I’ve got the shirt on my dwarf about where I want it and shaded the socks & pantaloons.
The shirt’s done with pointillism to give it a very different texture to the surrounding textiles. Though the shadows are quite deep, I haven’t pushed the highlights extremely high. This will create the impression of a soft fabric that doesn’t reflect much light.
More work on this handsome dwarf.
I’ve painted his shirt a cool white instead of the warm cream it had been. I’ve also made a start on the socks & trousers.
A bit of progress here after my daughter went to bed at a generously early hour.
I’m moving along quickly, but I want to push myself to do my best. My recent competitions have motivated me to do more big boy painting.
Here’s a figure I’ve had on the back burner for a long time. I was so inspired by some of the work at MFCA that I wanted to get back to some display painting. I’ve still got plenty to do for gaming & narrative purposes, but I’ve been enjoying the competitions lately and I want to put together some pieces that showcase my current abilities.
It’s the classic ‘Random Encounter’ by FeR miniatures. Just put in some work on the skin, trying to do my best. Matt DiPietro told me to “paint boldly”, so I’m giving it a go.
I’m back from the 2019 MFCA show in Philadelphia. I earned two bronze medals for my pieces.
Considering the quality of the entries, I was pleased with the result.
My favorite work on display was Matt DiPietro‘s bust of Conan, painted in a Frazetta style. I got to talk to Matt for about an hour. He is a great person. We talked about techniques, his business as a full-time painter, and his experiences getting to where he is now.
Many of the historical pieces were mind blowing. The techniques and stylistic norms are quite different from what I’m used to, but those old heads do know how to paint!
This incredible scratchbuilt masterpiece was voted a deserving best in show.
I got to meet many great folks, and spent an enjoyable day in the company of painters eager to share our love of mini painting. I’m hoping I get back to the show next year.
I’ve finished the base for my dwarves in time for MFCA this weekend. The wooden plinth (something I picked up at a craft shop) is being stained. I’ll attach it when it’s dried.
I applied some subtle washes (some browns, green, and blue) to the rocks to give each of them a slightly different color from its neighbor.
I’d like to add a few mushrooms & flowers, maybe a touch of grass, but we’ll see if I have time between now and Thursday.
Here’s the gang on the road to adventure.
And here you can see how the wheel ruts on the base match those on the display base.
I’m heading to MFCA in Philadelphia next weekend and planning to show a few of the dwarves from ToadChapel. Here’s a display base I’m hoping to finish in time for the show.
Basic structure created with a mix of Super Sculpey & Super Sculpey Firm. I find the proper consistency is just about midway between the two. The standard consistency warms in your hands and won’t stand serious mushing around, while the firm is so stiff it tends to break when you handle it. Working it up into a usable consistency is enough to make your hands sore.
A little structure added with Milliput. Without distracting from the figures, I’m trying to suggest that something interesting lies just ahead.
Some basic paint applied. I’m repainting the base of the dwarf who’s in the road so she matches better, rather than trying to match the painting to her base.
This is a bit of a rush job, so hopefully some well-placed flock will cover up some of the rough patches.
Happy hobbies to you!
I stumbled across a flyer yesterday and today I visited Tricon, a show put on by the local chapter of IPMS. The people were great and I made some new friends.
Though most of the show was dedicated to ordinance, cars, airplanes, ships, and larger scale models & busts, my 28mm offerings did very well, earning four gold medals in an open judging competition.
I had a great time and look forward to visiting again next year. I’ll try to bring a few friends to increase the visibility of 28mm models, and also prepare some pieces that jive more with the overall settings of the show.
I’ve finished off (though it looks like I need to paint stones on the archer) a small band of goblins who might cause some trouble for the people of ToadChapel.
The brighter one in the back had been done in true metallics and mounted on a plinth years ago, but I popped him off, painted NMM over the TMM, and slapped him on a gaming base.
These guys are fun and quick little minis that you can bash out in a set pretty easily. They’re tiny!
This very special tutorial features a guest appearance from NMM maestro Lee Hebblethwaite, AKA 10Ball. Lee’s projects are always creative and feature some of the best non-metallic metal anywhere. I’m looking forward to trying a few of these ideas around ToadChapel soon!
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