Silver Lining Miniature Painting
Introducing Joachim from Silver Lining Miniature Painting.
From a young age, he was captivated by miniature painting and tabletop games. After dedicating many years to the craft, he took a hiatus during his college years. Seven years ago, Joachim rekindled his passion, painting more than ever. In August of 2022, he ventured into starting his own commission painting business under the alias Silver Lining. He also crafts educational miniature painting content for his Instagram account. What Joachim treasures most about this hobby is the vibrant and passionate community of miniature painters!
1. What started your interest in miniature painting?
The miniature painting bug bit me early, and blame my family for passing down the miniature painting genes! My dad and my uncles were all about building and painting scale models and historical miniatures during their younger days. I remember passing by the display cabinet in our living room every day, with all the best diorama’s and models my dad had built and painted.
When I was around 10 to 12 years I started crafting airplanes and tanks using enamel paints. An important turning point was when my dad dragged me and my brother to one of his go-to model stores to choose my first model – a 75 mm scale celtic warrior. The biggest challenge was that my dad used to paint with oil paints, which is definitely not recommended for beginners. Result? Way too thick layers of paint, not nearly as smooth of a blend you’d expect from oil paints, and a kid that was already thinking about the next miniature to paint, and the one after that. A couple of dreadful paint encrusted miniatures later and I was properly infected by the miniature painting bug. And that, dear reader, is how my wonderful miniature painting adventure began!
2. Where do you paint, at your home or do you have a studio?
I exclusively paint at home. I have an office room dedicated to my commission painting work. In this room I have everything set up to paint and record and edit videos. Having my tools and all the materials I need within hand’s reach and having a dedicated space helped a lot with being more productive. For people who don’t have a dedicated hobby room, what I recommend is to have all the tools and products you need to paint stored in neat containers that you can pull out for a quick paint session. If you’re at the point where you are set up in less than 5 minutes it’s easy to weave in short paint sessions. It don’t always have to be hour-long slugfests.
3. How do you start a new piece? How do you choose which model you want to paint next?
Most of the projects I work on are commissioned by clients, which means this decision is mostly made for me. I kind of like that about commission painting because the variety of projects is enormous. Even when I would have never picked a certain miniature for myself, sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. If it’s a miniature I don’t have as much affinity with, it can be an interesting challenge to produce a paint job I’m proud of.
When selecting models for myself, there are a couple of things I’m looking for, although a big part of it is just my gut feeling. I like dynamic poses, or some sort of movement in the model, whether it’s a weaving piece of cloth or a model leaping on one foot, etc. For armies or units, I appreciate variation. A large horde of zombies does not tickle my painting fancy.
4. How do you decide what painting/basing tutorial you want to make next?
The material I use for my videos are mostly recordings of projects I’m working on at that time. This material will inspire a lot of the short tutorials I post. One of my favorite sources of inspiration is answering questions from viewers. Because I’ve been painting for so long I’ll often do something without thinking about it too much. In that case, viewers might ask why I do a certain thing, which can inspire an entire reel. Going forward, I’d like to do more series-style content, longer tutorials and more thematic content, like a miniature painting 101 course. There’s plenty of ideas, but I try and listen as much as I can to the community. I occasionally poll my audience to learn more about what they’re interested in and I try to incorporate this as much as possible into my content strategy.
5. Do you wish you had taken the time to learn some painting techniques sooner?
Oh boy, do I! I feel I’ve started out in a time when the resources on the internet were extremely limited. I also wasn’t really a part of the local wargaming community, playing mostly friendly games at home or at a friend’s house. I learned a lot from my brother and father, but access to different points of views and techniques were very limited. I currently love the slapchop approach for its efficiency and inks through the airbrush for their vibrant effect.
6. What is one skill you would like to improve?
I would like to get better at color theory. I feel like I’ve learned a lot and have a good grasp on things, but it is so deep and complex. I am a big fan of vibrant paintjobs and would like to continue to develop a style that incorporates a lot of color.
To learn this, I’m consuming an enormous amount of miniature painting content. Watching other people’s work, asking the community for feedback, giving feedback, short video content, long video tutorials, workshops, etc. I’m learning so much from interacting with the community and by listening to so many different miniature painters. It’s truly one of the best times to start painting miniatures and learn everything you need to know.
7. What do you most enjoy about miniature painting?
I enjoy the fact that this hobby is so complete. You have the whole storytelling/lore aspect and the assembly and painting of the models, obviously. But then you have the actual games, which comes with list-building, list discussion and strategizing. And last but not least you have the hobby community, which is one of the greatest communities I have been a part of.
Furthermore, I truly enjoy the hobby because it has a therapeutic aspect to it. It’s a way to disconnect from work and other concerns you have. To me, it feels similar to a mediation session, which is likely induced by the deep focus miniature painting can require. This is what makes painting so addictive. In my case it’s really not easy to go various days without painting anymore.
8. What’s your favourite basing technique?
I love what 3D printing has done for the hobby. I love using the vast variety of 3D printed basing bits, which can add a lot of variety to a base. What really elevates a miniature is a great base, it helps to unify your entire army and stages your miniatures in their surroundings. Simply put, a good base helps tell a story. An ideal base has some height variation, and works with the color palette of the miniature, without distracting too much from the mini.
9. What is the key tip you would give to a miniature painter who wants to improve?
Be open to constructive feedback. It is truly the best way to improve. Once you’re open to that, all the rest will follow.
10. What’s the one key tool you couldn’t do without?
Apart from the obvious answer, the paintbrush, I’ve really become attached to my wet palette. I’ve thought for a long time that it wouldn’t make that big of a difference. It just keeps your paints wet for longer, right? I wanted to try one out for a long time and then immediately fell in love with this tool. It is not only about keeping your paints wet for longer. It keeps the paint a certain consistency. Even if you thin paints on a regular palette to the desired consistency, you will constantly need to maintain that consistency. A second reason Is you can easily tweak colors or make a color gradient.