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Brother Muninn
01-05-2012, 18:24
This month I intend to complete a mini a day.

I, like every other miniature enthusiast I've ever met, have boxes full of half built, half painted, half loved minis. Projects that started strong but petered out, leaving behind a road of sad metal men created by the best of artistic intentions.

I've gathered together 31 of my models that I'd always meant to paint/finish, and devised an excuse to complete them all. These minis have been collected over the course of 15 years of painting and are just the tip of the iceberg. Most are Reaper & GW, some are limited editions, others are plastic troops, but all are wholly deserving of a little TLC. Here's the Calendar.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/zMay-Calendar-2012-29.jpg

I hope to update this plog once a day for the entire month. As minis are completed I'll post them here and update the Calendar so you can see them all together in one place. I'm not totally sure I can do it without cutting a few corners with my painting (I might even have to drybrush), and I'm not sure my wife/friends/cats will appreciate the time I'll be putting into the project either, but there it is.

I hope you enjoy,

~Muninn

EmperorNorton
01-05-2012, 18:26
Interesting approach.
I am curious to see what awaits us here.

Yorrik
01-05-2012, 19:33
Get to work, you lazy hump! :)

biginbelgium
02-05-2012, 15:18
yep the clock is ticking

Brother Muninn
02-05-2012, 17:36
Thanks for the support... I guess?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and here he is.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/DSFeralDwarf1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/DSFeralDwarf2.jpg

This is a mini that I'd originally bought for my Dark Sun (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?292966-3-D-s-Daemons-amp-Dungeons-amp-Dragons) game a year ago. I'm not sure what exactly I would have used him more, but he was clearly made to be part of a feral dessert world where no one has access to metal.

I also took a shot of him before I'd actually started painting for the day so you could see just how much progress had been made.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/DSFeralDwarfwip.jpg

At this point all that had been done was a basecoat of Dark Flesh on the skin, so everything else was from scratch.

I did cut some corners. I usually have a 3-4 stage bone workup, but I mostly glossed over the details on the bone and relied on Sepia ink to fill in where I'd skipped over. Otherwise, I'm quite happy with how he turned out given the speed at which he was done.

One down, 30 to go.

~Muninn

HereBeDragons
02-05-2012, 18:24
:p what an awesome idea for a plog. I love the calender thing. I hope the entire calender just counts as one image so you can get all 31 minis up there without breaking limits. Good luck I hope you succeed!

Yorrik
02-05-2012, 19:41
I remember that game! We discovered that Psions are bad!

The dwarf looks good. I like the limited palette, it makes the mini bold and coherent. My only gripe is that the boots are very close in color to the sand.

Great work, keep it up!

mrtn
02-05-2012, 23:42
Nice idea, and good luck!
Over here it's already the 3rd, so I'm looking forward to the mini for the 2nd...

Tzarinchilla
03-05-2012, 10:30
Nice job there. I love the Dark Sun world and he fits in brilliantly. Looking forward to seeing you achieve your goal.

sigur
03-05-2012, 15:08
What a fun miniature. Nice job indeed. :)

basher
03-05-2012, 15:27
i'm going to sub to this and see how you get on

Brother Muninn
03-05-2012, 17:57
:p what an awesome idea for a plog. I love the calender thing. I hope the entire calender just counts as one image so you can get all 31 minis up there without breaking limits. Good luck I hope you succeed!
It's a single photo, I just clone a new picture into the calendar and re-upload it.


I remember that game! We discovered that Psions are bad!

The dwarf looks good. I like the limited palette, it makes the mini bold and coherent. My only gripe is that the boots are very close in color to the sand.

Great work, keep it up!
Yeah, I realized that as I was working on the base, but I just decided to go with it. Just something to be mindful of in the future I guess.


Nice idea, and good luck!
Over here it's already the 3rd, so I'm looking forward to the mini for the 2nd...
I remember time changes like that. I'm going off of American Pacific time, so it's around 10 hours behind some of the European countries. Hop I don't keep you waiting too long.


Nice job there. I love the Dark Sun world and he fits in brilliantly. Looking forward to seeing you achieve your goal.
Thanks, there will even be a handful more models from the now-defunct Dark Sun game, so I hope you keep checking in.


What a fun miniature. Nice job indeed. :)
I was thrilled when I saw the bald, beardless savage dwarf on Reaper's website, I'm glad you like him too.


i'm going to sub to this and see how you get on
I hope to get on well, and so far so good.

Day two complete. Last night the wife & I hosted friends for a dinner/movie night, so I didn't have as much time to paint as before. Just meant that i wasn't able to put on quite as much detail as I'd have liked.

I think this guy is a grenadier mini. He's a lead mini I picked up from a discount shelf at my local game store. When I first bought him I figured he was some heroic priest character but the more I looked at him the more I liked the idea that he's the leader of a cult devoted to a red dragon. The helmet particularly sold me on the idea.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/RDCleric1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/RDCleric2.jpg
If I'd had more time I'd have embellished some details onto this clothing. As it is now the red is pretty much one note, & the red dragon on his helmet blends in with the rest of him. Once this is all over I'll probably just add a light band of color around his sleeves/trim to make him pop a bit more.

~Muninn

Brother Muninn
04-05-2012, 17:57
Today's offering is one from an old D&D game of mine, a water Genasi treasure hunter named Zarina Ambrose (Reaper's Kyla, Bounty Hunter mini).
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Zarina1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Zarina2.jpg
She was an alright character, but she suffered a bit from my not knowing the mechanics of her class (I was trying out the D&D 4th edition Artificer class for the first time. It's not very well supported, & kinda tough to make work well)

Admittedly there wasn't much left to do on the mini. Her skin & most of her clothing was done & all that was really left to finish were the details like the belts, buckles, hair, bags, & weapons. It's got a lot of detail though, so even those added up to a few hours of work. Here's how she looked when I started last night.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Zarinawip1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Zarinawip2.jpg

One thing of note with this project is that I already have the minis selected and assigned to their dates.

I've tried to place them based upon how much time I expect to be able to dedicate to mini painting on a given day. So since Thursday I was working and participating in a game night I assigned a mini that wouldn't take as much time to finish. During my work week I have easy/partially completed minis, whereas on my weekend I have detailed, or completely unfinished minis.

I also have the weeks divided by the types of miniature:
Weeks 1 & 2 are Roleplaying minis,
Week 3 is 40k Xenos,
Week 4 is 40k Imperium,
Week 5 is Fantasy

This could change a bit based on unforeseen circumstances, but for now that's my plan.

~Muninn

Brother Muninn
05-05-2012, 18:25
Similar to the savage dwarf this mini was also intended to take part in my Dark Sun game. The campaign setting created an interesting painting challenge for me since there was practically no metal in the world, therefore I couldn't really use metallic paints. I had to paint what would normally be silver or gold as other materials like leather, bone, and wood. Plus it needed to have a desert theme.

Since there were very few minis that were actually made for the Dark Sun setting I had to find minis that could fit in with a palette swap. This guy was one of them.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Thug1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Thug2.jpg

More tomorrow,

~Muninn

HereBeDragons
05-05-2012, 19:22
Really great painting so far!

Caiphas Cain
05-05-2012, 22:03
I really like that dragon cultist. I think a little gold trim on the bottom of his robes and sleeves would look good. I think you need some matt varnish though. ;)

mdiscala
06-05-2012, 00:42
Cool idea. Why don't you paint that earth elemental I gave you, since you've got so many minis getting painted right now. It shouldn't take too long for you to knock him out.

