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So, today is the big day…The massive price increase list goes into effect. Eleven pages when printed in Landscape format at a 10pt font, spanning across all three systems and the hobby range. Thankfully, the paint didn’t get hit this time around, well the pots.
The “Fast skimmers”: Ork Bomma, Space Marine Stormtalon Gunship, and the Necron Night Scythe, or Necron Doom Scythe. Coming in at a reasonable $45.50 each, and rules in the June 2012 White Dwarf, and are **Official Codex Updates** for the Space Marines and Orks.

Just took a sift through GW’s main website looking for Apocalypse Reloaded (which IS getting a price change) and some model reference images I needed, and realized that not only is it missing, but so is the .. wait for it.. *5th* edition rulebook, among a list of smaller items and bit kits that were once there.

Yep, nowhere to be found on the website, the essentials page even states “…Warhammer 40,000 products available; from essentials such as the Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook and…” but alas, it’s nowhere to be found. Same thing that happened to the Grey Knight boxes, as well as the sisters unit boxes before codex redo, or model redoing. So, is it July/August, or Nov/Dec release. Bets anyone?

I’d also like to point out a few of the major price hikes that will be going into effect, sadly, while I am on the GW page at this point.

Current Tau Codex: 24.75. As of June 1: 33.00

Current Black Templar Codes: 24.75. As of June 1: 33.00

Current Land Raider: 66.00. As of June 1: 74.25

Storm Raven: 66.00. As of June 1: 82.50

So, I’ve gotten word that as of June 1 expect a price increase on most popular GW products. Pricing changes are anywhere from 5-20% increases.
Example I was given directly:
Space Marine Battleforce (Prices in US Dollars):
Used to be: $90.00
First increase: $115.00
Second Increase: $130.00

June 2012 increase: $150.00

Wonderful, huh. It keeps going up and up and up… Games Workshop as a company are trying to get more and more of a customer base, with the rules sets being rewritten so they are easier to understand for younger players, and the models are being redone to remove metals entirely. This I understand can lead to a price increase, but three in the past two years? Come on.
I have actually asked GW directly on their FB page if there is an actual reason behind the price increase this time around, but have yet to receive an answer. To be honest, I don’t expect to get one, but I am curious if they will take the time to respond, or if they will “remove” the post. I carefully worded it so it didn’t fall into their “not family friendly” request for any comments. As of 9:53 this evening (central time) it’s still there, and no response.

Surfing around, this is the list I’ve been able to find, so far of the increases:

(Sorted by type, and I think I got all the duplicates out. Now mind you, this isn’t anything “official” I located. I found this list on several different blogs/websites, I just took the time to sort it by category.

LOTR
Winged Nazgul $62.00
Gondor Trebuchet $57.75
Gulahvar $57.75
Moria Goblin Commanders $39.50
Gandalf the White $36.25
Elrond and Gil-Galad $29.75
Witch King  of Angmar $36.25
Suladan Serpent Lord $36.25
Saruman and Grima $29.75
Groblog$16.50
Boromir (Ithilien) $36.25
Dain and Balin $29.75
GOTHMOG (PELENNOR) $36.25
Khamul (Ringwraith) $36.25
Uruk-Hai with Crossbows $26.50
Theoden (Helms Deep) $36.25
Dwarf Iron Guard $26.50
The Dark Marshall $36.25
Amdur Lord of Blades $36.25
Uruk-Hai Berserkers $26.50
Vault Warden Team $16.50
Easterling Dragon Kin $24.75
Easterling War Priest $24.75
WOTR Infantry Trays $6.50
WOTR Cavalry Trays $6.50
Ent $41.25
Galadhrim Knights $37.25
Warriors of Minas Tirith $24.75
Rangers of Middle-earth $24.75
Warriors of the Dead $24.75
Warriors of Rohan $24.75
Mordor Troll/ Isenguard Troll $41.25
Morgul Knights $37.25
Galadhrim Warriors $24.75
Wood Elf Warriors $24.75
Dwarf Warriors $24.75
Dwarf Rangers $24.75
The Riders of Rohan  $29.75
Warriors of the Last Alliance $24.75
War Mumak ofHarad $99.00
Knights of Dol Amroth $37.25
Knights of Minas Tirith $29.75
Warg Riders $29.75
Mordor Orcs $24.75
Morannon Orcs $24.75
Easterling Kataphract $37.25
Haradrim Warriors $24.75
Corsairs of Umbar $24.75
Easterling Warriors $24.75
HARADRIM RAIDERS $29.75
Uruk-hai Warriors $24.75
Uruk-hai Scouts $24.75
Moria Goblin Warriors $24.75
Wild Wargs $18.25
Balrog $62.00
Hobby Supplies

