Many More Minis

I’m still trying to finish up my batch of forgotten minis.  I’m getting close – I think I have maybe 8-10 left?  I bought more contrast paints a few months ago and I think I’m getting the hang of using them.  At the time, I felt like I bought a lot of brown shades and I wouldn’t use them all, but I have.  I haven’t opened everything I bought yet, and some colors seem to work better than others, so we’ll see how the rest do. I did open the contrast yellow and I am much happier with it than the Vallejo yellow I was using previously for hair.

First up is the fighter.  He was pretty easy to paint since most of him is armor.  However, I did spend some time picking out details on both the armor and shield, just to make him a little more interesting.  His hair didn’t turn out great – for some reason my Vallejo black is very runny.

FighterBut, he is done and ready to go on the table.  After him I turned to an easy job – a pseudodragon or dragon familiar.  I decided to paint it metallic blue.  I had put off painting it because it was in two parts and superglue is not my friend. 😀

However, I faced my fears (and my possibly stuck together fingers) and finished him.

Pseudodragon

He’s a bit plain, but he’s done and ready to use should any of my players decide their wizard needs a dragon familiar.

This next one is one of my last couple of plastic minis.  The detail seemed nice on the bare mini, but like with the last batch, I wasn’t sure how she would hold up once I started painting.

Female Dwarf Fighter

Again, the eyes are not great, but at least she doesn’t look cross-eyed, so I’m calling that a win.  I used some of my contrast browns on her boots and fur cloak, and I love the way they turned out.  I probably could have filled in some of the gaps on her with greenstuff, but since I don’t have any and I have no idea how to use it, I just painted her. 🙂

After the dwarf I turned to an older metal mini.  He’s a bit weird, because his proportions are off.  He’s got a weirdly long torso.  Also, because he’s so old, he’s one of the minis that came with a slotted base.  So, he got a fancy flocked/tufted base to hide the ugly slot.

Blue Fighter

I don’t think he turned out too badly, even if he looks a bit weird due to the proportion issue.  And for once, I think I applied the wash correctly – or at least I got the look I wanted from it.

This last one is a favorite.  I did have to glue on his hand and bow, which was a bit fiddly, but I got it done.  I had more green contrast and Vallejo paint to use this time, so I had fun sticking with the typical green/brown ranger color scheme.

Elf Ranger with Bow

That’s it for this batch of painting.  I have more already sitting on handles, waiting to be painted.  Hopefully they will be a nice change, since a few of them are more monster than PC/NPC types.  I might actually get to use my monster red!

 

 

Two Wizards, a Rogue, and a Centaur . . .

Sounds like the start of a joke, doesn’t it? I’m still plugging along painting my seemingly never-ending trove of D&D minis. I managed to get a few more painted, and I must say, the practicing does help. Of course, so does better paint and paintbrushes!

First up is the wind wizard, as I’ve dubbed him in my head. A plastic mini, so the facial features are not sharp, but I think he turned out okay. My youngest wanted to know why I painted him in Captain America’s colors. Something I hadn’t really thought of – I just wanted him to be showy, because he seems like that kind of wizard.

Next up is the centaur. Now that there are some PC centaurs, I’m curious to see whether any of my players will choose it. I did pick up the new Mythic Odyssey of Theros book, and I would love to run a game using it. We’ll see how the players feel after we are done with all the Icespire Peak add-ons. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but he is mostly drybrushed, which I think worked out well with all the ab muscles and the horsey bits. 😛

Next up is another wizard. This was a metal mini, and the details were much clearer. His face is a bit shadowed because of his hood, but that works for him. The staff seems a little oversized, but maybe he’s a strong wizard? I used mostly contrast paint on this guy, and I love how he turned out.

Lastly, my current favorite, the rogue. Again, a metal mini, so lots of details. Her eyes are a bit cartoony, but they’re good enough for my shaky hands. A mix of contrast paint and Vallejo paint on her. I’m not sure I’m happy with the leather of her boots, but it’s good enough for the table.

