custom miniature painting

Dragon, Kyra, Seoni…. done!

After working on these guys for quite some time, I finally was able to sit down and finish them up this week. It’s such a relief to be able to get home at a reasonable hour, paint uninterrupted, and actually get some commissions finished.  I love the fact that my customers are patient and forgiving …
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Painting Kyra’s Face

While waiting for the watery layers of Red Dragon to dry, I worked on Kyra’s face. Below is the artwork that I was sent to use as a reference.   I used a base coat of Olive Skin Highlight and Dusky Skin. I mixed it about 50/50.  A mix of Walnut Brown and a small …
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Angie from Pegaso Models

I’ve been caught into the painting feverishly and neglecting my website phase again. The result is an almost finished Mongol General, the dragon project well under way and Angie, the angel from Pegaso Models done. Angie is featured here this time.  She is an 80mm white metal kit that I painted for an online challenge …
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M26 Pershing, 1/35th scale from Tamiya

  This is my first tank build. I painted this in oils and acrylics and used weathering powder mixed with alcohol for the mud. The base I threw together with a mix of Celluclay, white glue, and the bricks and rubble I made from dental stones and plasters from work.

Fearless Frost Dragon from Ral Partha

I painted this dragon for a commission and I’m pleased at how it came out. It’s mainly a black dragon, highlighted up to a shade of blue on the body and wings and a greenish grey on the scales.  I tried for glowing eyes as was in the reference I received.

Luke Skywalker and Yoda

These are the last WIP pictures and the final work of Luke Skywalker and Yoda, a 70mm white metal kit from Knight Models.  This is the first time I’ve built a base that consisted more than some sand and maybe a little grass.  I built up the base with natural sticks and sections of vine, …
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Darth Vader

Here are the last few pictures of  Darth Vader, a 70mm white metal kit from Knight Models.   He was more of  a challenge than I expected and I know that I need practice painting black. These are only slightly different from the last WIP pictures.  I ended up stripping the light saber three times and …
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USS Arizona Finished

This are the final pictures of my first scale model project, a 1:700th scale USS Arizona from MiniHobbyModels.  This model has taught me many things and I now know the pitfalls of assembly.  My next model will go much more smoothly.  I’ve looked at a lot of references on building scale ships and most paint …
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Freebooter’s Bad Fairy

This is “Bad Fairy” from Freebooter.   I painted this miniature for a gift.  I didn’t have time to sculpt a base so I thought a nice Aqua Aura crystal cluster would fit well.   It’s a bit more fragile that I thought it would be but that gave me the opportunity to  move some of …
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Work in Progress Dragon : Basing, Groundwork, and Finishing

When satisfied with the painting, I use two part epoxy and pins to fasten the model to a base.  I picked up this base at a craft store then stained and sealed it.  Bases can also be found online and in hobby shops in all shapes, sizes, and materials. After the epoxy cures, groundwork can …
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Work in Progress Dragon: Painting

Once the base coat is dried, I liberally applied thinned dark blue ink over the entire model.   I don’t always use inks and washes but it works well with tiny scales to easily shadow around every one of them. The ink will take a while to dry. Once it’s ready, I go over every …
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