Disaster Strikes!

The squad of marines, fearless heroes all, moved among the crumbling walls and dilapidated mausolea of the hive cemetery. The only sounds were whispered battle chatter across the vox lines and the clank of boots on the metal pathways of what had once been a thriving Imperial city.

According to reports, strange warp activity had been detected in this area.  Chaos?  They were taking no chances.

Then, as if from nowhere, the enemy were among them, swinging cruel blades and discharging blasts of freezing flame.  As the Astartes fanned out to create a defensive net, the blur of dark and horrible shapes engulfed them.

It’s time for another Kill Team battle report. Past time! Sorry for the wait.


But imagine how I feel. I preordered Elites, and didn’t play a game with the new rules until tonight!

You can imagine how excited I was to get some of the new units I’d painted on the board, bold Space Marines as yet unblooded on field of battle… Continue reading “Disaster Strikes!”

Getting Dressed for Adventure

Our hobbit friend is slowly getting his clothes on.

I’ve worked up the pants & his pale green shirt. I think I may also add some stripes to the pants, but for now I’m watching the yellow shirt.  I plan to apply a bit of pointillism there to create a different texture. Continue reading “Getting Dressed for Adventure”

Tiny 🕺 Elvis

I’ve found some time to advance this handsome little fellow.

On the one hand, I subtly filed down his champion cheekbones to soften and hobbit him up more, but I’ve given him a scratch on his cheek and a skinned elbow (which you can’t quite see) to indicate that he’s not just a little dandy.

I like the color scheme of green & yellow, which reminds me of my high school uniforms while remaining within the norms of fantasy adventuring fashion.

Scratchbuilding a Miniature Wire Tree

Once again ToadChapel welcomes the über-creative Lee Hebblethwaite, aka 10Ball. In this tutorial 10Ball walks us through a process he uses to create expressive scenic trees that enhance the composition of his miniature bases. As you can see from the image below, the results can be spectacular. The method itself, though, could even be applied to gaming terrain. Thanks 10!


A skeleton from Age of Sigmar stands triumphant before a gnarled birch tree. A grinning skull stands out from the tree trunk.

There are many ways to create miniature trees. Using real tree roots or sculpting from scratch can be very effective, but I find using a wire ‘skeleton’ frame can create a realistic form quicker than sculpting and offers more control to fit the look of the scene than trying to find the correct piece of tree root. Continue reading “Scratchbuilding a Miniature Wire Tree”

Effective Highlights and Painting Different Material Finishes

The great David Powell , aka Bailey03, joins us for this guest tutorial, explaining how to better paint highlights and surface reflections. Though David is a sublime figure painter, he’s also a remarkable teacher who always translates his ideas into practical advice.  Read on for David’s tips that will immediately improve your mini painting. Oh, and to see some of his incredible work, too!


David Powell's fearsome black orc (an academic bust from Hera Models) glares at the viewer. There is a subtle interplay of highlights between a universal light sourse and OSL cast by a fire.

When I work with other painters, an area I often try to stress is how to properly paint highlights. Continue reading “Effective Highlights and Painting Different Material Finishes”

Setting Out

I’m underway on my next project, a 54mm hobbit from Enigma miniatures.

I tend to regard each character as a little personality with a unique story. I love this mini because he’s tranquil, not captured in the moment of epic combat. There’s so much possibility in his pose & attitude.  There are far too few quiet minis like this, but this is a good one. I’m aiming to bring Yarry (as he’s officially known) to NOVA in August.

As I progress through the painting, please feel free to share your feedback and impressions. I always love to hear from you!