Brother Muninn
06-05-2012, 19:30
Really great painting so far!
Thank you much. I'm hoping I can keep it up, but I'm worried by the end I might drag a bit.


I really like that dragon cultist. I think a little gold trim on the bottom of his robes and sleeves would look good. I think you need some matt varnish though. ;)
Agreed on both parts. I didn't have enough time to paint the trim, and I don't have any varnish. I've been working with washes, so that tends to make things a lot shinier than they normally should be, so a bit of matte would be a good thing.


Cool idea. Why don't you paint that earth elemental I gave you, since you've got so many minis getting painted right now. It shouldn't take too long for you to knock him out.
He's on the list actually. Although since the Dark Sun fell through I've been contemplating a different use for him. I hope you like the direction I take it.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Cleric1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Cleric2.jpg
To wrap up this week, this is a mini from a fantasy horror D&D game I played over six years ago, GMed by Yorrik (the guy with the Red Skull avatar above). This represented our Cleric who used a short spear, & followed an all-in-one deity whose symbol was a wheel with seven spokes. Figuring out how to space the seven spokes was probably one of the more trying things about this mini too.

~Muninn

Daniel36
06-05-2012, 20:18
Well, you're churning out quality stuff at such an insane rate, I can't help but feel inspired.
Keep up! I like the fact that they are for RPGs mostly. I am getting a slight bit tired of having to paint stuff for an army instead of painting cool models for RPGs.

basher
06-05-2012, 20:43
well i've got to admit i am impressed with your work rate mate

juicytomatoes
07-05-2012, 05:32
That's quite a fair bit of lovely painting you've done. Love the calendar idea. Keep 'em comin!

Brother Muninn
07-05-2012, 18:45
Well, you're churning out quality stuff at such an insane rate, I can't help but feel inspired.
Keep up! I like the fact that they are for RPGs mostly. I am getting a slight bit tired of having to paint stuff for an army instead of painting cool models for RPGs.
I'm pretty ADD when it comes to mini painting, so it can be tough for me to batch paint anything. Even on longer projects I'll have a few other minis going at the same time so I can paint them as kind of palette cleansers. It's probably part of why I have so many half-painted minis. Thanks for your support!


well i've got to admit i am impressed with your work rate mate
Thanks, although several of the minis were already mostly done. With the above cleric the skin and armor was already complete, I just finished everything else is all.


That's quite a fair bit of lovely painting you've done. Love the calendar idea. Keep 'em comin!
Thanks, that's the plan. :)

Thought I'd kick off the week with something a bit different. Here's my take on a Fallen One from the Diablo series:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Fallen1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Fallen2.jpg

Turns out this is also pretty timely, since Diablo 3 is coming out next week.

After my Dark Sun D&D game fell through I started playing around with the idea of a Diablo campaign. If you've ever played Diablo you know there are some very creative and iconic monsters, and the Fallen Ones are first among them. To convert one I started with an old plastic Skink archer, cut away his fin, bow, and arrows, carved a pair of horns from sprue, then GSed ears & hair for him. The sword is from the oldschool Lizardmen model, and the shield is a shaved down icon from the front of an Orc shield.

He still looks like a lizard, but enough of the demon comes though that I'm happy with the conversion.

Here's how he looked at the start of Sunday.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Dark%20Sun/FallenOnetest.jpg
The paint itself took 4 hours start to finish including drying times. I hadn't based the mini before priming him, so i got to break out my new Citadel texture paint. It worked pretty well, but I need a better brush if I'm going to make it a regular thing.

Hope you like him.

~Muninn

EmperorNorton
07-05-2012, 19:43
I'm impressed.
Not only because you have managed six minis I've never seen before.
Not only because you are sticking to your stressful plan.
But mainly because you are producing some lovely paintjobs. And I really dig how everything has a bit of a story to it.

I am looking forward to seeing the remaining 25.

Yorrik
07-05-2012, 22:09
I love that Fallen mini - I remember when you first pitched the idea of a Diablo D&D game. I still think it's a good idea - maybe we can give it a spin when D&D 5E comes out.

The Fallen is brilliant, though I think the scythe could have used a little more cleaning up.

What game was the seven-spoked priest from? I'm having trouble remembering.

Brother Muninn
08-05-2012, 00:48
I'm impressed.
Not only because you have managed six minis I've never seen before.
Not only because you are sticking to your stressful plan.
But mainly because you are producing some lovely paintjobs. And I really dig how everything has a bit of a story to it.

I am looking forward to seeing the remaining 25.
I appreciate the kudos! It's been alright so far really, a few late nights, but I haven't lost too much sleep yet. I'm surprised you haven't seen some of these before. Here in the states it seems like Reaper minis are the standard. I'm glad you're following my little project here.


I love that Fallen mini - I remember when you first pitched the idea of a Diablo D&D game. I still think it's a good idea - maybe we can give it a spin when D&D 5E comes out.

The Fallen is brilliant, though I think the scythe could have used a little more cleaning up.

What game was the seven-spoked priest from? I'm having trouble remembering.
I was thinking the same regarding 5th edition. I've been slowly building a storyline and coming up with encounter ideas, but not fleshing it out beyond that point in order to leave it open for a new game system. Yes, the scythe was done haphazardly. It was the last thing i painted, so it was kinda slapdash. I'll probably re paint once I have the time, probably use a rusting technique to weather it instead of heavy washing.

The cleric is Gary's character from Sifting through Gravedust. It's been a while, but if I recall correctly, the seven spoked wheel represented the new religion that was coming into favor and edging out the old gods of death.

~Muninn

Jormi_Boced
08-05-2012, 15:32
I like how you converted that skink. It is a fairly cruddy model and you made it look fantastic.

de Selby
08-05-2012, 15:51
Keep going! Keep going!

*waves a big foam hand and blows into some kind of musical intrument*

Brother Muninn
08-05-2012, 19:05
I like how you converted that skink. It is a fairly cruddy model and you made it look fantastic.
Thanks, I have about 20 of the little buggers, so if I do end up creating a Diablo RPG I'll probably spend a month converting them all. I don't know what I'd do with them otherwise. I don't play lizardmen, and if I did I'd use the new models.


Keep going! Keep going!

*waves a big foam hand and blows into some kind of musical intrument*
I think I just got a vuvuzela flashback. Thanks for your support!

Today's offering:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Deggin1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Deggin2.jpg
Now this guy is probably the most recent mini in the entire challenge. I bought him about a year ago to represent our group's fighter, Deggin, in a tongue-in-cheek D&D game. The model feels out of proportion to me. Something about the deep breastplate, the high collar, & the huge pauldrons makes it look weird. As per usual most of the face and armor were done when i started painting yesterday.

With that, I'm about a quarter of the way done. Tonight's mini should be a bit of a challenge, but I've given myself most of an evening to get it done.

~Muninn

Shush
08-05-2012, 19:25
Hello,

You've done some amazing painting and modelling here. It would be really impressive even without the deadline! I can't wait to see what you'll be treating us with next!

Five stars :)

Shush

Maglok
09-05-2012, 09:46
Great painting Muninn, keep it up!

Daniel36
09-05-2012, 10:32
He may look off to you, he looks like a mini I want in my collection to me. Painted in this way would be nice.
I have a blue caped model that I am going to add some details too, so it's nice to use this mini as inspiration.

