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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Peasants & Grunts]
« Reply #225 on: October 26, 2018, 06:56:25 PM »
Zygmund, another thing, on the topic of hobby preferences. Have you ever found that when your painting has improved, you have started to resent how badly painted your older miniatures are? Because it has happened to me, to the point where I felt that I had to rehabilitate my oldest miniatures to be able to stand them.

Peculiarly enough, it happened to me with GW bases too. I never thought before there's anything wrong with them. Then I started using Shogun Miniatures magnetic bases, which are thinner and don't have sloping edges, and consequently, leave way smaller and less pronounced gaps between the bases when ranked up. Now, I find GW bases and their humongous gaps an utter eyesore, even if what's on the base is way better than anything I could make.

That's also why I was wondering about whether it's worth learning to improve my painting skills. Might be I'd just sow the seeds of my own discontent.
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Peasants & Grunts]
« Reply #226 on: October 27, 2018, 05:20:17 PM »
Wonderful brush work!  :::cheers:::

A joy to see those old grendel sets, too.
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Peasants & Grunts]
« Reply #227 on: October 29, 2018, 02:21:40 PM »
Always loved the old Grendel sets. I've since acquired quite a hoard of them, and am now in the slow process of painting and re-painting some.

Zygmund, another thing, on the topic of hobby preferences. Have you ever found that when your painting has improved, you have started to resent how badly painted your older miniatures are?

Not really. The models I paint tend to be very meaningful for me, and tie to the game and ideas I have in mind while painting. Of course some of the older models are less clear than the newer ones, but I seldom look them with that eye. Usually, when I pick up an older model, I'm flooded with pleasant memories. Also, when I started painting again ten years ago, I almost solely painted rank-and-file for a couple of years. They're OK in big units. I've thought about touching them up at some point, but until now haven't.

Also, I'm a little bit at loss at what you think my older painting looks like. I started this thread almost 2.5 years ago. Most of the first photos are quite bad, and the figures actually look better in real life. Then there are some other threads I started maybe in 2009, but those photos are even worse. I do like the figures I painted almost ten years ago.

I painted very little when I was younger, just some individual metal models for RPGs. As far as I still have those models, they're about OK, just the colours are flat, as I didn't layer back then. But they would be easy to 'uplift'. I did paint the details quite diligently back then.

Most of my plastic 80's panzers are ugly has hell, of course, but they don't count. I love every one of them precisely as they are.  :laugh:

That's also why I was wondering about whether it's worth learning to improve my painting skills. Might be I'd just sow the seeds of my own discontent.

It's always worth it to try out things you find interesting. If learning new techniques or just spending more time with a single miniature (= more layers, more details) interests you, you should of course do it!  :-)

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Peasants & Grunts]
« Reply #228 on: October 29, 2018, 08:59:44 PM »
Sorry Zygmund, I did not mean that your older miniatures are badly painted. Everything I've seen you paint has ranged from decent to superb. I just wondered if your own opinion of your earlier paintjobs has decreased over time, as happened to me.

Maybe I'm a grognard by nature, or have become so by age. Life was better as an easily impressed wee lad  :smile2:
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #229 on: March 24, 2019, 09:02:02 AM »
Here's to celebrate my ten years on this forum: a group of houses I finally finished over this winter.







I originally bought the houses built & painted seven years ago, in 2012. Then I added details, like chimneys, mostly from the GW plastic buildings and greenstuff. Somewhere earlier on this thread you will see some progress with the details already years ago.

The real push towards finishing the eternity project came with the decision to put everything on a base and to build a proper courtyard with walls (using the GW plastic walls). I also added a wooden shed and some detail on otherwise bland house walls. This happened over the past winter.

Here's the beginning of the shed:


Shed finished, walling planned. Also almost made an outhouse, but that part of the project still waits to be finished.


Textured the base, pre-glued grass to make out which parts needed sand:


Prepared the stoning & sand with layers of red, grey and yellow sprays. I didn't have brown at hand, and figured a nice mixture of paint would bring some hues on the finished scenery. It might have done so, but I've since gone and bought that brown spray.  :icon_lol:


Glued the grass.


After this, I added static grass to cover the seams and add texture. And painted. And used a lot of pigments to weather & age the stone surfaces.


