Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2015

Happy new year and what is going on....?!?


new years eve is approaching fast (to fast for me) and it is time for me to do a last post for this year. I failed to do some more blogposts during the last weeks. The reason for this is due to the birth of our daughter. To be honest, she is great fun but also knows how to keep you busy... and everything else in your life comes second (also painting miniatures or blogging about it). But enough from this stuff back to hobby related themes. Despite the lack of time I had the desire to do a last blog entry for this year. In the end I managed to do at least one entry per month this year.

Christmas is over now and this years season meant it good with me as a miniature painter as I got a hell lot of miniature gifts (including some awesome pieces I even did not know that they exist). So I hope to do some reviews in the next year.

Samstag, 7. November 2015

El Charro - Freebooters Fate Goblin Crew Part 12a


ok, not so much words from my side this time. I painted El Charro one of the two goblins from the piggyback team. It was fun and I invested a bit more time than I normally do for a tabletop miniature. Now his congenial partner Pujaman is missing... and of course the both as a piggyback team.... This miniature is quite a lot of work as it has many details and corners and recesses. I think it will take me some time to finish it.

Mittwoch, 14. Oktober 2015

Hasardeur - Freebooters Fate Goblin Crew Part 11


at the moment it is quiet here at the Howling Wolves Saloon. Don´t know when this time of silence ends but be asured that it doesn´t mean that there is nothing going on on my painting table. After my private practice course I had a lack of painting drive for a few weeks (which had nothing to do with the course  itself; more with the chaos and input in my head I had to get sorted). Then I started the Sha´un Ram Tribe Warrior Project which was a great piece to paint and which also swallowed the whole painting time from nearly 6 weeks (I´m not able to paint everyday... so, it´s still a hobby) and afterwards I needed some smaller things as relaxation and again som off-time from the painting table. Work and private stuff took it´s toll and my head was more in the "let´s watch some TV series" - mode than in the "sit down and paint" mode. By the way Ripper Street is really recommendable....

Mittwoch, 23. September 2015

Sha´un - Ram Tribe Warrior - Project Diary part 2

Hi all, 

welcome to the second part of my project diary on how to paint the Sha´un Ram Tribe Warrior. You can find the first part here.

Day 7 (July 13th) -  Starting the armor

This step I was really reluctant to start with as I´m not a hero when it comes to painting metal parts. But nobody gets better by shying away from a task... with time and patient I will go my way. I´m quite sure....

So let´s start with the armor. I decided to use the airbrush for the first layers. Therefore I covered all non armor parts with masking putty from pk-pro. A really cool stuff I just can recommend. 

Masking putty on all the non-armor parts to avoid an overspray

Samstag, 12. September 2015

Sha´un - Ram Tribe Warrior - Project Diary part 1


the last weeks and days I worked on a bigger project - the Sha´un Ram Tribe Warrior from Forged Monkey. It is a really cool bust - full of character and the promise of painting joy. It is my first real big project after my private practice course with Roman. On this piece I tried to digest all the things I learned. I also tried to make a lot of pictures to document the single steps for the blog. 

From older projects I learned that it is hard to keep record of all the things one does during such an enormous painting process. In retrospective it is always difficult to write an how-to article when you finished the project several weeks ago. Therefore I decided to try a new kind of post: 

Project Diary

I tried to sit down after each painting session (or at least not to long after) to keep record of what I did. So, here it is, my first Project Diary! Be aware that it is a really long article. Therefore I decided to split it into two parts and here is part one.

Mittwoch, 9. September 2015

Sha´un - Ram Tribe Warrior

Hello all together,

today it is time to show you the finished pictures of my latest bigger project. This one took me quite a while and it was the first big project after my private practice coaching. I tried to transfer all the things I have learned to this bust and I´m quite happy with the outcome. It is not perfect but it never will be...

I also prepared a big work in progress article for this one which I will post in the following days. In fact it was so huge in the end that I decided to do a diary out of it. Luckily I protocoled it quite good.  I also had the chance to test my new camera. As I´m not very familiar with photography it took me quite a while to good some descent pictures. But I think I found some good settings in the end. So expect a better picture quality here at Howling Wolves in the future. Maybe not for every post but at least for everything where I show some finished projects. Wip shots are much easier to make with my mobile phone...

