From the painting desk #60 – All the single ladies

October 19, 2018

With my painting desk finally set up and Halloween approaching at full tilt, I’ve been painting a lot in the last couple of days. It’s time to showcase my first finished minis in god knows how long.

The first one is a pirate from Black Scorpion. I really love the posing of this mini, it makes for a nice change compared to typical fighting poses and gives the character a whimsical, flirty feel. I painted the legs as having pants on because I’m quite sure no one would choose to dress their female minis in a cropped top and a loincloth while the men are fully clothed, amirite Black Scorpion? For a bit of diversity and a painting challenge I went for non-caucasian skin which I think turned out nicely. The closed eyes are a nice touch and saved me the trouble of painting eyes!

Photo of pirate miniature blowing a kiss

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The second miniature is a vampire from Bad Squiddo’s My Last Sunrise Kickstarter. It’s a wonderful sculpt of one of Dracula’s brides. I love the combination of alluring and monstrous on the mini – the exposed leg and flowing dress create a wonderful contrast with the snarling, beast-like face and the hand that is almost a claw. And no, that’s not white in her hair! I haven’t yet given this mini a blast of matt spray so the old Citadel ink I used catches the light something awful.

Photo of female vampire miniature

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This was super fun to paint! A really crisp, clean sculpt and it was easy to make her look good. The drapery is great and the face is full of character. Of the three female vampires in the KS, this one looks least like a human, prompting me to paint her in a very gray, inhuman tone. For the base I went with my autumn mix as it fits the horror theme much better than my bright Caribbean basing.

It’s really good to be back in painting action. Hopefully plenty more blog posts on the horizon too!


  1. Good to see you back man. Love the minis and the closed eyes are a very good touch. Agreed

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    • Thanks ork, it’s good to be back!

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  2. Both very nicely done, but with so many differences between the two! Love ’em!

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    • Thank you, really happy to hear that! They make quite the contrasting pair.


  3. Very nice work on both there. I know what you mean about painting in the pants, something I tend to do a fair bit myself. 👍


  4. Nice job on both minis mate – great to have you wielding the hairy stick again!

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    • If ever there was something that sounds like a euphemism… Thanks mate! 😀

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  5. Nice work on both of those Mikko, the grey skin worked out well.

    The Last Sunrise figs are great.

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    • Cheers Paul! I’m a really big fan of those too, glad I got in on the KS even when I didn’t have any pressing need for vampires 🙂


  6. Welcome back suomolainen! Nice work on these, though that the undead show more leg than the living I found a humorous contrast. 😁

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  7. […] lacking in pirates of the pin-up variety. As some of those can be nice sculpts, there are some cases where I’ve painted bare legs as tight pants, which is a nice enough compromise to […]


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