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WIPs of Doom / ink's undod wip
« on: September 29, 2013, 01:52:06 PM »
initial sketch, position of the eyes will most likely change a fair bit and even the crab like thing might end up being something completely different:


starting pic (again):

Time to play with pliers, putty & plastic card.

General Ranting / UNDOD- post your start pic
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:35:46 AM »
It's September the 24th and thus the UNDOD has started- the thread for the start pics can be found here:

UNDOD 2013 / Post your start pics here!
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:02:53 AM »
The time has come - dust off the brushes and tools and start painting & building your entry!

The Colouring-in Room / Cthulhu's Sarcophagus
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:55:43 PM »

Just a few bits to touch up and then a few layers of varnish to apply.
fecking nightmare to take pics of it as it's so big (and I still hate painting eyes).

Eye Candy / General Sinclair
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:42:20 PM »

Announcements and News / New releases & newsletter/ 18th August 2013
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:49:35 AM »


...and -as usual- more in the newsletter:

General Ranting / UnDoD 2013 rules posted
« on: June 22, 2013, 07:59:48 AM »
Posted the rules for this years UnDoD yesterday, I thought I'd better post the link in the General Ranting forum as well, to make sure that as many people as possible read them and hopefully enter something.

Of course I promptly forgot a tiny bit, so for those that already have read the rules:
"Figured someone might ask: you may submit one entry for each category, if you absolutely want to do that and have enough time."

And the link to the rules topic:

UNDOD 2013 / UnDoD 2013 rules - Pick on Someone Your own Size
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:17:26 PM »
The Unofficial Diorama of Doom 2013 rules - Pick on Someone Your own Size

The Diorama of Doom lets you display your skills and share your ideas in the form of a friendly competition that emphasises on telling a little story using the the miniatures sold by the FoD Companies.
As said before, it's a friendly competition - there will be no shiny prizes (well, besides bragging rights when you win), no extended media coverage and no voting parties.
We've got something better than that though-  a treasure trove of creativity unlocked.

There are four categories this time:

1.  Single miniature - only 1 FoD company’s miniatures.
2.  Duel - 2 miniatures, any combination of FoD company's miniatures (even if the minis both are from the same company).
3.  Diorama -  more than 2 miniatures, any combination of FoD company's miniatures (even if the minis all are from the same company).
4.  Diorama -  all 4 of the FoD companies miniatures.

The FoD companies are:

1.   Heresy (including Spyglass and Eolith).
2.   Hasslefree.
3.   Black Scorpion.
4.   Fenris.

A miniature is defined as a figure or monster (can be multi part) that is sold by one of the FoD companies. It does NOT include accessories, bases, weapons or anything else.
You may use accessories, scenery and items from other companies but any miniatures MUST come from one of the FoD companies. That means no miniatures from non-FoD companies.

Whether the setting's firmly rooted in the realms of fantasy, you prefer to depict a gritty post apoc future or sci fi is more to your taste- the choice is up to you, any genre is fine.

There are no size restrictions for the bases- if you want to build a kitchen table sized diorama displaying the hidden beauties of  Rustwood Fortress or somehow manage to pile 8 miniatures onto a 25mm base then do that- anything goes. Just remember that bigger doesn't always mean better!

.:edit:. Figured someone might ask: you may submit one entry for each category, if you absolutely want to do that and have enough time.

It's perfectly fine to buy, clean, assemble and prime the miniatures now. However all modifications and conversions will have to wait until the competition 'officially' starts on the 24th September 2013. The competition will run until 24th Dec 2013 12 o'clock/ high noon/ midday/ whatever else you want to call it GMT.

A separate topic for the start pics will be created on the 24th September. That's the place to post the mandatory pic of the minis that you'll be using. Please include some sort of time reference in that pic (e.g. a newspaper showing the date).

While the competition is running, feel free to post wip pics in the 'WIPs of Doom'. This of course is obligatory but it's always nice to watch things take shape and progress!

Once the competition is over, a separate voting thread will be set up for each category.
After four weeks, the polls close and we'll have a final vote to determine the overall winner.

And now once more the really important bit- the theme:

Pick on Someone Your own Size

Fenris news / Devilfish Altar
« on: June 01, 2013, 04:48:32 PM »

Approximately 75mm diameter and 20mm deep.

