Showing posts from January, 2012

A model in progress

Someone asked that I post some in progress pictures of models as I work on them. Great idea! Over the next couple posts I'll show my process for painting a specific model, a Reaper Mini Man at Arms . I've painted one of the soldiers in that pack and I'll try to keep this one fairly consistent with him. Already painted one, now for his friends The first couple steps are basically the same for all the models I paint. File off extra bits of metal from seams and paint an undercoat of black (or white if I plan to use bright colors). Some prefer spray painting but that's a bit hard in an apartment. I use a brush on primer.  From this... To this It's important at each stage to not paint too thickly or you will obscure detail. I prefer adding a drop of water to my priming paint to avoid it going on too thick. A second coat to cover thin areas is better than a blob in a recess. Once I have the mini primed, I figure out what colors I'm going to go with.


I set a goal for myself to paint 26 miniatures to a point where I feel really good about showing them off to the world. If I'm going to do that I need to paint at least one every two weeks. I can do that. I've already gotten started! New Kriv This model comes from  Reaper Miniatures  and was painted for a friend. I painted the same model last year but that one has seen better days; he lost his sheld arm! Clearly this called for painting a new one. I've learned a lot in the half year since I painted the first version so I wanted to use this model to highlight the techniques. It mainly came down to patience, better drybrushing and new wash techniques. As you can see I've done more work on the details, painting his feet separately from the rest of his armor, painting the hilt of the sword and drybrushing the teeth. Though there was more work involved I think it actually took me about the same amount of time as when I first painted the model. Getting used to the techni