View Full Version : The Tale of Board Game Painters 2011-2012 Month 1 WIP

Solun Decius
02-09-2011, 10:51
Welcome to the Tale of Board Game Painters

What's it all about?
A lot of us wargamers have bought or been given some really impressive board games through the years that have had one extra special selling point; cool miniature game pieces. Mine (and my brother's) include Hero Quest, Space Crusade, Blood Bowl, Space Hulk (both editions) and most recently Chaos in the Old World.

When we opened the boxes we all dreamed of how awesome it would look (in just a few weeks, right?) when we'd have painted every single miniature to the best of our abilities. Awesome atmospheric board pieces with super realistic miniatures all over. Then a few weeks go by, sometimes a few months and for way too many of us a few years. The games are still awesome but all that paint seems to have taken the wrong turn at Albuquerque.

Enter the Tale of Board Game Painters. Now we're going to use the collective power of motivation to really get it done! Participants choose a miniature board game from their collection - one's enough for most of us; after all, they've been unpainted this long already, let's not get carried away :D - and paint it up in 5 to 10 batches over a period of 6 to 12 months.

At the end of each month (or the beginning of the next actually) we take photos of the month's good work, post it on that month's show off thread and give comments and encourage our fellow painters to keep on truckin'!!

More detailed description of the time plan and structure can be found in the OP of the signup thread here! (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=313544)

Here are our painters at the moment:


Let's see that WIP, and don't forget you can still sign up anytime!

Happy Painting!

03-09-2011, 06:16
Okay I'll start the ball rolling with my WIP.


That's the Assassin, Cleric, Chivalric Knight, Dark Cultist and Dread Knight in the image. I've made decent progress on the first three and the paint holds nicely to the softer plastic of these figures. Apologies for the flash, the camera wouldn't focus properly without it, no idea why.

Only the Assassin is from the Talisman boxed game, the others are from expansions.

09-09-2011, 22:42
Well, I clearly need to work on my photo skills in addition to my painting skills but at least a preview of the color scheme.


AoBR termies with a few extra bits - even though I bought the new edition the minis in it are too over the top for regular play in my opinion.

10-09-2011, 09:30
Just saw this thread and it seems I'm almost too late! I've finished my Genestealers and door sections for this month - should I post pics or wait until the month by month thread is started?

I must confess to cheating a little bit though (I wanted to do colour testing so I started one of the genestealers and door bits before Sept :eek:)

Anyway, here's Sergeant Lorenzo WIP;



10-09-2011, 12:24
Here's my work so far.


11-09-2011, 13:55
Here my first WIP of the Space Hulk Genestealers, taken with Handycam:


11-09-2011, 19:33

here's my wip on the 5 utopia figures
green-red-blue-black-yellow "player pawns"

picture taken with my phone, will take better pictures when the figures are finished :)

Solun Decius
12-09-2011, 17:24
Hey, nice dudes!
I must confess I haven't started the CitOW figures yet, but there's plenty of month left and I'm still confident.
Keep up the good work!

12-09-2011, 18:56
So I thought I'd write a brief introduction to my first WiP.

I first played Talisman in the mid-80s, my brother got a set for his birthday around 1986, and I remember spending many long and fairly frustrating hours playing it (and never winning!). But always wanting to go back for more! I know he got a couple of the expansion sets, I believe simply called Talisman: Expansion and Talisman: Adventure. Then sometime around 1990 we moved onto Blood Bowl, Space Hulk etc... So Talisman got put in a loft somewhere and got dusty.
Roll on nearly 20 years and I have got in with a small group of D&D players, when one or two of us cannot make the session the GM usually brings out Talisman 4th Edition and we'll play that for a few hours (I've even won a couple of games now!:D)
I enjoyed playing it so much that, partially fueled by nostalgia, I went out and bought the main game.
I'm quite out of practice with painting, so hope to do some justice to the models.

