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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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Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian tackles a Thistle and Rose vignette. [21 Sep 2016]


Painting Puppetswar's Stalingrad fountain. [8 Aug 2016]
Useful 3D models for concrete barriers. [26 Jul 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian takes another stab at building a more perfect flight stand. [12 Jun 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian weighs the pros and cons of using a power drill on the minis workbench. [24 Jan 2016]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian paints a Napoleonic caricature. [24 Jun 2015]
Patrice Vittesse Fezian Inactive Member paints a machinegun emplacement, and realizes he needs more... [31 May 2015]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian of Warcolours returns to North Africa to paint a British Motor Company. [24 May 2015]
Laconia Hobbies shows us how it is done. [30 Sep 2014]
Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian returns from Mexico with a new vision for making palm trees from scratch. [25 Jun 2012]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian of Warcolours shows he can do more than just Brits in the desert... [30 May 2012]
Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member shares his techniques for painting, rigging and basing Age of Sail warships. [10 May 2012]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian paints "the best plastic sculpts I have seen so far..." [13 Feb 2012]
The modeler himself shows how he paints Guilford Courthouse in 40mm scale. [1 Dec 2010]
Painting a wargaming army is a completely different beast from painting a single miniature for display. [1 Nov 2010]
Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian paints some fast cats. [14 Oct 2010]
Beowulf Fezian has been itching for a small Soviet project! [15 Sep 2010]
Does anyone else have trouble with the color green on microscale vehicles? [12 Sep 2010]
When evolved Newts happen upon a WWII comic... [16 May 2010]
Don't let the horses daunt you! [11 May 2010]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian finishes his 40mm Norse Gods project. [11 Mar 2010]
Hate having to scratchbuild your own masts? Not any more... [27 Oct 2009]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian makes an addition to his Flash Gordon collection. [14 Oct 2009]
The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member couldn't say 'no' to this opportunity! [29 Jul 2009]
Our first Flintloque article. [21 Jul 2009]
Here's Suzi - before and after... [16 Jul 2009]
The painting of the Aeronef Moni. [8 Jul 2009]
Now that the 20mm Finns are painted, how to base them? [22 Jun 2009]
Sam shows how to paint a vehicle, starting with silver and gold. [14 Jun 2009]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian scratchbuilds another Victorian flying machine. [1 Jun 2009]
Artmaster Studio shows how to paint Finnish soldiers in 20mm. [26 May 2009]
Experimenting with an idea for storing 15mm figures and vehicles... [16 Apr 2009]
wodger Fezian Inactive Member begins his series on how to paint a 15mm DBA army well, in a reasonable time frame. [29 Mar 2009]
Minidragon Fezian Inactive Member been building and painting his own army for Flames of War for a while now. [15 Mar 2009]
When Patrice Vittesse Fezian Inactive Member first saw these figures, he was dreading painting them... [11 Mar 2009]
miscmini Fezian assembles and paints Gaso.line's 1/48 scale Mk.II Flammpanzer. [8 Mar 2009]
With clean lines and not a lot of clutter, Minidragon Fezian Inactive Member says these figures are a painter's dream! [5 Mar 2009]
The campaign in North Africa is one of combatpainter Fezian's favorite historical WWII theaters to game and model. [2 Mar 2009]
Monkey Hanger Fezian takes the plunge. [23 Feb 2009]
Adam8472 Fezian Inactive Member takes inspiration from Doctor Who. [19 Feb 2009]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian does his research, selects his colors, and goes forth! [16 Feb 2009]
Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian makes a unique gift. [12 Feb 2009]
Not a Happy Bunny Fezian Inactive Member sets the record straight. [29 Jan 2009]
miscmini Fezian likes the look of the Soviet KV-1 tank, and plunges into a project to paint three of them - plus a spare KV-2 turret! [8 Jan 2009]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian takes on quite a substantial project. [1 Jan 2009]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian's motivation to paint Napoleonic ships returns! [29 Dec 2008]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian paints "four characterful figures that seem to come directly from a vintage vampire movie..." [22 Oct 2008]
With the release of the Check Your 6! rules, Monkey Hanger Fezian finds his interest in WWII air-combat gaming has rekindled. [12 Oct 2008]
Dentatus Fezian thinks Mark's work is among the best available for all-around gaming and painting. [8 Oct 2008]
After many years of resisting the urge to start a Napoleonic collection, Monkey Hanger Fezian takes the plunge! [5 Oct 2008]
Patrice Vittesse Fezian Inactive Member is excited to paint something new. [1 Oct 2008]
