Today, I don’t have a studio update or a product review or anything like that.
Instead, what I want to do is expand on your answers to my questions about going outside the Warmachine & Hordes realm, and outside gaming miniatures in general. This all leads me around to some important questions on what types of tutorials you are most interested in seeing.
Going outside WM / H
With Relic Knights here, and some locals getting excited about doing some 40k (perish the thought…), thus, there’s a high likelihood that there will be non-Privateer Press models showing up on Plarzoid.com soon.
Thus, it’s excellent news to me that many of you said that when it comes to tutorials or showcases, it isn’t the miniature itself but the new techniques / tricks or the overall discussion that matters.
With that in mind, I’ll probably be switching gears for a bit, in order to experiment with some new things. What you ask?
- Airbrush – I have my Grex, and I have my Badger Sotar (see the Store for links to the exact items). I’ve started using both again recently, and there’s lots I want to try out – Zenithal Highlighting, Minitaire Ghost Tints, OSL, etc. I really don’t want to practice and try out techniques on $5/model Warmachine units. Instead, I need “airbrush fodder”. For this, I’ll probably use my cheaper alternate minis (RK, SDE, 40k, etc).
- New Custom Color Schemes – I’ve read through the first third of Betty Edward’s Color (as suggested to me by Meg Maples and Tony Konichek; see Store -> Painting Accessories). I really want to play with what I’ve picked up and try experimenting with using color to evoke specific emotions from the viewer.
- Commissions – I don’t advertise that I do them because I really don’t, but when I hear about a friend or local buddy with a cool idea in need of help making it happen it can be hard to resist. Anyway, I have a project or two outside the WM / H line that I think you’ll all enjoy. Those will be coming up after the NOVA Open.
- Competition Minis – PP minis are great, but they’re not the only thing out there, and some competitions are manufacturer specific. I think there’s lots to be learned on these projects, so they’ll definitely be showing up from time to time.
- Dioramas – More on these in the next section…
Going outside Gaming Miniatures
I agree the model cars and model trains seem like they may have less to offer to the gaming crowd, but bear with me for a minute. These hobbies are both huge into weathering, and model trains specifically have a huge focus on environment, background and often story. You rarely see gaming tutorials that cover graffiti, but if you broaden your scope to model trains, you’ll find a bunch. These techniques are easily applied to your 40k or Infinity terrain. While I do have the Enzo Ferrari kit, the rest of the kits I have are all WRC cars, and you can bet that I’ll be doing weathering on those. That stuff directly translates to weathering ‘jacks, tanks and terrain.
Additionally, most painting competitions have categories for single miniatures, groups of models, and lastly dioramas – miniature scenes that tell a story. It’s one thing to paint a model or unit to a high standard, but there’s a whole extra level involved in using those minis and a setting to tell a story.
So, I know that cars and trains are not terribly exciting for most of you, but I definitely think there’s some applicable techniques and ideas there.
So, as I strategize on how I’ll move forward on all of the above, I’m curious what you all are most interested in. I make no guarantee as to how the results of this will affect the tutorials and videos to come, but I promise it will. It may mean that I spend more time on the popular topics, I may do them first, I’m not sure. Anyway, what of the following sounds most interesting to you? Least interesting? Additionally, suggest something not on the list.
- Painting Technique Tutorials – 2-BB, Layering, faces, etc. These are technical “how-to”s that would show how to achieve the desired effect quickly and easily.
- Theory Tutorials / Discussions – Less technical, more abstract. The type of stuff you get from a Masterclass. Rather than how to paint a face, a video of this type might discuss how light hits a face, and why highlights go where they go, and why shadows go where they go.
- How to paint X – A walk-through from start to finish on some chosen model using some chosen scheme. This kind of video gives me a chance to mix techniques for various effects and discuss why. Very similar to YouTube channels like BuyPainted or AwesomePaintJob
- Q&A Videos – You send in questions, I record a response and post it up.