Ahh, it’s so good to be back!

I certainly has been a long time since I have posted anything here in the Seismic Miniatures Blog; god knows I have still been painting like a madman. This post comes at a time in the world where we are experiencing the crazy Corona Virus and since we have all been keeping away from other people, I thought it would be no better time than to get this blog back up and running.

This is just going to be a little refresher post, my main one for this weeks entry is regarding a commission I just wrapped up (its just a little one that I thought would help me refresh my light box use). Over the past few years, I have been painting lots of different minis, from Star Wars Legion, to some boardgame minis and yes, of course many 40k models. Over the next little while,I intend to get some pics of the new stuff I have been playing around with and give some honest feedback on products that I like to use in my painting arsenal.

I am just coming through the final few minis for my Adepticon 2020 list and you will see them very soon, but I thought I would just discuss the next stage of the Seismic Studio. For the past few years I have had a pretty sizeable table to paint on, but it was a situation where I made use of a workbench and setup the studio there. As a consequence, it tended to be unconfortable to paint at and my painting area didn’t have a way that allowed me to arrange all my paints in a way that would allow me to  get at the colours I needed in a pinch. Due to upcoming house renovations I am relocating my painting area and properly designing a painting area.

I looked at a few painting tables out there on social media and I found a really wicked system that utilises magnets to keep the components in line. The company is called HobbyZone from out of Poland and they seem to be the premiere system for reorganizing everything on your hobby desk. One really great feature (and I think the most important), is that for the most part, the components are a consistent 30 cm wide by 15 cm deep/ high and this really helps you to rearrange the different sections to your liking and needs. They have a huge variety of drawers and paint holders that desigining a painting table was a little daunting.

Photos will come soon but as I am just starting out with a couple of kits, I feel it would be a little bit of a lacklustre review. Once I get some more  photos taken of the before and after, I will be happy to do an indepth review.

In the meantime, please go and check out photos of a fresh commission I am just wrapping up for a client. You will find it over at the Work In Progress page.

In the meantime, it is so great to be back with new content, stay tuned and see more of what I have been doing of late.

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Games and Gears Ichiban synthetic brushes

I had the very lucky opportunity to attend GenCon this past July and there were some particular reasons for wanting to attend. Aside from partaking in some FFG tournaments, I wanted to find some new products for the painting studio. Leading up to the event I knew that there were going to be some smaller miniature/games companies and I also knew that there were going to be some painting hardware that I wanted to lay my hands on.

I had seen numerous Facebook posts about Games and Gears brush sets and unsure about preordering a set, I ultimately decided to simply walk up to the booth at the ‘con.

With a solid plan, I scoured the vendor hall and found booth #718 that had the brushes on sale. There were two sets that I spied and picked up, The GenCon exclusive Collectors series (of which a review will come soon as it contains the very special brush named the Xtreme Kitana) and The Ichiban Synthetic brush set, of which this review is based around.

I really liked the feel of the brush in my hand, weight-wise at the ‘con. It seemed to be balanced very well and the construction of the handle, being made of what looks to be a type of aluminium, lends itself to being weighted well. The Ichiban set came as a set of three, in a  leather pouch, so I decided to pick up a set, along with the GenCon exclusive set.

I got these brushes home to Canada and started to use them in a current commission that I had to put on hold whist I attended what is touted as being “The best four days in gaming” (trademarked by GenCon). With no hesitation, I decided to use the size #3 for work on a Landraider Crusader hull for a Deathwing army. This brush was able to give me great coverage over the larger panels, with minimal stress to the brush. As I got further along, I needed to employ the size #2 to the main bone work of the hull for the crusader. This brush quickly took a hit to the tip. I have found that with many brushes, the make or break of the brush, for me is just how the tip holds up to my painting. I know many painters dislike Games Workshop brushes for the quality, but if a brush can’t keep it’s tip, then that caused me more hassle than I need. I then moved onto the finest brush of the set, the #1. The size of this equates to something inbetween a Standard Games workshop brush and their Basecoat brush, so it was perfect for getting some finer details on the hull panels for the Crusader. This brush has really kept it’s point while I edged all of the panels of the Crusader. I am really happy with this brush.

All in all I am somewhat, to pleasantly pleased with the overall set of brushes. I really wish the brush sized #2 kept its tip, as that is the one I really wanted to have do the majority of the Landraider Crusader armour, but this is something I am finding with synthetic brushes, so maybe I am working them too hard? I had barely been using the brush for 12-20 hours of work and found a poor result here.

PROS:

  • The brushes are weighted extremely well, so my hands don’t get tired, or cramp up when painting for long periods of time. This is one of the main selling points for me as I tend to do some super long painting sessions
  • The way in which the handle switches back to provide a cover for the brushes, is a great idea, especially if I should transport them to painting classes.
  • They come in a great case to protect them.
  • The size #3 gives really good, smooth coverage, with a great paint yield. Perfect for doing medium, to large panels for vehicles.
  • The size #1 holds a point well, and this is really good for highlighting larger panels. This size, once again, gave me great paint yield, before I had to re-dip onto my palette for some fresh paint.

CONS:

  • Size #2 lost it’s fine tip much faster than I expected, but I did put it to work very hard once I started.

Overall I am pleased with the set, and if I could purchase the size #1 individually, I would, since it is a really great in between size for me, and one that would see a lot of application for me. If Games and Gears were to allow an individual purchase of the brushes, I would be all over that. If this was the case, then the brushes would score a solid 8/10, but seeing as I must purchase them as a set, I would rate them a 7/10 as I cannot afford to have one brush die so fast, with the other ones left laying around.