Eye Candy / A new scifi race?
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:12:28 AM »
From Facebook:

The problem we have with it is... well, we have no idea what it is! I don't think 'Kev's Brain Itch #264' is a good name/race/idea for a mini so we need some other ideas. Anyone fancy taking a crack at deciding what on Earth Kev has made? Is it a new Sci-Fi race to add to our burgeoning Sci-Fi Universe? Is it a modern mutant? A post-apocalyptic apeman? And just as importantly, do we want more? Thoughts and comments below please!

Copying text anyways, so I just copied my reply from Frothers as well:
Looks like a Neanderthaler/ Goblin crossbreed. Would work well as mutant too, could even add rudimentary horns to the head and use them as somesort of devilkin halfdemon thingies.

Cool Toys / Cthulhu paper toy thingie
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:46:11 PM »
Wasn't quite sure where to put this- but as it's a toy (sorts of), I guess this is the place to post.
When I found these I thought some of you might have fun printing out and building an army of little paper Cthulhus with your little ones. Or build them for yourselves- paper toys can be fun.

scroll down a bit to 'My Little Cthulhu - papercraft', right click and save the pdfs.

building instructions + more toys (french site, pics don't need translation though):

It's odd what you'll find when you're looking for something else. Also stumbled upon this:

Fenris news / Sea Dragon monument
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:47:21 PM »


Tutorials / painting (lasercut) brick buildings
« on: May 05, 2013, 11:33:37 AM »
Not the most interesting read by far, but as I stuck that on the blog earlier on, I figured I could just as well post the tutorial here as well. Might even prove useful to someone:

List of stuff used:
  • Lasercut mdf brick building by Sarissa.
  • two big brushes, one small brush, one #2 sized brush
  • a scalpel/ cutter
  • terracotta-ish wallpaint
  • black artists' acrylics (or just any other black paint)
  • pastel chalks: black, white, blue, green, dark brown, ochre
  • empty paint pots & containers
  • paper towels
  • water
  • Vallejo thinner & glaze medium (These will dissolve/ thin the pastel chalk powder, so it flows better into recesses and is easier to feather & blend.It'll also hold it in place later on and seal it. All in one go.)
  • varnish

This is somewhat messy, so best to not add any details like wallpaper etc to the interior or paint the windows/ doors until afterwards.

Didn't prime the building prior to painting. I used a small 75ml sample pot of terracotta-ish coloured wall paint- there's still at least half a pot left, and the paint had already been used for other stuff.

Already have added mortar and some dirt to most of the first floor:

After the initial basecoat has had time to properly dry, I use somewhat thinned down black artists' acrylics and cover the walls.

The first layer is applied as a thick wash, quickly wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel- this will stain the building and run into the recesses.

Now take a big brush and paint on some more black, this doesn't have to be neat.

Mix a bit of the terracotta paint with white for a lighter tone. Heavily drybrush the whole thing:

Make a big ole mess of the whole thing:


Now take your base paint, drybrush that on, not quite as thick as the lighter tone but just as messy.

Time to use the pastel chalks. A black one in this case.

Rub the pastel chalk all over the wall, now use a big wet brush and paint the water onto the surface. this will dissolve the chalk/ pigments. No need to use as much water as I did- I just had to make sure it'll show in the pic:

Take a paper towel and wipe off the water- from top to bottom to create streaks:

Go make some tea or smoke a cigarette and let the poor mistreated building dry a bit.

Now apply varnish (I use brush on varnish, but probably this would work with spray varnish as well). Usually I'd use gloss varnish for this as it's a bit more resistant, but I've run out of that. So this is what it looks like once the matte varnish's been applied and dried:

More pastel chalks, this time black & white. Use a scalpel, cutter or similar to scrape over the chalks. Put the resulting cheapo pigment powder into a container.

Now grab an empty paintpot or similar and put some of the powder into that.


