25/02/2024

Elven Prince on Lion


Greetings, fellow painters!
 
Finished some time ago for a generous patron, this piece holds a special place in my heart, and today, I'm thrilled to share the story behind it.

The journey began when the patron approached me with a desire for a miniature that could capture the magical essence of high elves. Intrigued and eager for a creative challenge, I accepted the task.
What made this project even more enchanting was the patron's willingness to grant me almost total freedom in the creative process. Collaborating with someone who not only trusted my skills but also allowed our visions to seamlessly blend was a breath of fresh air. The result? Well, judge for yourself as you continue reading.

Some of the Artwork sent by the client as a reference (Artist unknown)


When the proposed miniature turned out to be the Elven Prince on Lion by Last Sword Miniatures, my miniature-loving heart skipped a beat.
 
The resin print from Last Sword Miniatures was excellent

Now, let's address the tricky part of commission painting – a terrain familiar to many artists. While having someone invest in your artistic skills is undoubtedly validating, I've learned that not every commission sparks joy. In the early days, I found myself tackling every project that came my way, be it sci-fi warriors or a space marines. However, the thrill wasn't always there, and some miniatures felt as exciting as watching paint dry (pun intended).
 
And oh, the ubiquitous space marines – those identical, armoured souls. How many of them can one person paint before questioning their sanity? It was a question I grappled with until I decided that life's too short to be stuck painting something you're not passionate about.
 
Back to our high elf Prince and his White Lion. The Lion, with its humanoid-like arms , offered an easier interpretation of volumes.

You can see in the photo how the anatomy of the lion is slightly "Human"


Choosing the resin version from the Last Sword Miniatures shop turned out to be a brilliant decision. The quality exceeded expectations, and the customer service was nothing short of outstanding.

To capture the magical essence of the high elf Prince and his white lion, I decided to infuse the miniature with an ambiance reminiscent of snow, opting for a cold palette and a harmonious color scheme. 


The color palette waltzed with reds, yellows, blues, and whites, creating a desaturated yet harmonious scheme. Black took a backseat as I played with colours to conjure the darkest tones, resulting in a desaturated scheme with richly coloured greys.



In this Macro you can see some of the print layers

Close up of the elf's face and NMM




Until next time, may your brushes be steady, your dice be kind, and your victories be sweet.
 
Best regards.

11/02/2024

TUTORIAL: How to paint yellow in 8 Easy Steps



Greetings! Today, I'm thrilled to share with you a quick tutorial on how to paint yellow. 

Now, before we dive into in, let me throw in a quick disclaimer – there are numerous ways to achieve a yellow hue, and what I'm about to reveal is just one of the many chromatic variations out there. But hey, if you're a fan of the yellow on my Warhammer Night Goblin Banner, then buckle up because here comes the methodology!

 

MATERIALS 

 

Let's start by gathering our artistic arsenal:

 

- Citadel Chaos Black primer

- Liquitex Titanium White acrylic ink

- Vallejo Bright Orange 70.851

- Vallejo Deep Yellow 70.915

- Vallejo Ice Yellow 70.858

- Vallejo Gold Brown 70.877

- Citadel Gore-Grunta Contrast

- Golden Artist Colours Titanium White

 

For the application process, you'll need some additional materials (check out my essential materials blog post for more info if you need to), assuming you've already got them handy.

 

8 EASY STEPS TO PAINTING YELLOW

 

Step 1: Begin by applying the Citadel Chaos Black primer to your miniature .

 

Step 2: Highlight the miniature with Liquitex Titanium White ink to create that zenithal lighting effect. This step is key as it sets the stage for the brilliance to show in the next steps.

 

Step 3:  Apply Vallejo Bright Orange to the areas covered with the previously applied white. The white base acts as a canvas, intensifying the saturation and brightness of the orange.

 

Step 4: Apply a 50% mix of Bright Orange and Deep Yellow.

 

Step 5: Apply Deep Yellow with precision, avoiding coverage of the layers from steps 3 and 4. We're building layers here, people!

 

Step 6: Mix 75% Deep Yellow with 25% Ice Yellow and apply in controlled areas where the light shines most brilliantly. Think that these areas are usually perpendicular to the light source.

 

Step 7: Utilize a mix of Bright Orange and Gore-Grunta Contrast in areas revealing the black primer, adding depth and contrast.

