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Is Miniature Painting a Fat Trap or Healthy Hobby? (Editorial)

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Painting miniatures is a sedentary hobby where you don’t exert a lot of physical energy. I’ve wondered whether the activity that we spend hours doing is unhealthy. Miniature painting is not exercise. Sure it’s great fun but the key question is whether our mini painting hobby is contributing to unhealthy habits with food and our …

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“Chalkola Dot Markers” for Creative Little Kids (Review)

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Do you want to teach your little kids about color, but don’t want the mess of paint, the hassle of broken crayons and dried-out markers? Dot markers are the perfect way to keep kids engaged and entertained. Chalkola Dot Markers will help your little one’s fingers, hands, and mind stay busy for hours on end. …

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The Benefits of Clear Coating Your Painted Miniatures

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Are you wondering if you need to apply a clear coat to your miniatures? At first glance you may think that paint should be enough to endure gentle handling, even during gameplay. But, a layer of acrylic paint is thin and vulnerable to all sorts of environmental insults, e.g., sunlight, moisture, bumps, and movement during …

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Do You Paint Miniatures at Night or Day? What’s Better?

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I’ve found that I’m more creative when painting miniatures at night because I can go into a trance-like state. Painting miniatures in the daytime is draining and it seems like my brain is too busy to focus on any one thing, but it’s amazingly captivating at night. It’s quiet and the light is soft, but …

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How to Photograph Miniatures with a Black Background (Guide)

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A true infinity black background is a great way to create a dramatic atmosphere in your miniature photos. But, many people don’t realize how difficult it is to create a true black background, until they take their first few pictures. A black backdrop in your photos of painted miniatures is hard to achieve! Sometimes the …

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How Tabletop Gaming Can Help with PTSD (Editorial)

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People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a hard time finding ways to cope, and drugs are often not the best answer. Tabletop wargaming is becoming an increasingly popular way for those suffering from PTSD to take care of themselves without feeling like they’re neglecting their needs. It’s also a form of therapy that’s not …

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“Creative People and Anxiety”: The Link Nobody Talks About

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Creativity may not be what comes to mind when you think of a mental illness, but it’s worth considering that many creative people, including miniature painters, are also often diagnosed with anxiety disorders. In fact, creativity is a common trait among those who suffer from anxiety disorders. Yet, it’s not well-known what causes this link …

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9 Natural Ways to Improve Your “Miniature Painting Endurance”

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Are you always too tired to paint your miniatures? Do you lack the energy to slay the unpainted “gray horde“? If you have a lot of miniatures and models in your collection, but can’t seem to find the physical energy to tackle them, consider improving your general health. Painting miniatures is a poor way to …

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