Returning to the Real World! Plus a quick thoughts and impressions on Subscription Miniature Boxes

Ho fellow hobbyists!

Apologies for the radio silence over the last few weeks. I haven’t abandoned you I have just been a little busy getting married and enjoying an all-inclusive romp around St Lucia.

Before I go musing I hope you have all been well and it would be great to see your comments with what you have been up to for the last 3 weeks.

When you comment I also go and read your blog too so the more people who comment the more stuff I get to read on my breaks at work also during my walk to and from work.

What you don’t believe me? I promise I have, plus I want an excuse to show off a wedding picture 😀

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Anyway…

With all the hubbub and wedding stuff I have had literally zero chances to really do anything other than think about minis, which didn’t happen much either to be honest.

However, I have ended up with a big backlog of minis to do and its left me feeling a little like I’m in over my head again. But its not going to stop me from painting this time not now I have so many goodies to get through.

It was a real mess sorting this out…

Just before I went galavanting off to the tropics Green Horde Wave 2 arrived. Holy Cardboard Cutouts Batman! I think there are around 200 minis to get through including siege engines and Ginormous Dragons!

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Clever Girl…

Additionally, my 2nd Model Box arrived which followed a Legends Theme, perfect for me as I was looking for a pretty Badass mini to paint up as I think my Dragonborn Paladin may die next game…

In other Model Box news I didn’t win the Painting Competition, but, the Winner gave me an insight into what I should be aiming for and wow did he do some great work!

The smooth highlights and the attention to the finer details with such a beautiful choice of colours standing out against the stark, drab backdrop really tells a story, I just love it!

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Congratulations to Matthew Usher! Picture from the Model Box Facebook Page

This month I won’t be entering the competition due to the fact that everything is up in the air right now but I will be practising and attempt to compete another time. More on this soon I’m sure 😉

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It was really nice to see my work pictured on another post though 😀 https://www.facebook.com/yourmodelbox/posts/596112490755366

However just as I was settling down and looking at what projects I should start box 3 arrived as well as the first mini crate that I bought back in April.

With both arriving at the same time, I thought I might have a little comparison and a little ramble based on my thoughts of them both.

Before I continue I think it is prudent to let you know I have paid for both so there is no sponsored bias here what follows is just my own personal thoughts regarding the 2 services.

I will add links to both homepages in case you are interested, just note  I am not an affiliate and you do not have to click them if you don’t want to.

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So Mini Crate is a monthly subscription box where you get an exclusive limited run (at least it seems so) mini that is revealed every month in advance of the subscription being taken from your account.

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I couldn’t resist ordering this Crate because Alten Van Helsing is a pretty beautiful miniature that screams Bloodborne and will look great alongside one of my all time favourite GW minis Aenur Sword of Twilight from Mordheim.

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The packaging is really fun and interesting and the miniature is of a really nice cast and sculpt i really cannot wait to paint him up as a wandering monster hunter possibly in the vain of of Mathias Thulman, a character from Witch Hunter by C. L Werner.

This book is one of my favourites by the way and a really enjoyable fantasy adventure if you can find a printed copy as it is quite an old Black Library book.

 

 

 

Now don’t get me wrong I liked the Mini Crate mini and $18.99 (£14.41) for a mini every month is a wonderful treat! Plus if you make an annual subscription costing $112.99 (£85.77) every 6 months you also get a VIP miniature.

My problem with the mini crate is that there isn’t anything else and the VIP bonus softens the monthly cost slightly but I’m not in a position to shell out that much cash in a single blow, mainly because I’ll forget to save for it).

Also, it took nearly 3months for my first on to arrive which means there is little I can do to plan when I will paint it, and after waiting for so long my eagerness has waned slightly due to the fact I’ve got loads on the backburner at the moment.