 

Step 8: Finishing touches:. Apply Golden Acrylics Titanium White to the highest points of light, such as the moon tips, nose, and selected areas in the eye wrinkles. For the pièce de résistance, simulate reflection rays in the maximum shadow areas using a desaturated yellow (Vallejo Gold Brown).

 

And there you have it – an easy way of painting yellow! 

 

Until next time, may your brushes be steady, your dice be kind, and your victories be sweet.

 

 

Best regards

28/01/2024

The Goblin Diaries: Chapter Update!

Night goblins with moderation issues


The Night Goblins, known for their mischievous ways, wasted no time in ransacking the town's supply of beer and wine. 

Amidst the chaos, an unexpected turn unfolded. A Night Goblin, notorious for his flatulent prowess, found himself appointed as the group's musician. With each cheeky fart, his flatulence served as an oddly satisfying musical backdrop to the raid. 
Our inspired farting music to the left

Meanwhile, the perpetually frustrated group boss struggled to impose any semblance of order. Goblins guzzled beer straight from casks, danced in wild abandon, and stumbled upon a particularly potent weed that turned their mischief into fits of giggles. As expected, a drinking competition ensued, goblins collapsing in a chaotic contest of resilience and inebriation.

Booze for everybody!

The night became a canvas of disorder, painted by the broken Spearz tribe with the echoes of flatulence and childish giggles. Zenres, once a tranquil haven, now echoed with the chaotic laughter of goblins on a rampage.

As the Bloody Spears drank their fill and revelled in their conquest, Skilka cast a mischievous glance back at the now-desolate Zenres. His heart swelled with the satisfaction of having orchestrated mayhem. The Night Goblins stumbled away, pockets clinking with stolen loot, leaving behind a town forever scarred by the invasion of the Bloody Spears. 

P.S. You can find the Goblin Diaries series HERE

14/01/2024

Happy New Year!


Reflecting on 2023: 


Games Workshop, despite the rather clumsy conclusion of the Old World during the End Times, officially rekindled its support of the game, reigniting the passion of both seasoned veterans like me and newcomers eager to delve into the rich lore of the classic Warhammer fantasy battles. This resurgence bodes well for all enthusiasts, promising exciting times ahead.

I particularly love the Warhammer Reforged initiative and won’t be rushing back to whatever Games Workshop does-I will keep a very close eye on them, but it is thanks to people like 9th age or Reforged  (Facebook Group) that Warhammer Fantasy has been kept alive since they blew up the world in 2014. Therefore, I am keeping my options open! 
 


2023 achievements


At the outset of 2023, I set my sights on expanding my Orcs and Goblin army. 

While a unit of Night Goblins and an Orc Warboss mounted on a Wyvern joined the ranks (coming soon to the Goblin Diaries) , the planned unit of Orc warriors and Goblin Wolf Riders were left languishing in the infamous "pile of shame."
 

Below were my 2023 hobby goals:
 

  1. 5 Goblin Wolf Riders - Failed
  1. Unit of Orc Warriors-Failed
  1. Write 30 Blog posts- Failed.
  1. Orc Warboss Mounted on Wyvern- Completed
  1. Unit of Night Goblins- Completed

 Note to self: Dream big but schedule realistically!
 

Favourite Releases of the year


Despite the battle to control the ever growing pile of shame, there were 2 new additions to my collection:
 
MOM Miniatures Orc Warriors-Perfect for my unit of Big 'Uns

Avatars of War Iron Orcs, obvious reference to the Black orcs


Challenges Faced: 

 
The trials of 2023 extended beyond the painting desk. The quest for motivation to write for the blog led  to a lull, but fear not! The Goblin Diaries series and carefully crafted articles have been brewing behind the scenes. The era of low-effort posts is over, making way for a new chapter with bi-weekly blog updates, proof of the passion that fuels this pet-project.
 

Future Plans:

Competitions like Monte San Sabino Show, Scale Model Challenge, and Salute in London beckon. A new unit of Black Orcs is poised to join the greenskin horde, and in a spectacular twist, a grand battle diorama featuring Dwarfs clashing with vampires is envisioned. Will I manage to pull it though? Only time will tell.
 
But enough about my hobby exploits! I'm eager to hear about your plans for the coming year. What are your hobby goals for 2024? What armies will grace your painting table? 
 
Until next time, may your brushes be steady, your dice be kind, and your victories be sweet.
 
Best regards

Gimnir 

23/04/2023

Goblin diaries Chapter update!

The goblin Diaries has been updated with the first chapter, more to come in the future.

You can see current progress on the top tab of the blog or clicking HERE.

