Friday, December 17, 2010

In Progress back log....


This is an in progress shot of the Ork Nob I have on the bench currently. Despite taking this at the end of October, this is pretty much where he is at the moment. I'm currently getting bogged down with the Orkish skintone....I usually do a brownish green for my orks but I'm not liking it anymore. It works great for Rackham's orcs, but not for my GW ones (don't know why...just the way it is with me). So, I am working on a Reaper fantasy orc to try out some new color ideas for flesh tone (and to add to my fantasy RPG mini collection...it's lonely with just the halfling).
I kinda neglected my blog throughout November and most of December....so a little update on something I started.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December'd

Couple of models I finished recently....one or possibly both of them are Xmas gifts for friends.

Zombie Hitler here is from Reaper's Chronoscape line. I started painting it on a whim and the more I painted on him, the more I liked him. I went for the chancellor uniform color scheme as I wanted something that would:

a. contrast with the flesh as any sort of green just wouldn't do it.
b. be bright enough for any weathering to show up.
I'm sure I am on some sort of FBI watchlist now considering how many times I googled Hitler and Nazi uniforms....

Next up is a Leprechaun I got back in 04. He is one of three from the pack. I went with the obligatory Leprechaun color scheme...although I did paint his clothing with a much more subdued green. Sort of reminds me of the Leprechaun from the movies of the same name.

Monday, October 11, 2010

So this week's projects...

This week's projects are Anwyn, the Female Bard from Reaper and the Female Gael Champion from Brigade Models (or Ikore before Ikore sold off the line... and then became Urban Mammoth).


Excited to work on both of these as Werner Klocke and Kev White are two of my favorite sculptors. I don't know yet if the Celtos minis will find their way into my D&D collection as their scale doesn't jibe with most of my Reaper stuff. Odds are I'll just paint them all as one offs and just do a seperate collection or something. I don't know...

Now I'm off to sleep.

Friday, October 8, 2010

And so the gamer in me has once again come into conflict with the collector in me...

Here's a fun story. About a month ago, I was picking out some minis to buy myself for my birthday. I picked up some Reaper stuff I didn't have (which is saying something as I have or had their entire line) and a little something caught my eye. What was that?

Yep, these fellas. And when I saw them, I heard this little voice screaming out "BUY ME". Now, rational Mike said "You know that these are figures meant for wargaming...they aren't nearly as detailed as I like and are probably totally out of scale to Vikings I already have"...and the little voice said "BUY ME". This argument went on and on my head for two weeks...that is until I saw they were doing a 20% sale on this set. That's when the little voice screamed "IT'S TOO GOOD TO PASS UP...." and logical me was off having a sandwich or something. Long story short, I bought them.

So, fast forward about a week later, they arrive in the mail and I am as giddy as a school girl. I pop the box open and pull them out and view their gloriousness. Honestly, they look really good...much better than the zombies I had purchased from them the year before. So i set about assembling the first 4 guys....and let's just say the set is a versatile as an GW kit but the parts are about half the size. And I start noticing that they are not anywhere similar scale to my Foundry Vikings. First pangs of buyer's regret setting in. But I figure let's at least paint one and see how it goes.

Last night I primered and started on a Huscarl...just one so I can figure out my work flow for knockign through 32 of these guys. Every stroke of the brush, my buyer's regret is getting worse. I stop for the evening and pick them back up the next night. I am some what relieved by the fact the face is turning out well....but the more I paint the rest of it my buyer's regret is building and building..and now here I am.

These are NOT the minis for me. While they are head and shoulders above the vikings I've bought from Old Glory and the like...and if you are talking some real high quality bang for your wargaming buck, these are nigh unbeatable....but still just not right for me.

I just wish there was a charity or something I could donate these to so I don't feel like I wasted 20 bucks.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thurin continues...although I don't know for how much longer

Yeah...I'm getting burned out on things again. Not a painting burnout, just a creative slump. But anyway here is Thurin the Blackguard at the moment.

The part I'm happiest with at the moment is his cape. The flash sort of messes it up, but the red blended really nicely. Hopefully it will come out when I shoot it with my fancy pro rig...and by pro rig a clamp light from home Depot and two desk lamps...I really need to make me a lighthing cocoon thing to diffuse the light though.

I did go back over all the black parts with Vallejo black rather than Ceramcoat as I wasn't getting the rich deep black that I wanted. I also went back and toned the highlights on the armor down as I didn't want him to look like he was dark blue, but black. And dear god that flash really reflects off the black now...

Feel free to comment or encourage...i could use some right now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am so done with Old Glory

...six fingers on a guy....SIX FINGERS ON A GUY.

Yep, what little remains of my Old Glory stuff is going in the trash. And so help me god, if I find a six fingered German in my Berlin or Bust stuff we are gonna have some problems.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This week's progress....

This week, I am focusing my attention on Thurin the Black Guard from Reaper. He's part of my incredibly small D&D/WoW/fantasy RPG collection....as a matter of fact he's the second guy for it. I'm going for a sort of Death Knight look for him...black armor with some glowing bits here and there. I'm using the same colors I used for my Anti Paladin a few years back...Ceramcoat Payne's Grey and Cape Cod Blue. If you happen to be using Reaper's old Pro Paints, the color would be pretty close to using Blue Black along with Nightsky (have to order some the newer versions of those two). I had thought of doing some sort of NMM on him, but then I thought about the fact that I was painting him for me and not for sale...and honestly I hate how cartoony my NMM turns out anyway.