Spray Matte Varnish  $15.75
Citadel Water Pot $5.75
CITADEL Fine Detail Brush $4.95
CITADEL Detail Brush $5.75
CITADEL Standard Brush $5.75
CITADEL Base Brush $6.60
CITADEL Large Brush $6.60
CITADEL Stippling Brush $4.95
CITADEL Small Drybrush $4.95
CITADEL Medium Drybrush $5.75
CITADEL Large Drybrush $8.25

MODULAR MOVMNT TRAY $16.50
CITADEL HOBBY DRILL $16.50
CITADEL RAZOR SAW $23.00
SCULPTING TOOL $8.25
CITADEL SPRAY GUN $33.00
CITADEL TOOL KIT $135.00
CITADEL EMERY BOARDS $6.50
SQUARE BASES $10.00
ROUND BASES $10.00
CITADEL CUTTING MAT $11.50

Basing Materials

GRASS $8.25
CITADEL SAND $8.25
CITADEL SNOW $8.25

BURNT GRASS $8.25
GLADE GRASS  $8.25
SCORCHED GRASS  $8.25
BURNT GRASS 15g $8.25
DEAD GRASS  $8.25

GRASS TUB $8.25
BURNT GRASS  $8.25
WH40K BASING KIT $29.75
WARHAMMER BASING KIT $29.75

40K

SPACE MARINES $10.00
TYRANID TERMAGANTS $10.00
ORK BOYZ $10.00
CHAOS SPACE MARINES $10.00
ELDAR GUARDIANS $10.00
IMPERIAL GUARD CADIANS $10.00
BLOOD ANGELS BATTLEFORCE $110.00
BLOOD ANGELS BAAL PREDATOR $57.75
STORMRAVEN GUNSHIP $82.50
BLOOD ANGELS FURIOSO DREADNOUGHT $46.25
COMMANDER DANTE $19.25
ASTORATH THE GRIM $21.50
CATACHAN HEAVY WEAPON SQUAD $39.50
IMPERIAL GUARD CATACHAN BATTLEFORCE $120.00
CHAOS SPACE MARINE BATTLEFORCE $125.00
CHAOS SPACE MARINE RHINO $37.25
CHAOS TERMINATOR LORD $24.75
CHAOS SPACE MARINE PREDATOR $57.75
CHAOS SPACE MARINE LAND RAIDER $74.25
CHAOS SPAWN $41.25
CHAOS SPACE MARINE VINDICATOR $57.75
NURGLE DAEMON PRINCE $37.25
HURON BLACKHEART $19.25
DARK ANGELS VETERAN SPACE MARINES $33.00
DARK ANGELS RAVENWING BATTLEFORCE $115.00
D.A COMPANY MASTER $19.25
Dark Eldar Battleforce $110.00
DARK ELDAR RAIDER $37.25
Dark Eldar Talos Pain Engine $46.25
DARK ELDAR REAVERS $39.50
Dark Eldar Razorwing Jetfighter $45.50
DARK ELDAR INCUBI $41.25
DARK ELDAR ARCHON $16.00
DARK ELDAR SUCCUBUS $16.00
D/ELDAR HAEMONCULUS $19.25
URIEN RAKARTH $19.25
LELITH HESPERAX $19.25
Dark Eldar Ghul $16.00
Dark Eldar Medusae $16.00
DARK ELDAR LHAMAEAN $16.00
DARK ELDAR SSLYTH $16.00
ELDAR GUARDIANS $36.25
ELDAR BATTLEFORCE $105.00
ELDAR WRAITHLORD $46.25
ELDAR DARK REAPERS $41.25
ELDAR WARP SPIDERS $41.25
STRIKING SCORPIONS $41.25
HOWLING BANSHEES $41.25
ELDAR FIRE DRAGONS $41.25
SWOOPING HAWKS $41.25
HARLEQUIN TROUPE $41.25
AUTARCH W.POWER WPN $19.25
THE AVATAR OF KHAINE $40.00
DEATH JESTER $19.25
HARLEQUIN SHADOWSEER $19.25
IMPERIAL GUARD CHIMERA $37.25
CADIAN HEAVY WEAPON SQUAD $39.50
IMPERIAL GUARD CADIAN BATTLEFORCE $120.00
IMPERIAL GUARD BANEBLADE $115.50
IMPERIAL GUARD SHADOWSWORD/STORMLORD $115.50
LORD CASTELLAN CREED $19.25
COMMISSAR YARRICK $19.25
COLOUR SERGEANT KELL $21.50
Imperial Guard Commissar $16.00

