I love the smell of Dull Coat in the Morning…

3 03 2015

IMG_0569.JPGAh, that scent of Dull Coat (or Purity Seal, or whatever the hell you want to call it). It indicates the end of a project, the final piece to a puzzle, a job well done that deserves to be protected… or not.

More often, at least for me, the Dull Coat is the final resignation. It’s indicative that I can’t go on, or that I need to go on, because any more work is pointless. Basically, the scent of Dull Coat is the olfactory equivalent of saying “Fuck it. That’s good enough.”

The picture above is of two shinning examples of the “good enough” motif. Painted hastily over the course of a few hours, these two ghastly cowboys will serve as pistol wraiths in my Iron Kingdom rpg. They are two Reaper Bones minis that recently came in along with a hoard of plastic from the second Bones kickstarter. All in all, I probably paid less than $1 for both these minis. A few quick drybrushings and washes, and I’ll call them done.

While this attitude is reasonable for cheapo plastics like Bones, I see no problem extending it to other minis as well. I paint minis not as works of art, but as means to an end: I want to play with my toys. These minis will not be entered into a painting competition or (gods forbid) be housed in some sort of display case. They are going to go into a bag or a box and be pulled out to play a game.

In that sense then, the Dull Coat is an olfactory indicator of victory… or at least the future possibility of victory on the table

An Update (finally!)

26 10 2013


This semester has been killer, but I finally got a chance to do some painting this weekend. Humbly presented for your perusal: Reaper’s Bones bat swarm and two test walls from my Dwaven Forge kickstarter haul.  I painted the latter with cheap, Americana craft paints. Given the 200+ pieces that I will need to paint from Dwarven Forge , I’m experimenting with cheaper alternatives than the Vallejo paints I usually use.