7 December 2015

Deadcember the 7th

Oh what fun it is to ride,
in a one skeletal-horse open chariot!

Why did they ever change from the original words above, eh? Next thing you know, Deadcember will be all about Peace and Joy and New Life For All... 


There comes a point during each miniature's progress from blister pack to battlefield when I suddenly feel the need to edge the base. Not as a final step, but just so that the thing feels framed, and often after I've had to do a slow or awkward part - cleansing the palette between courses, if you like. Yes that was a palette/palette pun. You're welcome.

That moment was this weekend for this unit which, by the way, is the largest group of miniatures I've ever painted in one go - it's a whole new discipline!

Stage 5 - spearshafts in Foundry 72B - Musket stock brown, bases edged in black, metal started (the left hand group have it, the right don't) with a flat coat of GW Boltgun Metal


  1. I can totally relate to that, I feel the same need too !
    You have all my respect for undergoing suc a task in one go, it requires some mental strength and focus few of us have in that sort of quantity !

  2. I also get great satisfaction from painting the base rim black, as you say it frames the mini, stops visual distraction and keeps everything tidy. Great work.

    1. I should have known I'd not be the only one with odd quirks in this odd hobby!

  3. Black edging is the way to go, it creates a good negative space when the figures are on the tabletop especially if your movement trays are designed to match the height of the slots bases around the edges.
    Nice work on your first large line paint, I can't single paint anymore, it is just too inefficient.

    1. I always black edge, for exactly those reasons, it was more that I find myself doing it part way through to break up the main painting.

      Although I'm finding it a challenge, I have to admit that I have achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time.