In the last weeks, my painting time was rather limited. But I managed to watch some Youtube videos while doing some dull office work. Watching really accomplished painters made me think about my own skillset. Don’t get me wrong, I am not planning to compete in serious painting competitions. What I am talking about is stepping up my painting game.
After doing some soul-searching, I had to admit that my painting has reached some kind of a plateau. There is nothing wrong with that, but the idea of challenging myself and getting out of my comfort zone accited me. I had some Empress Russian vehicles on the workbench, so I decided to improve my weathering technique.
After some research, I ordered some weathering products from AK Interactive. Some enamel washes, for example. I was very excited to start working with them because I had never used anything besides acrylic paints. While I am still in the process of trial & error, the results are not that bad. But even more important: I can almost feel my skillset growing, which is amazing.
This summer we will move some 750km. While losing my local gaming group is sad, painting-wise, this is a big chance. In the past, I was mostly painting armies for upcoming games on a tight schedule. Because of that, I tended to work on a rather small set of skills. There is nothing wrong with that, and it certainly gets the job done. But there is also not much room for improvement.
So I made the decision to improve as a miniature painter. There are so many techniques – blending, actively painting highlights, making metals really pop, freehands, you name it – which I knew but never used in my projects. This will change now.
on the process
My goal with this project is to paint some models as well as I can. That’s why I won’t paint a whole army or even something historical. I want to stir up my whole process completely. So after some brainstorming and web browsing, I decided to paint some Lizardmen from Games Workshop. Why that? I am not interested in playing Age of Sigmar, so the appeal to paint a whole army very fast is not that strong. Besides that, they look damn cool and offer the chance to paint some brighter colors. Before doing that, I will have to expand my paint collection, but I guess the new color choices will help to spice my painting time up. Because most of my paints are from Vallejo, I will also stay by this brand for the new purchases. But for some special colors or effects, I will also buy paints from Games Workshop.
Another reason is that there are many painting guides for Games Workshop stuff out there. So getting information and inspiration won’t be a problem. Games Workshop also offers great pictures of their painted stuff on their website. They will guide my painting, and I will also use them as some kind of benchmark for my own miniatures. And of course, let’s face it, the quality of their miniatures is outstanding, which makes the whole painting process easier.
Which models will I paint?
The Games Workshop Start Collecting Seraphon box will be the first choice. It offers a good mix of small, medium, and big models. Hell, it even includes a character model. So plenty to work with.
At first, I made a list of the skills I wanted to improve. Obviously, testing your progress in such an endeavor isn’t easy because our hobby has no objective measurement. I thought about taking part in some painting competitions, but then I wouldn’t be able to paint the models I’d like. After visiting the GW website again, two models really stood out to me. And voila, they will be my milestones until the end of 2022.
The battle plan
|Skill / Milestone||Model||When?|
|Layering||Saurus Warriors||May – June 2022|
|Highlighting||Saurus Warriors||May – June|
|Shading||Saurus Warriors||May – June|
|Blending||Saurus Knights||July – August|
|Milestone 1||Oldblood on Carnosaur||September|
I am fired up to paint some stuff and enjoy the ride. So until next time, happy wargaming, everyone!