Work slows play

Hey folks,

Updates have been getting a little thinner on the ground as I am currently preparing for an exam and workload is piling up a little. The pro elves have been progressing by inches but there has been some decent progress on our favorite Orangutan:

After substantial angst over how to paint the flooring, I opted for a silvery/grey wood effect using:

Unfortunately for those trying to reproduce, I have no idea what that grey paint is. I bought it from The TreeFellas from a UK game show. They don't have a web presence but their paints are great.
Of course, having settled on the base, I needed to tint the wood, get the shading in place. I tried 4 washes:

I then drybrushed the Minitaire Mummy to bring it back to a more wood color. I drilled through the middle of the board and added it under the Librarian to allow for direct juxtaposition.

In the end I settled on the Dark Tone to remove any of the red hues, keeping them on the Librarian himself.

I also did a little experimentati…

The Librarian

For those of you that are new readers to my blog, you should know that for the last year or so, my painting focus has been Blood Bowl. The drive for this has come from my local League that runs short seasons giving me just enough time to paint up a new team for the next season. The results have been pretty solid. I have played in four seasons and two tournaments with a new team each time that has really gotten me through the list of Blood Bowl teams in need of painting.

Why am I talking about all this Blood Bowl nonsense when there is clearly an Orangutan reading pictured below? Well in order to avoid burn out, I will switch up my focus every so often and pick up something else. Recently a lot of my friends have been gearing up for painting contests (Our local convention KublaCon and some for the Crystal Brush at Adepticon), with all the new skills I have picked up recently thanks to CK Studios and Miniature Monthly (See previous blogs here and here) I figured I should put my skills t…


For those of you not familiar with the universe of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, it is a fantasy universe that had a major part in making me the person I am today... it has a range of miniatures sculpted for it by the awesome Micro Arts Studios. Discworld features, among other wonderful characters, 'The Librarian': He is the Librarian at the Unseen University Library and was turned into an Orangutan through an ill explained, and by now barely remembered, magical accident.

He is my favorite character for many many reasons: his love of books, regard of them over and above people, philosophical thoughts and ability to kick ass when required. So why am I rambling on about all this? Well I bought a large collection of the Discworld miniatures, promising myself that I would paint them once I felt that I was talented enough. In my latest attempt to procrastinate in painting up my Pro Elf Blood Bowl team... I noticed a cool little painting competition on reddit and with Miniature M…

Weekend of Airbrushing

After a couple of pretty grueling weeks in the office with all sorts of issues, I've been looking forward to a two day class in how to Airbrush miniatures more than words can convey. The class was held in the back room of my local game store and saw a dozen avid hobbyists gather to spend the weekend painting up a Space Marine Dreadnought (mostly Forge World Contemptor Dreadnoughts). The class was lead by Caleb Wissenback and aided by Kat Jackson as CK Studios. I have raved about these two on a previous post and this class was even better than that one. I am not going to go into too much detail of what the class covered as I think you should really try it yourself if you are interested in Airbrushing (if you don't have the kit, you can get that as well from them at a great discount).

So what did I do? well this:

Day 1 How? Well we started with this:
I had prepurchased my Dreadnought from Kat in advance of the class and it came primed and ready to rock. I was also delighted to …

Frosty the unwanted varnish snowman...

I'm sure it's happened to others of you reading this blog... that moment when Frosty comes and sh*ts all over your painstakingly painted model. In this blog I am looking into how to try and undo the damage without completely stripping and repainting the model.

This whole endeavor came about because I was rushing too much. I had backed a fantasy football team to use for Blood Bowl and the football that came as a stretch goal I offered to a friend. I needed a break from my Pro Elf Spartans so decided to knock the mini out in an evening. It was all going swimmingly until I stepped out onto the porch to varnish the figure... of course it's tipping it down and the result was a ruined paint job:

Sooo what can I do to fix this?

The first resource I found seemed to promote the use of a hairdryer... I tried this but was scared of damaging the paint with an overly high temperature and was unable to see any noticeable improvement.

Well this article seemed to suggest that some olive o…

Updates on Pro Elves - NMM

Well I have finally finished my test model for the color scheme. The more I paint them... the less 'elfy' they are looking to me which kind of sucks. I lightened up the skin some to try and bring that back a bit. Here are the last few stages in getting him finished off. First the NMM armor getting finished:

What do you think? After that I washed the Red, the helmet bristles and the flesh.

Next the NMM silver, paling down the flesh, dirtying the trousers and the armor:

- Raggy, signing out

Raggy Plays - Teaching you how to play Boardgames

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On to the next Blood Bowl team!

So it's been a whole week since I finished off The Carnal Cavaliers so clearly it's time for the next Blood Bowl team. I am doing something slightly different with this team compared to the last few teams - I have decided to go back to the old 'paint a test piece first' method. I'd gotten lazy about doing this because what invariably happens is I paint it up the way I initially planned... so what's the point? Welll yeah but I think what I fail to remember are all the little changes that are made along the way.
In the case of the pro elves I had an initial plan of painting them up like the Michigan State mascot:

But I soon realized that I wanted to really paint bronze armor. Non Metallic Metal is one of the techniques I really want to work on improving and this is a great opportunity, lots of metal on show to really work with. It's going to take a lot longer to paint this up because NMM really requires a lot of layering with fine gradient shifts to look rig…

Bubblegum Crisis - Boomers!

So I've just finished my current Blood Bowl team, the league is two weeks in and I should definitely be focused on painting up my next team... and well I have to admit that I am struggling a little to get excited by them. I am sure they will get done, but the scheme I want calls for a LOT of NonMetallicMetal bronze (see my next post for more details).

Sooo instead of actually making headway with them, I have taken to a couple of diversions. You already saw the two skeletons I painted in a few minutes, I also have a unit of Mantic Skeleton Troops that have been started. These all got dug out as I was looking for volunteers for Zenithal Priming treatment for my homework for Miniature Monthly. In addition to those, some ooolld figures of mine also got unearthed. 25mm Bubblegum Crisis models from Ground Zero Games. I took the larger ones for my Zenithal Priming and Finished up the Boomers the other night:

What amazed me was taking these down my FLGS, how many people remember Bubblegum…

Introducing the Carnal Cavaliers

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These guys got a little held up as I rushed to get the goblins ready for the West Coast Quake but after that these, guys got knocked out in record time. My NMM has gotten a little smoother but there is still a lot of work to do on my technique. I still struggle with the red and pink shading and highlighting but overall I am very happy with the way these guys came out.

- Raggy, signing out