Farewell Frosty

Greetings! Last week I said I’d have pics of my Mei Feng crew for this weeks post, but I decided to switch it up. Stay tuned for Mei Feng next week instead. So here to help us say goodbye to winter is Rasputina, The Ice Queen.

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Rasputina. Master

Yes, ’tis time to bid farewell to the winter season and say hello to the spring. However, before we do so let’s take a look at some winter themed minis. Rasputina thwarts her foes with spells like December’s Curse and Biting Chill. She’s cold-blooded! In the future, I plan to add some winter themed runes and images to her cloak. Solid blue will just have to do for now.

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Essence of Power, Totem

I wanted the Essence of Power to look like it was on the verge of freezing to death. Pallid but not yet dead. I ended up using a very light shade of flesh mixed with a small dab of baby blue and highlighting up to pure white. I’ll probably use a similar technique for Avatar Rasputina’s flesh.

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Ice Golem, Minion

This is my first attempt at painting ice and I really like the way it turned out. The basic premise is to paint the model the opposite way you would normally. So, instead of darkest to lightest  toward the light source you go lightest in the recesses and darker in the uppermost parts. I intend on doing a tutorial on this technique in the future with Avatar Rasputina.

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Ice Gamin, Minions

Gamin seem to give me the most trouble when it comes to color schemes. I painted these guys 3 different ways before I ended up with this very simple color palette.  I used the same Reaper Master Series Paints (RMSP) that I used for the Ice Golem. Marine Teal, Surf Aqua, Ghost White and then a light wash of Games Workshop Asurman Blue.

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Reaper Master Series Paint

As a side note: I’ve recently started using RMSP and I must say, they’re the shit! The colors that they offer are vibrant and easy to work with and the color triads make going from shade to highlight a breeze. The dropper bottles are excellent for mixing colors perfectly. Most of all, I really like the matte finish to the paint. Less glossiness makes seeing what I’m working on much easier. I highly recommend them.

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Silent One, Minion

The Silent One was the last model I painted for this Crew and believe it or not I finished all these models in less than two weeks. The secret is a super simple color palette. I really enjoyed the winter theme and am already working on Avatar Rasputina (almost done) and Snow Storm (not even close). Can’t wait to post the results.

Anyhoo, there ya have it. I hope you liked what you’ve seen. Stay cool!

Burn Baby Burn!

This weeks installment features the fire wielding, winged, sexy lady,  Kaeris. She’s a lot of fun to play with and a real pleasure to paint. For her crew box I tried to keep the cool gray color scheme I stared with my Ramos crew, but with a little twist. I added some gray to represent their M&SU Asset affiliation and of course, some flame effects where appropriate. Me likey!

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Kaeris, Henchman

So, here’s the lady of the hour. I’m really pleased of with the fire effects on her base. It took a few tries to get them just right, but I finally came up with a very easy technique using tweezers and a twist. I was tempted to sculpt flames in her hands as well but I was afraid they’d look like big globs of ice cream. That and I was feeling lazy. 😛

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Student of Conflict, Totem

Anyone who’s fielded Kaeris as a Henchman knows who this little guy is. He follows around his Master learning the ways of combat and how to become a powerful magi. Fear him! I wish I could say it was a joy painting him up, but I honestly found him kinda boring. I guess sometimes a model just rubs you the wrong way.

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Fire gamin, Minion

Yet another fun little construct minion to add to the Arcanist arsenal. I painted each of these models at least twice before I found a color palette I liked. First I tried red skin, then brown, and black. I finally decided on gray. It ties in better with the overall color scheme of the crew. Then for the flames I tried blue, orange and purple before I stuck with yellow. I’m particularly fond of Ken to the right. Hadouken!

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Gunsmith Male, Minion

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Gunsmith Female, Minion

The Gunsmiths are a great unit. They’re versatile, survivable and excellent marksmen. Plus, the models are bad ass! It would suck for the male if he had a spontaneous misfire on those guns under his neck.”Woops I tripped over this rock!” BLAM… POP!

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Iggy, Minion

“Hi! I’m Iggy. Wanna play with me?” FWOOSH! “I done burnded you fool!” I’ve only played one test game with Iggy. He’s interesting but I have a hard time squeezing him into my Kaeris crews. Looking at this picture makes me think he might need something a little extra on his base… more flames! 😀

Well, there you have it. My Kaeris crew. Hope this inspires you to try out some fire effects for you models. Next week, Mei Feng. WAAPA!!

Eeek! Spiders!

Hidee ho! So for the next few posts I’m gonna be focusing on my Malifuax Projects. Malifaux is a table top game produced by Wyrd Miniatures.  It’s based on a surreal, wild west, Victorian, steampunk fantasy world. A world where you’ll find undead hookers, shape shifters, the Boogy Man, gremlins and a whole slew of other characters fighting for control of a precious resource called Soul Stones. I’ve been collecting the Arcanists faction for a bit and have always liked their elemental theme. Plus, I’d been wanting to play around with source lighting for a while and the Arcanists have a lot of models that lend themselves well to that technique. So, without further adieu here’s some Arcanists fo yo ass!

