Resurgence update

January 23, 2010

Well I got one day to go officially, and I am waiting for inks to dry on the halberds(berds from here on out).  I still need to do the flesh, the white enamel armor and the base markers for all 12 berds.  And guess what I will have completed the challenge I placed for myself.

The commission work was turned in with rave success.  It felt good to turn it i nand wow the customer again.  I will be getting with the same customer to paint another malifaux army in Feburary, mainly due to the lack of ability the rest of this month.

I also got quite a bit more Trib done than  Ichallenged, I had time and want to pait while waiting for the berds and kittens to be assembled, so  ialso got done a Gorgon and 2 scyirs, as well as 2 ghost snipers

Here is a teaser pic of the trib, I know i should post all of the models, but I want the complete project plus total collection shot.  Which I hope to take on Sunday, and “maybe” get a pic of the first Trib coin in Boise, under my possession.  I know I said I wouldn’t get competetive and I haven’t, I am still playing what I want, what will be fun, and hope to have a good time there Sunday, but it would be cool.

oh okay a few more pics

I forgot I got the Stormfall archers painted, my other two soulless, and lanyssa ryssell, with the competed berds i have three full trays painted, with 3 more to go.  I mainly need to paint, nayl, 2 mage hunter assassins, 2 mage hunter strikeforce with uas, invictors with ua, Epic Eiryss.  I think the invictors and the assassin solos get the brush next.

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Quick photo update

September 30, 2009

I have been slacking, but not *that* much.

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve completed the Death Jack and solidified my Retribution color scheme. Here’s the proof:

Chauncey the Death Jack

Chauncey the Death Jack. Commission, September 2009.

I posed him looking down since he's supposed to be huge.

I posed him looking down since he's supposed to be huge. And he's on a metal base.

I'm fairly happy with the way the blending turned out.

I'm fairly happy with the way the blending turned out. I'm amazed that I can wet blend — and explain how to do it. Still have a lot of room for improvement.

He's got such narrow hips.

He's got such narrow hips.

Angry Elves... now with pink!

Yeah, guess who’s making a mad dash to finish Angry Elves tomorrow? I’ve got 4 demos with them set for Thursday and I need to email a pic of them all painted up to the Quartermaster so I can get more Retribution goodies. I’ll make sure to post pics of the demos, since that’s something I have yet to do. Such a slacker, like I said.

Oh, in other news, here’s my logo for BCB:

Simple but effective.

I am debating previewing the T-shirt designs prior to the event. On the one hand, I know they’ll be awesome and I want folks to get the shirts. On the other hand, I know they’ll be awesome and I want to save it. 😉 Maybe after I’ve submitted the design to the shirt place…

Then again, I’m not above bribery. I’ll donate the proceeds to charity. 🙂


El Cabra Loco

August 4, 2009

Some of you may recall the cake topper I made for Wade and Haley for their wedding in May. Since I’ve never been one for convention, we got them Warmachine & Hordes related wedding gifts — a Mariner for him and a Shadowhorn Satyr for her.

Since I’m trying to get caught up on my painting project before I leave for Gencon, I got the Shadowhorn finished over the weekend.

When pics were first posted, all people could do was complain about the huge belt. So Haley and I talked about it and decided to use that huge belt to our advantage and make the goat into a luchador. Naturally, he needed an accessory, and we found a good one in a Reaper mini.

Here’s El Cabra Loco, the crazy goat. 🙂

It's only fitting that a luchador have a folding chair, right?

It's only fitting that a luchador have a folding chair, right?

I can't help it. I like them with yellow eyes.

I can't help it. I like them with yellow eyes.

That's his name, don't wear it out.

That's his name, don't wear it out.

So yeah. That’s the latest completed model. I’m juggling about seven different projects right now, several of which are close to completion, the rest of which have gotten larger! I’ll post pics as I have time.

And with any luck, I’ll have a steady stream of updates from Gencon. Keep your fingers crossed.


Cryxy goodness!

July 14, 2009

Hey, it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted anything in this space.

For starters, things in the personal life  have taken a strange turn in that my stepdad has been missing since June 20. His single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza never arrived at its destination and the search was called off July 10. Needless to say, blogging and painting have taken a backseat.

But I’ve actually worked up something I thought was worth sharing, so here we go.

I got tired of this thing mocking me from the painting desk.

I got tired of this thing mocking me from the painting desk.

She's really tiny, especially for Warmachine scale

She's really tiny, especially for Warmachine scale

"If I hold really still, maybe it won't see me..."

