Episode 19 – Art Is Medicine: an Interview with ShoshiesMinis!

This week I interview the wonderful Shoshie of ShoshiesMinis; she is a miniature painter with a mission and a classical art background. She’s also a highly respected commission painter. She’s super fun to talk with and she’s also great fun to hang out with on Twitch where she chats with viewers and works on whatever personal miniatures she happens to have in her queue at the time. Today we discuss all kinds of things: from Kingdom Death to painting for yourself instead of judges to miniatures as fine art to her tools of the trade, and even pond fishing! That’s right! Catch and release … catch and release, that’s like a motif for this podcast … huh.

Bookmarks
00:00:00 – Opening (News & Sundries)
00:08:13 – Interview
00:54:38 – Hobby Progress
01:00:00 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight the Instagram account MSTerrainLab. This terrain modeler is a commission table and terrain builder specializing currently in Mordheim style boards. There’s not a ton of photos on the feed yet but I expect it’s gonna grow, ‘cause this creator is awesome. The boards are large scale and have such an immense amount of detail, a lot of it is architectural. Another aspect I really appreciate about this Instagramer is how they post multiple pics per post and a lot of the pics are work-in-progress detail pics, so you can see the process almost from design to completion. Check out MSTerrainLab on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/msterrainlab/

SHOW NOTES

ShoshiesMinis on Instagram
Shoshie’s Magnificent Minis on Facebook
Shoshie on Twitch.tv

Kingdom Death
ProAcryl paint
Scale 75 paint
P3 paint
The Artist’s Way (book)

Watch the YouTube version of the podcast which contains time-lapse footage of working at the paint desk!

Show Transcript (excluding interview content)

Welcome back to Tabletop Alchemy, a podcast ostensibly about things I’m experiencing on my full-on return to the hobbies and interests I had a quarter of a century ago. I’m your host CryinMo and today we chat with the artist Shoshie also known as ShoshiesMinis on Instagram and Twitch and Shoshie’s Magnificent Mini Painting on Facebook.

But before we meet Shoshie let me get my ramble on. So my tagline for this podcast is currently: CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy, a podcast about a midlife return to Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, miniatures, terrain crafting and tabletop skirmish games. And while this is all still very true, obviously this has turned way more into an interview-based show where we chat with artists and other folks who do stuff in and around our hobbies. Which I am loving and I hope you are too. And I had no idea when I started that this is a direction I would go in at all! But it makes me think I need to come up with a better description of the show. So, basically, this is just me griping about how I now have homework. Yeah. But fair warning – I still might do some solo episodes where I just blather and tangentialize about hobby stuff! Lol That’s always a possibility. 

All right, how are you guys doing this week? I hope everyone is coping, hanging on by your fingernails at least – my mom always tried to get me to stop biting my fingernails and now I know why. Hang onto that ledge just a few more seconds. 

My run on the Paint All The Mini’s podcast is about to start, so be sure check that out if you want some serious rambling about the concepts of Sustainable Gaming as put forth by Dan Adams himself. The first episode is just sort of about me, I think – to be honest it’s been so long since we recorded that I don’t actually remember what we talked about in that first episode. BUT the second, third and fourth episodes are all about the following topics: Mental Health and Overbuying; Physical Health and Painting More; and Social Health and Playing More. Games. Everything is ostensibly tied into our hobby but as I always like to point out, everything is a fractal, everything relates in some way to a bigger picture, so concepts that help you in one area of your life are bound to help or at least inform other areas of your life. And yeah, I know used the word ostensibly twice in one episode – in fact, I’m pretty sure I use it in the upcoming interview, so there! I’m know what I’m saying. Usually. Well, at least part of the time! Lemme alone.

Okay, sundries: this podcast is intended for use as background noise while you hobby or as the soundtrack of your life while you travel. Or do the dishes. Or anything else that’s tedious or boring or mind-numbing but necessary. You can listen to all the episodes on Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts or hopefully wherever you like to catch your podcasts – in fact, if anyone there cannot find Tabletop Alchemy on their preferred podcast listening app, please let me know and I’ll rectify that if at all possible! Speaking of contacting me, you can do that at cryinmo@gmail.com, and you can find links and show notes and episodes for downloading all at cryinmo.com

Two new patrons stepped on board this week at Patreon.com, huge thanks to Mr. Bimal Gorajia, he joined the ranks of the Mo-conspirators (that’s right, Mo-conspirators …. I’m very literary, I realize that.) and as such, Herr Gorajia’s name shall appear in the end title card of the YouTube version of this podcast. Yes, I post every episode of Tabletop Alchemy on YouTube accompanied by footage of my hands painting miniatures, just in case YouTube is where you prefer to stream your media. Also, all my patrons are listed on The Shrine at cryinmo.com and that’s where new patron Mr. Jason Turner appears, thank you sir, and as always, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to ALL my patrons, your support is much much appreciated. 

If you’d like to support the show in other ways, leaving a rating or a review on whatever app you use is highly appreciated and of course sharing the show with anyone else you think might dig the content always results in a virtual high-five. Yeah … yeah you’re right, that was pretty dorky. Seriously, tho, liking and sharing is always one of the best ways to support stuff you dig online. Feed the algorithms, they’re insatiable. Kinda like Dany’s dragons … All right enough of this, let’s get to the thing:

Shoshie is a miniature painter with a mission and a classical art background. She’s also a highly respected commission painter. She’s super fun to talk with and she’s also great fun to hang out with on Twitch where she chats with viewers and works on whatever personal miniatures she happens to have in her queue at the time. You can find links to her social media presences in the show notes at cryinmo.com and today we discuss all kinds of things: from Kingdom Death to painting for yourself instead of judges to miniatures as fine art to her tools of the trade, and even pond fishing! That’s right! Catch and release … catch and release, that’s like a motif for this podcast … huh. All right, let’s meet her!  

