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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian upgrades his Heavy Gear force with a second squad from the new boxed set. [15 Oct 2021]


Big vegetation at a small price! [18 Aug 2021]
Sci-fi terrain doesn't have to be expensive. [16 Aug 2021]
Having more fun at the dollar store, in the spirit of classic TV sci-fi! [24 Oct 2020]
Christmas at the dollar stores is the cheap hobbyist's delight… [24 Oct 2020]
Can Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian solve the rotation problem with magnetic flight stands? [31 Jul 2020]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian finishes the Yellow Team. [1 Jul 2020]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian makes a simple conversion to a toy car. [28 May 2020]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian paints another Grey Knights squad. [11 Apr 2020]
Cracked windshield? No problem – just armor it! [29 Nov 2019]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian adds a new vehicle to his Army racing team. [18 Jun 2019]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian uses bits from Stan Johansen Miniatures to upgrade a toy car for post-apocalyptic battle arenas. [7 Jun 2019]
Sometimes, you have to take it apart, so you can put it back together again. [6 Jun 2019]
Useful 3D models for concrete barriers. [27 Jul 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian takes another stab at building a more perfect flight stand. [13 Jun 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian finds a 3D model on the internet, and tries to turn it into a wargaming model. [30 May 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]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian learns to drill with a screwdriver. [17 Jan 2016]
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian experiments with Finger Drills. [10 Jan 2016]
Trying out the silver Sharpie... [14 Jun 2015]
Painting a droid from the Fearless boxed set. [29 Sep 2010]
Which color of undercoat works best? [25 May 2010]
When evolved Newts happen upon a WWII comic... [17 May 2010]
A photo-only tutorial on Fearless's Jack Led. [2 Apr 2010]
Here's Suzi - before and after... [17 Jul 2009]
Sam shows how to paint a vehicle, starting with silver and gold. [15 Jun 2009]
You were wondering "How does he do those patterns?" [21 May 2009]
"Funny lookin' fellas" is what Adam calls these invaders from outer space. [21 Apr 2009]
With clean lines and not a lot of clutter, Minidragon Fezian says these figures are a painter's dream! [5 Mar 2009]
RobH was delighted to get the opportunity to paint these figures. [26 Feb 2009]
Adam8472 Fezian takes inspiration from Doctor Who. [19 Feb 2009]
Painting the same figure in two contrasting styles. [5 Jan 2009]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian paints "four characterful figures that seem to come directly from a vintage vampire movie..." [23 Oct 2008]
Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian thinks Mark's work is among the best available for all-around gaming and painting. [9 Oct 2008]
Mardaddy has an adventure with two Victorian science-fiction vessels. [24 Sep 2008]
What flight stand for our Hurricanes? [27 Aug 2008]
Minidragon Fezian finishes his Temple project by painting the kit he previously assembled. [14 Aug 2008]
One way to base Modern Pulp figures for a wide variety of environments. [11 Aug 2008]
Tony shows how he puts together and paints a Flash Gordon-inspired sci-fi pulp robot. [7 Aug 2008]
Brandon Palmer of Grey Matter Musings Studios paints the G-1000 Guardian from Excalibur. [24 Jul 2008]
Warcolours Painting Studio Fezian says he's pretty happy with these babes... [11 Jul 2008]
Adam practices his white techniques on some Thugs. [11 Jun 2008]
People have been asking Minidragon Fezian for a while now if he would be willing to put together a tutorial to explain and show how he paint his spaceships. [18 Mar 2008]
Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian tackles two subjects from his favorite sculptor. [13 Mar 2008]
I supplied Stronty Girl Fezian with some 'babes', and she did the rest... [12 Mar 2008]
DemosLaserCutDesigns Fezian "expands his knowledge" by venturing onto the high frontier. [19 Feb 2008]
dampfpanzerwagon Fezian makes models of models of models... [14 Feb 2008]
DemosLaserCutDesigns Fezian takes inspiration from Masters of the Universe when painting these mutant cats. [13 Feb 2008]
Dances With Words Fezian experiments with better tentacle material... [1 Feb 2008]
How Blind Old Hag Fezian makes flight stands for 1/300 scale aircraft. [17 Jan 2008]
The G Dog Fezian needs big honking trees - large enough to stop the Bugs! [15 Jan 2008]
Two of Hasslefree's Adventurers venture to Serbia... [12 Dec 2007]
Can a plastic flower become a wargaming shrub? Or maybe a small tree? [10 Dec 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]
Chogokin Fezian encounters the Walking Dead. [6 Nov 2007]
Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian paints a couple of mean-looking mutant-type villains from the far future. [4 Nov 2007]
DemosLaserCutDesigns Fezian says these Possessed Zombies would lend themselves well to a zombie game based on the world of the Evil Dead movies. [30 Oct 2007]
DemosLaserCutDesigns Fezian gets to paint out-of-production figures he never thought he'd see again. [15 Oct 2007]
alizardincrimson2 Fezian takes Hasslefree's Libby in a whole new direction... [11 Oct 2007]
Adam uses stark highlighting for a 'cartoony' style with these DemonBlade figures. [14 Aug 2007]
