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Lustria for Life – Skink Shaman

This one is special. Miniatures Sell/buy/swap Facebook group few weeks ago has organised painting competition and I’ve decided to participate. This is no ‘big deal’ competition, so it was clearly for me I can join in and have fun with no reason to worry if I have any chance to win it or not. The thing is I have no idea, who is in, skills of the participants or for instance that the whole competition is open – no limits, no categories. Imagination is the limit:). And this is cool, actually. No pressure for me, and since I wanted to paint Skink Shaman anyway, I could submit him. There are around 70-80 participants, so my chances to win one of the prices (gift vouchers for bitz and models) are not so big. However, one thing is certain – this competition has given me the certain boost. I have put more than usual effort to finish the mini. I have given it something extra. At least I’ve tried:). Skink Shaman is amazing model. It came from …

Where Gor-Rok has gone?

This one is special. At many several levels special. It took me few days to paint this ugly reptile bastard. I don’t know how many hours exactly, but it was really time consuming. I wanted this guy to look as neat as possible. Of course, there’s high chance that I could put more effort, but you know, that way, I could have painting it forever;). At some point, you need to say: Basta! Enough! and assume it’s over. I had nice conditions to paint at Panglao Island, so I grabbed this opportunity and paint as much as possible there. Lovely patio almost all day in shade. There was no other option than paint:). So, here it is – Gor-Rok. The Great White Lizard. Great, very enjoyable model to paint. Albino skin means it is al white (obviously, duh…), and white means the model is needed to be painted patiently and with care. Several, thin, watered layers of paint, very little wash and white paint used only as mix with grey. Rather annoying for me, as …

Age of Sigmar thoughts. Part 2

Few days ago, Daniel has commented my post from August 2015, that describes my impressions after first game of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. The comment is long and comprehensive. Daniel points out, what in his opinion, is exactly Age of Sigmar and why it shouldn’t be compared to previous editions of Warhammer Fantasy Battle. First, I’ve started to respond to the comment under my original post, but when I’ve realised it’s going to be also quite long text, I made a decision not to put it in comment section of the blog, but publish it as regular, separate post. Few conclusions have not changed, few I describe in details and most of all I make reference to comment of Daniel. Original post, and Daniel’s comment is here.  First of all, I’d like to thank Daniel for such long elaborate comment. It’s so awesome that actually someone took a moment to read my AoS post and counterpoint my impressions. I will try to refer to all  points included in Daniel’s comment. The thing is – my …

Miniatures’ Photography (…while travel)

I’ve started this blog in February 2015. And from the day one, one of my major issues is how to take good pictures of my miniatures. At very beginning, I had at my disposal only old compact Canon camera. And it was disaster – there was no chance to take proper miniature photos with this piece of crap. The only good thing I could say about this junk – it was pink. Yeah, nice pink colour – my wife really liked this:). …and the moment for starting miniature blog was kind of unfortunate. During that time I was staying in Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica (almost a month there), and believe me, while this coastal Caribbean town is absolutely stunning (sun, sea, sloths and stuff;), there is not many stuff to buy, if you want to improve your photography skills (I mean: buy better equipment). Luckily, we already have some saved cash for better camera, and the only issue was – finding the store with adequate hardware… The opportunity arrived when we moved to Mexico …

Game of Travel vol. 2 – starts now!

Oh, wow! I’m so exited! My Game of Travel begins once again today! At 4.45 pm I have the flight to Doha and after two stops I’ll reach final destination – Brisbane, Australia. My next journey will last until May 2016 and I’m going to visit Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and later possibly Philippines, Japan and China and who knows, maybe some other countries too (no fixed plans for spring yet). I am SUPER exited! I started this blog in February 2015 during my travels across Central and North America, while I was in Costa Rica. I wanted this site to be my self-motivational tool for painting miniatures. I was thinking – if I go public with my miniatures and my future painting plans, I’ll be more focused and efficient. And, guess what? It’s working:). I paint with scheduled regularity. And right now I take four small plastic boxes full of miniatures, paints and brushes. This is the list of all models I take. I will have work for entire trip. And my blog …

