So here are some more pictures of the cleric I painted yesterday. I tried several new things I’ve never done before with painting. The most noticeable would probably be the little cross I put on his robe. After I finished my wash layer on the red part of his robe I took a little time to practice painting white crosses on cardboard. I tried putting a similar wash coat on the white cross after I was finished, but I couldn’t quite make it blend in as much as I wanted. After spending way too much time on it I decided to live with what it turned out to look like before I wound up making it look like a bad white smudge. I decided to throw out my idea of making a white lab mouse fur color and go with a light brown fur color. After thinking about it for a while I worried about being able to make it work or contrast with what I wanted to do with his robe without making his fur turnout to be light grey. I was kind of going for a white mage-y kind of look on his robe (from the early Final Fantasy games). I really wanted to try to add more small red designs to his robe kind of like the triangular designs here:
but I don’t think I have a brush small enough to do that well, nor the skill - at least for now :D But all things considered I think he turned out well.
This is the next miniature in the Mouslings set I think I’m going to paint. I’m still kind of pondering the color scheme I want to use on him - I’ve been thinking about experimenting with white fur color. The closest I ever really got to that was when I painted the ranger mouse who wound up with more of a dark gray-ish fur color.
I always thought that the sort of white lab mouse kind of fur color would look good with a cleric. So we’ll see how it goes.
So here is the fully painted Flynn the pirate mouse from the Reaper Miniatures Mouslings set. I just recently got one of the new nexus 7 tablets (2nd gen) and have been using it to take pictures of future miniatures I plan to paint or completed miniatures like the one above. It’s kind of hard finding a decent camera that can focus on such a small object with this much detail. So sorry about the image quality - it’s not the best - but it’s one of the few picture taking modalities that I have that will at the very least not show an unrecognizable fuzzy little glob on your screen.
While I was painting him I was listening to my “Two Steps From Hell” channel on Pandora radio (If you haven’t heard of TSFH and like theatrical music - fit with orchestra, choir, and the occasional electric guitar with drum set - then you need to check this group out, awesome music!) and I was about to wind down for the night, but The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack came on and so I just had to keep painting :D It was so fitting.
So I’m looking at getting the blog up and running again. (I know, but you don’t have to hold your breath). But that also means I’m painting again! So I’ve been looking into some new ideas with painting. First of all I’m going to try to finish painting all my mousling miniatures. So I started painting this little pirate mouse last night. I’m going to finish painting him tonight and post the final painted version tomorrow, but for now I thought I’d give a bit of a spoiler and show a picture of him just after he was primed and ready to paint.
I finished painting Gavin the wizard last night. After taking such a long break from painting miniatures, I’m pretty happy with how he turned out. There is however, a mold line that I couldn’t ever seem to cut out on his hat - it seems like it almost stands out more in the pictures I took. I tried to stick with colors close to that of Gandalf’s robe and mixed up a grayish-blue color for his cloak (it seemed to match his gray robe well). At the last minute, I tried to add a hint of gold to the acorn on his staff to make it stand out a little more too. I think reaper miniatures did a good job on making him look so much like Gandalf - I’m convinced that if Gandalf were a mouse this is what he’d look like. The song "Concerning Hobbits" kept playing over and over in my head while I was painting him.
Well here’s Eriq the Swashbuckler finished and ready for a finishing coat. This one was actually quite a bit difficult to paint. When ever I would go to touch up on an area it seemed like I would not quite achieve what I had originally intended and so I felt like I was in a perpetual state of touching up and fixing errors (overcorrections) over and over again - even up till after the point I had taken pictures for the blog :D I worked awhile at getting his yellowish brown fur color and was pretty happy with what I got. Overall I think he looks pretty good.
I’ve decided to paint Gavin the wizard next - he’s primed and ready to paint
He kind of has a Gandalf the grey sort of look to him - this one will be a fun one to paint.
Fenimore the ranger is complete! This guy is probably one of my favorites out of the mouslings miniature set - just very well sculpted and looks how I think a mouse ranger should look. I really enjoyed painting this one too. Some of the various details (especially the arrows - hadn’t ever painted anything that tiny before) were difficult but I think that’s what made it more fun to paint for me. I’ll probably pick up Eriq the Swashy again next.
I just finished painting mouse #2 - last time I said I had planned to paint Eriq the swashbuckler next, but when I started painting him my paints were too watered down to get a base coat…I had a considerable amount of his base coat finished before I finally decided I needed to stop and clean the paint off and start all over. When I re-primed him I also primed two other mouslings and on a random whim decided to paint Declan the paladin instead. It was a great opportunity to utilize my silver and gold paints. I think I’m getting a little bit better at the washing technique - after reviewing the pictures I took I think I might touch up a couple spots before I spray him down with the finishing coat.
Haven’t decided which one I’ll paint next, my decision is between either the swashy or the ranger.
Just finished painting my first miniature yesterday, I have to say it’s been a great learning experience - I didn’t realize how hard washing would be (a technique that involves highlighting shadows by allowing a thin mixture of color that is darker than the base color to flow into the cracks, creases, and crevices of the figure). So if you’re a miniature painting pro you’ll probably notice that my “washing layer” is pretty much non existent :D Nevertheless I think I can get the hang of it (and various other painting techniques) with some more practice. And several of the painting tutorials and painting guides I’ve read around the internet have really helped.
I have the next mousling miniature primed and ready to paint (except for a molding seam I overlooked in his sword - in the pictures I just took. So I’ll prob have to re-prime his sword after I fix that). This little guy is a swashbuckler named Eriq.