Edge of the Trail

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I did a bit more work on this and think it may be nearing completion.  I added some taller red flowers and increased the density of them in some places.  They’re also back behind the log, along with a bunch of laser cut leaves.  You can see a few of the leaves here.  They’re not really to scale, but we can assume they’re from some bush or something.

The frame is only cleaned up in primer, so I’ll go over that with black craft paint when I get some.  I won’t see my mom for a few weeks, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to add or alter things, but I’m pretty happy with where this sits now.

I was trying  to focus the photo on the pale blue butterfly, but it’s too tiny for my camera or something.  Anyway, she’s up on the branch getting a lot of attention now.

Scenic Diorama & Vignette Tutorial

A mossy old tree with a chipmunk and an orange frog upon it.

As I began to explore the hobby of miniature painting a few years ago, I particularly enjoyed the basing element of the process.  I had been instantly attracted to the amazing and diverse bases of many different artists.

That interest led me to spend a good deal of my hobby time creating purely scenic pieces.  I’ve done urban scenes as well, but here I’m making a wild little place as a gift for my mother.

I think these mini dioramas or vignettes work quite well if you hide a lot of tiny details for the viewer to find. They’re a very fun escape from conventional miniature painting. And of course, all one needs to make a ‘scene’ into a ‘base’ is a nice figure!  I hope you find this tutorial helpful or motivational. Continue reading “Scenic Diorama & Vignette Tutorial”

Watch Those Zombies!

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Just a couple of heroes from Zombicide Black Plague, which I’ve been enjoying (again!) lately.  It’s a great game with some really cool – but extremely cheap – figures to practice on or just play around with.  I’ve painted up a couple friends’ favorites, along with a few I wanted to paint.  I’ll surprise them next time they’re over.

These are ‘4 album’ minis, meaning less than an hour a mini.  For that pace, I’m quite happy.  I think they look great from tabletop height.  They’re sloppy & in many cases I’m barely coating white primer with washes, inks, and thin/broken paint, but I want them to look childish, a bit like watercolor in places, and most of all… I want to crank ’em out in a night or two!

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I didn’t even bother with mold lines, but I tried to catch a little of their wacky humor.