Add thinner & glaze medium, stir well, it'll take some time to mix this. Mortar:

Good idea to prepare some sooty dirt at this time as well- process is the same as above, just add some more colours:

Apply the mortar with a small brush, no need to be super tidy- as the building's been varnished you can just wipe off the mortar mix- preferably just after you've painted on too much:

It doesn't take half as long as you might think, so far the most time consuming step was basecoating the building. One wall, all mortared up and ready to go:

Unless you feel it's time to add some dirt. In that case, use a #2 brush and the sooty dirt mix from earlier on. Apply that to the top part of the wall, pulling the brush downwards to form streaks:

Apply some more, should that be required (the grey blue parts in the pic below are still wet):

Some muddy/ earthy dirt, created pretty much the same as the mortar & dirt mixes, just that this time I used a dark brown and some ochre and mixed it to a slightly thicker consistency and dabbed on in a random fashion.
After the first layer of dirt has dried you can apply some more:

Sprinkle some ochre over the still wet mixture and partly blend it in with the rest of the dirt:

Pack chatter / Building blanks
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:14:15 PM »
Been thinking a bit about laser cut buildings, mainly cause I was painting some from Sarissa yesterday. They're ok, the bricks are a bit too big for my taste, but using them as building blanks would be quite expensive imo, as most other laser cut stuff.

This made me think some generic building blanks (either ply or plastic card) might be a good addition to your range.
Just the basic shapes with some 'holes' for doors & windows cut out, but no other detailing like brickwork etc, to keep them relatively cheap. Also seperate floor & wall sets for adding more floors later on. Possibly two different roof options- flat & gabled with inserts for the pointy/ angled wall bit (made so that the dormer windows fit).
People could use them as quick scenery or use them as starting point for creating their own buildings by adding carved foam, embossed plastic card, windows and other detailing parts etc.
You already sell some detailing bits like roof tiles, fences, the dormer windows, those cornice thingies, so if you'd add some doors & windows that'd fit in/ on the building blanks you'd have quite a nice selection there.
Might complement the proper building kit(s) in your range nicely.

Fenris news / squidheaded mutant
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:13:35 AM »

Link to submit a name for the guy.

Nice one, though I'm now hearing a little voice in my head singing 'Hey, hey  Bo Squiddley' alternating with 'squiddley diddley daddy' (probably only makes sense if you ever listened to Bo Diddley).

Hope it's ok I posted the pic here btw.

Pack chatter / Cthulhu pillar thingies?
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:26:38 PM »

What's the price tag on them? Apologies if they're already in the shop and I managed to miss them.

Also as I don't have a facebook account may I suggest naming the little dino Herb (as in Herbert and herbivore)?

The Colouring-in Room / Dungeon tiles
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:49:14 PM »
Many many moons ago (2008 or so) I started some dungeon tiles intended to be printed out and glued to something like cardboard/ plastic card/ mdf and posted some preview pics in the playtesting the Netherhells topic. Recently I found the stuff on my pc (hadn't gotten around to doing much with them all those years) and decided to update them a bit. No idea if anyone's interested in tiles like that, but over time I'll just post the silly things in here as they're still wip.

Some foresty ones as starter:

Tutorials / Painting big monster eyes & yucky skin
« on: January 18, 2013, 06:18:15 PM »
Figured I should post this in the tutorials section as well, makes it easier to find than only hiding this in a wip thread:

Painting eyes on shoggies:
Did take me a while and several attempts to figure out something I thought looks convincing enough. Plus I cheated, as with most eyes I left out the white 'light reflection'.

Block in the eye with a slightly yellowish white.
Add a black dot of appropriate size where you want to place the iris + pupil.

Thin all your paints well, as you'll most likely have to go over parts several times (unless of course unlike me your one of those super tidy people who manage to get everything right at first attempt).

Decide on what colour you want the iris to be and place it in a roughly circular shape around the black dot.
Curse your shaky hands + shortsightedness and move on to the next step.

Mix in some paint, so you end up with a somewhat darker colour than before. Draw lines starting from the outside diameter of the iris to the pupil/ black dot, a bit like an asterix *, only with more lines. Try to make sure the lines get thinner/ finer towards the center.
Curse your shaky hands + shortsightedness and ...

Take a blob of your iris base colour, lighten it with white or whatever colour seems appropriate. Draw lines from the pupil to the outside of iris. This time make sure the lines ain't all that straight/ are a bit wavey.
Curse your ...