So, Mini Crate is a pass for me, unfortunately, but I will keep my eye on their page to see if there is another mini who will join the soon to be troupe of Grim Dark adventurers and monster slayers because the sculpts are amazing and I will paint up Alten, at some point…

If you are interested in the Mini Crate you can check them out at http://www.mini-crate.com

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Moving on to Model Box.

Model box is also a monthly subscription box it costs £21.99($28.97) per month plus shipping (£4.99 to the UK £9.99 internationally).

Now model box runs slightly differently, each month has a theme and within the theme, you will get a box of hobby.

This will include minis, terrain and basing bits, paints and sweets (although I can’t eat  Haribo my Wife loves them so she eats them as she unpacks her Birch box)

If you are interested in what I have received for the last 2 months I think I posted somewhere (I’ve made a note to upload some links if I have)

This months theme was titled War 2.0 and I was seriously blown away by the content.

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Inside the box, I got a whole 10 man squad of Warlord Games Bolt Action Austrailian

Jungle Infantry, a member of Stoessi’s heroes and the next Iteration of the Model Box Fox following the theme for this month(who has been aptly named Rox in case you were curious).

 

 

 

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The full haul from War 2.0

 

 

 

 

This was a bit of a surprise because I actually bought a mini from Warlord Games last week because he was on sale for £2.50 and I couldn’t say no to the style and pose of this guy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

So my thing here is I really don’t like not knowing where my money is going. I tried loot crate for a while and ended up with a load of rubbish apart from a couple pieces of Deadpool memorabilia.

I had the same feelings about Model Box;

Do I really need another box of stuff I won’t ever use? Probably not, I could find a use though,

Do I really care about minis that much? Recently I have found myself looking at them more than game pieces, and I have enjoyed painting so much

Can I not just stick to what I have and finish that?  The last time I did that I burnt out and stopped painting for fun, actually hated it a lot and almost got rid of everything.

Model Box doesn’t have me upset or disappointed so far. I’m actually excited to see what is in the box each month, I mean I don’t paint or play Bolt Action, I don’t know what I’m gonna do with a Machine Gun wielding fox.

But I’ve been given the opportunity to see different brands and different genres without having to do my research or spend ages deciding what I want to pick. The Aussies are pretty great for me because I’ve always loved the Catachan stuff GW do, and now I get to paint them up and attempt new things.

You can probably tell I’m a fan of Model Box. I’m actually a fan of both mini addiction subscription enhancers. But I only have the funds for one and right now I’m staying with Model Box purely because of how it is supporting my hobby by giving me somehting different to paint from the Kickstarter sculpts that, whilst gorgeous, can often get a little samey and lacklustre by the time you paint the same thing for the 15th time…

If you want to check out Model Box you can check them out here: http://yourmodelbox.com/

If you subscribe via this link; http://yourmodelbox.com/?r=38798&s=2072 .You get £2 towards a box and I also get £2 towards mine which is the same for all members so you can also ask your friends if they are subscribers to help them out too.

Again I’m not sponsored or affiliated I just wanted to talk about what is fighting for the hobby time right now.

Still coming up this month I think I have 2 Kickstarter’s inbound and I am going to figure out where to start with this backlog of minis I am expecting a Liono themed mini sometime soon to preview for Lords Of The Motleyverse but I’ll most likely start by finishing off the Carnitaur from Punga Miniatures, because I started him before all the Wedding chaos distracted me 😛

I’m also trying to play around with the layout on here to see if I can find something less plain and more interesting.

In the meantime,

I really need to paint again, it’s like not exercising in a while I can feel a bit of ability fade which has me a little nervous.

Let me know how you are getting along in life, painting and gaming.

Fight On & Roll High,

Lvk

 

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2 Months On- Monday Musings

I can’t believe how quickly the last 2 months have gone it’s absolutely insane!

Its been a while since I posted but the daily grind has taken over my life and wedding prep has been on my mind as we stare down the final 2-week stretch (actually its now only a week to go!)

