returning to the miniatures hobby I'd put aside a few years ago. I still haven't picked up a paintbrush in anger in those weeks, but I'm getting close. In the meantime I had to empty a large walk-in cupboard to clear the space to reestablish my painting table. Although everything's packed away again so that I finally have a functional workspace I'm going to have to unpack and reorganise everything again at least once before I'm satisfied.
- A nifty wee tabletop tripod.
- A quality PVC backdrop.
- And a pair of cheap halogen spots; I'd've thought these would give bad light, but the guy in the camera shop where I bought the backdrop pointed out that digital image manipulation makes it easy to correct the light.
and a half decent photographic layout after all. It's just that scanning can still be convenient for taking pictures of sprues, parts, and so on; all the sort of stuff that I'll need for blogging in other words.
Rising to the challenge
Epson Stylus DX3850 printer/scanner), to find the best settings for my purposes. The figure I used- painted version below, was Bosun Grogspar from Privateer Press' Warmachine. Grogspar was part of the swag from Saturday's Claymore.
I went round all the minis traders twice before I finally chose it: I was looking for a mini for August's painting challenge at the Sheffield Irregulars. The Sheffield Irregulars are a fB group I joined a few months ago in one of those random bouts of networking that you do on a social networking site. They have monthly challenges in which entrants must paint a mini (or minis) of their choice according to an agreed theme; August's theme is 'swashbuckling', and I was girding my loins to join in.
I'd been looking for the inevitable pirates but all I'd been able to find was Grogspar. On my second trip round the traders I saw Grogspar and his piratical mercenary mateys at the Edinburgh League of Gamers' Warmachine particpation game (highly commended), and I knew they would fit the bill. Grogspar it was then.
I'd started doing this with other minis but it had turned out that I wasn't going to be using them for RD/KA! so I decided to start all over again with the Bosun. That first run had at least taught me a few lessons about going about the task systematically, so I was able to work more quickly.
2. Document type
My background set, I next had to determine the best document type setting: photograph was my instinct but I was being thorough after all.
3. Image type and resolution
Image type was going to be colour or grayscale; resolution (AKA. destination) was screen/web or an 'Other' setting allowing me to choose the image's dpi resolution. Screen/web seemed the obvious choice.
Image types and resolution
I hadn't noticed the brightness control on the scanner control panel before, so I was quite pleased with myself when I started experimenting with it during my first attempt at this task.
- Paper background and box cover.
- Photograph document type.
- Greyscale screen/web.
- Brightness 50.