I’m still working on others – plugging away on my vampire and base coating the remaining minis. I do have a couple more completed, but I haven’t had a chance to take photos yet. I’m sure one of them will end up being my new favorite, too. 😀

Miniature Painting

Along with my new obsession with diamond painting, I have continued to paint my trove of forgotten D&D miniatures. I broke down and purchased some of the new contrast paints, and I’ve been building up my colors in those as well as the Vallejo Game Color paints.

I have finally said goodbye to my craft paints and moved to solely using paint made for miniature painting. I’m still learning, but I think I’m getting better?

I started off with some small pieces – some familiars from various packages that I found among the pile of forgotten minis.

First up are the eagle and some sort of tree/woodland creature familiars. The tree was super simple – black primer and some brown and green drybrushing. The eagle had to be glued together and then I used some of the contrast paint on the branch he is sitting on and on his beak. He got a coat of brown, then some tan drybrushing and green on the base.

Familiars 2

The other familiars are a small fairy and a vulture. The fairy was not fun to paint. It is made of plastic and the sculpt was lacking a lot of detail. However, I powered through and got enough paint on it to call it done.  The vulture was another simple and quick job.

Monk

After the familiars, I started working on some of the other plastic minis I had. This monk was purchased for a player at my table, but never got used. Not a lot of detail on this one either, but now she is done.

Next I chose a mini I thought I would have more fun painting.  It was a Hero Forge purchase for a PC my youngest was playing at the time.  Poor Tink sat on the table unpainted for quite a while, then got thrown in a box and forgotten.  But the 3D printed minis generally take paint well and have a nice amount of detail. 

Tink

Again, a simple color scheme, but it did give me a chance to practice painting eyes.  Eyes are so hard to paint, especially with my shaky hands, so if they look close to human, I call it a win. 😛

Following Tink I picked another plastic mini.  I wanted to play around with the contrast paint and see how it took on the plastic.  This mini was supposedly primed, and I wanted to see how the paint performed on it. 

Ranger

The cloak was painted using the contrast paint.  It wasn’t horrible, but I have a sneaking suspicion that repeated handling will end up causing the paint to flake off.  Lesson learned, and I primed all the rest of the plastic minis I had, even if they said they were pre-primed. 

Finally, after struggling with the plastic minis, I chose an old pewter mini to paint next.  I primed it white and then used both contrast paint and the Vallejo paint on it.  It was such fun to paint this one, as there was a ton of detail. 

Dwarf Fighter

I have a soft spot for dwarven fighters, and this one is a favorite of all the minis I’ve painted so far.  I was able to give his weapon, his armor, and his chainmail all different colors, something I hadn’t been able to do before, because my paint colors were so limited.  I love his braided beard and hair – and his bushy eyebrows!

He will certainly get used on our table – if we ever get back to playing face-to-face.  In any case, I can mark these all off as ‘done’ and move on to the remaining pieces.  I’m currently working on a vampire and another ranger.  I’ll post again when I get them finished. 

Success!

Credit: Pixabay

It’s been a crazy few days, eh?

I’m trying to focus on the positive and things that I can actually control. One of those is my job. I posted before about applying for a new position at my current job.

I had an interview via Zoom – a strange experience, but I watched some Zoom tutorials before the meeting, so I knew what to expect. It went pretty smoothly – I even managed to screen share some of the work I had prepared. And it all worked out – I got the job!

It’s going to mean more work, but it’s also more pay, so. . . 😀

I’m also still working on completing other personal projects – like my miniature painting, my writing here, my Etsy shop, my mandalas, etc. It’s going well – I like being able to jump around to whatever project seems most appealing at the time. I spent yesterday painting minis and experimenting more with the contrast paints. Made mistakes, but I’m learning.

Today I’m meeting with my boss to discuss plans for next year – we’re going to have to make a lot of assumptions about what the world looks like 3 months from now, so we’ll see how it goes.

