Friday, March 21, 2014

Making Money from your hobby

So you wanna make some money? There's this old saying "If you're good at something, don't do it for free."
Painting mini's as a hobby is fun but it's an expensive hobby but you can supplement this through painting for others.

As you may or may not know I am a commission painter I make a bit of money here and there and I consider myself an above average artist. Below are some hints and tips to help you get started.

This comes at a cost firstly those toys you painted and made look super awesome they're not yours and you have to let them go.

Next up is a deadline, fail to meet this and you will lose business.

Finally your tools and this is very important you're going to have to invest in quality brushes, paints and maybe even an airbrush so far I've broken 3 airbrushes including my Sotar 20/20 somehow :(

One piece of advice is not  to undersell yourself if you're charging $50 a tank and you think your work is worth $50 a tank stick to your guns maybe be flexible with a big job but don't devalue your work.

 Have credentials? Show it off! Previous work, awards or published work *cough*Hellfire & Back*cough*

Experiment, learn and use new an different techniques discovering AK Interactive washes is one of the best things I ever did.

Get a Paypal account it's essential if you do international work.

Finally don't let the work consume or overwhelm you, right now I have a whole gaggle of 40K stuff to paint but there's no rush on it (according to the owner) but that could change so project and time management may become essential.

Only paint for yourself if you've got the time, you may have to sacrifice a tourney or turn away work but get that job done and DON"T drop your standards I did this once and I felt dirty and to this day it's high quality or no dice.

If you have any helpful hints or tips let me know in the comments below. Also if you want a quote for anything let me know my email is

Happy Wargaming!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Warzone Resurrection a series of unfortunate events

Holy cow it finally arrived after Prodo's suffered from Fraud, Flooding, F*cking couriers, Sickness, Machine breakdown and whatever else ruined their deadline. These are, however, the risks you take on with any Kickstarter but it is here now and I was one of the last to receive mine so let us review.

The rulebook is just under 300 pages long it's well constructed and looks to be rugged enough to dragged out often.

The first 25 pages are fluff the next section is the actual rules and so far seems easy to follow following on from this you've got the lists and special unit rules.

 One thing the book is missing is a painting guide but this is more than made up for with the awesome artwork both new and some from 20+ years ago.

Overall it flows well, looks good and seems durable.

The miniatures have come a long way from the 90's. If you remember the 90's you'll remember chunky mini's made of depleted uranium and hilarious paint jobs we've come along way since 20 odd years ago.

Although not ideal the mini's are made in a blue resin, I do believe they told the kickstarters they would get plastic toys, and are very well detailed. Below are some awesomely painted toys.

The future has another race/nationality/megacorp Imperial on the way and they do look very nice in renders so far. There's 7 forces available in Warzone Resurrection they are Capitol Corp, Bauhaus Corp, Mishima Corp, Cybertronic Corp, The Brotherhood, The Dark Legion and the upcoming Imperials.

What else? Hows about an RPG? It looks good from what I've heard made by the same folks who made Achtung Cthulhu here watch this video also there's like 4 days left so support it!