Quarantine

So, I haven’t left the house in…a while. I am at a higher risk for all of this going on because I have pretty bad asthma. I’ve been painting quite a bit but pretty quiet about it since some of it is a surprise for a game group. Here’s a couple pictures of my most recent small project that I finished as a challenge to get me out of a painting rut.

I’ve gotten some small stuff done and even a commission since I last updated. I’m currently working on a larger commission of a Fire Giant Jailor from Reaper Miniatures. Here are a couple pics of that work in progress.

Goals & Website Revamp

It’s February already! As per usual I’ve got some goals and some heads up stuff.

So. Goals first:

I am currently working on several projects.

  • First I have a commission! That should be done in a week and a half or so.
  • Second being a conversion piece that I can’t talk too much about until it is revealed to the players.
  • Third I am working on building World Works Games paper boat The Maiden.
  • And last, I’m working on a PC mini for myself, Sana from Hasslefree.

Now a heads up!

Sometime soon I will be redoing the site and it will be down for a while. Just wanted to give y’all a heads up. I’m not disappearing just making things a little more aesthetically pleasing to me and, hopefully, you.

Artist’s Arsenal Brushes: A Review

Hello, dear readers! 

For the holiday season I gifted myself a new set of brushes! I am going to tell you all about them but, first, I will again mention that I paid for these with my own money and am not being paid for the review.

The set is called the Artist’s Arsenal. They are made by Game Envy, the same people behind the Hobby Holder which I love so much. So when I found out they were making brushes I knew I had to get some and let you all know how well they hold up to my standard.

If you buy the set, rather than buying the brushes individually, you will get 5 Kolinsky sable brushes (sizes 000, 00, 0, 1, and 2), a brush beam to rest your brushes on when not in hand, and a handy travel tube. It all comes packaged in the tube. My brush beam was wrapped in tissue paper but I got excited and opened it before taking pictures. It cost $40USD for the set.

First up, brushes! 

Each brush comes with protectors to keep the tips intact during shipping. I found that unlike many brushes I purchase that the protectors go back on quite easily without issue. This is good because it will actually allow me to use the travel tube and not worry about the tips getting bent in transit. It will also allow me a much more compact option than carrying around my brush case which takes up more than double the space the tube does.

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They also have fun names. Each size has the names of different types of swords. From smallest to largest they are the Foil (000), the Sabre (00), the Epee (0), the Spear (1), and the Lance (2). I think that’s a neat touch. I could see not knowing what size a brush might be but knowing the name of the brush might be helpful in finding a replacement if needed. These are also sold individually so no need to buy a whole set again if you only want one or two of the brushes.

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I used them quite aggressively for a few days over the holidays. I have found that they hold shape really well. I had no issues with the tips curling or bending in weird ways. I did have a couple stray hairs but nothing a little rinse wouldn’t fix, I did not have to trim these away. They also spring back to a point very well when I remove the brush from the mini. They have a good sized belly for holding lots of paint so I didn’t have to go back to my palette as often as I would usually.

The brush beam, which is essentially a brush rest, is a handy thing. It lets me set my brush down while using them without losing them which I am prone to do. It is compact so it also fits in the travel tube to keep from being lost.

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Overall, I think they are great brushes and I can foresee them lasting a long time. Will they replace my beloved Rosemary & Co. brushes? I’m not sure yet, I’ll have to work with them a bit longer but they will be in my regular rotation.

If you’ve got anymore specific questions leave them in the comments or send me a message and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability. 

Happy Painting,

S

2020: Hobby Resolutions

2020 is almost here! Where did the decade go!? I’ve been painting for more than half of it now and I never want to turn back. It gives me peace and calm when I am able to completely focus and I love that. I never saw myself doing this but here I am now 6 1/2 years later.

Now time for some hobby resolutions. I had to think really hard about this and I’m still not sure this is a final list of things I want to accomplish.

  • Finish Ma’al Drakar
  • Paint Stuffed Fables
  • Try to blog more
  • Do the embroidery for All Mini’s Eve calendar
    • Finish calendar
  • Level up my basing skills
  • Work on learning more photography skills
  • Continue clearing the Shelf of Shame
  • Organize hobby room to be more efficient

This list may grow and things may be removed over the year but this is my core idea of getting stuff done. I may not post again until after the new year so Happy New Year to all of you!

Happy Painting,

-S

Minivember 2019: Report

I am saddened to say that Minivember this year was not completed.

I got to 22 finished minis. I had a whole lot of personal stuff as well as being sick that got in the way. With that said, with everything I faced I think I did pretty well. I didn’t give up my standard for the project and I just didn’t give up period. I worked up until the end of the 30th to finish but I just couldn’t quite reach the goal.

I would say there is next year but there may not be for me. I am working on another month long project for October, which is a little less hectic for me, that will be taking place. I’m not going to say it’s definitely my last Minivember but it could be.

I’ll announce more next year when it gets closer.

Happy painting!

-S

Minivember 2019: Days 3-18

I dropped the ball. I’m behind because I’ve been sick all month. I’m currently trying to catch up on the…several days I am behind by.

I threw out the calendar to save some time and paint. I’m still painting the models on the calendar just not in that order. Not all of the pictures are great and some of the minis aren’t the cleanest but for times sake I had to call it good enough. I’ll go back at the end of the month and do bases and touch-ups.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

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Courtesan

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Fungal Handmaiden

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Rivani, Iconic Psychic

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Nemesra, Dancing Girl

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Dark Elf Priestess

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Dark Elf Wizard

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Dark Elf Female Warrior

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Dark Elf Elite

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Dark Elf Male Warrior

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Juliana, Herbalist

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The Crimson Herald

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Greybeard with Orb

 

Minivember 2019: Update 2

Had to do some adjustments to my calendar for time’s sake. I will post the new one as soon as I write it down. I swapped out the Rocky the Red minis for two others from Bones 4 that are a little smaller to give me time to do a better job.

I pulled paint and liner-ed minis today. I’ve got quite the pile of paint this year.

I will post finalized pictures of what mini’s I’m doing and (hopefully) in what order I am doing them in.

Tell your friends or anyone you know who paints minis about Minivember! I know quite a few people have jumped on the wagon this year and I love watching people challenge themselves to paint more.

Can’t wait to watch everyone this year! Hope to see you join in on the fun!

Happy painting!

-S