Max Spleenripper - Sketch style part 1

Well, I am finally getting back into painting after all the madness of moving and setting up my office. Most of my miniatures, including almost all the current WIPs had to be left in the US... that Space Hulk box is just too dang big. Because of this, I only have a few models to focus my efforts on at the moment. One is my model of Jason (of the Argonauts) who is progressing nicely but still has some work to do on him. More on him in a later post. For now I wanted to highlight both a new model and a new painting style (to me at least).

Matt DiPietro, a former staff painter for Privateer Press, has a method of painting he describes as 'sketching'. As a guest lecturer on Miniature Monthly, I was fascinated to watch his execution of this method in his two part class. The underlying idea is to get all the contrast in place first and then add colour through glazing at the very end. An intriguing idea and as someone that's not so hot at staying inside the lines, one that appeals.

The Great Burger Experiment... Part 2

Carrying on with our experimentation... Today we looked into a couple of ingredient factors of the patty.
Day 2 - Burger meat Recipe (per burger): 60g 12% fat Beef30g 20% fat Pork1/2 Egg1g Pepper1g Salt40g finely chopped Onion20g finely chopped Onion + 20g finely chopped Chestnut Mushrooms20g finely chopped Onion + 20g finely chopped Chestnut Mushrooms + 0.5g each of cumin powder, chilli powder, coriander powder + 1/2 clove garlic Preparation:Egg whiskedBeef & other ingredients mixed into EggThoroughly mixed all ingredients together to form an even mixtureMixture split into patties of 120g each (roughly 1/4lb), 1cm thick Results: The mince mix came out better this time with the thinner patties helping a lot. It was good to see that they help together - something I was very worried about initially. The breadcrumbs were excluded but I don't think we need the egg either.
The onions really added a lot of moisture to the burgers and they actually benefitted a lot from being allowed …

The Great Burger Experiment... Part 1

I'm afraid it may be a while before I can get some painting updates on the site... in the meantime I present my quest to define the perfect Burger. Living now in the UK, I am already feeling the loss of my traditional American staples and figured that a good bonding experience with my father would be a series of controlled experiments in making the perfect hamburger.  I need to write up my notes on this process somewhere, and this seemed to be as good a place as any for that. Day 1 - Burger thickness and thumb printing Recipe: 500g 20% fat Beef187g Fine Breadcrumbs1 Egg1g Pepper1g Salt
Egg whiskedBeef, Breadcrumbs and Pepper mixed into EggThoroughly mixed all ingredients together to form an even mixtureMixture split into 4 patties of 157g each (roughly 1/3lb):3cm thick patty3cm thick patty with thumbprint2cm thick patty2cm thick patty with thumbprintSalt outside of patties Results:

This is a pretty terrible burger mix. Looking into it further I think a pure beef mince …

An experiment in Weathering Powders (picture heavy)

In the grim darkness of the future, a marine waits... for redemption.

In my previous post, I talked about how I got the super bright reds for my Blood Angel Terminators. In this piece we look at the first of the marines that I finished painting - the dead terminator. I have trawled the internet trying to find this Marine's name however I have had no success - If anyone finds out the name of this brave soldier, please let me know!

I chose this figure as my test piece, allowing me to figure out the paint scheme without risking damaging the 'unit cohesion' of the actual units in the game. Any differences could be put down to this marine being from a previous era.

Having gotten the base red down, I quickly painted up the throne as a simple stone throne with carvings. Drybrushing is still my favorite way to get a good stone effect, I think I should have gone a little heavier on the edge highlighting (this is also true for the armour).
Once the throne was done, I layered up the…

Painting Red... a must for Blood Angels players

I'll fully admit, I never really 'got' the appeal of Blood Angels... they seemed a little bipolar and they were red... not my favorite color and not an easy one to paint. As a child, back when I still played 40k, Ultramarines were my legion of choice. More recently I picked up an airbrush and attended an excellent class, that I have mentioned before, run by CK Studios. This class really gave me the confidence to get my airbrush out and use it on virtually every model I paint (at least for priming). The class had us painting a Contemptor Dreadnought and I decided on using this as a chance to work on my painting of red having encountered a lot of frustration in this area and figured that a Blood Angels Contemptor would help me get tips from our teacher Caleb. The result is a very interesting trick that allows for rapid painting of a true red, with shading and highlight using an airbrush.