Montag, 31. August 2015

About first steps in painting miniatures

Hi to all of you,

recently my wife told me that she would like to paint a miniatures.... I was stunned... you want what? Yes, I got it right... she decided to give it a try.... ok, thats cool I thought. Normally she isn´t into painting miniatures. She always said that it is to small for her and that she is not patient enough and actually she has her own hobbies she spends her time with. Like sewing or playing piano. 

Ok, so then let´s start.... She decided to make a small gift for Roman from Massive Voodoo that she handed over to him during my private practice course back in July. She chose a miniature from the Sedition Wars board game to give it a try and with some help and hints from my side she painted her first miniature and this is the result:

Sonntag, 30. August 2015

Deckhand - Imperial Armada Crew - 2

Ahoi to all,

weather, work and private stuff kept me away from posting something during the last weeks. Somehow I had to recognize that I don´t like hot weather at the moment. The ups and downs of the weather here in Germany during the last weeks was kind of exhausting for me. Today it is again beyond 30°C but I decided to give you a quick update anyway and I want to show you some pictures of a Freebooters Fate miniature I painted. 

Despite the fact that I did not post anything I was not totally unproductive. I also spend some time at the painting table and worked on a bust. The Ram Tribe Warrior from Forged Monkey. The bust is finished and I´m waiting for some plinths I ordered to give it the finishing touches. I also prepared an in depth article (more a diary) about the painting process. As soon as everything is finished I will show it to you. 

In the meanwhile I painted the second miniature for the Imperial Armada Crew. After the time consuming work on the bust it was good to paint something quick.

Samstag, 25. Juli 2015

Quick´n Dirty 02: How to pimp your plinth

Hi folks,

time for my second Quick´n Dirty post.

What is it about? For showcase projects I tend to use simple wooden blocks of various sizes (depending on the project). Most times I spray them black and that´s it. Doesn´t look very nice or special at all. I decided to change this and had the idea to dye them. So I bought different wood stains from the hardware store:

Mittwoch, 15. Juli 2015

Deckhand - Imperial Armada Crew - 1


as an in between miniature I finished an Imperial Armada Arquebusier. It is a miniature I painted for a friend of mine. In fact I promised to paint a whole crew for him. So, this is the first finished piece and mainly it was done to test the colour scheme. 

I did speed up a bit during the painting process. It is not painted to perfection as I have to do a whole bunch of them. This one took me 3,5 hours and for the time spend I´m quite satisfied. For the specialists and leader I will increase the detail grade...

Donnerstag, 9. Juli 2015

Pierre and Paolo - Freebooters Fate


today we have a deja-vu on the blog. I already painted a version of this miniature, but as I really love the Freebooters Fate Goblins I did a second one.

So, without much more words here are the pictures.

Montag, 6. Juli 2015

Review: Private Practice II with Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo


again some silence here on Howling Wolves but not without reason. I had to recover from a private practice painting course with Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo. After the course I had to sort some private things but also my brain needed some time (maybe still needs) to digest all the things I learned. I think now it is time to tell you about the course.

When I contacted Roman in January we talked about the private practice and about the topic. I decided to concentrate on the keyword "atmosphere". I always struggle to find a harmonic colour scheme and to get the right setting and mood for my pieces. Therefore for me it was the logic consequence to choose this topic.

We both decided to paint the Random Encounter from FeR Miniatures as this is a perfect working piece. Nice big areas and different materials, not overloaden and dozens of possibilities to tell a story with. We also agreed that I would prepare my miniature and the base beforehand to start right away into the painting... ok, always good to have a plan you can change later on...  Time was short until the class and I had the rough idea to let my dwarf roam through a cave, maybe a flowstone cave. I ended up with this:
First base sketch for the Random Encounter

Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015

Review: Smog Rider miniatures from Scale 75

Short facts:
Sculpture: unknown
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 3
Scale: 40 mm
Distributor: Scale 75

Hello readers,

it is review time again. Recently I got to know about new miniature from the company Scale 75. It is called Smog Riders and the intention behind it is to give the painters some models were they can develop their painting skills. The figures are hold in chibi style (this kind of style was new to me...) and therefore they have very large areas were one is able to test and excercise various painting techniques. The price is quite affordable (~13 Euros). Normally Scale 75 produces high quality products in 75mm (what a surprise...) and painting supply (their colours are really awesome).

