Community Spotlight: Being A Hobby Butterfly, Dark Age Saxons & An Italian Fleet

May 17, 2023 by brennon

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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...


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Being A Hobby Butterfly by thebelon

We start off this week with a dive into a situation that many of us find ourselves in. A lot of the time, we hobbyists end up flitting from one project to the next and whilst that could be a problem, I also see it as something quite positive. Why? Because it means that we get to have fun with lots of different ideas and perhaps end up finding the one that works the best for us!

Hobby Butterfly #1 by thebelon

thebelon has this exact "problem". They have now dedicated a project to exploring their "pile of potential" and painting up a whole range of different miniatures. For example, they spent some time bringing this War Wagon to life for a bit of Warhammer Fantasy Battles goodness on the tabletop. Stuff like this wouldn't have come to fruition had they not been burying their heads in their pile of plastic, metal and resin.

But, in true hobby butterfly style, thebelon has also been looking at what others have been doing and is working towards doing some fun new projects as well. For example, some stuff got shoved out the way and they are contemplating working on some miniatures for use in Turnip28. How awesome!

Hobby Butterfly #2 by thebelon

thebelon hasn't been restricted to working on Fantasy bits and bobs either. They have also been delving into a bit of the Historical and working on some miniatures from Rubicon for use during a few Vietnam War wargames. I really like this kind of project where there is a bit of everything in the mix. You get to be surprised from post to post and see how long it takes for one project to go in and out of fashion.

Hobby Butterfly #3 by thebelon

As mentioned, I think a lot of people are pretty guilty of this kind of hobby. Using the word guilty though makes it sound really bad and it sure as hell isn't! Being able to dive into all different facets of the hobby and enjoy it is awesome and maybe it will help spark some fun new projects for a lot of other folks out there.


SAGA Anglo-Saxons by applemak

Next up, we're having a peek at what applemak has been doing. They have always wanted to play SAGA but have not found the time to dive into it. Well, their son is now interested in doing more tabletop wargaming and they are a big fan of Vikings. So, applemak has been working on building a pair of armies to play the game and has recently finished off some of the Anglo-Saxons that are trying to keep England safe!

SAGA Saxons #1 by applemak

A variety of regular metallic paints were used on these Victrix miniatures and then additional work was done with the aid of Contrast paints. Some mighty Hearthguard have come to life now as part of this project and it has been fun following the very in-depth process that applemak has been documenting when it comes to bringing these miniatures to life. The bases also look great and are finished to, as they put it, tabletop standard. I think they look great for getting stuck into some intro games!

SAGA Saxons #2 by applemak

As well as working on some miniatures to actually game with, applemak is also talking about building all of the terrain and such so that they can dive into the game proper. There is also a good breakdown in the project where applemak goes over the sprues as well, discussing the miniatures and building them in addition to the painting process.

SAGA Saxons #3 by applemak

I really like the idea of getting to the point where you can sit down and go "Want to play a game? I have everything we need". Getting people to try new games can be hard, especially if they think they have to buy into it. Well, with applemak working on both Saxons and Vikings it means that there will be no excuse not to give things a go, even if you're not their son!


Regia Marina Fleet by miniaturebrushwork

Last but not least, we're going naval. miniaturebrushwork has been tinkering away on a neat set of the Victory At Sea miniatures from Warlord Games for a bit of a clash during World War II. This is the Italian navy and it looks absolutely splendid!

Regia Marina Fleet #1 by miniaturebrushwork

The miniatures have been painted up looking particularly awesome in that military grey. What properly caught my eye was the addition of the extra markings on the hull and the camouflage as well. It looks bloomin' lovely and really helps make the miniatures pop, setting them apart from the base that they're mounted on. I also really love the work on the water churning around the hull as it helps to set the scene.

Regia Marina Fleet #2 by miniaturebrushwork

You can also see how they have done some sterling work on the actual details for the ships as well. I like how all the little bits have been picked out and shaded and it seems like these actually paint up easily. I have to also doff the cap concerning the fact that the name has been picked out properly as well. It certainly finishes off that "display" element to these miniatures.

Whilst I was very much on the "I don't like these bases" train when I saw these, I actually think that these are looking really awesome here when sat against the water mat. It also helps to easily identify your ships on the fly which could be a bit of a hassle otherwise.

Regia Marina Fleet #3 by miniaturebrushwork

An absolutely wonderful-looking set of miniatures that might get people tempted to try out the game. It is well worth diving in and having a closer look at what miniaturebrushwork has been getting up to.

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!

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