Best regards

19/03/2023

Warhammer: Teutogen Guard- Part 2

It seems like an eternity but the Teutogen guard is finally done! It is incredible that this joint project took 2 years to see the light.

The genesis of the project can be seen HERE.



If you want to see more work in progress process you can see it HERE.


How the project started:

The project started as a way of sharing the love for the hobby with a very good friend. I started the concept, came about with a colour scheme, painted a couple of models with him to coach him into improving his miniature painting and in the meantime having an awesome time.

In the picture below you will see arrows pointing at the figures I painted for him to act as a reference. 

The standard bearer, the high priest of Ulric Emil Valgeir and one rank and file teutogen guard were fully painted by me as they were the most complex pieces and would be the miniatures drawing the most attention. As a get together painting day, I showed him how I paint faces -you can see the sample face at the right of the picture.

Once he had the references he would be flying!


Something I didn't envisioned is that the project would take this long to see the day of light , 2 years!

On the other hand, my friend has done a fantastic job and he has improved his miniature painting a great deal. I can say with confidence that this project saw him levelling up as painter.

If you are reading me: WELL DONE!!! I hope you keep the momentum going 😊

We had so much fun having this joint project done that we are now going to develop another one, this time a Vampire Counts unit !

Teutogen Guard in all its glory:












Looking forward to the Vampire Counts unit 😏

Best regards

Gimnir



05/03/2023

On the future of the Blog

Long-time no see.


I have been thinking long and hard about the future of this blog. As you may have noticed I haven’t posted anything in these pages for almost 2 years.


So, the question that inevitably raises is …why? And even more important…am I finally closing the blog?


The answer to the first question is that a lot has been happening in my personal life: changing jobs, changing cities, then changing jobs again, then go back to London … keeping the blog active was a challenge on top of all that.



The changing landscape of social media:


Then another one of the reasons is that I lost sight of the blog's purpose. Why keeping a blog alive instead of just posting my work in the likes of Instagram, Facebook or YouTube?


This is a difficult question to answer as this blog was born to be a personal happy diary of my progress and a vehicle to allow me to express myself personally and artistically while at the same time connecting with other hobbyists.


The raise of social media has revolutionised our little hobby corner and how we share our art with each other.


When I look at the likes of Instagram or Facebook, I must give credit when credit is due: it is incredibly easy to share any content in the platforms, and connecting with other creators is now as easy as double tapping a screen.


On the other hand, the use of these platforms comes with big flaws that make them very unattractive to make them my "hobby corner". 


Some of these reasons are things like the current trend of pushing short format videos like Reels (Instagram) or Shorts (YouTube) which pretty much fit the criteria of mindless entertainment.

For the likes of Instagram, I have experienced an atrocious home feed with almost 50% of the content in it being either reels with no connection to the hobby or advertisement of all sorts.


But I promise this is not a post about the pitfalls of social media… Rant over.

Another thing that I noticed is that a lot of the blogs I used to follow have now ceased to publish new content...which is a shame!

 

I don't know this for certain, but highly likely this is connected to the raise of social media and the ease at which art can be shared in those platforms.



What is the plan ahead?


So, the question I asked at the beginning was: is this the end of Gimnir’s Brush? 


Answer is Definitely NOT!


In the future I would like to create more content that is suitable to you and can help you become better in this hobby, while I share my projects as I become better in this wonderful craft we share...


As a Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf player, I love lost causes!



Please let me know in the comment section if there are any blogs out there that you enjoy reading, I would love to add some to my favourite blog list.


Best regards


Gimnir


P.S. I recently discovered a new blog: "The old-world Army Challenge", just love it! 

11/07/2021

Last Sword Miniatures: Elven Lion Prince

 


This is the first ever 3D printed miniature that I painted. The miniature that you see is from the Spanish Brand LastSword Miniatures. Just before I continue please bear in mind that I am not sponsored in any kind of way by them.

When I was contacted for this commission I was quite nervous about the possible quality of the model and the quality loss due to printing. In the past I have had excellent renders losing a lot of quality after printing the model (but that was quite a while ago, probably approx 4 years-Technology has improved quite a lot).


As you can see in the photos, some of the printing layers can be seen-This worried me a lot prior to do any painting-last thing you want is to see printing layers coming through once the miniature is finished.


Once that the miniature was primed, the printing layers were barely noticeable which was a great relief. As you can see in the first picture of the post, once that all the different paint layers have been applied and the miniature was done these layers could not be noticed at all. 

