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!

Colin the R.N.

This adorable commission was made possible by a proud boyfriend. My coworker Alec wanted to surprise Taylor with a unique gift to celebrate her birthday and graduating from nursing school. Then Alec saw my previous post of Oreo and was inspired (the man obviously has good taste in art)! I was given creative freedom; Alec only requested to tie it back to the Registered Nurse theme. So much power! MUAHAHA! Ahem! So without further delay, let’s look at some photos.

Above is the original paint job from the factory. Very cute and simple design but it has an assembly-line feel to it. Let’s see if I can spruce it up! After cleaning and priming everything black I sketched out some lighting and details with a white colored pencil. The sketch lines won’t be visible in the final product but they help me visualize and plan the work ahead. It’s my first time using a colored pencil this way on a model but I like it!

Scroll down and you’ll see a few work-in-progress images. I really like the face markings on the original so kept to that layout but used an overall lighter color pallet. With the basic airbrushing done I moved on to the hand brushwork. My favorite part! 😀
I’ve heard that Taylor has blue/green eyes so that’s what I went with here and of course the nurse outfit.

Finishing touches included adding gloss varnish to the eyes, nose and tongue and sculpting a tiny stethoscope from plastic cylinders. Now this handsome RN is ready for his photo shoot. Ladies and gents I give you Colin. If you need him just “Call in, because he’s on call.” And yes that name and quote was all Taylor.

That wraps up this project folks! Thanks for reading and post your comments, ideas, or questions below. Happy painting and stay creative!


Finally completed McMurrough from my previous post on Painting Plaid! In every painters queue there’s one project (or a dozen in my case) that never seems to get finished. Well this pooch  has been squatting in my painting docket for a couple years and it feels good to wrap it up. I was intimidated by the plaid and a bit uninspired for a good color layout that would fit with the rest of my army.  Finally, I just gave my self a deadline which I missed by a few days anyway. 😛 Sometimes you have to stop over-analyzing and force yourself to finish. Are there a few things that I might have done differently? Sure, but who cares! So without further delay here he is.

The following excerpt is from the Corvus Belli website. Enjoy!

“Buaidh No Bas” (“Victory or Death”). McMurrough’s Scottish Gaelic motto.

McMurrough is a Dog-Warrior of Fortune, the fiercest private contractor you will find in the mercenary market. Now he is trapped in his Dog-Warrior shape, unable to return to his Dogface form, and carries an illegal Templar sword, a smart weapon with a built-in AI. How did McMurrough end up in this situation and what does the Hassassin Society have to do with it? This is something you will find in the upcoming Infinity Campaign Book!

If you’d like to learn about McMurrough’s story, click here. Thanks for reading and as always happy painting!

Painting Plaid

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

― Phil Collins

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and motivating others to improve their skills. If you’re any good at anything, don’t be greedy with that knowledge. I say share it with the world and you’ll be better for it! So, this year I started teaching private paint lessons to fellow hobbyists in my local gaming club. It’s been a great experience and I hope my Padawans have gained as much from it as I have.

Recently, one of my students started work on a sci-fi, Caledonian-themed army for Infinity by Corvus Belli. The most challenging technique in this project is the heavy use of tartan patterns. So in this post I thought I’d share with you a simple way of creating a tartan pattern for your kilt wearing, bad ass Scotsmen. Here we go! 🙂

FYI, the Caledonian Confederacy were a group of indigenous peoples of what is now Scotland during the Iron Age and Roman eras. Thanks Wikipedia!


As with most paint projects, it pays to start off with some sort of plan. I created the graphic above to illustrate what a plaid looks like close up. A few things you’ll notice is that there’s a primary color in the background (in this case medium blue) and three  secondary colors (navy, orange and white). There are only a few places where colors intersect to give you a 100% saturation the rest are 50/50. Keep in mind that Tartans come in all sorts of patterns and color combos, but for simplicity’s sake and clarity on the tabletop, this is as complicated as I recommend taking the design. Now that I have a plan, lets get to painting!

Paints used:

• Reaper MSP Deep Ocean

• Reaper MSP Marine Teal

• Reaper MSP Surf Aqua

• Reaper MSP Blue Liner

• Reaper MSP Fire Orange

• Reaper MSP Pure White

Brushes used:

• Windsor Newton Series 7 #1

• Windsor Newton Series 7 #0

img_0472For this tutorial we’re using another model from the Infinity line, McMurrough! Yessiree, it’s everyone’s favorite, chain rifle-toting, furry, friend! Start off by base-coating the kilt with Marine Teal then shading it with Deep Ocean and finally highlight with Surf Aqua. The transitions don’t need to be perfectly blended because most of it will be covered up by the rest of the pattern.

Next, using the #1 brush lay out a navy grid using Blue Liner. In this case each stripe in the grid is about two brush-widths thick and four brush-widths apart but you’ll have to adjust your design on smaller models. Fabric can be tricky to paint so use references of striped and plaid skirts to better understand how the pattern should flow on the garment. For example, on McMurrough’s kilt I tapered the stripes and their spacing towards his waistline where the fabric cinches under the belt.