Clean up the outer edge of the iris with your base colour. Swear some more as you'll inevitably will paint over some of the painstakingly painted lines from above. Clean up the mess.
Take a bit of the inital base colour, lighten it a tad and thin it well. Glaze over the eye to make the contrast a little less harsh.

Redot the black pupil. And clean up the edge of the iris with the yellowish white from the start.

For the bloodshot look either use something like a micron pen or a brush with a good tip/fine point (or combine both, first the micron pen than draw over that with your brush, the micron pen is a bit to felt tip pen red for my taste but makes placing the meandering veins easier). Add some slightly wavey lines.

Optionally add some more yellow and just a hint of red to your yellowish white, thin it and glaze over parts of the eye close to the eye socket and around the veins.

For the blind eyes I glazed the whole eye over with some light greyish blue paint, but left out most of the wavey lines stuff.

General tips- think of painting the eyes as a bit like painting various minis wearing the same uniform:
- block in all the eyes at first, then dot in the pupil on all those eyes
- do all the eyes of the same colour in one go
- don't paint too many eyes in one go, it's kinda hard to focus on them lines after a while


quick description on how I painted the skin on this guy as it's basically the same way I paint/ painted shoggies, added the parts that are a bit different for the shoggies in italics:

painting yucky skin on shoggies and other monsters:
I do prime everything with brush on primer. In this case I mixed in some flesh coloured paint and a bit of white with grey primer (Vallejo surface primer) as base, for the shoggies I left out the white though as that would have made the base colour a bit too light. Should work the same if you spray prime and then give the whole thing a wash with a suitably sickly looking flesh tone.

I did give the Fenris shoggy a light drybrush with my primer/ base colour mix but added a bit more light grey. As it's a fairly big mini that's less time consuming than carefully highlighting everything.

Then I roughly highlighted (lightish flesh colour) and shaded the whole thing (Ogryn flesh).
Added a very thin wash of badab black on top to make it look less bright. At this stage the Fenris shoggy only did get some highlights painted on the upper part of its body, as I already had drybrushed him.

Some parts were then painted over with various other paints (everything from purple to yellow), blended with roughly the same colour I used for the first highlights.
Here and there I stippled on some differently coloured paint to give the skin a slightly mottled look (didn't do that on the shoggy, as there's less flat surfaces) and and added some thinned down paints like a wash to the creases/ parts where I thought the shadows should be stronger.
Repeat the whole thing several times until happy with the overall effect and add a really thin wash of greyish flesh paint over the whole thing.

On the Tengu shoggy I added some veins with blueish purple paint using a brush with a fine tip. I also used several green washes to make the little one look even more disgusting, mainly on the lower parts around some of the puss filled blisters/ boils.

For the puss I usually start with a dark yellow as a basecolour, then add more and more white for every layer (depending on the size of the boil I use two to four layers). Each additional layer covers less of the boils.
I then sometimes will add a wash around the boils, sometimes even over them boils. Green on the Tengu shoggy and a very thin red wash on the Fenris shoggy.

The short version:
Prime + basecoat the whole thing in a greyish flesh colour, highlight/ dry brush with a lighter version of the base colour.
Add a wash for the initial shading, add various washes and glazes (mostly blueish purple, yellow, green and a medium red).
Add a really thin wash of greyish flesh paint over the whole thing.

Figured I'd better add a little warning to the topic title as some people may not be overthrilled upon being presented pics what contain zombie cock...

2MI / Wood shingles
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:26:07 AM »
Probably sounds fairly boring, but I've been wondering how usefull (and profitable) packs containing strips of wood shingles would be. For tiled roofs there's embossed styrene and such but I haven't found nearly as many roof shingle options (and most of them were single shingles cut from wood).
More and more mdf/ hdf buildings out there, but most do lack details- there's definitely a market for laser engraved/ cut scenery, so they may serve as aftermarket parts there. More importantly they'd be handy for scratchbuilding stuff as well- and most likely would look nicer than cardboard shingles. Strips would be more time saving during assembly than single shingles but it still would be easy enough to add damage.

Basically I was thinking of something like this (leave some room on the upper edge to glue the next strip onto, the lower edge would be cut to shape accordingly, engrave the groves/ spaces between shingles):
_______________________   _______________________   _______________________

Hm, probably should draw a sketch of that tomorrow.

