Learning Bench 2018-05-15


After a long break we finally had our next painting night last Friday, the usual suspects were present and we had a new member – Christopher – joining us for his first session (he’s a friend who painted year’s back and now starts painting again with a focus on troops for the game the 9th Age:

Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age is an independent table top miniature wargame set in a fantasy world, in which players take control of armies and set them upon one another in conflicts ranging from minor skirmishes to mighty battles with hundreds of models.

The game and all of its rules are completely free to download and use, and consist of a main rulebook and over fifteen army documents, ranging from stoic men and noble elves to the feral orcs and dread worshipers of the dark gods. You can easily assemble your own army using appropriate 28mm miniatures from any manufacturer.

Christopher came to the session with a handfull of 28 mm mini’s that were base-coated years ago with old citadel paint, his next step was to apply some washes to bring up the shadows and details of the mini’s. He tried out different washes to eventually settle on the Vallejo Sepia. Now, it made me go back on the explanations of the differences between Washes, Shades and Inks. A good explanation video from Vince Venturella summerizes it all.

While Sven was painting his 3D printed doors and crates for Imperial assault, Dominique worked her way to her 5th faction for Scythe, starting off to choose the right blue colors to pick from my collection. Riccardo was quiet as usual on his side of the table, finishing off his massive Atlas figure from Mythic Battles and I worked further on my Anachrony exosuits which are still not finished off (but progressing though). I take my time because I am practicing new painting techniques as I go. You will see below that I am finishing off the washes (a mix of 1 drop of Druchii Violet for 4 drops of Agrax Earthshade) on the heads, with 2 layers done the next step is to highlight them with the Darkstar Molten Metal DM301 – Brass color.



  • I went over a few good good tutorials in the last days, starting with Tabletop Minions explaining when and why to use an airbrush and when to use a regular brush.
  • I watched official reviews from AK Interactive going through a few of their books: Extreme Reality 3, Dioramas FAQ with the version 1.2 presenting how to do snow, water and ice (which I will be looking for doing my SW Legion decors for Hoth).



I have been looking at products of Green Stuff World that I am going to try out. This video shows you the application of their chameleon paint and the spiderweb product. I’ll let you know what I think about it after a try-out. Here’s another quite impressive video of the GSW spider serum. Luke’s APS made a review video about it in which he was painting about 6 layers to get a decent result. Now on the other hand, OrcPaintedNerd channel airbrushed the paints over gloss black and was able to get pretty good coverage in one coat, and quite nice coverage in two coats. A last one from Spikeybits will show you the different “tones” you can get, as he painted them on bases to give the overview. Here is the end result on Tzeentch from Ian Newton.

Hobbyfever made an article about the paint (in French) and a nice picture.

I selected other official GSW videos here if you’re interested:


I was discussing with the guys about how to recuperate the scraps part from my 3d Printer that I currently keep into a big plastic bag to recycle.

There is the Felfil Evo machine which allows you to transform unused plastic into new filament. 3D Printing Nerd made a video review of the product. If you’re willing to spend about 750 euros for this machine you will watch that it’s not a walk in the park to get things going; mainly because you basically have to prepare and shred your pieces to have something consistent, which means extra work that are (probably ?) not worth your time


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