Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Captain Darnath Lysander
Tactical Squad x3 squads
-x5 extra SM , lascannon , powerfist , flamer, razorback with a twin-linked lascannon
-heavy flamer “Malatesta”
-twin-linked autocannon L arm, twin-linked autocannon R arm “Cataphractus”
-twin-linked lascannon “Arturius”
-x4 heavy bolters
-twin-linked lascannon , lascannon sponsons “Vitruvius”
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Note; yellow effect was created using Wil Davies yellow techniques! Check him out at cbstudios.com! Really rad minis!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I was just thinking to myself while scanning a ton of photos into my compy, "Gee, this is tedious. And boring. You know what else is tedious? Painting that yellow onto Imperial Fists. Hell, I bet if Imperial Fists were real, they would use painting yellow as a masochistic ritual instead of The PainGloveohmygodepiphany!!!" That's right. Yellow paint plus agony plus Games Workshop equals Imperial Fists. The Imperial Fists use the mythical Painglove to shrive a candidate/repentant Space Marines' response to pain. The bizarre confluence can mean only one thing; GW is using the Imperial Fists as a eugenics project to weed the inferior and weak from the strong in the hobby community! Fellow IF enthusiasts!! We are the future, rise up and throw off your chains of the oppressive multicolor pallette! YELLOW PAINT SHALL RULE ALL! CROCUS SCEPTRUM LOCUS!!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
That means there are only 2 more items left on my To-Do list. I can't even articulate appropriately how happy these guys are done. Sometimes, you can get intimidated by a project. I was so scared to even base these guys I allowed my fear to stop me from working on them by saying "Oh, I can't base them yet, I don't have the materials!" etc., etc.. This weekend was great for jumping in and wading through this morass of work. Writers say the best way to break through a bad case of writers block is just to write. Write anything. Well, I would officially call my dry spell over. Bring those Dreadnoughts on. I will make them my bitches.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
-x5 Devastator Marines
-Mortis Pattern Dreadnought
Done in a week? We'll see.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I want to mention how well these gentlmen all competed, they created simple yet elegant entries and earned their places as superior painters. The subjects were definitely a challenge, namely the fact that they were essentially two models to paint in 4 hours. None of us had ever really painted them either, which I feel was very fair.
My impressions and feelings; I didn't like losing! There, I said it. I did bitch after the contest, and I was the only one complaining. I always espouse an attitude of "If you do not win, the only way you truly fail is to not learn from the experience". But I felt I had invested alot into this competition and I was defeated. Looking back, I regret my actions after we wrapped and were graded, what with all the sour grapes talk on my part. I will not allow this to color my attitude from now on, and I learned some valuable lessons, especially about some egregious mistakes I made in painting my submission.
Rule #1-(and this should apply to all things in life) Keep it simple stupid! Don't go crazy building a wild-ass design with poorly matched colors.
Rule #2- Metallics are an accent, not a paint scheme. If you have more time for metallics to be taken to a quality extent, go for it. Otherwise, refer to rule #1.
Rule #3- Be efficient. Take the time to be careful on the delicate stuff, but haste is a virtue in timed competition.
This will be my first painting competition. Even though it is a small one, in my mind, it's for all the beans. My arch-nemesis, Zach, may be competing with me today. I intend to take the field today and destroy him. No fancy maneuvers, no tricks, just victory.
I always approach any competition in a certain way. I sometimes feel like a blood hungry berzerker, donning my armor, prepping my weapons....packing my paints :) But in all seriousness. I did psych myself out getting ready for this today. It's going to last 4 hours, we don't know the model we will be given, and I'm not certain of how we will be judged. I don't even know who else will be there! I just know I want to show my best skill, and crush them without mercy. So I guess when you have no reliable reconnaisance on a battlefield, confidence can be the only course. I'll report back when I come home tonight!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Good morning folks, and happy Veterans day. I'd like to take a moment on my little corner of the internet to thank those brave individuals serving at home and abroad in our armed forces. Your work is appreciated, and I wish you all safe journeys as you pursue the goal of protecting America and prosecuting the difficult task of war in the name of freedom. Thank you also to those men and women whom never left the armed services, but whose silent testimony in death have inspired Americans to be the best we can be, and appreciate our rights, purchased with your blood. Thank you vets, you are not forgotten.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I put a lot of love into these guys, but they have been the victims of financial and sane constrictures; I'm not rich and I'm not crazy.
