Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Vlad the Impaler

One historical figure that I've always been interested in is Vlad the Impaler. I find the mixture of myth and truth to be really interesting and find myself reading about him from time to time.

So when I saw Lyn of Metalhead Minis painting up a bunch of mini busts, which included one of Vlad, I instantly asked where to find him and bought one for myself.

GUTS - Chibi Sherman Tank

While working the Ninja Division booth at GenCon, I painted some German soldiers for their new line of WWII era minis, GUTS. I instantly fell in love with them and left with a Sherman tank and a squad of US HQ.

I had big plans for them, but eventually they all went to the back burner. That is until I needed to find something to paint on stream, after I finished Vlad the Impaler. On a whim, I primed the Sherman and went to work on it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lou - Chibi C'thulhu

A few weeks before Halloween, I picked up some of Reaper's chibi Bonesylvanians. Lou, a chibi C'thulhu, Mel, a chibi mindflayer and Drak, a chibi man-bat.

I decided to start with Lou and after looking him over for a bit I knew that I needed to model him after the larger C'thulhu that I painted a few years ago.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Project: The Guardian of the Sea

I'd picked up Marike, Guardian of the Sea from Dark Sword Miniatures about a month ago and had been planning to use her for something. I knew I wanted to put her on a display base, because she's such and excellent sculpt, but I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do.

Then I remembered, I also have the Kraken kit from Reaper Miniatures, which I had bought as part of one of their Bones Kickstarters. It comes with part of a sunken ship that is used as the base for the kraken itself and it is a really cool piece.

That's when it hit me that she should be standing in front of, or on top of it, and it fits the theme extremely well.

Well, the drain of building an army has taken its toll and I needed a break from it. I'd been working on finishing my squad of Skitarii Rangers for what seemed like ages and it was wearing thin.

A change of pace was needed, and with that in mind I gathered up the parts for a new display piece.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Drunken Testors' Brush Challenge

In a bid to get more folks watching us stream miniature painting on Twitch, Sophie and I came up with the idea of having an event where we face off against each other painting miniatures with the Testors' white handled brushes.

I believe I originally joked about it once before while we were reminiscing about ye olden days of  when we started miniature painting and then in usual Sophie fashion she made it better by suggesting we get drunk while doing it.

The idea kept getting kicked around for awhile and we would keep saying "we really should do that", but either of us brought the brushes or made any attempt to bring the idea to reality.

So I took the initiative.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Replacing the Fury of Dracula Figures

In recent years I've found myself leaving the video game scene and getting more and more into board gaming. I've also always been a big fan of Dracula, and things Dracula related. So when I discovered Fury of Dracula from Fantasy Flight Games, it was a no brainer that I was going to enjoy this game.

At the time I never bothered to get my own copy, but when Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight ended their licensing agreement, Fury of Dracula quickly became a must buy before it vanished into mist, forever.

Monday, October 2, 2017

5 Years Old, Already?

Well that went by quickly.

As of Oct 1st, this little ol' website is five years old! It's a kindergartner!

In the early days, all this was was mainly a glorified journal for work in progress projects and the occasional finished piece. In those days I had been only posting on Twitter and wanted somewhere where I could talk at length about the process.

I didn't really expect anyone to read it and at times had felt that maybe it was pointless, because who really cares what I think or how I do something. Obviously, someone else has done it before and better, yeah? What's the point of rehashing things that folks can find anywhere else?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tech-Priest Dominus Conversion

Shortly after I came back from GenCon, I was able to finish the custom Tech-Priest Dominus I had mentioned previously and been plastering all over social media.

I had actually taken him to GenCon with me, in case I had a chance for some free time to sit and just paint. The only time I was able to was on the first night, when I wasn't sure what to do with myself and didn't think I had anyone to hang out with.

When I returned from GenCon, I left him sit for a bit longer and about a week or two later I finally put him back on the table and got to work finishing him up.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Grimwood, Elven Archer

It's no secret RuneQuest is my favorite RPG system, but it is brutal as Hell.

Thanks to an unlucky roll while defending an elven forest from chaos, my Storm Bull initiate Talia, lost a leg and was no longer able to travel with the party. 

After cleansing their forest and making up for mistakes we made against them. The elves joined our cause and agreed cast healing magic on Talia to allow the limb to regrow. The downside, it would take 9 months of in-game time before she could rejoin the party. 

With that in mind, and since the elves have agreed to join our alliance, we were able to roll up elves as replacement characters for the two characters who were incapacitated. 

A new character means a new miniature and after a long search trying to find a suitable elf mini, I finally ended up with a human ranger from Dark Sword Miniatures.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tutorial: How to Paint Copper

How to Paint Copper
High Contrast Metallics

Hey all, earlier I showed you how to paint metal, using silver metallic paint and what I call "High Contrast Metallics". Now, I'm going to show you how to take what we talked about there and use it for copper/brass instead. If you haven't read that tutorial, you may want to check it out before continuing.