Ah, well; there is no use bemoaning the low shelf life of the standard blog post. Without further ado, here’s another one to throw on history’s fire.
I’m putting this right up front, since time and again it’s the hobby trick people seem to remember and embrace. Take a stick and double sided tape, then put it in a box with some miniatures. Shake it up. When you remove it, it’ll look like the picture, above.
But they didn’t! Anyway, give this trick a try. These days, I use a standard ruler with 10-models maximum. It goes from priming and base coating outside to indoors, where I use an airbrush on all the models at once. I find it easiest to remove the models when I break out the paint brushes, but a buddy of mine does most of the painting right on the stick.
I really like this product. It’s cheap, it can be found in any big box store, and it’s actually a primer. It will give you a solid coat with only a few passes.
Another example is the Menoth models, above. There’s nothing fancy, but I used colors that speak to the faction a bit, meaning the white and red, and used the blue for the accents. I didn’t blend much; further, the metal stayed muted. In fact, looking at this picture reminds me that I used a .005 pen to block out the armor plates for a bit more contrast. It was quick to paint and I’m happy with the result. These are models I want on the table, not stuck on my paint tray forever!
Terrain is an area where beginning players suffer. We’re luckier these days, since you can purchase great terrain kits, both painted and unpainted. Still, I’d recommend having a go at building your own terrain. It’s surprisingly easy and it is nice to have terrain that isn’t a ruined cityscape.
I have a tub that I throw junk in. If it looks vaguely terrain-ish, in it goes. Sometimes I’ll use it to build terrain for a table, while other times I decide it’s too much trouble and in the trash it goes.
Still, you’ll be surprised how quickly you fill a tub when everything starts looking like potential scenery!
My favorite table to play on is a forest, simple because you don’t often see it at the FLGS. I look for trees after Chrismas, or on clearance. The best trees I own – pictured above – were discounted bonsai trees in a cheap pot. I purchased the lot, pulled out the trees, and ditched the pot.
As WarmaHordes players know, you have to be able to move models through all those trees! Base them simply and gather them on a larger base, then move them around as you see fit.
I’m not the best at basing models, but Bell of Lost Souls has taught me a lot over the years. The first models I put on the front page were all simply flocked. I like it at the time, since it was easy to do and provided a consistent look, but you – the BoLS Faithful – pointed out in the comments that there was a missed opportunity to make models pop through scenic bases.
Cork is the tool for basing. You can buy it in sheets and cut or tear it up before gluing it down. You see it all the time, even if you may not realize it.
If any of you have good basing articles you can link, please do so! We’ll all find them useful.
Hobby Lobby is expanding the hobby supplies that are useful to us in war gaming. The gel, above, can be mixed with the paint of your choice then painted on a model’s base. It’s very similar to the product GW makes that provides texture to a base… except it is easier to use and much, much cheaper.
It can also be used on vehicles as mud or rust, with the appropriate colors mixed in, of course. I’m still finding uses for textured gel.
You’ll have reason to strip the paint from models one of these days. Maybe you need to repurpose models and your skill has improved; maybe you’ve purchased a deal on Ebay. Either way, take a glass jar, fill it with Purple Power or Simple Green, and let them sit for a day or two.
Speaking of time, if you want finished models, much less a finished army, you’ll have to find the time to work on your stuff. I usually take something to work on, even on holiday. I might only get in a half hour every so often, but any investment in time will add up. And hey, what’s one more box compared to your wife’s crazy amount of luggage?
Anyway folks, I hope you found some of these tips and tricks useful. If you have some of your own, please share – and (appropriate) links are welcome! Just remember, keeping reading this site, and one day you’ll win a million dollars courtesy of Big Red!
No, you won’t. No chance, just so we’re clear. But read anyway! And as always, thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?