"If I hold really still, maybe it won't see me..."

The obligatory shot from the GF9 Cryx table at the LGS.

The obligatory shot from the GF9 Cryx table at the LGS.

"RAWR" in Helljack means "nom nom nom" — unlike Dinosaur, which means "I love you."

"RAWR" in Helljack means "nom nom nom" — unlike Dinosaur, where "RAWR" means "I love you." Gotta watch out for those subtle language variances.

And I painted these Bile Thralls about two months ago but don’t think I ever posted pics. Well, I just did in the forums, but that doesn’t count. 😛

*urp* Hi, my name is Vicki and I'll be your *BLART*

*urp* Hi, my name is Vicki and I'll be your *BLART*

Gotta love those skinny little legs and those fat bellies...

Gotta love those skinny little legs and those fat bellies...

Mmmm... back fat and pus. Yum. o_O

Mmmm... back fat and pus. Yum. o_O

In painting these guys, I discovered some interesting things about the P3 paint line:

  • Trollblood base is VERY good for painting things other than Trolls
  • Turquoise ink isn’t just for Cygnar any more
  • Morrow White + water + Future Floor Wax = great way to get “ghostly” effect (use a brush with a very good tip, paint in very, very thin layers)
  • I need to use more Radiant Platinum
  • Meridius Blue is another very under-used color
  • Necrotite Green can be very distracting

Anyway, I have more Cryx to build in the morning, so I need to hit the rack.

I’ll try to be more regular about posting stuff. 😛 (Famous last words, I know…)


Maybe something to help when pinning…

April 21, 2009

I picked up the Privateer Press P3 video a while back, and watched it as I sat and painted. Well, OK, I watched while my paint dried.

One of the assembly tricks suggested when pinning was to use “blue tack” or “sticky tack” to align the holes  for easier line up. I thought I would share that here as well. Sticky Tack can be found at hardware and department stores for the most part, and it is pretty inexpensive. It is used to hang posters (where you can’t use nails or don’t want to use tape) and temporarily hold things together. Good stuff.

I was asked very kindly (and I offered) to assemble a unit of Steelhead Halbardiers to avoid frustration on the part of the owner of said models. I had done this before, and it would be my 3rd time doing so.

I assembly lined everything, putting legs and bodies on bases and figuring out which parts were going to go to which models. If you haven’t assembled Halbardiers, they come in many pieces and can be a royal pain to get together. Some of the bodies are apart from the legs, only 2 of them have join markings, and I pinned those with ease. The other 4 models do not have any markings, and can be a challenge to get the pins lined up. The other alternative is to green stuff the models together and use the ZAP CA (the pink bottle) to get in the cracks and make a good join. This was not the case for me. I pinned them.

Using the trick mentioned in the P3 video, it became much easier.

I drilled the hole in the torso of the model, then rolled up a small ball of sticky tack and put it between the legs and torso of the models and pressed them together (much like you would green stuff). One quick note is that you want to wet the side with the hole already drilled, or it will stick everything together and you will lose the location you want to drill. The stuff really sticks things together, though it is temporary.

The sticky tack in the middle

The sticky tack in the middle

When I separated the pieces, I was left with a small indent where the hole needed to be, and was able to get the pin holes aligned without much of  a problem. Another note is that you want to start the hole and then remove the blue stuff. It will stick to your pin bit and the metal you drill out of the hole, making it unusable for the next model. That is the other beauty, you can re-use the same piece for as many models as you need to pin. Pretty cost effective.

now I know where to drill

now I know where to drill

What isn’t obvious in the picture above is that I got the torso backwards. I noticed this after I had drilled my hole. Luckily, this was the second model out of the four, and I was able to use the technique on the next one to get the pin holes to line up.

The rest of the assembly went fairly quick, and I had thought about pinning the arms and heads,  but decided instead to green stuff and ‘pink’ glue them, which does hold up well in most cases.

I went on to assemble a Gnarlhorn Satyr using the blue tack method to align my pin holes and had no more troubles all day.

Hope this helps someone out there. The P3 video is pretty good overall, kind of nice to see that I have learned some things over the past few years. I am anxious to see what they bring us in volume 2.

Thanks for checking in-

scott


Terrain, part deux

April 21, 2009

OK, a little later than promised, but here is what I have been doing with the water and forest terrain pieces I left off with last time. I had to let these season just a little bit and get the materials I wanted to use. I left off with the forest pieces at a real easy spot- I had cut them out, shaped them and gave them a once over with some green camouflage spray paint. I wanted to make these a little different, so I added dirt flock first, followed by dark green static grass. This becomes the part where I start feeling a little like Bob Ross (the “happy trees” painter). These are my forests, so the dirt will live where I want it to, and the grass will go on around it.

