Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

The kids are painting well

November 10, 2010

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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Painting With the Kids

November 5, 2010
Harlequin Nightlings

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.

Reaper 03125: Bailey Silverbell, Dwarf

September 28, 2010

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…

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Reaper 03227: Garrett, Adventuring Cleric

September 27, 2010

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.

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Zombie Werewolves in London

September 13, 2010

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.

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How to Host a Dungeon

November 3, 2009

I guess I never posted about it here, but Mik has my back, covering our very fun world building experience with Dawn of Worlds. When I stumbled across How to Host a Dungeon, I was reminded of that and went ahead and picked up the PDF copy for $5. It’s less interactive than Dawn of Worlds, being more of a system which generates a random fantasy dungeon, but does so via the chronological history of the region. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but it looks fun.

My Reaper Warlord Entry

July 30, 2009

The results are in for the Reaper Warlord v2 contest and, sadly, I did not win. Because my entry got lost in transit somewhere, I’m sure. Anyway, I will now regale you with my submission, to the tune of the Major-General’s Song from the Pirates of Penzance:

I am the very model of a modern Warlord commander
I'm making warbands Nefsokar, Overlord and Crusader
I paint a lot and have a bucketload of Reaper miniatures
And a review on my weblog will certainly travel far!

I mean, it’s all there, folks– the witty play on a well-known tune, references to the factions of Taltos, a commercial plug for Reaper’s miniatures and the subtle bribery attempt by offering a positive review on my website! I blame– well, somebody, anybody else, as clearly my submission was flawless.

Warlord, 2nd Edition

May 20, 2009

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.