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Blood Bowl Clean Up

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I think this post is partially a lesson in the importance of lighting. At the time I was painting these, I thought I had decent if not great lighting. The photos kinda prove otherwise.

Wood Elf Apothecary:



Chaos Apothecary:



Chaos Token:


Chaos Dwarf Minotaur:
This guy was a bit of work and I'd been dragging my feet as I wasn't too pleased with my initial sculpting efforts. My January resolution to get my Blood Bowl teams tidied up forced me to get this chap back on the table. I spent a frustrating evening working on the beard and liking it less and less the more I messed with it. I ended up adding a mane of hair and calling it a day.
Already being unhappy with the model as it was, I figured it would be a great opportunity to experiment on the model without risking damaging a figure I wanted to submit in a contest or something.
I worked on pretty much all the base coats using an airbrush pushing myself to be more extreme with the shading and highlights, bringing brightness to t…

Miniature Monthly Contest - Feedback!

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The end of last year, I raced to finish off a piece for a competition organised by Miniature Monthly. I faced a lot of hurdles trying to get the piece finished in time (the whole saga is logged here). The end result was a miniature I was pleased with but wasn't up to a standard I knew myself to be capable of.
The contest itself was fantastically successful and the Miniature Monthly group has really become a great network of painters. I'm a big fan of painting competitions, not for any really hope of winning but for the feedback that masters of painting can provide. Unfortunately the feedback is often scant and generic . For this contest however, Aaron went above and beyond. Not only did he give a super detailed breakdown of each part of the model but he also photoshopped a photo of my mini to highlight what he was referring to:

The mini on the right is my submission, on the left is Aaron's modification - I think you can see how much better it looks!

With Aaron's permis…

Space Hulk Doors

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I had hesitated about painting up the Space Hulk door stands as I wasn't sure it was really worth the hassle... but, having painted up the Genestealers and most of the Termies... I took a look at them sat in the box looking all boring and purple and decided... fine, I'll paint them. I think if they'd come in black or silver plastic, it would have been a lot harder to bring myself to put it on the table.



The aim here was to get them painted as fast as possible (took about 2 hours over 2 days to get them all painted up). I wanted them to look decent, but they're not exactly meant for a Crystal Brush. I'd worked out an effective and quick method of making weathered, dark steel for bases. Unsurprisingly the secret is drybrushing:

Stynylrez Black primer airbrushed onto the stands. No zenithal on these as I'll be drybrushing through up to the brighter colors instead.

Coat D'Arms Dark Grey applied in a heavy drybrush (sometimes called a wetbrush as the brush carries…

How to paint 23 Genestealers in 3 days

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Painting Step by step:  Primed Stynylrez Black
Army Painter Enchanted Blue Zenithal (mask off base)


Drybrush Magic Blue carapace highlights


Drybrush Coat D'Arms Dark Grey and Light Grey for metals
Army Painter Alien Purple Head and Hands


Drybrush the Purple with AK Faded White


Army Painter Leather Brown teeth, Claws and Bones
Highlight up to Coat D'Arms Bone


Army Painter Oak Brown and Minitaire Pumpkin Weathering and Rusting





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Playlist of Tutorial videos

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Brother Scipio and the study of flooring

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I'm really not sure why I felt the need to go with the Harry Potter naming convention on this one but... welll there it is.

My Space Hulk posts have been a little thin on the ground lately as various competitions became my top priority items. First with the Chaos Pact team for the Blood Bowl tournament I wasn't able to attend, then the Wander paint along and Miniature Monthly annual painting competition... and of course the 7th Continent figures in between. Despite all these distractions, Space Hulk has not been forgotten; quite the opposite in fact - I have made a good chunk of progress, I just haven't been updating the blog to reflect it. So to make up for that, I am going to put all my Termie progress here in one giant data dump.

What's that? You noticed that I called Termies out specifically? Well yes - I have now started on the Genestealers as well so there will be some more coming out about them shortly. The main reason that this post took a little while to get u…

Introducing The Vanir Volcanoes

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Remember these guys? Yeah, it's been a while...


All done and dusted at last. I'd mostly finished them by the end of November however my trip to the US held me up with posting any updates.


As I got more practice in, I'm pretty pleased with the flame effects on the shoulder pads. It took a little practice but got there eventually and it came out pretty well. The rest of the models are a little bare bones - the linemen in particular look a little underwhelming as I got lazy with the NMM and the skin tones. This is still just the most basic team setup, I will work on the rest of the team soon I hope.


As a little bonus, I polished off a couple of figures that had been sitting around for quite a while in my collection:


I LOVE theses sculpts. They're course as anything but they are so fun! and instantly identifiable. These two really are a huge part of Blood Bowl for me. I am not sure the purple isn't a little too much but it does make him pop!


- Raggy, signing out

Miniature Monthly Contest

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I have mentioned before, numerous times, how much I value the Miniature Monthly patreon course. I have worked through a lot of their videos and been applying the techniques I have been learning to up my mini painting game.

Of course when they announced a mini painting contest, I was all in. I love the sculpt of the miniature but I have to admit I struggled a little with inspiration for the piece. I ended up going for something fairly simple but still something that would push me personally. I've never been a big fan of dioramas or fancy basing as I like to be able to use my minis at the end of the day whether it's in a boardgame / wargame or an RPG. Even my favorite competition piece to date (the Librarian) is on a reasonable sized based and could still function in an RPG.

So what is this model that we had to paint? Miniature Monthly partnered with Dark Sword miniatures to have us paint up their new Female Ranger with Bow figure:


I have heard criticisms of Dark Sword miniatur…