Miniature painting is my idea of therapy. Through dark times, those little inch high bastards have kept my mind from the maelstrom.
I will just say that things have not gone well with my move. It has been the darkest time of my, er, extremely interesting life. I needed a lot of help this week. My therapist said to find something I enjoy that can distact me from all the horrible things going on. Something to calm my mind. You know the first thing my mind went to?
Well, yeah, of course it was dirty, dirty sex... but after that, I could think of nothing better than losing myself in the craft of miniatures.
It's time to get back to doing what I love. So here it is... the next phase of my miniatures adventures. Laney rebuilds.
With my studio packed up in a storage unit nine hours drive from me, this meant starting again from scratch.
So, I went to Mind Games today and with a budget of $100, I set about picking the best paints for my style.
I put together this kit.
•German blackbrown by Vallejo (for me, it's a no brainier. It's one of the most replaced paints in my collection. Infact, I find anything vallejo with the word 'german' in it extremely handy.)
•Cryx bane base. Shading up grey looks dull, but the green tinge this gives is super pleasing. It works for stubble glazes too.
•'flesh' (I say scowling at the racism) i.e a warm caucasian skin color that has enough titanium in to be a great base to glaze over.
•warm leather (which is skin colored for many I might add)- a great punchy highlight to the cool german black brown.
•turquoise- a great accent color, good for aging metals, eyes, magic, clothes.
•hot magenta- which will really pop flesh when glazed and be a bold accent color on pouches and stripes. My drunken noses need it.
•Lahmian medium was a must too. I am a glazy bitch. I glaze into the abyss.
•0 and 000 brushes: I prefer windsor and newton watercolor brushes but time was short. These expensive ones will do for starters.
Finally something to clean off flash and add battle damage. It's a new fangled thing called a craft knife.
So, something to paint. Hmmm... The bones range at Mind Games isn't huge- it irks me that I had no money when at PAX so couldn't buy any of the thousands of Reaper minis there. So, I just grabbed some bugbears because they where cheap and frankly just badass cool. It also interested me to try to color them with just those paints. I would have gotten more sandy colors and rusts had I planned it. This is a fun challenge.
So here I am... Once again armed and dangerous! And yes, I am starting to look a lot like my Darkling games logo character- apparently I was subconsciously drawing my true self all along- how's meta is that?
 aaaand first one done. No lamp, not much light, bad camera, and I suck, but so nice to be back on the lead horse.
It occurred to me that the paints I would buy would vary hugely to what you lot would get. So, if you had to start off all over again, what would you pick?