I was curious to see if these new line can hold what it promises and therefore I ordered two blisters. this is how they arrived:

Dienstag, 23. Juni 2015

Little Pete always pays his depths...

Hi landlubbers,

This time it is a pirate which enters the fray. Here is Little Pete, a sneaky little bastard mainly aiming for the lower part of the body when going into a fight. Outch…

Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015

This and that...

krrrr...krrrr....incoming communication note....

... ok, some time past without any life sign, but a lot happened during the last two weeks. Too much to tell you in a single post. So, just a little teaser today, but be assured that there will be some posts in near the future....

What happened then?

.... first of all....

Montag, 8. Juni 2015

Pierre and Paolo - Freebooters Fate Goblin Crew Part 10


long time no progress on Malo´s ship. It´s definitely time for a new crew member... in fact, if you have a close look it is two new crew members. It´s long time ago that someone saw Pierre without Paolo at his side. Strange little guy, but for sure a lot of fun to paint.

Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2015

Review - Random Encounter


time for a new review! 

Some of you might already know this little fellow. I saw him once when I roomed around on putty and paint and suddenly fell in love with the sculpt. So, for sure I had to get a copy for my collection. As I feel it in my guts that this might be one of the next miniatures I want to paint in the grim dark of the not so distant future (hehehe...) it is time for a short review.

Short facts:
Sculpture: Jonatán Monerris
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 3
Scale: 54 mm
Distributor: FeR Miniatures

 This is what the blister looks like when you get it. 

Random Encounter

Dienstag, 26. Mai 2015

Bananlicious Contest Entries - final pictures



it´s about time to show you my Bananalicious contest entries. It took me quite a time, many weeks and hours of work went into these pieces and in the end I had to call them done... one is never done, but one also has to make the finishing stroke sometime.

It was a lot of fun and also very instructive. I tried some things I did not do before like the water effect (have to improve this....). So, here are the final pictures of my three entries which together build my display I entered into the fantasy masterclass categorie.

Freitag, 22. Mai 2015

RPC Visit - Impressions

Hi all,

a lot happened during the last 4 weeks and somehow time flew by without any chance for me to keep pace. I finished my Bananalicious contest pieces right in time, was a bit exhausted afterwards and took a small rest from painting. But just a few days before I headed back to my table to paint a rather fast tabletop quality piece for my Freebooter goblin crew (pics will follow). A friend visited us and we spend a week at the dutch sea together. Last saturday we visited together the RPC in Cologne. I did not shoot a lot of pictures but the few I have I want to share with you. It was a nice event and I´m shure I will visit it again in the future. I was quite reluctant to spent to much money for the hobby as I did so in the past. Therefore I just bought one miniature and the new Freebooter Fates Battles expansion. Unfortunatelly my wife decided to go for a Batman miniature demo game and now I´m a bit thrilled by it. I think about painting some of these nice miniatures and start a little warband.... oh no, not another tabletop game.... or, maybe... hmmm....

So, no more words from my side. See this little post as a comeback into my writing activities. More posts will follow.

Dienstag, 14. April 2015

Miniatures in Tabletop quality from start to end - part 4: Painting Montero Guaca

Hi there,

welcome to the 4th part of my how to paint miniatures in tabletop quality guide. If you can´t remember check out the first three (basic steps: part 1 and part 2, first miniature: part 3 Eitu). Not every step will be described in detail as some of it is very redundant to the painting process of Eitu. 

Ok, today it is the goblin version of Indiana Jones (Montero Guaca) which we are going to paint. As the first articles were quite detailed we can speed up a bit in the beginning of this one. Main focus will be on the leather parts (which are quite a lot on this miniature) and some detail textures.

First we apply some basic colours starting off with the skin tone which is obviously green for a goblin. I chose a desaturated mid green and used some strong green as a not so thin wash for the first shadows.

Freitag, 10. April 2015



Ok, not quite a good title for a blogpost. I know, but I need a start and this was the first thing coming into my mind and as this post has no specific topic it was the most obvious to take... easy...  Why is it so quite in this place lately you might ask yourself? Well, you know... it is because everyday life took it´s tribute... work and private stuff... and this and that... and... and... 

