Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September Challenge - Part Three

 Whew! Three weeks of this!? 

As with the First and Second weeks, all of the selections from this week are John Blanche illustrations copied from the Black Library book The Emperor's Will - Agents of the Imperium. The original illustrations are © John Blanch and/or Games Workshop/Black Library and my studies  were done purely for my own private entertainment and education purposes and are presented here simply to share with the community a creative thing that I did. They are not now, nor ever will be, for sale. I do not take commissions of any kind. 

Just a reminder I post (most of) these (plus OTHER stuff!) daily on my Instagram as well:


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Process - tried going for some darker pieces this week. 

Comparison - I always think I have the dark areas dark enough - sometimes I think they're even TOO dark - and then the watercolours dry (or the paper dries) and it never looks dark enough... 

Ah, well... 

Finished Study

In the process of this renovation, we're finishing the rewiring of the house - ran into this fun bit of craziness - some more modern wiring bodged together with some knob and tube wiring that was tied into two separate breakers and still live? The RETIRED electrician I'm working with on this project says this sort of thing predates his nappy days... He took pictures of it because he was so fascinated to see it put together this way. 

Fun times... 

(It's all fixed now and up to Code!)

Thursday, 17 September 2020


Further Progress

Finished Study

Friday, 18 September 2020


Finished Study

I did actually go out to Art Placement - local gallery/art supply store and treated myself to a few new things to play with. Mostly more of what I've already been using. Moslty reds and browns, as Blanche does seem to like his reds... 

(I also got a few liquid acrylics for some future painting projects) 

Kind of reminds of this meme I saw floating around Facebook a while back:

I don't think anything I buy is QUITE that outrageous... 

It does kind of make me wonder when everyone starts bleating about the price of Games Workshop games... Do they live in a bubble and exist on Kraft Dinner? They've clearly never bought any art supplies... or bicycle parts (like, GOOD bicycle parts) or golf clubs or custom RC car parts or lingerie or real wool for knitting or dance shoes or motor boats or jet skis or gasoline for motorboats or jet skis or ANYTHING else anyone ever spends money on for their other interests or hobbies...? 

Saturday, 19 September 2020

My little painting station - currently in our bedroom as the basement is currently a disaster area in the middle of a never-ending renovation. 


More Process

Finished Study

Saturday I also helped Amanda haul home a new chair she decided we needed. Not sure why we had to pay money for this thing whern there are so many just laying around in the alley for free? 

Saturday evening we made some Traveller Characters for a game my firend Woody is going to run from time to time, while the Wrath & Glory game is on haitus. 

I may also run some one-shots or short campaigns using Fate or Fate Accelerated - as it looks rather fun.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Ugh... Sunday... 

Sunday was a rough day - there were so many distractions and I was just NOT having a good time with this piece. 

Eventually I had to just call it a day. 

Finished Study. 

Monday, 21 September 2020

Sunday's chaos reverberated well into Monday, so I needed something a bit mroe simple and straightforward. 

Finished Study. 

The cause of much of the distress and distraction of the last few days. Amanda decided to pull this wall apart - NOT part of our original plan for the basement renovation... but now it is... It's not as bad as it looks (and it looks a lot better than when she first pulled the panel off... Previous owners had put it up to cover up crumbling plaster - it LOOKED like the whole WALL was crumbling - but after clearing away the plaster it became more clear that the wall itself IS pretty solid... it's just a MESS... and I'm not sure HOW this is going to be dealt with now BEFORE the people coming to do the ceilings are due to arrive in a few weeks...!? Apparently we're just making this shit up as we go instead of sticking to the plan. 


I almost gave up on the painting project this week. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Today... I admitted to myself that there is going to be no painting of miniatures for some time... the renovation has kind of killed that... and what little time I have, I spend on THIS project... so I cleared all those paints off the desk and made a little more room for painting pictures! 

I decided to ignore the basement today and clear my head out and just concentrate on the painting. 

Things are looking a bit better. STILL not sure how the Fü¢k Amanda thinks we're going to get this all done by October and get the heating hooked back up before the basement is freezing... but I'm trying to not worry about it too much... 

Process - Bit of a Diptych today....  

Finished Study 

This evening, Amanda and I got out for a ride with a friend we haven't really seen for a few years. 

Beautifully warm fall evening with lots of colour. 

I need to get out for MORE rides this week - especially while it's still so warm and colourful! 

Fresh air is good. 

Gets me out of the house and away from the basement. 

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

September Challenge - Part Four...?

Doesn't seem to me much else going on around here these days... 


  1. I hear your pain on the renovations having just completed two years of off and on reno projects (which basically killed my miniature projects for all of 2018). I will say that it's probably a better thing to deal with the entire basement all at once than having to go back and deal with a problem in a year or two.

    I think maintaining your painting project is a good release, and you should keep doing it as needed. Also, make sure that you reward yourself with something special in regard to miniatures painting after the renovations are complete. Or perhaps during it if, for example, you want to create a spray painting booth in the basement like what Jeremy from Black Magic Craft has. This would be the time to do so because you could hide most of the venting in the ceiling.

    As far as the painting goes, I think you are figuring out how to work with the media. Even on the one you hate, there are moments that are really good. I think your handling of the near boot and its surrounding area looks better than the original. Yours is more dynamic and convincing to me. Even if a painting that is a complete failure, there's going to be areas that do work and are enjoyable. The key is to be able to figure them out and how to replicate them at will in the future.

    1. Thank you so much!

      Ha! I don't know if I need a spray booth!? I don't know if I even want to treat myself to ANY more miniatures at this point either! I am hoping I might be able to use some of the downtime to plan and prioritize and be able to return to painting miniatures with some focus - and maybe get a few of those long abandoned/stalled projects completed!

  2. Lovely looking studies, it looks like your having a good time with them and a welcome distraction from the basement, renovations are always stressful as they are usually pretty disruptive and also cost loads of money!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain!

      As frustrating as it is at times (when I suddenly realize I totally got the proportions way off or somethign doesn't line up quite the way it does in the original) I am having a pretty good time with this and it is a VERY welcome distraction from the chaos of the basement.