SPACE MARINE COMMANDER $22.25
SPACE MARINE BATTLEFORCE $150.00
SPACE MARINE RHINO $37.25
SPACE MARINE LANDRAIDER $74.25
SPACE MARINE ATTACK BIKE $27.25
SPACE MARINE RAZORBACK $41.25
SPACE MARINE WHIRLWIND $57.75
SPACE MARINE PREDATOR $57.75
SPACE MARINE VINDICATOR $57.75
SPACE MARINE DREADNOUGHT $46.25
SPACE MARINE DROP POD $37.25
SPACEMARINE LANDRAIDER CRUSADER/REDEEMER $74.25
SPACE MARINE VENERABLE DREADNOUGHT $46.25
CALGAR & HON. GUARD $59.00
SPACE MARINE IRONCLAD DREADNOUGHT $46.25
CAPTAIN SICARIUS $19.25
SM CHAPLAIN W.J.PACK $19.25
Necron Warriors $36.25
Necron Catacomb Command Barge / Annihilation Barge $37.25
NECRON BATTLEFORCE $115.00
Necron Triarch Stalker $49.50
C’TAN S NIGHTBRINGER $37.25
C’TAN S THE DECEIVER $37.25
NECRON OVERLORD $19.25
NECRON LORD RES ORB $16.00
NECRON CRYPTEK $16.00
IMOTEKH THE STORMLRD $19.25
NEMESOR ZAHNDREKH $19.25
TRAZYN THE INFINITE $19.25
ORK TRUKK $37.25
ORK BATTLEFORCE $110.00
ORK STOMPA $115.50
ORK KILLA KANS $46.25
GHAZGHKULL THRAKA $40.00
MEK W. SHOKK GUN $40.00
ORK PAINBOY $19.25
TYRANID BATTLEFORCE $125.00
TYRANID WARRIORS $47.00
TYRANID CARNIFEX $53.75
TYRANID RAVENOR BROOD $47.00
TYRANID PYROVORE $37.25
SPACE WOLVES BATTLEFORCE $110.00

BLACK TEMPLARS CHAPTER UPGRADE $33.00
EMPERORS CHAMPION $16.00
TAU FIRE WARRIORS $36.25
KROOT CARNIVORE SQUAD $36.25
TAU BATTLEFORCE $120.00
TAU DEVILFISH $37.25
TAU XV25 STEALTH SUITS $26.50
TAU PIRANHA $29.75
SNIPER DRONE TEAM $41.25
ETHEREAL HONOUR BLDE $16.00
INQ KARAMAZOV $56.00
CASTELLAN CROWE $19.25
INQUISITOR COTEAZ $19.25

