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2019 – A Year in Review

A lot has changed for me over the last year and I wanted to have a look back at some of the things I have achieved over it. Last year, I was teaching full time at a primary school. I had a lovely class of children and great colleagues too. Unfortunately, being a teacher means that you have no real time to do anything else. Weekends are spent working and worrying and trying to get ahead of the demands placed on you. Hobby-wise, not a great deal happened in the first part of the year, however I do have a few pictures I can share in regards to what I did:

Night Lords, Ahriman, Tzeench demons and Reaver Titans galore!

The first part of the year saw me trying some new techniques, experimenting with freehand a bit more and working on skills I already had. I left my job as a teacher in May due to mental health and decided to become a miniature painter instead. It is not easy, but I have never been healthier. I went on a painting course and gained insight, and validation, into what I have been doing.

Here are some of my favourites from the previous six months:

June and July saw me working on miniatures for Everchosen, in which I came Third in the Open and Second in the Everchosen category – by one point! I also painted Mephiston for a good friend. I love working on dioramas and want to do more of them in the coming year.

In August I went on a painting course and learned how to use an airbrush – another skill I want to work on in the new year. I also began working on a large commission of D&D scenary miniatures for the local games store, which took most of October to complete.

In November, I painted a lot of Space Marines. Mainly Iron Hands. I also learned how to lighten pictures and so managed to begin taking better ones. I also finished Shalaxi, who is one of the best painted miniatures I have ever done.

December was a quiet month mainly due to illness and travelling and winter craziness, however I did paint the Sisters of Battle boxed set, which was fun.

Going forward, I have a few things I want to work on in the coming year:

  • Non Metallic Metals
  • Airbrush techniques
  • Creating dioramas
  • Conversions
  • Painting a whole army!

I have a lot to work on in January and some good ideas to work on too. I am looking forward to it!

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Dungeons and Doggies!

 

I have been very busy lately with other things and so haven’t had the chance to write a blog post recently. That changed this week when everything seemed to settle back to normal.

I was commissioned to paint some Dungeons and Doggies miniatures and they were a lot of fun to work on. They are made by Steamforged Games – the same company who made the Critical Role miniatures – and were really well done. The detailing on them is really good and I would recomment them to anyone who wanted to paint something a bit different and fun. Here is how they turned out:

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I have a hard time deciding which one I like best in all honesty, and I hope the person I painted them for will be thrilled when they see the dogs in the flesh.

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D&D minis – Finished

I finished the large D&D miniatures today and dropped them off at the store. It was quite the project, and it took a good while to complete, but here it all is.

It wouldn’t all fit in one shot so I had to take a couple. This doesn’t show the small bits either, like coin pouches or levers. It was fun to work on, but I will admit that I am glad to see the back of it now, and to have the space back in the hobby room as well.

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Update!!

It seems to have been ages since I posted anything on here. The reason for this is that my urrent projects have been taking a while to complete. I am so close to finishing the D&D miniatures for Stronghold Games that I can really smell the finish line (It smells like varnish). They have taken a long time due to the sheer number of miniatures I have had to get through, and I shall be very glad when they are done.

I have also been working on Shalaxi. All the blue and purple is now finished on this wonder and I am left with the non-metallic metal, both silver and gold, as well as the bead chains and the base. I hope to have both of these done by the end of the week.

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I have set up a Patreon as well for those who want to support me. This goes far better than I thought it would and can only thank those people for their support here too. If you are interested I am here: https://www.patreon.com/Heretic_Deb It’s only $2 as I wanted to keep it really cheap for people; a bit like a ‘tip-jar’ if you will. It has my tutorials on it as well as some other little bits here and there, a lot of it relating to Abaddon and Teal!

I’ve also got these to work on, and a commission for D&D Dogs as well. I will not be quiet over the next week, that much is certain!

