Hello everyone, my apologies for the absence. It was an unexpected and unwanted sabbatical unfortunately. Almost a month ago, the electricity went out in my apartment and apparently it knocked out the motherboard in my computer too. In a further twist of bad luck, Chicago was hit with rioting like many other cities in the United States and the best computer store we have (Micro Center) was hit by looting prior to my computer breaking and it took them way longer than I expected to repair my computer as a result. I’m also out some money that would have probably been earmarked for hobbying in addition to the time but oh well. Its great to be back.
I can’t tell you how much I missed writing on this site, commenting on many others, and just being part of the miniature community. Stew, of a Terrible Loss of Lead and Wealth, said it much better than I could so I’ll just refer you to his article on the joys of being a wargamer blogger. I can tell you that I’m almost positive I went through every stage of grieving at least twice over the past month. This hobby just isn’t the same when you can’t share it with others.
As you can imagine, I’ve been busy painting (especially with one less thing to do) and so I should have plenty to share in the coming weeks since I’ve had a month off from posting. Today’s post is action packed because I not only finished the Scibor Dwarf I was working on but also have another display painting project in the works. Let’s take a look at how the dwarf lord came out.
And here he is on his base. That is the other cool thing about Scibor, he makes some really cool bases. Nobody uses verticality with basing as well as that Polish bloke and if you slap a commander on top of one of these bases, you’ll know right away who is in charge. While I can make the argument that his base is actually slightly too big for this size miniature, I wanted to create a little “display base” where a dwarf lord looks like he is defending his ancestor’s land. It may have seen better days but he will not let his forefather’s land be desecrated further. I think I brought that vision to life with this piece and I’m proud of it overall. It is definitely a great start into painting more display pieces. Here is a look at how he stacks up size-wise to Galadriel from MESBG to give you an idea of scale.
I’m going to do something that I haven’t done in a long time and I am going to submit this one for ratings on Cool Mini or Not and see what score he gets. I could probably write an article about my experiences submitting things I’ve painted for (mostly) strangers to rate but my hope is that this guy will do pretty well and I can build up my gallery there into something much more impressive than it is currently. I’ve always dreamed of becoming a top X painter on there too. Even to be in the top 1,000 painters on that site would be a real accomplishment I’d say so we’ll see if that is a goal that is actually attainable or not.
Next week I’ll share some of the Fallout stuff I’ve completed but I want to keep a display painting theme and show you something I’ve been working on for nearly two weeks now that might surprise you.
That’s right. It is actually something from Warhammer 40k. It has been a year or maybe longer since I painted anything from Warhammer but I’m back with this guy. You might think it has something to do with the launch of the new edition but honestly, it was just because I happened to see this sculpt and really like it. It is quite possibly the first Primaris marine that really caught my eye. I like the realistic proportions and the redesigned chest armor has been really fun to paint and looks cool as well. Despite working on him for two weeks, there is a long, long way to go but hopefully he’ll end up topping the Scibor Dwarf when all is said and done. That is part of the reason why I’m painting him but also because I want to earn the respect of more people for my painting skills. It is funny to say that here because I really enjoy and appreciate the support each of you give me in my hobby endeavors but outside of this website and my posts on The One Ring, I feel that I’ve never come close to getting the respect I get compared to peers. This can and probably will be the subject of a much longer post (most likely the next time I show progress on this guy) but for now, I think that gives you a sense of why I’m doing it. I’ve been having fun with it thus far and am really happy with early results. It is very much a work in progress and many parts of the mini are rough but hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll see him come together.
I need to catch up on what everyone else has been working on and I look forward to getting the chance to do that. It really is great to be back and I look forward talking to all of you again regularly for the foreseeable future 🙂