More Minis

I have spent the last couple of days hurriedly trying to finish up painting my pile of miniatures for Ann’s ‘Paint the crap you already own’ challenge, which ends today.

Sadly, I didn’t make it to all of the minis I had planned to paint, even after I cut out all of the Critical Role KS minis I still have waiting.  However, I’m still claiming success, because I managed to paint a whopping 23 miniatures during the challenge.  Woohoo!  That’s 23 minis that would still be sitting in boxes or drawers waiting to be painted, and they are now DONE.

If you want to see the first batch I posted, you can find it here.

What else did I manage to finish?  These two were quick paint jobs, but they still count, darn it!

Stone Golem

The stone golem was just a black base coat followed by some shades of grey drybrushing.

Bat Swarm

The bat swarm was just some grey shades for the headstone and black and brown shades for the swarm itself.

Troll Mini

This troll was also easy to paint, since most of him was green skin.  His tongue is still too pink – I think it’s a bit jarring, but he’s done, and good enough for table use.  Maybe I’ll just make him a variant troll that has some weird disease that turned his tongue pink.   😀

Next up was a set of bandits.  Painting people is always harder for me than painting monsters, because you know what people look like.  Or should look like.  Painting monsters gives you a bit more free rein because they don’t really exist.

Bandit 2

The first bandit was definitely a challenge with his eyepatch and overly complicated accoutrements.  I persevered, and now he is done.

Bandit 1

The second bandit was a bit easier, since most of him was covered by clothing.

After the bandits we have the gnolls – just regular gnolls. 😀

Gnoll 2

I looked at the back of the package and online to see how others had painted them.  I tried the orange stripe of fur on one, but I didn’t like how it turned out, so I skipped that on the second one.

Gnoll 1

The second one was a bit more complicated with all the bits and bobs on his belt, so it seemed like a good balance to skip the orange.  I think the orange made me think of hyenas, and they don’t seem very scary.  This guy ↑↑ does.

The last two minis I am pretty chuffed about, I must say.  I’m usually very critical of my work, but I think these two turned out really well.

First up is the bugbear.

Bugbear Mini

His open pose made it easier to paint all the details.  Painting on his chest would have been near impossible if he had been posed like the big gnoll.  He was just fun to paint, and I think he came out great.  His weapon is oddly curved because he is plastic, but he is still very menacing.

Finally, the last of the minis I managed to finish.  I didn’t have the box for this one anymore, so I had to look him up online to figure what he was and how to paint him.  I thought he was a mummy lord, but it turns out he was actually a mummy captain.  I saw a really cool paint job online and tried to imitate it – I didn’t manage it exactly, but I’m still really happy with how he came out.

Mummy Captain

I was hoping to get all the minis finished so that I could put my painting supplies away and work on one of my other projects.  However, I think I might actually leave them out for a while.  That way I can finish up the last of the plastic minis and maybe even take a crack at some of the CR minis.  We shall see.  In any event, participating in the challenge was fun and I’m glad I did it.  😀

Painting Progress

Since I am spending lots of time at home, I have been trying to finish up some of those ‘projects’ I’ve had laying around forever.  Ann’s recent ‘Paint the crap you already own’ challenge was very timely, and I’ve been trying to get all those miniatures I’ve had shoved in drawers for months finished.

I cleared off my puzzle table and loaded it up with all my painting gear:

Painting Table

One of the reasons I find it hard to get minis painted is that I have a LOT of stuff to drag out when I want to paint.  This isn’t even all my paint supplies or all my minis.  I have been working on them, but I don’t think I’m going to get to all of them.  I’m starting with all my Bones/Reaper/WizKids minis and doing those first.  If I manage to get through all of them (which I doubt), then I will drag out all the Critical Role minis that are still in boxes.

But even if I don’t get all of them done, I have at least made a big dent in my ‘waiting to be painted’ pile. 😀  I started out with some easy terrain/misc pieces, because I knew I could paint them quickly.  I also had some zombies that were mostly done, so I finished those up first as well.

Here are the zombies done:

Zombies Done

Not fabulous paintwork, but they are done, sealed, and based.  Good enough for me!

