Tools of the Trade

In my post about the board game Doom, I talked about coloring up the miniatures used for it. At the time I was waiting until after Christmas to see if I got any of the supplies I’d asked for. Well, Christmas has come and gone and the tools I need have all arrived.

Because I Know Thyself, I know that painting is absolutely out of the question. It is too fiddly and detail oriented for me. I’m not even a broad stroke kind of guy! So I decided to try sharpie markers. Fine and Extra Fine in multiple colors should give me enough options to work with. No details here, just a man and his sharpies!

Mrs B knew I was going to get into this at some point and so for Christmas she got a few things that I know will come in handy. In fact, I hadn’t even thought about these until I opened them up, so she was just one step ahead of me. Kind of like Psychic Grandma, only much, Much, MUCH nicer. The glasses are magnifying glasses (160%) and have little lights on the side, that way I can keep my hands free while still being able to see what I need to. The regular magnifying glass is for when I need that Extra Boost of Vision.

And just so you can see what the end result is going to be, I’ve included 2 of the space marines. One is fully sharpie’d and the other has his boots, hands and weapon done. I haven’t decided what color to make his suit and base yet. They’re messy, not neat, not completely covered and I don’t care. They’re good enough for a game that I haven’t even played yet!

32 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade

  1. Hah! Imagine i did a post on me sharpie-ing WH mini’s. The comunity would burn me for Heresy😂. Glad that is is an option, i never even thought of going this route. Funny enough i also have a progress post coming up in a few minutes

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    1. And that is why I’d never get into the general painting group for mini’s. That type of thing just doesn’t matter to me and people with that attitude that it does matter aren’t the kind of people I want to hang out with.
      Good luck avoiding the stake 😉

      I’m still working through my notifications this morning. Haven’t even gotten to the new posts yet, sigh…

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  2. I don’t know, you don’t seem to be following all the steps 😛 Where’s the base, all the layers of colouring, shadowing and finish? I always give up before I even start, but your way is suspiciously painless 😉

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    1. Exactly. I’m not fiddly enough for all those steps. I’d give up too! 😀

      One thing I have noticed about the sharpies, even the ultra-fine, is that they can’t reach all the nooks and crannies. Not a problem for me at all, but for someone who cares about the aesthetics, it might be a deal breaker.

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    1. It is kind of the midway point between not coloring the mini’s at all, and going full bore painting. I am not detail oriented enough for the painting to work out and I can’t let them stay such an ugly plastic color 😀

      Mrs B inspired me because she has a bunch of sharpies meant for coloring books and so I figured, what did I have to lose? 😀


    1. As I finish each “type”, I’ll be posting pictures. Especially if I try different colors.

      I’m hoping to do a post at some point about my impression of the game itself. I suspect that will be a while though.

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