A series of posts featuring old minis I can scrounge up (previously my brother’s very nice mini collection was the focal point), and an aside to ponder about when I think of something.
Oh yea, you thought I was done, huh?!
The one on the left is from one of the HeroQuest boardgames. The skeleton on the right, I have no idea. It had a sword at one point, but seems to have lost its point.
Paints – yes, I am free to rant, rave, and laugh at the paints on these, because they were done by me. Actually, my brother and I argued over who painted the HeroQuest one, because I didn’t recall it. So I guess it was me. I kinda had some idea about shading, tried to freehand a stone pattern on the base. Much like I did with the Mind Flayer from awhile ago:
Woohoo, cobblestone base!
Not too successful on either front. I apparently didn’t employ or know about washes. This could have been around the time that a friend of ours showed us the washing technique, by drowning a mini in the stuff. Which can end up looking rather ugly. Funny now that I think about it, the “dip technique” is supposed to save a lot of time, but really washing is one of the quickest things for me to do. If you don’t want too strong of a wash look, then thinning the wash goes a long ways.
If I was partial to the HeroQuest mini, I’d probably strip him down and start over, but it doesn’t really speak to me. I think I even tried to give it back to my brother, haha.
So this is my main excuse for the post this week. I kind of miss blogging and thoughts are brewing in my head that want to leak out into the blogosphere. I’m still working through my minis projects, but hobby time will be tight with the holiday coming up.
Getting into the hobby?
We might have touched on this one before, but it just sparked in my head once again while reading Wudugast’s post about terrain boards. He mentioned how interested he was when seeing terrain boards initially. Which reminded me about my own journey into gaming miniatures. I had overheard some kids playing D&D at my school library and was really intrigued by these crazy terms they were using and couldn’t help but eavesdrop. As fate would have it, we moved soon after that initial exposure.
But then a friend of my new Stepdad, turned out to be a gamer too. He collected Tolkien Fantasy miniatures and told us about gaming tables. I think we must have seen some pictures or he brought over some bits, as I have some vague visuals in my head. I think he also suggested starting out with D&D (Dungeons & Dragons). My Mom bought us the game and we also got a box of miniatures and some paints. Which would pretty much take over my life for the longest time. We didn’t have a computer, so we used our imagination to make stories and play out the characters we created.
There was some miniatures involved at times, mainly for combat logistics. But given my painting skills, they just weren’t that impressive or essential to our fun. Miniature painting would come and go as a passive hobby. I would occasionally see a mini and just get this urge to paint it. Usually because it tied into one of our games.
Miniatures seem to be much more essential to war-games than they were to my rpg/boardgame hobbies. I eventually saw an example of a Warhammer table (probably way smaller than what most of you have seen). It was interesting to me, but it didn’t have enough to suck me in. Still, I wanted to at least give war-games a try. So I made a few attempts, and it never stuck. I’ve pretty much given up on large scale war-games. Time, money, and appeal are just not there to reward me for the endeavor.
I would also pretty much give up on RPGs after awhile, as they take a huge time investment that we just didn’t have in our adult lives. So why spend the money on them?
With time being a factor, I started to drift more towards boardgames that take less time overall. Our homemade dungeon crawler became a fave. Eventually I would get into Blood Bowl and started to paint a team. Which lead to another team, and another. I also bought into some of the Mantic games, and made some attempts at painting them.
It’s kind of funny to look back at how this “Hobby of Painting Miniatures” road has zigged and zagged over time. Lots of games would get played along the way, and the will to incorporate minis into them always seemed to be there. Yet, the inspiration for much of this comes from war-games, which I’m just not into. Funny how it all works.
Curious to hear your stories about getting into the miniatures hobby and what attracts you all to painting little things.