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Guslado's Guide to Miniature Photography
In some recent forum threads I’ve been reading there have been posts on how it would be nice to have some sort of tutorial on photography and photo editing for miniatures, especially in regards to editing together collages for submission to online photo competitions.  This inspired me to put the tips and tricks I’ve learned on that subject down onto digital paper.

The tips I am listing here are intended for those who don’t have access to high end photography equipment. The way I figure it, if you own an SLR you probably already know a thing or two about macro photography (although there may be a few useful nuggets of info here that are tailored to photography of miniatures). Most people have access to a smart phone of some variety and frequently those are the go to camera for most people. The technology for smartphone cameras have improved drastically over the last few years; I use my iPhone 5 for all of my miniature photography and it handles what I need it to do with great ease. Please note: these tips are designed for circumstances where you have control of the lighting conditions—taking photos at a convention or tournament is a different beast. I’m not a professional photographer, but I have been hobbying for a long while and I have a fair amount of experience working with various types of photo editing software. (more…)

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WoodbaseTutorial17

So you want to base your entry for Iron Painter with wood flooring but everywhere is sold out of that cool looking wood plank plasticard and there is no way to get it in time to finish your project? No problem! It’s time to bust out the greenstuff and Vaseline and get yourself some wood…    …flooring!
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I’ve been wanting to use long grass on some bases for a while, but I didn’t like any of the products I found specifically made for this purpose. I was about to give in and buy some of the expensive long grass products when I stumbled upon a method using old paint brush bristles as long grass and decided I should give it a go. The results turned out great, so I wanted to share the method I used with you all.
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I have previously mentioned another blog that really helped me in my research into getting an airbrush. While I am still learning how to master this black magic device, I am already excited by the results I am getting with my airbrush and am confident it will become a powerful tool in my painting arsenal; I wanted to share this blog post with you because I found it ridiculously helpful in my hunt. If you find this post as helpful as I did and decide to get yourself an airbrush, help a fellow hobbyist out and order yours through the Amazon affiliate store he has set up on his page. I hope this helps you all out as much as it helped me.
If you’re into listening to podcasts, and looking for a little beginners help with your airbrushing, give A Wyrd Place Podcast episode 5 a listen. They have a lot of the same advice as this blog post, but also have a few other nuggets of wisdom on the topic. If you’re into Malifaux and haven’t given this podcast a listen, they have a lot of good info on the game and hobby (although I do wish they’d put out episodes a little more often). If you’re not a Malifaux player (why aren’t you!?) and just want the airbrush info, you can jump to about an hour into that episode.
I am most certainly not an airbrushing expert (yet!) but these two sources really are what gave me the confidence in my selection of the parts of my airbrush setup.

Miniature armies, huge time sink.

As requested: airbrushing!

Asking for airbrush advice is a fairly common topic on miniature forums. And with good reason.  Getting one is pretty daunting and there aren’t many clear cut answers (such is art I guess).

That’s because just getting an airbrush isn’t enough.  What else do you need to make it work?  How do you make it work?  It can be a fairly expensive venture, so you want to keep trial and error to a minimum.

Welp, you’re in luck because I’m one to dive into things, so I’ll share with you all my trial and error and all I’ve learned in my 2ish years of using an airbrush!  Here’s comes the quick and dirty guide!

DISCLAIMER: While I do try to give more clear cut answers, these are still my recommendations ONLY.  I’ve geared this guide towards people that want more concrete answers.  I do…

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IPEp1

It is begun!!! The first round theme and match-ups for Wyrd’s Iron Painter 2015 painting contest have been announced!  Iron Painter is a painting contest run by Wyrd Miniatures; this contest varies from most painting contests in that it has multiple rounds and each round there’s a theme and all of the entrants are paired off in head-to-head match-ups, the winner of each pair advancing to the next round and the last painter standing at the end of all rounds crowned the victor. Competitors are encouraged to complete entries for each round even if they have been eliminated and any painter who manages to complete an entry every single round received special recognition (and chances at prizes!). Full details on the competition are available on Wyrd’s website.

The theme for the first round of Iron Painter 2015 is “Fool’s Gold” and I am paired off with the mystery knight “TheGodeckan”; I do not know who this opponent is or what their painting skills are, but their forum avatar is of Cthulhu, so therefor they must be respected. I have begun work on my entry for this round and I thought you all might like to see what I am up to.  (more…)

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When I started taking miniature painting seriously, I asked the good painters I saw what their number one recommendation is for someone to improve their painting. Invariably they said, “Thin your paints!” This is because not only does this make the paints go on smoother than if you used them straight from the pot, it reduces the appearance of brush strokes, and most importantly it takes advantage of the translucent quality of the acrylic paints we use as miniature painters; briefly what this means is that if you properly thin your paint the layer beneath your top layer will show through some where the top layer is thinner, giving you a smother blending of layers.

The addition of that simple technique to my painting arsenal stepped up my painting game immensely, but the one issue I ran into with working with thinned paints is that, like all paints, they gradually dry out on your palette thus throwing off the consistency of  your paints. The one tip that had been recommended to me to keep this from happening was to use a wet palette to keep my paints properly thinned. I had always been hesitant to pick up a wet palette because I wanted to spend my hobby money on more little plastic dudes to paint instead of on something boring like a palette, but then I discovered how to make my own wet palette on the cheap. In this hobby tutorial I will show you how to make your own wet palette for amazingly cheap. (more…)

Photo Box 14

I have been working on improving the quality of photos I take of my miniatures for a while and have found a great method used by “the pros” that most any hobbyist can pull off at home for a nearly no cost at all. That method is using a photography light diffusion box and I am going to teach you how to build one using items you probably have around your house (and if you don’t, they are rather inexpensive to procure).

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Ice Basing Tutorial 15A little while back I saw a great video tutorial on how to do a really cool ice basing technique. As the Malifaux crew I have been working on is ice themed, I thought technique could end up looking really cool with them. Because the materials used in this technique end up making it a very permanent form of basing I thought I should give it a test run before actually using it on one of my models, so I made a test base that I’m going to end up using as a objective marker for Warhammer 40k. The video I originally saw this technique in doesn’t appear to be available anymore, so I figured I should post a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this technique. (more…)

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With my first Imperial Knight built, I decided that I should make my second knight more dynamically posed. The only real problem I have with the Imperial Knight Paladin/Errant kit is that the legs are only able to be built in a single pose, as opposed to the other recent large walker models from GW, such as the Riptide and Wraithknight, whose legs have locator pins to lock the legs in a set pose but that can be cut if you want to make them more posable. (more…)