Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's been a long time!

It's been almost a year since my last post and I wanted to get back to the blog, so I thought I would start by explaining the absence. In the past 10 months I moved to a new house, got a new job, got extremely busy with said job, went through a bought of depression, escaped into video games rather than painting, continued being busy with the job then finally decided to start painting again. For Christmas I received two miniatures that kicked me into gear, I wanted to paint them for Crystal Brush which was only 3 months away so I had to get moving. So I got back on the horse and felt a new life for the hobby. I made it to Crystal Brush and things went well (more on that later) and learned a lot of new things from some of the best painters in the world. Now I'm working on new pieces for World Model Expo in July.

Now it's time to see what I've been working on the past few months, starting with my three entries for Crystal Brush 2017:

Eternal Crusader from Michael Kontraros Collectibles
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Templar Knight in Jerusalem from Young Miniatures
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St. Mark from Dark Age
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At the show I got many comments from great artists on what I did well and what I need to improve on, nothing beats free lessons. And St. Mark took home a silver in the Dark Age sponsor category, so things went well.

Now here's a piece I started a long time ago but put aside never expecting to go back, but I'm glad I did pick it up again.

Lord of Slaanesh on Daemonic Mount from Games Workshop
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That's all for now, I hope to be posting regularly again. In the coming days I'll make a post about a new piece I'm sculpting/painting. Having lots of fun with that one.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Another Chaos Space Marine

In the quest of getting rid of the never ending pile of unpainted minis, I pulled out another Dark Vengeance marine and started slapping paint on it. I'm mostly using it to practice for many techniques. Still trying to get better at NMM and battle damage. The mini also has some unnatural skin, leather and cloth to work on.

In addition to this piece, I'm still working on the Ren bust and two pieces for this year's Golden Vinci contest (put on by The English version of the rules aren't up yet. I know we're not allowed to post final pictures of our entries until after the contest, but due to a poor Google translation, it's unclear if we're allowed to post WIP photos or not. So, I'll hold off on showing what I'm working on until the English rules are posted and it's cleared up.

Here's the progress on the marine so far:

Friday, May 27, 2016

Francois l'Olonnais "finished"

Here he is, all "finished". I put that in quotation marks because he technically isn't. It wasn't until I took the photos, uploaded them to CMON and showed them on a few other social media sites that I realized I spelled his name wrong on the name plate. There are two N's in l'Olonnais, so I'll have to correct that at some point. But the model itself is done, and that's the most important thing. So here are some mostly final shots.

Up next: I'll continue on the Ren bust, I'm working on the Queen of Death from Figone (part of the Figopedia Indiegogo), and inspired by David Soper's brilliant Nurgle squad at this year's Golden Demons, I'll be doing a name plate for the Abyssal Warlord.

Monday, May 16, 2016

French Buccaneer WIP #3

Work continues on the Frenchman. He has a second arm now and his cape is more fancy. Progress has slowed on him a bit as my painting time has been greatly cut into recently and when I do paint I'm mostly touching up already done areas. It's getting close to the end though, all the large areas are pretty much done. Here's where he stands now:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

French Buccaneer WIP #2

Work continues on the Frenchman who terrorized the Spanish in the Caribbean. The updates this time include; a second leg, leather belts, gold trim, a hat, freehand started on the shirt, the base has some paint on it. So, here you go: