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Still Life Miniatures is a custom painting service, specializing in miniatures and model of any genre and size, as well as creating other assorted works of art.
My start to miniature painting did not start with gaming as most painter’s histories do, nor did I ever have a collection. My joy comes from taking a customer’s description and making their model look like what’s in their imagination. My first miniatures were for commission and I believe that’s where I belong in this art. I love the mental challenge as well as the physical act of painting something specific. Occasionally, I’m given artistic license and a few vague guidelines, which provides me with an outlet to paint something as if I was keeping the model for myself.
I had no formal instruction on how to paint miniatures. It was only a few years ago that I started reading tutorials and watching videos. I don’t always use the same techniques or go through the same steps for every miniature. They each have their own personalities and demand individual treatment.
I mainly paint with Reaper Master Series acrylics. I like the durability and quality over the others I have used and they flow through my airbrush nicely. I also use Vallejo Air, P3, Tamiya, Vallejo Model Color, and a couple of GW paints, but not as much as the RMS paints.
I’ve grown to enjoy using oil paints over acrylics for some applications. I also make use of earth pigments and Pearl Ex pigments when needed.
Sometimes I’ll use a mixture of these materials to achieve certain effects.
When I start a model, I make sure all heavy parts are pinned and will fill with Green Stuff or Milliput.
I use an array of primers, depending on what size and type of material I’m working with and also make use of my airbrush.
Every model gets coat of gloss sealer, then a couple of light coats of matte sealer. I use both brush on and spray on sealers, depending on the type of model I’m protecting.
The customer, of course, has an opportunity to request materials and modes of sealing when contacting me about a commission.