Showing posts from October, 2018

365 minis painted in 2018!

I am super excited to be able to say I completed my goal of averaging a mini/day in 2018! It's been a fairly absorbing task and has left me largely unable to paint for competitions, it has however hammered into the mountain of unpainted minis (particularly for boardgames). So to keep moving forward, I have a new target - 500!!! This should also mean I will have fully painted 5 boardgames this year (Space Hulk, Burning of Prospero, Mansions of Madness, Descent & TMNT: Shadows of the Past). Completed: (369 + 34 small) Space Hulk:  20xSpace Hulk door stands, Chalice, C.A.T. , 23 Genestealers Mansions of Madness: Darrell Simmons, William Yorrick, Gloria Goldberg, Carolyn Fern, Joe Diamond, Monterey Jack, Bob Jenkins, Dexter Drake, Vincent Lee, Mandy Thompson, Sister Mary, Father Mateo, Tommy Muldoon, Diana Stanley, Finn Edwards, Preston Fairmont, Carson Sinclair, Charlie Kane, Agatha Crane, Lily Chen, Minh Thi Phan, Wilson Richards, Marie Lambeau, Akeche Onyele, Rita Yo

How to talk about colo(u)r

Over the last couple of years, I have gotten much more serious about painting. This blog really charts my progress and some of the revelations I've had along the way. much of my focus has been around technique and tools (helloooo Airbrush!). Having some moments of introspection of the last couple of weeks however I realized how much stronger my grasp of theory has become. This is, I think, something that comes naturally as you become more critical in how miniatures look - particularly when you obsess over it as much as I do. The realization for me was largely driven by questioning why I was loving some pics on Instagram and not others. Why does this Imperial Fist Primaris pop and not that one? Why does that cool custom Ork battlewagon look a bit flat? These are really good questions to ask yourself, they can help identify where some black lining may be helpful, or an edge highlight... but they can also lead to learnings on composition and colour theory. SDub aka Miniac has

Raggy joins the CK Studio team!

In the main, I am far to English to go around tooting my own horn, but I feel this occasion warrants some yelling from the rooftops. I am now Community Coordinator for CK Studios ! Regular readers of the blog will have seen the various posts I have made in the past following classes I have taken with CK Studios. It's not an exaggeration to say that Kat and Caleb are the single biggest reason for my painting improvement over the last 2 years and it's a huge thrill to get to work with them. Not just that but several other incredible teams are also joining the Studio. Sam Lenz ( Blog ,  Facebook ,  Instagram ) - I first heard of Sam through Uncle Atom's Tabletop minions and have seen the many amazing works he's done. Sam's also an advocate of cheap brushes for 90% of painting, something I am also a firm believer in. Vince Venturella ( YouTube ,  Twitter ) - Vince's YouTube channel has been a must subscribe for me for a long time. Vince has a fantastic

The Descent!

Hey Folks! It's been a while, but this hobbyist has not been idle. Coming off the warm-fuzzies of knowing that I'd worked through all the Mansions of Madness minis I have. I wanted to keep up the momentum. Slightly hindered by some business travel, I have still had an amazingly productive 2 weeks. 62 minis worth of productive in fact! I currently have 168 Descent monsters, so I've painted more than 1/3 of them in two weeks which feels great. Of course, as with the Mansions of Madness, I'd done all the prep and some fairly extensive airbrushing work to get a jump start on them. Best of all at 296 minis for the year so far - I'm ahead of my mini/day average at this point! I haven't really been taking the time to get step by steps on these models, but one of the things that I have been using these models to practice is drybrushing. Although the models lack detail, the detail they have is often quite exaggerated to make sure it carries in the casting pr