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Dragon Con Paint & Take 2014

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on September 2, 2014 by Sean


This last weekend was Dragon Con, the big sci-fi/fantasy/media convention in Atlanta. I was there as a volunteer, acting as part of the Paint & Take, a booth for the con-goers to get a free minie to paint and take home. My fellow volunteers and I gave tips, showed demonstrations of miniature painting, and set everyone up to paint. Most of the people we got were first time painters, or hadn’t painted in years. Everyone had fun, and we hope we sparked a love of miniature painting in the participants.

These two mugs were some of the miniatures I worked on over the course of the con. They were demo pieces used to illustrate some techniques; we had a video feed of our hands painting for people to watch.

The first is a Bull Snapper, a Gatormen Warbeast from Hordes. He is part of the same army I’ve been working on for a client (the Gatormen Posse featured in previous posts). I went for a very naturalistic color scheme, with dull green-brown as the base, with various washes to achieve a warm brown in the recesses, a mustardy yellow belly, and highlights to get greyed yellow scales, especially on the dorsal sail. I made the interior of his mouth purple to contrast with the yellow of his scales.

The second is a Fatty Zombie from Zombicide. Zombies from the game were some of the choices for participants, so I figured I’d do one too to help people along and to better explain any questions they’d run into. He’s mostly a dirty ‘dead’ color scheme, the only real color coming from his mouth and the respirator hanging around his neck.  The shirt got several washes to show how dirty it was, probably even before the guy was a zombie.


Gator Posse

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on April 11, 2014 by Sean

The Gatormen for Hordes continues. I’ve done 2 full units of Gatormen Posses (1 Bokor and 4 Gators).

The Bokor is painted like the rest, with a little more emphasis on some details to characterize him from the mass. All the bones and feathers certainly help.

The other pic is of more of the Gatormen. The unit only has 2 poses, which is somewhat boring for a full unit. I kept the naturalistic color scheme, with a mixture of tans, oranges, and yellows for their underbellies.


Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on March 5, 2014 by Sean

In a previous post I was doing test-paints for a Dark Elf army. As it turns out, the client decided to have me paint another army, in this case Gatormen for Hordes. These two fellows are some of my test paint schemes for the force.

First, a Gatorman. We decided to go for a naturalistic scheme, basing it off a normal alligator, so a duller green with yellow-orange underbelly. I even gave him a gator’s pale yellow tongue. His spear was painted to look like bronze, continuing the primitive look for him.

Second, a Bog Trog. I wanted something more interesting than the standard scheme of pale yellows and browns. Instead I went for a more fish-like pale blue-green, with white highlights on the fins and vanes. Claws and teeth are a warm bone color to contrast.

Both have a swamp base, with a mix of flock colors, and small sections of water painted in to the base.


Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on September 20, 2013 by Sean



I felt like adding an update. My current work continues, but it’s still under way. So, I raided my minis cabinet for some oldies. Here are some Trollblood Warbeasts (Axer and Impaler respectively)  I painted years ago. I got the Trollbloods starter from Hordes, and tried them out.

The trolls here are an experiment of sorts. I wanted to show their more savage and primal nature, so I tried to avoid showing as much metal as possible. Their armor is all leather and skin, with the only metal shown being studs, fasteners, and spikes. The weapons of course were metal, but otherwise, I just went for brown and tan. There are at least 6 shades of brown, ranging from dark leather for belts, tanned leather for armor, a dull burlap color for bags, and warm brown for clothing . There’s  even a specific shade for the chickens the Impaler is carrying on his belt. I kept the general Trollish blue tone to their skin, but I opted for a duller slate blue instead of the brighter color Privateer usually uses.

Someday I may get around to painting the other Impaler and the warlock from the box.

Legion of Everblight

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on March 2, 2012 by Sean

Here is the Legion of Everblight warpack for Hordes, done for a client.It contains Lylyth, a Carniveon, and some Shredders.

The color scheme for the warbeasts is effectively a reverse of the standard scheme, but that’s what the client wanted.

Lylyth herself follows the standard scheme. More of this army later.