The proportions of the miniature are great, with very fine details in it.

I hope to paint more miniatures from this company in the future as their concepts are great and the quality is excellent. On top of that, the cost of the miniature was very good value at only 8 Euros.

For the base I wanted to try some marble effect that match the background of the elf prince.



All in all it was a very pleasurable experience, if you are like me and are not sure about the quality of the printed miniatures of this brand , give them a go-you won't regret it.

Regards

Gimnir



23/05/2021

My new Warhammer Army: Orcs & Goblins

 

Collecting a new army for Warhammer

In this post I will go through my experience since I first started in the hobby and why today, after the Old World was officially murdered I am deciding to collect an Orc and Goblins army...for the second time.

The initiation

It was 2001 and something huge was about to happen, the release of the Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the Ring. As a teenager with a prior interest in Fantasy I absolutely loved the first movie.

Another 3 years passed, now 2008,  I remember meeting my friend and sleeping over at his. The conversations flowed and he started describing how he used to play something called Warhammer Fantasy.

A description of the key features of the main races of the old world followed, and then we played a very simple game over a desk…wizards throwing fire bolts!? Heroes performing, well…heroic deeds!? Skeletons fighting!? Necromancers resurrecting skeletons!? Skeletons resurrecting skeletons!?  I was all in.

Not even in my wildest dreams I would have imagined where this hobby would take my imagination in the coming years.

After diving-in in the rich lore of the old Warhammer world I decided that Dwarfs were my army. Move forwards a couple of months consuming all the lore I could get my hands on while continuing purchasing boxes of miniatures and discovering hobby products.

Collecting Warhammer can certainly get out of control

Fast track another year while Games Workshop continued promoting their products and they did their job, I was convinced that I wanted I needed a new army. I didn’t know then but I was infected by a new kind of disease: Plastic addiction. 



Soon I started collecting many other armies: fantasy orc and goblins, dark elves ,40k eldar ,40k dark eldars…at the end of the day it is good to paint new things...righttttttt? It took me probably one further year to feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of plastic and white metal I got myself into.

I had so many miniatures that the simple action of choosing what to paint next became a challenge on itself.

I needed to reassess what I was doing as I felt absolutely overwhelmed by the task I set myself(also known as  painting all the miniatures that I owned) , it was simply too big of a task to get tackled…with good reason: It would take me over a decade to paint the first 2.000 points of my Fantasy dwarf army.

Setting a road map for army building

The key take away from the above is that building a Warhammer army can be a big commitment both time and budget wise. It has taken me approx 12 years to build roughly 2.000 pts of Warhammer Fantasy Dwarfs. I can see the appeal of Age of Sigmar, with smaller bands and less overwhelming forces...but nothing can compare to a rank and file army!

I always loved the lore and esthetic of the orcs and goblins army and after careful consideration I got to the conclusion that now that the core of my Dwarf army is ready I was up for the challenge of a second army. 

The reasons why I wanted to go for an Orcs & Goblins army are the following:

  • Orcs and Goblins are goofy in stark contrast with my Dwarf army which is pretty much a contingent of grim and disciplined warriors
The work of Victoria posted in CMON-A huge inspiration

  • I want to go for a rank and file army of converted and colorful miniatures full of personality-I will first create a narrative that will help me build the army around it.
The army will be inspired on the “Bloody Spearz” boys on the Western part of the Mad Dog Pass and the silver Road- fully detailed map of the Fantasy old world can be seen here.
  • I am useless an absolute beginner on modeling and sculpting-Due to the difference in anatomy of Green skins I can get away with more mistakes than I would with humans or “human like” minis like elves . The intent is getting better in sculpting thanks to this project. I will start very small and build from there. Join me to see how I suck at it for the next couple of years.
  • Paint the whole army with the highest painting standard that I am capable of
First unit of the Bloody spearz tribe-Hopefully the whole army will be at this standard

Obviously there is an elephant in the room, I hear somebody saying “WTF Gimnir, Fantasy is dead, what are you speaking about!!?”

While Warhammer Fantasy has been discontinued from Games Workshop catalogue there is a wealth of resources and communities playing Warhammer Fantasy : Warhammer 9th era, Warhammer Reforged, video games like Warhammer Total war , Warhammer Chaos bane, Mordheim or even now Games Workshop attempt to claim back the Fantasy world. Dead!? We will see about that…and if it is dead what is stopping me to find joy in a personal project?