Tutorials / Links: painting, sculpting & some others
« on: June 09, 2006, 04:54:15 PM »
Painting & basing

snow tutorials:

celtic knotwork:

painting fire (the right way round):
another one

object source lighting:
lighting effects
lighting effects 2

painting marble:
for inspiration lots of pics of real marble:

weathering & battle damage:
using pigments for weathering
battle damage 2
battle damage

painting metal:
tarnished bronze nmm
metalic bronze w. verdigris effect & oily metal
rusty armour plating for tanks, cars or corrugated metal fences/ shacks
non-metallic metal and SENMM1, SENMM2

painting skin, muscles, blood…:
Ethnic Skintones
dead flesh
painting muscles

a tartan tutorial
Jenova’s tartan tips
If you can’t decide on what colours to use, here’s lots and lots of tartans: 2800 tartans

painting camouflage patterns:
jungle & urban

Painting Precious Stones
complex gems
For examples of real gems: minerals gallery

barbed wire:
If you don’t want to order/ buy barbed wire or need to add some to a few bases but all the shops are closed, here’s a tutorial with good pics: barbed wire

family emblems Japanese family crests
samurai archives samurai banners, family crests (and info on samurais)
greek shield patterns

painting woodgrain
more woodgrain
rare woods if you’re tired of always painting wood the same way, look through this vendor’s database of wood and veneer samples for inspiration.


various sculpting tutorials:
sculpting a pirate
chainmail from another forum, contains a tutorial and a link to another

sculpting flames:

facial expressions

sculpting links provided by Ming- Hua (minimaker):


Body language/expressions
-"the expression of emotion in man and animal"

-Anatomical models
-Gray's Anatomy Online Reference:
-Basic Anatomy for The Artist:
-Bio 201
-Biology 2100
-Dragon anatomy
-Dream anatomy
-Bone clones, skeletal models:
-Freedom of teach
-Leonardo da Vinci
-Anatomie artist. P Richer "Planche" for the drawings
-Rey Bustos 
-Skulls unlimited, skeletal models
-The online skeleton
-UC Clermont college
-Virtual hospital Lots of info! ceased operation, but a list of links remains most interessting one: anatomy atlases

-The nonverbal dictionary of gestures, signs & body language:
-Bodylanguage/Lichaamstaal (Dutch and English section):

Casting and mouldmaking
-Dan Perez studios:
-Casting FAQ
ravensforge FAQ
-PTI prototype

-Vision projects

-How to draw manga

Drawing (including anatomy and proportions)
-Anime modelg sheets
-Artcluster drawing tips:
-Elfwood Fantasy Art Resource:
-Figuredrawings and portraits:
-The figure drawing lab:
-Loomis books resource:
Loomis pdf books
-The society of figurative arts

There are "artistic nude photography " and sports sites that can be used for reference pictures. A search engine should help in locating them. Many search engines also have the possibility of searching for pictures. This can be very useful for locating references on animals and objects. There are some sites that are geared toward 3d computer modeller that have suitable reference pictures and links. Some of them are:

At (was egroups, was onelist).
-miniature figure sculpting:

-miniature figure painting:

-miniature figure mixed:
Figurines_fr (French)

-miniature figure photographing:

-miniature vehicle building


-sculpting, mixed sizes:


-wargame terrains:

-The miniatures page:
-Planet figure:

Tutorials, tips, tricks
-Alterton Bizarre: garage kit sculpting with links to tutorials:
-Article by Sylvain Quirion: site has been reworked, but there’s a workshop section that’s supposed to contain how to guides and so on in the future
- Bragonart in french
-Creafigs: in french
- Dane's sculpting a likeness.
-Dragonrune-sculpting corner:
-Elvenwork by Katherine Dewey:
-Figure sculpting by David Drage:
-games workshop
-Gremlins in the Garage!, garage kits:
-Heresy miniatures -making a wire armature
-Hirst arts on buildings:
John Winter's making of a mini:
-Mandragora miniature by Gael Goumon
-Military models in scale. 1:35 military
-Milliput article on site:
-Miller's Sculpting. Portfolio and tutorials on request.
-Nimin. Article by Stefan Niehues on sculpting an orc:
-Planet figure tutorials:
-Ramon Laan's site

