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The Labor in Vain (TLV) is a production company located in Chicago, Illinois.

This is the hobby/games blog for The Labor in Vain. It is maintained and developed by its primary contributor, Timothy O'Connell.

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Miniatures Painting

One of the main topics of this hobby blog is miniatures painting. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the painting posts on this blog:
  1. This is not a "pro painter" blog. There are lots of great resources (see below) for that sort of thing. Conversely, there are not a lot of  blogs for "tabletop quality" painting, which is what we blog about here.
  2. To be clear, when we say "tabletop quality", we're talking about miniatures that:
    • use simplistic three- or four-color scheme (including highlights, inks, etc.)
    • rely on basic techniques (such as dry-brushing, shading, etc.) to look good at a distance
    • do not use custom bases or feature complete detailing (e.g. eyes with irises and pupils, etc.)
    • look pretty good at a distance of about two or three feet, but ultimately aren't going to win any awards or live in anyone's display cabinet
  3. A main goal of the miniatures painting posts on this blog will be to discuss technical process details while showcasing finished work. Ideally, every post will include at least one aside on a technique or effect that tabletop painters will find useful.