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Ramos, Arcanist Master

This is Ramos, the Leader of the Arcanists and the Miners & Steamfitters Union. His crew was the first one I collected because I really like the mechanical spider theme that he’s got going on. He’s the brilliant scientist every nerd always wanted to be. Well, without the whole old geezer part. This was also one of my first experiments in creating a secondary light source. I’d really like to figure out a practical way to create lighting tendrils arcing from his hand to the mechanical tentacle. If you have ideas please share. 🙂

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Ramos, Avatar of Invention

Just in case there was any doubt of Ramos’ obsession with mechanical spiders, look at him when he changes into his Avatar form. Level up Ramos! There were a couple challenges when working on this guy. From sculpting the flames on his hands to creating a base that wasn’t too distracting but still supportive of those spindly legs. I’m really happy with the way he turned out.

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Steamborg Executioner Minion

This is the Steamborg Executioner, aka Hank. Hank likes long romantic strolls and decapitations. Assembling this damned thing was the most difficult part. Once he was assembled the paint job was pretty straight forward. At first, I was tempted to paint him all  dead flesh-like, but I thought that might be a bit too cliche. So, I opted for a warmer skin tone to balance out the otherwise cool palette of his armor and lights. He looks great on the table top as a centerpiece model but doesn’t last long. For some reason people are intimidated by him. :-/

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Steampunk Arachnids Minions

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Steampunk Arachnid Swarm Minion

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Steampunk Arachnid Swarm Minion

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Large Steampunk Arachnid Minion

EEK! Spiders!! Run for your lives! Continuing with the spider theme, we have the many iterations of the Steampunk Arachnid. I tried to suggest some subtle reflective lighting on their bases. The results are good but could still use a bit more intensity. Ah, the artist is his own worst critic.

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Brass Arachnid, Totem

The Brass Arachnid is one of my favorite totems. It’s a simple sculpt that represents the steam punk theme very well. With a few quick techniques you can get very nice results in no time. What really brought him to life is the lighting.

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Electrical Creation, Totem

Holy floating, incorporeal, electrical, explosive, mines Batman! I wish I could field an entire army of these little buggars. They’re so much fun and a real pain in the ass for my opponents.

So that’ll do for now. Next time I’ll post my Kaeris crew. She’s a fire based Master so expect more pyrotechnics. Stay classy San Diego!

Back On Track!

I finally got my camera back from Canon!  Happy Days are here once again! 😀 Now I can get back to taking pics of my Rasputina Crew for Malifaux (including work in progress shots of Avatar Rasputina and Snow Storm)! I’ve taken pictures of models before during the different stages of painting, but not for tutorial use.  It should be interesting. So, while I get all that together for my next post, here’s some photos from TempleCon 2013. I know!

“That’s old news Dave! I’ve already seen all the cool stuff from the convention”,  said the nerd.

Well these pics are just a few things, that other people worked on, that i thought were cool. Stuff such as:

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TempleCon Floor

The carpeting! Yes, I found myself both mesmerized and repelled by this carpet. I took this picture in the main hall where most of the Warmachine and Hordes games were being played. I’m pretty sure that this was the carpet throughout the Convention and Hotel, but I could be wrong. It’s all just blurs now (I really should’ve posted these earlier).

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Dark Age Demo Table

I took a lot of pictures of the different gaming tables there for my personal reference. There were so many tables covered in terrain. Some were pretty basic, others kinda beat up, and some of them were just awesome. Like this Dark Age Demo table. I played a quick demo and really enjoyed it. The rules are pretty simple and the fluff is pretty bad ass, but the models are so sick! I picked up Mongo, a bad ass mofo with concrete slabs for weapons. I can’t wait to paint him up.

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MERCS Demo Table

Here’s another cool looking demo table for MERCS. It was pretty popular at convention, but I can’t really get into the models. The good thing is the model count is pretty small so I’d be down to try it out.

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Warhammer 40,000 Table

Here’s a pretty nice Warhammer 40,000 table. I’ve gotta admit, every time I see one of these SciFi ruined cities it makes me miss 40K. Then I remember that I have yet to complete one army (despite the fact that I worked at GW for 2 years). Anywhoo, it looks nice!  🙂

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Comic Book Trolls

Now that’s bad ass! I saw a lot of Gargantuans at the convention, but the Mountain King by far was the most popular. I can’t remember the name of the gentleman who painted this bad boy but I love it. He definitely has his own style. The entire army has a very clean, high contrast, comic book feel to it.

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Not So Mellow, Yellow Mountain King

Another Mountain King. It’s nice to see so many different color schemes all in one place.  This was a really bold choice and it worked out great. I forgot to ask how the painter was able to get such a good coat of yellow. I’m assuming a colored spray paint.

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Woldwrath Front

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Woldwrath Back

When I first saw pictures of the Wold Wrath I wasn’t impressed.  In fact, I was disappointed. Now that I’ve seen it in person, I really want one.  After I saw this guys version, I NEED one!  😀

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Adam’s Smoke Bombs

Okay, first off, I’m sorry for the crappy photo. My camera was being a pain in the ass that day. Nonetheless, I had to post a picture of these fantastic smoke cloud markers. I met Adam during the Malifaux Tournament and he used these for his Torakage. To make them he used cotton, white glue, black spray paint, and electronic tea light candles. So cool!

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Pizza?

Lastly, but most certainly not least, is my Saturday night 2am “snack”. That delicious pile of grub is instant pizza that my buddy Eddie and I got out of a vending machine. Yes, for only $2.50 I had fresh (not really) yummy (I lie) pizza. It wasn’t that bad actually. The sad part was that there was an actual line for this stuff at 2am.

So there ya’ have it.  Mischief managed!