 

Fantasy

WARRIORS OF CHAOS $10.00
ORCS $10.00
SKELETON WARRIORS $10.00

COCKATRICE $37.25
BEASTMEN MINOTAURS $47.00
JABBERSLYTHE $69.00
BRETONNIAN BATTALION $105.00
BRETONNIAN PEGASUS KNIGHT $19.75
THE GREEN KNIGHT $40.00
CHAOS MARAUDER HORSEMEN $29.00
CHAOS KNIGHTS $33.00
WARRIORS OF CHAOS BATTALION $110.00
Chaos Lord on Manticore $53.75
Nurgle Chaos Lord $14.75
Chaos Sorcerer Lord $14.75
Tzeentch Sorcerer Lord $14.75
LRD ON DAEMON MNT $40.00
CHAOS EXALTED HERO $16.00
KHORNE EXALTED HERO $19.25
DWARF BATTALION $105.00
THOREK IRONBROW $56.00
DWARF GYROCOPTER $40.00
DWARF BOLT THROWER $40.00
DWARF GRUDGE THROWER $40.00
DWARF LORD W.HAMMER $16.00
DWARF RUNELORD $16.00
DWARF ENGINEER $16.00
DWARF ARMY STANDARD $19.25
Dark Elf Dreadlord on Black Dragon $53.75
DARK ELF COLD ONE KNIGHTS $33.00
DARK ELF BATTALION $115.00
Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress $14.75
DARK ELVES WAR HYDRA $69.00
DARK ELF DREADLORD $26.75
D.E ASASSIN W.2HWEPS $16.00
EMPIRE GENERAL $29.75
EMPIRE BATTALION $105.00
EMPIRE BATTLE WIZARDS $29.75
EMPIRE PISTOLIERS / OUTRIDERS $29.00
Empire Celestial Hurricanum / Luminark of Hysh $53.75
Captain of the Empire $14.75
Empire Master Engineer $14.75
Volkmar the Grim on The War Altar of Sigmar $53.75
KURT HELBORG $40.00
LUDWIG SCHWARZHELM $40.00
CAPTAIN W.HAMMER $16.00
HIGH ELF CHARIOT $29.75
HIGH ELF PRINCE AND NOBLE $29.75
HIGH ELF LORD ON DRAGON $53.75
HIGH ELF DRAGON PRINCES OF CALEDOR $33.00
HIGH ELF BATTALION $115.00
HIGH ELF ARCHMAGE AND MAGE $29.75
TYRION $40.00
CARADRYAN $19.25
KORHIL $19.25
LIZARDMEN STEGADON $57.75
LIZARDMEN BATTALION $110.00
Lizardmen Saurus Oldblood $14.75
KROQ GAR $69.00
ORC WARBOSS $29.75
ORCS AND GOBLINS BATTALION $115.00
GIANT $53.75
RIVER TROLLS $47.00
ORC BOAR BOYZ $29.00
SAVAGE ORC BOAR BOYZ $29.00
WARBOSS ON WYVERN $69.00
GOBLIN ROCK LOBBER $40.00
ORC SHAMAN ON BOAR $26.75
GRIMGOR IRONHIDE $19.25
BLACK ORC BIG BOSS $19.25
SKAVEN HELL PIT ABOMINATION $57.75
SKAVEN BATTALION $115.00
SKAVEN SCREAMING BELL/PLAGUE FURNACE $62.00
SKAVEN JEZZAILS $52.00
SKAVEN DOOM-FLAYER $24.00
SKAVEN WARLORD $16.00
QUEEK HEADTAKER $19.25
DEATHMASTER SNIKCH $19.25
Vampire Counts Coven Throne / Mortis Engine $62.00
Vampire Counts Black Knights / Hexwraiths $33.00
VAMPIRE COUNTS CORPSE CART $29.75
VAMPIRE COUNTS BATTALION $125.00
Vampire Counts Wight King $14.75
Vampire Counts Cairn Wraith $14.75
Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee $14.75
Vampire Counts Necromancer $14.75
VARGHULF $37.25
COUNT MANNFRED $40.00
VAMPIRE LORD $16.00
VLAD VON CARSTEIN $19.25
KONRAD VON CARSTEIN $19.25
ISABELLA V. CARSTEIN $16.00
KRELL LORD UNDEATH $19.25
WOOD ELF BATTALION $100.00
ORION $40.00
WOOD ELVES TREE KIN $52.00
HIGHBORN W.GREAT WEP $16.00
SPELLWEAVER W. STAFF $19.25
TOMB KINGS KHEMRIAN WARSPHINX/NECROSPHINX $53.75
TOMB KINGS BATTALION $125.00
CASKET OF SOULS $56.00
USHABTI W.GREAT BOW $52.00
USHABTI W.G.WEPS $52.00
TOMB KING GRT WEAPON $16.00
T/KING LICHE PRIEST $16.00
TOMB KINGS NECROTECT $16.00
PRINCE APOPHAS $19.25
Ogre Kingdoms Battalion $110.00
OGRE TYRANT $40.00
OGRE SLAUGHTERMASTER $40.00
GOLGFAG $40.00
FIREBELLY $40.00
YHETEES $52.00
BRAGG THE GUTSMAN $40.00
Chaos Daemons Battalion/Battleforce $115.00
SEEKERS OF SLAANESH $29.00
DAEMON PRINCE $41.25
FLAMERS OF TZEENTCH $24.00
DAEMON HERALD TZT $40.00
THE CHANGELING $19.25

