Showing posts from October, 2012

How I Strip Painted Miniatures...

Sometimes you may have old miniatures lying around that you want to refresh with a better paint job.

Or maybe you bought some second hand from Ebay or elsewhere and the paint job is either not what you'd like or too thick to try painting over.

If so then this may be just what you need.

I've had a few people talk to me about this recently so I decided to quickly put this article together.

I grabbed a couple of old miniatures from my bits-box (one metal, one plastic... I have not used this on resin/finecast) to go through this step by step.

What you WILL need:

- miniatures to be stripped
- a suitable container (I use old jars, tupperware, take-away containers...)
- a cheap/old toothbrush
- Fairy Power Spray

What you MAY need:

- a pin/needle or fine tipped scalpel
- somewhere safe to put the miniatures to dry (away from small children and such.)

First I usually coat the bottom of the chosen container with a little of the spray, just to ensure even coverage of the miniatures.

The miniatures are…

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :02 - Finished her first lesson...

Right... Finally got around to taking some pictures of Dagan's first lesson...

So here we are, Dagan's Ork on the Left, mine on the right.

In the previous two posts we had gone over:

- painting a neat base coat

- laying down a wash coat

And this was the final step for her first lesson:

- Using the original base colours to highlight the figure back up

I think she's done a awesome job, she was very pleased with it too.

A very neat, tabletop level.

I said her,

"If at 11 years old she can paint like this with just a little effort, then when she's older she'll be a fantastic miniature painter..."

Take care,


Terrain : Temple Rock - w.i.p. part:1

I haven't made any large pieces of scratch built gaming terrain for probably going on years now.

So when I finally had some space to work on on our tables and had some drive, I had a quick look through my junkyard of collected bits and got to work without a plan.

Quick rundown of materials I grabbed:

Hot glue gun
Extendable craft blade
Insulation foam board
MDF board
Plastic temple

Please excuse the slightly blurred images, I took quick snaps as I was working...

The MDF base was one I had already cut to shape some time ago when I was going to make a large hill, it got put to one side but handily was just the perfect size for this project.

The building itself is the temple from the Dark World board game, it's been just sat waiting for the right project and I hot glued it to the thinner end of the base before working on the rock face.

(I grabbed a nearby figure to give a sense of scale.)

The rock face is constructed out of chunks of insulation foam, it is built up around some blocks of th…

Why has it been so quiet..?

Hello out there...

Sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here recently...

But life just has a way of taking you by surprise with a swift kick to the happy sack sometimes...

My mother and I both were really ill with an unknown Streptococcal infection, I was completely delirious for near on a week and quarantined from the rest of my family. But the anti-biotics the doctors prescribed did the job and we're a hell of a lot better now...

Also during this time we had a series of water leaks pouring through the light fittings of the kitchen, the ceiling has been gutted and the place re-plumbed and more work is being done (plastering etc).
So the house is a bit of a disaster area, the room with all my hobby materials has been used as storage for pretty much everything from the kitchen...

But once the madness has settled down I'll try and get back up to speed and get some more articles posted up...

Until then, take care everyone.


Mask of Death Arrived!!!

I got an awesome parcel delivered today...

I backed the Kickstarter project that was based upon the hilarious movie The Gamers:Dorkness Rising and have just received the adventure supplement The Mask of Death, which the protagonist are playing in the movie.

It is full colour and signed by the cast and has some quite fun but quite ridiculous pieces of custom content for Pathfinder (Feats mentioned in the movie that didn't exist in the "Core Rules").

I also got a "Mound of dead bards" miniature along with it...


I'm looking forward to putting it together and painting it up, but i know I'm going to be tempted to use it sometime...

Maybe a kingdom where bards are forbidden... Or a rough tavern that doesn't take kindly to joviality...

Anyway... that's all i wanted to post up...

Take care everyone.


Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01.5?

I managed to take a couple of snaps before the school run of the miniatures post-wash but pre-highlight.

(apologies for my image quality of late... I've not really had time or space to set up my shots properly...)

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it was my daughter's 11th birthday recently.

Dagan had expressed an interest in getting into the gaming hobby, so for her birthday my gift to her was a new set of brushes and one on one personal tuition.

I am by no means a master figure painter, but I know enough to teach her the lessons many of us only discover after many years of trial and error.

I decided to keep things as simple as possible so I don't overload her with too much information and to combat the notorious short attention span of a child.

So, it had to be quick, relatively easy and at least look half-decent afterward.

Therefore I'm going to teach her these basic steps:
- neat basecoat
- wash layer
- simple highlight with original base colours

(And during this session I've also been slipping in little tid-bits about brush control, brush care and shown her little examples of different techniques...)

I dug out two Warhammer 40,000 Ork boyz from the many I have lying around, she has …

Paste Table Gaming Boards - W.I.P. part :01

After many years of use much of my terrain collection needs refurbishing and/or replacing.

I am also in need of some new gaming boards because I gave all my older ones to friends to give them the means to play games at their homes too.

(I had a poke around in the dark recesses of my hard-drive and dug up some old pics...)

My first gaming board was actually an old fold out card gaming table that my grandfather gave me as a child, the table top turned and then opened up like butterfly wings and the gaming space was just a little under 4'x4'.

(Unfortunately no pictures of this... I miss that table, it was very nice... But it didn't hold up to the rigours of a ham-fisted wargaming youngster...)

My second boards were four 4'x2' pieces of chipboard with duct-taped edges and painted with textured paint (both sides, 2 brown, 2 grey, 4 green I think but it's been a long time. They were usually balanced on paste tables for play (i had four so two games could play simultaneous…

Quick Textured Bases

When I was putting my hobby room back to rights after the kitchen work had been completed. I discovered that my packet of Das air drying clay had accidentally come open whilst in storage. The end of the clay was almost dry so I cut it away, re-wrapped the rest of the clay and stored it.

I then grabbed my box of bases and set to quick work using what i could of the drying clay to make some textured bases.

These images are what of what I managed to throw together for about 10 minutes work:

I just worked quickly dipping my fingers in water and manipulating/spreading the clay into the space on some lipped bases. I mainly just tried to get an undulating uneven ground look to most of them.

Then while the clay was still a little wet and workable, I used some metal wax carving tools to texture them in different ways. I don't know how well you can see in the images, but I went for dry rocky/slate like formations on some and even did a couple of quick cobblestone bases too.

A small amount of the…