But thus far I am happy with the way he's turning out. You can't really get a good look at it, but I'm really happy with the skull on his shoulders...I got a nice blended look going with about 7 different colors layered in and a ton of washes with browns and dark greens.

And in other news, my coccyx is almost healed back up. So more painting will be getting done soon as I can sit for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Glamour Shots Time!

Three of the ones I finished since April. The halfling I finished before we moved and the other two after we moved.

This happening fella is a Future Warriors Scavenger from Grenadier. What really sucks is that in the brief time I worked at a hobby distributor, I bought about 90% of the line (one of each)....and then I gave a bunch of them away to friends. My thinking was "I'll never play the game anyway". Of course now I just want them to paint them as they were all really fantastic models.

FYI...Bobby Jackson did some models for Grenadier for the K-Force line which was a continuation of the Future Warriors line but with a new sculptor. Those would become the first of Demonblade's Battle Nuns and a couple of their mutant dudes...and I think some of their Space Orgs.

But back to this dude. I'm not as happy with him as I should be. I don't know if its the camo pattern that didn't turn out as well as I'd planned or the finish the Dullcote gave him. It was an old can and sometimes you get crummy results with almost empty ones.

It does tell me I still need some practice to get back up to my usual standard though.

Next up is Sister Maria from Reapers Chronoscope line. She's part of sort of modern day Zombie Hunter/Paranormal Investigator/Modern Cthulhu collection. Although personally, its more a collection inspired by Hunter the Vigil...for which I was the art director and designer before I left the publishing business and got into video games. Part of the whole theme of the line was every day joe schmoes kicking monster ass... along with good old fashioned survival horror.... still my favorite out of all the lines I've worked on.

As you can see, I went with the classic black and white and I chose the .357 Magnum hand rather than the ruler hand. (Let's face it, .357 Magnum beats ruler in the Zombie hunting/Cthulhu Investigating/Paranormal Observing world.) For her fleshtone, I used some old Heartbreaker paints for Warzone...the particular color being Graveton Tan mixed with a tiny bit of Wolfbane Leather. I built it up by adding small amounts of Ceramcoat Sandstone to the mix. I did a wash every now and then of Graveton Tan to blend the layers together.

For the black, I did shade that with Charcoal rather than Payne's Gray. Wanted to try something different.

Final entry for tonight is a Halfling Adventure from Copplestone Castings. I bought a pack of six of these guys back in 02. After painting the GW Fellowship set, I got kinda burned out on realistic halfings.... I grew up with the Ralph Bakshi Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and really liked the cartoony look the halflings had...although Aragorn looks horrible in those movies. Seriously, mini skirt and boots on the manliest man in Middle Earth. Anyway, Mark Copplestone had done up some halflings more in the vein of the Bakshi versions and so I had to get them. This little guy sort of reminded me of a Samwise and so I went in that direction with him although I went with reddish hair instead of reddish brown. All the colors are subdued earthtones most of which were built up with Ceramcoat Sandstone. In case you are wondering, its sort of like Bone White mixed with Gray and it works great for making highlights on earthtones.

I've got the other 5 on the table now all primered and in various stages of completion upon which they will join the rest of my growing "Generic Fantasy/D&D" mini collection.

Thanks for reading and stop back by next week to see what other shennanigans I'm up to....or not... it depends on if I get Halo Reach.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The agony of backorder!


So...I had ordered this particular miniature in order to revisit her paintjob...more shading on the flesh, metallics instead of the cartoony NMM i have on the original. But alas, she is out of stock and on back order. CRUD!

Now begins the waiting. I figure wait about two weeks and see if she comes in and if not swap her out for something else. I would hate to do that but if worse comes to worse there are other dwarf miniatures to pick from. Not as cool as Margara, but if its out of stock...it's out of stock.

Maybe I'll pick up some of the Pathfinder ones instead. Still...I hate waiting.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Same blog....just a new neighborhood...


Long have I thought of leaving Livejournal...and with the addition of animated GIF ads, that time is now. So as of now, Livejournal is dead to me....with the exception of checking out Natalya Melnick's work.

So, let's get right into it shall we.

This week sees pretty much the same bunch of dudes I was painting last time. I did manage to finish the biker guy up although it was a week later than I'd planned. Still, the skills need some sharpening to get back up to where I was before themove. Beastman is moving along slowly...taking more time to get his paintjob just right. This is what happens when you don't paint for two plus months, you lose your edge and it takes more than two months to get it back. The unpainted guy is a Bauhaus Hvy Gunner that Mark Copplestone sculpted. A little fact...Mark Copplestone is one of my favorite sculptors...why that biker guy is one he sculpted. This one is from the late 80s/early 90s from when Grenadier was still around. Oh god do I miss Grenadier. But as you can see, I'm not 100% satisfied on his paintjob...I wanted to do a Black Label Society shirt for him, but my freehanding has suffered from my inactivity. That and I don't like my camo pattern nearly as much as I did on my Catachan guy. Practice, Practice, Practice.

So next time, besides the progress photos maybe I'll have my photography set up unpacked and I'll have some nice glamor shots of the stuff I painted over the last 6 months.