Cassie & I have deeply enjoyed another week of dedicated hiking. With sunset coming earlier, our after-work walks are more focused, but we can still squeeze in 60-90 minutes if we don’t waste time in preparation or travel.
And weekends, of course, offer an opportunity to spend time together exploring the great outdoors a little farther from our home. To see what inspiration we found this week, read on! Continue reading “Week in the Woods (15 IX 19)”
I’ve been making a little scene to practice some scenic elements and attempt to replicate some of the cool stuff my little buddy & I have been finding in the woods lately. I could easily add a figure here, but I don’t plan to. These scenic vignettes are intended as quiet little places to retire to when you can’t get away from your desk.
I have built these little Nature scenes before and always given them away as gifts. I want one for my desk at school, but I also have a recipient in mind. I’ll probably give it away. Continue reading “Forest Scene”
I swear this isn’t a Nature blog. It isn’t only a Nature blog, anyway! What can I say? I draw a lot of comfort and inspiration from the natural world, which carries over into my mini painting, my other artwork, my values, and (hopefully) my actions.
My daughter & I were out hiking several times this week. To see what we found, read on. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (8 IX 19)”
The village of ToadChapel needs some rock, soil, and life upon which to grow. Let’s learn how to make it.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a layer of basic forest earth that will work for your mini bases, terrain, gameboards, and dioramas. The environment of your figures plays an enormous role in setting a realistic and believable scene. Poor basing can easily spoil a good paintjob. Superior basing and terrain, though, can help even mediocre figures tell a compelling story on the tabletop. Continue reading “Let There Be Dirt: Modeling Earth for Your Minis & Terrain”
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.
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”