For the miscellaneous pieces, I had some entrails (I finished them with a gloss spray, because I wanted them to be slimy looking):

Entrails

A small treasure pile and a random pile of rocks/debris:

Misc

Two piles of bones:

Skulls

Another small treasure pile:

Small Treasure

And finally, a large treasure pile:

Treasure Pile Large

Once I finished all the easy pieces, I moved on to some of the other miniatures.  My husband wanted me to paint one of his Hero Forge minis, and it had been sitting around half-done for months.  So I finally finished Odin:

Odin

After Odin was done, I worked on the two WizKids mind flayers.  I figured they were fairly simple and quick, plus I had to base paint the other minis I still had waiting.

Here they are done:

Mind Flayers

None of these are fantastic paint jobs, but they are done and ready for use on the gaming table, which was my goal.

And now that I have taken (not great) photos and posted them, the minis will find homes with all my other D&D minis.  I still have other minis to paint, and I will hopefully finish them and post pics before the challenge ends on May 3rd.

Puzzling Times

I’ve been doing all sorts of things to keep myself occupied, including (gasp!) cleaning my house.  Sometimes, though, I want an activity where I can just zone out – listen to some music, or some of my favorite Forensic Files podcasts and just zen.

Puzzles are one of my favorite ways to do that.  So I pulled our card table out of the garage and set it up in the living room so I have a space to leave the puzzles out until I’m done with them.

I have a handful of puzzles, most of them 1000 pieces.  I’ve put them all together before, but it’s been a while, so I thought I’d do it again.

The first one I picked is an old-timey picture with a western Main Street and trains and mountains in the background:

Puzzle 1

I always start puzzles by separating out all the edge pieces and putting them together first, so I have a starting point.  Invariably, I miss at least one edge piece during the first sorting.  This puzzle was a little easier than some, because the storefronts all had writing on them, which made it easy to put the pieces together.

It went quicker than I thought – filling in all the trees was a pain in the behind, though!

Puzzle 2

It only took me a couple of days to finish this one:

Puzzle 3

Then I moved on to the next one – it only had 500 pieces, so it went more quickly than the first puzzle.  This one is a Route 66 puzzle, with a map of various stops along the way.  I’m saving the Star Wars one until last – it’s one of those that has tiny pictures that make up the bigger picture, and it’s a real doozy!

Puzzle 4

Again, this one was probably easier than some because of all the writing on the various pieces.

Puzzle 5

I did another puzzle, but I forgot to take pictures of it.  Then I put the puzzles away for a bit while I work on painting some miniatures for a painting challenge.  I’m using the card table for that, so that I can leave all my painting stuff out instead of having to pack it up each night off the dining room table so we can eat dinner.

If nothing else, having the card table covered with painting stuff is motivation to get the stuff painted, because it’s messy to look at and drives me crazy! 😛

Painting Challenge

I posted before about the “Paint the Crap You Already Own” challenge by Ann’s Immaterium.  Given that I have roughly 50+ minis sitting around in boxes waiting for paint, I thought I’d join in.  I have extra time right now, so why not finish some of those projects, right?

I have 3 boxes of minis from a Critical Role Kickstarter that I backed last year (gosh, that seems like so long ago!), as well as a ton of plastic Bones and WizKids minis I’ve purchased here and there.  I decided to leave the CR minis for last, since they are 3D printed and are generally much nicer to paint than the others (no mold lines or flash to clean off).

So I pulled out all the minis that were languishing in the drawer, still in boxes, or in various stages of painting:

Mini Challenge 1

The ones at the back are two zombies, who are flanking a Hero Forge mini of one of my husband’s characters.  The zombies are pretty much done, except for the matte finish spray and basing.

The rest of the scattered minis include a troll, a bugbear, a mummy lord, two bandits, another Hero Forge mini, and various pieces of treasure/terrain.  The boxes include mind flayers, pirates, a bat swarm, two golems, gnolls, and a set of familiars.

I pulled everything out of boxes and washed them.  Then I realized I forgot to clean off the mold lines, so I did that, then washed them again.  After drying, I got them ready for a base coat.  I bought cans of Army Painter base paints in white and black, so I took the minis outside and got a base coat on most of them.  For the few that already had a base black coat, I decided to try the zenithal priming method, so they got some shots of white as well.

