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posted Mar 05, 2013 21:10:48 by ThatDarnSatan
I'm suffering my first post-tournament cold and don't feel like painting, so thought I'd share a helpful trick to produce my hobby quota for the day.

This isn't my idea, though I wish I had thought of it. In his DVD set "Hot Lead", miniature painting bad-ass Laszlo suggests tracking colors and techniques used in a watercolor pad. I was getting tired of keeping up with all the scraps of paper I'd accumulated since starting painting, and thought this was a nifty idea. I went to the local Blick and got the first spiral-bound pad of watercolor paper I saw, a Montval Field Watercolor Book, from Canson. It's 10x7 with a nice solid cover and 140-lb. paper. It did not take long to get into the habit of painting a swatch of each color used, with a quick note describing color names and ratios.

About two years later, I've nearly filled the journal and never have to try to match colors to older miniatures because it's all right there. Well, GW's paint range apocalypse does force some reformulation but at least I don't need to strain my memory too. I even record colors used on one-offs, like the mangler squig model I don't plan to paint two of, but whose colors I want to repeat on my daemonettes. I also like to make non paint-related hobby notes in it, like plans for my movement trays.

If you think this might be useful to you, try it! It's a durable, fun, and easy way to remember what you've done. Highly recommended.

Hot Lead
Montval watercolor paper

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Greg2thePerson said Mar 06, 2013 00:46:47
This really is a great idea. I have a journal where I write all of this information down, but it on plain paper so I don't paint in the color swatches. That is definitely useful, though.

Let's see some of these models that you've described in the journal. The blue-grey on the trolls sounds promising. :-)

Feel better!
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JohnSheffield said Mar 06, 2013 11:56:25
Sure! Crappy cellphone pics incoming ...

The paint journal was/is very useful for these. With the Malifaux models, I painted the Copycat Killer a few weeks after Seamus, but wanted them to match. Similarly, a lot of time tends to pass between troll-painting sessions and I would absolutely forget without a good record to refer to.

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ThatDarnSatan said Mar 06, 2013 17:50:15
Oh no, I'm logging in with multiple accounts. This can't be good. The previous one was me, obviously.
Greg2thePerson said Mar 08, 2013 13:27:07
Very nice - I love the River Troll models, and your color scheme works really well.
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MichaelJordal said Mar 11, 2013 03:38:53
The trolls and Seamus crew are both great.
ThatDarnSatan said Mar 11, 2013 16:55:11
Thanks guys! When I finally finish the trolls, I'll need to revive my army blog and take some pics. Someday.
MrSaturday said Mar 12, 2013 15:07:25
Mmmm... great blending. Looking very nice, love the trolls.
ThatDarnSatan said Mar 13, 2013 02:43:28
Recently, Malifaux player Mako posted his model tracking spreadsheet to Wyrd's forum. I liked the look of it and made my own simpler version in Google Drive to track my Orcs & Goblins, as well as a brand new Daemons army. I find having the numbers in front of me to be interesting and motivating! I've got 3000+ points of O&G painted but to my surprise, that's still just over half of my collection. I've shared it here if you'd like to take a look:

If you're interested in tracking your own collection this way, you should be able to copy an editable version to your Google Drive by going to the File menu and doing Make A Copy. Let me know if you do, and whether you have any questions or comments. :)

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Greg2thePerson said Mar 13, 2013 21:13:29
I love the spreadsheet idea.

I see you have a Warhammer Forge Rogue Idol. What do you think of the model?
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ThatDarnSatan said Mar 13, 2013 21:20:08
Fantastic. I haven't put mine together (as you can see :)) -- waiting for inspiration on a base -- but the model is very cool and doesn't look particularly hard to paint. I'm thinking I'll use it as a giant, covered in savage orc graffiti to count for the 6+ ward. You could also use it as impassable terrain, maybe build it into a rock formation, Rushmore-style -- would look great on a rocky display board.
ThatDarnSatan said Mar 20, 2013 08:46:07
Just getting to grips with taking photos. Bear with me. :)

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ThatDarnSatan said Mar 20, 2013 16:36:48

dwarfhold13 said Mar 20, 2013 17:56:33
Man, your color choices are great! I have a savage orc army as well, and I really love the way you painted these guys. Fantastic work. By the way, I scanned your three pages of book, and I didn't see the colors for the piggy faces, could you tell what colors you used there?
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Greg2thePerson said Mar 21, 2013 00:05:46
I absolutely love the Squig Hoppers. If you don't mind, would you share how you painted the skin on the Squigs? I'd like to unashamedly steal that scheme. :-P
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ThatDarnSatan said Mar 21, 2013 08:22:16

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