Send in the Fleet!

Back in December 2013 I wrote a post about a Kickstarter for Temporus the Game that I was painting some models for. Check out the original post here for the prototype and color recipe. Well, the Kickstarter was successfully funded, which means I had 4 large and 5 small replicas of the same ship to paint up ASAP. Here’s a picture of the final product. The large versions are about 5″ long and the small about 2.5″ long.

Temporous Cruisers

Temporus Cruisers

When I shipped away the package it gave me an opportunity to add some extra promo swag for the blog. I figured the backers who received these hand painted goodies would like to see a little bit more of my stuff (shameless plug tee-hee). I’m gonna start making more of these to bring to conventions and such just to get my name out there.

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OSO promo

A huge thanks to my good friend Alex Cheparev for referring me for the project and to Erik Umenhofer for trusting me to painting these awesome models. Make sure to check out Temporus the video game. Later space cadet!

Fleshy Bits: Purple

Come play with my fleshy bits! Hehe. Welcome to the first of hopefully many more posts I’ll be writing covering how to paint flesh tones. One of the members of a Facebook group that I help admin requested this one (thanks for the idea Ulises).
When it comes to painting flesh I’ve found that starting with a cool tone and working your way up to a warm tone makes for a more believable effect. Please excuse my slightly crappy iPhone pics.
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1. Basecoat- GW Genesealer Purple
2. Wash- GW Xereus Purple
3. Touch Up- GW Genesealer Purple
4. Highlight- GW Genesealer Purple/Ungor Flesh (75/25)
5. Highlight- GW Genesealer Purple/Ungor Flesh (50/50)
6. Highlight & Wash- GW Genesealer Purple/Ungor Flesh (25/75) followed by some detailed shading with Leviathan Purple

There you have it. See what kind of bizarre flesh colors you can come up with and please share any ideas you may have below in the comments section. Happy painting!

Underground Update

The Underground Lasers Kickstarter is coming to a close in less than 2 days and the goal is within grasp! If you’ve been pondering becoming a backer, Francisco has added a few new Stretch Goals to entice your geeky appetite. If that isn’t enough to make you join the cool kids, here are some pictures of sexy terrain painted by yours truly. Enjoy!

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Small Double Tower

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Small Platforms

 

Underground Lasers III: Mining Outpost Alpha

I’ve been super busy collaborating with Francisco Branco for his current Kickstarter project. Frank is the owner, creator, and creative mastermind behind Underground Lasers and his most recent project is pretty bad ass. Here’s some pictures of this very cool and unique kit painted by yours truly.

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Basic Platform

Walkway

Walkway

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Platform Inner Stairs

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Package Deal 1

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2 Tier Tower

I feel really lucky for the opportunity to get my hands on these terrain pieces before the KS release. The kit’s got a very unique design and most awesome of all, it’s completely collapsible! I can fit all the items you see here inside of a cereal box. Plus the many components leave a lot of room for customization.
Thanks to Francisco Branco for trusting me to paint this up for him, Nestor Medina from WGC for referring me and Ade Sanya from Nu Brand Gaming for letting me to use his shop for most of my airbrushing. You guys are the best!
I’ll keep posting up more pictures of fully painted sets throughout the month of December. So keep a look out for them here and on the official Underground Lasers Kickstarter Page. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!

What’s in the Box?

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Salyut Zond, Gecko Squad, Tsyklon Sputnik

Hello there fellow tabletop gamers (there’s one inside us all). Recently, I posted this image onto Wargamers Consortium-Infinity, a great Facebook group moderated by a friend of mine, Nestor Medina. Big shout out homie! To kickoff the new group WGC-I hosted a painting challenge, and these are my entries. However, this post isn’t going to be about the models, it’s going to be about the swanky crates you see in the background. What if I told you that for pennies a day you too can cover starving tabletops with terrain such as this? Well you can, and here’s how.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Box cutter or X-Acto knife
– Corrugated paper
– Scissors
– Tape
– Paper glue
– Marker
– Cardboard granola bar or cereal box
ShippingCrate-Assembly21I’m not the most precise person when it comes to building terrain, which is why I like to use already made boxes as my underlying structure. Using this granola box I’ll be able to make two 2″ x 2″ x 6.5″ shipping crates with clean right angles.
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First, tape the open end closed. I can’t be the only person that destroys the packaging on these boxes when I open them. So that’s what the tape is for. :-)
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Next, 2″ measurements along the long edges of the box. Two is an easy number to remember, and fits the 28mm scale of all my tabletop games nicely.
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Cutting time! Okay, so slicing into a box that’s already assembled can be dangerous and unstable, but I find it to be way faster than deconstructing, cutting then reconstructing it. All that being said, I always do several light passes with a very sharp blade. Also, cut only the long sides using a blade and then finish the shorter sides with a scissor. Don’t worry if this doesn’t look super neat and accurate. You can fix that later.
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I bought a 30″ x 20″ sheet of this corrugated paper from an art store for about 3 dollars. It’s great stuff and comes in several different colors. Since then, I’ve found it online for even cheaper.
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After cutting the paper into 2″ long strips I glue them onto the sides of the crate using paper craft glue. Turn the box top-side down onto your table. This’ll help keep the edges of the paper flush to the top of your crate. Then cut off the excess flap of paper with a scissor.
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Do the same fro the top of your crate, and you’re almost done with construction!
Next I sliced a few .5″ stips of cereal box card.
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Add some glue along the top edges of the box…
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…and along the strips of card.
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Then snip off the excess.
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And there you have the final constructed product. Now this is a very simple concept, but you can do all kinds of interesting stuff using these simple techniques. Perhaps you’d like to add doors to your crate, or use this idea on bigger boxes to make entire buildings? Do your thing and have fun. :-)
ShippingCrate-Assembly0In my next post I’ll show you how to paint this bad boy up and add detail using stencils and posters. Thanks for reading and happy building!

PEW PEW PEW!

Hey there my friends! So much time has passed since my last post, but it’s been well spent. Over the last couple of months I’ve been busy with freelance, martial arts training, painting a lot of models and playing even more games. Most importantly though, I started taking a class in 3D animation! It’s taken some adjusting to balance my busy schedule but I’m getting into a groove again so expect to see more frequent posts really soon. In the mean time, wanna see a picture of what I’ve been working on in class? Of course you do!

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Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg

Our instructor asked everyone in class to start with something simple (like a toy) to animate. I chose a Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg by Hasbro. These toys are cute as hell and I figured it would be a pretty fun and easy character to create. Well it’s definitely been fun but man was I wrong about it being easy. Apparently 3D design takes time, a lot of time, but as you can see the results are worth it. I just need to practice more and the speed will come later. As a side note, eventually I want to design my own line of miniatures, but that’s a story for another post. ;-)

Huge thanks to my homie Alex Cheparev for teaching a great class and for putting up with my constant questions. If you’re interested in taking a course in 3D animation and live near New York, you need to sign up for Alex’s classes at the School of Visual Arts. Otherwise, take a look at his Youtube channel HERE. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a stormtrooper to animate.