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All right, many thanks again to the wonderful Shoshie for sharing her time and insights with us, be sure to check out her amazing and award-winning paint work on her Instagram and Facebook page and catch her live on Twitch throughout the week! As always, links to her sites are in the show notes on cryinmo.com. And let’s all remember: Art Is Medicine!

Speaking of which, it’s time for Hobby Progress!

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So last week I mentioned I finished up the Trollkin Shaman, and I actually finalized the base and sprayed on the matte coat a few days after recording the episode and I took pics of it but I have not yet posted those pics online because I’m was still releasing the pics of my skeleton warriors. So, the way I run my Instagram is a little bit strategic, at least I’m trying to be. I only post on Instagram Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – that’s if I even have four pics to go out on a given week. A lot of times I’ll just have a single miniature to post and so I’ll post usually on Thursday evening. But when I’ve got batches of figures, then I try to keep to that 3 days a week schedule and in the case of the skeletons, of which there were 10 figures PLUS group shots which I haven’t released yet, those skeletons afforded me a decent back catalog to post from. It’s nice to have a little bit of a buffer for posting but that also makes me work on, you know, honing my patience when I’ve got something I’m really proud of to put out there. And I am pretty proud of this trollkin shaman. So I get to post him this week! 

As far as miniature painting goes, I popped open a blister pack of I think fairly old Games Workshop goblins – Nasty Skulkers, to be exact. Three awesome little goblin rogues, or assassins I suppose. Whatever they are, Backstab is their strongest suit, you can tell that just from their poses lol. These little guys are great, two pieces each, the heads were separate but the molds seemed very clean, hardly any seams to remove and I stuck them on some cool aftermarket bases I had, two of them are like tavern board flooring and one’s a sort of urban cobblestone. I painted the first of them yesterday, almost entirely in a single two hour session! There’s not a lot to these guys but they’re very expressive and evoke great little gnarly characters! So I’m hoping to get the other two done this week and I’m not sure if I’ll post them this week or next, but soon.

I’m feeling the desire to get some more terrain done slowly welling up, so that means that someday in the next month or so I’ll probably open up that WarCry box I got a month ago and break out some of the terrain pieces. That’s right, my WarCry box is still sealed and I haven’t even opened the cardboard box it was shipped in. It could be box of rocks for all I know. Hmmmm … I’m not sure what that says about me. 

And lastly, I shall include my brother in this Hobby Progress: he has splashed up the first miniatures he’s painted in years! Getting his warband ready for our Frostgrave campaign! He sent me a couple pics and the minis are looking great and in the background I noticed all these Games Workshop paints that he’d transferred to dropper bottles and I was like, hey, you’re barely returning to the miniature hobby and you ALREADY have GW paints transferred to dropper bottles?! I’m telling you the rate of knowledge exchange in this day and age is kind of bizarre!

Section Charlie, here we come!

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Section Charlie, where I get to highlight something or someone that I find interesting and want to share. Also, side tangent – this is called Section Charlie because I was just rambling in one of the early episodes and called it Section C because it was the third section of the podcast and then I just kept saying it. And so now it’s Section Charlie. It should almost definitely 100% be called something else. But as we do so well on this show, we’ll just ignore that and continue on.

So today I wanna highlight an Instagram account called MSTerrainLab. This terrain modeler is commission table and terrain builder specializing currently in Mordheim style boards. There’s not a ton of photos on the feed yet but I expect it’s gonna grow, ‘cause this creator is awesome. The boards are large scale and have such an immense amount of detail, a lot of it is architectural. For instance there’s a full game board that is basically a town square with moveable multi-story battle-damaged buildings but the entire town square’s foundation are huge stone brick arches that suspend the town over a lake or river! Another aspect I really appreciate about this Instagramer is how they post multiple pics per post and a lot of the pics are work-in-progress detail pics, so you can see the process almost from design to completion. I love how the bricks in the stone bridges are cut from cork board, I never thought to actually just make bricks out of cork board, I’m sure lots of people do it, but I haven’t seen it before. You get built-in texture and cork is easily formable and simple to adhere to most surfaces! Excellent idea. Anyway, check out MSterrainLabs on Instagram, I think you’ll be impressed with their work – if you can’t tell, I’m shying away from saying “his” or “her” work because I just don’t know and I don’t want to assume! Usually I just call everyone “dude” or “man” regardless of gender because I’m callous like that – and also ‘cause I’m from California, so it’s all fine, but yeah, go check out MSTerrainLabs, links in the show notes – or if you’re listening to this on YouTube, links are in the description down below!

All right, that puts a spear in this Spartan, time to sign off, break out that wet palette and sling some paint. 

Thank you to everyone listening, I hope your weeks are wonderful and your dreams are exciting! Remember, CryinMo is rooting for you, even if he can’t hang on himself cause he bit off all his fingernails – it’s a bad habit, I know. Ah well, I have the get out of jail free card – I get to say: I’m old! See ya!