Thursday, October 20, 2016

More Painting & Latest Craft Store Find

Hi Everyone,

Thought I would post a few more painting shots. 
These are the base coats with the eyes for three figures, one of which, the orc shaman, you've already seen.  The one on the left is an evil wizard/necromancer and the one on the right is a warrior priest summoning some magic effect ... or signaling for a touchdown, whichever you prefer.

The Wizard has the standard cloak I usually do but I wanted him to have a metal skull cap on his head, similar to the one worn by Merlin in the classic Excalibur movie from the 80's.  These are all base colors and you can see that for all of them, I chose to do a black eye base.
Here is the finished evil wizard.  The eyes are done by just putting two white dots into the large black oval.  The cloak is the dark brown color I like so much as a base tone, but in this case because his cloak is so dark I painted the base coat black, and used the dark brown (the "Soft Black" color) to fill in as the color of his cloak.  This is a good example on a human figure the technique of leaving some of the darker undercoat color showing through when you use a lighter tone over top of it.  It is done on every part of the miniature except for his face.

Here is another angle.
Finally, here is the evil warrior priest finished.
He is pretty straightforward except for his eyes.  I wanted him to appear to be looking up, so I used the same technique for the eyes that I use on the zombies.  The white part is not just two dots but a crescent shape so that it looks like his pupils are all the way up in the top of his eye, which they would be if he was looking up to the sky summoning the power of his god.

Here is another angle.
The mace on his belt is just cut from a tile spacer.

Finally, Michael's, at least the ones where I live, are carrying a new line of wooden craft parts that have different "wooden people."  I've not seen these before.  Also, they have this pack that has a male and female wooden person, a hut, and a tree.  Unfortunately it is about $4 and I would never use the hut for anything I don't think, but I really like the tree.  I took this picture at the store and it didn't turn out as good as I hoped, but you can see the people and the tree okay in it.  These people are a nice size and if I was starting over or wanting to do a really large army, I might opt to use these.
The hut looks like an ice cream cone, but the tree (which is next to it but is upside down) is actually very nice, this picture does not do it justice.  You can see one of the "pawns" or "wooden people" in the upper left of the package.  Unfortunately, I don't think you can but the trees in a pack by themselves (like a four pack or something).  I only saw the trees included in this package, and it is cost prohibitive to pay that much just for one tree for me, anyway.  But it is a very nice tree.

-- Matt


  1. Hobby Lobby sells wooden trees singly. See my "Wooden Trees" post about a month back for pictures. They are still expensive, but still doable, unless you want a whole forest. But given that you are doing 25mm figures, you probably want 2" trees or so anyway, which you can buy online at really reasonable prices. See the blog post for more details.

    Love the new figures.

  2. Hi Dale,

    Yes, I have some of those trees that you did your tutorial on. All of our Hobby Lobby stores closed that are not too far from me (!) so I had to order mine online, but they are nice trees. What I liked about the tree in the package that I saw at Michael's is that is different than those trees ... and I'm not sure how to describe this ... they are 3D round trees, but the foliage part is flat. These trees are also a little smaller than the ones you did your tutorial on. Honestly, what would probably look the best, is a clump with both types together to give some size and shape diversity. But again, if I can't get them in a multipack, it's just too expensive for me. I didn't take a picture of the label to see the company name, which I should have, so I could go to their website to see if you can buy them individually or in packs. I'll have to do that.

    Thanks about the new figures! You inspired me, I just ordered a bunch of bead type things online to try and do some 10-12mm guys. I'm going to stick with what I know and do Macedonians and Persians and some fantasy figures too, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping that my simple painting style is a good match for the "minimalist" approach that I think you have so accurately called these little wooden wonders.




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