I had intended to discuss my experience with Scibor in my previous post but found it was easier to make the topic of its own post. This week, I have the time and space to really delve into it so let’s talk about my experience painting them and look at some past projects and what I’ve learned from them. I have an update on the current project as well.
My first attempt was definitely interesting. I bought a couple packs of dwarves for absolutely dirt cheap from Cool Mini Or Not’s webstore and it took no joke, six months for them to ship my order. I honestly never thought I would get them and that subpar experience kind of continued through painting it. I started this one in early 2019 and the pictures I took are surprisingly dark. I have to think I was having trouble taking pictures of the metallic paint as these are really dark and to be frank, the two above don’t look that great and the contrast in the metallic paint is hard to see. There are a few things that look good, like the horns on the helmet but by and large, I wouldn’t say that was my best work even for back then. I did learn some important lessons with that one though like how to shade metallic paints to get a good look. I also learned that non-GW sculpts can be tricky to assemble. This one ended up getting thrown away because the head of the hammer would not neatly glue on top of the pole and the banner which looks quite nice and I was getting close to being ready attach to the other pole was even worse. I tried everything and could not get it to stay attached. I was definitely disappointed at the time but I did get over it fairly quickly because I tried another Scibor dwarf not too long after.
While the first dwarf didn’t go well, I did learn quite a bit from it and I was left with a desire to do even better on the next. I bided my time and looked for a Scibor sculpt that wouldn’t have the gluing issues that the previous one had. When I saw this guy, I grabbed him and decided to go full on with a display base. I certainly painted the metal better but made some dumb mistakes like not painting the display base very smoothly and I didn’t carefully paint his eyes and it wasn’t until I was close to being done that I realized they were a little off which made this guy not seem like he was display worthy. Unfortunately, his shield was really hard to glue on and fell off multiple times before I thought I had it secured. I had this guy stored away in my closet and the shield somehow fell off again so my frustration finally reached the point where I threw him away and I don’t regret it all that much. I knew I could do better and more recently, I finally have.
You might be asking yourself, why do you keep buying these sculpts if you had such bad luck? Some of the luck was created by myself and I do feel that I learned something as a result of the frustration. But more importantly, Scibor sculpts are affordable. You can buy the specific sculpt you want on eBay in the US anyway and not have to get a whole unit like the vast majority of Games Workshop releases. Scibor does what Games Workshop won’t for the most part too. He sculpts dwarves, chaos dwarves, ogres, space marine variants, and quite a few other things that GW either doesn’t make anymore or barely ever releases anything new for that particular army. The minis are a fairly high quality resin with minimal clean up as well and they take paint well without washing so all in all, there are plenty of good reasons to check them out and I encourage you to do so. Scibor also has pretty inspiring social media feeds where he constantly shows off sculpts painted by professional painters so that is worth a look as well.
So that brings us to this guy who is now pretty much done besides the base. I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve been working on him. A couple of weeks anyway and I’m very pleased with how he has turned out and I think he is one of the best things I’ve painted yet. The shield in particular really came out well and really draws the eye. One thing you can really see from looking at this dwarf versus the previous attempts is that taking pictures of NMM painting is much easier than TMM. Taking high quality pictures of miniatures that have a lot of shiny metallic paint is really tough and I’ve never figured out how to do it especially well. I feel like painting in NMM is going to help me show the quality of my painting better so I’m excited to be painting in this new style and we’ll see where it leads me too. I’ve got plenty more to learn and I believe that I can and will get better in the future as well. I’m lucky to have a friend who knows more about NMM than me who can give tips and guidance when I get stuck as well.
I received the base I want to use for this guy this week and while it is prepped and ready to paint, I realized I need a larger GW paint handle to paint it effectively so I ordered that today and will hopefully get it soon. Otherwise, this project will probably be on hold for a short while until I get the necessary equipment. I’m happy to jump back into Fallout and get some more gaming stuff done as a change of pace from the display painting in the meantime. I also have the next week off from work due to a summer break so I should have plenty of time to rest up and get plenty of painting done in the near future 🙂