Author: Joe B

Some WIP Shots and Slowing Things Down (for now)

Between the reemergence of the sun, writing books, and chasing after two little boys, I have realized that I need to slow some things down. But part of that slow down is to make sure the articles I publish here are not rushed or forced. So with that said, let’s check out what is on Joe’s painting table first and get back to the boring blog stuff after. WIP Blood Bowl With two Blood Bowl teams completed (Orcs and Dwarves), I had turned to the balls and tokens so that I could get a fully painted game in. As with many things on my painting table, I got started and then distracted. At this point, both teams (and the human team) are mounted to bases and primed. The ball mark, the one meant to fit in each base, is press-fit into a spare base. All the others are glued down. I’ve made decent progress on the Dwarf team’s markers with all the base colors and wash completed. I will probably only do basic cleanup on …

Good Reads 52

Good Reads 52 with Nurgle Titan, Painting Tutorials, and a Cult

Another awesome week of hobby posts to check out in today’s Good Reads 52. Come see some of the work done by fellow hobbyists, learn from tutorials, be inspired, and some things to think about. While it has been a busy week here between finishing a book and getting started on a crazy Rainbow Warriors Project (more to come), it is awesome to poke my head up and see what others have accomplished. Sorry I haven’t commented on your site lately, but I do bookmark posts to eventually get back to 🙂 But for now, dig into this week’s Good Reads, they are another set of amazing work. The White Knight White isn’t a color you see very often in the fantasy setting, especially on chaos warriors. But Nick has done a great job with this Chaos Knight, the start of a new AoS army. Rotten Skin The Rednekkboss has become proficient with the multiple wash technique. Here, he put together a tutorial on how to paint rotted skin that looks incredible. It has a …

I Wrote a Book! Start of a New Series

After writing on this blog for a few years now, I’ve realized that I kind of like writing. And some of you kind of like reading it. So writing a book about the hobby would make sense then yeah? So that is what I did, I wrote a book. Well, two books so far. A Free eBook If you enjoyed the How to Improve Your Hobby Skills series of posts, I hope you will like these books. Especially since the first is the three posts (Building, Painting, Showcasing) and formatted into PDF, Kindle, and eBpub books. I struggle to read books as PDFs, especially on my phone. So I felt stupid for providing only a PDF for that series of posts. Now, you can get the book (still for free) on nearly every eBook platform. Kindle, iBooks, Nook (still around), Kobo, and a few others. Even more stores through this link. Improve Your Building Skills So, getting the free book published on all these different stores was an adventure (one I’m still figuring out). But it got me …

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Brush Stroke 4 with Batch Painting, Warboss, Zone Mortalis and More!

Another look back at great hobby posts including batching painting tips, a Warboss, DIY Mortalis board, a Chapter Master and painting bases. Enjoy this week’s collection. Brush Stroke is the weekly newsletter of Broken Paintbrush, sharing the latest blog posts from that week as well as other great hobby posts from the web’s archives. This post archive’s last year’s newsletter. If you want to stay up to date, make sure to sign up in the form below. Painting: Batch Painting Tips For those who have a heap of miniatures on your painting table and need to crank them out quickly, there is no better way that batch painting. It can be a painfully tedious process, but Cadian Shock put together his tips for cranking them out with losing only minimal sanity. Painting: Ork Warboss With the new Ironjawz out, I have plans to turn the megaboss into a warboss for my 40k Orks. Having done a tutorial on how to paint my last warboss, it can give any aspiring warboss a start painting your own boss. …

Something Coming (not an 8th Edition Post)

This is just a quick post as I’ve been somewhat head down the last little bit trying to finish a new project. It doesn’t involve plastic and glue, but rather I’ve finally turned all this writing I’ve been doing into an actual book! Ironic, considering that English was my worst subject through school. I’ll have more info next week once I nail down some of the specifics, but I figured I would go all Games Workshop and announce it before the rumor mill spoils the fun. (rumor mills cover my blog right? 🙂

Cool Tools Bits Box for Organizing Spart Bits

Cool Tool: Bits Box

After building a brand new kit, many new hobbyists wonder why there are so many ‘extra’ pieces left on the sprue. As you make more and more kits, these extras start to pile up. At some point, you need to start the almighty bits box. What might start out as a plastic bag of the remainders can quick add up over the years. In today’s post, I’m going discuss a few ways to organize all those parts, and how doing so can help with your conversion skills. Options for Bits Boxes The term bits box can mean anywhere you store all the extra weapon options, helmets, and even unbuilt kits. Cardboard Box Often, the very first bits box is the same box the kit came in. The full sprues can be slid right back into the box for later use. A nice advantage of using the original box is that you know exactly what kit the part came from. Or if you are in need of the head from a particular set, you can quickly grab …

