I’ve been painting a fair bit with the kids lately. Here is a bunch of long out-of-print Harlequin Nightlings we’ve been painting. Once they’re done, it’s hard for me to tell which ones I’ve painted and which they have. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve used what I call the Velas Technique: stain painting over white primer, followed by a dip. It’s very forgiving to beginning painters, and the GW Devlin Mud wash makes a non-toxic, water clean up dip that even the kids can apply. We still have several Nightlings to paint, although right now my son and I are painting Primaeval Designs Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals. He’s very much into prehistory, which is largely why I purchased them, and has repeatedly begged to paint for free, but I force him to take wages! “Son, if somebody offers you money to do something you really want to do, you say YES!”
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Back before Fall-In!, I painted a little with the kids again. We haven’t done it in a while and it was nice to get back into it. We’ve been painting up a bunch of old Harlequin Nightlings I got on closeout somewhere along the ages. We’ve painted 27 foot and 4 mounted now, and they really look great. I need to run a game with them for the kids. We choose a painting style really great for inexperienced painters (what I’ve dubbed the Velas technique after the Velas brothers who used it to great effect as a speed painting technique)– I prime white, then the kids stain paint with thinned paint. I go back and wash the figures with Games Workshop’s Devlin Mud (an easier to clean, non-toxic version of the Miracle Dip) and then flock the bases. I’ve seen worse looking figures at conventions! I’d be proud to run a game with the figures my kids have painted.
Not sure what I did wrong with these pictures, but they are really not doing the subjects justice. This sweet little girl may be my best female face ever. I will definitely have to take another shot at photographing her at some point. I thought her clothes colors turned out really well, and the large gold armor looks good enough. That’s something I could work on, definitely. Not too crazy about the blade, either. It just seems like it needs a little something more. The cape also looks like it was quickly drybrushed instead of having more time spent on it– I wonder why? Overall, though, I’m very pleased with this figure, one of my better ones. Now, it’s back to 15mm WW2, when and if ever I get more painting time…
Just another couple of distractions, I swear! I have my Flames of War 88 battery primed and rigged up to glue. It just takes a few nights for the rubber cement to dry, prime, etc… And, I have had a few primed fantasy figures on the table now for several months. I finally picked one up and starting slopping paint on it. I was pretty concerned about the colors on this guy, but went and picked up a bunch of Reaper Master series paints, including that Weathered Blues triad. I really liked it, it actually looks much better in person than in this photo. I wasn’t really pleased with these photos, but just couldn’t be bothered working too hard on it. It was a long weekend.
Here’s another little distraction I painted up, Reaper’s 02132: Zombie Werewolf. This was a parting gift from Brian, who recently left our gaming group to head for greener pastures. Brian will never truly be gone– there will also be a piece of him here. A mindless, vicious, undead, rotting piece of him, but still.
I own the original Reaper Warlord rules. I always thought they looked intriguing, and I own a lot of Reaper figures anyway, just because of the quality, but I never got around to playing them. Now, with the upcoming release of a second edition, maybe I will.
Got the kids back painting again for about an hour and a half, in which time, together, we all finished eleven figures total. Not bad. Here’s a sort of step-by-step through the procedure, with some better pictures of their work. I almost think that such detailed photography of the figures does them no justice, because much of their inexperience just doesn’t show when you’re not examining them critically.
Here is more old stuff that never sold that has been setting around, rephotographed. I think I’m having a change of heart, though. If the kids are painting and playing Fantasy with me, then maybe I should be hanging onto my Fantasy to play with them instead of just selling it off for cash. And, I like these two Old Glory cowboy figures (Poncho and Lefty), and there has been talk about gaming cowboys in our gaming group. So…I’ll just have to think about whether or not to sell this stuff.
While I’m on the picture kick, I might as well take some decent pictures of some things I have for sale. Here are the painted figures of my WarMachine Khador and some resin GZG vehicles I have available.