Last week Matt L, Julien B, and I led the first of a planned monthly Miniatures Workshop at Redcap’s. We had very solid attendance with at least 15 people there for the whole night, and handfuls of people floating in & out over time from other areas of the shop.
First segment I did a long impromptu talk about how different types of miniatures are made, various materials and their properties, how to prep them, basic adhesives & assembly, and getting ready to paint.
Second stretch, Matt took about half the people and went around the group just getting introductions and quick discussion on what people wanted to work on/play. Julien and I each took a group of people who’d more or less never assembled miniatures and we put some together. A few people brought their own, for the others I had a stack of old Genestealer and Space Marine sprues to give out.
Third part I took a totally novice group to talk about priming, different kinds of paints (acrylic, GW Contrast, etc), and then we all spray primed models. A bunch of people had never used a spray can before. A group who’d already begun their painting journey split off with Matt to talk fundamentals—kinds of brushes, caring for brushes, brush control, loading brushes, etc.. Suffice to say, Matt like to talk about brushes… Julien floated around talking to people about their specific projects.
By the end a lot of people had made new acquaintances and were deep into hobby talk. At least one person was super stoked about the Genestealer they’d assembled and primed. Next month we’ll push more into actual painting on-site.
Recently I’ve been slowly putting together some Guardsmen for Kill Team. I had some unfinished models on bases detailed using the Imperialis Basing Kit that Games Workshop made a few years back. The kit was kind of unique in that it didn’t have bases, it had little resin toppers that you put on top of bases (as well as some rocks, gravel, etc.). I have no idea why they did it that way. But I wanted to match the models I’d assembled with them, so I created some similarly styled base toppers to 3D print. They are now available on Thingiverse.