While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
From Left to Right: Monk with Staff (FA07), Obess the Extremely Rotund Warrior (FA71), ?, Assassin 03-022
The highlight of this batch for me, is Obess the Extremely Rotund Warrior. The mini actually has a beard, but my brother chose to paint the beard a flesh color, so his face looks even more rotund.
The character works great as an NPC, especially since most miniatures are big muscle bound males or scantily clad females. I love the non-heroic minis, as they are pretty useful and a bit harder to find. This mini also had a resemblance to one of our childhood friend, if he grew up to be a warrior, that is.
Tangent – Stuck in the Middle
So this tangent sounded better in my brain, while reading one of TIM’s posts, than it probably will as it is written. Maybe you can relate though.
So, I’ve been married twice. Both times to people who are not native to the U.S. (where I live), and English is not their primary language. While TIM (The Imperfect Modeler) loves to tell stories of battling with the opposite sex, I would have to say that I’ve managed to up the ante by partnering with people who don’t have the same background and language. Plusses and minuses to everything though.
I could probably tell an interesting tale about difficulties in communication, but today I just wanted to throw out the situation I’ve often been in. Parties, get togethers with my partner (and ex-partners) friends and families involved lots of people who don’t speak English as their primary language or who maybe don’t speak the language at all. Which usually meant everyone was speaking their home language. I would be surrounded by people talking in a language I didn’t understand.
Now some people would be bored silly, and probably leave or do some other rude thing. But I’m kind of polite, and would sit there and try and absorb some of it, doing some people watching. When I did pick up on their conversation, they would be pretty shocked that I was able to understand some of it. Usually with them throwing just an English word or two, I would be able to read them and understand what they’re saying.
Humor though, is not very universal. You would think so, but doesn’t seem to be. My Wife doesn’t get 99% of the jokes in American movies. But we did go out one night with a group of her friends, while visiting China. Many beers were involved, and I had many good laughs. How come? Because beer acts like a SciFi translator. The more you drink, the better you get it!
Tangent 2 – Bases
Whoa, it’s a twofer!
So, I was closing in on a miniatures project…and getting that “I’m ALMOST DONE!” feeling. Technically I had a few other times I thought I was nearly done, and then forgot or had to touch up this or that…but this time for sure! I was on the last set of highlights, so what else would I need to do before Dullcote?!
This isn’t my first trip to the rodeo, but for some reason, miniature bases keep being a hold-up to getting that mini to the finally completed stage. It’s been making me rethink my process. Perhaps I should get the bases done first and get the mini on them right away?
With the Blood Bowl Dwarves, it would be really hard to paint details underneath the mini with the 30mm base attached. It’s also a bit of a challenge to paint the base itself once the mini is attached. What happens when I get around to applying textures like grit/sand?
I at least got the base primed and it’s base colors done, but will likely have to patch slotta gaps with some green stuff, so that’s more painting once again.
Plus, I’m making weighted bases, which is yet another crazy-making-Faust-project. Having made them, I doubt I will go back to just normal bases, but I do feel the need to make that part easier on myself.
Ok, I should probably throw the question out now:
Do you attach your mini to a base first or last?
If you attach your mini to the base first:
Do you find it hard to paint a mini while attached to a base?
Do you find it hard to add texture to the base while the mini is attached?
Do you paint the base last?
Thanks for stopping by and checking the blog out, and thanks beforehand if you feel like answering any of those questions! 😀