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Miniature Painting Club

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Today saw the start of a lunchtime miniature painting club on the back of receiving a generous donation of a box of Lord of the Rings Warhammer minis  from a professional miniature painter (via Twitter connections). The Goblins of Mordor website is an inspiration to all aspiring mini painters.

These will then be used for Dungeons & Dragons games run three times a week on Tuesday after school, Thursday lunchtime, and Friday activities.

It was therefore time to dig out the old paints, and brushes as well as get some new paint. Brushes have seen better days so new ones are on the wishlist as is getting a better selection of paint.

A recent rediscovery of a previous donation (of mostly LotR figures) from some time ago, also means that there is a possibility of running LotR Warhammer, however someone who knows how to play the game will need to help – any takers?

So, today we covered undercoating, or at least it was explained as I had done the job in advance, however for those of us with interesting eyesight, I suggested a thin wash of white over the black would pick up some detail. One pupil took this option.

It was also important that pupils knew to always pop a clean paint brush into the paint as we certainly don’t want new colours in the pot. In terms of using and mixing the paint, it was suggested that they only take a small amount out at a time (ensuring paint pot lid subsequently closed and pop it onto something they can mix on, in this case, a paper plate. I had brought my own paint in and for all the amount, in theory, that is needed, allowed pupils to use some – they were keen on the bronze and the mithril silver in particular.

We set to painting our minis.

 

Two pupils had put their name down for it, three turned up, and a fourth has asked to join us.

The group will reconvene next Monday (25th Sept) lunchtime – we will meet on Mondays from now on. Pupils have been given permission to bring their sandwiches, which means they can get more painting time in. The pupils also asked if they could paint during other lunchtimes – a big YES!

Not bad for 30 minutes work from 3 beginners and one slightly more experienced, but still a novice, person!

 

FS

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