I’ve been trying to get back into painting miniatures for a bit now. I was always interested in it, but with life, the kids, and everything it kept being put aside in lieu of other things.
Some time last year I decided that I wasn’t getting any younger and dug out my old paints. Sadly most of them were solid pieces of sludge and were no use whatsoever. After some debate and inner dialogue, I bit the bullet and invested in some new paints and brushes. I even got lucky and picked up an airbrush for cheap.
Armed with these new tools, I started to explore my skills to see what remained of them. While I was never a masterclass painter, I did competent work to what I considered “high table top standard”. Sadly, like any skill you don’t keep current, my ability had atrophied over time. I’m definitely not as good as I used to be but the more I practice, the easier it becomes and the more things I remember.
Seeing some of the amazing master class paint jobs on various websites is daunting at times as I still have a long way to go to get back to where I was 20 years ago but their skills were learned. I can learn them too. Challenge accepted.
In the meantime. Here’s a couple of WIP pictures of something I’ve been working on. It’s a Water Weird miniature from Reaper. Still have a lot more shading to do to bring out the depth of the water, but I’m happy with my progress so far.
For those of you who’ve been wondering what all I’ve been doing with regards to my little game world I have two very minor updates for you. The rest of you can probably just go ahead and skip this post… or better yet, just get bent. 😛
First up, I’ve updated the temporary world map in the section to the right. It’s still just a photo of the map rather than a proper scan but through the miracle of photoshop, I was able to overlay and roughly label some of the landmarks, countries and notable features which will hopefully flesh it out somewhat until such time as I can get a proper scan done.
As I’ve commented on before, I’ve had a living bitch of a time getting the individual sheets scanned and ported properly due to the previously mentioned scanner limitations, so much so that I’ve essentially given up on the project and will get them professionally scanned only when I finish the map itself.
The second item is somewhat impressive. I’ve been writing up the history of the world, from the mythical birth of the universe through to modern day, briefly touching on all the notable points in between. Now when I say writing, I do mean the handwritten, ink on paper deal. I’ve written about 30 pages to date and I’m still not quite done. I have a short laundry list containing the last thousand years or so to flesh out and then I’ll be “done”. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to type it all up yet so those of you who’re interested in it will have to wait just a little while longer. I’m only about a quarter of the way through that part yet and my “editor” still needs to sign off on it (he really only claims this title because it gives him first dibs at reading stuff) but it should be up within the week but because I love putting the cart before the horse, you will shortly find the page framework already laid out in the right hand menu.