I paint miniatures for relaxation and fun. Sometimes - rarely, but sometimes - I take pictures of them. These pages are galleries of those pictures. They may take a while to load.
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|Nuns with guns|
|Succubi with guns|
|Dp9's Heavy Gears|
|Clan War and japanese Fantasy|
|Science fiction infantry|
|Gear Krieg and World World 2|
|Gangsters, terrorists, and cops|
|Fantasy and medieval humans, elves, dwarves, and the like|
|Ogres, giants, pegasus, and other mythical monsters|
|Big scaly reptiles. Warning! These are very large images.|
|Pirates of Spanish Main. Swashbucklers and people in funny clothes with pistols and swords.|
|Criminals, cops, and innocent bystanders from the 1920s and 30s.|
|Super heroes and villains.|
|Random science fiction and other weirdness|
I started painting miniatures when I was eight or nine, but I wasn't very good and I won't own up to any surviving miniatures from that time. I quit after a few years, and didn't pick it up again until I was about 16 or 17. I've been painting more or less steadily since then, though six months gaps are not uncommon.
My first paints were Testor's oil-based Model Masters, using big, fat, synthetic brushes. As I got older, I bought better brushes (mostly white sable 10/0 and 5/0) but I didn't switch away from oil until the turn of the century. My current paint set is a mix of Reaper, polly S, Testor water-based, and anything else that catches my fancy and fills a gap in my palette. I mostly own blacks, grays, browns, and flesh-colored hues, though I do have a suprisingly large number of purple shades.
When I started, I would use a lot of stains on the major areas of the figure, followed by solid painting of details and some drybrushing. I couldn't do good washes with oils and didn't bother. These days, I rarely stain and frequently wash, since washes are easier with water-based paints. I also work from the inside of the figure out, usually started with skin tones and then the clothes. That can vary, though.
Aesthetically, I'm not fond of super-detailed figures, especially ones painted to the Games Workshop "Golden Demon" standard. They look great up close but odd on the table. I favor figures that look "right" when held at arm's length. The fact that they're easier to paint is just a bonus.
Also as a matter of philosophy, I don't hold with spending hours and hours on a single figure. I have armies of figures to paint, and I want them painted. I usually prime and paint 8-16 figures at a time, and have been known to paint an entire set in an afternoon and evening.
I bought myself a technical pen in 2001. I should have bought it years earlier. It's a great tool for doing eyes or other tricky bits of the figure, faster and more precisely than I can with brushes. I still make mistakes with it sometime, and I need to go back and clean up a lot of old figures.
You can email me at email@example.com. I paint for hire at my normal contractor's rates: $60/hour, plus overtime. I don't expect anyone to hire me, but...