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I don’t really get to paint Lord of the Rings stuff very often. Locally, no one really plays Lord of the Rings (although there has been a little buzz about the War of the Ring version). Painting the magma in the cracks of his skin was quite a bit of fun. I started out with ...

Forge World Praetorians

I recently got to work on a few Forge World tank kits for the Praetorians that I’ve been painting. That is, in addition to the characters featured on the left. The bright red coloring is a welcome change for Imperial Guard vehicles, and I was even a little surprised with how well the Valkyrie mini ...

Half and Half Space Marines

I’ve been commissioned to paint a lot of different Space Marine Chapters. I’ve never been surprised by that, since everyone knows that Marines are the very popular force. On the other hand, I have been a little surprised at how often I get commissions to do color schemes in the “half and half” style. Half ...

New forum with an interesting goal

Ok, there are gaming forums all over the place. It seems you can’t swing a google search without running amok of six or seven of them. So the opening of the new “…Here Be Dragons” forum wouldn’t be a big deal. But they are doing something different with their forum. Their mission statement looks a ...

Personal history and training as a painter

I’ve been asked to share my personal history and training as a minis painter from time to time, so I’ve decided to put the story here. It is just a little long for a forum post. I got into minis 16 or 17 years ago when I was eleven. I actually started out painting Monster ...

Full Space Hulk set 2

I recently finished a project to do the whole box of Space Hulk minis. These guys are the most dynamic terminators and Genestealers to come out of any Games Workshop line, and they’re really quite marvelous to paint. I painted the lightning arcs onto the power sword and thunder hammer by request of my client. ...

Table Top Gaming News Reader’s Choice Awards

Tabletop Gaming News is once again holding their annualYes, so go on over to Tabletopgamingnews.com and have a look at what we have to show from 20009. Go ahead and vote while you’re at it. Some of my highlights for the year have made their list. For example, their best fantasy miniatures contenders include Thagrosh ...

Camouflage Patterns

Painting camo patterns is rather interesting. When painting camouflage, there are a lot of concessions to make. If you use too realistic a camo pattern, then the minis will blend into the table and themselves. I mean, camauflage doesn’t pop- that’s the idea. Here are a few real camo patterns: This would be far too ...

There’s a lot going on right now.

Let’s start up with some of the really big things going on. The Hordes Mark II field test is going on right now, and will continue until the 24th this month. The significance of this is that all of us who have already seen and love the Warmachine Mark II rules can now play using ...

Lukas the Trickster

I recently had my first commission for one of the new Space Wolves minis. This time, it was Lukas the Trickster. I have to say, the Loki in terminator armor was quite a bit of fun to paint. I used many of the same methods in painting the face that I’ve talked about before– including ...