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Workbench is where the Editor does his best to assemble, paint, and prepare some of the products sent to us here at The Miniatures Page.

He may be more of a perfectionist than you are - or he may be less of one! He's not trying to prescribe the One Right Way. He's just trying to describe how one guy happens to do it.

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Raising a Giant Succulent

Blocking line-of-sight and channeling movement through elevating a plant. [24 Nov 2023]


Can you convert a plastic plant to make it more alien? [18 Nov 2023]
Can artificial intelligence create useful maps for wargamers? [18 Apr 2023]
What can AI do to your wargaming photos? [17 Apr 2023]
Using artificial intelligence to generate concept art for future fantasy and sci-fi miniatures. [27 Mar 2023]
We tried getting an AI to 'paint' a mini – but can it convert a person into a mini? [20 Feb 2023]
Exploring picture generation using artificial intelligence. [7 Feb 2023]
Big vegetation at a small price! [17 Aug 2021]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian discovers a better way to fill in hollow plastic bases. [9 Jan 2021]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian photographs the same figure, with different cameras and equipment. [18 Aug 2020]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian tries a stucco repair product to contour his bases. [28 Jul 2020]
What's this FlexSteel we're always talking about? [18 Jun 2020]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian receives a gift from his wife… [18 Sep 2019]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian explores 'fencing' loose dungeon tiles with clippable tiles. [8 Oct 2017]
Need a canyon, fast? [1 Oct 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian paints his dungeon doors. [24 Sep 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian wonders if he can resize 3Dprinted dungeon tiles to match his other dungeon tiles… [17 Sep 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian "goes large." [10 Sep 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian makes dungeon tiles with his 3Dprinter. [3 Sep 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian describes how he paints his dungeon tiles. [27 Aug 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian experiments with using recessed bases for figures with cast-on bases. [3 Aug 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian removes minor (but annoying) flaws from dungeon tiles. [27 Jun 2017]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian attempts to 3Dprint some bases. [7 Jul 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian attempts to 3Dprint and paint some 28mm fantasy figures. [26 Jun 2016]
Cathy Hamaker of White Ape Painting shows how to work with a multi-part model. [16 Jul 2015]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian shows one way to base 15mm figures on a stand. [5 Jul 2015]
Trying out the silver Sharpie... [13 Jun 2015]
OldGrenadier Fezian shows us his skelly skillz. [7 Jun 2015]
Warcolours Miniature Painting Studio takes on the Possessed Mummies! [16 Sep 2014]
A pictorial guide to assembling and painting Elmore's Giant. [8 Jun 2012]
One way to avoid the 'pitcher's mound' effect. [23 Feb 2012]
Returning after a long absence, Dread Pirate Garness Fezian has a rendezvous with a tall, slender female... [8 Jan 2012]
Turning a drawing into a three-dimensional glpyh. [23 Nov 2010]
A professional painter provides a tip or two on painting skeletons. [17 Nov 2010]
Tackling a big fantasy project without using expensive model paints. [27 Oct 2010]
Wyatt the Odd Fezian paints some fast cats. [14 Oct 2010]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian tries to rebase some Dwarves without breaking them off at the ankles. [20 Sep 2010]
Roderick Robertson Fezian paints four barbarians from Bronze Age Miniatures. [19 May 2010]
The archetypal demon is brought to life! [28 Apr 2010]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian finishes his 40mm Norse Gods project. [11 Mar 2010]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian tries out Gale Force Nine's magnetic cavalry bases. [22 Oct 2009]