Rulebooks

CODEX SPACE MARINES (ENGLISH) $41.25
CODEX BLACK TEMPLARS (ENGLISH) $33.00
CODEX TAU EMPIRE (ENGLISH) $33.00

Lord of the Rings Rulebook $66.00
War of the Ring: Battlehosts $37.25

War of the Ring $66.00
The Two Towers $37.25
Return of the King $37.25
Fellowship of the Ring $37.25
Kingdoms of Men $28.00
Aragorn (Black Gate) $36.25
The Free Peoples $28.00

The Fallen Realms $28.00
Mordor $28.00
Moria & Angmar $28.00
Warhammer 40k Apocalypse $57.75
Warhammer 40k Battle Missions $37.25
Warhammer 40k Cities of Death $37.25
Warhammer 40k Planetstrike $37.25
Apocalypse Reload $37.25

MIGHTY EMPIRES $57.75
BLOOD IN THE BADLANDS  $41.25
WARHAMMER: STORM OF MAGIC  $57.75
WARHAMMER: BATTLE MAGIC  $11.50
WARHAMMER: THE EMPIRE (ENGLISH) $45.50
UNIFORMS & HERALDRY OF THE EMPIRE (ENGLISH) $29.75
WARHAMMER: ORCS & GOBLINS (ENGLISH) $45.50

UNIFORM & HERALDRY OF THE SKAVEN (ENGLISH) $29.75
WARHAMMER: VAMPIRE COUNTS (ENGLISH) $45.50
WARHAMMER: TOMB KINGS (ENGLISH) $45.50

WARHAMMER: OGRE KINGDOMS (ENGLISH) $45.50

 

