The WIP Table of Shame

We all have (or almost all) a Shelf of Shame, with piles of unpainted models, waiting forever to be assembled or painted. I’m not unfamiliar to that situation. However, I also have what I coined as a WIP Table of Shame: a collection of mid-painting models that never got finished for whatever reasons, be that for weeks, or years…

The number of models on my own WIP Table of Shame is starting to get out of control, stealing work space,  and mostly sapping my painting mojo. This week, I made the decision to correct this situation.  I know myself however; I can’t hard quit what I’m working on right now to finish those, or stop getting into new projects and ideas. I thus decided that from now own, and until the situation is under better control, I will have to finish something on the WIP Table of Shame anytime I  want to tackle anything new. Hopefully, it will at least slow down the creep,  if not correct the problem entirely.

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Showcase – T-34 and Tiger 1

My most recent project was the painting of two WW2 historical tanks, a russian T-34 and a german Tiger 1. Both vehicles are 3d printed models, designed by the 3D Wargaming team.

It was a first foray for me in the historical painting realm. It’s a style less flashy than what I’m used to: lower contrasts, no big edge highlights, neutral palettes, lots of weathering, etc. I went with colour schemes inspired from what I found in my research, but didn’t go for 100% accurate. It was a good challenge, and mostly, it created a craving to paint more in that style, while historical never really blipped on my radar before.

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Showcase – Chronicles of the Wayfarer’s Knights of the Kiln

I recently stumbled upon Chronicles of the Wayfarer, when an acquaintance reacted to one of their pictures on Facebook. I couldn’t stop myself from liking the picture also; it was the spitting image of a Chronopia Firstborns’ Knight, in 15mm scale! I have fond memories of that defunct game, especially of the concepts arts and illustrations, and this mini modeled it perfectly, for the size anyway.

I then found out that a painting contest was beginning for a small selection of their line, and I jumped in. Painting at 15mm was going to be a new challenge, especially at a display level, as I never tackled that scale.

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Showcase – A visit to the zoo

I’ve owned Pulp City models for a while, a bit before the kickstarter project for the most recent edition of the game.  A pretty varied lot, gotten through  the used market, but with a strong concentration of primates from the A.R.C. (Ape Revolution Committee) faction.

When I initially planned to paint them, I knew I wanted to stay pretty close to the official schemes, which I like a lot, but at was stuck for the bases. The studio models use all different basing schemes, and while it makes the individual minis pop, it lacks a certain team visual.  At that time, nothing in pre-made resin caught my eye, and I had no idea for scratch building my own, so they ended up put aside in a closet while I jumped on other projects.

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