Guest Review: DM Misha
For this review, I was lucky enough to receive some bronze miniatures from the company Bronze Dragon Miniatures. I spoke with the company owner briefly, as I wanted to find out what got him into this hobby/business. At the time of our talks, he was still in the process of trying to procure some older catalogs/listings from companies that were no longer active. So in the meantime, it was all basically custom jobs. The customer would supply the miniature in question, and BDM would do their magic! Miniatures are 3D scanned into the system, then using a lost jewelry wax technique, the miniature is made! I was informed even if the master miniature was missing say a weapon, one could be added to the cast. Currently they are able to offer their castings in bronze, or for an added cost, the miniatures could be metal plated in nickel, silver, gold, or platinum!
Quality wise, you can hardly make out any differences at all! I was very impressed! Painting a bronze miniature on the other hand is where the true test/review would come into play. Before I go thru my step by step process of painting one of the minis, let me preface this by saying I have NOT painted a detailed miniature since 2000 when I was in college. And back then, I only used Games Workshop paints, as that is what was carried by my local gaming store. Fast forward to today. Being my family does a lot of crafting around the house, we have a healthy supply of the cheap acrylic paints from Wal-Mart (Folk Art, Apple Barrel, etc). I did however pick up some Liquitex paints and also a bottle of Matte Medium to thin down the paints.
So first step first, all miniatures before painting need a good priming! Being this was a bronze miniature, I wanted to make sure it got a good coating.
Trying to remember the proper technique from over a decade ago of how to paint a miniature, I first went with a basic base coat, working in layers. So skin was first, then layers of clothing working closest to the body outwards.
Then making sure everything was dry, I added more detailed paint. I had picked up some Metallic Color Shift paint from Folk Art and was anxious to give them a try!
All in all, for not painting in over 17 years, I think I did a pretty good job! The miniature itself was superb to paint. Details were there and easy to be seen. Paint choice on the other hand is another matter. I used to be a proponent of the saying/thought that paint was paint, but painting this miniature up with the paints I had on hand, I’m starting to second guess my position.