Yorrik
09-05-2012, 18:31
My issue with the Deggin mini is that the torso is too long, the legs too short, and he would have to have a giraffe neck in order to fit into that collar. I would say that the picture isn't quite doing the mini justice - in person the color is a lot richer. I do like that he's got an "adventurer" feel to him, what with the backpack and extra bits and bobs. Would have liked a helmet clipped to the belt, though.

Little Joe
09-05-2012, 18:46
Speedy "painting" Gonzales at work here. No problem as long as they look this fine with a nice eyecatcher to start the plog. Keep them comming!

Brother Muninn
09-05-2012, 21:24
Hello,

You've done some amazing painting and modelling here. It would be really impressive even without the deadline! I can't wait to see what you'll be treating us with next!

Five stars :)

Shush
Thanks, I've had to change/shuffle the schedule on my minis a few times already thanks to work, so I'm not as sure of which minis will be painted when any more. It'll be a surprise for us all I guess. :)


Great painting Muninn, keep it up!
Thank you Mag, I'll give it my best.


He may look off to you, he looks like a mini I want in my collection to me. Painted in this way would be nice.
I have a blue caped model that I am going to add some details too, so it's nice to use this mini as inspiration.
Oh he's not a bad mini at all, he just looks a little awkward. Kinda like the Retribution models from Warmachine.


My issue with the Deggin mini is that the torso is too long, the legs too short, and he would have to have a giraffe neck in order to fit into that collar. I would say that the picture isn't quite doing the mini justice - in person the color is a lot richer. I do like that he's got an "adventurer" feel to him, what with the backpack and extra bits and bobs. Would have liked a helmet clipped to the belt, though.
If you look on his right hip you can see a cast-iron frying pan. A very useful item for both camping and impromptu weapon.


Speedy "painting" Gonzales at work here. No problem as long as they look this fine with a nice eyecatcher to start the plog. Keep them comming!
I'm truly not very speedy, for the most part I'm just doing what I can to finish guys that Ive already put work into.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/RedMantis1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/RedMantis2.jpg
This wasn't the mini I was referencing yesterday. My workday ended up lasting several hours longer than expected so I switched days with this one.

This mean looking fella is a Red Mantis assassin from Reaper's pathfinder line. I bought him to be a part of my Dark Sun game as well. Once the adventurers had become a big enough nuisance the main antagonist would send this guy to take care of them. The reason I stalled on this mini was because I was at a loss for how to paint his weapons. Although now that the game is over I figured I'd go ahead & try a fancy colored metal technique I'm trying to figure out. This probably wasn't the best mini to try it on, but it does make it stand out a bit.


~Muninn

Rhapsody
09-05-2012, 21:31
I see you are giving this a serious sailor too-toot go!! Always great to see your work Muninn!!

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Caiphas Cain
09-05-2012, 22:07
I think the sword looks cool, good work.

Brother Muninn
10-05-2012, 19:40
I see you are giving this a serious sailor too-toot go!! Always great to see your work Muninn!!

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I was wondering if I'd be able to tell what your screen name would be. Thanks for popping in.


I think the sword looks cool, good work.
Thanks, I'm still working on the technique so hopefully it'll only get better.

This was the mini I was planning on painting Tuesday. Years ago I was part of a Legend of the Five Rings campaign & bought up a big mess of old Clan War minis to go along with it. For a while I really liked the idea of playing a Phoenix Clan bodyguard, so I started painting up this gal, Shiba Tsukune.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Shiba1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Shiba2.jpg
I actually based the color & scheme from a really well painted mini on CMoN, by a mini painter named "mrika." A year or two later I actually met mrika at a convention where she was painting to kill time while her boyfriend played cards. She's a phenomenal painter.

Just so you don't think that I busted my hump painting those robe details, here's what she looked like before I started yesterday.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/ShibaTsukunewip.jpg

I have some concerns about today's mini. It's big & awkward, so I might have to switch mid-day.

~Muninn

Yorrik
10-05-2012, 22:13
I'm a big fan of L5R minis. I miss having an ongoing Rokugan game every weekend. I like the different shades of red you've used in the mini. I almost would have made it impressionistic and had the pants and kimono design a shade of red as well. The blacks are stunning, and even though I generally don't like rocket-red lipstick on a mini, it works here.

Overall a very stunning piece.

HereBeDragons
11-05-2012, 11:49
It is great to be able to pop in here daily to see another fantastically painted mini!

Brother Muninn
11-05-2012, 18:49
I'm a big fan of L5R minis. I miss having an ongoing Rokugan game every weekend. I like the different shades of red you've used in the mini. I almost would have made it impressionistic and had the pants and kimono design a shade of red as well. The blacks are stunning, and even though I generally don't like rocket-red lipstick on a mini, it works here.

Overall a very stunning piece.
I normally don't do red lipstick either, but that was mostly my trying to stay true to the original paintjob by mrika. I also miss playing L5R, I still have my idea for the boisterous, nosy, sumo-turned-monk Mantis Clan guy whenever you want to make another campaign.

Also, Happy Birthday.


It is great to be able to pop in here daily to see another fantastically painted mini!
Thanks

The mini I intended for today was a total time-sink. I based & washed & started on the details, but it just wasn't working out for me. So with a few hours left in the day I brought in a new, unpainted mini & started from scratch. Meet Ember.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Ember1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Ember2.jpg
For those of you who remember the D&D 3rd Edition release 12 years ago you might also remember the line of metal miniatures that came out at the same time. Along with generic heroes, they also put out minis for each of the iconic class characters like Regdar (the Fighter), Jozan (the Cleric), and the rest. Ember here is the human Monk that was released. I think I picked her up about 8 years ago online while i was living in Japan.

Either way, the mini is simple, clean, and easy to paint. My only gripe is that she's a little small. I don't know how large the character is, but if I were to judge from the mini I'd guess maybe 5'1".

~Muninn

Daniel36
11-05-2012, 21:59
You are pushing me more and more into just selling my Warhammer armies and just buy single models to paint. Not only is my game Chronicles shaping up to be really fun (honestly, I am not trying to force it down your throat), but the times I've had the most fun painting stuff was with one off models and characters. Ember looks nice. I like clean, crisp models like that.

Caiphas Cain
11-05-2012, 23:49
I like her. Nothing's wrong with having a short person. It's better to have varying hights I think, rather then everyone being 6'.

Brother Muninn
12-05-2012, 21:42
You are pushing me more and more into just selling my Warhammer armies and just buy single models to paint. Not only is my game Chronicles shaping up to be really fun (honestly, I am not trying to force it down your throat), but the times I've had the most fun painting stuff was with one off models and characters. Ember looks nice. I like clean, crisp models like that.
Yeah, batch painting can be a chore. When you're using the same colors & styles over & over it can get a little too monotonous for me. It's probably why I can never seem to finish a whole army. But hey, if I can inspire you to get on doing something you enjoy than I feel all the more accomplished.


I like her. Nothing's wrong with having a short person. It's better to have varying hights I think, rather then everyone being 6'.
That's fair, in my head though I figured she'd have a more amazonian kind of stature.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Eladrin1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Eladrin2.jpg
Sorry about getting this one online a little later than usual today. Normally I can shoot and upload before work , but I had to start at 7:30 a.m., and have only just now been able to take a break. I originally bought this mini to be an Eladrin Warlord for a D&D game that never actually got off the ground. I loved the way the mini looked online, but once I got my hands on it I noticed the head has some odd proportions to it. The cheeks are sunken, the ears are high on the skull, the eyes aren't quite level, etc. The forehead was also really high, so I modeled her a circlet to mitigate that.