So fond of houses now that I bought & started to build this Tudor tavern:



My painting table still has some Empire or Empiresque minis on square bases. Half-painted, so should be easy to finish some time soon.



A choice of minis by my daughter:

You can see the finished calf and bunnies in the courtyard of the finished houses, above.

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 9: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #230 on: March 24, 2019, 11:07:07 AM »
Looks grand! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #231 on: March 26, 2019, 04:51:08 PM »
That is an awesome little farmstead. You went all out on building up from the original houses. Lovely.

And, doesn't it feel good to get something done after years of only intermittent progress? Of course, then you turned around and immediately bought the next house. but, no doubt, you have told yourself it won't linger that long? At least that is my approach to this hobby.
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #232 on: March 26, 2019, 07:02:42 PM »
That house is so chingon, I'm really impressed.
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #233 on: March 27, 2019, 11:16:32 AM »
Thanks GP & Doc.  :-)

That is an awesome little farmstead. You went all out on building up from the original houses. Lovely.

And, doesn't it feel good to get something done after years of only intermittent progress? Of course, then you turned around and immediately bought the next house. but, no doubt, you have told yourself it won't linger that long? At least that is my approach to this hobby.

Exactly my feelings, and exactly my approach too.  :::cheers:::

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Scenery/House Group]
« Reply #234 on: March 27, 2019, 02:56:30 PM »
nice work  :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Mordheim etc.]
« Reply #235 on: March 31, 2019, 12:50:44 PM »
Didn't finish painting a single miniature for five months. Now I'm back with a revenge!

Mordheim guys, plus the oriental DoW guy - what was his name again?




Casualty.



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Flagellants/knigths/undead. I continue my hobby of making living out of the undead. But this duo will still work fine as revenants.



Spooky!



Wealth!



I realise I've forgotten how to take better photos with my equipment. These are a little bit too bright and a little bit unsharp. Or maybe my handy camera is getting old?

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Mordheim etc.]
« Reply #236 on: March 31, 2019, 01:15:55 PM »
Photos are fine, and the figures look great! :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Mordheim etc.]
« Reply #237 on: March 31, 2019, 02:24:20 PM »
Mordheim guys, plus the oriental DoW guy - what was his name again?


"Midas the Mean"

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #238 on: April 24, 2019, 01:27:22 PM »
These little nasties will wreak havoc in the battlefield as well as in the camp!




Halflings absolutely require a well-equipped kitchen.


One Halfling more (need to repaint the shield as the emblem cannot be seen), plus some men.


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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #239 on: April 24, 2019, 04:01:29 PM »
Where did you get the kitchen? Its chingon.
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #240 on: April 24, 2019, 04:12:05 PM »
Where did you get the kitchen? Its chingon.

Scotia-Grendel, which is old Grendel. At least the sci-fi terrain pieces go back to old Armorcast. Maybe still another owner/brand in between.

I bought this one second hand, so don't know how old it actually is. You can check in Scotia-Grendel's webshop if they still make it. They had plenty of other similar interior stuff, and still make some. I have a whole tavern interior from them, and beds, and whatnot. Mostly my daughters play with them.  :icon_lol:

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #241 on: April 24, 2019, 11:12:45 PM »
I like 'em! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #242 on: April 26, 2019, 01:40:20 PM »
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #243 on: May 12, 2019, 08:59:31 AM »
Now Halfling cavalry:


The vey special thing in this unit is the painting time. I was in a rush, and timed my painting. 180 minutes exactly, from a brown primer to this level. They would still need highlights, and ofcourse a banner. But they already frustrated a giant (who was slain by a charge in the back), and poked an ogre lord!  :happy:

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #244 on: May 16, 2019, 12:32:47 PM »
Lovely work!
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #245 on: May 16, 2019, 04:21:41 PM »
Excellent! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

What company makes those figures :icon_question:
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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #246 on: May 17, 2019, 06:00:45 AM »
Thanks!

The mounted Halflings are from Essex, with a couple of head swaps.

They're rather small models with big heads. The ponies especially are diminutive. My hypothesis is that the Essex sculptor used 15mm horses as the base, as Essex manufactures a lot of 15mm models.

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Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 10: Halflings]
« Reply #247 on: May 17, 2019, 09:35:40 PM »
Very nice work. Especially impressive given how quickly you did them!