Mingles with Jingles Episode 318

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In which an old dog argues that if he can learn new tricks, anyone can learn new tricks.



  1. 16 seconds ago, the last time I was this quick I was still a virgin

  2. Twisted Plot Twist

    welcome to “Doodles with Jingles”

  3. Some random guy from the beyond

    >see’s Jingles is into 40k
    by the Emperor…

  4. Guerrilla Entrepreneur

    The Jingles Hobby Hour, Jingles The Hobbyist, Cats, Doodling & Figurines by Jingles, etc……………………..

  5. I still remember the Daft Radar series you drew in the early 90’s. It was outstanding. Even though you killed me off in one of them. Lol. I can still remember the wording you used!!

  6. Jingles you need to know that you are an absolute treasure in my life and like the wise old uncle I always needed. Thank you for this episode.

  7. There is no other way of saying this:
    The Emperor does approve these actions!

  8. “I don’t have any of my miniature that I’ve painted…”
    so I’ll just play “THIN YOUR PAINTS” from YouTube for general idea.

  9. Question: why wasn’t Jingles any good at painting miniatures?
    Short answer: He didn’t have any reference material.
    Long answer: There was no internet.
    I’m not sure you know how length works, Jingles.

    Edit: Nice painting btw 🙂

    • Well he did say that the long answer “boils down to” so he’s also shortened the long answer. I don’t think he wanted to bore us with “when I was in school, I’d have had to go to the library and get books, or maybe to borrow the public computer(s) etc.
      I’ve heard it (and appreciate it) from many I look up to. My orchestra conductor having to order sound tapes, or sometimes even records if there wasn’t a more recent recording on tape, Engineering mentors having to ring up who they knew had more experience in a problem (although, to be fair that’s still quite common), using software for engineering, and having a plethora of forum Q’s and A’s for when the Manual PDF didn’t have the answers etc. Or more in this case, videos! Which demonstrate software use (along with pictures) far better than only text.

    • The rest of the video is technically the long answer though

    • ​@Grasshopper K Except when he was i high school, there were NO public computers. Quite literally computers were something you built and programmed yourself or only businesses could afford – and they took up an entire room. The actual computers you saw were dumb text terminals – not even graphics or color or sound. My local library didn’t have a computerized catalog until 1994. Even the college I went to only had 3 computer labs and graphics online wasn’t until almost a decade later – I worked at one of the first internet providers that gave access to the “web” – before that, it was you finding out the numeric address from someone, writing it down on a 3×5 card and placing it next to your screen. No DNS, or Google, no URLs – just numbers that got you to a place that had piles of plain ascii text BBS style.

      In today’s terms, it would be like living in Mongolia and having to walk 10 miles to the nearest village to talk to someone to learn anything – or a little bit about something. This just was how it was and had been for several hundred years ( and before that, there wasn’t even printing – just scribes scratching ink on animal skins ) The utter lack of technology in people’s lives is almost impossible for anyone under 30 to comprehend.

      Imagine watching Bob Ross on TV live (one of the first major “how to” shows on TV), except that it was black and white because color TVs were still uncommon. And the focus was off and the picture was full of static because your antenna was a piece of wire coming out the back. No rewind, no recording it ( VCRs were too expensive for most homes ), hope you got it the first time and that’s it – wait until next week!

      Now you just click on Twitch and skim what you want – you can copy all of his techniques in a couple of months now.

    • @Joseph Oberlander Oh, well… Sucks to be your local library xD
      The UCD public library got a few PC’s with Microsoft 2.0 in 1979…. Literally 30 years ago xD and I’m 99% sure Microsoft released Windows 3.0(?) in 1980 because they upgraded late 1980 or 81 to Windows 3.0
      I.e. When he was in secondary school :p and when my Youth orchestra conductors were both in College.
      Either way, I think you missed my point….

  10. The Badass Bassist

    Just as a tip, overlord, pick up a jeweler’s visor. It makes a world of difference when painting figures, especially with the tiny details

    • Yup. And good lighting too.

    • More importantly, buy a wet palet and a thinner :

      – wet palet is as useful as a brush to paint. It’s prevent paint to dry on your palet. Google it.
      – a paint thinner rather than water (not GW one) to thin your paint. Water will make paint to pool more. A paint thinner will keep it flat.

      Check Miniac video about it for more informations.

    • @Thomas Girou Check the video again. He was using a wet palette.

    • @DMStraylight

      I checked and may be, I can’t see for sure. There is something but I can’t tell if it’s a foam or something else.

    • I’m not a fan of using a visor. I got a stand with a magnifying lens/light. But certainly being able to see what you’re doing is essential.

  11. The golden rules of practice:

    1) Nobody has ever been good at something without practice.
    2) You can’t gauge your improvement if you aren’t performing the action regularly.
    3) Practice isn’t for making your technique better, it’s for making your technique feel easier; the easier a skill feels, the more effort you can focus on improvement.

    • Visual art is like martial arts – you have to put the time in the dojo practicing all your forms so that when it comes time to spar, your muscle memory takes over and your mind is free to focus on the fun stuff. This is a lifelong pursuit. Always training – striving to improve from the last time. When someone would ask my grandfather how long it took him to paint their portrait he would always quote his age.

