Sunday 27 September 2009

The Colour of the day

This is a new feature to the blog which I will pick a colour of paint from a manufacturer and give my opinion on the quality of the paint and it's uses.

So Todays colour of the day is Vallejo Vermillion


This is a very vibrant red and a good highlight for many dark reds. I use it lots on Napoleonics such as the British Red coat. This usually acts as a first highlight for scarlet reds or a second highlight for a more subtle darker red.


As with most Vallejo colours this exceptional paint quality. Good consistancy and flow. Easily blended too when watered down slightly.

Use with:

Highlight over Vermillion with Vallejo Orange red for brighter reds or Highlight a darker red such as Americana Napa red.

Tuesday 22 September 2009

No skool like the old skool!

Here are a few shots of a recent Necromunda commission. These make a nice change from the general historical stuff painted at the Studio.

More to come soon!


Friday 18 September 2009


Well, Tonight's Vision was a success. We got through it without any technical difficulties or freezing. The way we got around that was by reducing the quality of the video slightly which in turn made it a bit more pixelly. So we compromised the quality slightly.

However I do feel slightly disappointed after re-watching it that you can't see as much detail as I had hoped. When I see the video on my screen as I'm recording it the video is much sharper.

We shall continue experimenting with quality and hopefully come to a happy compromise.

I'd like to hear your thoughts too on how you think the Vision went.

Thanks for watching!

Thursday 17 September 2009

Artmaster Vision announcment!

Vision live painting sessions will go live again on Friday 18th September at 8.30 GMT.

I will be painting a Renegade ECW pikemen

Tune in and sign up to Ustream to comment live as it happens or just come along to watch and pick up handy tips and painting advice.

Signing up gives you the chance to ask any questions you like and even make suggestions for future Visions.

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Perry Samurai

Here is the figure painted on last nights Artmaster Vision.

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Visit our Ustream page at
Here you can watch the entire video in order as it's split into 2 or 3 videos.

The Figure was painted in about one and half hours. I am fairly pleased with it. Let me know what you think!

Monday 14 September 2009

Artmaster Vision after thoughts

Well, tonight's Artmaster Vision live painting session was a success and a failure at the same time. It started well but a few minutes in the camera froze up which broke the video recording into segments. Also towards the end we had some glare issues from the paper below the figure but overall the session went rather well!

I think the Perry miniatures Samurai figure came out really nicely with some good colour choice, freehand patterns and a nice flower on the base as a finishing touch. I will certainly be painting some more Samurai soon. Photos to follow!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for tuning in and watching live and taking the time to sign up with Ustream to comment.

With any luck the next Vision will not have the technical difficulties we have experienced this time.

Till next time.


Sunday 13 September 2009


In case you're reading this and don't know who Artmaster Studio is and what we do then check out our website at

Who am I?


My name is Toby Thornton and I am one of the Artists at Artmaster Studio. I'm 20 years young at the time of writing this and have been painting miniatures for 14 years.

This blog is intended to give people an insight into the Studio, how I paint, Artmaster Vision live painting session announcments and lots of other interesting things.

I hope to keep this updated quite regularly and I hope you will continue to follow my journey into the wargaming blogging world.

Thank you for reading this and it's on to a bright future!