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My name is Jessie Carlile and I paint miniatures and love to roll dice. I began painting miniatures in 1999 and have never looked back. Painting is very relaxing and rewarding for me and I hope you enjoy the works I share on this website. I have won many awards for my work including the Silver in 2008 and 2009 Privateer Press Masters Painting Competition as well as a Gold in 2010. Enjoy your stay and if you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's Con season!

And with Con Season comes painting contests!

This means this blog is going to go dark for a while. 

When I start to paint for contests I sometimes loose interest in what I'm painting, which results in me sitting figures down knowing they will never get finished.  Normally, when I paint figures to a table top standard, like I'm doing with my Trolls, I can push through and throw pictures up here.  When I'm painting figures to a competition standard, I can't just work through the figure unless I'm feeling really good about it.

In past years, I've been able to get Silvers in the single figure P3 painting competition.  I came in second to Jennifer Haley one year and second to Marike Reimer in another, which to me was pretty awesome.  To see my figures next to theirs was pretty encouraging.  When Privateer changed the process to coins, I received a gold coin for me entry, and instantly knew what I could have done to push him over the edge to get that trophy.

I plan to enter a figure in every category except the diorama portion.  I have an idea, but time constraints may prevent me from making one.  I will post pictures of my entries here once the contest is over and hopefully there will be some pretty shiny things to accompany them!  There may be a few posts here and there of figures I've painted in between, but posts wont be as reliably published until after Gen Con.  

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to posting some good news in a few months!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Butcher, revisited

What happens when I have a lens I've never worked with before?  I wait until the night before I like to post to my blog and get a bunch of out of focus, over exposed pictures.

All is not lost, however.  I got a glimpse of what I can achieve with a different lens, as the following pictures show.  This guy won me a gold coin in the 2010 Privateer Press painting contest.  I know I have pictures of him on the blog already, but those pictures were taken with a pocket camera on the floor of my old basement apartment kitchen.  To say the least, they were not as accurate of a representation of the figure as I would like, and I think these are a little closer to what it looks like in real life.  To this day it's still one of my favorite pieces, so he was an easy choice to test a different lens with.

If you want to take pictures of you figures and accurately represent them on the internet, you must not get discouraged when the pictures don't turn out like you want them to.  There are a lot of different factors that must be taken into consideration that can affect the outcome of your photos.  Lighting \and focus are the two biggest things I need to improve and become more comfortable with.  I'm using too much light right now, and I need to figure out a good way to position the light so it's diffused properly and doesn't wash out my figures.

I also learned not to wait until the night before I post to my blog to take pictures of 5 different figures.  I'm too tired to keep up the trial and error.  In order to really learn this camera and develop my skills, I need a good day to just get the feel of this.  What keeps me motivated is the idea of fantastic pictures of my figures, and working out a process that works for me.

Comments and questions welcome!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fennblade Warder

I've had my Trollbloods since about 2006 or so.  I've never been able to settle on a skin tone, or a way to paint it that I've liked.  Surprise, surprise, the airbrush changed everything.  

I love the studio skin tone color, but was never able to replicate it to my satisfaction.  I basically used the same build, but applied it with the airbrush, which of course cuts down on time, and easily places the highlights and shadows.  Base of Trollblood base, and highlight by adding TB Highlight, then straight TBH.  On larger surfaces, a little bit of white is mixed in.

Photographing the skin is proving to be a little tricky, the highlights are getting washed out.  I'm not getting discouraged by it, though.  I'm painting the rest of my Trollbloods up and can't wait to smash some face with a force that is a little more resilient than my Scyrah. 

The tartan is a straight copy of the studio tartan.  It'll probably be the pattern of my force.  

I made a Borka conversion a long time ago that I've actually begun to put paint to as of this writing.  Hopefully he should be up in a few weeks.

Comments and questions welcome!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


I much prefer the metal version over the new plastic one.

This is yet another model I've had for a loooong time.  I cant even remember when I bought it.  

I pushed the highlights a little further with the Spriggan than I did with the Juggernaut, and painted the pieces separately to make it a little easier.  I airbrushed the Khador anvil on the airbrush, but it looks a little more graffiti like than I would like, but it's done.  I wanted more battle damage on it as well, and I'm pleased with how it looks.

Also, I found out that every season of Daria is on Amazon Prime, so I watched the first three seasons while painting this.  I can't look at this model without seeing Daria, so I think I'm going to call it Daria.

Comments and questions welcome!