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[How to] Foamcore Terrain, courtesy of Combo Smite!


Foamcore terrain

The folks over at COMBO SMITE has some really sweet foamcore building plans available for your table!

I got the materials to build these over the weekend, so be on the lookout for some pics when I can finally muster up some time to actually do it.  These are perfect for Infinity (the game I’m currently crushing on as you know) and probably even Malifaux (another game I wish I could play more of).

Check them out!


So you want to airbush? A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1

As requested: airbrushing!

Asking for airbrush advice is a fairly common topic on miniature forums. With good reason, getting one is pretty daunting and there aren’t many clear cut answers (such is art I guess).

That’s because just getting an airbrush isn’t enough.  What else do you need to make it work?  How do you make it work?  It can be a fairly expensive venture, so you want to keep trial and error to a minimum.

Welp, you’re in luck because I’m one to dive into things, so I’ll share with you all my trial and error and all I’ve learned in my 2ish years of using an airbrush!  Here’s comes the quick and dirty guide!

DISCLAIMER: While I do try to give more clear cut answers, these are still my recommendations ONLY.  I’ve geared this guide towards people that want more concrete answers.  I do give information as to why I choose each. There are many great guides available online that contain more in-depth information on each subject if you want to learn more.

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Cool Stuff: Sweet Video Tutorials by SchnauzerFace!

SchnauzerFace‘s awesome paint work is now availible in an easy to digest video tutorial form!

I’m a big fan of SchnauzerFace’s work, who’s also very active on the Privateer Press Forums.  I think he mentioned that he’s new to miniature painting somewhere, but you’d really never know that by looking at his stuff. I mean, just look at his Trollbloods War Wagon!

You can find more on his channel here, and be sure to subscribe, like, love, tweet, and whatever other things it is that people do with Youtube videos. I know I’m looking forward to more.

He’s just keeps pushing me towards getting an airbrush…

Quick Review: CMON Ultimate Miniature Painting Guide

CMON painting guide

With me only recently getting into this hobby, I can honestly say I’ve spent more time looking at guides, tutorials, videos, wikis, you name it, more than I’ve spent painting.  Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know (practicing is probably better), but sifting through every thing that is out there can be a hassle.  And believe me, there is a lot to sift through in the miniatures hobby online…

And lo, I came across this painting guide along my travels.  A tome of great wisdom! The Cool Mini or Not Ultimate Miniature Painting Guide!

At 400 pages, does it pack the goods?  Read on to see what I thought about it…

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How to: Make snow bases!

Let it snow.

And now for a very special holiday themed how-to article!

Ahhhh…snow.  Love it or hate it in real life, snow can really help make your miniatures stand out.  Something about the white being such a strong contrast to the other colors on the miniature.  Also we are basing our miniatures aren’t we?  We all know painted minis play better, so it stands to reason that well based minis should play even better right?

There are just tons and tons of methods out there on making snow bases and the results are about as varied as you could get.  You can get looks from the solid and globby that looks like fresh Elmer’s glue to the “partially melted” slushie-type look.

As you may already be aware of, my Khador just so happen to be slogging it through the white stuff, so read on and I’ll walk you through how I achieved my particular snow bases!

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Free photo backdrops for your miniatures!

  Disclaimer: Not really a “how to” article per se, but free stuff!

Arithorn1 backdrop idea
Arithon1's backdrop. From this...

You deserve to see some nice pictures when you come to my site.  I want to give you them.  I want results like the pros. I want results like forum user Arithon1.

Arithon1 photo
...with results like this.

While I’m way off his painting skills, I may be able to replicate his photographs at least.  That got me thinkin’, which then got me photoshoppin’…

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How to: Base your models

Basing your models I think really ties them together and gives them that extra little bit.  When I was thinking about getting into miniatures, I was like “pffft…I’m not going to mess with that.”  But now I can’t see a model finished without some kind of base.

I’ve been on the Privateer Press forums for a bit and probably my favorite sub-forum is the Miniatures Painting and Modeling section.  I love seeing other people’s models and getting ideas or inspiration.  One of my favorite armies on there (even though it’s Cygnar) is this one  by forum user Arithon1.  His models are just drool-inducing. Here’s proof:

Thunderhead and Nemo by Arithon1
Thunderhead and Nemo by Arithon1

Well on the blog, Just the Bases, he has written a tutorial on how he does his bases.  Check it out!  His thread is what inspired me to try it out on my Strakhov, Torch, and Butcher.

How to: make a $25 carrying case for your models

Carry case

It’s game night.  You’re ready to make moves, slang dem bones, cast some spells.  You have a bonafide badass 35 point list at the ready to lay the beatdown on any one unlucky enough to stand across the tabletop from you.  You’ve slaved, hunched over, on each model until they have gained +2 to playability. Oh yes.  It is time to game.

…Now how do I get my models from my table to theirs?

If you are like me (gaming on a budget and/or new to the hobby), you probably didn’t take into account how you were going to transport your models from your home to your friendly local gaming shop.   When I’m not playing, I like to have my models displayed. I only really need a case to get me from my house to the gaming shop.  There are plenty of companies that make these for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.    But (and this is going back to what I said earlier) we are gaming on a budget.  Those cases can cost around $100-150.  See the disconnect?  That’s approaching what I paid for my first 35 points of Khador. There’s gotta be another way.  So I decided to get a little (arts and) crafty.

Read on to learn how to make a carrying case, that admittedly won’t win any beauty pageants, but serves it’s purpose in shuttling your force to and fro, for around $25.

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