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Miniature Mentor

We're already halfway through the week. Having Monday off certainly helps with that. But as we continue our way through the week, I know I could still use a bit of a pick-me-up. So I'm going to nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: RPG Player Kits Up On Kickstarter, Miniature Mentor Releases Basing Volume 5 with Fabrizio Russo, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm August Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, New 28mm WW2 character models from Stoessi's Heroes, New Legionary Maces Available from Kromlech, Really Useful Box Conversion Kits Available from Sally 4th, and New Female Genie Miniature Available From Brother Vinni.

Miniature Mentor has a new tutorial video you can purchase for download over on their website. You want your models to look good, right?

From the announcement:

Alex Varela (cmon: Iguazzu) reveals the secrets behind his incredible Abyssal Lord from Scale75 miniaures. Over 3.5 hours of in-depth video! Available for purchase as an instant download.

Alex covers the painting of 3 different metallic surfaces and shows off two very different True-Metallic-Metal styles. In the end you'll learn how to create amazing metals from one of miniature paintings rising stars.

Miniature Mentor has a new tutorial you can purchase for instant download from their website. Maybe I should get it. My minis look godawful, especially compared to the stuff on their website.

From the release:

Javier Gonzalez (cmon:Arsies) brings one of his most famous miniatures to life in this in-depth tutorial. Javier demonstrates the art of making an airbrushed miniature that doesn't look "airbrushed".

Combining the use of an airbrush and paint brush, Javier shows how to keep a miniature from looking too shiny and smooth - the hallmarks of airbrushed art. In the end you'll learn how to more effectively use an airbrush to enhance the feeling of a traditionally painted miniature.

Available now as an instand download.

Miniature Mentor is now has their Franceso Farabi Freehand Fuforial... I mean Tutorial up online.

From the release:

Miniature Mentor releases Francesco Farabi's Freehand Techniques. Get ready to add tremendous impact to your miniatures!

Multiple Slayer Sword winner Francesco Farabi guides you through the complex art of creating stunning freehand designs. You'll learn techniques that can be applied to all surfaces of your miniatures including banners, weapons and armour.

Available now as an instant download.

Miniature Mentor has a new video tutorial all about helping you take better pictures of your models. I know I'm pretty terrible at it. All my figures look like Golden Demon winners, they just don't photograph well... yeah... that's what I'll say... sure...
Err... whoops.

From the release:

Miniature Mentor is excited to bring you the Complete Guide to Photographing Miniatures in over 7 hours of video!!! Join professional commercial photographer Felix Wedgwood as he guides you through all the steps necessary to create amazing photographs of your miniatures. THIS IS NOT A BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL - plenty of those on the net.

NO LIGHT TENTS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS TUTORIAL!!! We didn't take the easy way out here - you'll learn the true art of photography and lighting.This tutorial focuses solely on miniatures and the obstacles of shooting/lighting tiny objects. You'll learn about lights and lighting, diffraction, depth of field, sensor size, lens resolution, light fall-off and more.

This tutorial is designed for any and all budgets. It is not neccessary to upgrade your existing equipment. The tutorial's main focus is how to properly light your photographs and how to setup your photo station.

Miniature Mentor is excited to bring you the first of two miniature painting tutorials from industry titan Ben Komets:

From their website:

Creating and Painting Unique Bases, is a must have for any one serious about creating award-winning miniatures.

Ben completely recreates and paints 3 of his most famous bases in almost 5 hours of in-depth instruction!!! If you've ever wanted to know how the pros do it then this is your ticket. According to Ben, "bases are a small piece of the character's world... adding them is like using a cookie cutter to cut out a small piece of their story."