1. Basing – Realistic water effects Thurs 10:00am
We have been painting minis for years and now you are at a point where your minis look great, well except for the big black disc they are standing on. This class will demonstrate several methods of creating watery bases. Making convincing water bases takes time. But much of that time is drying time between steps. The class will teach each step of the process and allow students to have hands on practice of the techniques. When a step requires longer drying time, the base will be set aside and premade bases (fully cured) will be handed out to use for the next steps. This will mean each student will leave with several bases in various stages of completion. Class will cover water and ice bases as well as how to add mosses, reeds, shells, sand, snow, et c. to accent the water features. All materials will be provided.
2. The dragon’s in the details; horns, teeth, claws, eyes, scales. Thursday 5:00pm
Its game day, the players set their minis out near the battlemap and anxiously await tonight’s adventure. As the DM of this veteran group you have a horde of minis behind your screen waiting to weave a grand tale of glory. Little do these players know there is a great dragon lying in wait nearby. The shock of the huge dragon appearing on the battlefield will be a memory etched into their minds for a lifetime, better make sure its ready. This class will do just that. Designed for intermediate to advanced level painters, this class will cover the detail work of the grand beast. Horns, Teeth and claws need to be menacing. Eyes need to sparkle hiding the most sinister of thoughts. And the scales show that this dragon is no stranger to combat. Using various techniques to paint the details, you will learn how to bring your dragon from “hey that’s cool, let’s kill it”, to “Holy cow, that is amazing….Run!!!” A small dragon will be provided to each participant, but feel free to bring your own larger beasts if you prefer as well as your own brushes.
3. Beyond the tabletop – Friday 3pm (sidenote: tabletop painting is probably my specialty)
We all have hordes of miniatures from the bones kickstarters, swag bags, the melt table and any other source we can find to feed our addiction. Some of them we will save for some grand masterpiece, but what about the rest of the pile? Painting fast and effective is a different skillset than the skills needed for competition work. This class is designed for all who want to learn techniques to quickly paint miniatures for the tabletop game. Each participant will receive a miniature that we will paint together in such a way that it is not only completed in the class time, but will impress the other folks around the game table. Not every miniature needs to be painted to a competition level, but even tabletop mini should at least be at a level that makes the artist proud of his or her work. This is the class for those of us that want some awesome minis for our weekly game night, in bulk. Students are expected to bring several brushes to the class. The miniature, paints and other materials will be provided.
6. This isnt my first battle - adding aging effects to painted minis - Sunday 10.
This class will teach students how to add rust effects, verdigris, and tarnish to metals; Age leather and cloth; Make wood look worn and other effects to add realism to the figure. No self-respecting orc wears shiny plate mail. No great northern barbarian cleans his boots…. Its time to show off the wear and tear on your gear as though it’s some sort of badge of honor. Students will be provided with a pre-painted miniature that will look like he just stepped out of “Ye Old Adventurers Supply Shoppe”, then together, we will add weathering on the gear, armor and weapons. Followed by blood and mud splatters to finish off the look.
Saturday I am collaborating with Tish W. to run a kids program.
Kids class 1 – younger kids, 6- 8 Sat 10 basically a paint and take for little ones. Don’t want the younger kids to feel left out during this time slot, especially in the case of siblings. The class will be very basic as far as instruction, with just some guidance along the way. The focus will be more on having a good time, rather than learning specific skills.
Kids Class two – painting monsters. Sat 1pm. The class will teach kids ages 9 to 12 the basics of miniature painting as we work together to paint a horde of monsters. Kids will continue to learn basic color theory, shading, highlighting and adding details. Some of the miniatures from this class will be used as monsters for the kids DnD game. Kids will be asked to bring the mini with them to the game session.
Kids D&D game – Sat. afternoon 3 to 5(tbd) This will be a short, simplified version of the DnD rules. It will be designed to provide a good experience for the kids age 9-12 that hopefully participated in the classes. The goal is to provide a rounded view of what miniatures are used for while providing some good fun for these kids. I will design the game, provide materials needed to play and run the game. Treasure found in the game will be represented by candy (parental approval will be requested) In each kid class, the kids will get minis to bring to the game. One for their PC, and one of the monsters. When the party enters a room with several orcs in there, I will ask the kids to put their orcs in the room, and then their characters will need to deal with them. Should be a fun experience for the kids, and may start them into a clean, lifelong hobby