We Have a Winner!

It’s official, I can now be labeled a “Mr. Fancy Pants”. That’s because this weekend I won The Draconic Awards, Captain Con 2015 Best of Show trophy. Booyah baby! Thanks to everyone over at Wargamers Consortium for putting this event together. Up until the last moments before the announcement I didn’t expect such a fantastic result. It was a great experience and one that I look forward to doing again.

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Bad ass trophies and medals :-)

Nomad Gecko by Corvus Belli

The Draconic Awards 2015, CaptainCon Best of Show

Warpwolf Stalker by Privateer Press

The Draconic Awards 2015, CaptainCon Silver Coin

Grissel Bloodsong by David Montalvan

The Draconic Awards 2015, CaptainCon Silver Coin

Would you like to enter a painting competition? The Draconic Awards is the place to go. The organizers are super cool, talented people and provide great feedback. And furthermore, those medals and trophy are bad ass!
I had a great time at CaptainCon. The organizers were able to do a lot with the space including a demo section, tournaments, role playing games and a board game room. It was a chill convention in a nice venue and I’m really looking forward to the next time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some painting to do.

A Lesson in Female Anatomy

A few months ago my friend Alex, asked me to paint up this anatomy figure for him. At first I was pretty intimidated and had no idea how to approach painting her. However, after much deliberation and air brush practice I mustered up enough confidence to get to work. So, ladies and gents taking center stage, this 8 inch tall beauty is available through 3Dtotal.  Give it up for Bertha (well that’s what I named her).

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Here she is without any paint and a little sanding work done. As you can see, it’s a beautifully sculpted model with a lot of detail and very realistic proportions. This is an excellent addition to any artist’s reference collection.

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Alex requested that I only paint the muscle half. So I set about to masking all the areas i didn’t want to paint. Step one was painting on some Vallejo airbrush liquid mask, followed by painters tape and then more liquid mask over that. Lastly I Gave Bertha a spray coat of White Primer.

FemMod_PiPI took these pictures during the first few airbrush sessions. I started with a warm red-orange basecoat followed by some shading using a darker neutral red. From there I added a few light coats of pink and Ivory. I used a references from the Bodies Exhibit to help with where the lighter colored tissue go. The last step for the muscle tissue were several washes. The first few red washes were to soften the highlights. Then I mixed a brown/red ink and applied that in the recesses to bring out contrast in the recesses. In the final images below you’ll see Bertha after a few white brushed-on highlights and some other detail.

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Female Anatomy Model by 3DTotal

And here’s the final version. As a side note, when I originally masked the model I forgot to cover her toes on her left foot. So I mixed up my won gray to match the resin (pretty close if I do say so myself) and brushed that on. This model is very different from the stuff I’m used to working on. The scale is bigger, the detail is more subtle and the style is more realistic. It’s been a fun, challenging project and I’m happy to have finally completed it. Anyhoo, I hope you like Bertha and please share any thoughts you have on her and my paint job. As always, happy painting! :-)

Dire States: New York

When I was approached by tournament organizer Nestor Medina to design the logo for his upcoming Infinity tournament, I said “Sure thing buddy”. When he said he’d like me to paint up a bad ass model as prize support, I said “Hell yeah!” The tournament in question is Dire States: Battle for the Empire State, and the sexy ass model is Ajax the Great. So here’s a few nice pictures to stimulate your geeky little eyeballs. Enjoy!

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Here’s the logo that I designed. I figured the Empire State Building was a perfect, recognizable icon that would translate well as a patch. The tech-styled shapes in the background are inspired by the Infinity game art for hackers. I used Orbitron for the text which is used a lot throughout the Infinity rule books and art. The colors are taken from the Albany flag. Now onward to the really pretty stuff. Behold, Ajax the Great!

