Painting Mice and Mystics Lily

My apologies for missing yesterday’s WIP post. It was in part due to the exciting news that Lily is no longer a Work In Progress but a finished piece and the next in our Painting Mice&Mystics series.


Lily is my personal favorite of the tiny heros you can play as. She doesn’t appear in the game right away but shows up in later scenarios to save the day.

The bases will be left unpainted from now on because I’ve decided to rebase all the pieces after they’ve been finished.
Sorry about the shadow of the phone. I’m saving up for a nice light box but until then the awkwardly lighted pictures will continue :p
The cape is done with a glazing technique. That means I watered down the original color and slowly added more layers. For the final layers I added a little white and yellow and a dark green wash in the folds.

Im very happy with the progress that I’ve made with blending, glazing, and building leatherwork. If I look back at older pieces, I can see the two brush technique really improving with each piece. The Two Brush Technique is where you take two similar shades of colors, paint them side by side and use a 2nd brush to blend the middle together.

The bow and arrows are birch tipped with red leather straps and feathers.
The white wood makes the red feathers really pop! It also helps break up the red and green and help keep the piece from the dreaded Christmas look (something you risk anytime you put red and green together)

I also was given the great idea of painting Lily’s bow in Birch by a friend. Never painting that kind of wood before I did some research and I came across a great article by Dagger & Brush. If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, but you love war gaming, you should definitely head over there. I’ll include a link at the bottom to the Birch tutorial. It’s easy to understand and has some great example pictures of the technique. Although his came out a very realistic Birch while mine is probably a step above camo, I’m still really happy with it as a first try. I hope to try more weapons and armor in unusual materials more often.

Here’s a link to the Dagger and Brush guide to painting Birch

WIP Wednesday

It’s been a crazy week with the launching of a new Game Night and Food blog I’m participating in. You can check it out at It focuses on throwing great parties based around tabletop games and some very talented cooks are donating their skills to the project. Since I spent most of my days off working on recipes and editing, I only have two pieces of news for this Wed.

First off I’ve made some progress on the next figure for the Mice&Mystics series.



Please forgive how dark the pictures are. It’s a miserable dark rainy day and I really only have one window in my apartment to start with. Lily should be done by next week. Finally I will be almost done with the heroes and ready to move on to villains.

The next piece of news is a really cool community project being done by Massive Voodoo. They are asking all painters to please send as many painted zombies as possible for a massive Diorama they are working on. Its set break the record of most zombie minis on a miniature work ever done. Plus the whole painting community from around the world will be adding their personalities to it. Check out for more details and instructions on how to participate


Here are my submissions. They are a few pieces stolen from the game Zombies!!!

Thats about it for this week! Look out for the upcoming post Painting Lily from Mice&Mystics

Here’s the link to the zombie community project!

Painting Mice & Mystics (Tilda)


Shades of white and black why do you tease me so! Tilda is the cleric of Plaid Hats Co-Op Mice and Mystics and wears the dreaded white robes. I tried to get a gritty look on the white that would reflect stomping around beneath a castle. I did dirty bone as a base and a little rucksack tan mixed with white for the highlights. In retrospect I would have done the dirty bone as a base and just kept adding white to build up highlights. Then done some mud spot effects on the bottom rim of the robes. The flat red dot at her neck is a small plastic gemstone that I glued on. It doesn’t look that great in the pics but on the table it really catches the light and pops. The base I’m not worried about because I have decided to go back and rebase the set with more detailed relic and dungeon bases. Looking for a good base match now so any suggestions let me know below. Despite the grayish tone I’m still very happy with how this mini turned out and I feel ready for the next white cloth challenge thrown my way!