The first step is to set up the core of the bloody spearzs army list in which I can focus, or what I like calling a road map.
I personally love the Warhammer Reforged initiative due to the love and respect for the Fantasy Lore and the principle of the game being having a good time with your opponent and not exploiting ultra competitive gaming. 

Based on the 3rd edition of Warhammer Reforged Orc and Goblins army book this is how it looks:

·        Army General: Orc Megaboss mounted on Wyvern

·        Orc Warboss standard Bearer

·        30x Night Goblins

o   2 fanatics

·        5 Goblin Wolf riders

·        5 Goblin Wolf riders

·        20 savage orcs

·        5 boarboys

·        5 Squig hoppers

·        5 squig hoppers

·        2x Goblin Wolf Chariots

·        20 Big boys night goblins with heavy armor and clubs

·        1x Mangler Squig

·        1x Goblin Doom Diver and crew

·        Total points: 1997pts

·        Miniature count: Approx 160 minis (mounts, riders & machines counted as individual minis)

I am under no delusion that painting a full Orcs&Goblins army is a monumental task, and now, unlike what happened to me 10 years ago I am fully aware of what this project will demand in terms of time and effort.

Goals for the Bloody Spears

My idea for the army is hitting 3 main goals:

  •  Personalizing the army as much as possible, converting and sculpting. This will allow me to learn and develop my sculpting skills. The whole idea of building a narrative into each miniature and unit fills me with energy
  • Keep exploring color and new techniques, i.e. becoming a better painter. Every single miniature will grant me the opportunity to learn something new or improve something that I already know. It is inevitable to fill excited about the prospect of improving
  • Record my progress in a series that I will call the “Goblin Diaries” where I will be able to document struggles, challenges and any other related stuff to this project.

It is now 2020; almost 12 years have passed by since the last time that I tried to build an army of green idiots. Now I am a little bit wiser and know what this project will require.

I am aware of some hobby traps that I will try to overcome and not fall into as I did in the past. Dying of plastic overdose and shooting at too many projects at the same time comes to mind .

If I make some quick numbers assuming that each mini in the army will take roughly 10 hours (prepping, sculpting, basing and painting) that means that I will spend 1.600 hours building and painting the core army list of 2000 points.

Being optimistic, and allowing myself 1h a day EVERY SINGLE DAY (no holydays, no days off) to dedicate to the hobby it will take me approx. 4.5 years to build a basic army of 2.000 points.

Every cloud has a silver lining-Black Orc Boss, Standard Bearer and 2 Black Orcs are already commanding my green idiots

But now let’s be realistic, I won’t dedicate all my available hobby time to my orcs and goblins…My dwarfs will require some attention as well and from time to time I will flirt with larger scales and genres…all in all I would expect to spend the next 8-9 years building the core army.



It is almost scary thinking of such a long term project but there is no better place to log the beginning of the journey than in my personal blog. Regularly posting on the Goblin Diaries will help me to stay accountable.

I realize that there is a motivational pitfall  in any war-game army building and that I will most likely go through several valleys but all is part of the process.

I would love to know what have been your struggles when building your army and what the most rewarding part of the process is.

Best regards Waaaaagh!!!

 

04/04/2021

Enough-Why is time to stop buying miniatures

 


I know it, I shouldn’t be buying any more models, for God’s sake!? How many miniatures do I  even have? I don’t want to even count them but … Sitting at home comfortably. You are perusing the internet.

You know that this would be the perfect time to practice your craft; you could use this spare time to get some painting done and learn a new technique or try something new…

But instead you go on a rampage of collectionist consumption. You will spend the rest of the day perusing eBay looking for old school minis, games workshop store, Amazon and other miniature online shops. Finally you find something that will look amazing when (eventually) get to prep, paint and base it. You press “process order” and you feel a warm sensation of excitement in your gut -definitely you cannot wait for the plastic crack new blister or box to arrive home.

A pair of days have gone by now, maybe even one week and life kept happening, you are busy and there are some chances that you even forgot that you did it again. You open the mail box and you find a parcel with your name on it. Suddenly the warm feeling wraps around you and so you proceed to delicately remove the packaging.

Now you have the plastic sprues in front of you, you visually caress every single part of it and let your imagination wander about the million universes and possibilities that lay within the grey plastic.

It is time to wrap up because you have to make dinner, prepare for tomorrow’s work or watch Netflix, whatever... and then you carefully put back the box together and store it with all your other unpainted and/or unassembled miniatures.