If you're curious, & you don't know 4th edition D&D, they divided elves into two categories. Woodland type elves (copper & wild elves in prior editions) stayed "Elves", while magical leaning subraces (like the sun & moon elves) became "Eladrin". Eladrin also tend to have seasonal themes, so I picked a summery green.

~Muninn

Karak Norn Clansman
13-05-2012, 00:01
That elf is a nice model. Well painted, too. :)

Caiphas Cain
13-05-2012, 02:03
The face looks a bit like a monkey. A well painted d one though. ;)

Brother Muninn
13-05-2012, 19:25
That elf is a nice model. Well painted, too. :)
Thanks, although I did position her to hide a few of her less positive qualities (The model's right eye is a fraction higher than it should be)


The face looks a bit like a monkey. A well painted d one though. ;)
Yeah, the jawline has a monkeylike quality to it. Oh well, you just have to do what you can.

With this, I'm done with my second week of painting.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Hiruma1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Hiruma2.jpg
This is Hiruma Tokaji. Years back I played a Crab Clan samurai with few social graces, and fewer qualms doing whatever it took to complete a mission. A very ends-justify-the-means type of character. He was a tough, sneaky scout character, so this mini seemed to fit well. Later in the game he ended up getting horribly burned by some fire shugenja, so the bandages across his face and arm ended up being completely appropriate.

I know I've got the calendar, but here's all the minis lined up together.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/week2.jpg

So now that the week is done I'm moving on to my week of 40k Xenos minis. I've never actually played a xenos army but I've collected a fair share, so this seemed like a good time to get a few done.

~Muninn

Yorrik
13-05-2012, 20:27
I like that you went with black for the armor on Hiruma Tokaji. It bugs me that the mini has chainmail on it (not an armor type to be found in Rokugan) but that has nothing to do with the paintjob. You've captured a certain intensity in Tokaji's eyes, which is an impressive feat.

Brother Muninn
14-05-2012, 21:25
I like that you went with black for the armor on Hiruma Tokaji. It bugs me that the mini has chainmail on it (not an armor type to be found in Rokugan) but that has nothing to do with the paintjob. You've captured a certain intensity in Tokaji's eyes, which is an impressive feat.

Thanks, He's been needing to get finished for some time. Now all that's left to do is Miramoto Tsuichi (that was the name right?). Now I'm wondering how our little group would have fared in the Destroyer War.

Now on to Xenos week.

Around the time the last Eldar codex came out I bartered with a friend for some Eldar bits for a test mini. I ended up mocking up a color scheme that I liked, but newver actually painted it, until Sunday.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Eldar1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Eldar2.jpg
I always really liked the Uthwe color scheme, but I also really like green, so this was what I came up with. Black under armor, green plates, with bone accents. To me it looks pretty cohesive, and different enough from any existing Craftworlds.

~Muninn

Caiphas Cain
14-05-2012, 21:54
That looks good. It's good to see new chapters/craftworlds/tribes.

Rhapsody
15-05-2012, 01:36
I really like the way the purple gems pop against the green/off white background, Then they are tied back to the model by the black/grey under color. Nice work Muninn!!

How come I've never seen your DIY space marine chapter??!! Those guys look great!! Did you ever finish them??

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New Cult King
15-05-2012, 04:38
Wow. Amazing work all round. I love the dark skin on Ember - I can never paint dark skin properly.

And that Guardian - what a stunning scheme :D Love it :yes:

Brother Muninn
15-05-2012, 21:25
That looks good. It's good to see new chapters/craftworlds/tribes.
Thanks, I have another idea for a craftworld too should my wife ever show any interest in the game, a brown & light blue scheme.


I really like the way the purple gems pop against the green/off white background, Then they are tied back to the model by the black/grey under color. Nice work Muninn!!

How come I've never seen your DIY space marine chapter??!! Those guys look great!! Did you ever finish them??

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Thanks, and no, the Fire Angels aren't done yet. I have a small group of them completed, but not an army. Plus it isn't a DIY,they were one of the loyalists in the Badab War.


Wow. Amazing work all round. I love the dark skin on Ember - I can never paint dark skin properly.

And that Guardian - what a stunning scheme :D Love it :yes:
Dark skin is actually quite easy in my opinion. It's literally just Dark Flesh, then add Tallarn Flesh into the mix for the following layers. The final highlight was straight Tallarn Flesh. Glad you like the Eldar scheme, there will be a few more like it this week.

So this project wouldn't be called a Challenge if it weren't challenging, & I hit my first speed bump.

I ended up putting in a 13+ hour workday yesterday (that's life at a newspaper), and had to work early today, so I haven't finished Monday's mini. I managed to get it about 70% of the way before I had get to bed. Fortunately today should be a shorter day, so I should be able to complete him and the other mini tonight. Here's hoping.

~Muninn

Caiphas Cain
15-05-2012, 21:34
Thirteen hours!? Yikes, what happened in Oregon?

Brother Muninn
15-05-2012, 22:01
Mostly State Golf Championships. I was the only photographer on duty at the paper, so I had to spend several hours on the golf course, then go out shoot a couple news stories, then I had to cover two theater performances for our entertainment section. Add all the editing, meetings, and emails & you've got a thirteen hour day.

~Muninn

Brother Muninn
16-05-2012, 21:58
Okay, all caught up.

Here's Monday's mini. An old metal Bad Moon Burna Boy.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Burna1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Burna2.jpg
He's a little sloppy looking, but really, it's an ork. I don't even remember why I have this guy. I think these guys came in blisters of two, so I probably went halfsies with a buddy on the blister just so I could have something different. I painted him up as a Bad Moon, since I haven't done much with yellow so far, and I don't know if I've ever seen one in real life.

Yesterday's mini is a return to my Eldar scheme. This time it's a Farseer though.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Farseer1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Farseer2.jpg
This guy I've had since I got out of the Navy in 2005. I used this Farseer's spear as part of the base for a Space Wolf Runepriest, so I ended up having to create a new one for him. What you see here is actually a shaved down chainsword with some added gems.

~Muninn

Karak Norn Clansman
16-05-2012, 22:40
It's Citadel week! Original concept and good painting. :)

New Cult King
17-05-2012, 01:58
I am totally sold on that scheme for the Eldar. Love it :D

Caiphas Cain
17-05-2012, 02:11
That spear actually looks really good. Nice work.

Rhapsody
17-05-2012, 03:32
140418I know where that spear tip went!! ;)


Not a DIY chapter, color me stupid...

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Brother Muninn
17-05-2012, 21:36
It's Citadel week! Original concept and good painting. :)
Thanks. I really do like the schemes that GW has for its current Craftworlds, but there's just so many other great possibilities. What is Citadel Week?


I am totally sold on that scheme for the Eldar. Love it :D
There will be one more before the week is out too. :)


That spear actually looks really good. Nice work.
Thanks, it's a little sloppy in a few places, but you can't really see from the photo.


140418I know where that spear tip went!! ;)
Yep, That's it right there. Your Runepriest must've broken his spear, so he had to get himself a new one.

Wednesday was all for the greater good.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Tau1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Tau2.jpg
I'd played around with various Tau schemes in the past, but after picking up a few techniques from Spikyjames' blogs I came up with this one. I'm not totally used to lining recesses of armor so it looks a little sloppy up close, but at arm's length it looks great.

Also, this is my 16ht mini, so I'm over the hump. 15 left to go.

~Muninn

EmperorNorton
17-05-2012, 21:52
Wow, the red and white colour scheme is fantastic. It really pops.
Guess I'll have to seek out Spikyjames' blog to discover the secret of this bright white.