For the last week or so, I’ve been using the new block editor here on WordPress. I’m still not sold, but I’m going to give it a few more weeks before I make a decision. There are some features that I like, but some are just annoying.

We planted some new seeds for our container garden. My youngest made me a raised container bed and we bought several other containers from the local garden store. So far, everything is green and growing, but we’ll see what happens. I have a definite black thumb, which is why I don’t keep houseplants. I’m not sure if we’ll get anything edible out of the garden, but crossing my fingers that the plants know what to do, and I just need to provide food, water, and sun. 😛

Mini Progress

I am still slowly working my way through all the unpainted miniatures I discovered in the basement.  I did visit my local game store and picked up both a painting handle and some of the Citadel contrast paints.

I gotta be honest, so far I don’t like them.  They are really runny, like ink, and even with thin coats, it took forever to get full coverage.  That said, I was painting on minis that were based black, so I’m going to blame it on that.

I have taken some of the minis and based them with white, so we’ll see how it turns out.  I am just playing and experimenting, since most of the minis likely won’t ever see the light of day, honestly.  A lot of them were purchased for use as a PC mini, but now that we can either 3D print our own or have them printed via something like Hero Forge, they’ll probably never get used.  Maybe I can use them as NPCs.  Dunno.

In any event, I finished some of them, so here they are, in no particular order.  First up is the battleguard golem.  I actually like the way he turned out.  The matte spray sealer made a huge difference in how he looked.

Battleguard Golem

Next is a weird doll with a knife, from a package of familiars.  She certainly is creepy, I’ll give her that.  She was hard to paint, because the model has almost no detail.  I wasn’t even sure what she was until I looked up the models online.

Doll Familiar

The last two are the pirate set.  The eyes on these gave me fits, because I have an intermittent hand tremor.  I finally gave up on the eyes.

Pirate Wench

They will only be NPCs, and since I have no idea when, or if, we will return to playing in-person, they’re good enough.  There seems to be a fine line for me between not enough detail and too much.  The pirate wench was ok.  This guy, however, waay too much:

Pirate

He was fun to paint, but man, my poor old eyes.  Also, I can’t seem to find a happy medium when I use the Citadel washes.  Everything seems to come out looking muddy or dirty, whether I use a lot or a little.  Hopefully I’ll figure it out.

Now that these are done, I can move on to the next pieces.  😀

Still Learning

You’re never too old to learn.

That seems to be a lesson the universe keeps sending me lately.

I need to learn new things so that I can be better at the new job I hope to get.  That’s good, and I’m working on it.  I’ve already taken three classes and have at least three more I’d like to take over the summer.

I need to learn new things so I can be better at blogging.  This one is a bit harder – I’m trying to figure out how to set up the Google Analytics for the blog, and I’m struggling.  I need an Analytics ID, but to get that I have to set up a Google Property (whatever that is?) and when I follow the links they show, I get stuck.

The directions says to go to the admin section, but I don’t seem to have one.  😦  I’m sure I’m just missing a step somewhere, but after several failed attempts, I’m going to leave it for another day when I have more patience.

This weekend I also learned that I am forgetful.  I was so happy about all the progress I made with my mini painting (see here and here) and thought I had only 5 or 6 left besides my CR KS minis.

Until I went downstairs to put away the minis I had finished, and discovered this:

28mm miniatures dungeons and dragons

A whole tray of unpainted minis.  These are mostly minis we bought to use for our PCs, and then promptly forgot about.  Gah!  This isn’t even all of them, as I pulled some of them out of the tray.  I cleaned off mold lines and flashing and then washed them.

Cleaned 28mm miniatures

My initial reaction was just to ignore them, but then I thought I could use them for painting experience/experiments, if nothing else.  More learning!  And, since I will need to take photos of them as I go, even more learning!

I’m starting to finally consider myself on summer vacation, even though I’ve been off work since mid-March.  So, I will continue painting, photographing, and learning. I’m even trying my hand this year at gardening, so we’ll see how that goes.  😛

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.

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.