Fear by Firelight

I finished a mini in a week. Gotta be some kind of record for me!

What a wonderful sculpt. I enjoyed every part of the process. Best of all, I jumped into the OSL effect with both feet and didn’t crash and, ahem, burn.

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Creating a Little Patch of Land for Your Minis

I got some nice feedback (thanks!) on the base of my recently completed Maulg figure and a request to explain how I put it together. I happened to take some pictures along the way (for some reason I was giving a friend an unsolicited play-by-play), so I’m able to offer a pretty detailed tutorial on various aspects of the construction & finishing. I’m also happy to share some of my principles, planning, and intention when doing bases and vignettes.

Ok, here we go!

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Crossing the Finish Line!

After many weeks of painting and modelling, my Maulg is finally finished.

I challenged myself a lot on this project but enjoyed the whole process. I definitely became more comfortable and confident with NMM and the broad use of stippling.

The base came together pretty readily, but still offered a lot of fun. Trying to capture the force of the wind with the rushes and the ribbon, hiding tiny mushrooms & flowers among the grass, and the creation of the rocks with Milliput all gave me a chance to create a rich and detailed environment. Great stuff.

I hope at some point we have some painting competitions. I’d love to show him! Even barring that, though, he gave me a great learning experience, a model I’m proud of, and many hours of sheer enjoyment.

Thanks for taking a look. Let me know what you think!

Papa Smurf

Though my posting has been sparse, I’ve been getting a lot of time on the hobby bench lately. Progress on Maulg is steady, but there’s often not a lot to show for it, as I’m going very slowly and trying to paint as well as I possibly can. It’s intimidating to approach a figure this way, but liberating at the same time. To just recognize that you’ll aim for your absolute best, but that it’s still a learning exercise, that you’ll fail some things you try, and that it won’t be as good as you can perhaps imagine helps to explode hang-ups and open the doors to improvement.

Here’s my boy. He’s starting to look a little closer to finished, though there are still entire bits left to paint and some major adjustments still to come.

Using a very similar palette on all elements of his ‘clothing’ and ornaments posed a challenge, but I wanted to avoid drawing attention away from the face and other more important sections.

I’m taking feedback from a few sources, which has improved the quality of the painting already. Feel free to add your thoughts, too!

Mister Maulg

After the completion of my dwarf bust I was eager to continue pushing myself in new directions as a mini painter. I found an ideal figure sitting around, prepped and ready for action.

This is a WIP shot of King Maulg, sculpted by Allan Carrasco. He won’t really be a king for me, just a strange blue trollish monster who never misses arm day at the gym. The jungle gym!

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BloodASMedium’s Rust of Nurgle

Our good friend John Margiotta, aka BloodASMedium, is back with another tutorial covering one of his specialties. This time he’s opening the hood on his heavily rusted iron/steel. I love the physical texture he achieves with this additive approach.

These beauties – er, uglies – form the Clan of the Bleeding Eye. John is always cranking out amazing units, and these spire tyrants turned to the worship of Nurgle look like they’ll prove no exception.

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Ok, here’s how to produce an ultra-heavy rust effect suitable whenever you want maximum corrosion.

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