It’s going to be a long way back…

About “Chewie, we’re home”, I bet you know the quote, right? That’s quite much the feeling I had when I finally managed to sit and paint during one of Ana’s open workshops. Yet in my case it was more like “We’re on our way home, but it’s going to be a long way back”

Confession

I’ve had a very long break from painting. Many years long, in fact. I never lost interest in the hobby and remained involved in various miniatures-related activities, yet for many reasons I didn’t manage to paint anythinhg for years. Being able to return to once loved activity felt like going home to me!

Without getting into unnecessary (and probably not very interesting for you here)  details, let’s only say that after 2009 I wasn’t painting more than 1-2 minis a year, and I cannot remember a single miniature painted by me after 2013.  Until now that is!

The change?

Now after all these years I managed to paint something. One of the most encouraging factors was that Balrog got old enough to find his interest in miniatures. Not only he’s interested in them, but also keeps looking forward to playing games with them and, what seems to be most important here – is patient enough to spend time painting them too.  So now we can have a valuable family time enjoying the hobby together!

Orc band
That’s a par of Balrog’s orc warband. There are also numerous goblins in it and any creature he finds interesting enough to add to them. Unless it gets added to the opposing dwarf warband he also collects. But orcs have bigger muscles, weapons teeth, are mean and green and generally more impressive than any dwarf can ever get (without riding a bear or wearing a suit of very shiny and ornate plate armor). The boss was painted by the daddy as a gift for him.

Ok, painting with him is not even half as efficient as it used to be when I could paint without getting distracted by him, as he needs some attention and assistance pretty frequently, but still I can paint and spend time with my boy, who is as happy as a boy painting miniature warriors can be! So we can have a good father-and-son time this way. 🙂

But as one could expect, the years-long break took its toll on my painting quality. And returning to the previous skill (not even mentioning improving it) will take time… 🙁

So we’re like starting anew!

I managed to find a few old miniatures started back in the painting days, and decided it would be best to finish them, as if in closing an old chapter in order to be able to start a new one.

Witch Hunter Captain

The first of them was the Witch Hunter Captain from my own Mordheim Warband. Yes, I used to play and enjoyed the game, but never managed to paint more than 3 miniatures, including this captain. He was started many years again and placed in the cabinet unfinished. Now I did what was still missing and here he is. Didn’t want to spend too much time on him, just to wrap an old project up.

Imperial Guard Officer

This model is an Imperial Guard Officer (yes, I keep using the old name instead of the current Astra Militarum), originally a Mordian one, but I painted him in a color scheme matching that of my own army more closely than that of Mordians.

It’s still a work-in-progress photo, but I won’t be spending too much time with this model as well. I have a collection of older Imperial Guard models that I want to have painted, so I will have to sacrifice some quality in order to get them painted at all. Will be cleaning-up a bit here and there and need to tweak the base quite a bit for sure.

The Wolfman

And here is a mini that should be placed in a spoiler tag or hidden from view of most readers here. Much like “the mini”, which was not for the weak-hearted. 😉

If you’ve been following us in the days of old and your memory serves you well, you may still remember that I have a soft spot for miniatures of, let’s say, “alternative beauty”. And so I picked up a bunch of miniatures from Reaper Miniatures that are not the most popular and admired choices (and I am sure my paintjobs will not make them any more popular ;)).

This one is the Wolfman, which will join Dracula in my cabinet, and maybe be followed by the Frankenstein monster when I finally get to paint it…

The miniature was dropped so many times through all the years that I cannot be sure if it originally looked the way it looks now (especially the nose), but I managed to add what was missing, re-apply the paint that was scratched off, and this one can be ticked off, too!

Time to move forward!

So I think most of the models which needed to be finished are done now. Maybe I missed something, so I will add it in one of the future posts as soon as it’s painted, but now I am free to start a new project!

I chose to start with the Dwarf King on War Bear from Scibor Monstrous Miniatures. I am not going to paint him in the usual golden armor, so I also made my bear’s fur brown instead of the commonly used white.

Let’s see where I end up with my paintjob here and keep your fingers crossed that I remain motivated to finish this one!

Hussar 2016 entries – full gallery

It’s been quite some time now since the Hussar 2016 miniature painting contest. But we are sure there will be another edition of this competition in 2017, so we decided to encourage you to come and join us at Hussar 2017.  And can there be a better motivating factor than a gallery full of painted miniatures? 😀

Thanks to Slawol we can present a collection of photos he took at the show. The gallery is huge, going over 360 photos, but I am sure you will find many interesting and inspiring models there!

We expect Hussar 2017 to take place in late October, but have no sure date yet. We will keep you informed about it, so stay tuned for more news. You still have time to prepare some cool contest entries, and let me remind you that the main prize is definitely nothing to scoff at. The winner receives a nice saber and a return ticket to the Crystal Brush contest (yep, it means: a free flight to the US and back). So will you be joining us at Hussar 2017?

PS – If you are an author of one of the works presented here and would like to be mentioned in description of your work, contact us either via the contact form or leave your name and title of your entry in a comment below or under the respective Facebook post.

Adolforc – I don’t mind…

In late 2015 I posted my thoughts or doubts about potentially offensive miniatures and your opinions on that subject. Now, after more than a year I stumbled upon this model from Scale 75:

If you ask me it’s a very interesting model, and the inspiration is obviously clear. It’s not my intention here to judge if it’s subtle or not, but I like the model. I would like to paint it and wouldn’t really mind the reference to the real-world counterpart, who was a genocidal dictator, and thus not a person to look up to.

Yet some of you may feel different about it. And I don’t really find it weird or ridiculous that somebody may feel uncomfortable painting a caricature of a mass murderer.

Still we often paint models depicting characters (real or not) who commit various heinous acts. But for each of us there is a line that we’re not comfortable crossing. It’s a hobby but each of us has their own borders we don’t want to cross to keep the hobby enjoyable.

I would paint this model. I appreciate the sculpt and the potential it offers. Is it too literal? Probably yes, a bit. I understand people who would rather not paint this model.

Yet there’s something that about it that disappoints me. The fact that this model is so literal leaves no room for interpretation. Painting miniatures is a creative hobby as long as the painter has a chance to add some of his own interpretation to the model. And with the very literal and obvious theme here, it leaves hardly any room for creativity. I like it as a 1930s-style orc, and would like to paint it this way. Of there are pirate orcs, why not a military uniformed orc with a funny moustache and hair? But with the insignia and stuff you’re almost pushed to go the particular way unless you want to convert the sculpt. So where’s the space to be filled by the painter’s creative input?

And what are your thoughts about it? Definitely a controversial model, and I think controversies serve models well, but would you paint Adolforc? Or not and why?

What a great meeting of miniature painters!

We spent the last weekend with our fellow painters, including our Ańa and our friends: KaHa, Redav, Loler, Herrkuba and Dexter.

Miniature painting weekend
Miniature painting weekend

It was a great opportunity for some painting, discussions, exchange of feedback and advice, boardgaming, and generally having fun together.

I know Ańa is preparing a short report, so I will not spoil it, but just wanted you all to know I am looking forward to the next meeting like this!