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After finishing the Myzantine Empire map for a miniatures campaign the other day, I decided to carry on with the mapping effort. I elected to try a section of my original D&D campaign map, around the town of Stoneharrow, which is the usual adventurer base. This can serve as a player handout when I get my revival game going, as “what the players know about the immediate area”, since most of it covers territory in various baronies. There’s a little piece of unclaimed wilderness in the lower left corner, so a bit of adventure (outside the dungeon) could be had. Here’s the cropped piece of the original hex map as drawn in 1977 or thereabouts.
I’m not sure what I have written about potential miniatures campaigns previously. In short summary, I concluded recently that I might make more progress on painting some of my backlog if it had a backstory. My 1/72 scale fantasy miniatures campaign and associated painting have been progressing reasonably well lately. Looking over my inventory of finished miniatures, I concluded what I needed what a 3-power map incorporating Byzantines, Saracens, and Orcs. The first stab at this map, several years ago, was overly ambitious and stalled out. With some time on my hands, I decided to try again, and keep it simpler (and smaller—this is on a sheet of 9x12 cold press watercolor paper). It’s probably not recommended, but I starting sketching in pencil, and then inked as I went along. I wanted some color, and the tools that I brought with me were watercolor pencils. Once I had the drawing done, I roughed in some color with the pencils. By that time I was tired, so I decided to do the final step, wetting and brushing the pencil work, this morning: I need to play around a bit with the color level, but I was trying for a more desaturated green than some of my previous maps, and this is pretty close.
Since I can't for the life of me get the seam lines and fuzzies off my Bones Succubus, thought I would use it to practice eye painting since I've only painted one mini so far. Here is my attempt from last night. Deck tan for whites, black brown for liner. Nevermind the Skin painting, was just for cutting in the liner. I used red oil paint on a pin to make the iris. I think it turned out great, but seems to me there has to be a way to cheat at this. The anxiety and anguish of trying over and over and having ruined it at various steps is frustrating. This one took me 3 tries. Anyone tried using liquid watercolors for dotting the eye? seems like if you messed it up it would easily wipe off to try again. I assume I could seal it with airbrushed varnish when done. maybe use a tiny mask to cover the whites so both sides could match, etc? really fishing here....