MrWhite presents his Intimidation Doubled entry. [18 Oct 2009]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian makes an addition to his Flash Gordon collection. [14 Oct 2009]
Stronty Girl Fezian has chosen to submit her Intimidation Doubled contest entry in the form of a Workbench article. [8 Oct 2009]
Our first Flintloque article. [21 Jul 2009]
Looking for a portable and easy way to get figures done, when away from your main paint station? [13 Jul 2009]
Painting a female were-fox, before and after... [25 Jun 2009]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian scratchbuilds another Victorian flying machine. [1 Jun 2009]
You don't have to be gifted with a brush, or spend countless hours on the table, to get nice-looking figures. [22 Mar 2009]
Look what's caught miscmini Fezian's eye! [18 Mar 2009]
Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian enjoys painting Demonworld figures. [5 Feb 2009]
Dig those Chainmail minis out from the closet! [2 Feb 2009]
Painting some "fantastic" Werewolves from Bronze Age Miniatures. [22 Jan 2009]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian plunges back into the underdark. [12 Jan 2009]
If you were a Drow barwench and had to dress like that, wouldn't you be irritated?! [24 Dec 2008]
Going to town with Games Workshop's new Citadel washes. [19 Oct 2008]
miscmini Fezian returns, and this time takes to the ocean... [28 Sep 2008]
Demon-Brushwurkz paints a half dozen of Peter Pig's 15mm scale Eagle Riders. [8 Sep 2008]
What alizardincrimson2 Fezian wants, alizardincrimson2 Fezian gets... [27 Aug 2008]
What flight stand for our Hurricanes? [26 Aug 2008]
Continuing our 'animals' theme, Stronty Girl Fezian tackles a pair of lionesses. [19 Aug 2008]
When captain arjun Fezian couldn't find a suitable 15mm war mammoth, he decided it was time for a conversion. [17 Aug 2008]
Minidragon Fezian finishes his Temple project by painting the kit he previously assembled. [13 Aug 2008]
Mini-Dragon tackles hundreds of pre-cast pieces to build the Temple Entrance. [30 Jul 2008]
IGWARG Fezian goes the authentic route as he paints Grim Reaper's Dragon Turtle. [21 Jul 2008]
PigmentedMiniatures Fezian teaches his painting techniques as he painted Tom Meier's mummy diorama. [20 Jul 2008]
My Ogres - or Big Orcs, if you prefer - finally get their movement tray. [15 Jul 2008]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian tells the story of a dragon. [14 Jul 2008]
15mm ghosts - a quick-and-easy project? [13 Jul 2008]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian sets a benchmark (of sorts) in painting animals. [18 Feb 2008]
fernandopainting Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian shows us how they do things down in Sri Lanka... [8 Feb 2008]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian tackles a Daemonic Centaur from the Chronopia miniatures line. [6 Feb 2008]
PhilGreg Painters comes to the rescue, picking up an assignment that another painter dropped... [29 Jan 2008]
finbob Fezian tackles the greatest of pumpkin monsters! [28 Dec 2007]
Magically animated pumpkins - but are they necessarily evil? [26 Dec 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian finds out what happens when Elves go bad... [25 Dec 2007]
RobH demonstrates an easy technique, using washes. [20 Dec 2007]
Can a plastic flower become a wargaming shrub? Or maybe a small tree? [10 Dec 2007]
It's back to pirates for Adam8472 Fezian! [28 Nov 2007]
DJD Miniatures runs amok with a diorama of cavemen and the giant prehistoric armadillo! [27 Nov 2007]
Hundvig Fezian is not a real big fan of pre-painted minis, and he positively despises randomly-packed "collectable" ones - so why is he writing this article? [7 Nov 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian sails to the Skeleton Seas, and finds inspiration as she goes. [30 Oct 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian shows the difference between a "quickie" paint job and more advanced work. [23 Oct 2007]
