Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Brush Wizard at GenCon 50!

In case you didn't know, I will be attending GenCon this year! It's super exciting and I am both honored and proud to be joining Ninja Division at their booth for the inaugural Golden Kobold chibi painting competition as a judge.

You can find me in the exhibit hall at booth #2827, accepting entries for the contest as well as painting adorable chibi figures.

This is definitely a dream come true. Not only because I get to go to GenCon for the first time and it's the 50th anniversary, but also because I'll be working directly with the folks responsible for creating and feeding my chibi addiction.

I'll be taking as many pictures as possible and when I get home I'll be updating again with pictures and a write up on my experience.

This is likely one of the greatest opportunities I've ever had given to me and I'm excited to take part in it and do my part.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Project! Chibi Skitarii Ranger!

Taking a bit of a break on my Skitarii army and working on a new chibi. But this time, I'm going full on custom and attempting to make a Skitarii Ranger out of a Ninja All-Stars mini!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WIP - Starting on the Rangers

Th Skitarii train keeps on chugging and I am now working on the five man squad of Rangers.

Originally, I had planned on customizing the entire squad with T'au Pathfinder legs. But after totally ruining a few of my original Ranger models, I decided against it. Leaving me with a single crouched sniper in the group.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP - Custom Tech Priest Dominus

A few months ago, I decided it would be fun to make a custom Tech Priest Dominus to lead my
Skitarii. I originally had an idea of making him on a hover saucer, but that idea quickly collapsed when I realized the bits I had on hand were too small to believably carry all the gear the Dominus has.

Slightly put off by that revelation, I set it aside and went about other projects. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WIP - More Progress on the Skitarii

More progress has been made on the Skitarii army for Warhammer 40k. As of last night, I now have the Sydorian Dragoon finished, the first batch of Vanguard weathered, a Tech Priest Enginseer nearly finished, a second Enginseer being custom built and I salvaged my 5 man squad of Rangers.

Whew! That's a lot!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rhinox Hide - The Bestest Citadel Paint Color

What do bone, gold, brass, copper, leather, rusty metal, mud, and red cloth all have in common?

This guy right here.

Rhinox Hide, it is quite possibly the most versitile color I've ever used in the current Citadel line of paint. Since it's release, I've found multiple uses for it and emptied half a dozen pots.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Painting up Admech (Finally)

Well folks, Warhammer 40,000 is now in its 8th edition and thanks to all the hype surrounding it, I am finally painting up my Skitarii models! I've actually gotten some decent progress on them so far and have a full 10 man unit of Skitarri Vanguard finished and I have moved on to a Sydorian Dragoon.

Lets check it out!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jack Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch

When Ninja Division released the Jack Scarecrow mini-boss, I fell in love with the mini instantly. It helps that, in general, I am a fan of Halloween and this was released right around that time (and along side Beatrix the Witch Queen).

I decided to make a display piece using him, which now means I need a new one for my actual SDE collection too. But that means I just get to paint him again, which is alright since he was a fun mini to paint up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hobby Desk Upgrade - Version 3.0

I've recently been working on updating my hobby space. It all started in mid-June when I decided to order up a new desk and move my hobby area from the middle of my living room, to a corner of the living room.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tutorial: How to Paint Metal

How to Paint Metal
High Contrast Metallics 

"Metal is easy. All you need to do is base coat it, wash and drybrush the highlights and you're done!"

Metallic paint sometimes gets some flak for being the easy way out for doing metals. It's also been known to be hard to photograph properly, due to the light reflecting off of the metallic flake in the paint and messing with highlights.

As such, Non-Metallic Metals, using regular paint to simulate metal surfaces, has gained popularity recently. Many of the models you see in catalogs, competition and display pieces seem to lean towards NMM as the way to go.

But what if we take the principles of NMM and apply them to metallic paints?

This is what High Contrast Metallics is. Using lessons learned from the non-metallic way of doing things and applying them to metals to get a really nice and interesting metal surface using metallic paint.

It's something I've been working on for the better part of the year, and now I am ready to share it.