Dirt flock on a 6" x 8" forest.

Dirt flock on a 6" x 8" forest.

Dark Green static grass, 6" x 8" forest

Dark Green static grass, 6" x 8" forest

I left off here to let the glue dry and set the static grass. I will add undergrowth for the next step and then lay on a coat of Matte Varnish to help protect the pieces. Remember, there are 4 each of these, 4″x6″ and 6″x8″. I am only showing one for ease of demonstration. The end result will look something like this:

Almost done...

Almost done...

Where the forest pieces were easy, the water terrain pieces have become a little more labor intensive. Of course, this is all personal choice, and I am trying to deliver a quality product to the client.
After letting the paint dry, I ran a bead of tacky glue around the edges of the water feature that I had painted brown, and where I wanted my little islands to be.

Tacky glue.....

Tacky glue.....

I then put down a layer of basing material for my dirt. Since I am using railroad modeler’s water effect, I need something to keep the water in and on the piece.

4 water terrain pieces, basing material glued in place

4 water terrain pieces, basing material glued in place

After the basing material dries, I am ready to add bigger rocks, flock, and static grass, pretty much in that order.

bigger rocks added

bigger rocks added

rocks and flock

rocks and flock

... and finally static grass.

... and finally static grass.

After everything had dried, I threw 2 coats of matte varnish on the water pieces. “Why?” you may ask, well, after laying down the water effect the last time I did this, I shot 2 coats of matte varnish and a coat of Dullcote and completely ruined the water effect. Even gloss varnish didn’t help. Those were the ones I donated to the LGS’ terrain stock, and I wanted to see what I could do for fairly cheap.
OK, back to work. I let the pieces dry in the warm sun ( I am glad summer is close), so they were good and dry. I should stress that working with the “water” should be done in a well ventilated area, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Here comes the tricky part...

Here comes the tricky part...

The “water” is almost like glue, but pours pretty quick. I very carefully poured a small amount all around the piece, making sure not to get on the basing material, and hopefully not getting too much on the piece. I rotated and flipped the pieces around to get good coverage, and filled in where needed with a toothpick. This stuff will shred a paintbrush, and the toothpicks were more accurate for what I needed. The end result of this step looks something like this:

 after water effect, I had to get the light in there as a reflection.

after water effect, I had to get the light in there as a reflection.

The only thing left to do is to let the water terrain pieces sit for 24 hours for the effect to set up.
As far as the forests go, I have some rocks and undergrowth to get down and I will be able to seal them. Since my client is a Circle player, I am going to make one of the bigger forests up to fit his faction. A fire ring and autumn flock are on the agenda for that piece.
I will post completed pictures either Tuesday or Wednesday, I am looking to deliver the pieces Wednesday.

Thanks for checking in-

scott


March Challenge

March 1, 2009

Yup, February was filled with epic fail. I busted ass to get stuff done for Templecon and got home and never recovered. Plus, I’ve been sick since coming back from Providence. I easily lost a week of painting time from that.

But, it’s in the past. Here’s what we’re looking at for March:
My models:
  • eMadrak
  • Doomshaper
  • eDoomshaper
  • Borka + keg carrier
  • Grissel
  • Grim Angus
  • Troll Hero
  • Kilt Lifter
  • Fell Caller ~ Juan Cinco
  • Brun & Lug
  • Dahlia & Skarrath (LGS painting contest)

Total: 14

Commissions:
  • Steelhead Cavalry [5]
  • Stannis Brocker
  • eMagnus
  • Ayana & Holt conversion
  • Nightmare (basecoated WIP)
  • Kruger
  • Vayl
  • Saeryn
  • Rorsch & Brine
  • Thorn
  • Exorcist Tank
Total: 17
Total models for March: 31
That averages out to a model a day. Notice anything about the list? Only one trooper unit! I do still need to finish the Kriel Warriors, but they’ll be “off the books” as it were.
So we’ll see. I’m much more excited about this month than last, though Templecon was a blast. I’m essentially clearing the decks of commissions because I’ve a shit-ton of Trolls to paint for the Invitational — it’s why I’m getting my ‘locks all painted. Then it’s beasts, units and solos, hopefully done before the Meta releases are in hand. With any luck, I’ll have eDoomie in the next week or so. 😉 (Pretty please, with sugar on top, Biggie?)

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