Saturday, May 16, 2015

Axe me no Questions, I'll Tell You no Lies


In my last post, I claimed that the Otherworld halfling's NMM plate mail was pretty far along. That was pretty far from the truth as it turned out.

The armor was my most extensive attempt at NMM to date. What can I say? It took longer than expected. I did enjoy the process though and hopefully learned a few things along the way.

The NMM tutorial from James Wappel's Painting Pyramid Kickstarter proved invaluable. Chock full of great info. I would've been lost without it.

Colors used on the armor.


I've been lagging behind in the Helping Hand Challenge and so it may seem rash to have added the halfling and badger to the roster. I have no regrets. They were already prepped and based. It seemed like their time.

When he was first prepared, the badger was intended for an outdoor setting with ample ground cover and what-not. As part of the HHC he wound up instead as a grey miniature on a stark grey base. I tried to warm up the greys used on the fur as a contrast to the cool grey base.




The Dwarf Mercenary was very straightforward. The stripes on the pants were a late addition.


25 comments:

  1. Great painting, The badger is a really an interesting character--could be throwing a right jab..

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    1. Thank you, Jay. Hadn't considered the boxing angle. If he leads with his right that would make him left-handed, I suppose. The sport's first southpaw with actual paws.

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  2. Breathlessly good painting Finch. Just stunning... absolutely stunning. I must confess the Badger is my fave, and looks spot on alongside the halfling. What a cracking pair of adventurers. I might track them down myself as I can just imagine their exploits being the focus point of a BatRep or two. Thanks for posting and the extra effect on the NMM was well worth it I assure you :-)

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    1. Many thanks, BK. The duo would certainly make for an interesting BatRep. Splintered Light also has a Wind in the Willows themed set by the same sculptor. Pair 'em up with Dr. Who or Groot fighting zombies? Now we're talking.

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  3. Excellent! The Halfling is so beautifully painted - well worth the effort and love.

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    1. Thanks, Roy. Glad you like him. I'm not sure if I made my task easier of more difficult by going with such a small mini.

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  4. These are just stunning. The shading, the highlights, the NMM and the basing are all superb.

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    1. You're very kind. Thank you, Anne.

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  5. Fantastic work Finch! Love the badger; you did a grat job with the greys there.

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    1. Thank you, Ana. A lot of Reaper Basic Dirt went into the mix for the badger's basecoat... to the point that he straddles the boundary between brownish-grey and greyish-brown.

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  6. Very good NMM Finch, but for me the badger is just the best of the lot, what a very cool paintjob on a very uncommon miniature.

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    1. Thank you, Pedro. The badger seems to be a fan-favorite. A cool little mini and proof that Reaper & Dark Sword haven't entirely cornered the anthropomorphic animal market yet.

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  7. All the figures turned out great, especially the knight in armour on the far right. Not too shabby either on your delicate brush work on the badger's fur and the middle figure's beard.

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    1. Thank you, sir. Between the helmet and beard, the dwarf's "face" consisted of just eyes and cheekbones.

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  8. Another really wonderful job. The subtlety of shading on the Halfling is superb. I'm going to ask a rather bone-headed question: How important do you find the materials with which you work? Meaning are cheap hobby store paints that much worse for fine details than Citadel or Vallejo? How about your brush, sable?

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    1. Many thanks. There's no such thing as bone-headed questions (although I do specialize in bone-headed answers).

      I've not used craft-store paints so I can't usefully address the first question except to say that I do use different mediums/retarders. The consistency of the paint and dry-time are important.

      W&N Series 7 sables can't be beat. I use a variety of less expensive brushes where possible too. Try to limit the wear & tear on the more expensive W&Ns.

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  9. Well done Finch. They all look great, the NMM on the Halfling in particular. Love the badgers fur, great definition on such a small mini with such a limited palette!

    This of course means I am now the only one not to paint the Dwarf! I've got shows on at work and the UKGE this month so it's going to be a tight finish. How are you looking? Will you make the deadline?

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    1. Thank you, Chris. The badger was a fun (& quick) mini to paint.

      I'm focused on the merc sergeant and determined to finish him on time come hell or high water. That leaves a couple strays that I'll have to do before the obligatory group picture.

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  10. Brilliant work.
    I particularly appreciate the way you laid out the paints you used for the NMM (which look grand, by the way). It's very helpful to set out your materials like that, Much appreciated.
    Can't wait to see more.

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    1. Thank you, Matthew. I figure the paint-pictures get the point across more directly than actually listing the paints in the body of the post.

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  11. They look amazing...especially the dwarf! Those stripes are just brilliant!

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  12. Lovely work mate. I love them all and that badger is quite cute!

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