These fine fellows are always ready for a scrap, I made sure that bayonets played a heavy influence in their design. I used the feathered cap heads to help denote different squads, it makes modelling sense and it makes battlefield sense!
They've also got some heavy duty backpacks. I intended the impression to be given of a group of hard-core campaigners.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Gar! Yet another commission for my pal Nick. This time it was a piece I was only vaguely familiar with; Dreadnought! I had the distinct displeasure of putting together a Venerable Dreadnought kit about a year ago. Damn. You. Games. Workshop. This half pound piece of crap destroyed my entire complement of drill bits, didn't fit half the time(the chassis was a bastard), and ruined two metal files. Dear GW, Patrick again.....yeah....about those models that are huge bricks of pewter....ummmm, I'm gonna have to never buy any of those again. Sincerely, Patrick. Well they finally got rid of the paperweight that is the Steamtank, though it's secondary function as a doorstop and even an instrument of self-defense will be missed.
I digress, as you can see I had been commissioned to build and paint a Space Wolves Dreadnought. Above you can see the project midstride, based black with some portions painted shadow grey. The portion I want folks to see most is the right shoulder of the chassis, the yellow and black area. I was very happy in particular with this non-standard paintjob, it was accomplished witha bit of blue painters' tape and my airbrush. It even pushed me to make the right arms(lascannon, assault cannon and JOY! plasma cannon), black, with only certain parts painted a very darkened boltgun metal. I then shaded them progressively with a mix of chaos black/grey/skull white, up until the final highlights with straight skull white. I had to go super light on the white, you don't want it overpowering the hard work you put into creating a consistent gradation from black to white.
I chiseled the raised areas off the faceplate of the sarcophagus and painted it white, then placed a decal from the Baneblade in the middle, it pulled a good piece together and added my signature custom touch to the piece.
I am super satisfied with my efforts this time around. The SM Dreadnought is a joy to assemble and paint. I only hope that Nick thinks so too!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This is my first time finishing a commission for pay(I charged Nick a $35 troop box, and I earned that box). It was kind of funny doing the Rhino. I felt freer than when I would have doing work on my own miniatures, it didn’t matter that the Rhino wasn’t super individualized or the chapter home-brewed. I just set my mind to it, and ground that bad boy out. I also felt a tremendous amount of pride in providing a service to my friend. I really tried to do my best work on his commission, and it touched me when I gave it to him that he placed it in his stores main glass case(he’s the LGS owner). I would say that the greatest compliment one player could pay to another is to ask him to enhance the look of his army and trust him to do just that. I’d also like to recognize a fellow rad painter/modeler in my area whom is doing the special characters for Nicks army; Zach Phillips. His exceptional efforts with the brush are pushing me to blow Nicks mind as best I can and bring my skills to a further threshold. They say great opposition makes for exceptional efforts, I certainly hope this applies to the work Zach and I put into our friends playing pieces!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Just a quick shot from the hip, I got my Forge World order in a weeks time!? Yup, my friends and I ordered enough goods for free express shipping and man, was that shipping express! For those not in the know, Forge World is a subsidiary of Games Workshop that does some of the most exquisite model work ever witnessed by man(check 'em out- forgeworld.co.uk ). As right on as their models are...well, their shipping procedures are precisely the opposite. Guys have waited months for tiny pieces, things are shipped incomplete or severely damaged due to the highly sensitive nature of the resin product FW uses to mold their models. But fate was kind today, and has delivered me my products in fine fashion...except for my posters...bastard UPS is holding them in...checks tracking number....Philadelphia?! What the hell?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
In all seriousness, I as a hobbyist seem to gravitate towards projects that seem daunting and often times foolhardy in scope. I've never been one to go with convention, and nothing gets my blood pumping more than doing concept work while others scoff and weaker men cower! I began my deep obsession with warhammer by building a fluff intensive Iron Snakes army...ah, good times. My more recent projects have seen me kitbashing Imperial Gaurd with Warhammer Fantasy Empire kits. But I decided that I needed a new project. I delved back into my first army, and came up with a concept for an Imperial Fists army. These guys use ALOT of yellow. And yellow is a bastard to paint. Why?, ask the unitiated. 'cause yellow shows through friggin' EVERYTHING. Like a nice black basecoat? Be prepared to do quite a few coats of that lovely yellow. White basecoat? Enjoy doing all the shading you'll be required to do!
I digress, let's get this puppy started!