I pulled the worst mini I could find in the box to chip the ice off my fingers and chop it out of my brain. The downside to that is painting on a blurry amateur cast of inferior metal sucks. So I soldiered through a couple sessions messing around just to get the basic techniques fresh in my mind again, washes and drybrushing and layering (oh my!). I will not be posting the results of this experiment. The eyes, Boo…go for the bug-eyes!
Last night I pulled a decent cast from an old box of gnoll troops. The pose is awful, it’s one of a troop, so very generic. But the casting is better and the metal is good, so the painting experience went much better. Got the base coats done on Anonymous Gnoll #4.
I also had Anonymous Gnoll #1 and #2 looking on, painted somewhen in the 90s. I am heartened by the comparison and excited to start the advanced layers. I’ll compile the pics when I finish him up.
The reason for this post is two-fold. One, to refute Sheepherder’s assumption that my miniatures are all pewter 🙂
But also, to show the battered survivors of my childhood. The lead miniatures of the late 70s and early 80s. I’m not sure if this is all of them, I just ran through the boxes and grabbed the ones I was sure were that vintage.
About half of the paint jobs are from that era, the other half painted in the 90s. We used to use red bases with a black wash as a rule in my gaming group, I forgot to red base a couple when I painted them in the 90s, but a few (the flesh golem and axeman) are 90s paint jobs with red bases.
We played a lot with them, so they’re pretty beat. Changing from lead to pewter was probably a good idea, the lead was so malleable that everything is dented or dulled. We used giant slabs of plexiglass and grease pencils for laying out maps, at my house I also had a large chalkboard tabletop.
So, here’s my desk. It’s the one I had when I was a kid, so it’s ancient. How the heck did it survive? The top was refinished once after I moved out of the house at 18, and it desperately needs it again. I hate to lose the jottings I did in the 90s, but it’s pretty grungy after being in storage for ten years. I’m considering adding a larger top and some shelves, I never realized how tiny it was. Need some decent lighting, my old swing-arm is broken, so I grabbed the little guy to fill in for now.
The Desk v1.0
Some scribblings from the late 90s. Working on wing crests, gems and Space Wolves insignia for WH40k marines. Also some shield art, but it never made it to a mini afaik.
Paint scribbles on The Desk v1.0
Hi there. I’m going to use this page as a drop zone for my return to painting miniatures.
Some background: I painted when I was a kid (art major), but I was never very good at painting minis. In the early 90s I gave it another try and was finally getting to a point where I could appreciate my work when my career got going and I left off painting. Certainly didn’t help that almost every local hobby shop went under and I couldn’t find the paints I had always used, since the local Floquil Polly S was bought out by Testors and the fantasy line apparently was dropped in the transition. Blah.
I traded my old dusty M:tG cards to a hobby shop in Syracuse for the complete range of Vallejo Game System paints, got some poor to mediocre brushes from a local craft shop, pulled my old painting desk out of storage. I think I’m ready to paint!
Thanks to IainC and the other painters at f13 for inspiration.