Miniature of the month: February 2012

February is short and that is why there are a bit less entries than in January. But did the miniature painting quality drop? I don’t think so. Just see how many different entries we’ve got. It keeps me wondering how some painters manage to paint so beautiful minis, that they could be winning each month! It has to be just pure talent. That is also why you are now allowed to give 3 votes for different miniatures. It shouldn’t be a problem now to vote, or what do you think?

What about my entry? Well… shame on me that I didn’t finish anything during whole month. Next month I will try to do better.

Authors say

What people had to say about their works:

“Here is my new miniature. Im not really content of this mini, sculpt was bad and had a lot of air bubbles and other things which made painting this miserable. Only dress was nice in work. So I’m happy I can make other miniatures now.”
— Flameon

“Thanks to Nameless’ opinion I added more contrast on it – light is sharper now. The minis were chosen by the customer and Mahon, I added a little conversion: The ogre has resculpted waist and neck. On the back I took off the standards, and added them to the base and cannon. On the back I put a weapon (probably from Rackcham). I found and added two Forsaken or Chaos Spawns (the choice is yours). These two minis are from Heresy.”
— Ana

“I painted this model for Bytom 2012 show, I thought it would be weird to go there without any historical model. It’s Roman Cavalry Officer from Latorre Models, 54mm scale. based on a character from Gladiator film, so I call him Spanyard instead. New company for my showcase, historical genre, bigger scale – I still follow my plans (new manufacturers, variety) for 2012!”
— Nameless

Now on to the gallery:

Miniatures of the month February

Rules have changed!

You are surely familiar with the rules of Miniature of the month now, aren’t you? But to make the event more enjoyable for you. So what’s the change?

Now everybody can vote for 3 miniatures of their choice. Cool, isn’t it? We found it will add an additional layer to the whole fun. This also means there will be one Miniature of the Month (the winner) and up to two honorable mentions. The number of honorable mentions will be reduced if two miniatures tie for the title of the Miniature of the Month.

OK, so now you should be ready to vote:

Voting has ended

The poll is open until the end of March. The results will be pu

blished after the poll is closed and the winner will receive a honorary badge to display in his profile on our miniature painting forum. In case of a tie, the badge will be awarded to the winners. Up to two models will also receive honorary mentions.

And if you want to comment on this month’s entries, explain why you voted the way you did, or maybe discuss votes of other users – we’ll be happy to read what you have to say. So don’t be shy and share your opinion with us. Thank you!

Results

UPDATE: The winner of this month’s poll is Reynevan, with honorable mentions going to Ańa and P1per. Congratulations!

Between the Lines – Episode 6

We all have problems sometimes, more or less serious. We usually try to deal with them in many different ways.

One of the most popular methods is a prayer, mainly because it’s so easy. It doesn’t require much effort, does it? You just kneel, or light some candles, or draw a pentagram, or sacrifice some live beings… preferably all of these… and ask your mighty God, or Sigmar, or Cthulhu… preferably all of them, just in case…

Why would you want to waste your energy on attempts to overcome your problems if you can pray? Beware though, paths of gods are beyond our understanding, you might end with something you have not asked for.

God’s Gift

Between the lines - miniature painting cartoon: Chaos Gift by Iacton

This episode is sponsored by Iacton, a very talented painter whose works can be checked in his gallery.

Brushes review: Winsor Newton series 7 vs Rosemary and Co

I’ve been using brushes from Winsor & Newton series 7 for over two years now. I think it’s a good time for me to write a brushes review.
In fact it’s been the same lot of brushes all this time, and that’s quite big thing, that they have lasted so long and kept a really good shape. I guess it’s one of the best recommendations I can give to the Winsor & Newton brushes, especially because I don’t really treat them too good….

Unfortunately though, nothing lasts forever, and I’ve noticed recently that my brushes are dying on me slowly, losing the shape and point. So I was forced to buy new ones. And because I like to experiment a bit from time to time, I decided to give a try to Rosemary & Co brushes series 33. I read a lot of good stuff about them and they are fairly cheap compared to Winsor & Newton series 7, and way more easily available in the UK than Raphael brushes, so I thought, “why not”?

