Spooky!

For the next few posts I’ll be working on models with over-sized heads and short baby-like limbs. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking Chibi style. Super Dungeon Explore (SDE) is a fun board game reminiscent of the old school video game, Baldur’s Gate. It’s silly, fast paced and full of really adorable models. Enter at you own peril!

Rattle Bones

Rattle Bones

About two weeks ago I purchased the Von Drakk Manor expansion set for SDE and have been trying to squeeze in as much painting as possible (which never seems to be enough). Out of all the sets that have been released this one’s is the best. C’mon, who doesn’t like vampires, witches and skeletons?

SDE-DustMage

Dust Mage

Like this fella here, the Dust Mage. This was great to figure out my color palette. There’s something about secondary colors (orange, green, purple) together that scream Halloween to me. So that’s where I’m going with this set. Lot’s of bright colors balanced with warm earth tones.

Miserable Toad

Miserable Toad

The nice thing about this set is that it’s not all just skeletons. There’s a huge variety of cute  and unique models in the box, like the Miserable Toad. When I saw this little shit I had to paint it asap. I mean look at him… adorable!

Anyhoo, that’s what I’ve been up to recently. Stay tuned for some shots of the rest of this set as it comes along. Peace out kiddies!

Switching It Up

I mentioned last week that I’m in a model painting funk. So I’m taking a break from all that and working on some traditional paintings. This project started with me randomly texting my family, “What’s your favorite color and animal? Give me a noun (person, place, thing or idea).”

Once I got all their replies I got to sketching up some ideas using the words they picked. I decided to use 4″x4″ textured MDF board for these paintings because I know my painting ADD wouldn’t be able to handle anything larger. I’m also using  model painting acrylics since I already have them. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

Domo-Elephant

Domo and the Elephant

This painting  is for my niece. She’s a huge fan of elephants, Domo and the color purple. I haven’t done a traditional painting in a long time and it was really nice to work on a 2D piece of my own design. Sometimes painting miniatures can feel like coloring in a coloring book. Projects like these are great for getting the creativity going. Especially when you’re stuck in a rut like I’ve been lately.

Monkey

Monkey Around

I’m a children’s wear artist by day, so I get to draw a lot of monkeys. They have to be very cute, round, and kinda dumb looking. So when my other niece said monkey, blue, and food I was pretty excited to work on a monkey in my own style. This guy is goofy and lanky, the way a monkey should look. I was tempted to give him a fig leaf on to cover his fruits but opted for the hairy bush instead. 😛

I’ve still got a few more paintings to finish for the rest of the fam and I’ll post them  later. Also, not all is lost for my miniature painting. Last week I bought the latest expansion set for Super Dungeon Explore. The models are adorable! I’ve been prepping them all weekend and should be posting some work in progress pics really soon. So stay tuned!

In a Funk

So, I’m in a painting funk. I haven’t been in the mood to paint any models lately despite the fact that I have plenty to keep me busy. Perhaps I should blame this on Bioshock: Infinite. The game is awesome and I’m really enjoying it, so there!

Then I got to thinking, “Hey, this blog is supposed to be about my minis and much, much more. Where’s the much more?” So here’s a little drawing I did to illustrate my funky state of mind.

Meh Monty

Meh Monty

There you have it folks. This week’s post is not the most impressive, but hey ya can’t knock them out the park all the time. 😛 See ya next week, and keep looking up!

-Monty

HIYA!

Spring is here and with it comes the birds, the bees, the flowers, and the trees. And loads of ass kicking rail road workers! This week I did some work on my Mei Feng crew for Malifaux. Stay tuned for an Easter egg at the end. 😉

Mei Feng, Arcanist Master

Mei Feng, Arcanist Master

Mei Feng is a Master with an affinity towards heat, steam and metal. She’s known for making all kinds of hardcore constructs out of rail road and train parts. On top of her magical prowess she’s pretty sick in melee. With moves like Jack Hammer Kick, and Tiger’s Claws she’s a lot of fun to play with.

Emberling, Totem

Emberling, Totem

Emberlings are spirits that occur naturally in Malifaux. They’re made of fire, coal, and gum drops. This was a great model to practice my fire painting skills. I chose to go with an orange flame to tie him back to the orange accents on the rest of the crew.

Rail Workers, Minions

Rail Workers, Minions

Rail work is a dangerous job in Malifaux and sometimes accidents happen. When a laborer looses a limb, Mei Feng has been known to patch them up with all new “parts”. I especially liked painting the sore areas of flesh around the bionic parts. That’s gonna need some ointment!

Metal Gamin, Minions

Metal Gamin, Minions

Boy, these Archanists sure do like their gamin. I really like the design of these models. They’re so different from other gamin and even more so from each other. Painting them was super easy. A little dry-brush, and a couple washes and they were done.

Rail Golem, Minion

Rail Golem, Minion

Now up to bat, the Rail Golem. When I first saw this model unpainted I thought “meh”. Now that it’s all painted and sexified I’m really diggin’ it. Again I used a very simple technique for the metals (mostly Washes and dry-brushing) but the results are very eye-catching. Once all the metals were done I took some extra time with the blues and oranges to add visual interest.

Easter Egghead

Easter Egghead

So me and my family painted Easter eggs this Sunday.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what comic book character inspired this. I told you there’d be an Easter egg at the end of this post. 😀 Peace out!