What a ride it was! (The team is growing)

Despite the global trend of social distancing and isolation, we’re going in the opposite direction – we are socializing and expanding the team!

You may wonder how and why. Well, that’s a story for sure. Let me tell you, briefly.

Three-years-long adventure

For nearly three last years we have been cooperating with Mixed Dimensions, and quite a ride it was! Wow, we have been thrown into the world of international corporations, big businesses, gaming companies and modern technologies. While it was exhausting and kept us busy for most of the time (as you could easily notice by our reduced internet presence), we’ve built a crazy team of artists, and learned a lot.

Production of large-scale statues for Mixed Dimensions

After the project was closed, we were richer in so many ways! We were very experienced about 3d printing. We learned how to cast models – from small miniatures to large statues or terrain pieces. We knew about prototyping, creating master models and master paintjobs for reference for further production. We built efficient processes of painting both individual and unique projects and standardized projects, where one is difficult to tell from another. We had people who could coordinate those tasks, and people who could follow such directions like a charm!

Moving forward

So what do we want to do with the knowledge and skills we acquired? We want to expand the scope of our operations and services we offer.

Prototyping a model for Mixed Dimensions

Soon I will be writing more about these matters, so you can get a glimpse behind the courtains (well, only as much as we can uncover things), but for now let me tell you what it can mean to you.

What’s new?

Previously we were mainly a group of painters, now we have a fully trained teams of modelers and diorama builders.

Example of a diorama designed by Benathai

Previously we had nothing to do with 3d printing or casting models, now we can boast some serious 3d printing and casting expertise.

Previously we mainly focused on individual models, usually display quality ones. Now we can efficiently paint a large coherent project, like an army or collection.

New workflow allows for efficient, coordinated handling of larger and coherent-looking projects

Previously our prices were mainly tailored for high-end collectors, now we can offer much more affordable options, thanks to the optimized workflow.

Finally, previously we dealt mainly with private collectors, but now we have experience in working with companies, business partners and institutions. Prototyping, preparing for production, creating anything from single copies to long production runs is now possible!

Statue from Mixed Dimensions, repainted and customized by Kacpero

The team is expanding!

In addition to this, we can announce that our team has expanded, and we would like to introduce three new artists joining our ranks: Amalryk and Thymos.Theos being mainly painters, and Calamity, whose field of expertise is construction of dioramas, scenic bases, conversions and other modeling works. They will get more of an introduction soon (with their bios and galleries), but for now I just wanted to tell you that the family is growing bigger. 🙂

Calamity at work

All of them are great artists with a lot of individual style and their own preferences, but they have also been trained by Ańa to work as a team, like a well-oiled machine when needed.

There’s more…

And yes, there’s more to tell you about, but I don’t want to make this one too long. Instead I will just share a few more posts with you, detailing the parts you may be interested in, so stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed for us, and if here is any interesting project you would like to work with us on, just contact us and let’s discuss it. Maybe you find our work style suitable for your needs! 🙂

After all, it’s good to be back home! 😀

Fantasy Vikings warband

Sometimes you get a project that is just so cool that you can’t let it go. It was the case with these Vikings. Or not quite Vikings, but their fantasy equivalents.

It was a few months ago that we were asked if we could get an unique warband painted. Had it been a typical run-of-the-mill warband, it could have been just another project for us. But these models and the backstory behind them were so uncommon and so special that we decided we simply had to do them! The owner of the miniatures liked Benathai`s style the most and insisted on having him paint the models, and so we did!

The most unique warband

So what was so special about the models? Well, not all of them existed at the moment the project started. Some were still being designed, as the warband included a few models which were sculpted specifically for this project, so there are only single copies of these models in the world!

So here’s the whole warband, and if you want to see the individual models, look a bit further below.

Fantasy viking warband
Fantasy viking warband – you can see some spears are not attached. It’s intentional with shipping in mind. Sorry we cannot take photos of fully assembled models 🙁

Characters for the viking warband

So here’s the seer. Heavily inspired by the “Vikings” TV show. The representation is pretty accurate, isn’t it?

Now this guy is a bear. A Norse bear though, so he belongs in the warband:

These two, the archer and the spearman, may seem more generic, so why don’t you take a quick look at the freehands which mark them as more individual characters.

This is their warpriest. He wears adamantine armor and is basically shorter than the others, just because that’s the way dwarves are. 😀

Finally the last two models represent the same character, Magnus the Jotunkin brawler, in two different states. One is his usual form while the giant one is what he looks like when he’s going berserk and frenzy transforms him into his giant form.
No, he’s not the Hulk – he’s not green. 😉

Even if you are familar with currently available miniature ranges, you may be unable to recognize the models used for Magnus, because they were made specifically for this warband. Isn’t it great to have such unique pieces to represent your characters?

Have ideas for cool projects?

It’s cool to participate in creation of such personalized projects, which are important to their owners. So if you have any interesting project you would like us to work on, feel free to contact us about it, because we can help you make it happen!

Just a certain Genghis…

Recently we have received quite a few inquiries to paint some Hero Forge miniatures. More than before, which was already pretty surprising.

Honestly speaking we don’t know the reason, was it because of the Hero Forge miniatures Benathai painted before? Or because of the fact he did some for the very company. Regardless of the reasons, here is another one – a certain character inspired by the world of Conan.

The model was painted by Rejven, who he was too shy to post it here. However, we think it would be a shame to let it go unnoticed, so here a few more pictures:

Meet the Cyber Belles!

Our long-time friend, Tim Jonker a.k.a. Skrit, has launched this interesting Kickstarter project – the Cyber Belles. We think it’s a really cool concept and the models look oh-so-tempting, so we thought it would be nice to spread the news about something we like.

Here’s the link for those of you who are not familiar with the project yet:

The Cyber Belles

There are not many miniatures in this style and theme, so we thought we’ll share some more pictures to show you what you can expect to see there:

Red Belle
Red Belle

Blue Belle
Blue Belle

Yellow Belle
Yellow Belle

Inspiring Art

Even the concept art is so inspiring that it may be difficult to resist backing this kickstarter up! 😉

Cyber Belles: Red Belle

Cyber Belles: Blue Belle

Cyber Belles: Yellow Belle

Good luck to Ouroboros Miniatures from the Chest of Colors team! 🙂

New Kids On The Block

While you might expect to read about the boy band from the 80s/90s, we have to disappoint you. We remain in the realm of miniature painting and instead of listening to catchy songs by NKOTB you will meet our two new team-mates: Kacpero and Rejven.

Kacpero
Kacpero

Kacpero used to be a member of our team already, until more important matters made it impossible to contribute here and to participate in life of our little community. Fortunatly now he is ready to join us again and we’re glad to have him back! He’s already an active participant of our workshops and events, so if you happen to attend to one of them you are very likely to meet him there.

Rejven
Rejven

Rejven is an old friend of our team, having worked at one of our local hobby stores and now becoming much more involved in the very hobby of painting miniatures. Definitely geeky enough to be added to our team, he is welcome here and we hope you’re going to enjoy his presence as well.

Without any unnecessary ado, let’s keep fingers crossed for them, so they don’t lose their initial motivation and enthusiasm. And let their works speak for themselves. 🙂