Hobby on the road (again) – arranging my miniatures

Yes-yes! Less than one month and I am back on the road! This time I’m heading east. First Australia, most probably New Zealand, and then Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Later maybe Japan and China. Who knows. Departure: 21th October. Estimated time of return to Europe: late May 2016. It is going to be more than 6 months away from home (whatever that means for me during last few yeas:) and I’ll be separated from my precious miniatures collection for quite a some time. While I can live without playing the games (barely, but I can:) I can’t imagine my life without painting miniatures.  If it would be the choice to travel and not to paint at all for 6 months, probably I’d stay in Poland. But lucky for me nobody is forcing me to give it all up. I can take models, brushes and paints with me! Yay! This is going to be my 4th similar journey. Every time I was taking miniatures with me to paint, and every time I was little bit wiser …

My first impressions about Age of Sigmar – Skaven vs Wood Elves Battle

Finally that day has come – I played the battle of infamous Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. I was hesitating for quite some time – the game was released in the beginning of July, so it has been about 6 weeks. It was not matter of my bad attitude. I was not exited about how new Warhammer Fantasy looks like, but I wasn’t gloom either. For me it was another game that appeared on the market, which was needed to by tried. And it was all easier, because I already had required models to play. Of course I had (still have) my ‘buts’ about Age of Sigmar, but there are mainly fluff issues. I always have been Warhammer Fantasy guy – started in early 1990s from RPG and quickly converted into Fantasy Battle. So, during past 20 something years I played 5 editions of WHFB, RPG, Man-o-War, Mordheim, Bloodbowl and Warhammer Quest. All these games were located in Old World. Old World was my companion for more than a half of my life. …and all of …

Game of Travel – my map

This is the map that summarise all my posts I’ve written about stores, clubs I have visited during my journeys. It is going to be available to view in sidebar menu, so even when this post will disappear – still you can click this link and see the map. The map is not showing all my travels – since I’ve started my blog in February 2015 and I’ve been travelling since January 2013, not everything is covered here. The blog has begun when I was in Costa Rica, during my journey across Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Belize (and my trips to Asia are not included). All the time I carry with me (in my backpack) small box with miniatures and paints (actually two boxes – one for minis and one for paints:) and I paint whenever I find suitable place. The other thing – right now I live in Poland until October 2015 and I do not travel lot. This is rather stationary life of mine right now you can expect just …

Bases, bases, bases! Lots of bases!

Few weeks ago I’ve ordered a handful of resin bases from Micro Art Studio and finally later last week I’ve received my package! I’m happy as a  small boy. Finally most of my miniatures will have proper bases. Of course, right now it’s going to be loads of work with pining and glueing minis to the bases (not to mention painting them), but I can assume it’s going to be fun work:). And what’s more important it will be very rewarding – everything I was doing for past few months (or even years now) will be finally finish… I just need some time:). So, what exactly bases I got from Micro Art Studio? Let’s take a look:) Blood Angels (Warhammer 40000) I was thinking how to base my Blood Angels for quite a some time. I had few options in mind – wilderness, wasteland or maybe more urban environment. After short consideration I’ve decided to go with Tech Bases from Micro Art Studio. They are of course so deep SF, as you can even imagine, …

Portable Paint Station or other travelling/painting issues

My trip is almost over. 6 months of travel in few countries of Central America. Time to go home. At this moment I’m in Cancun – having some concluding thoughts of my journey. Cancun is my last stop on American soil – Sunday I’m heading Europe – first Madrid, Spain and a week later – Warsaw, Poland. It was fun for sure –  exiting, adventurous time, but I’m happy I’m going back – it’s little bit tiring to change places constantly, moving from hotel to hotel – and what most important (at least when it comes to the topic of this blog) being depended on limited palette, old brushes and not being able to buy new minis. Sometimes it’s even frustrating. In one week, I’m going to be in Poland – land of unlimited resources! For the last 6 months – that was my workstation. Gosh, it was hard to organize everything – paints, brushes, miniatures – but, I think I made it right (even it was trails & errors)v. I had only few “painting/travelling” …