Painting Basics

There are a lot of painting guides available, from written ones to videos. Still, every painter has their own way of doing things, and I’m no different.

But let’s get in medias res, with two models from Wizkids.

First step is the base-coat. I’m usually using a color that is slightly lighter than the tone I want to achieve. As you can see, I’m using with a LED-magnifying glass to make out the small details.

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Looking for Alternatives

Normally, I buy miniatures from the usual stores. The minis are either metal or plastic, mass produced by different companies.

But ever since I began to build armies for SAGA, I was looking for smaller companies, more exclusive models. Now, with a 3D-Printer, my search algorythm changed again.

I know about Etsy as a platform for small makers and companies for a while now, and so I thought, why not look over there? And lo and behold! I found some great things!

My first order went out to Poland, to a company named MiniaturesForge. They have really great looking renders of the models online, so I took the dive and ordered some.

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Building those trees

Trees are one of those things, every wargamer has in their terrain-box. Sometimes trees (and woods) are even the only pieces of terrain for a gaming table available.

Trees for model-railways are the go-tos for easy forest-building. But trees made from wire and flock are also often used.

For the scale of 28 mm wargaming, those trees suffice. Yes, there’s always a better way, but using high-quality model-trees makes for excellent wargaming forests.

For my RPG battlemaps, I wanted something a bit different. Something invoking a certain mood – and so I printed some trees on my 3D printer.

Using files from printablescenery.com, I scaled the trunks to not only get different forms, but also different sized trees.

They were the...

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Printing the Dungeon

For a long time, I didn’t want to own a 3D printer. Too expensive, too loud, too slow. And, after all, I could build almost everything by hand, using styrofoam and a hotwire cutter.

But now, 3D printing has become affordable, the printers smaller and less complicated to assemble. So, finally, I took the plunge and bought a da Vinci Nano, a very small entry level 3D printer.

OK, there were some troubles at the start, and printing is still slow, but at least the things that come out of the little printer, look quite good. And as to the noise – it’s bearable.

So, starting off small, I began by printing tables and chairs for my 13th Age group – and then I found the Dungeon Sticks.

While most Dungeon building systems have floor tiles and interlocking walls, the Dungeo Sticks consist of walls t...

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Tabletop World – Houses for Professionals

Tabletop World is known for their high-detail 28 mm houses. But those high-quality resin models are not cheap.

So, this is what you get:

Every building has a detachable roof and a fully modelled interior. It’s therefore useable with any kind of wargame or your RPG system (as long as you use miniatures with it).

When it comes to painting, be prepared to spend quite some time, discovering ever more details in the process. Depending on your level of skill and motivation, you might finally come up with something like this:

So, are those models worth their price? Quite so.

Do you need them? Probably, yes.

Will I get more of them? Definitely, yes.

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