new board games to try such as Hyperborea, Subdivision, Shadowrun Crossfire, Sheriff of Nottingham and a few others. So far I only had a chance to try a two player Hyerborea and I am glad I picked it up, once I get the chance to play it with a few more people I will try to write a review to share. I also picked up some new Privateer Press miniatures for my factions and of course I couldn’t resist buying more Dark Sword Miniatures. Jim Ludwig of Dark Sword is always so generous and contributes so much to the hobby that I always am sure to stop by his booth to chat with him and the lovely Jessica Rich.

Speaking of Dark Sword my only entry for the MHE competition was a diorama featuring George RR Martin’s Lady Olenna, Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister. The idea was to have Margaery and Lady Olenna walking through the gardens of King’s Landing and Cersei spying on the future queen.
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I was quite happy with how it turned out and was lucky enough to place 1st in the open category this year for dioramas. Gen Con had a format change for the competition this year having a master’s category and open category, after much debate and talking with Jessica Rich about my painting level,, I opted to enter in the Open Category as it is a better fit for me. There were so many beautiful pieces entered this year and the competition was tough across all of the categories. If only I had a camera that could capture the pieces in the display case.

I took a single figure for the Privateer Press P3 competition and brought home a bronze with Lieutenant Allister Caine. Here is a photo of him in the case at the Privateer Press booth.
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The speed paints were a blast this year.. I moved on to the Championship round for Dark Sword and was lucky enough to best the Beautiful Marike Reimer and take 1st place. Here my husband captured a photo of us trying to paint our figure. The best part was posing with Marike after and getting a special certificate from Marike with her picture stating I beat her fair and square at a speed paint.
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Overall the show and all the events I had the honor to participate in were awesome. I was lucky enough to have a few friends join us this year and everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you to everyone that helps make the convention happen and thank you to all the people that make it feel like home.

A few commission pieces

•May 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I wanted to showcase a few miniatures I have recently painted for some fellow gamers. The first three are all Reaper minis that I painted up as vampires. They were a lot of fun to paint and a bit out of my comfort zone.

My favorite of the three was 03090 Ilkhan the Bloody sculpted by Werner Klocke. He really let me practice the vampire skin tone with all his flesh showing and I had a bit of fun with blood effects to make him look as if he was in the midst of battle. His sculpt really portrays movement and I thought the blood would make him look as if he was just spinning around after slaying one enemy to engage another.

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I also painted 3345 Ridley Darkedge sculpted by Julie Guthrie and 3496 Castrus Vile sculpted by Guy England. All three sculpts were new to me I have never noticed them in the Reaper Catalog and each had their own character and charm.

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I enjoyed painting all three and really loved being pushed out of my comfort zone to experiment with alternate skin tones and look forward to painting more Vampires in the future. The recipient loved them and I couldn’t be happier that they have a great home and will be displayed on the game table.

Just before painting up some Vampires I had been asked by a fellow forum member on Privateer Press to paint some Khador Doom Reavers. I very much enjoy Warmachine and have quite a few factions myself; however Khador was not one of them. I enjoyed the Doom Reavers so much that I couldn’t help myself and ordered up a Butcher Unleased to start a small force for Khador.

I didn’t take as many photos of the Doom Reavers as I should have prior to sending them off but here are a few photos , wish I had a better group shot but I did remember to take one group shot quickly before boxing them up.

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Again the recipient was quite happy with them and I hope they serve him well in future games and tournaments.

I enjoyed painting each and everyone of the miniatures and its a joy painting for others and hearing how much they love the minis. Now on to some miniatures for my own game table. Happy Painting and Gaming everyone.