Caiphas Cain
17-05-2012, 22:47
Thats a very striking scheme. I like it.

New Cult King
17-05-2012, 23:42
This plog rocks so much. I love Tau in white - it just seems to enhance the high-tech feel. And with GW's new White paint being awesome, maybe I should try some white Tau myself...

HereBeDragons
18-05-2012, 08:09
Wow I'd never be brave enough to paint that much white armour, even with a cunning technique :p kudos to you!

mrtn
18-05-2012, 10:20
That's a great looking tau, keep up the good work!

Brother Muninn
18-05-2012, 22:36
Wow, the red and white colour scheme is fantastic. It really pops.
Guess I'll have to seek out Spikyjames' blog to discover the secret of this bright white.
It's so simple as to be considered cheating. He first mentions it here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?155922-Spikyjames-Big-40K-log&p=3077461&viewfull=1#post3077461). It's literally 1-2 coats of white spray for an even basecoat, line the recesses with Shadow Grey, then clean up overpaint with Skull White.


Thats a very striking scheme. I like it.
Thanks, I actually have a whole army of Tau ready for painting, and that will be the scheme when I get around to it.


This plog rocks so much. I love Tau in white - it just seems to enhance the high-tech feel. And with GW's new White paint being awesome, maybe I should try some white Tau myself...
The white really helps them stand out, but as with all white you have to be careful with where you touch them for fear of leaving dirty prints.


Wow I'd never be brave enough to paint that much white armour, even with a cunning technique :p kudos to you!
I promise it's easier than you'd think.


That's a great looking tau, keep up the good work!
Will do! :)

Thursday's Mini:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Gaunt1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Gaunt2.jpg
This was to be a test mini for a bigger project, however I quickly discovered that orange is a pain in the A$$, so I scrapped it, and this guy was left unfinished until yesterday.

First, a little context, Here in Oregon there are two major rival universities. Oregon State University (Colors: Black & Orange. Best well known for a mascot that's a common sexual slang & not living up to their athletic potential), and the University of Oregon (Colors: Green & Yellow. Best well known for having more outfits than a Kardashian, & access to anything they want from Nike).

A long while back I entertained the idea of creating a school spirit diorama for OSU. The concept would be an overwhelming group of Orange & Black nids "Zerg Rushing" their way towards a faltering group of Green & Yellow Eldar. Well, like I mentioned, painting orange is like a war of attrition. So this guy got shuffled to the back of the mini cabinet.

It's worth noting though that this diorama is also the basis for my current Eldar scheme.

~Muninn

Karak Norn Clansman
19-05-2012, 05:31
Striking colours on that Tyranid. Citadel week is the week of May month where you happen to paint Citadel miniatures. Look on your first page's calendar. ;)

Caiphas Cain
19-05-2012, 08:09
Painting orange was brutal last time I tried. I don't blame you for scrapping the project. :p

Rhapsody
19-05-2012, 16:48
Tyranid loves you.

Oh no Muninn, you don't like painting orange!!?? >.> <.<

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Brother Muninn
19-05-2012, 23:06
Striking colours on that Tyranid. Citadel week is the week of May month where you happen to paint Citadel miniatures. Look on your first page's calendar. ;)
I guess the next two weeks are Citadel Weeks too then. :P


Painting orange was brutal last time I tried. I don't blame you for scrapping the project. :p
I'm working on an easier way of doing orange. I ended up basecoating with a mix of Firey Orange and the red foundation paint. It worked pretty well.


Tyranid loves you.

Oh no Muninn, you don't like painting orange!!?? >.> <.<
Tyranid loves no one, and it isn't that I don't like orange, i just haven't developed an easy technique for it yet.

I mentioned earlier that there would be quite a bit of green this week...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Kroot1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Kroot2.jpg
As per usual I didn't get off work til later than I'd expected, and I had to work the early shift at work the next day, so this guy was an exercise in speed painting. I'm proud to say he took less than two hours start to finish (not including wash dry time). I only own one of each of the new paints, but so far they seem to work great. His skin was simple: Castellan Green worked up to Nurgling Green with a wash of Athonian Camoshade. Someday when I get a box of (plastic) Plaguebearers for my Daemons I think this will be the color I paint them.

~Muninn

Rhapsody
20-05-2012, 06:26
The wood grain on the stock looks great big M!!

...Kroot loves you??

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Caiphas Cain
20-05-2012, 07:22
That woodgrain does look great. How'd you do it?

Lono13
20-05-2012, 18:22
This is such a great idea that I may well steal it and do it myself. You're cranking out some great minis and I think looking from the first paint job to the most recent, you can see a general improvement in the painting. Doing a mini a day seems to be helping you improve your skills.

Brother Muninn
20-05-2012, 22:26
The wood grain on the stock looks great big M!!

...Kroot loves you??
Sure Kroot loves you, but does he love you for who you are or your DNA? I guess that brings up a nature vs nurture argument too...


That woodgrain does look great. How'd you do it?
Pretty simple actually. It's a base coat of Scorched brown, then add lines of a Scorched Brown/Snakebite Leather mix, then final small lines of pure Snakebite Leather, followed by a wash of Devlin Mud. I did the wood grain at the same time as the leather vest he's wearing.


This is such a great idea that I may well steal it and do it myself. You're cranking out some great minis and I think looking from the first paint job to the most recent, you can see a general improvement in the painting. Doing a mini a day seems to be helping you improve your skills.
I'd encourage you to. Although You should make sure all the minis are prepped & primed for painting first, since that can take so much time. I guess I hadn't noticed any real improvement, although I am getting a lot of time to work on my techniques, so it'd make sense. Thank you for saying so.

Now for the end of Xenos Week:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Wraithguard1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Wraithguard2.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Wraithguard3.jpg
As promised, another Eldar. I've had this mini for almost 12 years. One of my high school buddies painstakingly painted one up and I figured I would too since his looked so good. I didn't have any kind of idea where to start though, so I never did. I like it a great deal, although in my eyes he isn't truly complete yet. I painted the sash, but I intend to freehand the Craftworld symbol on the cloth (the same symbol that's on his forehead). I still haven't come up with a name or finalized their back story, but I'm working on it.

Another week Another group shot.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Groupshot1.jpg

Now we're on to 40k Imperium week.

~Muninn

basher
21-05-2012, 07:55
you've done outstanding work muinn love the eldar

Rhapsody
21-05-2012, 18:38
Kroot-Kroot!!
Keep it up friend, you're already a great artist and this will only make you better!!

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Brother Muninn
21-05-2012, 21:36
you've done outstanding work muinn love the eldar
Thanks a lot. I'm not in the home stretch yet, but I'm down to my last 11 minis of the challenge, plus the hardest is yet to come.


Kroot-Kroot!!
Keep it up friend, you're already a great artist and this will only make you better!!
Here's hoping. If nothing else it's helped me solidify a few schemes I'd like to use in the future.

Sunday came and went without much difficulty, here she is.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Commissar1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Commissar2.jpg
This is another mini I picked up while living in Japan. I was just getting into the game itself, so I'd regularly scroll around the GW website archives looking for neat minis, which is how I picked her up. I wasn't aware at the time that it was the only female Commissar, originally from Games Day 1998, and only actually sold in the US, so i was pretty lucky to get her.

When I was figuring out how to paint her I thought she looked like she belonged in a Mordian Iron Guard regiment, so I did my best to give her that "parade grounds" kind of feel. It looks a little old school, but I like her.

