30 Days ago on a Facebook Group a really nice guy called Andrew posted about his 30 minis in 30 days challenge and invited people to join him.
I want to start off by thanking him for this idea!
Over the last 30 days I have accomplished so much more then I would’ve by just painting.
I’ve accomplished more then just putting paint on 30 minis
So I’ve made a list of things I’ve accomplished and realised whilst sharing the pictures of all the minis.
Brush Control– Putting Brush to Mini everyday has improved my ability to control where the brush goes. Almost every mini has painted eyes.
Colour Control– By thinning paints with washes and glazes I’ve been able to understand that making colours bolder is a skill unto itself
Having a reference or plan helps– Prior to this challenge I was painting because I needed to get them out of the way and off my conscious so I didn’t feel the Hobby Guilt. By having an idea of what colours/palette/finish I was aiming for I enjoyed the aspect of actually painting.
Sometimes things don’t go to plan– That’s not a bad thing. But I’ve learnt when to say “Done!” and be happy with what I have learnt.
Painting Groups/Mobs need a little extra thought– Jumping to a different thing everyday kept things fresh, but I occasionally forgot what colours I used to get certain effects so either do a stage of them together or keep notes.
Don’t Rush!-Yea, painting this cyclops was painful, 8 hours was knackering but I like the finished product and can’t wait to slay her in a dungeon!
Not all minis are equal– Sometimes you have a favourite and want to do your best, sometimes the mould has slipped, sometimes you want to try something new. It adds character to your collection.
I’m not a photographer– But I’m getting better and I’m making a lightbox
Try New Things and Find Out How– I’ve tried loads of different techniques over the last month, by trying I know I can do better next time, by asking I can learn the secrets of how to do it easier.
Don’t Just Paint What You Know- Trying different models meant seeing the same thing in different ways and changed the way I thought about layers and highlights because sculptors do things differently too .
You don’t have to paint!- If you aren’t in the mood don’t feel bad.
I kept beating myself up with this aspect and it stopped me from painting in general.
Love All The Minis! Early in the challenge I had a chance to get my hands on some resin casts for a kickstarter by the Old School Miniatures Company (oldschoolminiatures.co.uk) I’m super grateful for the chance to paint them. It gave me a new outlook on painting all my minis because of it!
Most people will probably just call this common knowlede, but sometimes if you get stuck in a rut don’t feel guilty just take a break and come back later.
I have fallen out of love with Army Painter stuff now. It’s great for the price but the more I was painting the more issues I had with consistency and it got annoying.
For my next painting challenge I’m going to be getting the Green Horde (The horde minis) painted using a £20 paint set that should be arriving tomorrow.
I’ll be trying to get them looking tabletop ready but individual with minimal effort and avoiding burn out.
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In the meantime, Plans are still going ahead for building the terrain however it’s taking longer then expected to gather all the materials together!
Fight On & Roll High