|Some of our Gatekeepers hard at work during the class.|
Lesson 1 - Base Coating and Flow Control
We began today on a set of old archers for medieval battles. The models were cleaned and basecoated, and provided to the students to practice on. They are old sculpts, and very "open" as it were. Not a lot of hard to reach places and very straightforward color areas.
The most important thing you will learn painting miniatures is that the water on your brush tip can drastically affect how your paint behaves. It is very important to learn this at the very beginning to avoid silly mistakes that almost all of us make when first starting. It was a very simple session, designed so the students could practice applying the paint more than anything else.
The entire class painted one (or two, if slightly more experienced) of these archers to practice basecoating. Flow control (using the water on the brush) was the watchword of the day, as all the students had to do was follow an easy, step-by-step order for applying each color. Here, the class learned that sometimes light colors go on thin over darker base coats, and that multiple layers of thin coats of paint are how to achieve opaqueness in the color.
|Hey bro, do you even camera?|
Forgive our blurry, out-of-focus progress picture. We'll have more updates on the class as it progresses, and we'll see what our students generate for some awesome games! You can bet you'll be seeing these archers again...this time, finished and based by our staff. The picture will be much better, I promise.
Introduction to Miniature Painting is held on Monday nights at 6pm. The weather here might actually stop our progress, so the classes are informal affairs and attendance is not required. We're going to make sure we have the best materials for you to practice with and learn the ins and outs of painting miniatures.
In addition, there will be some nifty opportunities coming up for painters around the Wargate, and if you're a brush for hire in the Ada area let us know. We will soon announce we're looking for contractors to paint an endless stream of models, so get a jump-start on it! That's it for today, and I'll see you for the next lesson soon!