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Miniature painting Christmas is coming!

Christmas period is coming! Holidays, free time, good food… and GIFTS!

Hey, call me immature, but I love that part of Christmas. Decorated tree, family around it, packages under it… and all these surprises waiting for you… Socks, ties, books you’ve already read, CDs you’ve already bought…

Miniature painter’s Christmas tree

No, wait. Let’s imagine something better. The hobby Christmas tree. True paradise for every painter in the world. A place, where every one of us will find a gift we actually want and need. First things first though – we need to decorate our tree.

Reaper Miniatures and Scibor Monstrous Miniatures were kind enough this year to provide us with some nice decorations.

Photo: Miniature painting Christmas is coming

Photo: Miniature painting Christmas is coming

Photo: Miniature painting Christmas is coming

Miniatures

Right, I believe we can now pick our first presents! I’m pretty sure many of us would love to get something really big and impressive… Cang the Implacable from CMON Miniatures maybe?

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Of course, a standard size mini would be cool, too! Fantasy, like Studio McVey Azumi

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 …or SF model like this Dragao from the Infinity game, it doesn’t matter at all!

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However, we could use our tree to make someone leave his or hers comfort zone. A larger scale historical model, like this Pegaso Models Templar Knight might be interesting, don’t you think?

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We don’t paint busts frequently, which is kind of shame, as they are often such a great sculpts. Young Miniatures have many of them in their range.

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 We also can’t forget about gamers among us! Why don’t you surprise someone with minis they can use for gaming, maybe even released by a different company? Every gamer should appreciate these dwarfs from Avatars of War. Variety is the key to a nice army.

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Paints

Of course, we all need additional stuff to paint all these minis under our tree. What paints do you use? Maybe it’s about time to try other brands and compare them? There are so many paints on the market, find the one that suits you best. Relatively new Foundation Paints from GW

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Privateer Press P3 paints….

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…. or maybe one of these nice sets of Andrea Miniatures paints?

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Brushes

What else could we put under the Christmas tree? Good quality brushes seem like a nice choice for any painter. Famous W&N 7 series…

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… or maybe less-known but at least equally good Raphaël brushes?

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Miniature painting DVDs

For those wishing to learn new tricks there are many instructional DVDs out there. This one released by Darksword Miniatures showcases a great female tag-team of Jen Haley and Anne Foerster.

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So many products to choose from… not an easy task, I tell you.

What about you?

What would you like to find under your hobby Christmas tree? What would you like to give to your fellow painters? Tell us, we are all eager to hear that… and maybe someone will actually follow your request.

Happy Christmas everybody!

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