From the painting desk #70 – Fountain

March 28, 2020

A quick piece I finished during an evening of lazy painting. This is a wonderful fountain from the Wightwood Abbey set (available as a freebie on Thingiverse) by Infinite Dimensions Games that I printed on my Lotmaxx SC-10. A simply paintjob of a grey primer followed by a liberal application of washes (Agrax Earthshade, Seraphim Sepia, Athonian Camoshade for the inside walls) and then drybrushed layers of sandy colours up to off-white, then some more mucking about with washes. In pieces like this it’s not usually a very systematic process for me, which I think helps me keep it looking more natural.

Photo of painted miniature fountain

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I wanted the water look brackish and not too fresh, so went with a VGC Cayman green base and slopped on some lighter tones with plenty of Lahmian medium to help with blending. Once happy with it, I added three thick layers of gloss varnish. It’s not a super fancy water effect, but I like how it turned out!

The fountain was printed at a time when I was still experimenting with FDM printing (to be honest, I still am). While the layer lines aren’t nearly as pronounced as in the windmill I showed earlier, they’re still more visible than in my latest prints. However, I think the piece is perfectly adequate for gaming – especially considering it was free! As you can see from the Black Scorpion mini beside it, it’s a sizable piece.

In other news, I’m looking at getting some gaming mats just for setting up my minis and townscapes. If there’s something good to be said about this whole pandemic thing, it’s that more time at home means more energy for projects and more space for the imagination.


  1. Nice looking fountain! I’s come out well! πŸ™‚

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  2. Excellent mate and you did well to make the water look brackish πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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  3. Looking good mate – glad you’re doing ok & keeping busy πŸ™‚

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    • Cheers Alex! The lack of future plans feels heavy, but other than that things could be much worse. How are you holding up?

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      • Ok I think mate – missing the gym & friends, but enjoying the hobby focus. Just trying to make the best of a weird situation really! This too shall pass dude 🀘😊

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  4. Great looking finished piece. I’ve just followed the link to download it for my own collection for when I get myself a printer eventually. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks! Awesome, welcome to the print side, eventually πŸ˜€

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