Community Spotlight: Arty Monsters, Gaming Stories & Virtuous Statues

April 28, 2021 by avernos

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...

...make sure to always let us know what YOU have been working on and share it across the site.

Mythic Battles by Antiquitas

Antiquitas starts us off this week with a fascinating look at a way of getting over painters block and has chosen to experiment with the Zorn limited pallet and splashing the very limited colours onto a selection of Mythic Battles Pantheon.

The fact that everything has to be blended and mixed really forces you to up your game and this is exactly what has happened with Antiquitas' work no flesh colour was used in the painting of this miniature. But it is not just a project about painting there has also been some outstanding modelling to go with it

Aquaman never had to deal with anything like this! Again the painting was all done with the limited pallet of colours but on top of this a lot of time and effort has gone into adding extra detail to this God of the Oceans and I'm absolutely blown away by the steps that have been taken to raise the painting game.

The Wretched by Collins

Collins is the last surviving crew member on the intergalactic salvage ship The Wretched. Adrift between the stars after an engine failure his ship was attacked by a hostile alien lifeform. The crew is dead. Collins thought he had won, launching the creature out the airlock should have guaranteed his safety.... It didn't.

That is how Collins introduces his unusual Project, before going into the solo RPG campaign he details a few bits and pieces you'll need to have to hand and then over the last few months you could follow along with the unfortunate tale of the last surviving member of a crippled salvage ship drifting in space...the Wretched.

Apart from the narrative that is not for young people's ears but is thoroughly engaging, Collins also starts sections from the adventure with music from the game's soundtrack and has helpfully included the links so you can listen along as you read. I absolutely adore this for a couple of reasons, first off the bat it is very atmospheric and secondly after a while you forget that you are reading somebodies game report and get drawn along in the adventure.

I have said on more than one occasion that I would love to see more battle reports in the Project system, and while this isn't that per se I have loved every moment of it. If you have a quiet hour, grab a brew and read along at home.

Solomon Kane by Taochi

Our final entry this week is from the inestimable Taochi and courtesy of his son via a pick from a list of games waiting to be played for which I am thankful for otherwise, it may have languished on a shelf.

I know that Taochi has the artbook from the Kickstarter so I assume he is using that as a basis for his colour schemes, but regardless of where the wellspring of inspiration has come from he has put together a magnificent showcase of techniques and materials to help bring these all to life. Airbrushing, contrast paints, washes and glazes are all combined to bring these statuesque figures to subtle life.

The Virtues are not the only things getting a touch of paint the Shadows, these leathery ghost-like creatures look terrific for such a simple colour scheme but it is the little touches that bring them to (un)life, the stitching of the robes and the bright Jawa-like yellow eyes peering out from inky darkness of the hood. There is more to see and well worth a visit to see the work that is going into these pieces like miniature works of art.

I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks Taochi Jr for forcing your father's hand!

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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