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  1. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Peeping Tom!
  2. Darklord's Avatar
    I see you
  3. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Yep - regular WIP threads are definitely seen more than blogs and usually get more feedback. Unfortunately, my last WIP thread on WAMP went a month before the first comment, and by then I had sort of moved on. Similar content on Reaper forums fared a bit better, but then I stopped posting to focus on painting for Gen Con. I suppose I could revive both of those threads, at least enough to put up a couple of new photos and link to the new studio blog. Thanks for stalking! I think. ;-) Yes, I'm okay with that.
    Updated 09-10-2014 at 06:35 AM by GreyHorde
  4. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Oh, yeah, my speed will drop big time now that I've put the airbrush away. In fact, zero paint in nigh on a week. You're ahead of me in actually finishing minis, planned or not. Kudos!
  5. vegascat's Avatar
    The problem with blogs here on wamp is that they really don't get the same eye time as the regular threads. That's why I went to a continuous WIP thread - more people see it and give feedback (usually). In any case, I'll stalk you on your blog too. :)
  6. vegascat's Avatar
    Man, you're really cruising along. I really need to learn how to use my airbrush as I'm sure it'd help me a lot as well. I've only managed to finish a six woman squad of Sisters of Battle since last I commented. And they weren't even on my original list! :S
  7. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Jen Haley is one of my original painting inspirations, going back at least 10 years. Somewhere around 2004, as I was just about to give up trying to paint minis, someone pointed out her 'Paintrix' website. Then I caught her classes at Gen Con over a few more years, watched her DVDs, read tutorials...so, yeah, about 5 minutes into this visit I had to apologize for my...uhhh... fanboyishness?...is that even a word? :-) And still, it was all just part of a really good trip and a great weekend.
  8. vegascat's Avatar

    Dude! That sounds amazing~! I'd love to be able to sit and chat with Jen Haley! Really though, the whole trip/weekend sounds amazing and fun. You sound like it did after my last painting class with Meg Maples.
  9. GreyHorde's Avatar
    The weekend was an absolute blast! I did not get much painting done, but the trade-off in learning and discussion was 100% worth it. You see, my business travel schedule opened up a little, allowing me to squeeze in a visit to CoolMiniOrNot HQ. I ended up chatting with none other than Jen Haley! She graciously took time to show me around the offices, let me drool over MANY painted minis for various product lines, critiqued a couple of my minis and generally discussed a wide variety of mini-related topics. It was an amazing experience, really worth the trip on its own.

    The weekend continued in Knoxville with my gracious hosts, "Wren" & her husband, some new friends from her area and a couple from mine. We talked about airbrush, but never fired it up. I got some paint on two Malifaux minis, but again, discussion of 'all things mini' took over. Exchanging tips, tricks, photography setup, improving techniques, competition painting, tabletop painting, conventions, speed painting, games ... gaaahh .... I can't describe it, my brain is just whirling from it all.

    I am working on my notes, thank you letters and follow-up before getting back to the workbench later this week, for sure.
  10. vegascat's Avatar
    That's "only" a 7 hour drive. :) I'd love to make it out to hang out and paint with you. I've really been wanting to do some group painting, I miss getting together with folks. Gods know I could *really* use the help with airbrushing. I hate that I have this wonderful tool and no idea how to get the most out of it.


    :) I've been saving my Cygnar models mainly because I want to decide on a paint scheme that I really want to do as they’d mainly be for looks and demo games if need be as I’m a Cryx player at heart and have a substantial Cryx army. But back to Cygnar, I’d long ago decided that I wanted to take my time with them and do them to a much higher standard than my normal painting. Which is why I’m really not in a hurry to paint them. However, I’d be happy to do some ladder challenges with you in 2015 Cygnar themed. 

    How’s your painting going this weekend? I’ve almost wrapped up a Sister’s of Battle squad that I’ve been painting for a friend. I hope to have pics of them up tonight.
  11. vegascat's Avatar
    That's "only" a 7 hour drive. :) I'd love to make it out to hang out and paint with you. I've really been wanting to do some group painting, I miss getting together with folks. Gods know I could *really* use the help with airbrushing. I hate that I have this wonderful tool and no idea how to get the most out of it.


    :) I've been saving my Cygnar models mainly because I want to decide on a paint scheme that I really want to do as they’d mainly be for looks and demo games if need be as I’m a Cryx player at heart and have a substantial Cryx army. But back to Cygnar, I’d long ago decided that I wanted to take my time with them and do them to a much higher standard than my normal painting. Which is why I’m really not in a hurry to paint them. However, I’d be happy to do some ladder challenges with you in 2015 Cygnar themed. 
    How’s your painting going this weekend? I’ve almost wrapped up a Sister’s of Battle squad that I’ve been painting for a friend. I hope to have pics of them up tonight.
  12. GreyHorde's Avatar
    You are probably too far from Knoxville, TN, but I will be there Saturday night and part of Sunday, demoing and practicing what little I know of airbrush, so far. Priming army/skirmish types, limited basecoating and beginning 54mm+ larger models, that's about all I know, but you're welcome to join us.