Adam8472 Fezian says "goody!" to three ghouls. [22 Oct 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian goes for the sickly and unhealthy look... [17 Oct 2007]
Dr Mathias Fezian finds that a giant grave worm is "right up his alley." [15 Oct 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian takes Hasslefree's Libby in a whole new direction... [10 Oct 2007]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian paints a Herdstone. [2 Sep 2007]
Though Crunch-Waffle says they are supposed to be brown, fieldarchy Fezian enjoys painting Waggas in a variety of colors... [26 Aug 2007]
Can one army be painted by two painting services - one domestic, and one overseas? [22 Aug 2007]
Ana from Chest of Colors undertakes a daunting subject: Ghorgor-Bey [8 Aug 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian steps into the arena with two gladiators from Bronze Age Miniatures... [31 Jul 2007]
The Editor experiments with two of the flocking gel products from Renaissance Ink. [29 Jul 2007]
Chocolate Fezian answers the call and paints TMP's final unit of Simian Legionaires... [23 Jul 2007]
Jay at Blue Table Painting comes to the rescue, and paints a dozen javelin-wielding apes from Hundred Kingdoms. [11 Jun 2007]
Persevering over Death Itself, Dread Pirate Garness Fezian brings us his latest painting odyssey... [10 Jun 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian paints up our first Hordes starter set. [13 May 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian of Meg's Miniatures seeks a compromise between natural tones and bright colors, as she paints up Shadowforge's Tribal Command. [2 May 2007]
After a five-year hiatus, Germy Bugger Fezian shows us he can still run a production line... [26 Apr 2007]
Assassin's Sir Plate provides an excellent opportunity to look at the subject of painting with metallics. [26 Mar 2007]
IGWARG Fezian paints Mongoose's Barbarian Army Set - a complete Mighty Armies boxed army. [25 Mar 2007]
Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian says, "I can do better than that!" Let's see how he does with these 15mm Blemmyes from East Riding Miniatures. [27 Feb 2007]
Our first video workbench! [20 Feb 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian follows her inspiration... [1 Feb 2007]
Patrice Vittesse Fezian of Pete Scholey's Painting Service tackles the smallest 15mm figures he's ever painted... [31 Jan 2007]
Adam loves Scorched Brown... [29 Jan 2007]
R Strickland Fezian goes to new lengths to appropriately base the Wood Elf Champion. [29 Dec 2006]
Adam of Pro Painted Miniatures takes on a diorama set - duelling wizards! [20 Dec 2006]
fieldarchy Fezian of Meg's Miniatures paints three pirates from Bronze Age Miniatures. [19 Dec 2006]
Entry #4 in Scale Creep's Scavengers Design Contest - as plastic forks become the means of death in fantasy skies... [5 Dec 2006]
Entry #3 in Scale Creep's Scavengers Design Contest - as a father-and-son team venture into a land of Dragons and Mutants... [4 Dec 2006]
Entry #1 in Scale Creep's Scavengers Design Contest - a complete 18th Century Fantasy game you can play on your refrigerator. [30 Nov 2006]
Painting the mounted figure, to match the figure on foot! [22 Nov 2006]
In this ambitious article, R Strickland paints the Wood Elf Champion, then the mounted version of the same figure, and lastly, makes a scenic display for them both! [10 Oct 2006]
Steve Skutell of Hoard Painting Service paints the orcs from the Nin Gonost dungeon game. [6 Sep 2006]
The Editor was browsing on eBay one day... [27 Aug 2006]
Minidragon Fezian focuses on "horsey-bits," hair, and bow as he shares how he painted the centaur from Elmore Masterworks Set #1. [23 Aug 2006]
Raven Painting tackles the "hero" figures from the Nîn-Gonost boardgame. [25 Jul 2006]
The Editor builds his own dungeon. [5 Jun 2006]
Adam's preconceptions come face-to-face with Vendel's Hill Trolls... [8 May 2006]
Sometimes, you've just got to have that special figure... [27 Apr 2006]
Learning how to set up a new game system for use with Army Builder, the army design software from Lone Wolf. [20 Feb 2006]
