Yesterday morning I woke up and thought ‘I want to paint something today’, so much was my enthusiasm to do this, that I had a good think about what to work on, while I enjoyed my morning cup of tea in bed. Like most war gamers/hobby painters I have a huge back log of models awaiting completion, but I was not tempted to touch these. I wanted to do something different that I could guarantee completing on the day, which would not end up as yet another half done paint job; waiting in a random box for that final lick of paint.
Back in 2013 I backed a rather good Kickstarter campaign that was run by Alex Huntley, a British independent sculptor and dare I say it games developer, who had already been producing some lovely miniatures through ‘Warploque miniatures’ and had come up with a rather nice idea for a skirmish game ‘Arcworlde’. In the lead up to the campaign he ran several competitions on ‘Facebook’ in-which if chosen at random, you and a friend of you choice would receive one of his sculpts. I was lucky enough to win one of his rather charming Wizards. Which arrived promptly, but then got shelved as many of my collection does. My mind was made up and that Mage was going to get a make over.
Now these days my weekends are not my own, I have a young child and she needs regular entertaining. My wife was off out for a swim and that put full onus of child care on me, but that is no issues as she loves the opportunity for a bit of a paint. She’s not quite up to miniature painting yet, but I’m working on that. I only had a small window open to get some painting done, so I decided to challenge myself and do a bit of speed painting. I filed, washed and under-coated the model, and then gave myself only 1 hour to get the basic colours on (with a tiny bit of detail work). I would then finish the model of with a good dip in a pot of ‘Quick shade’ by ‘The Army Painter’, my friend Nik Green introduced me to this stuff, and after experimenting with his ‘Dark Tone’ I purchased a pot of ‘Strong Tone’ for a lighter effect. This is actually the first time I put it to use, and I don’t think it did a bad job. Although I could use a bit more practice with it.
I am happy with the finished model, but think that ‘Quick Shade’ is probably best for troops of the line, where you don’t mind a few errors of heavy shading and lack of detail. This model could use a bit of extra work, the beard a glasses stand out to me as needing extra care, but overall I am happy whit how he turned out, especially after only an hours work. (Maybe 1 1/2 hours if you count the pre and dipping).
Of course I had to christen the old spell caster with a glass of the amber stuff, and was lucky enough to have a few bottles handy. I opened this rather charming golden pale ale from ‘Jennings Brewery – Cocker Hoop’ a nice refreshing drop.