Templates/Misc

APOCALYPSE TEMPLATES $24.75

Dice Cube $8.25

PLANETARY EMPIRES $57.75

UNIVERSAL TEMPLATES $13.25
WH 40K TEMPLATES $13.25
WH TEMPLATE SET $13.25
WH COUNTER SET $16.50

Terrain
MOONSCAPE $24.75
40K BATTLEFIELD ACCESSORIES $19.75
CITADEL BATTLEMAT $33.00
CITADEL GAMING HILL $29.75
CITADEL WOOD $29.75
URBAN BARRICADES AND WALLS $24.75
ARCANE RUINS $29.75
ORK BARRICADES $24.75
WATCHTOWER $33.00
CHAPEL $29.75
Walls and Fences $24.75
CITADEL MODULAR GAMING HILL $29.75
TEMPLE OF SKULLS $33.00
BASILICA ADMINISTRATUM $33.00
SANCTUM IMPERIALIS $33.00
40K BUILDINGS MANIFACTORUM $33.00
IMPERIAL BASTION $41.25
AEGIS DEFENCE LINE $29.75
SKYSHIELD LANDING PAD $49.50
SHRINE OF THE AQUILA $41.25
BATTLESCAPE $29.75
FORTRESS OF REDEMPTION $115.50
HONOURED IMPERIUM $29.75
OSGILIATH RUINS $29.75
DREADSTONE BLIGHT $33.00
WITCHFATE TOR TOWER OF SORCERY $82.50
Magewrath Throne and Balewind Vortex $41.25
Eternity Stair and Dreadfire Portal $41.25
Garden of Morr $49.50

(sources: http://www.lounge.belloflostsouls.net/showthread.php?t=22054, http://blog.spikeybits.com/2012/05/skinny-on-gw-june-price-adjustment.html, http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/451127.page?userfilterid=13937, and a couple anonymous emails I received)

I love the new apothecary models! While the tank looks fantastic too, I really appreciate the fact that you can have more than just the stock metal options, or the alternate of purchasing a $35.00 Command Squad box so that you can build a single apothecary.
While effectively, yes you can simply order bits to do so, it’s really quite ineffective, and expensive in relation to either of the previously mentioned options.
So, without further ado, check out the link for yourself and post your thoughts on it in the comments!!

http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/New_Stuff/SPACE_MARINE_APOTHECARY_SET.html

So, I found a way to make some great looking, very inexpensive terrain!
Do you tire of terrain simply being books under the green mat to simply make square hills?
You know you want buildings, and lots of them! Two, three and four levels, to make that table pop!
Inexpensive you say? Yes, I did!!

Here is a rundown of the components (items are purchased from Walmart, which by far is the best pricing for the components) with their prices ( in US dollars) not including tax.

Core items:
– roll of 3/4″ masking tape, .77
– Eilene’s Tacky Glue, medium size bottle, 1.77
– Foamcore sheet(s) 20″x30″ plain white, 1.98

Additional items needed:
– cutting mat
– box cutter, and spare blades
– exacto knife and spare blades
– 24″ metal ruler
– 12″ metal ruler

Now comes a bit of mathing skill. In order to maximize the amount of buildings that can be made from the sheet, grab a bit or scrap paper.

The sheet is 20″x30″, and by doing the math, I can create (2) two floor buildings with an 7″x10″ base floor footprint and the second floor being 5″x10″.
Factoring the full size of the sheet, you will make cuts on the long side, so the strips will be 20″ long, by the various widths to make walls and floors.
Subtracting the two floor sizes from the full sheet width, you are left with 18″. Because I am making the walls 3″ high, you are then left with six 3″ strips.

Each of the strips are 20″ long.

Proceed to make the floor pieces by cutting the 7″ and the 5″ sections in half, they are then the sizes of 7″x10 and 5″x10″.

To make the walls, measure the 3″ strips into pieces that are 6.5″ long. This will give you three wall pieces, with one inch left. Repeat 2x for a total of six pieces (four are needed for each building)

To make the front of the building ( the 10″ side) cut one 20″ strip in half. This makes the front wall for each of the building floors. Repeat twice for a total of four front walls, one for each level of the building.

Proceed to assembly.

Place one floor in front of you and glue the wall onto the edge. Follow the flying with taping to reinforce the edge.

Repeat process as many time as necessary to build each of the levels, and reinforce the joints.

Then, add the smaller, second floor on top of the first floor. Glue the two together, reinforcing the joint with tape yet again.