I’ve still managed to paint every day before work which has resulted in a completed horde for Zombicide: Green Horde. This has meant over 100 minis have been completed in about 2 months which has actually got me feeling a little smug 😀

However, right now I don’t feel like I am pushing my skills forward. I mean the zombies look really great and finishing them off so quickly is an achievement but there wasn’t any actual skill progression involved other than accurate brush control and speed.

To be honest that’s all I ever did for Games Workshop…new core game? Meh bash that out in a night and make a table in half a day to show off the new stuff…

The other day I painted up Lord Dreadcore from Lords of The Motleyverse.

I set myself a little experiment, due to his badassness, to see if I was able to make a lave base out of a bottle cork.

I spent all day painting him up and finishing the base. Personally I really love how he turned out and he is living pride of place on my new PC.

But I feel that I can do better.

When it comes to technique I need something to make me feel uncomfortable, worried and almost make me hate doing it…ok hate doing it is a little too far…

I question myself, what would happen if I spent 2 or 3 sessions painting a miniature? How will that change my technique and approach?

During the 30 days challenge, I was trying glazing, painting white, large models in a day, OSL, NMM etc.

The last month I’ve painted fast…15-20mins per model fast.

I think I may also be experiencing a little hobby fatigue…

It’s my fault; new job, wedding, blog and painting all in the same 2 month period something will give eventually.

So I’ve made a decision.

Compete.

I’m not a very competitive person, when I play games I like the story and killing monsters, I mainly play co-op because I want to make sure I have somebody to talk to for the rest of the night after the game is complete.

Every month Model Box does a painting competition in order to win more goodies which is kinda cool, I don’t think I can win but if I try it means that I have a chance to learn where I stand and what I should look at improving on.

Maybe mixing it up and painting something different is the right way to go.

I’m still setting an objective. I’ve got 1 month to finish a miniature, that’s not too bad it means I can do other projects at the same time such as finish off board game hordes.

There is a slight box of shame feeling going on at the moment because of all the stuff I want to do but not able to do. So focusing on 2 or 3 different projects will mean I can keep focused on my goals.

The projects are no longer specific until started. I’m doing 3 categories:

Batches, Competition, Personal.

I’ve done my batches for the month also achieved my goal to finish them.

Competition- Ive got some final highlights and basing for Cartfox.

Personal- Right now I’ve got 2 Minis that I cant wait to paint.

Battle Doge I think I will be basing him on this and paining it up real nice.

King Shu-Krah- Getting some olive skin, maybe some tattoos and having another go at a Lava Base.

How are your painting lists right now?

Have you got any tips for competitions?

Monday Musings: Limited hobby time, Model Box Impressions and More Plans.

This last week has gone really quick and it’s been a little bit of a shock to the system.
All of a sudden i have gone from a lot of free time, where I could start any project I feel like an being able to complete it whenever I feel like it, to a 9-5 job which has restricts my hobby time to a half-hour in the morning and an hour to an hour and a half in the evening.

My new morning Ritual

Where does the time comes from?

Well in the morning I have a habit of being ready for work and hour before I have to leave and I’ve found painting has been a good little gain workout to get me ready for the day by achieving something before 9. It is a risk by the way…I did get carried away one morning and had to run to work.

I managed to get all the Fatty skin done this morning in about 45mins.

In the evening I’m spending time with my other half making dinner and getting everything ready for the morning but after watching a YouTube video recently by Black Magic Craft who basically spoke about howhe managed to get more done without watching as much TV.

My fiancee loves GBBO

Personally, I normally have something on in the background whilst I’m painting but I’ve really enjoyed the podcasts lately.

Note: Don’t watch GBBO or Countdown when you are painting because you start speeding up hen they play the tense music!

Anyway, hobby time has become limited and right now I am learning about maximising the potential and getting stuff done.
I’m not complaining here , this is not me complaining about the fact I have to work…I really like my new job because it means more minis!
So I have approximately 2hours per day to play with. That’s actually not too had, to be honest I probably get more done in those 2 hours over the occasional binge day of hobby.