Mardaddy Inactive Member has an adventure with two Victorian science-fiction vessels. [23 Sep 2008]
How to use my 15mm figures for one ruleset without gluing them down to a set base size? [18 Sep 2008]
Cold Steel Inactive Member gives us advice, and we test it. [9 Sep 2008]
miscmini Fezian builds, paints, and decals Reviresco's 1/144 scale Dewoitine D.510. [2 Sep 2008]
Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian builds a cutter and a corsair, both in 1/1200 scale. [31 Aug 2008]
What flight stand for our Hurricanes? [26 Aug 2008]
miscmini Fezian completes his work by applying decals, doing a bit of weathering, and coating the minis with a matte-finish. [25 Aug 2008]
Minidragon Fezian Inactive Member finishes his Temple project by painting the kit he previously assembled. [13 Aug 2008]
If you want to magnetically store your 15mm vehicles, then you'd better add some steel! [11 Aug 2008]
One way to base Modern Pulp figures for a wide variety of environments. [10 Aug 2008]
Tony shows how he puts together and paints a Flash Gordon-inspired sci-fi pulp robot. [6 Aug 2008]
Mini-Dragon tackles hundreds of pre-cast pieces to build the Temple Entrance. [30 Jul 2008]
miscmini Fezian assembles and paints two varieties of Hurricanes from Game Figures, Inc.. [22 Jul 2008]
Beowulf Fezian shows an easy and quick technique for British tanks in North Africa. [16 Jul 2008]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian says he's pretty happy with these babes... [10 Jul 2008]
The Editor returns to paper modeling after a long absence. [1 Jul 2008]
Adam practices his white techniques on some Thugs. [10 Jun 2008]
Master Fighter combines a diecast T34/76 with pre-painted tank riders and accessories. [13 Mar 2008]
Dentatus Fezian tackles two subjects from his favorite sculptor. [12 Mar 2008]
I supplied Stronty Girl Fezian Inactive Member with some 'babes', and she did the rest... [11 Mar 2008]
Chocolate Fezian Inactive Member finds his bluff is called! [5 Mar 2008]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian makes models of models of models... [14 Feb 2008]
Monkeylover Fezian Inactive Member covers the basics for this WWII theater of war. [5 Feb 2008]
The goal is to build a series of gameboards covering Longstreet's Assault on the 2nd day of Gettysburg. [28 Jan 2008]
How Blind Old Hag Fezian Inactive Member makes flight stands for 1/300 scale aircraft. [17 Jan 2008]
Jay Wirth Fezian Inactive Member shows how using inks makes it easier to paint a 15mm scale army. [16 Jan 2008]
The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member replicates a mortar schooner at Fort Jackson during the New Orleans campaign. [21 Dec 2007]
Beowulf Fezian proves that you don't need to be a master painter or invest hundreds of hours working to get good results. [13 Dec 2007]
Two of Hasslefree's Adventurers venture to Serbia... [12 Dec 2007]
It's back to pirates for Adam8472 Fezian Inactive Member! [28 Nov 2007]
DJD Miniatures runs amok with a diorama of cavemen and the giant prehistoric armadillo! [27 Nov 2007]
Hundvig Fezian Inactive Member 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 Inactive Member sails to the Skeleton Seas, and finds inspiration as she goes. [30 Oct 2007]
DemosLaserCutDesigns Fezian Inactive Member says these Possessed Zombies would lend themselves well to a zombie game based on the world of the Evil Dead movies. [29 Oct 2007]
Warcolours Miniature Painting Studio paints the Fiat Torpedoe Militaire, an Italian utility vehicle during WWII. [23 Sep 2007]
Can the techniques used for painting giant sci-fi robots be applied to 15mm scale Russian tanks? [27 Aug 2007]
The Army for Bill was a collective project in which TMP'ers came together to jointly paint an Ancients army for yours truly. [23 Aug 2007]
When you have several hundred Marines that need painting, who do you call? [21 Aug 2007]
We may be sending these WWII Russian figures off to Vancouver for painting, but they'll eventually reach Thailand - because that's where DJD Miniatures conducts operations... [20 Aug 2007]
Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian is a big fan of the Age of Sail, and these ships really speak to him - he loves transitional eras, and the Anglo-Dutch Wars was one of those. [19 Aug 2007]
Can any of these products cure the dreaded "wedding cake" effect? [15 Aug 2007]
McKinstry Fezian is a naval wargamer who likes the smaller scales, so who better to show us how to paint small-scale ironclads? [12 Aug 2007]
Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian proves himself a fan of splintered oars, crashing beakheads, and drummers yelling "come'mon, you scurves! The Captain wants to go water skiing, so pull harder!" [5 Aug 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian Inactive Member steps into the arena with two gladiators from Bronze Age Miniatures... [31 Jul 2007]
The Editor dabbles with online printing. [4 Jul 2007]
Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian builds Merrimack/Old Glory Shipyard's 1/600 scale USS Amphitrite. [1 Jul 2007]
Using pink stuff for basework. [27 Jun 2007]
Somehow, miscmini Fezian finds himself in the Workbench with several 15mm scale Russian WWII fighters... [25 Jun 2007]