I selected four characters more or less at random. ( I deliberately didn't chose the toads as I wanted to get some characters painted up first! The dwarf, priest and a couple of others looked like they required me getting some practice painting first, some of them looked like they needed a bit more effort - like the minstrels striped outfit. So I have will be painting the - Assassin, Druid, Monk & Troll this month. So far they are all just undercoated, but, by the end of the month I'll be happy with them! :cool:

I'll stick some WiP pictures up as soon as I get some paint on them!

Morglum Necksnapper
24-09-2011, 15:00
Hello, feels good to finally have a kick in the but to paint a board game. Thanks to Solun Decius for initiating this!

I have a bit of a head start with this project. Some 8 years ago I got some help painting the genestealers from the people I played SpaceHulk with back then. We sat for two nights or something and painted a lot of genestealers. Looking at the models, I find them a bit to bright and they could be painted neater.

I also always wanted to try the dipping technique for miniatures. I started dipping the genestealers and a marinesquad, Crimson Fists this afternoon. I like to make 3 Space marine Squads, Blood Angels, Crimson Fists and Deathwing. These squads are going to have at least 10 marines at their disposal, 5 regular terminators with stormbolter and various marines armed differently. In this way you can play the game with one genestealer player and 3 marine players.

I never liked the gameplay of the Genestealer expansion for the first generation SpaceHulk. Way to much hassle playing the psychic powers. But the missions are nice, with larger squads, these missions can also be played.

I must say, dipping really does wonders on these mini's. They actually look a lot more like the painted miniatures on the box. Could it be the painters at GW also used dipping? Not that you can see that on these pictures. I hope to have finished some genesteales next month and to have some better pictures.



25-09-2011, 09:49
Wahay - I've completed some painting to a deadline (first time for everything) :)

My months quota is done. So I wont post the finished pics, I'll wait for the proper log for that. So I've prepped some genestealers for October; which 2 should I do?


Solun Decius
25-09-2011, 21:36
Nice getting back into those nostalgic game DarthSte. I'm sure your game group will want to use your set once it's painted. It really changes the mood of a board game.
Nice progress Morglum. I don't think dipping was used for the box art minis but it's a nice quick way to get some deep shading done and it can look really nice.
Can't wait for this month's painting Daemonslave and the prepped stealers look cool with the extra rubble and space station floor bases. Would be cool to do 1 and 3 together as you can "batch paint" the marine helmets then :D #4 is an intimidating mini though!
I've started a bit on the Nurgle team myself now. I'll see if WIP photos are worth it or if I'll just post the finished pics next month.
Now let's use this last week well and get a good few finished batches into next month's thread!

27-09-2011, 06:52
Hmm how am I going.
I am a bit behind I think. Not a huge amount behind, but a bit. I reckon I should finish with a bit of painting at home.
I chose to paint 5 Genestealers this month, and by end of tomorrow I should have them done apart from claws, teeth and eyes. Maybe completely done if I get around to doing some painting at home (Usually I paint twice a week in my lunch break at my local GW).

September weekends have just been extremely busy unfortunately. So I haven't had the time (or motivation on the spare day in teh weekend) to get some good painting done at home.

Solun Decius
27-09-2011, 23:01
Hope you find that extra motivation someone. I really haven't touched paint in almost two months but I'm getting right back on track now.

A little WIP on the Nurgle minis:

Still to do are green highlights and details, and the GUO obviously.

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28-09-2011, 17:49
Due to trying to get my new house sorted and busting the ligaments in my right thumb... No painting this month :(

29-09-2011, 19:14
done for september, where do we post the pictures?

Solun Decius
29-09-2011, 21:16
There will be an Oktober thread for finished Sep pics and Oct WIP. I'll link to it here when it's up.

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Solun Decius
01-10-2011, 02:33
Alright, the first thread to show off our finished minis is online!
Right here: http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319379
I'm so excited to see what the actual result is this first month.