Good Reads 51

Good Reads 51 a HUGE collection of hobby posts to enjoy

Welcome to Good Reads 51 where I share some awesome hobby posts from the last two weeks. With some painting tutorials, amazing miniatures, and awesome hobbyists, there is lots to check out. Alternative Magnus the Red The plastic Magnus the Red is already an incredible miniature, so it takes some skill and creativity to convert it. Rebecca took up that challenge with this creepy alternative for their INQ28 campaign. Painting a Blue Orc Popping out of his shell to give us another incredible painting tutorial, Darren Latham wrote how he painted this blue Orruk Megaboss face. While not everyone will want their orcs to be slightly blue, the details around the ears, eyes, and mouth are useful for any orc/ork/orruk player. Master of Change As this is the third Thousand Sons army that Moridan7th has painted, and then sold  :-/, I think it is fair to say he knows a thing or two about the army. He is also a painted machine, and by the time of this post, he has already finished a few other …

Dwarf Blood Bowl Team the Golden Miners

Dwarf Blood Bowl Team Showcase

After a few last sprints, I have finally finished my Dwarf Blood Bowl team, the Golden Miners.  These were a great set of miniatures, and in many ways, a much nicer set than the start box models. I’ll talk more about what I liked about this kit at the end of the post. I also linked the tutorials I’ve already put together for the team below. Let me know what you think of the team. Dwarf Blood Bowl Team Here is the whole Golden Miners team on the pitch. The Dwarven Slayers are clearly the most dynamic set of miniatures in the set. You can also see that for this duo and the Blitzers below, the kit came with two sets of heads. You can’t argue with their beards though. And here are those Blitzers. Clearly the heavy hitters of the team, they have a bit bigger armor plating and a hand guard bordering on a knuckle blade (no weapons in Blood Bowl of course!). The final specialist on the team are the two runners. …

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Brush Stroke 3

Another Brush Stroke from the archive, issue three continues the Mansions of Madness painting. With a lava skin tutorial, a Lorimar conversion, and tips on scraping mold lines. Brush Stroke is the weekly newsletter of Broken Paintbrush, sharing the latest blog posts from that week as well as other great hobby posts from the web’s archives. This post archive’s last year’s newsletter. If you want to stay up to date, make sure to sign up in the form below. Painting: Jenny Barnes This week I finished up painting Jenny Barnes from Mansions of Madness. I put together a tutorial for how I painted her pale skin and blue dress (including a downloadable PDF). Painting: Laval Skin When I started working on the Hounds of Tindalos, I came across James Wappel’s post on painting lava skin. It is amazing how he can put colors and layers together to create such amazing work. Building: Lorimar Kraus Scientist is an amazing converter and decided to modify the already great looking captain from the Betrayal of Calth box. This …

Object Source Lighting Tutorials

List of Helpful Object Source Lighting Tutorials

Whether it is a lamp, glowing lava, or a spotlight, adding the glow effect onto the model can look impressive. Many award-winning miniatures have multiple lights that appear to actually be glowing. I’ve gathered some articles with object source lighting tutorials so learn how to do this effect. The term object source lighting (OSL) is what painters use to describe the illusion of a light striking the model. The painted on lighting effect can be dramatic, and sometimes overdone. But it is also tricky to achieve. I have tried to do this effect on some of my miniatures with varying levels of success. But rather than try to create a tutorial on something I don’t fully get myself, I found articles by painters who have mastered the technique. Light the Fire I couldn’t find who the author was for this guest post on Chest of Colors, but not only is this a beautifully well-done miniature, but the tips offered are great. “C’mon baby, light my fire ” – OSL Tips | Chest of Colors Seven ‘commandments’ …

Learning from a paint & Sip

Learning from a Paint and Sip

Recently I went to a paint and sip with my wife and found it amazing that twelve people, mostly with no painting skills, all managed to paint a great picture. It got me thinking about how we could apply some of the techniques to our own painting and tutorials. If you haven’t done one of these events, you show up to a room of empty canvases and a cool looking painting hanging at the front of the room. Each person takes a seat with a plate will the primary colors, white, and black paint, a couple of large brushes, and a cup of water. Over the next hour or two, the whole group is walked through each step and brush stroke to complete that same beautiful painting at the front of the room. This was the second of these type of events that I have done and I reflected on the remarkableness of it. I wanted to take away how the instructor was able to get so many people to accomplish works of art. I …

Brush Stroke 2

The second newsletter, Brush Stroke 2 shares the start of my Mansions of Madness painting spree, tutorials on painting pale skin, and a look at the Golden D6. Painting I finished the zombies from Monsters of Madness this week and even put together a tutorial. Oh, and I created a PDF version as well if you want to download it, please let me know your thoughts on it! Spiky Rat Pack has transformed into the Iron Sleet, but in their backlog, they have an excellent tutorial on painting pale skin. A few more steps than my zombies, but an amazing result. Photography James Wappel shows us his new video recorder that he uses for live hangouts. Reviews the pros and cons of this cute little camera. Hobby The Big Mek give a list of 10 Things Beginners can Do to Improve, a great list of tips that some of us take for granted now, but invaluable when we were getting started and a great reminder of the basics. Inspiration The Golden D6 is a hobby …