Modelling and Painting Fantasy Figures is a 176 page softback book, one of the latest in the Crowood Press Wargaming Guides series. In essence, the book is a basic introduction to the world of miniature gaming, painting and sculpting.
The guide begins with an overview of the world of miniatures, the fantasy genre, painting and preparing figures and the tools needed for the various aspects, including converting and sculpting. These read as very much a ‘beginner’s guide’, but could be of use to those looking for advice on certain topics.
The basic pattern and approach of the book continues through the next 3 sections, which deal with miniatures in some detail, from different types, materials and scales up to basic conversions and using tools and sculpting mediums to repair damaged figures.
The remainder of the book offers advice on how to prepare and paint miniatures of various types. From basic techniques to shading, painting black ‘correctly’, using washes and paint layers, creating top quality faces and reptilian scales, they all feature here, explained using step by step text and photographs of samples.
This book would make a perfect gift for a beginner to fantasy miniatures, although some of the techniques described would also work for historical figures. A more experienced person would perhaps also benefit from some aspects, as the quality of the writing addresses the more advanced techniques that many gamers never attempt – the three-colour layer system, sculpting your own replacement parts, etc. If you’re looking for a reference able to aid your skill level or simply to check as you go along, this is a guide you need.