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.
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!
Continue reading “NMM Gold: Beginners Guide on Painting Complex Shapes”
A subtle application of inks can transform the face of a mini from lifeless to vital quickly and easily. Here is a a effective scheme to help your painting draw more attention on the tabletop.
Continue reading “Breathe Life into Miniature Faces with Inks”
Here are a few more of my favorite tools.
Continue reading “Tool Time 2”
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”
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”