Category Archives: Empress Miniatures

Photographing Miniatures with an SRL Camera – Part II

Here are photos of the miniatures, including some from Cavalade Wargames (www.cavalcadewargames.com).  I chose the subjects due to the contrast in black and white or the abundance of color.

Cavalcde Goblin Wolfriders

Cavalcde Goblin Wolfriders

Cavalcde Samurai Orcs

Cavalcde Samurai Orcs

Perry Samurai

Perry Samurai

Empress Miniatures - Zulu War

Empress Miniatures - Zulu War

Wargames Foundry Orcs

Wargames Foundry Orcs

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On the workbench – Empress Miniatures British Colonials

Here are some pictures of my latest Colonial Brits made by Empress Miniatures.  I took some tips and painted the pants much darker and added the red stripe.  I also enjoyed watching Zulu while painting these.

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

Empress Miniatures British

More Zulus by Empress Miniatures

Empress Miniatures ZulusI had a slow painting month in April.  Work committments, a vacation and nice weather has kept me from the painting table.  However, I did manage to paint another batch of 18 odd Zulus.  I used lighter colors on the highlights of the skin tones, but I was very messy with it.  I’m not sure they are better or worse than my last batch.   Now on the workbench are a second batch of colonial Brits.  I hate painting those whites!

Empress Miniatures Zulus

Zulus – On the workbench

I painted up my first batch of zulu warriors.  The models are produced by Empress Miniatures.  I wouldn’t call them a unit yet.  I just pulled the first 18 models that I assembled and started painting them up.  It’s my first foray into painting African skin tones, and I didn’t want to mess up an assembly line of 36 models as I went.  The mininatures are produced by Empress Miniatures.  I based them on 20mm sheet metal bases and applied pumice gel to the bottom with a palette knife.  I then primed the whole miniature with black gesso. [Note: for these models I would suggest attaching the weapons on first and then priming.  I didn’t do that.  It really didn’t affect the painting of them at all.  However, I do suggest painting the shields separately, as they are very large and can block the brushwork on the zulu.].  After priming I block painted the miniature with various paints ranging from GW foundation paint to craft paint.  I then gave it a very dark brown wash.  For the skin tones, I only added one highlight of brown and a few other areas received some drybrushing.  The whole batch took less than a week to put together (I paint for a few hours a day quite late at night).  I’m pleased with the results, but I think the skin tones could use a bit of tweaking.

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Empress Miniatures – Victorian British

I finally painted up the first releases of Empress Miniatures’ Victorian British I purchased through Age of Glory at Historicon.  The castings were clean and crisp and painted well.  They came out OK.  I wish I had spent a bit more time thinking about how I wanted the whites to come out.  They look pretty chalky compared to the painted versions on Empress’ website.

Empress Miniatures - Victorian British

Empress Miniatures - Victorian British

Empress Miniatures - Victorian British

And for a little fun…on a Mumak…

pVictorian British on Mumak

Victorian British on Mumak