What has it meant though?

It just means that I need to plan a little bit more as opposed to my current butterfly like approach of jumping between projects quicker than the wind changes.
Looking back, this approach is what resulted in the Box of Shame and why the 30 days challenge was great for coding testing majority of it out.
Now I have the shelf of Progress, he that just become more positive version of the box of shame?
Yes and no, I am having I prioritise more now which means focusing on singular projects on a week by week basis be knowing what I want to do in that week really helps.
I recently spoke to somebody who runs a free start up business course and he was talking about his monthly reflective sessions here he sits down and looks and what he has completed for the month and how he could be better.
Personally this isn’t something for me, well not to the extent that I was shown, but making a plan seems to work…well more of a list of stuff I want to do in the her future
Right now I have the following stuff on my list:
Green Horde

Green Horde has been the most recent addition to my collection. What I want to do is get them done to a good tabletop standard so I have some to work on the heroes and make them look super nice without being overrun by all the plastic when he second wave arrives in June.

Target : Finish them by 29th May

Model Box

I received my first Model Box this month and astrally impressed by the sheer amount of awesomeness in the box.

This resin piece is so damn pretty!

I’ve always wanted to paint a Ral Partha Mini and this will go well as a Motherworm

Lots of chests and rats meant I could make some intere sting dungeon dressings

I don’t really have a use for most of it, and that’s actually ok!

I mean there was an awesome about of tuff in here that just said Paint Me!!!!!

Now I actually dont like the loot box stuff. But, I think this is something that will be really useful to me.

Why? Is going to give me a chance to try new things every month and give me a bunch of minis that will be different from on going projects.

I’ll be keeping the subscription going for now as it’s an ideal thing for me.

Plus there is a competition every month to win some more stuff so I should attempt to get my Paint on by the end of this month right?

Task: Paint up the Competition Entry

Punga Miniatures Battledoge.

This is just so damn pretty!!!! I have no reason to getting this guy except pure dice god’s be canned prettiness!!

I mean Punga Miniatures need to do some work on their packaging and I need a bigger base but damn it was worth the 3 week wait!!

Target : Make it look pretty sometime soon…Reassess next month

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What do you I should stop buying pretty things and deciding on interesting projects that are just me string excited?

Target: On the back burner for now because I wouldn’t mind sitting down and making these look really cool.

Other stuff:

That was my main set of projects In a little stuck with my terrain build right now because I wanted to send my days off focused on that but my next few days off will be predominantly wedding focused so that’s on hold until I get settled the work and my rota settles down.

Then it’s the 3 main bugbears Guildball, Massive Darkness and Conan…what to do with these? This is a difficult one, but they are on the Paint list too and right now it to ensure that they are finished by the end of the year…I hope…😂🤣

How are your Paint queues looking? Have I over thought this?

Have you got any big projects coming up any time soon?

In the meantime I should probably iron my stuff for work tomorrow.

Fight On & Roll High!

LvK

The Lords of The Motleyverse! Monday Musings

Happy Monday all!

Welcome to the first Monday Musing where I talk about exciting miniature stuff and laugh maniacally because I end up so excited.

Today, I want you to remember back in those Dark ages before the internet.

The ages where Saturday Cartoons reigned upon high.

Conan the Barbarian, GI Joe, Voltron, Transfomers and my personal faves He man & Thundercats!

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Those were the days…

I want to talk about something I’ve been waiting for over a year to arrive now and it’s finally coming to Kickstarter in August!

Last year a relatively new company appeared showing off some really cool looking super heroic 32mm scale minis. The pictures of these minis had me back watching those muscle bound heroes and villains battling it whilst I ate my Frosties and collected the free toy boglins and Monster Wrestlers.

But who was it that was able to grant my wish for tabletop 80s cartoon games?

