Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Another week...

Miniature painting is a bit like meditation for me.  It can be very relaxing and I sometimes find myself doing some odd things that I wouldn't normally do in a public setting.  Singing being one of them.  I usually put on some music to paint to and find myself singing along to a song all the while applying paint to a figure.  My music choices vary.  I'm not sure if it affects my painting.  If it does I apologize for painting country on a death metal, spikey bit figure!

 Above you'll find an assortment of fantasy figures.  I couldn't tell you the manufacturer but I can tell you they are 25mm.  These are for a gentleman who was just looking to get a few things painted.
 A Gripping Beast 28mm Norman knight.  He will be part of a larger unit for the game SAGA.


 28mm Warlord.  World War Two Poles.  I would be curious to see how these compare to the new Polish range from Crusader.  
 28mm Wargames Foundry.  World War Two Luftwaffe Pilots/Aircrew.  I quite like these figures.  Perfect for any scenarios where a downed aircraft is in play.  
 28mm Warlord Early War Germans.  These figures are from the plastic set offered by Warlord.  Plastic figures seem pretty durable.  And they paint up just as easy as metal.  My biggest complaint is the lack of variety offered in box sets.  6 torsos per frame.  One is prone.  Another is in a silly running pose.  One is kneeling.  So that leaves 3 in an upright and sensible pose.  Only so much you can do with those unless you want to start cutting legs to get other positions.  But I am probably being too picky.  I'm sure Warlord sells plenty of sets and others make them work just fine.  
Lastly, something different.  I painted up this dragon to use at our local school.  It is made out of rigid foam.  The same stuff we gamers use for scenery.  I thought it came out pretty cool so I'm including it.  Until next time, keep painting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Return....

I'm back!   After far too long I have decided to get back to showing off some miniature work and to get back to adding things to this page.  I won't go into details on my absence.  There were many reasons but mostly it was probably laziness.  A terrible excuse, I know.  Let's get into the miniatures...

 Above you see some World War Two Polish figures from Warlord.  Nice figures.  Good detail.  I found several painting guides and took the ideas that I thought best when it came to choosing colors.  These guys are part of a squad I am painting for skirmish gaming. 
 These are 28mm Gripping Beast Bretons.  They are mercenaries for the game SAGA.  They will be part of a Norman force.  All shields are hand painted.  Sure, I could have used decals.  But then, they would be the same as everybody else who uses the same decals.  Go for individuality if you have the chance! 
 More Warlord 28mm World War Two.  This time a German SS sniper team.  These guys are just an added unit to a platoon of SS.  No political statement is being made here.  Just painting some miniatures. 
Finally, for something different, here are some Games Workshop Lizard Men.  These are Fire Salamanders and their Skink handlers.  Games Workshop makes some really nice figures.  But they are pricey.  Second hand or on sale is what I recommend.  But I have many interests and limited funds.  These guys will actually wind up in a force for the game Dragon Rampant. 

Well, that's all for this week.  I hope to have more completed next week and get pictures posted then. 
Until next time.....Keep painting!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

An Experiment in sales

On a forum for Maine war gamers, there was a question posed that asked if you can make money selling painted miniatures on E-bay or similar auction sites.  I maintained that one could make money but probably not with a large profit.  Of course, this also brings to mind if one can make money painting on commission and, if so, how much per hour?

I never really timed myself during a project to see how much I actually do make per figure.  So I decided to make a project of doing so.  I will take a project, from beginning to end and log it here.  This is a personal project and does not belong to anyone but me.

For this experiment I've chosen to paint up a DBA army.  A 15mm Carthaginian army made by Essex miniatures, specifically.  DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatus) is an ancient/medieval rule set for fighting out battles on a small scale.  Armies are limited to 12 elements (or units) with very small figures required. This army is an army pack that Essex offers and is something I picked up years ago.

There are 57 figures in this pack.  That includes horses and elephants (always charge separately for them).  To purchase it, new, from Essex would cost you $37.23.  Add to that $10.98 shipping to the US and I have already put $48.21 into just figures.  If I was to paint this army on commission I would charge $171.00 to paint.  Add in a bit for bases and I am hoping, at the end of this project, to make $230.00.  How much per hour this will translate to will remain to be seen.  I would like my time to come out to about $15.00 per hour but we will see.  Without further ado, lets begin.....

I cleaned and organized all the figures.  Essex miniatures are getting a bit long in the tooth, so to speak so there was a bit more flash and seam lines than one would see from new moulds.  But, they use a softer alloy in their castings so cleanup isn't too bad.  There was some assembly that needed to be done with the elephants and with a few shields that needed to be glued on.  Additionally, I glued all riders to horses.  Normally I save this after painting is done but the amount of time spent is still the same.  Also, I didn't have to but I filled in the seams on the elephant's backs.  I felt it would help in photographs later on.

Here is my running totals on time and money spent....

Time spent up till now : 2 hours, 30 minutes
Money spent      $48.26   (I figured about 0.5 cents in glue and filler.  Hidden costs one must worry          about)

Next time...primer and paint!
It's been a long time since I've been active on this blog.  But I will attempt to revive it.  While I will still put posts on commissions that I am working on I will also start including posts regarding my limited gaming.  I say limited because I really don't game all that much although I am starting to find the time more and more, lately.  The next big gaming event for me will be Huzzah held in Portland, Maine.  WWW. Huzzahcon.com if anyone is interested.  I will be running a Jousting tournament and co-running an Impetus tournament.  Additionally I will be helping out some friends with their games.

Hopefully, if you're available May 16th through the 18th and in the Portland area you'll stop in and take a look.  


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time to do another update.  This time around I have more pictures of various 25/28mm figures.  Fantasy figures are fun to paint as you really don't have many limitations on colors or painting styles.  But at the same time, certain colors are expected on certain types of creatures so I try not to go too far out of bounds, so to speak.  Regardless, here we go....





Things are really starting to move here in the studio.  Which is good because there has been quite a painting slump.  As a result I am quite behind on work but I am starting to catch up.  I will try to update more frequently with pictures as I get more miniatures painting.  Until next time...
Ken

Thursday, September 6, 2012





Here we are, at the beginning of September already.  This year is flying past very quickly.  Here are an assortment of fantasy figures that I've completed recently.  There are still many more figures to go with the commission but I thought I would post a few "in production" figures.  The figures are from various manufacturers.  I especially like the Sea Serpent.  Nicely done and paints up well.  

Ken

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ottoman Cavalary

It's been a busy summer and while I've accomplished quite a bit, I haven't taken the time to post any pictures.  Let me see if I can change that.  

These are some 25mm Ottoman cavalry figures that I just completed.  The figures are made by Essex.  I replaced the spears with some that I made out of brass.  The nice thing about these figures was there was quite a bit of room and open space to paint some designs. 

There were a few things I didn't care for with these figures.  The metal used in these figures was soft and deformed quite easily.  It may have just been a case of the figures being an older cast that used more lead in the alloy.  The second thing was that the riders were too small to mount on the horses.  I had to get in a spread the legs of the riders apart .  As it was, I forgot to check the fit before painting so  I had to nervously bend metal after the paint was complete.  Not fun but it taught me a lesson.  Always learn.  




Enjoy the pictures.