~Muninn

Discover&See
22-05-2012, 13:31
The female commissar is pretty damn sweet and dont be afraid to get some watered down black and thin the areas around the edges of the coat that are highlighted.
your nid is i think amazing love the orange and black really catches the eye great job there and i envy you for been able to paint so much in so little time :)

Regards
D&S

Brother Muninn
22-05-2012, 23:08
The female commissar is pretty damn sweet and dont be afraid to get some watered down black and thin the areas around the edges of the coat that are highlighted.
your nid is i think amazing love the orange and black really catches the eye great job there and i envy you for been able to paint so much in so little time :)

Regards
D&S
Thank you much, I'm making a list of all the little things I need to go back & fix once the actual painting challenge is done (The Fallen's sword, the Wraithguard's loincloth, etc) so I'll add your suggestion to the list). I can be heavy handed with black shading when I'm in a hurry though.

If you'd told me a year ago that I would be painting a horrible cyber-cherub's buttcheeks at midnight, I'd have looked at you funny. But that's what I did last night.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Cherub1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Cherub2.jpg
This is another mini I picked up at the onset of my gaming career during the first wave of Daemon Hunter releases back in 2003. I picked up a number of cyberskulls & henchmen at the time with the intention of a combined Grey Knight/Raven Guard army & just never got around to incorporating an inquisitor into the army. Now that he's done a buddy of mine tells me cherubs aren't henchmen any more. I've got good timing in that regard.

~Muninn

Caiphas Cain
23-05-2012, 04:43
It's so ugly! Maybe just the ugly babies are lobotomized and made into cherubs. :p Great painting.

Rhapsody
23-05-2012, 08:15
You painted cherub butt!! It's a nice looking one too, Matt told me so!!
Is the Commisar lady a GW model?? I don't recall ever seeing her before...

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Brother Muninn
23-05-2012, 20:28
It's so ugly! Maybe just the ugly babies are lobotomized and made into cherubs. :p Great painting.
Maybe it's like in sparta where they judge whether a baby is fit to live, however instead of being tossed off the cliff the gimpy ones are turned into servitors.


Is the Commisar lady a GW model?? I don't recall ever seeing her before...
Yep. She was from the 1998 Games Day. Never had a full release, but was sold in the online bits section in the US for a while.

Now for a more micro look at the Imperium.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Juve1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Juve2.jpg
This is a Necromunda Van Saar Juve I've had kicking around for a while. I'd had him mostly painted for a few years now, but I couldn't finish it for lack of a head and left hand. The head posed a particular problem because Necromunda models are a bit smaller than most 40k stuff you see. The head I found belongs to an old metal Space Marine scout. The owner sawed it off in order to put a helmet on his guy which left the noggin ripe for conversion.

Today's mini is coming along splendidly. I'm walking a fine line between regal and prissy, but I think I'm pulling it off. You'll see tomorrow.

~Muninn

deathskullork
23-05-2012, 22:26
Your really good at painting faces, that juve looks terrified but determined. I like the colour choice aswell very unusual as van saar tend to be painted brightly. Keep it up.

loveless
24-05-2012, 00:38
Solid conversion - I wouldn't have expected the head was a swap!

Brother Muninn
24-05-2012, 21:37
Your really good at painting faces, that juve looks terrified but determined. I like the colour choice aswell very unusual as van saar tend to be painted brightly. Keep it up.
Thanks, when i was painting him up I wanted it to look a bit like a Still Suit from Dune, so dark & leathery. The blue I tossed in for a balancing contrast color, plus those were the colors from my recent (at the time) wedding.


Solid conversion - I wouldn't have expected the head was a swap!
Thanks, I was lucky to stumble across it. I'm glad you think it fits so well.

Wednesday's mini took a good deal more effort than any of the others. It's unlike anything else I've painted.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Shrive1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Shrive2.jpg
I'm calling this guy Inquisitor Shrive. Since his colors are the same as you see traditionally at Mardi Gras (Purple, Green, & Gold) I figured I should give him an appropriate name. I was bouncing between Bacchus (King of Mardi Gras/Greek God of wine), Xango (Voodoo Loa of War, Lightning, & Fire), and Shrive (the origin word for Shrove Tuesday, also means to confess). he has one incomplete bit, as he's missing the decorative shield on his shoulder, it's currently a gold nub.

Back at the beginning of the Iraq war i was sent to do some training in Denver. While I was there I came across a guy in the local game store that used a terminator mini I'd never seen before. Since it was so interesting I bought it off of him that day, not realizing it was an old, incomplete, Grey Knight terminator. I tossed a pair of GK metal arms onto it. They're a bit big, but they fit better than anything else I have.

Hope you like him.

~Muninn

mrtn
24-05-2012, 22:09
It's so baroque that it looks like a chaos termie, and the slaaneshi paint scheme helps in that impression. :)

Satan
24-05-2012, 22:25
Always loved the Necromunda models, the good kind of scifi! The juve looks great.

The inquisitor looks like he could go toe-to-toe with the miniatures of today with that paintjob! Very well done! Does he have his name on him somewhere?

Karak Norn Clansman
24-05-2012, 23:43
Rogue Trader-era Grey Knight Terminator? Whatever it is, it's as nice a model as the paintjob. I like this Imperial week. :D

Brother Muninn
25-05-2012, 19:19
It's so baroque that it looks like a chaos termie, and the slaaneshi paint scheme helps in that impression. :)
I was hoping to avoid the slaanesh comparison, but I knew that might come with the colors. Oh well, glad you like it.


Always loved the Necromunda models, the good kind of scifi! The juve looks great.

The inquisitor looks like he could go toe-to-toe with the miniatures of today with that paintjob! Very well done! Does he have his name on him somewhere?
His name is to be written on the mini's right shoulder pad where there's a scroll. It just isn't there yet since I hadn't decided on a name by the time I shot the picture.


Rogue Trader-era Grey Knight Terminator? Whatever it is, it's as nice a model as the paintjob. I like this Imperial week. :D
I'm pretty sure it's Rogue Trader. I haven't been able to find it in any old catalogs, but I haven't looked very hard either.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Captain1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Captain2.jpg
My very first army was Raven Guard space marines, I started this guy years back, and this guy was one of my first attempts at painting the greyish albino skin that the RG are known for. This is another (quasi) limited edition mini that I stumbled upon, and I'm happy it's in my collection.

I've just realized that every single weapon that I've colored this month has been green. Total coincidence.

So I'm going to let you guys choose the mini I paint today. I won't be getting off work until 8 or 9 tonight, so when I finish work for the day I'll get down to painting whichever mini you guys happen to choose between now and then.

Would you rather I paint a Stormtrooper (Kasrkin Flamer) or a Rogue Trader Assassin? Both are nice minis that I've had for a few years, so I'd be happy to paint either.

~Muninn

Daniel36
25-05-2012, 20:43
Oooh, I like the blackness of the purple cape. It works really well.

Reece
26-05-2012, 02:14
Go with the Kasrkin.

-Reece

Brother Muninn
26-05-2012, 18:00
Oooh, I like the blackness of the purple cape. It works really well.
Thanks, I have issues with my purple wash where when it dries there's a white film where it pools up. I've been able to combat it a bit, but it's still an issue.


Go with the Kasrkin.

-Reece
You're the one vote, so here he is.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Kasrkin1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Kasrkin2.jpg
This was an earlier attempt at white armor, so it isn't as clean or pretty as some of my others, but I'm just glad to get him done. Yesterday was another long'un, so I didn't put in as much time as I should, & ended up cutting some corners, like on the flame.

