A year in painting
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Next weekend marks my one year anniversary for when I started painting my board games. I thought it would be nice to commemorate that with a geeklist of what I managed to get done in that time.

A little background. I never considered myself a painter. Over the years, I had done a little here or there, but I didn’t think that I was good enough to paint my games and have them look good. My view on that changed one year ago at Strategicon.

One of the regular events at Strategicon is a ‘paint and take’ where they provide free figures and paints that you can use. Last year, my son and I sat down give it a try. I picked up a goblin archer as my first target. It didn’t turn out too bad, but it wasn’t impressive either. The person running it had me try some Devlan Mud wash on it. Let me tell you, that is awesome stuff! It turned my so-so paint job into a half decent looking mini. I tried one more goblin that turned out even better and I began to believe that I may actually be able to paint my games.

At some point I decided that I would try to paint all of my boardgames. I estimated that it would take me about 2 years. I still think that is a possibility, though I keep buying more games, so it is hard to say.

In any case, here is the work I accomplished in the past 12 months. I will say that I still don’t think I am a great painter. But what I lack in quality, I think I make up for in speed.

Here is a pic of most of what I painted this year:



Here are a few more shots


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1. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2601]
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Before I add the games I painted, I thought it worth showing this. This is what I use to paint on. I typically sit in the livingroom and paint.

Also for reference, I use Krylon white primer, Citadel paints (I typically paint right out of the container), Devlan Mud wash, and Krylon Gloss then Matt sealers.



I painted ~840 figures on this in the past year.
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2. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:470]
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Warhammer quest was my first full painting attempt. I had received a worn copy from a friend of mine that we had put a lot of miles on ealier in our life.

After painting the two goblins at Strategicon, I thought I would continue on the fantasy theme. Some ofthe figures definitely turned out better than others, but overall this was a great way to start getting used to painting.

Here are a few shots:







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3. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:842]
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From WH Quest, I moved on to one of my favorite games of all time, Mall of Horror.I found Zombie painting to be very rewarding as well. Painting blood splatters is quite fun.

Interestingly, I had accumulated 4 sets of the game. I have given a couple away as gifts with the figures I painted.

I started by painting 2 sets. The pictures are not great, but here is the first round.



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4. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: Lair of the Orc Lord [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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I returned to WH Quest to paint the Lair of the Orclord Expansion. These were the first figures where I really tried to spend more time on them and get in better detail.





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5. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:824]
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I decided to try another of my gaming groups favorite games. Bootleggers nearly broke me. I was so tired of painting mobsters while doing this game. I didn't know if I was going to be able to continue painting after working on this it burnt me so bad.

Luckily, I found the BGG 'Pimp your board game' contest and won it with my Bootleggers. That win gave me a big boost in spirit and helped carry me many times when I felt down and out with painting.





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6. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:169]
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At this point, I was switching around a lot between games to get keep myself fresh. I did focus very heavily on Descent and it's expansions. This game was a monster to paint. It has lots of figures varying in size. Additionally, all of the characters take a long time to paint since they are all different. This is the one that I am most proud of finishing.

I also won a prize in the Pimp contest with this game (by the way, thanks you all who support that contest and for your support of my games in it!)





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7. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:850]
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Talisman is one of my old favorites as a kid. We spent a lot of time crawling around the old second edition board. Fourth edition was really a nostalgia buy for me.

This was another game that was really hard to paint in that each figure is different, so painting it was really slow. But it was also rewarding to see them come to life with paint. I managed to place again in the Pimp contest with this set.





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8. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:771]
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I decided to do a couple of smaller projects to get some games out of the way. Pirate's Cove was one of them. This was a fun little project.





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This is the first game that a someone asked me to paint for them. A friend of mine asked If I could put a little touch of paint on his cars for him. It was a short and fun little project. Nothing too special, but it was a good diversion from the massive projects I had been doing.





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Cleopatra was a game that I had started painting earlier, and then came around to finish later. This was a really fun project. It had some pieces that took a lot of detail and others that were pretty straight forward. The mix helped to keep me going through the project.

I was really fortunate to win both a pimp award and a second place in the photo contest with this game.





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11. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:495]
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I went for broke on Heroquest. I had somehow managed to collect three full copies and two expansions for this game. I decided to paint them all at once. In addition to the miniatures, I did one full set of furniture. In retrospect, I wish I had done all three sets of furniture as well. I placed third in the pimp contest with this project.





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12. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:363]
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Blue Moon City was another small diversion. This is a game my wife really likes so I thought I would drop some paint on them. I liked them a lot better before I sealed them. I oversprayed the matt and knocked down the color too much. At some point I need to repaint them. Another interesting note, these figures did not take the primer and paint well. I really had to do many coats to get it to stick.





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13. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:842]
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I came back around to finish my last two sets of Mall. One of these is slated to be a gift. I still really enjoyed painting these. Zombies are just a blast to do. All 60 figures are different as well.





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