Repeat as necessary to make the building the final size.

Cover all foam showing with tape before priming at all to prevent the foam from being eaten by spray paint, and to create smooth edges.

Cut windows from the foam as you see fit with a square base as a template to ensure continuity and straight lines when making these. Ensure these are taped up as well after the fact.

Prime as you wish.

Fini!

Between working on my commissions, full time online school, and my photography, I usually have a full plate. I’m not perfect at time management, and have realized this throughout the past few months.
I usually try to have a dry erase board that has a list of things I need to accomplish, however, at times I seem to just kind of stare at it. Not intentionally, but it’s kind of amusing. I end up working on some of the project, but end up becoming easily distracted.

How do you handle your time management? I know everyone has a full plate, be it children, school, working multiple jobs and more. Tips, thoughts or suggestions?

I haven’t been able to paint recently. School, hospital visits, surgery for my fiancee, and just general distractions have been in my way each and every time that I’ve tried to sit and paint, I have been WAY too easily distracted. Talk about frustrating!

Tell me people, what do you do when you absoutely need to paint, or you’re painting on a deadline?

After being frustrated the past few days with other projects that aren’t panning out as smoothly as I expected, I decided to work on something completely unrelated to any of my current projects.
I brought my roller derby equipment in after practice on Monday night and decided on Tuesday morning that I wanted to finally paint my helmet.
So now, I have a brand new shiny helmet, that looks like a Canadian flag! Varnished and ready to go, just needing a bag to protect the helmet during bag transport.

After adding the previous post, I realized a couple of things.

 

1. Holy crap, I haven’t updated the blog in forever.

2.I  seriously need to find the information and write the third part of the photographing miniatures series.

3. I need to remember what I was planning on doing for the third part of that series.

4. Did I mention it had been forever since I’d updated?

Photographing Miniatures Series Part 2, Essential Equipment

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Commisison Painter, Commission Painting, Fantasy Flight, Games Workshop, Gaming, Gaming, How To, Malifaux, Miniature Gaming, painting, Privateer Press, Removing paint, Resource List, Space Hulk, Stripping miniatures, True Scale Space Marine, Uncategorized, Warhammer, warhammer 40, warhammer 40k, Wyrd Miniatures
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Now that we’ve discussed the primary piece of equipment that will be the key to great miniature photography, the camera, there are a few more items of importance as well.

 

Tripod

 

There are a lot of different types available but a mini, or flexible tripod is the ideal option here.  These two types give you the best chance of getting to the right height when working on a table taking your photos.  Various brands are available, and they usually cost less than $30.00.  Now mind you, if you’d rather use a sandbag or something similar, that’s fine too. Basically we are looking for something that will keep the camera steady so you can get good crisp shots without the worry that shaking may ruin the photos.  Some camera kits may come with one, or some photo studio kits available may come with one as well, so if you don’t have one, shop about and see if there’s something else that you may like that a tripod may be included with.

 

Memory Card and Reader

 

For most cameras this is the standard storage device that you will use.  Some cameras have compact flash cards instead, but have the same function, store images for you to retrieve at a later time.  Some computers and laptops have various forms of card readers built into them.  If you have one built into the computer you’re using, the USB card reader is unnecessary.  I suggest using the built in reader (if applicable) or a USB card reader rather than plugging the camera into the computer via USB cable (otherwise known as tethering) for several reasons:

 

–       Less drain on the camera battery (Key if you camera uses alkaline batteries.)

–       Speed.  You can work faster from the card directly instead of having to go through the camera itself.

–       Ease. If you fill up cards while shooting, you’re already removing this.  It’s also much easier to copy images and delete the images from the card when working directly with it. On average, you will save anywhere from 10-45 minutes or more depending on the number of images you’re removing from the card. Also facilitates cleaning the card out afterwards, as you can simply highlight them and delete them rather than go through your camera to do so.

