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The components in this game are so awesome that you can't just let the minions remain monochrome. The easiest and fastest way to paint them is to just slap on some red onto the robes and leave the trim, shields and base grey. But I wanted to stray from what are canon colors and so I sprayed primer on them. Using this method, I was able to paint all 100 in a week, working on ten at a time.

I also had a bunch of 1.5" tiles and terrain that I had cast and painted for Krosmaster Arena and used them for a custom board that works well. This is for the first scenario.








I also made a tutorial video to help those that haven't painted before.


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Great job.

I'm currently painting up the minions, and am only halfway through twenty of them! I'm trying to mimic the video game minions, so I'm painting them in red and metallics, the two evillest colors in the world. A red color primer helps, but it's grey for the base, and 1/2 red, and 1/2 metallic for the miniature itself. That's a lot of black brush-on primer for the metallics!
 
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Wow. That was crazy fast and is crazy impressive. Making an already beautiful game into a gorgeous masterpiece of art.
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IMPRESSIVE!

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Wow...just...wow!

Do you also have a tutorial for those tiles? They really make the game pop!
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Next question is... do you do commission work?
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I'll just be over here picking my jaw back off the floor...
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Are you going to reap ain't the mechs? I would love to see what you can do with them.
 
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Eraelan wrote:
Wow...just...wow!

Do you also have a tutorial for those tiles? They really make the game pop!


He does give more information here, with even more linked from there.
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Thanks for the compliments, everyone! I played through the tutorial and first scenario last night with my son and we had a fun time with it. I'm thinking that the game will play really differently with four rather than just the two we had so looking forward to playing with more.

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I'm currently painting up the minions, and am only halfway through twenty of them! I'm trying to mimic the video game minions, so I'm painting them in red and metallics, the two evillest colors in the world. A red color primer helps, but it's grey for the base, and 1/2 red, and 1/2 metallic for the miniature itself. That's a lot of black brush-on primer for the metallics!

Do you really need a brush primer for the metallic? I'm wondering if the stickiness of whatever wash they used is enough so that you don't need it.

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Next question is... do you do commission work?

Yeah but I'm expensive at $3/minion. That's why I posted a tutorial video because for less than $40 in supplies, you can paint them yourself and learn for future games. "Give a gamer a painted mini and they play a game for a day. Teach a gamer to paint and they...?" Well, you know what I'm trying to get at. blush But if you are short on time but flush with cash, PM me.

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Are you going to [repaint] the mechs? I would love to see what you can do with them.

No, I have a bazillion minis to paint (Shadows of Brimstone, Kingdom Death Monster, awaiting Swords and Sorcery, Conan, Arcadia Quest Inferno, etc.) so anything that comes pre-painted is fine with me. If anything, I'd like to make a custom mech with my favorite Yordle, Teemo. Also, if I can ever learn to render in CAD, I'd like to make a custom board that can be 3D printed rather than cast in plaster.

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Eraelan wrote:
Wow...just...wow!

Do you also have a tutorial for those tiles? They really make the game pop!


He does give more information here, with even more linked from there.

Thanks, Kelsey for providing those links! Yes, you can just purchase the molds from Hirst Arts and make a bunch of casts. The trick is making custom rune symbols but I think it can be done. Again, if I can get my act together, I'll try my hand at making 3D printable scenery but it's going to be a while.

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thats some pretty Sterling work
 
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bumyong wrote:
Do you really need a brush primer for the metallic? I'm wondering if the stickiness of whatever wash they used is enough so that you don't need it.


For now, I'm using a red color primer after washing the mini's, then a black brush-on primer as an undercoat for the metallics. Saves time on painting red, and when you paint metallic on top of black, you can let a little black show through as shading or blacklining. I guess it'll be clearer when I post the tutorial when I'm done! There're definitely other ways to tackle painting these miniatures, of course.
 
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Sam and Max wrote:
For now, I'm using a red color primer after washing the mini's, then a black brush-on primer as an undercoat for the metallics. Saves time on painting red, and when you paint metallic on top of black, you can let a little black show through as shading or blacklining. I guess it'll be clearer when I post the tutorial when I'm done! There're definitely other ways to tackle painting these miniatures, of course.

Ah, that makes sense. I was more wondering if you needed primer because the paint wouldn't stick to the plastic without it. From another photo in the gallery, it looked like someone else just painted red directly onto the robe and left the rest as is so I was wondering if others knew if the paint stays on without primer. This would definitely be a faster method than what I did.
 
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bumyong wrote:

Robman wrote:
Next question is... do you do commission work?

Yeah but I'm expensive at $3/minion. That's why I posted a tutorial video because for less than $40 in supplies, you can paint them yourself and learn for future games. "Give a gamer a painted mini and they play a game for a day. Teach a gamer to paint and they...?" Well, you know what I'm trying to get at.


...they forget they bought the game for more than painting and fabricating bits? That's the vibe I'm getting.
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Any of you guys think about painting the Trayz? Especially the envelop tray I modeled after one of the lava boards, and would look pretty cool painted:

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Any of you guys think about painting the Trayz? Especially the envelop tray I modeled after one of the lava boards, and would look pretty cool painted:


You know, I saw all those bumps on the tray but I thought it was some kind of pattern for cushioning, never occurred to me it was the lava rocks! Nice detail!
 
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This is amazing!
 
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I just had a close look at the 4 prepainted figurines and they are really well done! All the colors are in the right place even in hard to reach spots with blended shades and they have a wash on it also. There is even a stencil on Ziggs' bomb and I'm not even sure how they did that because it's partially obscured by some other pieces. Definitely would have been costly and time consuming manual work at the factory!
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Excellent work! Kinda torn between washing the minis (toothbrush, water, dish soap) before priming. Is this necessary?

Looking to use the same primer/paint sprays used in the video.
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acediac wrote:
I just had a close look at the 4 prepainted figurines and they are really well done! All the colors are in the right place even in hard to reach spots with blended shades and they have a wash on it also. There is even a stencil on Ziggs' bomb and I'm not even sure how they did that because it's partially obscured by some other pieces. Definitely would have been costly and time consuming manual work at the factory!


I went over a few small points on mine... the goggles had some white in the bronze, the purple girl had purple in her hair instead of white, small spots here and there, touching up really.
 
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Excellent work! Kinda torn between washing the minis (toothbrush, water, dish soap) before priming. Is this necessary?

Looking to use the same primer/paint sprays used in the video.


Definitely wash them all. There is a sticky/not sticky wash on there now, and that could potentially interact with any painting you do.
 
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gmorgan1217 wrote:
Excellent work! Kinda torn between washing the minis (toothbrush, water, dish soap) before priming. Is this necessary?

Looking to use the same primer/paint sprays used in the video.

I didn't bother to wash and the paint is firmly on there with no chance of rubbing off. (I threw them in a box together and shook it around with no adverse affect.) Of course, this is because I dipped them in Polyshades.

I don't think you need to pre-wash them if you are going to store the minions in the trays that come with the box. This protects them plenty. If in doubt, just paint one of them and see how well the paint sticks to it without the pre-wash. Also, if you spray a good clear coat on them, that would work too.
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