May 2021 – Personal Painting Round-Up

And here’s the May Round-Up. In almost mid-July. Ah well. It happens!

The big painting challenge in May was Monster MAYhem over at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, hosted by The Angry Piper. (and goddamn, Keith – add a like button and extend how long comments are open!) So in the end my output for May very much reflected that, with all but a handful of Zombicide models (shown in my last post) being ones that fit into that “Monster” category.

Ann, indie publishing baron and host of Ann’s Immaterium also ran the Summer Solstice Painting Challenge over the last almost-2-month period, culminating on the 20th of June. That challenge was to nominate your best/favourite model painted in that period – which is so hard – they’re all like my children! I’d assumed I had entirely missed the boat on that one, what with my non-existent posting schedule over the last month, but it seems Ann hasn’t yet posted the round-up ….up – so I’ll probably nominate something from July for that. Though, seriously, it’s not going to be easy to figure out which one to put up there….

So with that, I guess it’s time to crunch the numbers and in a couple of days we’ll move onto June’s models!

So… ahh… 43 models completed in May. Add that to the 140 I had tallied in April and we have 182 in total back at the end of May/Start of June. Sadly, my June totals aren’t nearly as high and fell far short of my “1 per day per month” ideal target, but I did at least keep on painting during my blog hiatus, and I’ll move onto showing those very shortly. Just need to take the photos and write the posts first…

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex (D&D Monster Manual 66) & Monster MAYhem ’21 Wrap-Up

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

And today, my final Monster MAYhem miniature – the T-Rex from Nolzur’s D&D range. As with yesterday’s Goliaths, I also completed this model on Monday night (31st May), and, I mean, it’s pretty obvious which of those models I needed to finish the challenge with to go out on a proper high note!

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

It’s a pretty nice model, really. I picked it up last December after eyeing it for about 6 months, because – just look at it for AU$25! Of course, with no specific reason to get it painted, it just kinda sat around until Monster March where it got moved to under the painting desk, but sadly I didn’t make it that far, and now Monster MAYhem that got me to take it out of the packaging, and get the sucker painted.

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

Since I wanted to get this one done, the other dinos I worked on this month essentually being the warm-up and practise models for several techniques that I applied on this big boy. From blends on the scaly skin through to the embedded weathering-powder dirt. I mean, it’s still a pretty simple model overall and the textures across it do a lot of the work of painting, but it’s still a nice sculpt, especially for the price.

I’ve still got another… close to a dozen additional monsters in the works that would have qualified for this past month’s challenge, and so even though they missed the deadline, I’m sure I’ll slowly work my way through them to completion. Still – a pretty decent outcome for Monster MAYhem. I noticed that with this challenge, the models I completed fell into three broad categories: Dinosaurs, D&D Monsters and Shadows of Brimstone Monsters. I guess technically, the T-Rex is a D&D model, and we all know Reaper just makes D&D Proxies, so it’s also kinda two categories I suppose. All good either way though. Now I just need to figure out where to store them all…

I’ve been snowed under from work since the latest lockdown so I haven’t been keeping up with the blogosphere properly over the last week… I wonder has Dave’s Season of Scenery started yet?