Corvus' Miniatures

Painted sf & fantasy miniatures by Gerrie Schenck

Hobbit project log entry 1

The last couple of days I spent a few hours in the wonderful world of army painting. The Hobbit box contains two sprues of goblins, each containing 18 figures. My goal is to get the figures for the first scenario finished as soon as possible: 12 goblins and a goblin character, 4 dwarfs and of course the scenery.

A batch of 18 figures of course means some sacrifices on the level of quality. On the other hand I have set some rules to ensure a good level of quality and contrast, for example I want to stay away from techniques like drybrushing and washing. Instead of edge-highlighting I'm trying to do zenithal highlighting as well. Actually the technique to paint these resembles my technique to paint showcase level miniatures a lot. Only the paint is less thin, there are less layers, the brush strokes are a lot less precise, etc.

At this point I have spent about 5-6 hours painting them. This means somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes per figure.

Some close-ups.

This was the last post of this year. Enjoy your holidays and see you in 2013!

Desktop Update: Hobbits!

Remember those Fellowship of the Ring miniatures I stripped back in July (post here). Well, a couple of weeks ago I created a display base for them (I noticed I didn't show it on my blog yet) and recently I started painting them. I decided to start with some of the Hobbits...

Focus was good on this project, it seemed that I could paint at least all Hobbits without too much distraction... but then another Hobbit appeared, one by the name of Bilbo Baggins:

So now I find myself in the middle of painting a batch of 18 goblins... I have seen the movie as well last week, very inspiring!

The plan is to get the stuff for the first scenario finished asap: 12 goblins + captain, 4 dwarves and then of course the scenery. When I finish all the scenarios I'll see where it goes from there... this is going to be my first miniature game in years! I'm not really used to painting rank & file figures but I must say I can apply a lot of stuff I use in showcase miniatures as well, only a bit less thinned, a bit less precise, less layers :)

Best of November 2012

November was pretty cool :) I finished another piece: Dark Vlad by Enigma Miniatures. It's also my highest ranking miniature on CoolMiniOrNot. It even made it to the Top Last 7 Days :)

Another cool thing was my invitation to Putty & Paint. Check out my gallery here:

Okay let's continue with the other highlights:

Also, Games Workshop released its next big thing: The Hobbit miniature game. I wasn't very impressed at first, but I must say the releases, especially the starter box, has started to grow on me, from a gamer's standpoint of view that is. From a painter's standpoint this is what I think:

No I'm not going to pay 60 EUR for a box with 4 figures of which I want only one :)

I'm on Putty & Paint!

Recently I got invited to a new image gallery called Putty & Paint. The site is definitely worth checking out as the average quality level there is amazing! It is currently invite only, so they have control about how many and which members they let in. That's one concern of mine: as soon as they release the site to the public then how will they manage to keep the quality level that high? Anyway I'm very proud to be part of the first 100 people who got invited.

Check out my gallery here:




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