    • 1) Wrong, actually. Some people are and are usually called prodigies.

    • @TE5LA Not wrong, science has yet to record such occurrence, there are normally far more logical reasons – better education, enjoyment of subject, training and others of such, we have never seen someone evolve to be better at Football or Painting, nature has no concept of it.

    • @TE5LA prodigies still need to practice, the skill just comes much more quickly and naturally to them.

  12. Never had the patience myself in painting WH figurines.
    I wasn’t involved in WH40k but I played a lot in Space Crusade games (very similar lore and figurines that WH tho).
    I never have been able to paint, tried one or two (after bought others packages to extend my collection of Space Crusade from people who painted them), but I quickly resigned… I was far too nervous and anxious to do that I guess in the 90’s.
    May now I could be peaceful enough to try, but I lack the interest to use tens and tens hours just to paint figurines I will no more play with.
    So sad, but that’s life ?

    Yet, I still have amazing souvenirs of that game (Space Crusade), even just assemble the components of the game and start to play took something like 40min each times, such we had a huge collection and playing 3or4 friends all night together… and I still have all those figurines somewhere as well, should check one of these days.
    Nostalgia, nostalgia… lol

    Childhood & early teenage is definitely the best period of life i think ?

  13. The first job I ever had was almost 20 years ago at a hobby shop, which also sold Warhammer and 40k stuff (Which was my entire life back then). Giving out painting advice to kids and their parents; tips and tricks, how to drybrush, thin paints, how to highlight and use inks, and sometimes how to use modelling putty (Infamous Green stuff!) to make capes and slings. Then seeing them eagerly bring in some of the stuff they’d painted to show off their new skills, and even seeing the parents themselves occasionally get interested too and discover a new hobby they could share with their kid… That was the most rewarding aspect of any job I’ve ever had, and I miss it dearly to this day. Glad you’re kindling that fire for others now, Jingles.

    • One of my favorite jobs over the years was working at a hobby/comic shop.
      I also got to steward a lot of people into the hobby. Even when just hanging out and gaming good gamers will always take the time to give knowledge to the people just starting out.
      On the plus side my city had a really good model railroad/model shop that provided materials for the local industrial model making class at the technical college.

    • It’s amazing to have a rewarding job, isn’t it? It’s work but it hardly seems like it when you find a way to get paid to do what you would likely do for free.

    • It is at that. Piece of hard-learned advice for everyone: If you find yourself in a job that gives you that, switching to a different job for the lure of better pay can sometimes end up as a bad deal for you in the long run. I *hate* it when people preach at you “Money isn’t everything!”, but that kind of fulfillment in your professional life is bloody rare and worth holding onto, or at the very least worth seriously thinking about before giving it up. You might not find it again.

  14. I can just see it now… when they make the movie of your life, we’re gonna hear “Draw Me Like One of Your French Tanks”! LOL

  15. I am always in awe of your Mingles Episodes each time you upload.
    I used to be a musician that could play the violin as well as the Bass Guitar.
    At the age of 7 up to 14.
    Since I had to go to a boarding school far away from home I could not carry my precious and then old and delicate instruments with me.
    My mom did take care of them but since I came back home like 2 times a year.
    I lost it…
    Now am 23, you certainly have inspired me Sir.

    To swallow my pride and embarrassment and try my hands on my two wooden love of my life as I love music and be able to play them all over again, as again your correct this is the best time to be learning as there are hundreds of videos on the Internet.
    Thank you Kind sir.

  16. I know where does scars on the right hand are from xD
    And it’s not from painting of any kind 😉

  17. Glad to hear you are getting back into this hobby Jingles. I’ll watch your painting videos when you release them for sure. And even at the beginning if you think you’re crap, just remember, you can always learn something from someone…there will be people who struggle more than you are will learn stuff from your videos. All the best, Jingles.

  18. The people who say, “I can’t draw. Not even a stick figure!” aren’t giving themselves any credit for their actual ability. My point is that most of these people have learned how to write in either block print or cursive; which is a DRAWING skill. Drawing pictures is a function of creating shapes and lines into a cohesive image to convey an idea. Handwriting is that exact process. We learned and practiced making the shapes of letters and numbers (remember how long and how much practice that took?) and put them together in a cohesive pattern that form an image (a word) to convey an idea. Writing is the process of making pictures of words and placing them in a pattern that another person can decipher and get the message. One aside: the non- western cultures use alphabets and writing systems that are much more “artistic” and stylistic than our Roman/Arabic letter/number system. For example, one just has to look at Chinese and Japanese calligraphy to “get” that these “words” are “pictures”. Humans have used “drawing” / “writing” to convey information since the pre-historic days. We are genetically programmed to communicate in this way.

  19. Audience: Jingles you can’t draw to save your life!
    Jingles: Actually audience….

  20. “Never touched a fishing pole in my life nor knew anyone that did.”

    How is that even possible I mean for christ sake you live on an island?

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