Today is going to be another 12+ hour day (State Track & Field Championships) so tonight's mini might not be much better. I hope to be able to spend a bit more time on it though.

~Muninn

Caiphas Cain
27-05-2012, 02:48
I like him. Painting white is a real pain.

Brother Muninn
27-05-2012, 20:41
I like him. Painting white is a real pain.
Yeah, it can be tough. You have to be really patient to do it correctly, and it can be tough to keep looking clean. It's probably folly that I want to do an entire army of white Tau.

No mini today. I ended up working from 10 AM until midnight, so I was way too tired for painting after I got home. I'll try to get caught up today.

~Muninn

Brother Muninn
28-05-2012, 20:23
Okay, I managed to finish Saturday's mini, but i'm still behind. Today is Memorial Day here in the states though, so I should have plenty of time to get some painting in.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Stern1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Stern2.jpg
Before Forge World changed their look this was the color scheme for the Fire Angels, a Space marine chapter best well known for participating on the Loyalist side of the Badab War.

This is just one of my Fire Angels though, if You'd like to see more there's a link in my sig to more of them here on warseer.

~Muninn

New Cult King
29-05-2012, 00:13
Sharp, bright and clean. Love it :D

Yorrik
29-05-2012, 07:27
I love that Raven Guard Commander.

Good job getting the color flow right on the flames.

The gun sight is crooked on the Fire Angel.

Brother Muninn
29-05-2012, 21:44
Sharp, bright and clean. Love it :D
Yeah, it's a really crisp looking scheme. The cream & red really complement each other, plus I think the stripes along the hips knees and wrists really help to balance out the minis.


I love that Raven Guard Commander.

Good job getting the color flow right on the flames.

The gun sight is crooked on the Fire Angel.
I had to prove that I could do flames right. I made all of my Daemon's flames backwards for the sake of the fact it's unnatural. I'm not sure I see the sight's issue, but I know the barrel is jacked up.

After yesterday I'm all caught up & I'm on schedule for the home stretch of this project.

Welcome to Warhammer Fantasy Week: The first mini is an old Black Guard figure that was given to me about a decade ago.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/BlackGuard1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/BlackGuard2.jpg
I always see Dark Elves with purple or red so I wanted to blay around with an alternate, but equally malevolent scheme. My idea would be a black armor with gold edging, and ochre yellow accents. The skin didn't turn out quite how I'd have liked it, so that'll be someting for me to play around with in the future. Maybe something a little more purplish to balance out all the yellows.

Monday's mini I picked up at my local stores discount shelf. People drop off bunches of metal minis for him to sell on commission, & I happened across this one. I don't play Skaven, but it's nice to have a couple tunnel crawlers around.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Skaven1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Skaven2.jpg

Today's mini shouldn't give me any trouble, and then it'll be smooth sailing since Wednesday & Thursday happens to be my weekend. Hope you like what you see.

~Muninn

Caiphas Cain
30-05-2012, 03:00
I really like that dark elf. Good work!

Brother Fenix
30-05-2012, 03:12
Great Project log. I love the calendar at the start with the thumbs of each day's mini. Painting is awesome too, color choice is exceptional.

Brother Muninn
31-05-2012, 02:26
I really like that dark elf. Good work!
Thanks, I like it too. If I were to ever do Dark Elves that'd be my choice of scheme.


Great Project log. I love the calendar at the start with the thumbs of each day's mini. Painting is awesome too, color choice is exceptional.
The Calendar has worked out better than Id expected. I've always appreciated project logs that incorporate an update in the first post so you could see the progress from the get-go. This challenge seemed like a good place to incorporate a visual version.

Today's mini came from the Storm of Chaos a few years back. A Dwarf Doomseeker.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Doomseeker1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Doomseeker2.jpg
Yorrik & I split a blister back in the day since he only wanted one, and I like to paint all sorts of different minis. I kinda feel like I slacked a bit on this guy, but I feel like I've got a bit of tunnel vision going on. As great as this challenge has been I'm ready for it to be over. :)

~Muninn

de Selby
31-05-2012, 02:29
He looks good to me.

*vuvuzela blast*

Yorrik
31-05-2012, 08:45
Doomseeker looks great. I like the deep tones you've got going on with the gold. I'm also digging the lack of primary colors (or any colors at all). It's all very warm and deserty.

Two more to go! Hang in there! FOCUS!

New Cult King
31-05-2012, 08:55
I love that mini :D

Eldorad
31-05-2012, 14:17
The Calendar has worked out better than Id expected. I've always appreciated project logs that incorporate an update in the first post so you could see the progress from the get-go. This challenge seemed like a good place to incorporate a visual version.

It's a great idea and a great log. Two left to go!!!

Jormi_Boced
31-05-2012, 15:52
Nice slayer!

Purplebeard
31-05-2012, 19:20
The female Commissar looks great - very steely and sinister. You've done a lovely job on the cherub and the Wraithguard too.

I even like your painting of the kroot - though my opinion of the Kroot (and all other Tau things) is that they should be nuked to extinction, all eaten by a colossal invasion of Squats. And then the Squats should return :D

mrtn
31-05-2012, 22:15
Nice work. I like that the dark elf wasn't purple like every other dark elf, the yellow and black look good.

Brother Muninn
31-05-2012, 23:38
He looks good to me.

*vuvuzela blast*

I love that mini :D

Nice slayer!
It's a fun sculpt. The Doomseekers all had a neat crazy axe-swingers vibe to them that's fun to play with. I really appreciate the support.


Doomseeker looks great. I like the deep tones you've got going on with the gold. I'm also digging the lack of primary colors (or any colors at all). It's all very warm and deserty.

Two more to go! Hang in there! FOCUS!
Thanks, i figured the beard should stand alone since that's their thing. I'd considered some blue face paint, but decided against it.


It's a great idea and a great log. Two left to go!!!
I'd originally plaenned this for March, but the timing was off with work & everything else, I'm glad I could do it. I'm already trying to figure out whether I should do it again next year.


The female Commissar looks great - very steely and sinister. You've done a lovely job on the cherub and the Wraithguard too.

I even like your painting of the kroot - though my opinion of the Kroot (and all other Tau things) is that they should be nuked to extinction, all eaten by a colossal invasion of Squats. And then the Squats should return :D
As long as you're at it how about having Zoats take down the Vespid? :P


Nice work. I like that the dark elf wasn't purple like every other dark elf, the yellow and black look good.
They do. I was hoping to create a Sinestro type vibe with it. Not totally malevolent, but not benevolent either.

Here's Wednesday's
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Orc1.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Orc2.jpg
I've never actually played Fantasy, but I have an army of Orcs. I have a general disdain for fielding anything that's unfinished, and O&G have a lot of work that needs to be put into them just to get the army built, let alone painted. This guy is the Champion for a big block of boyz I've been painting up over time. Once again I'm using black & orange, but it's working better now that I'm basecoating the foundation orange.

One day to go!

~Muninn

New Cult King
01-06-2012, 00:24
Excellent greens in particular - you really have a knack for that colour :yes:

And next year?? :( How about a June one? :D

Caiphas Cain
01-06-2012, 05:35
Yeah, hey! How about a mini a day for a year? ;)

Eldorad
01-06-2012, 11:41
Yeah, hey! How about a mini a day for a year? ;)

That would just be insane.

