White Noise Propaganda!

Greetings fellow citizen! My favorite Infinity game podcasts, White Noise had a contest challenging fans to create a propaganda poster that could fit into the Infinity universe. Sweet! A contest that allows me to use my skills as a designer and my fandom for Infinity! Firstly I needed to do a little research.

Propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Just hearing the word conjures thoughts of Rosie the Riveter, bold red, white & black designs and of course subterfuge. So when deciding the subject for my poster I couldn’t think of anyone better than the shape-shifting master of impersonation, Speculo Killer from Combined Army.

Now that I had my lead character picked I needed some design inspiration. After getting sucked into a WW2/District 9 propaganda rabbit hole I had a rough concept in my head. Hopefully all that research didn’t flag me on some government watch list. O_o

Subject, check! Reference and inspiration, check! It’s thumbnail time! I had a few ideas that I wanted to try but ended sort of mashing them up into one final design. Here’s my doodle masterpieces.

With that i give you the final product that won me the contest. WOOHOO! I want to give a big thank you to everyone out there who posted positive feedback and Likes for my design and, of course, the folks at White Noise podcast for putting the contest together. Your hours of audio entertainment has kept me company for many boring days at my desk. Until next time, may your dice always roll crits and that’s a wrap!

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.

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!

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. 😉

Underground Update: Kickstarter III

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

 

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.