Community Spotlight: Speedpaint Testing, Dark Souls & Blood Red Skies!

March 9, 2022 by crew

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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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Speedpaint Testing by sundancer

We start off with something a little bit different. sundancer has been tinkering around with the new Speedpaint range from the folks at The Army Painter and showing off what they can do. The test subjects were some old school Orcs from The Old World.

Speedpaint Orcs #1 by sundancer

sundancer picked up the Speedpainter Starter Set and wanted to test out how good it would be at bringing these Orcs to life. The project (linked above) features lots of detailed discussion on just how the paints work, which ones work well and which others are a little more challenging.

Speedpaint Orcs #2 by sundancer

The big question was whether or not they were able to do what they set out to do. It seems like the consensus is yes and whilst there are limitations to their use, they do offer up a very quick way of painting a set of miniatures. I think the results here are really nice and it's good seeing just how vibrant the colours are. The depth that you get from the shading is also pretty impressive.

Speedpaint Orcs #3 by sundancer

So, whilst the painting here wasn't the real focus of the project entry, I think that the Speedpaint test is something that the community could really benefit from reading through. sundancer has done a really good job of breaking down the way the paint works and how it could be applied to your miniatures. As sundancer says, I think that this range is a great way to just get miniatures done and could be very good for a lot of board game collections.


Dark Souls by graystoak

Next up, we're turning to the work of graystoak. I have recently been utterly absorbed in the watching of Elden Ring Let's Plays so it would seem apt that I check out graystoak's work on their Dark Souls miniatures.

Dark Souls #1 by graystoak

I really like what graystoak has been doing with the painting for this range. All of the models match up with their counterparts in the video game exceptionally well which is a key thing if you want a distinctly Dark Souls experience on the tabletop. It also helps that they have been painting some of my favourite miniatures including Artorias and Great Wolf Sif.

Dark Souls #2 by graystoak

The painting here is solid, neat and really brings the miniatures to life. The more muted choice of colours works very nicely for the Dark Souls aesthetic and I think it adds to the authenticity of the range. Also, the little touches of lighter colour here and there help a lot. The shimmering blue eyes of Sif here are a perfect example.

This project has been expanding over the last while with all manner of amazing miniatures coming to life. I love these Stone Knights for example.

Dark Souls #3 by graystoak

I think graystoak's natural painting is stunning. I think they have managed to seriously get the knack of painting worn stone, ancient armour, vegetation and such. Everything that I've seen in the project has just popped and I think this will make for an amazing collection when it is finally finished.


Blood Red Skies by miniaturebrushworks

Last but not least, we're taking a look at the work of miniaturebrushworks who has been diving deep into painting some Historical miniatures. The miniatures I picked out especially are focused around the game Blood Red Skies.

Blood Red Skies #1 by miniaturebrushwork

These are actually some 3D printed squadrons that have rolled off the printer for use in Blood Red Skies now it has turned to the Pacific. I think the work here is stunning and it takes some serious skill to get those bright colours all working nicely together. I especially like the work on the cockpits.

Blood Red Skies #2 by miniaturebrushwork

Both the Japanese and the US have been catered for here and I think the chrome finish to these planes, in particular, is amazing. Some seriously clean work has been done to make sure all that pin-washing has come out nicely. Again, there are some really nice details added to the sides of these planes too.

Blood Red Skies #3 by miniaturebrushwork

Fantastic stuff that adds a bit more character to the planes you're using on the tabletop. Markings and stuff almost ground a unit in a game and you could start to put names to the different pilots who are flying under your command. It's a really nice set of planes.

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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