Monday, August 08, 2011

It's Clobberin' Time! A super quickie.

Knocked this out in about an hour....It was just a plastic toy from some randomly purchased Marvel toy set.  The Thing seemed to be the only one passable for a 28mm, so I gave the rest to my nephews.  The harsh lighting really swallowed up any subtle highlighting, he doesn't look quite so monotoned in real life.

Actually, this is 1/2 of the Fantastic Four here.  The Thing AND the Invisible Woman.  I think I did my best work on her.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer...

First up, I've been digging Captain America lately.  Inspired by the movie, I used a Chronoscope mini and a leftover Shield to create Capt. Rogers in his WW2 Glory days:

I think it worked pretty well.  Also, slowly I've been painting up some Cowboys.  Looks like the gradient photoshop background I put in ate up a bit of the middle guys arm.  Or is that some sort of Active Camo system????

And finally my Avengers Team is assembled!  After quite a while of hunting down Knight Models various superheros, I think the mission is a go.  Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk.  I want to try and up my painting for these fellows, so I've been just practicing on other things to help.  It aint helping...LOL.  Hopefully I can get these guys done before The Avengers movie is in the Theatres....The race is on!
Click on any of the pics for a better view!!!
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Conan The Barbarian.

What is best in life?

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women. "

So says Conan!

I've been into all things Conan for the past month or so, reading some of the old stories, and rewatching the 1982 classic.  When I looked to extend that into my miniature world, I wanted a 'movie' Conan as opposed to the more common Frazetta-esque one.  I found the basis over at Hasslefree.  Their Wolf character (which I find out now was heavily inspired by Arnie) worked perfect.  I had to add some long hair, a headband, filed the sword, added some wrist bands, and viola instant Conan!

I've also gotten a few more Savage Sword of Conan inspired minis that I'll be working on in the near future.

This is the first 'fantasy' miniature I've worked on in ages....most of my interest has all been Sci-Fi or Modernish stuff.

Anyhow, hope you like it!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wyrd Malifaux (again)

EDIT!  Friday the 13th must be weaving weird magic here!  Now, the post that had disappeared, just randomly reappeared.  I'm leaving well enough alone!!!  Enjoy the double post! LOL

Yikes! What the heck happened?

I posted yesterday with a set of Wyrd Malifaux miniatures, and that post is completely gone.  Like it never happened.

Well...I guess I'll try again!

Here's the battlegroup I worked on as a commission.  One of the minis was still drying from the Dullcote when I snapped this picture.  It ended up being a rush job at the end, so I never really got a chance for decent pictures.

They were actually pretty darn fun to paint.  I enjoyed the big Teddy bear much more than I thought I would.  I sculpted the little toys for his base as well.

Now, with that under my belt, I'm returning back to some of my own stuff, currently working on the British M-13 Commandos from Grindhouse Games. 

I mentioned earlier (before the mysterious deletion) that I've now completed 33 minis this year, which is far and away a better pace than I've had for quite some time.

Apologies to HakoMike for leaving a nice comment only to have it too vanish into the ether.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wyrd Malifaux

I've been working on a Malifaux set as a commission.  I meant to take good photos, but it ended up being a rush job at the end, as the client wanted to use them for a tournament coming up very soon...So I never got a chance to take a proper pic of them all....just this one:

Click it to make it bigger!

Not the greatest pic, but shows off the goodies pretty well.  One was missing from this pic, as that one was drying from the dullcote while I snapped this pic.  I kinda liked the way the heart turned out on that lovable Teddy.  The heart is just a flat spot, but the client wanted it to look like a heart of ice...The toys on the bears base were all self sculpted...the little duckie being my favorite.  I also liked the little girl, Candy, turned out.  I went for a 'Wednesday Addams' feel to her.

Anyhow, a couple of things I learned from this commission.  One, two weeks isn't enough time for me! Two, I'm probably charging way too little.  Still, I enjoyed it and had fun with it, which is the reason I'm into painting miniatures in the first place. 

Including these minis, I've now finished 33 minis this year.  Quite an achievement for me, as that probably doubles my output in recent years. 

So, now I'll be getting back to my own stuff.  Working on the Incursion British Commandos, and looking foward to moving more minis from the 'to be painted' pile to the 'completed' pile.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Random Weird Stuff...

Hola Amigo's!

Couple of strangeness minis here.  First up, from Frothers UK, are a couple of Tank-like (Left 4 Dead) zombies.

They are mounted on bases from Fenris.

Next we have some Lovecraftian monstrosities.

The Son of Yog-Sothoth from Tengu Models

And a close-up of Reaper's Star Spawn (don't tell anyone, it's Cthulhu!)

Not sure why, but all of a sudden I'm craving Calamari.

All the minis were painted using a base color, followed by tons of washes.  I was really just experimenting with it, as it seems to work well for dead or pulpy skin.  Plus, it speeds up the process instead of using the base-shadow- highlight routine.  As I figure these are just 'gaming minis' I'm satisfied with the technique.

Spend most of the day yesterday organizing and cleaning my 'hobby room'.  It's amazing how much crap accumulates in a short while.  Now, if I could only figure out a way to organize my paints, I'd be in better shape.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

All kinds of stuff!

Ah, the dilemma of wanting to show off my little toys....I hate the photography process, just can't seem to get a good feel of it.  So, I end up avoiding the pics, which makes for very boring Blogging.  I bit the bullet and got some pics taken of stuff I've been working on since the beginning of the year:

First up, a very cool model of Captain America.  I'm going to use him for my Incursion setups, thus the WW 2 look.

I've also been working on some Modern Mercanaries I've had around for a while.  These are from a company that no longer exists, PlayWar.

And some close-ups of the better ones:

 Here's a Werewolf from West Wind and a couple of Nazi Sisters...Both for Incursion.

 An Axe Wielding Maniac:  A Frothers Zombie Sculpting contest mini.

And Finally, a couple of WORKS IN PROGRESS.  Very cool THOR from Knight Models. Obviously a lot of work to do here.
And a Cthulhu-esque fella from Reaper.  I've had this one forever, glad I'm finally slapping some paint on it!

Well, that's it for now...Hopefully, I'll keep better track of this with photos from now on...