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Tiny Furniture's "Bakery Set"

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(Rough draft review for RPG.net. For more TF reviews, see : https://www.rpg.net/reviews/search-review.phtml?productCompany=tiny+furniture&orderby=category&showinfo=publisher


Tiny Furniture's "Medieval bakery" is a multi-piece miniature set consisting of... quite a few pieces! A bread oven, a warming oven, and two bakery tables with overhead shelving are just the start. A wine cask... bushel of cabbages... urn and lid... broom... sacks... flour stone mill... pitcher... small basket, two wine bottles, sprig of garlic, two jars on one sprue... pie, two pieces of pastry, and a pretzel on another... plate... sack of apples... sack of grain... another sack of grain... apron hanger... washcloth hanger... three pastries... and two serving baskets of cookies. That's one busy bakery. Many of these pieces are available individually. 


Each of the larger pieces also has smaller items on them. The oven has two smaller candles, a fire, and firewood. One overhead shelving has a pumpkin, lid, container, bowl of something, two pretzels, jar with cover, small plate of wafers, two notes, and three dried vegetable sprigs. The other overhead shelving has two jars, three bowls of different somthings, a basket of apples, a mug-shaped basked of another something, a sprig of garlic, a bread cutting board, some sort of brush, two notes, and a rag. One kitchen counter island has three apple or meat turnovers, two bowls of stuff, a rolling pin, a pitcher, a pestle, and basked of round breads or cookies. The other has a book, jar, two pastries, a pie, and rolling pin.


Individually, each piece or kitchen item on a larger one isn't difficult. It's just that this set is jam-packed with them, even if you don't pack the jars with jam. The individual items molded into the larger pieces can be tricky to avoid a stray stroke of paint. It's an involved project, especially for intermediate painters who want to make those jars transparent with pickled eggs or whatnot inside of them. Thankfully, beginner painters can paint them opaque, and the rest of the bakery isn't otherwise more difficult to paint than any terrain piece. The small unattached pieces are on sprues, which make them easier to handle -- though be careful about removing small parts from sprues. And make sure you carefully store these small pieces once you remove them from the sprues so they don't get lost! If you want even more small items, look at Tiny Furniture's "Market Supplies" and "Dishes in a Tavern" for similar and additional items for your kitchen, bakery, and tavern. Tiny Furniture also offers a painted version.


Painting: As said, the Medieval Bakery set has a good number of items, and each has be painted differently. However, rather than presenting these painting tips item by item, I'm breaking down the painting tips so that you can paint the entire set at once, such as by noting when a particular color can be used to paint multiple items at once. This will let you paint the set faster. Of course, cloth and other "crafted" items can be painted in any color as you with. Usually, you will want contrast (eg. light color next to a dark one) so that the viewer can see individual items better from a distance. When painting this set, I wasn't sure what paint scheme to use, so hopefully, you can use these tips and build upon them for your own set painted better than mine. (For the browns, I pretty much used three colors: dark brown, orange brown and ochre. Five colors might work better. Also, some other Tiny Furniture miniatures, such as the Dark Magister's Workplace were painted at the same time.) 


Priming: For stone areas, I brushed-on a gray colored primer, then followed with Secret Weapon Miniatures Stone wash, then a light drybrush of the edges with a lighter gray. For wood and other areas, I brushed on a brown colored primer, then followed with brown Army Painter Soft Tone wash. Soft Tone wash is a good general color when you have "organic" browns, such as food and wood. I then lightly drybrushed wooden edges and straw textures (eg. baskets) with a lighter brown. 


Metal: Unlike heroes and humanoids armed with swords, there's very little metal in this set, so get this color out of the way. Paint metallic the door to the bread warmer, and the hinges and metal of the counters. Then wash with a dark wash, such as Secret Weapon Miniatures Armor wash, or Army Painter Dark Tone. You may wish to paint the urn, lids, etc. metallic or leave them brown. 


Wood and bread: Orange brown. Many light browns are actually an orange-brown, while others are less saturated. For most generic fantasy figures, know the difference, since monsters and heroes are hard to take seriously when they're orange! But, for baked goods (and pumpkins), an orange-brown is a fine color. Orange-brown can be used as a transitional coat from brown to ochre (eg. book pages and basket). Paint the sacks, baked goods, wooden plates, and wooden accessories orange-brown, then wash with brown Soft Tone. While I only painted the sacks a uniform orange-brown, you can certainly paint them a range of colors, such as dark brown, orange-brown, and ochre. You can subtly distinguish the different baked goods with different saturations of orange brown (eg. by adding ochre). 


Pumpkins: Orange. When painting pumpkins, you may wish to glaze from brown to bright orange, putting more orange on the outer parts of the pumpkin, and avoiding orange in the creases of the pumpkin. Tiny Furniture, by the way, has a set of Halloween pumpkins I highly recommend. Paint the stems brown.


Apples : Red. Paint the apples red and wash with Army Painter Red Tone. You can, of course, paint the apples different colors, underpaint them with flesh for a lighter shade of red, etc. Paint the stems brown.

Baskets, Sacks, Paper, Garlic, and Colored Cloth : Ochre, White, and Various Colors. The baskets and garlic can be drybrushed with ochre to a straw color. Paint the grain in the sacks, the ropes tying the sacks together, the pages of the book, and cloth ochre. Follow with a wash of brown Army Painter Soft Tone. (We'll be using it pretty often in these painting tips.) When you're finishing up the set, you will want to paint cork and the various flour and sugar ingredients in bowls ochre, followed by Soft Tone. For anything white or another color, repeat with white. Then paint any other color for cloth or whatnot. Blue is the easiest color, and red more difficult. Freehand scribble lines in the pages to suggest recipes and other notes.


Lettuce, Dried Vegetables, and Bottle: Greens. For the lettuce and dried vegetables, paint dark green, such as Army Painter Angel Green. Then paint lighter shades, such as Army Painter Goblin Green and Jungle Green. To make a lighter shade of green, you can add yellow. Then wash with Army Painter Green Tone, and repaint lighter shades as necessary. The dried vegetables can be painted other colors, such as brown and ochre, as above. For bottles, paint dark green. Then hold the bottle to a strong light source, and paint the reflected light a lighter shade. Then paint Tamiya Clear or Tamiya Clear Green. You can do this for other bottles and glass containers with other colors. For small glass bottles and containers, you can get away with painting the bottle opaque then applying Tamiya Clear. I just painted the pitchers a solid color, but you can paint them similarly.


Jars of Pickled Food: Intermediate. Clear jars of stuff can be pretty tricky. Anything pressed against the glass will be a brighter color than the rest of the piece of food, which will be a progressively darker shade from the pickling juice. Start by painting the jar the pickling juice color. Then, gradually paint dots from this color up to a bright smaller dots. Then paint with Tamiya Clear. I found this to be the most difficult part of painting the jar (including because you have to paint a cloth "lid" for the jar!). If you're a beginning painter, you can always paint the jars opaque then return to them some other time, or just paint the separate jars, rather than the ones molded into the bakery table overhead shelves.


Conclusion: While Tiny Furniture's "Bakery Set" is not a difficult terrain set to paint, it still has a good number of different items to paint. The details are well worth it, and hopefully these painting tips will save you some groundwork, and let you go further with the set, with additional highlights, your own color scheme, and so on. 































Edited by ced1106
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