Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Coloured Pencils on Miniatures?

I just discovered that you can use a coloured pencil / pencil crayon on a painted miniature.  Thanks to a friend of mine who told me about it.  Maybe old news to you, but I would never have thought of using coloured pencils on miniatures.

I borrowed my wife's Prismacolor Premier White and drew lines on a Philippine Insurgent 28mm Tiger Miniature.  I had painted some blue Rayadillo uniforms, but without lines.  I popped on my magnifier glasses and started drawing the lines.  I think they turned out good, though probably pointless because you cannot see the lines when gaming with them.

Not exactly what makes the best coloured pencil to use (type or brand).  The Prismacolor ones are soft and have good wax content.  A sharp point is certainly key to getting into all the parts of the figure.

Side note, I have ordered a bunch of American and Filipino miniatures from the 1898 Miniatures company for a future skirmish battle using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

10mm Palm Trees Tutorial

Here's an option for creating your own 10mm palm trees.  I made these up for my WWI Middle East battles.  I'm sure I can use them for other scenarios needing palm trees.

Palm tree leaves.

Aquarium plant, toothpick, coffee stir stick/straw, cork sheet.

 Everything cut to size.

 All the pieces put together.
 Glued and painted up.
Trees in action (Battle of Gaza).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Miniatures Storage Option

I was in a recent discussion regarding storage and gave me the idea to do a blog post about an option for storing miniatures.

We all struggle with amount of storage space we have and .  I have used tool boxes, plastic drawers and random left over boxes to store my miniatures.  I find these options are really inconsistent size wise or more pricey.  I discovered these cardboard laminated gift boxes from a store called The Container Store (in the U.S.) that were only $5 each.  I like them because they are very sturdy and easily stackable.  I really don't need drawers to constantly get at my miniatures or try to stack random box sizes together.

Content labels on the outside are certainly useful.
Inside box, left to right scales: 10mm (kneeling observer), 15mm, 25mm, 28mm
As you can see, the boxes are recommended for miniatures smaller than 28mm.
Here's the specs on these boxes I use:

Name: Medium Premium Box White
Size: 14-7/8" x 9-1/4" x 2" h
Price (2017): $4.99

I have not tried the larger box size (Large Premium Box White, 18-7/8" x 12" x 3" h) which might work better for 28mm, but it is definitely a larger box and costs $7.99.

I recommend these boxes or something similar to store your miniatures at home.  I don't really recommend them using them to transport the figures to games outside your home.  Maybe I'll blog about that in the future.