Under the Slow Brush: pt. 3

Under the Slow Brush: pt. 3

Another week and more paint hit the minis. That should be a good thing, right?

First up, I used Charred Brown to darken the straps and give them some contrast against the gold armor. I used a mix of about 3/4 paint and 1/4 Glaze medium. Other than being a little sloppy, I think it turned out okay and I really did like the look of the darker leather and the contrast with the gold.

The faceless ones.

Next was a little Plastic Putty work. Way back, I was repriming the Dwarves and during the process, some of the glue had dissolved and I was able to pop off arms and heads. This was pretty nice, as the beards on the Dwarf models make it a little difficult to paint anything behind them. For the ones that didn’t come off automatically, I tried to pry them apart. Unfortunately this split one of the Troll Slayer’s heads in half. So I thought “Hmm, maybe he could have an interesting scar!”. A little plastic putty, and he’s on his way. The other one had an arm transplant, as I needed the original arm for a custom Star Player I’m working on. I used green stuff to fill in the gap, but there was a still thin line that needed some Plastic Putty Love. That’s sure to be the name of some Band someday.

With paint, we will look prettier.



Then I started some Leather Brown and Cavalry Brown. Cavalry Brown on Grim’s boots and one forearm wrap, skulls on Troll Slayer minis (as a base), more boots/straps/shoes. Then Cavalry Brown for the hair and beard on one mini. This was the only one that I partially regret. Cavalry Brown is pretty red and kind of blends in with the red of Dwarf’s clothes. With some darkening/highlighting, I’m hoping to add enough contrast there. But I probably won’t use that color on any of the other teammates.

Brown and Red.


Lastly I finished up the session with Scarlett Red and Leather Brown. Scarlett Red was used as touchups on uniform clothes and to get the next model started.  I wasn’t sure what color to paint the “socks” on the Dwarves, and in one part inspiration, one part laziness…I decided to go with Leather Brown. Since that’s also what I painted the shoes and knee pads just above, it’s pretty easy to color the whole thing. It makes them a little more uniform than grey would have. To give some variation, I’ll be darkening the shoes and knee pads with Charred Brown, but leave the calf/shin parts the lighter Leather Brown color. I think it will work out nice. So the miniature on the right (below) is really almost done with base colors. That feel pretty good. I think there is some touchups, but should be able to glue him together and figure out what additional washes/highlights I would want to apply. Would be nice to have at least one of these guys completed. It would also give me a good reference for how to finish up the rest of the team. So far all the colors have been coming along nicely, so I don’t think there will be any drastic changes.

Brown and Red (again).


So some progress, which is good. Still would like to see more minis done at a time, but it is what it is.

Last time I mentioned paint brushes, but didn’t have pics ready. This time I did get a chance to snap some pics. The  paint brush with all the red paint chipped off the handle, was my goto brush for years. Before that, I might’ve been using those white plastic Testor brushes with oil/enamel paints. Whew, hard to imagine those days now.

The Brush Collector

So the old brush served me fairly well, and really was my main choice because it had the fewest split bristles and was smaller than most of the other brush tips I had. It gave me the most consistent line, and became my standby.

A little while ago I saw brushes on Amazon for a decent price. That’s the silver/black ones “AIT”. I can’ say that I’ve really broken them in. They appear to be decent enough. I’ve used the one closest to the top of the image, the most. Though it does have an errant bristle or two. They were inexpensive, and probably be decent workhorse brushes.

Another browse through Amazon at a later date, I saw the black handled brushes “Virtuoso”. They had a large pack with more tip variety and were selling for something crazy like 79% off or something. Lots of reviews, so I figured why not?! I got a set , opened it up, and several of the bristles had already gone astray. I emailed them back, and they sent me a brand new set. But same thing again. I guess I could go through and take out the worst brushes, and probably combine into one nicer set. I’ve had more bristles go astray when working with these brushes though, and I don’t think I would order them again, even though customer service was super nice. I’d rather pay a little more to get some decent quality brushes.

Which brings me to the last set. The blue “Princeton Selects”. These I ran across in an art store, on sale for probably less than $5 a brush. I liked the looks of them and the varied tips.

I had started to notice that I really like how the flatter brushes work. I could use the wide part to paint bigger areas a little quicker or turn it to the side for finer edge work. All my brushes before had been pretty much rounded or pointy tips, and this was a really nice discovery. So at the art store I browsed for some flatter brushes that were in a size that would work well for minis.

I wasn’t sure what to get, but the three blue brushes I selected seemed like they would do the trick. Indeed, they are my “pro” brushes now. The widest one is a bit too wide, so at some point, I might try to track down a smaller one. But the rounded edge and the other blunted one are really nice. The Princeton Selects are synthetic, and I have had no problems with bristles going astray. These are my favorite brushes and next time I need to buy something, that’s where I would head first.

If you happen to be starting out, I would pick up cheaper brushes. The AIT’s are not bad and would likely last awhile. If you’re really unsure, I’d go with the Virtuoso’s. Like I mentioned, I used that red handled brush for years. Even though the tip shape is not ideal for all jobs, I was able to make it work in painting very levels of detail. Sometimes just by wetting the tip and coaxing it into a pointy tip before touching it to some paint. You can pretty much make any brush work for you. Eventually you’ll get the hang of the brush and might want to try out different tip shapes and lengths. I thought I should go with longer, thinner brushes for awhile, as it would allow me to paint details easier. But in short time, I discovered that I prefer more blunted, wider brushes. I’d still pull out a thinner pointy brush for eyes, maybe.

That’s a wrap, hopefully next week I’ll have a lineman more or less done.

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