Love and unicorns!

June 9, 2019

It’s not often that I manage to get my darling Emmi to paint miniatures, and it’s a crying shame because she’s really, really talented. However, it appears that when presented with the right miniature to paint, not too much coaxing is needed. Enter the unicorn!

Painted Reaper Bones unicorn

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A Reaper Bones model, Silverhorn the unicorn (that rhymes) is nice and dynamic. Now, I hate, or at least dislike, painting horses. Too much flat surface and the blending is always rubbish and and and. Emmi, however, just went to town on this and before I had had time to manspl carefully inform her of the intricacies of miniature painting, she’d gone straight to wet blending (which I’ve never done), so yeah. It’s rare that I manage to get such smooth blends on my models, but of course this is her third model already.

The model actually sat almost finished for a year or so, and she finally got around to finishing the base with some Mininatur white blossoms. I think it looks awesome.

Anyway, she said she’s happy to paint more minis as long as I tell everyone how great she is, and I’m happy to oblige. She is.


  1. Mate, hat’s off to Emmi, that is a superb job… the blending is fantastic! 3rd mini you say? I’m just off to burn my brushes… 😊

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    • I know, right πŸ˜€ She’s lovely, but I do admit having just a touch of bitter jealousy…

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  2. Wow! Fantastic work and a nice model too. 3rd model…!? 😐

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  3. Yeah, that’s an amazing job. As you point out, the blending is fantastic on the model. Does Emmi have some sort of fine art background?

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    • She does! She did the Finnish version of high school in a visual arts school and has done painting and drawing quite a bit. It definitely shows in her technique as well as she isn’t bogged down by the “this is how it should be done” mentality that a lot of miniature painters have, I think.

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      • That explains a bit then. πŸ™‚ Now to find more models that she’s interested in painting!

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        • Oh there’s already another unicorn waiting, as well as a custom Heroforge pirate! More on those later for sure.

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  4. Pretty sure my reaper unicorn will never look that nice. Great work there. I wonder if knowledge prevents us from experimenting sometime (oh gosh, I could never do wet blending)?

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    • I definitely think so – at least that’s the case for me. I have a ton of minis that I could use for experimenting, so maybe I should just try and go for it. Maybe ask Emmi for help πŸ˜€

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  5. Very, very nice! I think I painted a metal version of that figure for my wife years ago (or something similar), but it looked nowhere near as good as Emmi’s, not by a long shot! Even my 3000th figure doesn’t look that good!

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  6. Fantastic!

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    • Thanks Marc! I’ll pass the compliment on πŸ™‚

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  7. Wow she’s done very, very well. How will the unicorn fit into your pirate world though hehe?

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    • Unicorns are magic, you know, they can pop up anywhere. Might not, though πŸ˜€

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  8. Finnish painting rules! kauniisti maalattu!!!

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  9. Oh yes, she’s definitely got the skills! Really nice subtle blends. I’m glad to hear you’ve already got the next models ready and waiting πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks! I’ll pass it on, she’s been super happy to read all these nice comments πŸ™‚


  10. Wow, that’s amazing – don’t think my 300th miniature looked that good let alone my 3rd. Even a very experienced miniatures painter would be proud of that model – great work Emmi!

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