Sharing a few different things that I’ve been working on.
I’m categorizing this as “D&D” but it might really be ‘Generic Fantasy’. (Decided to just call them “Fantasy” and add a new category, after the fact!) I don’t really have an intention to start playing D&D, but do want to paint some Fantasy minis to have on hand for different boardgames.
I guess this is where I also give my thoughts (or ramblings) on “The Tray”.
Awhile back I was reading DaveKay’s Scent of a Gamer site, and he had posted about “The Tray”. I forget the actual dimensions, but it seems close to a cookie sheet. Essentially he puts minis on it and it helps him focus on painting a smaller set of his entire collection.
At the time, I didn’t give it much thought. I had been pretty good about getting a team of minis primed, and mostly concentrating on them until completion. After I had come back from an unintentional year long break from painting, I had started picking up a lot of Fantasy and other miscellaneous minis.
These would get prepped and primed and often start to fill up my desk as I got the whim to “start them”. A few would get some blotches of paint, but mainly they just kept growing and taking up more and more space. I found this to be a bit irritating and distracting. I started to see where “The Tray” could be a handy tool.
So, let’s just take a look at a few of these “distractions” I managed to finish, before I go on too much about Trays and things.
Initially I thought “I will whip these out with some Contrast Paints!”. An early experiment, that didn’t really turn out like I thought. Painting small bits with Contrast Paint isn’t that easy, and you’d have to be really careful about it. So there goes the “fast” part. I didn’t spend a lot of time on this one (obviously), and it’s a passable boardgame piece, but I’m not too crazy about it.
The WizKids minis (Nolzur’s, etc.) are a little weird. Most come pre-primed and don’t need assembly. A big plus compared to the GW stuff I’ve been working on. However, they tend to have fiddly little bits to paint, which makes them more of a challenge than one would expect from a cheap Bones mini or older metal mini. They also have strong mould lines at parts, which one would attribute to a cheap mini. So they are somewhere inbetween. Not the great, sharp detail you would find on a really nice resin mini, but not a breeze to paint either.
I also find the already attached base makes it a pain to reach the undersides of cloaks and whatnot. Oh yea, scale is certainly a bit smaller than what I’m used to with GW, so that’s another thing to contend with.
The whole thing makes me wonder whether I want to go the route of older metal minis which are simpler to paint, but not always regular in scale and possibly harder to find or these sorts of minis. Something I will be debating over for awhile. Maybe I’ll have to paint some of the metal minis I picked up awhile ago for a real comparison.
I believe some of these got shared before. But here they are, and one of the areas where Contrast Paints can really shine. Wood.
I used (from left to right) Cygor Brown, Snakebite Leather, Wyldwood, and Gore-Grunta Fur to get these nice colors. I still had to paint the metal bits, which took longer, but at least I have some more terrain to play with now. I think the main plan was to use these for Dungeon Crawlers. Once I get a good set of generic hero types, will have to give it a go.
Some more stuff that was sitting around on the desk to get finished. The piles of coins would certainly be useful for dungeon crawlers. The treasure chest was a bit of a misshapen mess, so I decided to paint it as a mucked up mess. Maybe some barnacles added to it, to make it look like a sunken treasure would have been a nice touch? Oh, well.
Up Next, ‘The Tray Part 2’ as I ramble more about collecting and finishing minis.