Enter Robot World Toy, headed by Kevin C Reaves and Marty Henley.

These guys also have alot of love for the very cartoons I grew up on as well as the old school powerhouses of Godzilla and Ultraman I missed out on.

For the past 4 years Kevin and Marty have been developing and play testing Lords of The Motleyverse from am initial concept of Kung Fu battles on a 10″x10″ tabletop and transforming it into a fast paced, skirmish game packed with 80’s references.

Reaching out to Kevin recently, and being a fan of alteration, I was very happy when he referenced Motleyverse as a Multi Model Murderfest !!!

So how does the game work?

Lords of the Motleyverse is a 2-4 Player skirmish game that can be played on a 12″x12″ or 18″x18″ board.

The 4 factions in the game each have their own unique look and abilities.

I’ll speak to the Robot World Team and see if I can get a better picture.

Combat involves punching and kicking your opponents across a board riddled with traps that, from demo videos feels to me like those action scenes in cartoons of yore!

Trap you say?! Yes traps ranging from Moving Buzzsaws and Spike Pits to Man Eating Skull Pillars ready to ruin any and everybody’s day.

What’s more is the core box has 60 custom dice which are used to make attack and defensive rolls and vary depending on the faction and hero type involved.

The intention for the game is to last between 30-90 minutes depending on the amount of players and size of the table. This is great for warm up games before and epic adventure or for those nights where you just want to squeeze a quick battle in.

To see more about gameplay check out some videos over at Robot World Toys YouTube;

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd9Eiu4Zn6eWiTuCjTwwOwA

So what’s got me excited?

Well if you didn’t already know 80s cartoons are awesome and my soon to exist children will have no choice but to watch them on occasion.

The chance to have something like this on the table would add a unique type of action game to my expanding collection of epic games to play with my family and friends.

I would say that I think that a more colourful board would be my only “criticism” about everything I’ve seen so far. Additionally there is definitely an opportunity for a swamp themed board and also a volcano battle.

The minis are a very unique selling point and I have to make a shout out to Kevin’s unique design approach to all the characters because they are looking so cool!

Although if you happen read this Kevin you have missed out on the opportunity to craft up a Liono themed member of the Motleyverse and I will cry with joy if he could fight a King Kong over a Volcano 😉😆.

Just to note; I have not received payment for this I reached out to Kevin and he has been awesomely generous and sent me a Mini to paint up and show off in advance of the August Kickstarter!

So as soon as it arrives I’ll be getting even more excited and will be showing off a surprise mini as well as painting him or her up in a truly awesome style dedicated to the bright cartoons of the 80’s.

In the meantime, mark your callendars and follow Robot World Toys on Facebook and let them know which your favourite minis are:

https://www.facebook.com/Lords-of-the-Motleyverse-220598951669586/

Also if you are a fellow Thundercats Enthusiast bug them for Liono too hahaha.

Fight On & Roll High!

Wishing you all the best week,

LvK

Painting the Plastic Hordes

Ok so Kickstarter is making it so easy to get millions of minis at a relatively low price.

This is how I’ve ended up with so many in a relatively short period of time.

One of the things that happens to me when these games arrive is I get excited open everything get even more excited and then put everything away and wonder how I’m gonna paint it all.

Most of the time the minis in these games fall into 3 categories:

  • Loads of minis that are similar sculpts that are on and off the board quite regularly.
  • Player Characters and main villains who need that extra bit of love.
  • Big Minis like monsters and bosses that need to make an impact.

I suppose that same sentiment can be used to approach war game armies.

However if and when I go back to war games I will be using a very different approach to what I did with my Ogre Kingdom Horde from Warhammer 8th Edition.

For Boardgames the detail, whilst ridiculously amazing for most miniature games, cannot hold a candle to the likes of those released by Games Workshop and as a result most of the time I want tabletop quality especially when it comes to the Hordes of minis.

