Grunt Stonecracker!

That’s a good name, don’t you think? Credit Joaquin Palacios for the dwarfy moniker, and more importantly this classic, characterful dwarf bust.

Talk about a fun project. I set out to achieve a more cartoony, graphic quality than I usually aim for. I thought the bust allowed for that interpretation, without forcing me away from some of the more painterly tendencies I’ve worked to develop over the last year or so.

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Harald

I’ve spent the last few weeks chipping away at Harald, an older Lucas Pina sculpt released by Heroes & Villains. While it’s not as polished or characterful as the pieces he’s creating now, it is a fun sculpt with a lot of personality.

I was using this model to push my command of NMM and hair, two near ubiquitous elements of mini painting that I, like nearly everyone else, could stand to improve.

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Ogryn Imperial

I smashed out another mini project over the last week, an ogryn bust painted to look like a soldier in the Imperial Army of the Warhammer 40k universe.

This fun, simple bust was sculpted by the legendary Alfonso Giraldez, AKA Banshee. The model can be purchased from his webstore.

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Conan!

By Crom, it’s been a Hyborean Age since I’ve posted! Well, it hasn’t been for lack of productivity. A month of effort has produced this bust of Conan.

What a big effort for a mini, but a very satisfying project and full of enjoyment.

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Painting Faces on Busts

It’s been a while since I’ve added to the hobby tutorials on ToadChapel. Let’s remedy that! As we near Christmas, I’ve painted 18 miniature busts since COVID sent us all inside back in March, so I figure that would be a good subject to explore.

The essence of any bust is the face. Many busts consist of little more than the head. In this tutorial I’m going to focus mostly on painting the face, though I may make incidental reference to how I approach other elements on the model.

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Brand New Bust from Blacksmith

I’m a big fan of the small French miniatures manufacturer Blacksmith. I backed their Kickstarter bringing to miniature life the artwork of illustrator Jean-Baptiste Monge, and I have a few other minis of theirs as well. I have been impressed every time by their finely detailed and clean casting, and I love Blacksmith’s children’s book aesthetic.

I was very excited, therefore, to see Blacksmith offering a new sculpt by Matthieu Rouèche, whose beautiful and distinctive painting I have admired for a long time. Blabla, as Rouèche is sometimes known, has provided box art for a lot of Blacksmith’s models, but this is the first figure he has added to their range. I can only say that it fits right in!

On Touille I’m trying to further my study of powerful color which I began on Radigundus. I’ll probably tone things down from where they stand here, but I do want to retain the strength of those beautiful tones. Let me know what you think.

Keep your brushes wet!

Radigundus WIP

I’ve started a quick project, one I’ve had in mind for some time. It’s Radigundus by Forged Monkey, released by FeR Miniatures. Forged Monkey is the imprint of the brilliant Raffaele Picca. I painted another of Raffa’s busts back in May and really enjoyed the experience, and I had admired Radigundus for a long time. It’s been fun getting some paint on this little cracker.

This will be a gift, which I’ll explain later. You can probably see the Christmasy vibe I’m chasing.

I don’t expect this tiny bust to take all too long, so check back soon (or better, subscribe!) to see him come to life!

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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The Shaman Ate Something Weird

I’ve been very productive painting lately, finishing three miniatures since I posted WIP shots of the Norman warrior figure nine days ago. I’m eager to share them all with you, but I am really trying to level up my photography and I’d like to give you higher quality images to enjoy.

“Was that the right mushroom?”

Anyway, you can see one of the figures here, hopefully looking a little better than usual.

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Bragg the Broken

I’ve finished the great little bust from Lukáš Žaba. Lukáš developed an original concept of the character, Bragg the Broken, an impoverished dwarven king. I thought this was a great idea and let it guide some of my painting decisions, so I’m keeping the name in recognition of the influence I felt.

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