Keeping A Painting Journal


Between a sluggish painting speed and the occasional hiatus I’ve occasionally found myself at a loss when trying to remember how I painted older models.  I can usually remember the technique I used but don’t always recall specifics like paint mixing ratios.  Late last year I finally decided it might be a good time to start keeping a basic painting journal.  There’s a number of electronic options out there, from Google Docs to a wiki (either personal hosted wiki or on a stick).  At some point I’ll probably transfer most of my notes over to some sort of taggable or sortable format but for now I’ve found it most convenient to keep a small notebook and pen next to my painting area so I can jot down notes or paint recipes as needed.

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Different Strokes: Technique and Painting Speed

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a few of the techniques that the Privateer Press painting staff talk about in their recent books.  It’s taken a while to adapt to a new way of doing things but after getting used to it I’ve been able to increase the speed I can paint a figure pretty significantly. … Read more

Basic Basing

Base WIPs

In a previous post I mentioned that I use concrete patch as a basing material.  It’s an alternative to sand that’s a rock solid way to model dirt to-scale on a base.  It requires a bit more effort than the traditional glue and sand but I think the end result is worth the extra work. The most … Read more

Workhorse Brush

When I upgraded my brushes to Winsor & Newton Series 7‘s a few years ago, I started paying more attention to brush care.  With the brushes’ higher cost, I wanted to get as much life out of them as possible.  For me that meant keeping an older brush around to do my painting dirty work. Before … Read more

Miniature Sealant

Once a miniature hits the table, it’s inevitably going to be subjected to the rigors of gaming.  Even the most careful of gamers will have accidents.  It’s painful to see hours of hard work spent painting a figure vanish in one quick tabletop accident, but that’s why most gamers seal their miniatures after painting them.

So how do you want it?

Sealants come in a variety of finishes, but for the most part they can be grouped as gloss, satin, and matte.  Most people prefer a matte finish on their gaming miniatures but this brings with it a problem.  Unfortunately the strength of a sealant is usually proportional with how glossy the finish is, meaning matte sealants tend to offer the least amount of protection to miniatures.  This isn’t as much of an issue with a display pieces but with a model that will face the rigors of the game table it means being more susceptible to damage.

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Makeshift Miniature Braces

When I first started painting miniatures one of the things that was suggested was to not hold a miniature by a freshly painted area so as to not accidentally rub paint off of the model.  It’s still a practice that I follow when I can, and part of that has been coming up with a … Read more