Bah! Humbug! Don´t start telling stories; nobody is interested in this bla bla of apologies! It was all about painting and hobby fun, building bases and applying colour to miniatures. Lately I spend a lot of time at the painting table to get my entries for the Bananalicious Contest ready. I indeed made progress but I´m still trying to get out of a thight spot as time is flying by. I have 14 days to go until the deadline is over. Therefore there was no time for writing blog posts at all, but this will change in the near future. After submitting my entries I´m able to show you my last piece I´m currently working on. 

Mittwoch, 11. März 2015

...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

...or a complete barrel!
Finally I can show you one of my last commission pieces. I painted this fellow for Freebooters Miniatures.

Wirt Freebooters Fate

Freitag, 6. März 2015

Review: Bismuth the coal miner

Hiho all together,

Howling Wolfes is trying hard to get out of hibernation. Therefore it is time for a Review. So, what do we have in stock today?

Short facts:
Sculpture: Valentin ZAK
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 7
Scale: 54 mm

Distributor: Blacksmith Miniatures

This is what it looks like when you get the blister:

Dienstag, 24. Februar 2015

Quick´n Dirty 01: creating simple moss pads

Hello all together,

after the very slow and wearisome start into 2015 here on HW due to several reasons I decided to speed up a bit. As a first activity towards more blog posts I want to install a new category:

Quick´n Dirty

It should become a series of small and simple hobby tips and tricks I discover during my work. Mostly on how to achieve serveral effects or how to approach a special task. Maybe also how I failed to achieve a special task to prevent others from doing the same mistake...

Sonntag, 8. Februar 2015

Year of the green skin


any progress or new pictures from my side you might ask? Nope, not at all... unfortunatelly. I finished commission piece number 2 of this year and head over to... piece number 3.... but I´m not able to show you right now.

But to let you not completly without any post I decided to do an announcement. On several blogs related to miniature painting I saw that the last year was dedicated to a special topic (like: pirates!). Indeed I think this is a quite funny thing and I decided to do the same with the Howling Wolves Saloon. This year it seems for me that I might have a lot to do with orcs, goblins, trolls and the like. So it is quite obvious what to do: I announce this painting year here on Howling Wolves as: 

Year of the Green Skin!

Within the first half of the year I´m waiting for the Black Sailors Kickstarter. Estimated delivery date is may and I´m very curious to hold them miniatures in hand. The pictures just look awesome and it should be a true joy to paint them. As Kickstarters are always too late I expect it for the fall of this year....  So some time left to paint some other green skins...

Mittwoch, 28. Januar 2015

The force is strong with this one...


as time is passing by I´m still working on my contest pieces. Unfortunatelly there ist not much to show of this week. Just some progress on the goblin. I decided to do a glow effect to get to show the scource of his might/force/magic  ability. It mainly comes from the little voodoo puppet around his neck.

Mittwoch, 14. Januar 2015

Bananalicious contest update

Hi folks,

ok, as stated in my last post to give you an update on my progress here is the first one.

The work on my diorama I starteted last week is proceeding, not as fast as I would like to but in the end progress is progress I would say. As long as it is on a continuous basis I´m satisfied. Here are some picture. First from the paintwork on the miniature:

Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2015

Happy New Year, plans for 2015 and work in progress

Hello all!

A late happy new year from my side. It has been quiet during the last days here on Howling Wolves. We enjoyed the christmas break and tried to get some old things done and also to get some rest from all the things that happened during the year.... calm down and reload the batteries for a good start in 2015. Hope you did so too!

For sure there was some painting and scale modeling from my side. For me it is still the best method to relax. Ok, what are the results you might ask? In the last post I told you that I plan to finish the Sappo bust before the year ends. Ok, I have to admit that I failed, but at least I was able to nearly finish it. Final touches are missing. Some cleaning up, redefining some lights and saturations and I also want to change the socket as the current one is only for working purposes. I also have the plan to add some appliqué on the leather parts like a number or a symbol that fits to him. Not quite sure about it yet. This is what he looks like at the moment (I´m struggling a bit with getting a descent picture of him):