Wednesday, March 28, 2018

First Bust Painted

A couple of years back, I took a painting class with Banshee (Spanish painter, Alfonso Giraldes). All the students who took the class got one of his resin busts to paint up. Well, I finally got around to painting mine.

Alfonso is famous in miniatures painting circles for his hashtag #fucksmoothness. His philosophy is that for something to look real, it needs to have harsh tones and a lot of unexpected colour noise in it. I'm not nearly as adventurous in my painting as he is, but I tried to take his lesson to heart and add in more harsh colour than I would normally use in this sort of exercise. Not altogether successful, but I think I'm starting to move in the right direction with this first attempt at larger scale painting.

Last night we had a packed paint/hobby night down in the basement. 8 friends showed up for building, painting and photography. Lots of fun.

Finally, a humbling moment. A friend at work asked if I could paint up a western figure for his Deadlands campaign. I said sure, I'd help him out, but then discovered it was a 3D printed figure with super-soft detail in the print job. I'll admit, this was very tough to work on. We rely so much on good sculpts to prop up our painting. When you get a very softly-detailed figure, it's nearly impossible to achieve good results. Regardless, as promised: painted and delivered. Certainly, a half-hearted attempt. Won't do that again!

'Til next time.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Orcs for Shadespire

Shadespire continues to dominate my painting table.

This week I was able to get the Orc warband out.

A lot of my friends have painted their Orcs up with black and/or yellow armor. So I went natural, dirty and rusted metal for mine. Nothing special, but they get the job done!

'Til next time.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Skaven for Shadespire

Shadespire continues to be my favourite boardgames release for the past year. I've been picking up the expansions as they've been released. A couple of weeks back, the Skaven warband came out, and I was very excited to get my hands on them

As I've come to expect from the Shadespire games, these sculpts are off the charts awesome. They were easy to assemble, and fun to paint as always.

I think the Orc team will be next. Stay tuned.

'Til next time.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Doom Commission Complete

My first commission (pro bono) is compete. These are figures from the Doom boardgames, painted for a co-worker. They are not quite what I'd call good table-top quality; speed was the most important factor in getting these done. But I am happy with the result, given what I set out to do.

Delivered the finished set about 2 hours before game time!

The big figures where the most fun to do, mostly because these guys had the most detail in the sculpts.

'Til next time.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Doom Commission?

A co-worker asked me if I'd paint some boardgames pieces for her. I said sure. So, the game is Doom, and I started with 4 sample pieces just to see if the style was what she was looking for.

First, prime and highlight for pre-shading.

Next, some airbrushed colors to get tone right, and some initial paint down.

Tightened up the colors, applied washes, final details, and 4 quick table-top-ready figures are out in a day. Quick and fun. If she likes them, I'll do the rest of the set.

'Til next time.

LVO 2018 Round Up

Last weekend I was down in Vegas for the LVO tournament. There was a huge contingent of Edmonton players there, along with a several wives. Here, Garnett, Carolyn and Kimberley are doing what Canadians do in Vegas...checking their phones.

Lot of beautiful armies on display during the show. Including Lizardmen.



Iron Warriors?

The winning painted army at my 40K Friendly tournament...more Chaos.


More Chaos.

Tau. It went on an on. So many great looking armies.

In the painting competition, this Tau Manta was a standout. Mostly because...

The rear interior bay was completely modelled out, and lit with LEDs.

This OSL piece tickled my fancy.


A great looking Rus Prince bust by Edmonton's own Steve Lind.

I played four games in the tournament, over Saturday and Sunday. All great opponents and very fun games. Played first against Brigt from Norway. Orcs.

Next was Sunny and her Grey Knights army.

Sunday morning I played Robert from Kansas City. He had a Sisters of Battle army, and I spent the whole game killing, and re-killing Celestine. But I did get her.

Finally played against Josh and his Khorne army (Cult of the Brass Bull). Very fun game, and first time playing against Chaos.

Action shot from that last game. Dark Angels in close with Khorne.

The winning group from our 40K Friendly tournament. 60 players strong, and I tied for 8th pretty happy with my first 40K tournament experience.

'Til next time.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bits and Pieces

Not much hobbying this month. However, leaving for the LVO on Wednesday, and I had two figures that weren't quite finished. Belial (in the wretched failcast resin) and Azrael's relic bearer. I've also been working on some more of the great 40K terrain sets...but only have them assembled and primed at this point. More later.

'Til next time.