Here are some of them after base coating:

Mini Challenge 2

Sadly, I haven’t done much with them since.  I did get a matte finish coat on the zombies, so if I can just get them based, they will count as done! The tall guy in the front is a centaur – I forgot about him. 😛

The treasure piles and terrain pieces won’t take long – just a few coats of drybrushing and finish spray and they will be done.  I think my youngest is going to try his hand at painting some of the minis, so we’ll see how it goes.  In any case, at least they are now out of the boxes and sitting on the shelf, taunting me to finish them.  Crossing my fingers I manage to get some of them done – I’d really like to finish all of these so I can move on to the CR minis, because I think those will be fun to paint.

Busier Than Usual

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You’d think that since I’m spending all this time at home these days, I’d be caught up with my work – perhaps even ahead of schedule!

You’d be wrong.

For some reason, since my children are at home, I am now in charge of making sure EVERYONE gets all their stuff done.  So even though I usually finish each day feeling like I’ve been productive, some days it isn’t MY stuff that I’m getting done.

Argh.

Also, there is a new position opening up at my job in August that I want (hopefully I’m back to work then).  So I’m updating my resume, doing some work creating curriculum, and planning out lessons.  Spreadsheets make my brain hurt. 😦

While all that is good, it means I haven’t been keeping up here like I should.  I’ve been drawing, but I haven’t been doing much writing lately (besides lessons).  I’ve actively been avoiding social media, because it’s too stressful right now.

Rather than sleep all day (which is an appealing thought many days), I’ve pulled out some projects for me to work on to keep me sane.

I love puzzles, so I gathered all the ones I had and I’m slowly working my through them.  (I have pictures of my progress, but I haven’t gotten them off the camera card yet.)

I’m also working on a challenge that Ann over at Ann’s Immaterium posted – to ‘paint the crap you already own.’  I have a lot of D&D minis that have been languishing in drawers for almost a year, so I’m going to try and power through painting them.  So far I have some washed and mold lines removed, some base coated, and some done except for bases.  Again, I have pics, but I haven’t taken them off the camera card.  I’ll try to post them here soon.  I’m not a fantastic painter, but just getting them done and off my plate will be nice. 😀

I have another online class starting tomorrow, so I guess I’d better get busy!

Miniature Painting

With school starting back up and me going back to work, finding time for everything I want to do in my schedule has been nigh impossible.

I have a ton of miniatures waiting to be painted, including my Kickstarter set of all the Critical Role miniatures from Campaigns 1 and 2.

Right now I have about 10 minis base painted with black, waiting for me to sit down with a brush.  I have some zombies in a half-done state and a couple of Hero Forge 3D printed minis waiting as well.

The painting has kind of taken a back seat, not only due to lack of time, but because my regular D&D group has gone online, rather than meeting face-to-face.  I love the flexibility of playing online (who doesn’t want to play D&D in their comfy pjs?!), but I miss playing with minis and maps.

Perhaps I can find another face-to-face group – you know, in all that mythical free time I have! 😛

Here’s one mini I did manage to complete – a pack mule for our party.

Donkey Miniature PaintedHe’s a plain Jane mini, but it was fun to paint something other than a humanoid form for once.  Too bad we only got to use him once or twice before we went online. 😦  But he’s still cute!

Gnome Rogue

Gnome RogueOne of the things I like to do is paint miniatures for my Dungeons and Dragons© games.  My children love to play as well and so we’ve purchased various miniatures for use in our games.

When 3D printing hit the scene years ago, I was excited to see what that would mean for miniatures.  One of the cool things we discovered was a website called Hero Forge.  Using their site, you can customize your miniatures for your player characters.  You can either have them print the mini and ship it to you, or you can purchase the file and print it yourself.  We’ve done both, but our 3D printer just doesn’t do quality minis.

The picture above is a gnome rogue that one of my kids designed for their character.  It’s a gnome rogue printed by Hero Forge in their basic plastic.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Now if I could just figure out how to take better photos!