Archive for the ‘painting’ Category

ReaperCon 2010 winners gallery up (finally)

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Reaper have finally posted the gallery of the winners of the painting competitions on their site.

Painting in a hurry (Dip Technique)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Now I’ve never tried this, but it sounds like an easy way to get reasonable paint effects for the least amount of effort. Useful for when you are in a hurry! This usually means you have a platoon/horde/unit of figures primed for that next battle and you’ve left painting them till a couple of days before the event!

Take a look at these sites of people who have attempted dipping (with various levels of success)…
Phil does the dip!
The screaming alpha
Black Powder Gaming
There and blog again

And here is a couple of videos from one of the better (from blog reviews) products to use…

You can get some quickshade dip straight off ebay


Picture Description Price Total Bids Time remaining
The Army Painter Quickshade Soft Tone Miniature Paint NEW $35.00 3d17h43m
The Army Painter Quickshade – Soft Tone Quick Dip $15.00 4d17h36m
Army Painter Quick Shade Quickshade Soft Tone NEW 250ml $26.89 5d13h30m
The Army Painter Warpaints and Quickshade Inks Soft Tone Ink $2.85 6d11h14m
Army Painter QUICK SHADE DARK TONE £19.99 1d05h13m
Army Painter QUICK SHADE SOFT TONE £19.99 1d05h13m
Army Painter QUICK SHADE STRONG TONE £18.99 1d05h14m
The Army Painter Quickshade – Soft Tone Quick Dip £15.00 4d17h36m




Going to have to try this out myself sometime soon.

Angela Imrie’s take on NMM (Non-Metallic Metal)

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

NMM or Non-Metallic Metal is a painting technique to reproduce the look of shiny metal without using metallic paints. In order to do this you need to mimic the reflective properties of the metal and the way the metal imparts its own colouration to the objects reflected within in.

Jet Lignite Jewellery

Wikipedia Image of Jet Jewellery - Some animal eyes look like this…


The NMM technique can also be applied to gemstones and glass materials as the painting techniques are essentially the same, although the reflective properties are different since with glass and (to a much lesser extent) gems you can see through to the objects on the other side.

Some animal’s eyes could be considered to be very like jet (lignite). Keep it black for small animals like guinea pigs and hamsters; a touch of brown for deer or horses; green or red for various dungeon dwelling monsters.


Check out Angela’s site on NMM painting techniques, including examples of her painted works having this technique applied.


Also take a look Elfwood’s Fantasy Art Resource Project for tips from the artist perspective.


This video also shows the technique being performed on a miniature’s sword.

Converted Lanura Windsong (Painted Minature Of The Week)

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Should have got this out on friday… A flawless conversion in my opinion, Dulineal (on the reaper forum) said…

This is Agáta Vicárius, a character in our Solomon Kane game. It’s really my first attempt at a “little more than minor, but not quite major” conversion. I swapped out her weapons on both hands and sculpted a shirt for her (she originally had a bare midriff). Lesson learned: rough conversions = rough painting surface. Practice, practice, practice…

Reaper Miniatures, Lanura Windsong, Converted and Painted by Dulineal

Throwing some light on the subject

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Well I had to go and talk about the lovely weather and now… Well let’s just say I can paint figures indoors to my hearts content. So about that lighting issue?

Floodlamp Desk Lamp


Well you could try maximising light output with something like this “football stadium” floodlight style lamp… Great for keeping an eye on your can of lager during the forthcoming world-cup.

But in reality it is really the quality of the light and type of light rather than the amount (though the amount does count).

Best bet is to take a look at what architects and artists use for their lighting.

Helix VL2 Desk Lamp

Helix VL2 Desk Lamp


Helix or Daylight fluorescent tube lamps come out high in a lot of reviews. This particular one (the Helix VL2) seems particularly well suited to hobbies involving painting small objects…

I would also recommend backfilling the room with your standard top-lighting, and assuming it is daytime as much natural light as possible. This will fill-out the areas of the light spectrum where un-natural lighting under performs.

How do you light your painting environment? Just regular household lighting, or something more cunning?