I offered to paint up some RPG characters for a random person at my FLGS. I only got one suggestion, a half-elf paladin with a green knight vibe. Turanil here was a great candidate, and he got painted up over the course of last weekend. MSP Grass Green, up through Reaper NPP Poison Green and MSP Alien Goo for the highlights. Used Violet Shadow for color contrast in the shadows. NMM because I was feeling like it (Reaper’s Gold NMM Triad for the golds, various blues for the steel).
In 2018, I was part of the Warmachine Painting Group’s Point-a-Day challenge (on Facebook). As a result, I painted up over 4 armies worth of minis over the course of 2018! (2018 Miniatures) Unfortunately, I didn’t get as many non-Privateer Press miniatures painted up. So for 2019, I’m still going for the Point-a-Day challenge, but it will be points according to my own system. So the goal is to paint 30 points of models a month (plus extra random days) for at least 365 for the year.
- Standard sized miniature, solo: 6 points
- Unit of standard-sized miniatures (unit size 2-3): 4pt/each
- Unit of standard-sized miniatures (unit size 4-5): 3pt/each
- Unit of standard-sized miniatures (unit size 6-10): 2pt/each
- Medium sized miniature (ie, would fit on a 40mm base): 10 points
- Large miniature (ie, 50mm base): 15 points
- Huge miniature (80mm or larger): 30 points
In addition, I have a goal of ending the year with fewer unpainted miniatures than when I started. According to my Google Spreadsheet, I have 998 unpainted miniatures. Current 2019 delta: +0
Not a paint job… or even a “miniature”
A friend recently took a trip to Southeast Asia, saw this in a store and picked it up for me. It’s a stupid cheap robot toy for kids. Blatant ripoff of PP’s IP. They also have a Khador ‘jack and GW Terminator mixed in there. Probably the rest in the series are just IP I don’t recognize. I love the complete inattention to detail, including the grooves where the boiler should be (the grooves are probably there to help the glue have something to grab). It’s bigger than the real thing, but bulgy and the proportions are weirdly stretched. Also, the paint job’s pretty bad, but not too bad considering how cheap a toy it is.
The real Ironclad is like “WTF?”
ReaperCon ’16 was just as amazing as always. The best part is always hanging out with everyone – I got to see Mocha, nyteflyer (sic?), Paul, SGHawkins, leopardpixie and so many others. I took a bunch of great classes – Painting Difficult Colors with Jen Greenwald; Painting Expressive Faces with Derek Schubert; Fur, Feathers and Scales with Derek Schubert; Dirty and Distressed with Greg Zuniga, and Airbrush Finishing Techniques with Caleb from CK Studios. I entered a few minis into the contest; Chisel won a Bronze in Painters (expected), and Lug won a Silver in Ordinance (not expected). I managed to control myself, and only purchased 4 miniatures – which means I came home with 31 between freebies and melt. I got a new airbrush from Badger, so expect to hear more about that soon, and a new backdrop from Hanger 18. A few extra paints and some other misc stuff.
Since last ReaperCon, I’ve focused mostly on improving the speed at which I can paint figures to a tabletop standard, and I’ve mostly been painting miniatures at that level. Last ReaperCon (18 months ago) my plan was to paint something just for ReaperCon, at the highest quality I could do. While that’s still a noble goal, and the probably the best way to judge my maximum skill level, I just don’t see myself having fun doing that, and having fun is the entire point of painting for me. That means I’m not planning on finishing that elf bust in the next month. I’m still planning to bring something to ReaperCon, but I won’t be aiming for a Silver. I’m unsure of which minis I should bring, but everything I’ve painted at tabletop level has some definite shortcuts that will lose me big points with the judges (one of the things I learned from previous years is that your mini must be consistently high quality, not just high quality in one or two areas and decent elsewhere). So I’ll just grab 2-3 minis where I think I did a consistently decent job and submit those. Honestly, I think the best minis I painted since ReaperCon were exchange minis that are now in someone else’s hands. Because I’ve been painting lots of Warmahordes, I will probably bring a few of those.
A 1-point mercenary solo I’ll be throwing into the occasional Khador list, when I’m a point short. He repairs jacks.
I painted up the miniature fairly quickly (I’m taking this week off work, so I had plenty of time to work on him today), but it was a surprisingly fun sculpt. I think he’s got a lot of character, with that hat, tools tucked everywhere and the cigar. I got to use lots of different metallic paints, and I also tried out VMC Dried Rust effects. I’m kinda meh on it, but it’s definitely better than trying to do it with regular paints.