Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Drowning in starter sets...

Okay, I admit it. I love starter sets.

With the recent surge in skirmish type miniature/table top games, there have been a lot of starter sets on the market. This makes getting into a game easy and more affordable than ever. And the quality of the miniatures has certainly gotten better. Add in Kickstarter backing and there is no end in sight to new games!

After years of painting commission work, I never really got the chance to play. Now that I'm back painting I've started accumulating starter sets left and right. It also represents a chance to reacquire my old painting skills: I can speed paint on the line troops, and take a bit of time and effort on the commander/leader models.

First, it was the Hordes (Mark II) starter set. And then came Infinity: Operation Ice Storm. And a KS for Heavy Metal Gear. And then Wild West Exodus. And on, and on, and on... especially when a new starter box comes out for a faction in Infinity. I really love the work that Corbus Belli is doing with their miniature lines/factions. Outstanding stuff.

Anyway, as I paint my way through the next group I keep looking forward to what I'll discover next. The wish list is already pretty long...

Happy holidays,


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sometimes only an airbrush will do...

Sometimes, you just want the smoothest layer you can get on a miniature. And you can't use a brush. So when this happens, I break out my airbrush. Really, it isn't just for priming you know ;-)

Here I use some sticky tack and a sculpting tool to carefully mask off the area on the miniature I want to paint. Trust me, a little patience goes a long way when you're doing this task.

Then I just apply my paint via my Iwata HP-C. No muss, no fuss.

I carefully peel away the sticky tack and I'm finished.

You'll have to wait a bit to see the finished miniature, I'm afraid.