Visions project site
You'll find a demo of professional mouldmaking and casting through the VIP1 page

Other sites that could be of interest:

-References on swordplay:

-Pictures of weapons and armour:

-Firearm diagrams and photos
modern firearms

-Information on mounted and foot archery:

-Background information on warfare:

Other usefull links (trees, terrain, scale, photographing…)

scale: - for computing scale, model and subject size and scale conversions

photographing miniatures: - a few articles in the category photography
Mad McGobbo's light box

Balsa Foam - haven't tried working with it myself, but it looks/ sounds interessting:
some examples of what people have done with it:

working with resin models: (very short)

Trees, bushes & other plants:
- How to make trees with removable tops. I kinda like the idea but wouldn't use lichen.
- simple Sea Foam trees. A while ago I started building some trees with a bit of sea foam I bought a few years ago (allthough I used flocking material instead of spices). It’s a bit messy and I doubt they’d survive gaming for long, but they’re good for dioramas & smaller display pieces.
- deciduous trees
- cheap & easy trees seems like a good way to build trees and bushes like you see in parks and gardens
- water lily pads, cattail. Written for detailing H0 (1:87) model railroad layouts so you might want to use longer and thicker pieces of plastic rod for the cattails. Instead of brass tubing for smaller sized lily pads a Rotary Punch or a simple hole punch work as well (if you have access to hollow punch tools in different sizes all the better). These round self adhesive labels might work, too.
- more trees, very similar to a method often used for model railroad layouts
- making palm trees
- easy hedges

Realistic wooden floors & ceilings:
planks Allthough written for use with 1:35 figs the method works just as well for smaller stuff

terrain in general:
orc huts also work for barbarians, pre-historic hunters or what not
armoured scifi watchtower moulds & how to use them, includes tips on mouldmaking

cork tile buildings:
Matakishi's cork tile buildings

ships & boats:
tramp steamer
tramp steamer 2
Like I said elsewhere, this may be usefull when building a pirateship: blueprints
Historic Steamboat Photographs 40,000 b/w photographs of steamboats from the 1850s to the present

paper & cardboard terrain:

propaganda, posters, billboards:
The Chairman Smiles mainly Chinese propaganda, but also some Soviet & Cuban
billboards this one would be nice in a Zombie game: chainsaw
poster corner tons of reprints of old advertising posters
Propaganda Remix while all the posters shown have been altered, a lot of the posters still would make good additions to terrain
crate labels mainly fruit crate labels, but nevertheless well suited for adding a touch of capitalism to your terrain
another great resource for adding a bit more diversity to your terrain are beer labels, just google for them- you'll find tons


general picture collections:
New York Digital Library Gallery
biolib an online library containing scans from Biology books, including high resolution pics of most of the pics. You gonna have to click around a lot, but there’s lovely pics that are great inspiration for colour schemes like this one example
calphotos from arctic conifers to lama priests in Ulan Bator. Tons of pics of plants, animals, landscapes.
wild nature landscapes, wildlife and others. Mainly North America.
pictures of England buildings, landscape,…
Japan-101 picture galleries- buildings, scenery, sumo wrestling, arts and more
flickr searchable, since it’s an online photo managment & sharing site there’s tons of pics.
trekearth another searchable online gallery
Elmer E. Rasmuson LibraryAlaska & polar regions historical - photographs, panoramas & more (black & white)
Typenmuseum Site’s in German and contains images of logos, road signs, pictograms and similar
Smithsonian have a look around, quite a few online exhibitions with good inspiration. (Nice pics of gems, minerals and rocks: minerals gallery.)

