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I don’t know whether it’s a cool thing to be able to say or not; I spent yesterday afternoon teaching my mother how to paint a Warhammer mini.
It was a great afternoon actually.
She poked through the bits box and asked if she could paint one. Sure, I thought, always keen to share the hobby with someone new, and if she does well then meybe she won't be so suspicious of those funny little men and monsters with guns and swords and stuff.
I don’t have many miniatures left; I sold my whole collection to help fund a year spent traveling, so the selection was slim.
This concerned me a little – pretty much all I could find was a Sisters of Sigmar Mordheim Warband (too fiddly), some Necromunda Ratskins (sci-fi didn't appeal), and some bits and bobs from from hobby store bargain bins. She didn’t seem enthusiastic about any of them, and was about to settle for some thing with one arm when I happened across an ogre bull.
I'm thinking this is probably pretty close to the perfect miniature for a first time painter. A large, easy to handle miniature with relatively little detail, and consisting of nice big areas to be painted in the same colour. This also meant that he would be quite satisfying to paint, as he would take form quickly. Like whe you're painting a tank or a war machine you know what I mean. He already had a head, one with an eye patch - even better, I thought; she wouldn’t have to agonise over wonky eyes. There were plenty of arms to choose from; she chose to equip him with a sword and club.
She left gluing the arms on until everything was painted and began with block painting the exposed skin with Dwarf Flesh and the trousers Hawk Turquoise. On seeing the paint on the model she had misgivings about the turquoise. He looked a bit Disney. However, applying a dark wash to the trouser took the edge off the colour, and she quickly figured out how a wash can create shading, using thinned down ‘Bestiality Brown’ to run between the cracks of the arms, back and moobs.
Dwarven Brass drybrushed onto the gutplate and sword, highlighted with Chainmail Silver, and Jon the ogre was ready for a flocked base and varnish.
I think she did really well for a first go. Now she’s looking at my Chaos Warriors, and asking me how many shades of mauve and purple I’ve got…
Well, that's not bad, not bad at all! (better than when i first started i can tell you).
Congratulate your mom on a job well done!
It's especially great you found something to do with your parents, something you can both enjoy.
Bravo to your mother in taking an interest, and not a bad effort either!
You will have to fan her interest- always handy to have someone helping you when you need to finish an army!
PLAN CLAN MAN!!
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man- S. Johnson
You say your mother painted this mini...???
Bravo! A very nice first try... tell her that and come and bring us the cookies
Well done... rep I will give but it is actually for your mother!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Damn good work
I've seen worse paint jobs from people who have been doing it for years....I'd almost include myself there too
Mysterious Member of the ANZAC Clan
Wow! Great job for a first effort. Actually, a great job period! Before you know it, she'll have 2,000 points of something and start trash-talking the 14-year-olds at the local game store!
Last edited by Knape97; June 20th, 2008 at 15:19.