Damaged in an ocean crossing, Bay Area Yard's 1:600 scale U.S.S. Marmora finally appears in Workbench. [24 Jun 2007]
Adam gets to paint a cool figure, and then paint his dead counterpart. [12 Jun 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian Inactive Member paints Eureka's anime heroines. [29 May 2007]
Paul Baker of Brush Strokes tackles three female adventurers from Hasslefree. [8 May 2007]
These models gave Adam the perfect opportunity to experiment with Citadel's new Foundation paints. [1 May 2007]
Pete is back - this time, with early-war WWII Germans LMG teams. [30 Apr 2007]
combatpainter Fezian explains a simple, quick, and effective way to base troops for Flames of War. [29 Apr 2007]
combatpainter Fezian has been watching some documentaries lately set in the Western Desert, and was inspired to create this... [29 Mar 2007]
David Conyers of Aire Brush Painting Service tells how he builds and paints 1/1200 scale ACW ship. [5 Mar 2007]
While painting Minifigs' N-scale WWII Russians, Rodrick Campbell Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian Inactive Member of Highlander Studios introduces us to his method for smaller scale figures. [1 Mar 2007]
When combatpainter Fezian criticized a recent Workbench entry, I challenged him to show that he could do better... grin [28 Feb 2007]
Blue Table paints up three packs of Obelisk Miniatures' GangStars. [22 Feb 2007]
Having scratchbuilt a flying monitor, dampfpanzerwagon Fezian now paints and bases the model. [7 Feb 2007]
Building a flying two-turret monitor from scratch, inspired by Space: 1889. [6 Feb 2007]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian Inactive Member paints another of Hasslefree's adventurers. [5 Feb 2007]
Adam loves Scorched Brown... [29 Jan 2007]
Mal Wright Fezian Inactive Member experiments to find a better way to mount aircraft for wargaming. [22 Jan 2007]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian Inactive Member paints his favorite from Hasslefree's Zombie Hunter range. [21 Dec 2006]
fieldarchy Fezian Inactive Member of Meg's Miniatures paints three pirates from Bronze Age Miniatures. [19 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]
Dave Bennett of Lone Star Historical Miniatures paints up some WWII Soviet armored cars for TMP - and demonstrated how to use chalk for weathering. [5 Sep 2006]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian Inactive Member returns to show us how he painted Hasslefree's Jess zombie-fighter. [22 Aug 2006]
Meet the Zombie Resistance Family! [19 Jul 2006]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian Inactive Member explains step-by-step how he painted Hasslefree's Maria adventurer. [10 Jul 2006]
Neil Burt of Troop of Shewe tackles the Soviet T-28 in 28mm scale from Force of Arms. [10 Feb 2006]
Five finalists are in the painting rounds of the Alpha 54mm Painting Contest (sponsored by Alpha Miniatures). Who will prove themselves masters of painting 54mm scale Ancients? [24 Jan 2006]
You've got a scenario map, and you need to create some hills. Is there some way to just print out the map in very large scale, so you can trace the outline of the hills you need to build? The Editor finds out... [28 Sep 2005]
While driving across the country, the Editor was fortunate enough to be invited in by Steve Smith - and a wargaming tour was in order! [9 Nov 2004]
Miniatures of Chesapeake volunteers to paint up a set of 15mm scale German armor (from Battlefront) for our Barbarossa campaign. [11 Jan 2004]
The Editor decides to explore a new army by first trying it in 6mm scale... [14 Nov 2003]
Thomas Reipe shows how to scratchbuild a master model, create the molds, and cast your own 1/600 scale ship. [3 Sep 2003]
Dave Woodward of Ever Victorious Miniatures paints Battle Honours' early-war Soviet command set. [19 Aug 2003]
What to do with time on your hands waiting for the convention to start? Alamo36t builds terrain... [10 Aug 2003]
Robert Brown of Friar Barb Painting Service takes on two entire 6mm armies. [3 Jan 2003]
Reader Ken Messenger shows his Victorian British figures from his workbench, and asks for input. [2 Sep 2002]
Friar Barb's Painting Monastery - an historical painting service - takes on a set of WWII Russian "character" figures in 28mm scale. [5 Jul 2002]
George Barnard of Warpaint assembles, paints and bases Force of Arms' 45mm Soviet anti-tank gun - the standard AT gun of Soviet forces in the first part of WWII. [5 Jul 2002]
Reader Alamo36t tells us how to paint 10mm scale ACW figures quickly and easily. [5 Mar 2002]

The Editor finally finishes that ironclad project he started back in '98... [27 Jul 2001]

Reader Mike Frang shares a method for keeping the paint jobs on your soft plastic figures. [27 Jul 2001]
The Editor does his best with a 1:2400 scale resin ironclad, and even messes around with some artist gel... [26 Jul 2001]
A quick-and-easy project - painting up Armorcast's Starter Trench Set. [10 Mar 2000]
Three sizes of battlefield craters from Tactical Conflict Systems [10 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]
A set of ruined brick walls in "15-20mm" scale from Tactical Conflict Systems. [9 Mar 2000]
Reader Brent R. Anderson reveals his techniques for constructing 15mm scale buildings using Sculpey. [7 Mar 2000]