At Last, It’s 2021!

Happy New Year, mini painting friends. 2020 has finally released her crushing grip. We are, of course, no better off than we were two days ago, but I believe in the psychological power of beginnings, even when nothing has ultimately changed. The new year is a time to set goals and define success in the months ahead. So I shall.

Read on to learn my miniature hobby resolutions.

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Road Girl

I’ve have finished painting the Road Girl academic bust by Journeyman Miniatures. When I started this project, I expected a fairly quick turnaround, but the model ended up taking nearly two weeks. This mini was challenging, but the challenges were mostly self imposed.

I had a lot of fun painting this bust, though I grew tired of painting things over and over in search of my best work. I’m not sure I’ll ever reach a standard I’m truly satisfied with, but I’m learning to strive to approach that level more closely. It tests my patience, focus, and stamina, but it’s making me a better painter.:

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Cormac (2 XI)

The time came to fulfill the Saint Francis vibe on Cormac, providing him with his little woodland friends.

Mini bust of Cormac by Lucas Pina for Black Crow

While these delightful little animals offer the possibility for strong secondary focal points, I chose to paint them as humble, somewhat drab creatures rather than colorful personalities.

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Cormac 20 X

It’s been sheer joy painting Lucas Pina’s Cormac bust (Black Crow). Every pose and gesture is super expressive, and the face shines with humanity. It’s my first time painting one of Lucas’s sculpts, but it will definitely not be my last.

I’m daydreaming of painting Cormac when I’m at work, eager to explore his character and effects. I have a clear plan of how I’ll handle the various textures, but the spirit of discovery will guide my brush.

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Rolf, My Boy, See If This Pot Fits on Your Head.

I have put the final brushstrokes on another bust from ZabaArts. This is Rolf, a dwarf with a, er, versatile hat.

As with all Zaba characters, Rolf has a ton of personality that is a joy to draw out and interpret with your brushes.

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The Acolyte

A week or so ago I finished this wonderful little mini bust from Maxime Penaud, AKA the Secret Workshop.

This model was a blast to paint, with interesting expression, volume, and materials, served up in a bite sized package that kept me focused on the achievement of my painting goals.

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Project Space Marine 2: Big Blue

I’ve been slow to post the latest entry into my space marine project, but here he is in all his transhuman glory. Working my way around the color wheel from green took me into Ultramarine territory.

I feel like I learned a good deal on this fellow and improved in some respects over the green meanie.

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Android Antihero

I finished up the rogue robot from Trovarion Miniatures, and I’m very happy with how he turned out.

I made significant changes to the mini, all intended to place maximum focus on the face(plate). The most notable was the switch of the color of the bags.

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Rogue Robot

I was getting a little tired of painting space marines (my tolerance isn’t that high!), so I reached into my box of models and pulled out the Rogue Robot by Trovarion Miniatures. I was attracted to the variety of materials and textures and the interesting mix of familiar and fantastical elements.

This is a WIP shot, with substantial development still to come.

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You Can Tell a Lot from the Size of a Man’s Hat

I finally finished off the kobold from Blacksmith Miniatures. I only needed to iron out a few details on the basing and give him a pipe to smoke, but it took a few weeks to actually finish the job. Here are some shots of the finished project.

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