Post number two on the Fantasy stuff and Tray ramblings.
I really liked this Barbarian/Fighter guy. Another one, where I had put some paint on him, then he sat and sat around on the desk until he finally start to get finished (more on this in a bit).
At one point, I had snapped a pic of him unfinished and my brother dubbed him “The Witcher” because I hadn’t painted his hair yet. That kind of stuck, and it was hard to “unsee” that for a good long while.
He was another mini where I had thought “Contrast Paints, Quick and Dirty!”. Not quite so much, he has the small fiddly bits that I mentioned in the last post. So he ended up taking me a little longer than I thought it would. I did like how the cloth in back turned out. Originally it was one color of Contrast, but it wasn’t working, so I used another one, and dry brush, etc. Eventually I got something decent.
One other thing I’ve been noticing, is that you get small patches where the paint doesn’t want to stick on the first take. At first I was blaming this on Contrast Paints, but then I noticed the same thing when working with just ‘regular’ paints on one of these. Usually a second coat after the first dries, seems to do it. But it just adds another step.
Yep, mostly Contrast but then had to go back over the flesh. This was one of my earliest ones, probably along with the blue Female Elf. I went for a ‘Stone Axe’ look, which kinda worked.
Lastly, some Skeletons.
As a boardgames mob, they’ll do. It reminds me, reading Azazel’s Bit Box blog, he will often mention something about time spent painting versus the cost/quality of the mini. This could be a whole other ramble (but I still have to finish the one I started!). Basically I’ve gleamed that it might not always be worth it to spend a ton of painting time on a mini that isn’t that nicely detailed.
So, back to this “Tray” bit. Do I have one/use one?!
No, not totally. Most of the minis I’m doing are for the Blood Bowl game and I try my best to get through those. After each painting session they go in their little bins and back into a rolling file drawer I got from Ikea.
With only room for three of these bins, it’s easy to focus on what I need to work on, and keep my desk somewhat clean. Also, the idea at the time, was to keep things away from the Toddler. Well, she grew up a bit, and has never gotten into Daddy’s stuff anyways, but still I store the minis away each time.
Partly organization, partly habit.
So, for the bulk of my minis, I have a method that works pretty well. It’s the other little pieces that keep cluttering my desk, that’s bothersome.
Now, I could use The Tray method to make sure I don’t go overboard, and to keep those things corralled. But I would probably want to stick that tray somewhere else. The one thing I’ve really noticed, as I’ve thought about this small dilemma more and more, is that once the mini is out of sight, it’s virtually out of mind. My brain doesn’t subconsciously work out any painting issues if they are not somewhere that I can glance at them.
So I’ve found it best to keep some minis on the desk. If I’m not feeling particularly inspired by painting legions, I can grab one of these and put bits of paint on them. It worked pretty well with the Chaos Spawn I did. So, I’d like to keep that sort of experiment working. I am trying to keep a limit to just how many things go on the desk, and if something really isn’t getting worked on or has no progress, then it might get swapped out with something else.
Which reminds me, I do tend to organize minis by stages. Usually in separate plastic bins. Washed/Trimmed, Primed, Painted (with a label “Just Needs Varnish”), and another compartment for minis to snap pics of for the Blog at some point.
Thanks for baring with me while I ramble about trays and process. I imagine most all of you have your own processes that work for you, which I’m always curious to hear about!
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