    There is strength in brotherhood, and I appreciate that. Funny, I have Steampunk Dorothy and just snagged the 54mm Monique last month. My only Warmachine models are a Cygnar battle group (warcaster and 3 jacks) and I have a couple of RBG minis, including an elf. These are all on the 'someday' part of the Queue. Maybe 2015, after this first big push.

    Good luck to you, as well!
  13. vegascat's Avatar
    Brother, I'm right there with you! I'm really, *really* interested in learning how to apply airbrushing to miniature painting. I've had my airbrush for about a year and a half and have only used it to do a little basecoating. :( My "paint in 2014" list is:

    1. Steampunk Dorothy
    2. Monique De Noir (54mm)
    3. Warmachine Retribution of Scryah Army (Elves) - 35 humanoid models, 2 light warjacks, 3 heavy warjacks
    4. Custom case for Scyrah Army - Foam trays for small based models are set, foam for wajacks cut and in case, but individual slots for each need to be cut. Need to paint cover.
    5. RBG elf – was for the RBG contest, but I missed that

    For as slow as I paint this is really a huge task for me. Hopefully we'll both make our deadlines! Good luck!

    *edit* gods, I hadn't even considered repairwork *shudder* and no idea if I'm going to, but I need to repair my wargaming models at some point.
    Updated 08-09-2014 at 09:01 PM by vegascat
  14. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Good questions, I was thinking about this sort of thing and Reaper's extended Bones II Kickstarter (pledge manager is still open) and their new one for CAV. I'd like to get in on these things, but even if I were not in this challenge, I don't really have the money for them right now.

    Just thinking it through, if I had paid for KS minis before Sept 1, I would consider them purchased or ordered prior to the start. If delivery occurs during the 6MMRPC, that's okay, IMHO. Since it's the transaction that counts, pledging, buying or otherwise ordering on KS would count as a Joker. Since the idea is not to 'splurge', I might suggest getting into a new KS with a bunch of miniatures should count as using both Jokers.

    Just my thoughts. I will probably revisit the topic and whine about it a little more if I get some more gaming materials sold on eBay.
  15. Brambleten's Avatar
    Great idea! I've been a part of similar things in the past and might again in the future, but for now all I'm doing is pledging to paint at least one miniature a month - so far 8 from 8 :)

    How would you be counting Kickstarter stuff? As while you might have paid for something before, a number of minis might turn up during the project. Alternatively, would buying stuff on KS during the project count as a Joker, or would that not count as the minis might not turn up until after the 6 months?
  16. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Somehow, after bouncing around indecisively for some months, Carinth was finished in June or July and made the trip to Gen Con. Placed 3rd in Reaper manufacturer awards. I asked several friends, excellent painters, all, for critique and suggestions. As a result, Carinth is now back on my workbench, waiting for 'upgrades'. I will try to post pics before and after. The plan is that I do not get to call it done, but rather keep tweaking until they call out "don't change a thing".
  17. waghorn41's Avatar
    Keep at it GH, I sometimes find the detail on Darksword minis daunting and I've stripped a couple and started again it's been so frustrating. But the motivation is there to nail the piece and bring oout the best in the sculpt and hopefully the best, or as near as dammit, in my own efforts. Patience and the creative vision to bring the mini to 'life' as you see it is the reward. (I just about did that with my latest ladder challenge on Wamp).
  18. waghorn41's Avatar
    Looking forward to seeing these minis. As DL says you can spend too little time but then I think you can spend too much time by trying to improve something which you just don't seem able to - and risk ruining what you've already achieved. But hey, DL's the expert, I'm just wag...
  19. Darklord's Avatar
    I find that its rare you can spend too much time on a mini, too little maybe. That is of course in terms of artisitc time rather than overusing precious spare time!
  20. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Thanks, DL. I'm glad for the support and encouragement from you and the Wamp community. This is a slow process and I don't know where it will lead, exactly, so it's good to just move with it and not push too hard, expect too much.

    I also got some encouragement this weekend from a friend's well-timed email, inviting me to visit, paint, give some feedback on class prep, etc. I always learn something new with these sessions and come back energized, ready to raise the bar a little higher for the next project. With luck, we'll get together sometime in April or May. Until then, I continue to paint when I feel like it, worrying a bit less about the results.
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