[ ART ] Adventures in Mini Painting

So, I finally finished up work on our new Heroforge miniatures!  They’re painted, sealed, and ready for play in our game on Saturday.  All-in-all, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, which is saying something for me.  I usually hate everything I do.

There were a lot of smaller details that I, hopefully, managed to get in.  I think waiting the full day for the primer to fully set is a much better idea.  Still trying to get the hang of drybrushing highlights and tone washing the nooks, crannies, and shadowy places, but I’m getting better with every mini!

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[ ART ] Adventures in Mini Painting

And here we are for another exciting adventure in miniature painting with yours truly!  Today, I’m excited to say that I got in my fancy new Heroforge minature of my bard, Timoura Silverstrings, whom I am playing in Tales from the Yawning Portal this season with the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League.  So, color me all kinds of giddy!  (Painting pun totally intended…)

I was so ready to get started that I forgot to take pictures of the miniature as it came out of the box.  The new plastic material from Shapeways feels really sturdy, an improvement over the flimsy plastic that broke on friends’ who ordered earlier miniatures.  There’s something to be said on waiting a few months when a new service or product comes out; it gives them time to work out the kinks. There were a few imperfections and artifacts on the edges that needed trimming, but overall they were exactly as we ordered them.  We were quite pleased!

If you’ve seen my recent artwork of Timoura on this blog, then you likely already know the color scheme for her.  A lot of blues, because blue is my favorite color.  Do I need any other reason?

heroforge-timoura-001I’m still trying to figure out the best primer coat to use, this was brush painted on instead of spray painted, but the Vallejo Surface Primer I used seemed kind of flaky to begin with.  That is likely my own fault for not letting it dry long enough.  My husband’s Heroforge of his gnome rogue might go over better, since I’m leaving it to dry for well over a day.  This one I painted after a few hours.  (I was eager to paint, okay!)

That said, I’m still rather pleased at how it’s turned out so far.  I even did some drybrushing and tone washing!  Go me!  The mini looks a little “chalky” here in the picture, but that might be my silly smartphone camera.  It hates to try and focus on small things like this.  I might have to break out my trusty Canon Rebel for this level of macro photography to get a decent picture.

I need to get some flocking for the base, though to hide all that unsightly primer!  Maybe some nice grass.  I’ll have to check with Ettin Games & Hobbies!

 

[ D&D ] International Tabletop Day!

It was a wonderful day of gaming out at Ettin Games & Hobbies for International Tabletop Day 2017!  

We had the amazing opportunity of playing in the Season Six Epic opener, The Relics of Khundrukar!  No spoilers here for those who haven’t gotten to play it, but it was a fantastically fun time with some great challenges along the way.  Our organizers kept everything running smoothly and we got down to the wire on the final battle, but still completed our mission with three minutes to spare!  It was great to watch both new players and old banding together toward a common goal. I really hope we see more of these epic campaigns because they’re a blast to play.  I’m looking forward to the next one!

Consider this my friendly reminder to support your local hobby shops.  A gaming community is only as strong as you, the gamers, make it but it’s shops like these that give us a home.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

march200Here’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

Since today (well, yesterday, technically…) is International Women’s Day, Monica asked us to honor women within our circles.  First and foremost among writers, I’d like to thank Monica Valentinelli for always being such an inspiring person.  I very much admire all the work she’s done both as a writer and within the gaming industry.  I would be remiss not to mention Margaret Weis as an ever-present source of inspiration and admiration.  I’ve spent innumerable hours in the various worlds and among the characters she’s created.  I don’t think my reading life would be the same without them!

Among artists, I’m an avid admirer of Faebelina whose art and creativity have been a source of joy and inspiration for years!  There’s also the amazingly talented  Amanda whose art I’ve watched blossom in the past few years I’ve known her.

This is just a small sampling of the amazing ladies I’ve been inspired by over the years, but they’re all worth taking the time to wander by and sample their creative offerings.  That’s all for this week, I’ll see you next time!

Happy creating!

On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

march200Here’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

February was busy with art!  I averaged almost one new piece per day, which is a lot more than I used to do. It’s something of a joy to look through my art folder and see file after file of artwork. I’m even getting to the point that l  like and enjoy my own work. I’m still critical of it and some things frustrate me (I’m looking at you, hands…) but I continue forward. The only way to improve is to practice, right?

The theme for this month is: PLANT. Time to lay down some seeds to success by accomplishing some goals!  I’ve already been setting small goals for myself, so I don’t see a reason to stop now.

I do agree with Monica, though, it’s important to self-analyze if you’re struggling. It’s something l had to do for myself last year, doing less writing and more art. I’d taken stock of what l was capable of, what was better for me, and — even though it was a difficult decision — l changed things so l could still create. I don’t regret it one bit. I’m happier, less stressed, and starting to enjoy my creative process. All that, in turn, helps me create even more!

So, taking some time to reflect and put your energy toward the things you really want to do is a great way to start the month.  Good luck and happy creating!

On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

manw2017-febHere’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

With the death of my main PC over the weekend and some Real Life Stuff that needed tending to l wasn’t as steadfast to my pledges this week. I’ve still managed to get some art done, though, and some reading so it hasn’t been a total loss.

I added the Habitica app to my life in an effort to keep myself on track. I tend to be forgetful (thanks, drugs!) so I need the help.

Still on my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models.

[ MANW 2017 ] Wednesday Check-in

manw2017-febHere’s my Wednesday check-in for Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War challenge!  As a reminder, these were my pledges for this year:

  • I will devote one hour every night to creating, be it art, photography or writing, whichever I’m inspired by.
  • I will spend one hour every night reading; a creative mind needs time in other creative works to be inspired!
  • I pledge to engage my audience more through various social media outlets by checking in with them at least twice a week.
  • If I don’t make my pledges, then I will hold myself accountable the following day and make up the time I didn’t spend.

 

Lots of art has been going down this week!  I think I’ve managed at least one piece a night, which is pretty darn good in my opinion, given that I’ve had some pretty difficult pain days.  I’m really digging this new portrait style I’ve been doing, so expect to see a lot of that!   On my To-Do List:

  • Need to get back on the rails with Siege of Arey.  
  • Get back to practicing with full body models and poses.

All-in-all, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished this week and I’ve made a couple of friends happy in the process which makes that icing on the cake!