Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Prang

Here are the Prang from that I tried using coffee grounds as basing material on last post. I worked the white armour up from grey, giving them a fair bit of depth... Although it doesn't show too well in these phone snaps. I think they look better from the back, and am planning to add some more leathery brown to a couple of them. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 5 September 2014

The 6 Month Mountain Reduction & Painting Challenge

I recently agreed to take part in the 6 month mountain reduction and painting challenge set by Chris, from Chris' miniature woes blog.
As I'm sure most readers know, Mountain in this case is nerd slang meaning pile of unpainted miniatures... Or "lead mountain" although that term is less than accurate in modern times.

There are a couple of caveats for me.. The main one being that my "mountain" is mostly back in Sydney awaiting sea-freight. It's unlikely I'll see it until next year. 
Do not fear though, I still have at least a hill of unpainted figures with me, not to mention an entire Vampire-level pledge of Reaper plastics still in the box. I'm a little bit on the fence about what to do with that lot though. Do I break scale? I fear what might happen.

So in the spirit of the challenge my first post is here (and on instagram), with a bold experiment in frugality and hobby science.

Coffee basing paste

I have used my old coffee grounds as ground cover in the past with reasonable success, although I just sprinkled it over wet PVA glue at the time.
As I have run out of texture gel for basing my figures and am trying to be frugal, I splurged £2 on a small bottle of glue from the newsagent and mixed it undiluted with dry coffee grounds until it became a thick paste. I enjoy good quality hobby products as much as the next nerd, but I love finding ways to build things for free, or in this case, out of literal garbage.

I applied it to the bases of some Space Templars and Prang that I've been keen to paint. Lovely figures sculpted by the talented Eli Arndt, and sold by ... But with quite thick cast bases. How will it work? Will I get some paint on a mini before Mik? Only time will tell.