Monday, August 14, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Second String - Dark Souls Silver Knights

I really wanted to try to get some coldness into the Silver Knights, mostly to differentiate them from the other wholly-armored minis in the Dark Souls set, and to fit their apparently defining characteristic.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Angels of Death - Deathwatch Blood Angel and Dark Angel

Zameon Gydrael has a pretty classic Dark Angel sensibility, and really gave me a bit of nostalgia- I hadn't thought about my collection in years, but they were one of my two Marines armies when I was a young 'un.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I Guess You're Gonna Have to Go Wake Him Up Now - Dark Souls Titanite Demon

Okay, honestly, I never really understood these guys. Why are they missing their leg? I mean, sure, whatever, headless unnatural monsters, sure, but why a leg? Is this subtly explained in gear or did someone just think it was cool? Was it originally a specific boss and maybe it was unique or others were designed with other parts missing and slightly different stats, but it then got turned into an entire race of metal monsters that were missing their same leg? Are they supposed to be dismembered in the same way, or did they all have a design flaw, or maybe there was just a race of lightning monsters bred with only one complete leg because some necromancer was lazy and said "good enough." IDK, it's just bizarre, and not really in a way that fits my sense of horror or thinking outside the box, more... confusing, I guess, than anything else.

(If anyone actually has an answer, I'm genuinely curious, that wasn't just random banter for the sake of it...)

Okay, on to the model. With Dark Souls being practically monochrome, I've been playing with lots of slightly different hues- the Titanite Demon has a lot of purple and a little green in its shades, so that isn't color balancing issues you're seeing above, but how I painted it. I thought his texture turned out pretty neat.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Posthumanism in the Bayou - Neverborn Swamp Elementals

The Mysterious Emissary is pretty darn cool- I wasn't really a fan initially, but having assembled and painted one, I'm quite happy with how it turned out (I just wish its changelings and the ones it created were consistent designs... preferring these ones hugely over the prep school kids).

Monday, June 12, 2017

Party Time! - Dark Souls Player Classes

The Warrior's bulkiness is pretty appealing-- I think they're probably my favorite of the four base classes, with a pre-action pose and a fair bit of weight.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the Belfry - Dark Souls Gargoyle

I consider the Gargoyle to be one of the most iconic Dark Souls bosses, and was particularly happy about this big bad.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Spring in Her Step - Kingdom Death Mage

This was a love-hate project. I think the model is gorgeous, and really enjoyed working on its palate, taking the conventional look and trying something very different through the pale lighting.

On the other hand, this model should have never been made in anything other than HIPS plastic: the fragility of the piece in resin was pretty much infuriating to work with, the second most frustrating I've worked on, and it's made me rethink buying any pretty little resin models.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dungeon Romp - Warhammer Quest Silver Tower Review

Silver Tower is, well, as the title suggests, a bit of a romp. It's certainly in the tradition of a dungeon crawl, but simple and easy enough that it's a very casual experience.

Barbarian Hordes - Ral Partha Blood Drinkers

Another quick one-- this is the biggest unit I've painted in quite a long time! I'm a bit surprised to say that, despite the volume of dudes in this army, I'm still strolling along without going crazy--I think it says something about the old days of monopose models: while they're not as sophisticated as a lot of more modern styles, they actually have the right amount of detail to work with them in bulk that can keep things clear without getting too fiddly.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pulling Strings- Zoraida and Her Puppets

This is the second Zoraida crew I've gotten to paint, and I still think Wyrd hit the proverbial nail on the head with this iteration.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gloom and Doom - Silver Tower Elf Heroes

The Misweaver Siah is definitely the color scheme I'm most excited about for my Silver Tower set. I thought I got a pretty unusual set of colors to work together, and think that she's one of GW's better female models in general.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Taka no Dan - Kingdom Death Berserk Homage characters - Messenger of Humanity + conversion

Kingdom Death's first kickstarter actually reminded me that I'd never gotten through more than the first couple episodes of Berserk way back when I'd first kinda' watched it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Orc, Orc, Orc! - More Ral Partha orcs

These guys have started to reach a critical mass where they actually look like an army-- I've done six units of these guys, and the mass is looking pretty cool, now!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

A-Hunting We Shall Go - Mordheim Beastmen Raiders

Okay, I admit it-- when I was a young 'un, I always kinda wanted to do a Beastmen set when I played Mordheim, but had way too many gangs already. So, it was pretty neat when someone not only liked an object of my nostalgia, but wanted me to work on a group I'd never approached.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Command Structure - More Ral Partha Orcs!

