WIP Wednesday

Spring is here and with it comes the season of conventions and competitions! As you read this miniature painters and sculptors are scrambling to finish pieces for the Iron Painter competition hosted by Wyrd minis. The Iron Painter is a crazy difficult competition where you are given a theme and have two weeks to come up with a miniature piece that explores it. Then your miniature goes head to head against another in a round of voting. Because your doing a new piece every two weeks with no way to guess the theme, it produces a mountain of ¬†interesting pieces to browse through. It’s too late to enter now but I’ll leave a link to the forum below to the gallery of competing pieces to look through. I believe this weeks theme was “pink”.

I am also preparing for summer competitions, albeit at a much slower pace. I’m hoping to get 4 or 5 miniatures ready for judging by August.


Rocket is very close to being done. He has that great cartoon look I was aiming for but he’s just a tad to bright for his base. I’ll probably use some technical pigment to dirty him up and bring the piece together.


The base is about half way there but needs to be toned way down. I’ve placed primary colors to map out what I want the ship to look like. It’s a crashed ship so there will be a good amount of dirt and scratches showing in the end.


Ive also started on a new bust from FER miniatures. By priming him black first I can use a white primer to help me see how light would hit the miniature from a certain angle. There’s a lot of open skin on the piece so it should help me practice my skin tone and blending. As well as some unusual lighting effects.

Hopefully Rocket will be wrapped by next week and I’ll be able to post a Step by Step (with more pictures of each stage) Until then look out for another Miniature Maker showcase coming soon. And to all you competing this summer remember to have fun and good luck!


Check out the Iron Painter 2016 competition


Painting Descent 2nd Edition

A Descent Boss Monster


A Descent Normal Monster


If you don’t want to put in the time painting two color schemes you can simply paint a red rim around one of the bases.


Excited to be kicking off a new project today! Descent 2nd edition is a huge (as in we’re going to need a bigger boat huge) semi co-op game with one player working as the forces of evil and everyone else teaming up to stop them. You get miniatures to represent most of the inhabitants of the dungeon as well as a mini for every hero. The miniatures are of decent quality although some mold lines had to be let go because they ran over some very fragile facial features. Removing them completely would have ruined the details so instead I will try to work them into the model as scars or other character building features. One of the neatest features of the game is that one model of every monster comes in a red plastic to represent a “The Boss” of that monster. I have chosen to go with a different color scheme to represent all boss level creatures, and the extra time really pays off when the game hits the table. These minis will be handled and used often so I have decided not to rebase most of them in an attempt to keep them durable. I also sprayed with a shiny acrylic coating and then dulled them with a layer of matte spray. This double spray should protect the paint from rubbing fingers for a long while.

Painting Mice and Mystics (Nez)


Good morning on this blustery winter day. Today we have Nez the blacksmith warrior from Mice & Mystics. He’s a great mini although you’ll have to do some diligence to get all the mold lines. You can see in the bottom picture how missing one can really stand out once the figure is painted. I decided to go with a very classic painting style using mixed colors to shadow instead of glazes. Also I used my thumb to imprint the paint on the hammer to make it spotty. This matches more with John Ariosa’s amazing blended art style. If you haven’t seen the art for this game than I suggest Googling it. The light and shadow effects as well as his muted pallet are very cool.