Can a wargamer find happiness by taking his treasured (but dusty) unpainted figures and sending them halfway around the world? [12 Jan 2006]
John Morris of Mystic Spirals paints these out-of-production fantasy avians for TMP. [14 Jun 2005]
Minidragon takes on one of the Elmore Masterworks figures. [13 Jun 2005]
Scurvy's mission: Convert and paint 8 Reaper Neanderthals into a Cyberpunk/Sci-Fi gang of future 'hop heads,' using common wargaming supplies. [22 May 2005]
It was finally time to finish that Haunted Unit, the one that hung on the edge of the worktable month after month, but never went to battle! [18 Apr 2005]
There is a lot of confusion about just what is lead rot, and what can be done about it. Therefore, we're launching a series of occasional articles to display "problem" miniatures, and ask for your diagnosis... [23 Nov 2004]
It's the first review contest - ten gamers, five teams, four objectives, and your votes will determine which team wins the reviewing prize! [22 Aug 2004]
J. Ira Monroe of Bwana Art Studio paints two units of the Simian Javelin Corps. [25 Oct 2003]
Cathy Hamaker of The Painter's Den shows how to paint a Simian Messenger. [21 Oct 2003]
Eleven Finalists have embarked on a grueling 9-month, 9-round contest of their painting skills. After each round, the readers of TMP will vote somebody out of the contest - until there is only one painter remaining! [15 Oct 2003]
Five contestants tackle the ultimate contest of painting technique - identical units of figures, identical painting schemes! Who will be voted as best of the best?! [5 Oct 2003]
The Editor unwinds between "big" projects by painting something fun and easy... [17 Sep 2003]
Lee Olson of Pewter Illusions tackles Caesar Octavian, commander of our Simian Army. [7 Sep 2003]
Ramiro Peira of PaintingPRO - the only painting service in South America - paints a Simian Senator for TMP. [29 Aug 2003]
Golden Demon-winning painter Joseph Wiedeman (of Mini-Dragon) assembles and paints the Great Gor, largest model in the Simian Army (Hundred Kingdoms). [23 Aug 2003]
Matt Gubser of Prophet Miniatures paints the Simian Centurion for our Hundred Kingdoms project. [21 Aug 2003]
Reader Igwarg won an entire Hobby Products 15mm Demonworld Orc starter army - now he's painting it! [6 Aug 2003]
To complete the final unit in our Demonworld Dwarf Army, we're sponsoring a painting contest! [29 Sep 2002]
4 Demons Painting takes on a painting project for TMP, painting up a set of 15mm scale Dwarven Miners from Hobby Products. [18 Aug 2002]
When we wanted something big and powerful for our Demonworld Dwarven Army, Bwana Art Studio volunteered to paint up a Rock Giant. [25 Jun 2002]
Deane P. Goodwin of Goodwin's Painting Services takes on a "wild" set of Dwarves - the Orc Slayers. [18 Jun 2002]
Our Demonworld army needs a leader, so professional artist Gary Leitzell comes on board to paint Argam Rustbeard (commander) and Thorbal (fire priest). [13 Jun 2002]
The Demonworld Dwarf Army Painting Project continues with unit #2 - Dwarf Crossbow Archers, as painted by Old Guard Painters. [11 Jun 2002]
The Editor finds out what it takes to make fantasy campaign maps using Campaign Cartographer 2, a map-making software package. [28 Mar 2002]
The editor sends a demon to a painting service. [20 Dec 2001]

Now that Evil Gong has given us 15mm scale Fishmen, how do we paint them? The Editor takes a stab at a Fishmen Artillery unit. [4 Mar 2001]

The editor amazes himself while painting some 6mm-ish Horde figures for Global Games' Inferno. [10 Mar 2000]
These structures, made of a light but durable urethane foam, have been sent to us by Epicast. [10 Mar 2000]
Tactical Conflict Systems lets the Editor paint rocks! [10 Mar 2000]
The Editor paints up some 25mm Plank Earthworks. [9 Mar 2000]
This hut has a removeable roof! From Tactical Conflict Systems. [9 Mar 2000]
Another easy project - a bridge from Tactical Conflict Systems. [9 Mar 2000]
Speaking of "amazing," painting up these 25mm terrain pieces from TCS is amazingly easy. [9 Mar 2000]
A two-step painting process that puts stumps on your tabletop. [7 Mar 2000]