I received them a few days ago and already had a chance to try them. I’m still not sure yet if I’m gonna love them or hate them, but because I know that choosing a right brush is very personal thing and things that aren’t working for me could be awesome for someone else, I’m not gonna judge here, instead I’ll try compare both sets I have in hand.

The competitors

Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sabre.

Size: 00, 0 and 1

Winsor & Newton website.

Brushes review: Winsor & Newton series 7 vs Rosemary & Co. (1)

Hand made brushes for water colour & gouache. Known in our miniature world as one of the best, Winsor & Newton made quite an effort to describe them for us in detail, so I’ll just show you some links: Here’s a short description of Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brushes and here you can find a description of making Winsor & Newton Series 7 Brushes.

Winsor & Newton series 7 brushes come in two series: standard and miniature, the difference between them is the size of brush head, miniature are shorter and I prefer those, but like I said, this is a very personal view.

Rosemary & Co Pure Kolinsky Sabre, Series 33 Pure Kolinsky Pointed

Size: 00, 0 and 1

Rosemary & Co website

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There is not as much detailed information about these brushes, but as the manufacturer states, they are also handmade from the finest Kolinsky hair.

I read that for miniature painting two series are the best: Series 33 Pointed and Series 22 Designer. I decided to buy Series 33.

Ok, time for some actual comparison

On the picture below you can find accordingly from the top: W&N series7 and Rosemary & Co size 00, 0 and 1 (the top brush met my cat at some point and you can see how lucky I was that Mr Bombel decided to eat the rear end of the brush).

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As you can see the Rosemary & Co brushes have slightly shorter handle and visibly longer brush head (all of my brushes are short handle, but then Winsor & Newton only comes like this, with Rosemary & Co for an extra few pennies, you can choose a longer handle).

The difference in the shape of brush heads is even more visible on the close up below:

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From left hand side: R&C 1,W&N 1, R&C 0, W&N 0, R&C 00 and W&N 00.

W&N series 7 (miniature I believe) are more triangular in shape, significantly shorter, and seem a bit more solid, but still pointy at the end (remember I’ve been using them for over two years!). Rosemary & Co are slimmer and longer, and thanks to that seem to be a bit bigger than the equivalent from Winsor & Newton7. It’s especially visible with size 00.

When it comes to painting, the longer hair in the Rosemary & Co brush seems to be softer than Winsor & Newton7 head, and gives you different level of precision (it’s hard to say if it’s better or worse – just different).

I understand that sizes can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and everyone needs to choose sizes that fit them best within every range, but I guess the pictures of brush heads will give you some ideas what you can expect:

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Size 1
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Size 0
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Size 00

Brushes review: conclusion

I can’t judge the endurance of Rosemary & Co brushes so far (ask me in two years), and I can’t tell you what’s good for you when it comes to the shape of the brush head, so there is no conclusion as such:)

I can only tell you that for me, I’m more comfortable with the shorter hair, so I’m probably gonna buy a new set of Winsor & Newton series 7 pretty soon (with maybe extra brush or two – size 2 or 3, for larger scale miniatures). It’s absolutely not because Rosemary & Co are worse brushes, they’re just not for me. However, if you prefer longer hair then these might be the brushes for you.

At this point, the only thing I can think of that Rosemary & Co brushes may be better at than Winsor & Newton series 7 for me personally, might be freehands. They gather more paint in them (due to their shape), so they should allow longer strokes between refilling paint. But at the moment it’s just speculation, I haven’t tried them this way yet.

I hope this short article will help you make a more conscious decision when it comes to buying new brushes, especially if you need to buy them online, without checking how they feel in your hand. If you have any comments about the differences between these brushes or your favourite ones, please share with us, so we can all learn more.

Cheers

— ‘eM