Teaching runs in my family, and I have been teaching small seminars over the years... first in watercolor painting and pastels, but eventually I began to teach miniature painting seminars. These were incredibly popular, and lots of fun was had by myself and the participants.
I have tried to reach as many people as possible through my blog at: http://wappellious.blogspot.com/ by posting dozens of "how to" articles. However, no matter how comprehensive I tried to make those postings, I had many viewers requesting videos, so that they could see how I was handling the brush, the palette, etc.
This gave me the idea to create multiple videos covering a range of subjects. Little did I know that the list would soon grow to over 50!!! For this first batch, I decided on 20 painting subjects that cover all my basic techniques, and a good deal of advanced ones as well.
My goal for this project is to create the best possible instructional videos. These will be 100 minutes long, broken into five 20 minute "chapters" to make it easier to follow along. There will also be a scrolling text bar that will identify what colors I am using, or the type of brush. Also, if I refer to a technique that is not specifically featured on that video, I will identify which DVD covers it.
The proceeds from the Kickstarter will provide the raw materials, such as miniatures, painting supplies, computer upgrades, new photo lights, producing the hard copies of the DVD's etc. I will be giving daily updates here and on the blog as to the progress!
Here is a listing of the various DVD titles. The numbers on each banner match the list on the pledge column, so that you can make your choices. As I get sample videos ready, I will try to replace the images with those samples.
Do you want to roll like I do? Heck no! Unless you love rolling 1's! This is a little peek at the dice that is included in some of the rewards:
For all you astronomy lovers out there, I am offering up some artwork out there from my days as a 2D painter! Here are three of my all time favorite spacescapes, which are included in some of the higher level pledges. These are 8 x 10 prints... something to have on your desk or cubicle!
This is all I have for now. I hope that you will be interested in learning these techniques, and my (as I have been told) very unique approach to making them a reality!!! Be sure to check out the blog, and my gallery on Coolminiornot under the name Wappellious.
I also wanted to reward the 15 intrepid backers who pledged for the full set of 20 videos!
Above all else, Wappellians are known best for the display style bases that they create for every miniature! These were among the most popular hobby seminars which we taught at Adepticon. Now they will be in video form!!
These additional videos will demonstrate how to create a variety of bases for your miniatures. Marble, wood planks, rocks, crystals, snow, swamps, forests and more! A setting for just about any army, game system or RPG.
Once these new videos are added, I will create a few new pledge levels to reflect this. I am trying to keep this first stretch goal as simple as possible, give people some extras, and allow me to introduce more choices for people.
I also tried to make this first stretch goal pretty easy to reach!!!
The First Stretch goal has been reached! Here are the banners representing the new choices. These are some of my favorite things...
I hope that you will enjoy working on your bases as much as I do!!!
I see that it is time to announce another stretch goal! At the $20,000 level, I will add new videos on painting large creatures and terrain building, as well as the introduction of new pledge levels... including all digital!!
Both Coolminiornot and Ultraforge have given their blessing for me to add some new videos to the kickstarter featuring their miniatures!
First, we have some giant birds from CoolMini:
I also want to add a few demons from the Ultraforge line:
And last but not least, Terrain Building! Constructing warp gates, fantasy buildings, monuments and hills for your gaming tables or your army display boards.
So, let's get to the next level of the Painting Pyramid and unlock these videos!!
YEA!!! The next level of the Pyramid has been reached!!! Here are the ten new terrain and large creature videos. You can select from this group with all the other pledge levels that have been created.
Here is a review of the new things I have added in terms of pledges:
Please look at everything carefully, because I think people have not realized everything they are getting, including the +1 free video that was given out when the $14,000 goal was reached. I added a "please note" paragraph to offer an example of how that benefit applies to the new "Digital only" pledges.
The $25,000 stretch goal was met! Thanks to all the new backers!!!
These are the new videos, starting with the eight new painting subjects:
And now for the Forbidden levels of the Pyramid! These are available for pledges of $200 or more:
Here is something very unique... completely custom, just for you!!!
OK! As we enter the final 48 hours of the campaign, I want to make some free stuff available!
So, if you have already pledged $200 or one of the higher levels up to $400, you will get this video added to your pledge for free!
If you have pledged $400 or more, you will get the Bloody Mess video PLUS the "Not Just for Weathering" video added for free.
I hope to add more tomorrow... and possibly add a new pledge level or two!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to this project is learning to work with video editing. I have taken tens of thousands of still images of my miniatures, but moving images are brand new to me.
Fortunately, I have people close by who have a lot of experience in those areas. I have already learned a lot from them (it's very strange to be on the other side of the school desk!), and they are helping me avoid some of the "learning the hard way" experiences. If you look at my blog, you can track the work that has been done in this area, and the current effortsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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