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Critical Role Miniatures: Mighty Nein

This set of miniatures is a lot better than the others. There was much less warping of the plastic and the mould lines were far smaller. Detailing on the miniatures was still not amazing, however it was more defined than the other ones. I definitely preferred painting this group and even got to experiment a bit with different skin colours – purple, blue and green. I don’t know who the characters are really, so googling them to find out what they were supposed to look like was also rather fun. Perhaps I should give the show a listen.

Anyway, here they are in all thier D&D type glory…

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D&D Scenary

I have spent the majority of the past two days painting bits of the large D&D scenary commission for Stronghold Games. Mostly what I have done is wooden items – barrels, beds, chairs, tables and that sort of thing. While it is not the most interesting thing I have ever had to paint (that’s Ahriman and the Ahrimen if you want to know), it has been fun. Most of the bits don’t take that long to paint, so it’s a ‘quick’ win in that regard and I like the idea of people using the bits to create scenes for their games. It will add a big visual element to playing and I know that is a good thing as I have done so myself.

I created a small scene in the light box using some of the bits I have painted today and one of the Mighty Nein who is awaiting basing!

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I really like the plush looking chair, though I am not sure how comfortable that bed would be!

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Critical Role: Vox Machina Miniatures

I won’t lie, I bought this miniatures with the intention of painting them and selling them on. I am not a fan of the show particularly, though the bits I have heard were amusing. I must say I prefer playing table top than listening to others do so. That said, I thought the miniatures would be different to paint and a break from what I usually do.

They were a break. I was not all that impressed with the quality of them however. The quality left a bit to be desired in my eyes. Most of them needed heating and bending back into shape and the mould lines on some of them were particularly bad. If I had backed this on the original kick-starter, I would have been disappointed with the result. I even found air bubbles on one of the miniatures, which is never a good thing! At least it was a relatively small one and didn’t affect the overall look of the miniature.

I did my best with the painting on them. Some of the details were so shallow in the design that they are absent from the finished product. I know Grog is meant to have tattoos on his head, but they just don’t show up. Scanlan’s facial expression is also a little amusing if you look at it closely. One side seems to be smiling, the other seems to be fixed in an evil grin! Anyway, here they are all finished:

I know the show is popular so it is a real shame that the quality in these miniatures is lacking, especially with the high standards that are around from other companies.

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The Week Ahead.

I have really enjoyed the weekend, as well as creating some more wine – Rosehip from fruit I pilfered from the field, I worked on Shalaxi. I was trying layering as I mentioned in my previous blogpost. I have had today off, which has been great, but tomorrow I need to get on with the work. So, here is what’s on the cards:

D&D Miniatures – I have more of the scenary to work on for the games store. The dragon is finished but there are still a great many packs to go through, small and large scenary parts to work on.

D&D Dogs – This is a commission from a client refered from a friend, they are cute looking creatures and should be a lot of fun too.

D&D Critical Role sets – I am not a fan of the series personally but the miniatures looked intersting and there are some fun looking characters too. They will be a big change from the usual Space Marines I paint at least.

Shalaxi – This is a personal miniature and although I really loved working on it over the weekend, I am unsure when I will fit it in this week. I hope to do a bit more at least as it helps me refine that layering skill which I consider myself to still be learning.

Here is a picture, because I feel a post with no picture is pretty dull!

 

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D&D Miniatures – Dark Lord’s Tower

I have been commissioned to paint a lot a Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures for the local games store. The majority of it is scenary, which differs greatly from what I usually paint. It is a welcome challenge, and there is a great deal of it. I started with the two sets of Dark Lord’s Tower – it is all made by Mantic – and decided to have a bit of fun with some neon pink paint…

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I had no idea how well the pink would go through the airbrush, but it turned out pretty well. I had to spray it over white to get the vibrancy I was after, and it took a bit of thinning to prevent it clogging the brush up. The glow effect from the portal looked pretty neat in the end though and I now know those neon paints can be airbrushed.

One of the other packs is a lot of treasure, so I have spent some time painting piles of gold, silver, armour and treasure chests. Not the most exciting thing I have ever painted, but they do look good when they’re done!

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In other news, there is also a dragon!