NBFGH with Attitude Fezian explores the versatility of Pig Iron's infantry. [19 Jun 2007]
Adam gets to paint a cool figure, and then paint his dead counterpart. [13 Jun 2007]
fieldarchy Fezian paints Eureka's anime heroines. [30 May 2007]
Iron Dream Tournament V needed something that looked infernal, science-fictionesque, original, and big... [15 May 2007]
Paul Baker of Brush Strokes tackles three female adventurers from Hasslefree. [9 May 2007]
These models gave Adam the perfect opportunity to experiment with Citadel's new Foundation paints. [2 May 2007]
combatpainter Fezian has been watching some documentaries lately set in the Western Desert, and was inspired to create this... [30 Mar 2007]
When you feel like smashing robots, where can you find enough of them? [6 Mar 2007]
Zen Ghost Fezian makes use of mirrored surfaces in painting this Tiko Destroyer from Ninja Magic. [2 Mar 2007]
Is Blue Table Painting Service a match for ten giant, four-armed mutants? [26 Feb 2007]
Blue Table paints up three packs of Obelisk Miniatures' GangStars. [22 Feb 2007]
The Spacefarers are covered with some kind of lead disease! [19 Feb 2007]
The Editor tries a simpler solution for grav vehicle basing. [12 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 paints another of Hasslefree's adventurers. [5 Feb 2007]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian paints his favorite from Hasslefree's Zombie Hunter range. [21 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 #2 in Scale Creep's Scavengers Design Contest - big game hunting in a heavily populated asteroid belt. [1 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]
Jake Staines of Eviscerate tackles a squad pack for Heavy Gear. [8 Sep 2006]
What can you do with those cheap Christmas decorations? Well, the sky isn't the limit... [5 Sep 2006]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian returns to show us how he painted Hasslefree's Jess zombie-fighter. [23 Aug 2006]
Holger Schmidt Fezian of Fantasy Miniatures jumps at the chance to paint Hasslefree's Powered-armour Libby. [16 Aug 2006]
Mardaddy of Mardaddy Paints experiments with color-shifting paints on a pair of Necron Monoliths. [7 Aug 2006]
If your tournament is inspired by John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, you've got to have a train! [21 Jul 2006]
Meet the Zombie Resistance Family! [20 Jul 2006]
Lonewolf dcc Fezian explains step-by-step how he painted Hasslefree's Maria adventurer. [11 Jul 2006]
Sometimes, you've just got to have that special figure... [28 Apr 2006]
Ten painters begin - but only one can be the Last Painter Standing! [7 Mar 2006]
Can NBFGH with Attitude make an army of Rednecks for Iron Dream Tournament 4 from only four poses? [21 Feb 2006]
The Editor learns about downloading, printing, and binding a ruleset. [23 Jan 2006]
Scurvy's mission: Convert and paint 8 Reaper Neanderthals into a Cyberpunk/Sci-Fi gang of future 'hop heads,' using common wargaming supplies. [23 May 2005]
TheMackster Fezian shows his quick-and-dirty way to paint up the Warrior Bugs from Starship Troopers. [7 May 2005]
The Editor puts together some Warrior Bugs from the Starship Troopers boxed set. [21 Apr 2005]
What's wrong with Americ-Ann, and can she be saved? [16 Apr 2005]
The Editor uses the Hexon II system to build a science-fiction battlefield. [14 Apr 2004]
The Editor tries a new storage solution for his Ogre models. [9 Apr 2004]
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! [16 Oct 2003]
The Editor finds a gaming use for cheap Christmas ornaments... [1 Dec 2002]
Leland R. Erickson of Miniatures Dressed to Kill takes on Games Workshop's upcoming release: the MkIVb Predator. [1 Jul 2002]
The Editor makes a few mistakes, learns a new basing technique, and ends up with some unusual gaming models. [20 Nov 2001]
Reader James Marshall shows how practical 2mm science fiction wargaming is - low cost and easy to paint up! [12 Nov 2001]
What can you do with a $1 vehicle? The Editor steps up to the plate and takes a stab at painting the model we reported on last week. [17 Mar 2000]
A quick-and-easy project - painting up Armorcast's Starter Trench Set. [10 Mar 2000]
The Editor takes on a 1/300 scale grav tank from Scotia. [10 Mar 2000]
The Editor Undertakes 3D Space Combat. [10 Mar 2000]
The editor messes around with a fast-painting method, on some 1/3000 scale starships from Brigade Models. [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]
Three sizes of battlefield craters from Tactical Conflict Systems [10 Mar 2000]
The Editor takes on Reviresco's microscale Janus VII. [10 Mar 2000]
The Editor paints up some 25mm Plank Earthworks. [9 Mar 2000]
A set of ruined brick walls in "15-20mm" scale 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]
The Editor takes household junk and hobby store supplies to create this simple missile site. [7 Mar 2000]
The Editor paints up some 10mm scale Cybrid Vindicator scout hovertanks, from Starsiege: Rebellion. [7 Mar 2000]
The editor continues to mess around with rapid-painting techniques, this time on some Silent Death starships. [7 Mar 2000]
Sci-fi war in a larger scale - a look at the 10mm vehicles for Starsiege: Rebellion. (Roughly twice the scale of Battletech, for instance.) [7 Mar 2000]
The Editor "starts out small" with this ship from the Star Blazers! product line. [7 Mar 2000]
The Editor moves up to a medium-sized ship in the Star Blazers! product line - the Gamilon Trideck Carrier. [7 Mar 2000]
The Editor concludes his small Gamilon fleet by building the S-Type Battleship. [6 Mar 2000]