–       If you’re using a built in card reader, you don’t have to install any software.

 

They are fairly straightforward to use, as you follow a couple simple steps to have access to your images.  Generally you remove the SD card, following any manufacturer specific directions for removing it from your camera, insert it into the reader before you insert it into the USB port, then plug into your computer or laptop USB port.  In no time at all you will have access to your images via a menu on your screen.  With using a card reader, it is just better practice to put the chip into the device and then plug it in, and reversing the process to remove it, after ensuring you shut it down via the “Safely Remove Hardware” button that will show up on the right side of the toolbar (small icon with a USB plug image and a green checkmark). Make sure to follow the proper steps to remove it from your system so you don’t possibly inflict damage to the SD card, reader or computer.

 

Light Box & Lights

 

When it comes to a light box there are several different options available.  You could purchase one online, such as this great combo kit from Think Geek ( http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/cameras-photography/a205/ ) find plans to make your own (easily searchable in any good search engine, there’s lots of versions available if you want to try your hand at this) or borrow one if you’ve got a friend that happens to have one. Just remember when constructing it that it needs to be made of a thin white material, be it vellum, light cloth, or something similar.  There are advantages and disadvantages to whichever of these you choose, as well as personal preference, and budget that will ultimately help you make the final decision.  Effectively they all provide the same thing, a small space that you control the conditions within so you can get the best images of your miniatures possible.

Lights are also important as well.  Ideally, a small pair of lights that will allow you to direct the majority of its beam at the sides of the light box, effectively making the light box glow.  These don’t have to be huge lights that regular photographers use when doing shoots with models, just small, compact white lights. Remember you’re trying to light up the box and produce a glow within the box that will show your model in the most favorable light.  Yellow or another colour will tint the box unfavorably, causing the colours not to be accurate.  Either the bulbs that show “real colour” or standard white are the best options.  Remember that small lights tend to get hot very fast, so if you’re doing multiple shoots, they should be turned off between miniatures.

 

Misc.

 

There are a lot of small things you should have as well, some may even seem insignificant when mentioned, but they help a great deal in the long run.  Some of these are just a recommendation to facilitate your experience in miniature photography.

 

Power Strip- Because you’ll be moving the lights around a bit to get them in the best spot, a power strip to work from is handy, giving you extra room and helping keep all the cords in one area, making the area less likely to be at tripping hazard.

 

Backdrop Material- Because the models you photograph vary as much as the weather, various colours of material to use for backdrops are a must.  A good selection of backdrop colours include: Black, White, Red, Blue, Green, and Grey.  You can make your own in Photoshop and print it out, such as clouds or another type, but inexpensive pieces of material really work well. Solid colours are best, so you don’t detract from the model, and they should average about 24” wide x30” long.  It should have a bit of weight to it, especially in the case of a light colour, so light doesn’t go through it.  When you’re not using these, either carefully fold them or roll them up and store them in a safe spot.  Wrinkled backdrops tend to have uneven colouration when lit, and can detract from the model itself.

 

A large well lit area to work in.  Natural light is a wonderful asset but not necessary for good photography when using a light box and lights.  If you’re working in an area with little natural light, you may simply need to add a bit more to get a great situation.  It’s much easier to add light than it is to remove it, if you are working with a combination of natural light and artificial. Having a large area to work in allows you to get the best possible light for your photography, as you have more room to work with, whether you need to add more lights or adjust how far away from the box they are.

 

In general, a few minor things to point out to help avoid frustration.  Remember light colours reflect light and dark colours absorb it.  Miniatures varnished with matte varnish are ideal candidates to photograph.  Gloss varnish will make it harder to get good angles without a lot of reflections and shiny spots.  Boxes can be your best friend.  You can use boxes under the backdrop to elevate the model, if need be, to the same level as the camera on the tripod.  Just make sure the box doesn’t have writing that will show through once the area is lit.

 

Next up: Step by Step Photos of Setting up a Shoot.