A Glowing Ghoul

30 thoughts on “A Glowing Ghoul”

  1. I’ll just echo TIM’s comment, Jeff, and hope all goes well! 🙂 I know what you mean about getting a mini that is not up to scratch and I sometimes wonder how much quality control goes into the manufacturing and dispatch process. I’ve found I can sometimes use milliput/greenstuff to repair minis, but doing this with figures is more difficult than with vehicles I think!

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    1. Thanks as always for your kind words, John! My first thought was that I might be able to repair it but because there are issues with the elf’s face, I think it will be difficult to get this one to “diorama” quality and I’m not sure if I want to put time into it, only to be disappointed so that is why I will likely move on and be glad it was a fairly cheap miniature.

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  2. That ghoul is cracking, you’ve really created the appearance that it’s glowing. Glad to hear your fiancée’s op went well and good luck with the house hunt. Try and get yourself somewhere with decent light for painting and plenty of space to store miniatures and let your fiancée worry about everything else!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words on the ghoul, mate! I will definitely make sure to get the storage space sorted and I can’t let my fiancée take care of too much because she likes the idea of a fixer upper more than I do. I’m not about to replace my current hobbies with home improvement! 🙂

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  3. That looks very good and all the best to you and your fiancée! Might be worth contacting Scibor with a pic of the mini if there are plenty of flaws, I’ve found that manufacturers are often quite happy to send replacements.

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    1. Thanks, Mikko! I know what you mean about manufacturers being generous about setting things right, especially Games Workshop. Since I ordered this from a gaming store in the US and not Scibor directly and because Scibor is Polish, I probably won’t bother in this case. I probably should and I’d probably get a replacement but I imagine the inspiration/motivation will be gone by then so I’ll let this go.

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    1. Thanks, mate! I’m really glad to hear that people like it. This is one mini I really wanted to make sure that I painted well so its great to hear that others think I hit the mark 🙂

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  4. Wonderful glow effect on the ghoul Jeff, and great your happy to progress with the second.
    Do hope all goes according to plan with your fiancée recovery and the condo hunting.
    As a manufacturer I know I always take an email from a customer as a matter of pride to sort out any problems, and always try to give everything that leaves the workshop the once over, even filling in little air bubble holes that can sometimes arise

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    1. Thanks for the kind words on the painting and life, Dave! I’m glad to hear you take those extra steps as a manufacturer. I think the elf I ordered might not have necessarily passed that test if they looked it over a bit more closely. As the saying goes, the sculpt was close but no cigar!

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  5. Those Glowing Ghouls are almost always a nightmare in the game and I figured they would be hard to paint well. My first though on seeing yours I thought it was a bit darker than the game but then I looked closer and saw the magnificent color transitioning. Wet blended? It really sells the glow affect. So, great work as usual.

    Glad to hear the operation went well. Wishing her a speedy and full recovery.

    Good fortune to you and enjoy the hunt!

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    1. They certainly are, mate! They can really take a beating as I recall. I forgot to mention in this week’s post but finding any good images of Glowing Ghouls was really tough. I ended up using the minis on the box art as a guide. I think in the game, the colors are actually duller and less vibrant but painting a Glowing Ghoul like this should make them look good on the table, so I figure that is a good reason to eschew “realism” to the video game.

      In terms of how I painted it, I started off thinking that I should start off with the dark green and then glaze the brighter areas over it. That didn’t work because of the bumps on the sculpt so I had to use layering. I’ve found you can layer and then use a glaze or two to smooth it out which is faster than just glazing so I use that a lot on gaming pieces. Hopefully that wasn’t too much info on the painting process! 🙂

      I didn’t find any condos that I’m ready to put an offer in today but I learned a lot about the market and enjoyed it more than expected so we’ll see what I can find in the next week or two. There were some places with great storage so that gets me excited for what I can do hobby-wise in the future! 🙂

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  6. Glad the surgery went well and hope for a speedy recovery! After several days in the yard mowing grass, power washing, misc spring things I wouldn’t mind a condo!

    That glowing ghoul is great, quite radioactive! What brand of paints do you use? Don’t need a step by step but curious about your general approach when painting.

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    1. I can believe it! I grew up in a house that had about 1.5 acres of land and lots of grass to mow and I was lucky my Dad did a lot of that as I have minimal interest in lawn care and gardening. Between that and home improvement and a family, I’m not sure how someone has many or indeed any hobbies but that is perhaps a whole different topic!

      I only use GW paints though I’ve dabbled with Vallejo. One day I might try the more premium paints out there like Scale75 but GW’s paint is so ubiquitous and easy to use that I’d recommend them to just about anybody.

      In terms of process, I think using a wet palette is a good idea for anybody who paints. It makes it easy to mix paints and play around with their consistency as needed. I have a cheap one for watercolors you can get at Michael’s so it doesn’t need to be fancy. Lahmia Medium is also a great thing to use for thinning GW paint. I don’t use water to thin paints very much anymore because Lahmia Medium gives it a smoother and easier to work with consistency in my opinion. Those are a couple things worth thinking about. I’d say if you want to try and improve your painting results, try using layering for shadows and highlights and I bet you’ll see some quick improvement. Washes are good for tabletop standard but I think you’ll find that layering is surprisingly easy to use and while slightly more time consuming, it delivers much better results.

      The other piece of the puzzle is training your eyes to figure out what colors you need to achieve certain styles or looks. Painting LOTR really helps with this because you can reference photos from the movies and try to figure out the best paint to match that look. Practicing that skill really helped me improve as a painting and it is kind of hard to describe how to do it but if you can manage it, you’ll find that color choices become easier and you have an easier and easier time getting the exact results you want on a miniature. I hope this helps and let me know if there is anything else you have questions or are curious about!

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  7. Thanks for the info, I knew you were a fan of wet palette (I actually have a ceramic tile from a home improvement project that I mix paint on) and I appreciate all the information you just gave!

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    1. Thank you, Matt. I appreciate your kind words! By the way, do you have a blog as well? When I try to access the one connected to your profile, it takes me to a dead link so I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask!

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  8. Great job on the miniature. It really looks like it glowing to me; almost like you used some sort of hi tech glow in the dark paint. 😀
    I wish your fiancée a speedy and safe recovery. And good luck on the house hunting. I’m in the same boat as I’m planning on moving myself this summer. Hopefully we’ll both come out on the other side in a better place to have more hobby time. 😀

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    1. That is good to hear. Mission accomplished I would say! 😀

      Thank you and I hope your house hunting goes well. I assume you’re like me and are just moving across town so to speak but if you’re changing cities then I hope it goes smoothly and isn’t too stressful. Having done that once, I’m in no hurry to do it again! 🙂

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      1. I would normally like this but that doesn’t feel appropriate. If nothing else, you can rest easy knowing I’ll be dealing with the same issues halfway across the country 🙂

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  9. First, best wishes on the fiancées recovery and good health. Second, remember on real estate location, location, location are all that matter! Third, great looking glow on the figure. Agree about layering, though I use everybody’s paints and thin with Vallejo thinner or thinning medium in a plastic palette. Clearly your technique bears out well here.

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    1. Thanks, Mark and I completely agree on location. I’m hoping to live an even better and more exciting location than I currently do so we’ll see if I can make that happen. Glad to hear others value layering too. It is not a new technique but I think it will serve anyone who learns it well.

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  10. Nice work on the Ghoul! All you need now is to go over a few bits of it with flouro/UV paint and then take some pics under UV light for the full on glowing look!

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