I'm thinking of copying this for a month... only there's not one beginning with M for a little while... :(

biginbelgium
01-06-2012, 20:39
congratulations on staying true to your goal, I look forward to your last treat.

cheers
Tim

Red Scorpion
02-06-2012, 00:25
Love the doomseeker! I got a couple without the hands from an eBay lot a few years back - one ended up a bog standard Mordheim slayer, the other is a Mordheim slayer pirate :)

Brother Muninn
02-06-2012, 01:06
And next year?? :( How about a June one? :D
It took me a month or so just to get all of the minis for this challenge ready, so I'll have to recharge my batteries/prep minis before I can jump into it again.


Yeah, hey! How about a mini a day for a year? :)
I have the perfect name for that project log "How to lose jobs & alienate your wife" :P

That would just be insane.

I'm thinking of copying this for a month... only there's not one beginning with M for a little while... :(
I just went with M for the alliteration, noting saying you can't do "Small Statue September" or "Fine Figurine February" though :)


congratulations on staying true to your goal, I look forward to your last treat.

cheers
Tim
Thanks, I'm glad you like it, & I hope my last day lives up to the standard I've set.


Love the doomseeker! I got a couple without the hands from an eBay lot a few years back - one ended up a bog standard Mordheim slayer, the other is a Mordheim slayer pirate :)
The great thing about the characterful minis is that they're great for modifying into very individual sculpts. I can totally see a doomseeker with a "mom" tattoo, and striped sailor pants.

So for this, the last day I didn't end up painting a mini.


I painted four.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/GobSham.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/Goblin.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/DwarfMoradin.jpghttp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/GobFan.jpg
I figured painting a single mini to close out this challenge could be a bit anticlimactic, so I decided to push it. Here you have three Night Goblins: a Shaman, a Fanatic, and a regular goober, and finally a Dwarf Cleric of Moradin that I bought on Wednesday (I'm playtesting the new DnD Next, and he was the perfect mini for one of the characters). I ended up painting deep into the night, only to discover that I was actually working earlier than I'd anticipated, so today has been fun.

This concludes the daily grind of painting, and to my surprise, I haven't burned out yet. I'm good with being free of the tough deadline, but I'm already thinking about my next minis. I have to get back to work now, but I'll post a reflection and group shot in the next few days.

Thanks to everyone who has followed, commented, and supported me this month.

~Muninn

de Selby
02-06-2012, 02:19
This concludes the daily grind of painting, and to my surprise, I haven't burned out yet. I'm good with being free of the tough deadline, but I'm already thinking about my next minis.


That's how it goes; the more stuff you finish the more enthused you are. I haven't finished a big project for a while and I'm finding it hard to motivate myself; but when I'm on a roll I can do an army in a couple of months.

Thanks for inspiring us: looking forward to the group shot.

mrtn
02-06-2012, 09:20
Congratulations on seeing it through! The skull pass minis are fun to paint, I've done a bunch as skaven slaves.

EmperorNorton
02-06-2012, 16:26
Congratulations on reaching your goal.
Now do it again!

HereBeDragons
02-06-2012, 18:52
Congratulations! A very impressive job to keep up like you've done. Really great work!

Caiphas Cain
03-06-2012, 02:09
Congratulations on the successful completion of your log! There's no reason to stop just yet though. If you painted a mini every other day (or even every third day), you might keep on rolling. :D

I on the other hand, need a push to going down my hill. :(

Edit - To get going down my hill. Derp.

Brother Muninn
03-06-2012, 21:48
That's how it goes; the more stuff you finish the more enthused you are. I haven't finished a big project for a while and I'm finding it hard to motivate myself; but when I'm on a roll I can do an army in a couple of months.

Thanks for inspiring us: looking forward to the group shot.
Yeah, I feel like I'm still n a bit of a roll, which I'll probably channel into my Daemons and some commission work.


Congratulations on seeing it through! The skull pass minis are fun to paint, I've done a bunch as skaven slaves.
I've eyeballed the Isles of Blood Box for quite some time now to get some of those High Elves. I might still someday if I can coax my wife into playing.


Congratulations on reaching your goal.
Now do it again!
If we all survive the Mayan Armageddon then I can see doing it again March or May next year. :)


Congratulations! A very impressive job to keep up like you've done. Really great work!
Thanks, I'll still be around the project logs section, mostly in my Daemons log. I hope for there to be some excitement once Chaos Space Marines kick off.


Congratulations on the successful completion of your log! There's no reason to stop just yet though. If you painted a mini every other day (or even every third day), you might keep on rolling. :D

I on the other hand, need a push to going down my hill. :(

Edit - To get going down my hill. Derp.
No reason to stop at all. Here's hoping you get your ball rolling, I'd love to see what kind of work you can put out.

The final product: 31 days, 34 minis completed.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y271/Scubasteve0209/MayFinal.jpg
I'm not going to lie. It was kinda refreshing to not have to worry about painting a mini last night, although I kept eying my painting table trying to decide what I'd do next.

The challenge has been quite rewarding on a number of different levels. Perhaps one of the most significant benefits is that I've managed to complete a ton of minis that would otherwise be clutter in my bits boxes. Finally having finished so many models that had been carefully painted then left incomplete in favor of other projects is a great feeling.

It's also given me a chance to flex some of my speedpainting skills as well as cement several army paint schemes that have only existed on paper before this, such as my green Eldar, and yellow Dark Elves. It also forced me to step up and paint a few limited edition models that I've avoided for fear of messing up a rare mini (the commissar & GK termi in particular).

My wife pointed out another benefit as well. While tending to this month-long project I didn't buy any more minis (I did buy one actually, but it only cost $2). By pouring my attention into the figures that I already owned, it kept me from spending my cash on minis that might ultimately end up in my lengthy "to do" pile. As it is, I've barely put a dent in it, but you gotta start somewhere.

The downsides have been relatively few:
* I stayed up later, and got less sleep many nights, although this didn't really impact how much time I spent with my wife, or working.
* I did end up spending many more hours at the office though, taking pictures in the studio, editing the shots and updating the calendar. I spent most of my breaks & lunch hours on it as well.
* Work always came first, but there were a few long long days that made it really hard to paint. Hours at a newspaper are many and varied, so balancing everything was a bit of a hassle.

It's been a good month of painting, and like I said yesterday, I haven't burnt out. Now it's time to re-direct, paint, and plan for next year's challenge. I'm not a fast painter by any means, so if I can accomplish it I'm sure others can as well. So if this inspires you to take on the challenge, all the better, and best of luck!

~Muninn

New Cult King
04-06-2012, 00:22
Brilliant work. I have thoroughly enjoyed following this thread :D :yes:

Rhapsody
04-06-2012, 07:38
Great job Muninn, I'll give you a friendly pat on the back next time I see you. This was no easy task, but you certainly made it look so!!

Going out with a bang, nice way to end it.

Your attention to detail never slipped down, and only increased (as far as I could tell) as the month progressed!!

End of Line

Satan
04-06-2012, 07:42
Did you exceed the original target? I'll have to say - 34 minis in 31 days is a really strong performance if you ask me. To add the diversity and differing paintjobs to that is really an achievement you can be proud of, esp. with the great level of painting quality you've got going!

Eldorad
07-06-2012, 15:05
It's been a good month of painting, and like I said yesterday, I haven't burnt out. Now it's time to re-direct, paint, and plan for next year's challenge. I'm not a fast painter by any means, so if I can accomplish it I'm sure others can as well. So if this inspires you to take on the challenge, all the better, and best of luck!

~Muninn

Awesome work and congratulations on completing the challenge!