So the Lead Painters League Season 5 is finally done. I finished my final entry last night at 4:30 AM.
Over 10 weeks I painted 62 new miniatures and got much less sleep than I normally do. Anyways, here are the remaining entries (not including the final one, which has yet to be revealed in the contest.)
I also a month or so ago received the mini that I sent away to Tristan back, although I never posted or photographed it for some reason.
Here she is facing off against a couple of frogs.
Seems like it has been forever since I last posted here. Partly, the problem is that I found I’ve got my first child on the way, partly because I’m taking part on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. The stuff painted over there from everyone is amazing (72 entered this year) and well worth checking out. Here’s been my four entries so far. (Click on pic to increase their bigness).
The fifth round is going on right now so I’m avoiding sowing pics of it, but if you’ve got some time to kill I’d recommend heading over there and loking at all the beautiful painting that has been done this competition. I’m currently sitting at 38th out of 72, which is honestly a little higher than I should be. It has been great to be pushed like this.
On the plus side, my painting and speed has improved.
I’m taking a little diversion from the 28mm world and working on some 18mm figures for gaming on the road. Most of my gaming takes place away from my house, and transporting large boards and figures gets to be a pain. I figure, If I paint up some 18mm figures and mount them magnetically to a tray they should be easy to store and ready for a quick game. I’m working on a 2×2 board for on the road gaming.
Plus, it is great to be able to paint a figure from start to basing in about 45 minutes. Quicker once I get the assembly line going.
Here’s the ashigaru archer, forced into service by his lord and ready to fight and (almost certainly) die. Both are from Old Glory.
As well as his samurai superior, who is desperately in need of a dullcoat to kill some of the shine.
These were both test figures to check colors and painting techniques. I’m learning that on 18mm figs I need to paint with a lot of contrast to make the colors really pop out. The red is much too dark to really be seen. The ashigaru yellow and grey is better, but still not what I’m looking for.
One of the great things about 18mm is that you can use some 28mm stuff next to it and it becomes much more epic.
Have another couple WIPs. First is a bird knight (well, actually a knight with a bird on his head. Very Jim Henson like) and his squire from Zombiesmith.
Here’s what I finished up the end of last week. I’m trying to decide on a final color scheme for the demons. I think I like the one on the left better. I’m going to be painting up the other 18 in the unit as soon as it gets warm enough to prime.
Ok, so after being out of the saddle for a little while (2 months?), I feel like I got something done hobby related this month.
Painted for others : 0
Painted for me : 15
Minis purchased : 14
I purchased a set of minis from Zombiesmith to use in my Movie Set Competition over on Terragenesis. I’m recreating (somewhat) the Goblin City from the movie Labyrinth (see the thread here for stills from the shots and the progress I’m making).
For me, hobby stuff seems to be feast or famine. I’ve got to paint and build more this week than I have in the past three months combined.
First, I got back a box from Tristan who offered to paint up a mini for me. Well, I opened it up and here’s what was inside…