Plants & mushrooms/ fungi
Hawaiian plants not just flowering plants, but ferns, too.
virtual foliage might take some time to get used to- scientists love using fancy latin words
wildflower pics
trees German site, good if you need some close ups of leafs, fruits or bark
wikipedia tree article wikipedia’s actually a good site for pics and info (and links)

Buildings & other artifical structures
skyscraper page diagrams/ drawings of skyscrapers
NYC skyscraper
Digital Image Access Project actually only the Empire State Building construction pics and those of  Notre-Dame Cathedral of Amiens are really usefull
Holden Mine pics of a copper mine (old & new, surface & underground)
Kennecott Mine, Alaska
lostplaces another German site, mainly bunkers & other military stuff
untertage German site about mining, link’ll take you to the picture galleries. There’s some articles with pics as well and an additional gallery containing the winning pics of an ongoing competition: Hirschberg, Zollern 2/4, Morassina, Romania, La Union, photo competition
abandoned places name says it all 
stone pages stone circles, standing stones…
runes & ruins runestones and more
Svenska Runstenar more pics of runestones- site’s in Swedish
making runestones includes info on how to become a rune carver
zone tour factories, bunkers,…
Parispourvous 360° views of crypts, parks, churches and more ---problem loading page/ connection has timed out 04.09.07---
Arounder 360° views from different places like Amsterdam, Milano and the moon.
Kostnice Ossuary
cemetary pics a Dutch site, there’s also a seperate page for pics of foreign cemetaries and a page with pics and explanations of symbols used on gravestones (the explanations are in Dutch).
stained glass windows

Animals: mamals, insects, birds- if you can’t come up with a colour sceme nature’s always a good inspiration
butterflies from Canada & Peru
birds of Nova Scotia 40 plates with coloured illustrations
nature photography especially the pics of mamals are good inspiration for bases
Séguy's Insects & Butterflies Some very nice handcoloured plates like this one
Hawkins, Benjamin Waterhouse : A comparative view of the human and animal frame (1860) comparison of human and animal skeletons
Ellenberger: Handbuch der Anatomie der Tiere für Künstler (Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists) very good illustrations of musculature/ skeleton featuring horse, cow, dog, lion, goat and deer click “ Browse the Veterinary Anatomical lllustrations  “ just below the headline
Hildebrand/ Gilmore/ Cochran: Cold-blooded vertebrate (1930) including some nice colour plates, e.g. this one, which reminds me a bit of Japanese prints

landscapes, natural structures &
Obir-Tropfsteinhöhle (a stalactite cave) lovely (if somewhat huge) pics, including a giant panorama view
the Digital Snow Museum snow and its impact on ’civilisation’
NOAA photo library Arctic, Antarctic, Pacific, Atlantic.

Books on

Books about ornaments, patterns and other stuff that may serve as inspiration for painting shields, banners, kimono patterns, … or that might come in handy for decorating scenery (e.g. wallpapers/ pictures)
I'll add more links later, but since I've downloaded hundreds of books over the years this will take a bit of time.

All the links are for books on they're readable online as well as downloadable (as pdf files). Some of the books have several hundred pages, so before you download them you may want to preview them. To do so, click 'read online'. I'd suggest clicking the 'thumbnail view' button to quickly skim through the books to see if they're of any use to you. You may find just one or two pics of interesst in a book- in that case zoom into the pic a bit, then simply right click and save the pic.

ornaments & patterns in general

-    Historic styles of ornament (1898) by Dolmetsch, H 

-    Drawing and designing in a series of lessons (1889) by Leland, Charles Godfrey

-    Ornamental design (1888) by Lewis Foreman, Day
-    Pattern design : a book for students treating in a practical way of the anatomy, planning & evolution of repeated ornament (1915) by Lewis Foreman, Day

-    The grammar of ornament : a book for students treating in a practical way of the anatomy, planning & evolution of repeated ornament (1856) by Jones, Owen

floral ornaments

-    A book of studies in plant form with some suggestions for their application to design (1896) by Lilley, A. E. V; Midgeley, W.

-    Heraldry and floral forms as used in decoration (1922) by Cole, Herbert

Japanese art

-    Shin-bijutsukai Vol. 1 (~1900)
-    Shin-bijutsukai Vol. 2 (~1900)

-    Studies in the decorative art of Japan (1910) by Piggott, Francis Taylor, Sir

-    Mythological Japan  : the symbolisms of mythology in relation to Japanese art, with illustrations drawn in Japan, by native artists (1902) by Otto, Alexander Francis

-    Book of kimono designs (1884) by Kabutama, Nagamari


-    The elements of Celtic art (1922) by Carmichael, E. K

-    Celtic art in pagan and Christian times (1912) by Allen, J. Romilly


-    Ornamental details of the Italian Renaissance (1920) by Blakeslee, Arthur L

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