This winter has been a long wintery swamp of prep, what with the arm not wanting to hold anything still for any length of time and all.
Also several kickstarters have started delivering product, flooding me with lots and lots of miniatures to prep, and far too much to choose from… what little time I have had to spare has been spent sifting through all the goodies and subsequent masses and masses of prepwork. so there has not been a lot painting being done.
To try to break this single-tracked state of affairs, I have decided to try to enter the Reaper Beauty Pageant, where the entrants have to paint Damian the Helborn wizard,
Chuggin’ along…even though it has been several weeks since last session, I should be able to reach the deadline by Valentines Day,
The Black Metal outfit I originally intended was, well, too Black. So I have used some colour with black washes to darken them, He is stil blackish, but not monochrome. Next up…spikes and metal plates!
I have also decided to make a custom base, using a base stamp for the first time. Therefore I have pinned him to an old paint pot for handling while painting. Also a first for me, but definately not the last! That made it so much easier to hold the mini.
The second thing I did to break the swamp of prep, was to do a large unit of something really easily and quickly painted, so as to get some sense of accomplishment. The choice fell on a block of giant rats for my skaven horde. 34 of the little blighters to be precise.
The lot of them took only a few hours all together.
I mounted them on Manic bases, because I wanted to see how it would end up. I cut down the broccoli base to fit the manticbase 10mm hole, one of the skeletons need to be cut loose altogether, as it had a far too wide stance. The broccoli base was still fine for filling the hole,
I also painted each one with a different colour combo just to see how they turned out. the picture doesnt really show that.
The thin Bones are really bendy. Which makes them a bit difficult to drybrush. Also the details are quite soft, especially in the faces. So they end up getting a slop’n'go paint job. They will probably get hidden in some unit anyway.
Fourth, this one is some weeks since I did.
Another slop’n'go (many of those lately) with a reaper bones ghast (or whatever) and two mantic Ghouls bringing up the rear.
This is intended as a rank-filler in a large unit of ghouls or zombies.