Geeky Hobbies: More mini painting

It has been awhile since I’ve taken some pics of finished miniatures, but this is what I do to relax. Those of you who aren’t familiar with this hobby, just keep in mind that the round bases on these are about the size of a quarter.

First up are some units for Warmachine.

Croes Cutthroats. These were an attempt at doing camo patterns. Minis are so small that free handing a camo pattern usually looks terrible.


Here’s a detail on the pattern. Basically it is using little bits of sponge as a brush.

Croe camo

And details. I put a little extra work into the leader’s face.

Croe detail

Legionaires. This unit was an experiment in speed painting. Total elapsed time, not counting spray priming and letting that set, was about 5 hours for 14 figs. I zenithal primed, then painted light grey base coats and used lots of washes. I went for a very monchromatic look.


Recently I got an air brush and started experimenting with it. These next two warjacks were air brushed green and shaded, then I just went back and did some simple details and rust effect. I’m liking this air brush thing. 🙂

The big guy.

Laborjack 2

The little guy.

Laborjack 1

The next individual figs are either for Warmachine the game, or for the upcoming next Writer Nerd Game Night Iron Kingdoms RPG campaign.


For my merc army, Lynissa

For the WNGN for Tony, this is from Hell Dorado, and I’m really really happy with how this one came out. My iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice. This is one of the best I’ve ever done.

Paladin alt

And the back

Paladin 2

Painting white and making it actually look good is a challenge, and takes a lot of layers, though I cheated and started over a tan base coat to make it look weathered.

Khador & Cygnar 1

Then these two are for WNGN. The red and green one is actually a sci-fi Infinity model, but I sculpted the tricorn hat and mask out of green stuff to make him a proper steampunk highwayman. The other fig is brighter than my normal tastes, but Pat requested festive. 🙂

Khador & Cygnar 2

Other side.

Then this one is for Steve. And it was tough finding a steampunk gunslinger magical Raylan Givens, but we did. The fig is from Malifaux.


Then here are some other misc. figs I’ve painted over the last couple of months. The IKRPG knight was my Sir Chuck Finley for the charity game I ran last weekend.


These guys weren’t for anything in particular, but just looked badass. Figs are Hell Dorado and Malifaux.  The colors on the knight really pop in person.


And this big dude with the hammer was fun to paint.

Augustinius 1

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Samuel Marston

Where do you find items to customize the bases of your minis? I was searching online, and I can’t seem to get the search terms right. Mini decorations seems to bring up items for a dollhouse. Mini customiztions seems to bring up sites that make entire custom minis.



I would run a search along the lines of “28mm basing materials”, substituing whichever scale you’re using as appropriate. The stuff that I use on my own minis is a combination of the flocking materials that my local store carries (Gale Force 9 brand, iirc), and some molding gel that I picked up from my local art supply store.

Kenton Kilgore

Niiiiiice work. 🙂 I haven’t painted for awhile, but this summer, I might pick up some Mantic Forgefather figures and swap out the Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf figs in my proxied “Space Dwarf” 40K army.


Very impressive Larry. My chosen poison is Warhammer 40k, but I appreciate all good minis. Malifaux minis are excellent and provide a wide range.

Kenton Kilgore

I started playing 40K back in ’87 and I’ve stuck with because of how much time and money I’ve invested and because I don’t want to learn a new gaming system. I still haven’t decided if 6th Edition 40K is awesome or a trainwreck. Or just an awesome trainwreck.

Jim Sullivan

Is there a good way to paint a camo pattern? I have tried to give my Magnus army a snow camo pattern but it always looks horrible.

Mike the econ chess champ
Mike the econ chess champ
As someone who’s done my fair share of action figure customization and painting over the years (I did a whole slew (stopped counting at 100) of DC characters (mostly Legion of Superheroes) utilizing the old marvel 5″ figures), I’ve got to say that your attention to detail is amazing. The grass and pebbles at their feet look so real that they distract from the rest of the figure. Kudos on the eyes too… I had enough trouble getting them right at my scale, and you’re about 2/3 to half the scale I worked at… I know that takes some patience… Read more »
Jim McCoy

Wow. The detail work on that flag is out-freaking-standing.


I mentioned a couple of months ago that Warmahordes was suffering at my local store. So I figured I ought to mention that the game seems to be doing better now. During the last few weeks, there have typically been roughly a dozen games running on Thursday nights (the designated Warmahordes night).