Thursday, November 12, 2015

Something from Scratch

This is a blast from the past, a figure that I sculpted almost 12 years ago.  It was meant to be a sculpt of Eowyn for my Lord of the Rings army.

I have some images here of the original sculpt, and a few other painted versions:

I was just learning how green stuff worked at the time, and casting a figure was definitely a skill that would have to be learned the hard way.

To make this a little easier, I tried to make the pose as simple to cast as possible.  Even then, it proved to be very difficult.  The experience, among other things, persuaded me to be a painter instead.

Obviously, technology has changed in many ways, making sculpting a far more viable option.  Who knows, there may come a day when I get to sculpt more often. However, I will always be a painter first!

She's also here:


  1. Hey James, fantastic Miniatures - i learned alot. I have a question though: when you apply shaded basecoats, how do you manage to keep your colors moveable without a wet-palette? Isnt that a regular sheet of paper you mix most of your colors on? You make use of retarder, flowing medium and glaze medium - so do you add them as soon as you put the colors down or are they in your watercup.. Share your secrets plz :D and thanks in advance, youre a truely inspiring artist.

    1. Many thanks! :-)

      If you are watching one of the videos, there is a segment on the palette. It is a sheet of water-resistant paper that comes in a tablet. I used to use these in my days as a 2D painter, and they are just as nifty for minis!!

      The key for keeping paints wet is to work rapidly with the larger filbert and round brushes. This has many other benefits as well. I do like to use some flow improver and even mix in my 'glaze' colors with regular paint. This also keeps the paints rom drying too quickly.

      I hope that tidbit is helpful! Best of luck with the painting!!