Another batch of orcs! Most of these are Assault Hackers, though it also includes four Drillmasters (those would be the guys with stylishly larger armor and big hooks) and a unit of Bloodmaster command who are appropriately front and center.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Vanguard - Code Zero Anazi Dynasty Scouts (including review)

I had a lot of fun painting this unit from Garage Gaming's new Code Zero line. It's always pretty cool working with new lines others haven't already explored, and you can't get much newer than currently crowdfunding.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Light Up the Knight - Kingdom Death Warrior of the Sun Pinup and Percival the Black Knight

I was pretty darn happy with how this repaint came out-- a slight conversion to turn her top into more of a sleeveless thing than a corset, but basically I just repainted the Warrior of the Sun.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

By the Book - gaunt Summoner and other Silver Tower Big Baddies

I love the look of the gaunt Summoner- he reminds me of mix of classic Chaos, GW's modern clean sculpting, and a splash or two of Del Toro puppets.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hot-Blooded - Kingdom Death Butcher, Re-posed

My second re-pose for the Butcher, this guy was a pretty smooth conversion-- other than the jaw which I couldn't get open, this posing job went off nicely, since I didn't need to experiment. I shifted his weight a bit since the previous one, with an emphasis on having finished a swing rather than the lower thrust of my first one which was roaring.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cold Steel - Kingdom Death Butcher

A quick one today, I've done a few Butchers at this point, but normally they've been warmer. This time I had a request for a more neutrally lit one, which, with all of the extinguished lanterns on its base, gave it a particularly bleak feel which, in my opinion, worked well with the static pose- it made him feel a bit lonely, despite the warm lanterns on his back.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Going With the Flow (chart) - Glory To Rome Review

My relationship with Glory to Rome is defined by my experiences learning to play it, so my review's going to take a bit of a different form this time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Never Gonna' Keep me Down - Malifaux Resurrectionists - Forgotten Marshal and Bête Noire

I really don't like the standard Forgotten Marshal. Mostly the part where it makes no sense that he's missing a coffin. What, does he keep the zombie that falls out in his pocket? His Hat?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Workin' for the Man Every Night and Day - Kingdom Death Nemeses

The King's Man features a combination of colors that I think work very nicely together-- orange and purple are some that not only form a pretty nice compliment, but nothing confusing happens if you mix them pretty reasonably.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sword & Board - Ral Partha Orc Regiments

I like the heavy poses of these orcs - unlike a lot of fantasy units, I feel like these guys are showing a real heft to carrying around that weight of gear in combat.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Master... Basher? Guild Ball Union

So, a pretty unusual one for me-- I've never done a modular model with OSL, the closest before being a diorama, but this had some interesting challenges, getting an angle of light that wouldn't cast weird shadows on Avarisse but would still be able to hit Greede.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Forest of Spears - 2nd Orc regiment

A quick one today, continuing the Ral Partha orc horde with some Heavy Impalers. For this unit, I got a bit more variety by variously twisting spears... really brought me back to the good ol' days of metal models, where that wouldn't just snap a part.

Monday, January 23, 2017

What is Best in Life? - Silver Tower Ogroid Thaumaturge + Darkoath Chieftain

Silver Tower's update, in the Darkoath Chieftain, is actually one of my favorite recent GW models, since I think he has a really classic fantasy barbarian vibe, and the face really seals the deal, with the kind of threatening smile. Despite baloon-like muscles and some oversized weapons, I think the model has some surprising subtlety.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Who the Hell Do You Think I Am? - Kingdom Death Forsakers

One of a few references I hadn't really encountered prior to the first Kingdom Death Kickstarter, I definitely hadn't recognized Kamina... thought he was some Final Fantasy character I didn't recognize. While Gurren Lagann isn't my favorite show ever, it's a pretty perfect reference for the setting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Building a Tharmy Thworthy of Thwar - Staring Ral Partha Orc Army

This is the beginning of a massive orc collection, which is reaping the rewards of a lot of inefficient experimentation with trying to make units look like they weren't regimented while they were coherent. I have two sets of mixes each for wood, cloth, fur, and rawhide/flayed skin, going 50/50 with each sculpt type. Given that there are only three sculpts in these units, I think they look pretty unique. Well, off to do a bajillion more!

(Did anyone else think Sauron's voice modulation made it sound like he had a weird lisp?)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seeing Red - Modified Kingdom Death Butcher

So, I got tired of Kingdom Death's "menacing" models often just kind of standing around, particularly in the case of a flailing blood-crazed berserker.