Thanks to my long running DnD campaign that I am the Dungeon Master for I have come into possession of a lot of miniatures. Everything ranging from orc shamans to robotic Weird World War 2 support units. The other day while at the comic store purchasing the Add-On pack for T.I.M.E. Stories 'The Marcy Case' (Review to follow I'm sure), I decided to pick up some Citadel Paints. These paints seem comically over priced for their diminutive size, however back when I was younger I had experience with a few of the colors and knew the paints to be high quality.
So I purchased them with the intent to spend some time painting the metal and resin miniatures that I use for the game, as a way to both pass the time and continue to invest in the nice things I've already purchased for myself for the game. I have bought and assembled some really great miniatures however without paint they can feel a bit sad and lifeless on the board, but I've started to change that.
For the first time in six years I picked up a brush and painted a mini. The first mini I touch was a Dust Tactics SSU Walker that come pre-primed. These miniatures are great and come from a Weird War II setting that has some great looking mini's. The fact that miniature comes pre-primed was nice for this exercise because it let me jump right into painting, but also on my last deployment I had been considering buying miniatures to paint as a time waster, but stopped that plan when it became obvious that I would not be able to get flat spray primer sent to theatre. So should the worst happen and I get deployed again, this mini brand will be my go to.
I pretty much had instant success, I once remember seeing a guy wearing a shirt featuring a Citadel paint pot with the phase 'Liquid Talent' underneath at a comic-con in the past. I can now solidly say 'I understand that reference' because the results of just my first few projects are just mind blowing in comparison to the projects I did as a kid with a more generic, cheaper, paint brand.
Additionally, I had success for the first time ever in applying sharp and convincing looking decals to my models, marking each of my 3 walkers with a unit number and my favorite/first painted walker with a skull and crossbones. The result was great and I'm going to buy some extra decal sheets for other projects moving forward.
The other fun thing about this new after work activity, (I usually paint for an hour or two...until my hands start shaking too bad), is that my girlfriend has grabbed a few mini's and also had success at giving them great looking paint jobs. The only issue is I think we're going to run out of miniatures sometime soon.
I'm also looking at getting some Forgeworld weathering powders for the vehicles I paint. I'll do a review of those here as well once I get to that point.
I apologize again for the lack of posts, this particular semester has had me quite overloaded with work, but it's over now so I can go back to wasting my keystrokes on my blogging activities.