Wednesday, 24 February 2016

painting miniatures part 1

Hello again!

So as my first post dealt with the type of brush i am most commonly using based on my current circumstances i thought it would be best to talk about what paintbrushes should really be used for.......miniature painting.

The biggest challenge that any toy soldier collector, wargamer or miniature painter faces is getting the bloomin' things clothed with paint. This is because:
 A its part of the hobby and B its more fun playing with painted soldiers (unless you play cyclons or some other silver armoured warriors!)

Painting miniatures is by no means super easy. It requires concentration and practice but on the whole most of us can get the hang of it.  Think of your handwriting, if you take it slowly it's nice and neat and if you rush it goes everywhere.  The more you do it the quicker and neater it becomes.

Now, as this is mainly an oldhammer blog i wanted to deal with how to paint in an older style.
Games Workshop when they produced their monthly white dwarf would regularly put out posters with painted examples of figures. this was to make them look pretty and also inspire us into painting our own stuff just like it.....or doing our own thing.  but the main constant was that these models have to have a certain 'pop' to them to stand out.

take this chaos terminator for example

with the resurgence of oldhammer this style of painting has come back  and a few things are worth noting. 
sometimes you might hear the phrase "bases and faces"  and it particularly applies here. The central feature is the skull and the base completes the miniature.
Many painters get bogged down with making their figures too busy. In reality a base coat, single shading and one-two highlights are more than enough.

The modern obsession for endless highlights come from black undercoats and the need to lighten the base colour constantly.  As you can probably tell from my miniature here i use a white undercoat as i find it easier

this guy was painted in simple base colours which were in turn shaded and highlighted simply. the finished result is below:

Nothing on either two miniatures is super flashy, they are both neat and completed miniatures and this is what we are trying to aim for.

It used to be said that these guys should be viewed as arms length (which they will be at if you're gaming with them). Try to remember that and forget the obsession with super zoomed in pictures and highlighted eyeballs that nobody can see.

back when i was 12 or so i was on the right track......despite knowing nothing about shading as seen here:

but the main elements were there. it has a base of sorts, the miniature didn't have a visible face so a pattern was painted on its clothes.....and most was harlequins should be!

The joy of this hobby is that you can take it in a variety of directions. You might be an army builder and the mass effect is more desired. if this is the case then maybe do away with the highlight stage altogether. Just base coat and simple shading only. You'd be surprised how far you can get with this but the crucial thing to remember is this:

make your base coat as close to the final colour you want the model to be.

this chap has a purple base and has been shaded with it + a small amount of black. The face was done the same way. Thin paint and a white undercoat gives you instant highlights and shading.

Try putting away the black undercoat for a while and just play about with shading instead. You might find that your colours get brighter and your miniatures neater. the next miniature's clothes were painted with just a tiny amount of scorched brown added to the white.

once again....bases and faces! and this miniature whilst not oldhammer is from a wonderful company called Hasslefree Miniatures  and you can get her here : Dionne

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Which brush do you most commonly use?

hi there,  I've decided to get in on the act and start blogging.
Ever since joining various Oldhammer groups it has been actively encouraged and I'm hoping to soon see why......anyway back into my first posting.........brushes!

I paint toy soldiers, ones about an inch high or so, and have done since I was 10 when I first was introduced to this hobby. I do it to relax and used to do it because it was part of the wargaming hobby and everyone preferred to play with painted figures rather than the shiny (or dull) metal state that they came in.

I painted and wargamed throughout secondary school only stopping for the inevitable beer and women that suddenly became more important, oh and that 'real life and responsibility' thing too.

I picked up the hobby again in my twenties and started to get good at painting and won quite a few competitions along the way and even bagged a job painting for a small company for a while. Real life stepped in again and it wasn't until my mid thirties that I came back again. I was bitten by the Oldhammer bug, the nostalgia , the soft metal miniatures, the brightly coloured illustrations and the relative absence of skulls or spikes on everything.

I started to get a small collection of old models via eBay and things started to snowball once I joined a trading page on Facebook.
All kind of metal started rolling in via the post end and my wife's eyebrows repositioned themselves slowly and a mental note was made, to be brought up in future arguments, but I digress.

I was desperate to start slapping paint on, when it hit me that I needed a new type of brush. The thing was, these models were covered in 20-30 year old paint, often daubed on in a  gloopy consistency.  My new brush was going to have to be a toothbrush, that's right I had to get scrubbing!

So right here is my weapon of choice. A trusty firm wilkinsons toothbrush and some figures  bathing in some oven cleaner.  These were an eBay steal that would have looked good to a 13 year old me but now just don't cut the mustard it has been solidly used on upwards of a hundred figures so definitely my most used brush this year.


I'm guessing these are common tools for any Oldhammer fanatic . However I was never prepared for how much scrubbing was involved or just how far little flecks of paint could fly when being vigorously scrubbed from said model.