Painting depth onto Plastic Coins, for Edge of Darkness boardgame

Washing shade onto --- plastic resources?Edge of Darkness is a fun game. This game is a good improvement on the Mystic Vale game that introduced the Card Building mechanic, swapping in a Dominion or Aeon's End style tableau to draft from, instead of a Star Realms, Clank!, or Ascension-esque card row. And adding a good amount of other elements, such as variable card 'ownership', threats, three resources representing 'goodwill', 'influence', and 'reputation' (image is everything... haha) and a cube tower. 

The Kickstarter came with plastic resources, but the artwork looked better on the cardboard chits, IMO. I wanted the coins and other plastic bits to look better, but was I really going to paint resources? Then a better idea came along - use raw shade on them. The recesses are so deep as to take the slightly diluted shade well and not rub off with use, even without priming. The coins turned out the best. The blue sections are a little muddy looking, b…

Modelling Tools That I use

My Tools of Choice for Miniatures Work Epoxy   This is a two-part epoxy.  I have found nothing stronger for assembling miniatures.  It is a great gap filler and can be carved or filed to shape once it has cured. Of course it is messy, and must be used quickly before it is set.

Goop  I used this stuff to glue magnets in place on my mods for X-Wing. It worked well and didn't put me on a timer the same way epoxy would have. It was a gooey mess to use, though (guess the name should have given me a warning).

"Green Stuff" Blue/Yellow Epoxy Putty   This is one of the putties that miniature sculptors use.  It can be a bit expensive if you're buying the Excelsior or Games Workshop labels. Use this for filling bases and gaps left by customizations or poor miniature casting.

  Always wet your fingers (and tools) with water when working with it to keep it from sticking.  You can get great base textures by stabbing/sculpting it with a toothpick, other tools, or  various grains of …

Gydran Miniatures "Heishi Corp Induction Drones and Dweorg Laser Drones"

Gydran Miniatures "Heishi Corp Induction Drones and Dweorg Laser Drones"
for use with Imperial Assault
I wanted some floating droids for use with Star Wars, and ordered these Gydran miniatures. They will work ok, but the plastic bases are too small to hold the metal minis - I''l have to glue them or something.

Lord of the Rings - Journeys in Middle Earth

Lord of the Rings - Journeys Through Middle EarthI began with the monsters, working my way through using Sorastro on Youtube as a guide, and also cutting the process down to a simplified minimalistic base coat wash combined for the Ruffians, Goblins, and Orcs. (Turns out, I was just ahead of "Contrast" paints, which do the same concept!)

After that I spend some more time on the more powerful monsters, focusing on the undead spectral glow, the fur coat of the wolves, and the skin on the Ogre.

The Heroes were painted as a group, focusing on smooth cloaks and one main detail per mini. Aragon, the cloak. Gimli, the Axe. Legolas, the bow. Bilbo, the sword. Elena, the Harp. Beravor, Cloak and face.

Basing your miniatures tutorial - It's simple!

Basing your miniatures is really simple. Basing, if you are not familiar with what I mean, is adding textures, terrain, and/or plantlife to the base of a miniature to create a setting for the miniature. It can really make a big difference in the overall finish and polish of a mini.

1. After painting the minis they were ready to be based! I painted around the feet with a dark grey color so I don't have to put the basing paste right up to the feet of the mini (though sometimes it happens anyway):

2. I start with a paste like a Vallejo Earth Texture or the Citadel Texture paints (Stirland Mud, etc.) applied directly to the base. In this case Vallejo Dark Earth. Apply with an old brush and in a fairly thick layer. Thick enough to obscure the base underneath and to build some "ripples" or waves of texture into the ground.

3. Before the paste is dried, you can embed some "rocks" like slate, cork rocks, or sand. Use a small dab of some PVA (Elmers) glue to secure thes…