When I got Black Plague I followed Sorastros method of using army painter dip.

This was a mistake, it was also a mistake for many new painters too, and it’s a method that should be used for more advanced painters who know their paints and brushes.

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I’ve seriously seen minis that have so much dip on them you can’t see the details any more and that makes me sad.

I’m sorry if you ever read this Sorastro, thank you for the guide. But moving forward I hate that stuff and it isn’t as forgiving as washes which provided the same effect.

On the other hand I don’t want to spend forever painting the same 5 sculpts to the best of my ability because I think I’d go insane.

So I need a simple approach that gets a decent standard of painting quickly and without burning out.

What I’m going for right now is testing the approach and seeing how I can do it without getting fed up.

After painting the 40 goblins in Massive Darkness I didn’t paint for about 4 months purely because all I did was paint the same 2 sculpts the same colours 40 times!

I’m not doing this again. It wasn’t fun it wasn’t quick it was easy and they look great but it nearly killed my love of painting altogether.

So Green Horde has 35 Orcs, 14 Goblin Runners and 14 Fatties. That’s 63 horde minis across 9 sculpts an average of 7 minis per sculpt.

That much green over and over again would be dull and that feeling would transfer over to the finished piece and nothing would be good.

Before going into what I’ve done I have to say that investing in decent high pigment paints makes this so much easier.

I’m predominantly using Coat D Arms and Vallejo throughout this mission. The reason is I can thin them down with water and still get decent coverage and a solid colour in a single coat especially with the yellow skin tones I love that colour :).

Stage 1 Get Organised

Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way and spray all of the minis.

Follow this by choosing which group to paint next.

I started with the Goblins (I know I’m a glutton for punishment)

Fortunately this was only 14 minis so it was a good start.

Step 2 Mix it up.

So I got the Gobbos out and ready to go and first of decided that there must be more colours to goblins than green.

I mean they are a horde of zombie goblins that have come from all over the land so there is an option to change the skin tone.

Ok yea this works let’s have a go.

So I split the Goblins down to 7 pairs with a sculpt in each and painted each one a different skin tone by changing either the paint I used or the wash that went over it.

I also did the same with the Orcs a week later

The main focus here is to keep it simple with the colours.

A basecoat and wash is the start here. I will finish with a simple highlight and edge highlight because you can always go back and make it better when you have painted every miniature…

I didn’t do this with the Goblins but here are the Orc colours which were a single coat and wash.

It’s ok to be a little messy here but brush control is important just to make painting clothes and other parts of each mini easier later.

Stage 3 Mix It up again!

So after all the washes dried I sorted the minis into random groups so for single colour clothing to be batch painted.

Whilst doing this there were a few times where I had missed areas of skin such as shoulders and whole legs. So this is a good chance to check that all are covered.

So far I’m 3 hours into painting the orcs and I’ve got 10 left at this point.

I’m budgeting 6 hours for the 35 Orcs overall. Which leaves me with 3 hours to pick out details, highlights and apply finishing touches. So there might be some overlap however most of these final parts are the same colours and can be blasted out 20mins before I leave for work every morning.

The Goblins were pretty much finished here and by alternating 4 or 5 colours for the clothes they had a pretty rabble feel but still holding a theme together.

Stage 4 Wash and Final Highlights.

The gobbos are sorted now a simple black wash and highlight was all that I needed.

So here we are with the finished Goblins ready to hit the board after a few hours spent on them.

They look tidy, simple and easy to distinguish on the table.

I wouldn’t want to spend any longer in these guys to be honest, one reason being that the mold lines and faults across their faces have completely ruined the details so I decided not to bother with mold line removal.

This is something very common with the mini board games so I’m not too fussed. These guys appear and disappear so quickly they need to look good on the board and they do :).

This is my first attempt at a tutorial thing. Have I missed anything?

Let me know in the comments on what you would like to see!