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I got to try out a lot of new techniques on this model. First off, I applied almost all the khaki with my airbrush. I still need a lot of practice for anticipating where the paint will come out from the gun, but the final results worked out great. This is also my first attempt at painting metals without using metallic paint. Also known as non-metalic metal (NMM), this technique is something that I’ve never been a very big fan of, but tried it here because it’s more reminiscent of the studio Infinity models. I have to admit, I really enjoyed painting the metal like this and will definitely use it more often in the future. Finally, I’ve never attached a model onto an acrylic base before, but it’s pretty straight forward. :)

Well, not much else to say about that folks. Hope you dig the pictures and keep those brushes wet! O_o

Voodoo Ninja in 3D!

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My good friend and fellow artist, Alex Cheparev took a character that I designed and brought it to life using Maya, a 3D modeling program. He’s been documenting and posting videos of the entire process on  his youtube channel, Crashing Maya. If you have any interest in learning how to design in 3D I highly encourage you to check out his videos and subscribe to his channel. His tutorials will really help you appreciate how much work and attention to detail go into 3D modeling. Yessir, Alex is a true wizard using evil pacts to create artificial life!

So now that Alex’s work is done, it’s my turn to jump in. Very soon I will have a 3D printed model of Voodoo Ninja for my painting pleasure. The plan is to paint this little guy and record it for my Youtube Channel. Furthermore, you can buy this model at Shapeways! That’s right ladies and gents, you can be the proud owner of you very own Voodoo Ninja model. So that’s it for news folks. Click on those links and sink some time into videos. Cheers and happy viewing!

Underground Update: Terrain and Airbrush Musing

For quite some time now I’ve heard raving reviews about airbrushing. Being the stubborn ass that I am, I refused to jump on the bandwagon. However after much carful consideration (and an ever growing pile of models that needed to get done quickly) I decided to take the plunge. I figured the best place to start practicing would be terrain, namely my Underground Lasers Kickstarter terrain. Here’s some pics of what I’ve been working on along with some babble about my entry into the world of airbrushing.

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Underground Lasers, BBQ Lizard Stand

Before I continue, I should mention that I’ve been working with Francisco, the owner of Underground Lasers, for some time on his latest Kickstarter project. You can view pictures here. Those models are really my first go at using an airbrush and I think my technique has improved a lot since then.

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Underground Lasers, Shogun Burger Shack

 

Back then I was using low budget equipment and a loud-ass, smelly compressor. I bought it from a friend and it smelled like a moldy basement whenever I turned it on. A few months later, I purchased an entire set of Bagder Minitaire Airbrush Paint and a Badger Sotar 20/20 airbrush. Holy rusted metal Batman, what a difference!

 

Underground Lasers, Barricades

Underground Lasers, Barricades

 

If you’re a frugal individual like myself, then you hate feeling uncertain about any investment, much less an expensive one. That being said, if you plan on getting into airbrushing, I recommend buying the most expensive machine you can afford. You’ll be better off for it. The set up I ended up with was $300 to $400 (USD) and I don’t regret it.

Underground Lasers, Containers

Underground Lasers, Containers

Also, do yourself a favor and don’t bother mixing your own paint. It’s extremely tedious, time consuming and frustrating. Purchase a set of legit airbrush paint in a few colors (black, gray, white and some primary colors are a good start). Most of all practice and experiment!

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Thanks for reading and happy painting.

Voodoo Ninja

Exciting things are in the works! My friend Alex Cheparev asked me to create a character for him to model in 3D for his YouTube channel. Once he’s done, we’re getting it 3D printed then I’ll paint it up for my upcoming YouTube channel. Should be pretty cool! Here’s the concept sketch and Alex’s Video. Make sure to Subscribe to his channel for all of your Maya tutorial needs!

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Voodoo Ninja Sketch

This is Voodoo Ninja. Think black magic meets Pinocchio. I wanted to create a character with a variety of textures and a little humor. Thus the wood grain on the arms, the bandages and you can’t go wrong with a big old skull head. The plan is to add ball and socket joints in the shoulders and removable pins as weapons.


Alex is already off to a great start and it’s amazing to see how quickly he can make this character come to life. I can’t wait for the final results. It’s going to look so bad ass! Thanks for reading and keep being creative. ;-)