Other tips to keep in mind:

• Keep your paint watered down (especially when using the Liners)

• Relax and take your time creating the grid

• Be neat and make sure to have plenty of lighting

• If you make a mistake simply wipe it off quickly with a wet napkin and try again


Now it’s time to break up those heavy blue stripes with some orange ones. Using a 30/70 mix of Blue Liner/Fire Orange and the #1 brush, paint on the next set of stripes one brush-width thick along the center of the previous ones. Again, take your time and keep the paint watered down. It’ll take two or three light coats to get nice coverage, but it’s better than clumping on thick paint and making a mess of things.


At the intersections paint on pure orange in tiny rectangles using the #0 brush. Now this pattern is really coming together. If we wanted to, we could stop here and have a totally convincing and attractive tartan. However let’s kick it up a notch with one more pop of color. Overachiever!


To tie it all together and break up all that blue lets add some Pure White. Again using the #0 brush, apply watered down paint between the other stripes. Oh boy that’s looking slick as ice.


Following that, add some pure white straight out of the bottle to the intersections. And there you have it folks! A lovely tartan to make the most grizzled Scotsman smile. 😀 Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish giving McMurrough a proper paint job. Check back next week for pictures of the final product! Thanks for reading and as always, if you enjoyed this post please share it or post a comment!

FYI: I used Reaper Master Series Paints in this tutorial, however these techniques can be used with any paint line. The one thing I have to recommend however are the Reaper MSP Liners. I use them for freehand, line shading, washes and occasionally base-coating. They’re fantastic and a staple to my painting diet. Take a look at some of the items I suggested below via my Amazon Affiliate links. You pay nothing extra and Amazon kicks back a little something for me. Win win!


Lost in Infinity

I recently had a case of shiny object syndrome. It’s a condition that myself and many other hobbyists suffer from. The evidence lies in the multitude of unfinished projects I have going on at once.  My most recent distraction is Infinity the Game. It’s a science fiction style game with an anime feel. The models are fantastic and the game seems to be pretty fun.

Haqqislam Gulam Front

Haqqislam Gulam, Front

So I’ve decided to collect the Haqqislam faction. Here’s a little blurb from the website:

“Haqqislam, the New Islam, is a smaller power which possesses a single star-system only, Bourak. Separating itself from fundamentalism, Haqqislam bases its culture on an Islam which is humanist, philosophical and in continuous contact with nature. Biosanitary Science and Earthformation are the two major strengths of Haqqislam, which includes the best schools of medicine and planetology in the Human Sphere.”

Haqqislam Gulam Back

Haqqislam Gulam, Back

This Gulam infantry member is my second prototype for color palette, the first was pretty, meh. The color scheme inspired by Boba Fett. I’m really digging it and am looking forward to finishing up some more stuff from this line. Aside from this I’m also working on Super Dungeon Explore, Hordes: Minions, and a vinyl toy that a friend made. Ugh, so many models so little time. Monty, out!


Since I started my blog, I’ve gotten great feedback and support from fellow miniature painters. I’ve also received a lot of questions from friends and family who don’t paint minis. So in this post I just wanted to give a very brief and basic run through of painting a model. In the future I’ll get more in-depth with my descriptions.

Clean the Model

Clean the Model

The very first thing that I do is clean the model of all imperfections such as mold lines, gaps and miscast areas. This Bonehead had some pretty nasty mold lines that I simply shaved off with an Exacto knife. He also has a big gap in his base that I filled in with some epoxy “green stuff”. Once all the touch ups are done I wash the model down with some warm water to remove any dust, chemicals and oil.



After cleaning is all done I prime the models. This is first step in painting the model and doing it right could me the difference between a pleasant experience and an awful one. The main thing is to prime in good dry weather that’s not too cold. Do it outdoors or else in a very well ventilated area. I prime out of my 2nd floor apartment window, which sucks when you accidentally drop a model to its DOOM. This is why I like to tape my figures down to a piece of board.



I don’t really have a preference for the color of primer that I use. It really depends on the project. If I’m planning on painting a lot of armor, I’ll use a metallic primer; if I plan on painting a lot of leather, I’ll use brown primer. I recently started using a combination of black primer first followed by a light dusting of white (a technique referred to as zenithal lighting miniature painters). I’ve found this to be great for bringing out the details in the model which makes paining and visualizing the final product much easier. Plus, it looks cool!

Base Coat

Base Coat

So now my model is all primed and ready to get painted. I start with base-coating the model with all the mid-tone colors. Base coating is by far my least favorite step of painting any model. It’s also the most important step. If you leave the paint too thick you’ll ruin the fine details and end up with an ugly blobby looking mini. If you water your paint down too much you’ll be painting base-coats all day. So you have to find that perfect Goldie Locks zone. This comes with practice but a general rule of thumb is to keep your paint consistency milk-like.



The next step I usually do for my model is give it a full body wash. A wash is a very watered down layer of pigment which, in this case, is used to create more depth and shading in the model. On this Bonehead I used a brown wash over the majority of the model, and a purple wash over the purple areas (duh).


At this point I recite a brief, magical incantation and place the model in the oven for 10 minutes at 350˚ and presto! The miniature is complete. Allow the model to cool for a few minutes and enjoy. 🙂

All Done!

All Done!

Okay, so the next few steps I won’t go into a lot of detail here. It involves a few techniques like blending, layering, dry-brushing and highlights, but I’ll get into all those in a future post.

Disclaimer: Don’t be a doofus and actually put your models in an oven. Later gators!


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!