In the meantime, I’m painting the Necromancer and Abomination as minis to spend time on and also making plans for a model box project.

Plus I’m starting a new job on Monday which will adjust my hobby time and it means truly understanding the hobby/life balance.

Fight On & Roll High!

LvK

World-In-Progress Wednesday Part 1

Welcome to World-Progress-Wednesday.

A feature that will document my random adventures in crafting a world to game on.

I’ve always loved the stories of Norse legend and it’s been really great to read about it in Neil Gaimans’ Book ‘Norse Mythology’.

I don’t want to spoil too much but, to create the world, Odin and his brothers Villi and Ve killed their great grandfather Ymir and then used his remains to craft the World!

Now unfortunately I don’t have any Giant Bones laying around to create mountains nor do I have hair to create grass and tress.

What I do have is a butt load of videos and pictures saved to craft a world out of general household items.

 

I’ve also got a book with a list of things I want to build.

To get started I have picked up things to start off small with some scatter terrain such as walls, bushes and the start of some rocks.

 

 

 

 

I also thought I’d try a couple of Woodland Scenic Diorama Packs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For bushes and walls I’ve got foam board, coconut fibers and tongue depressors.

And what it’s left me with is a giant mess

First off:

Woodland Scenic Kits

Both kits were around £10 each so I thought I’d have a go before getting huge amounts of kit that I may or may not need.

The foliage kit comes with 3 shades of flock, some clump foliage, foliage fiber and some tall grass.

For me right at this moment it’s enough to get started using only a sprinkling of the flock to texture my £8.99 Green Aldi carpet that will act as my gaming mat.

I’ve also got enough left over to make some crops and texture some bases.

So for me the foliage kit definitely gets a DEVLAN SEAL OF HOBBY AWESOME for Beginners!

Now onto the Rock kit…

The kit comes with some small rock ground cover, casting plaster, a mould and painting equipment.

 

This does not get the seal of awesome. Mainly because it is not a rock making kit more of a relief casting kit. So my dreams of casting some rocky out-croppinsg were crushed as this kit is mainly for features and focused towards diorama makers who will not be treating their work as wargaming terrain.

The kit itself is great but not good for me right now.

Why is this not good?

Reason Number 1- The casting tray is supposed to be used more than once. The content of plaster provided means you can make at least 30 reliefs before needing a refill.

After 1 use the tray was cracking and I doubt I’ll be able to get another out of it.

Reason Number 2- Plaster of Paris is so delicate an ant could break it. I hated this stuff as a kid it’s cheap and rubbish plus the hard plastic tray holds the plaster so tight 5 out of 10 reliefs cracked before coming out requiring careful reassembly with pva and more drying time.

Although the thought of crushing a mountain face with your bare hands does make you feel quite godly…

For now I’m going to leave Rocky Scatter terrain to another time but learning things is fun and I’ve hopefully saved somebody £10.

But if I can get some better stuff to use as my casting material I’m sure that this might come in handy.

Next week I’ll be talking about scatter terrain basics:

Bushes (my first attempt looked like a merkin)

Walls (fixed and broken)

Trees (hopefully the will arrive)

I’ll be doing daily fails and successes on my Facebook Page

In the meantime I have a few more things coming up this week so stay tuned and clear your schedules for:

  • News on Robot World Toys Upcoming Kickstarter- Lords of the Motleyverse!
  • My approach to deal with speed painting all dem minis!

  • Plus I got my first Model Box and I’ve had some fun with it so far!

Tonight I’ve got to clean the hobby room and build a photobox so I can actually take better pictures although I’ve had some fun with photo editing:

I’m also trying to look semi-pro with a Weebly page but right now I don’t know what I’ll do with it.

Challenge Completed! 30 miniature journeys in 30 days

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.

If you are a CMON fan, orc and goblin painter or just generally interested in what I’m doing follow me on here or Facebook.com/toomuchdevlan

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

LvK