More recently I picked up Space Hulk and, instead of painting the Terminators in the co…

Getting your first paints - Part 4

A specific request from sonofsonofspock lead to me covering primers in part 3, this got a little longer than I had anticipated and so I pushed the discussion of brushes into a part 4. I am far from expert in paint brushes and constantly struggle with getting the most life out of the ones I have. For folks looking to explore a range of options, I'd offer this as a launch point and would love to hear feedback on options beyond this.
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Brushes So brushes... they're kind of a big deal (I'd insert a meme here but I'm too lazy... just imagine an anchorman shaped paint brush). These are what control the application of your paint most of the time, non-brush applicators I have tried include airbrush, spray cans, sponges, toothbrushes, pouring,  tissue, fingers and dipping. Some of these are better options than others... and they all have specific use cases. Digression aside, you are going to get very familiar with brushes in this hobby and you will find d…

Getting your first paints - Part 3

After some popular reactions on Reddit for my previous two posts and a specific request from sonofsonofspock I am extending this series to cover primers and brushes. I will put a bit of a disclaimer in here; I found things that worked for me fairly early in the hobby, as a result, I never really went as deep into the alternatives as I have with paint. With all that set - here goes:

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Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Firstly Primers... Before I get into the manufacturers, I am going to talk briefly about what color to prime in, what technique to use, whether 100% coverage matters or not. The simple answer I have is - experiment. Whatever works for you is the right thing to do.
Regarding colors - for years I was a firm user of grey primer because it allowed me to paint whites, yellows, reds and blacks onto the same model with equal ease, more recently (with the acquisition of an airbrush) I have shifted to zenithal white over black for the quick shading help. For your first ever model, maybe prime…

Getting your first paints - Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my guide on getting your first paints. In this part I am going to look into types of paint as well as the brands that are out there.

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Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Acrylic vs Enamel For those of us that grew up making model airplanes, we are probably familiar with the heady scent of turpentine and enamel paints. These are hard wearing, oil-based paints that are the bastion of the hobby modeller. The major problem with enamel paints is that they are not water soluble meaning that brushes and equipment will need cleaning with mineral spirits / white spirit / turpentine / methylated spirits etc. These are not the best chemicals in the world, give off rather potent vapours, may be carcinogenic, are expensive and also destroy paint brushes. There are some excellent uses of enamels and oil based paints in general but, unless you are a pro painter / serious tournament painter I strongly suggest you steer clear of these.

Acrylics are water based, sparing the use of harsh ch…

Getting your first paints - Part 1

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A few months ago, I started routinely stalking r/minipainting and one thing I noticed come up quite a bit is "I'm just getting started, what paints should I get?". Often this will get bundled up in with other more general questions about getting started but I saw a lot of 'what paints next' posts or even just paint specific posts. Often there is a mess of manufacturers vs color sets vs brush/airbrush and so on.

When I moved to the US, I was able to experience first hand the pain of building a paint set from scratch after 3 months in a shipping container dried out basically all the paints I had. I figured I would share my experience and learnings.

The First Rule of Paint Club: Get paint colors for the things you tend to paint. I can't emphasize this enough, especially if you are painting up an army - you don't want to be mixing the main colors of the army for every single model. It's a pain in the arse and it's going to pro…

KublaCon Master Class Bronze

Ok so the title is a bit of a spoiler here but I entered my Librarian model into KublaCon's Painting competition. Despite it being my first real painting competition, for some reason I decided to put it up for the Master Class. Although Kubla's not the Crystal Brush awards, it does attract some supremely talented artists like Michael Kleinman, David Diamondstone and Seth Amsden. The competition was pretty fierce and I soon noticed that a individual model as the lone entry was well below what other participants were looking to do with busts, monsters and dioramas being the big hitters. Despite this, I was able to secure bronze in the Master Class at the con! I am very pleased with the result. I really love this model and it's great to have some recognition for it. I am currently waiting with baited breath for feedback (expecting 'needs more contrast') as I think this is really the best bit of a real painting contest.

The full list of winners can be seen here:

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