Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 10 - Adepticon Epilogue

On the road again...

Another year, another Adepticon!  Time to do the annual recap of the experience; there is quite a bit to go over.  This was the first year in many I did not play in anything (official) at all.  My plan was for once just go and spend time with as many people I know as possible.  I always enjoy a weekend of gaming, but in past years I have looked back on the way home and thought of all the people I did not get a chance to talk to in person.  So this year was different.

Friday, March 13, 2015

-= The Golden Throne =-



Gothic science fiction.  Say these words to anyone with an interest in Warhammer, and no matter how long ago, how fleeting that interest was you will undoubtedly conjure from the subconscious an image of a pointed arch surrounded by a baroque behemoth of a futuristic church, emphasis on the industrial.  Warhammer has taken this visual theme over the top so far, it is almost cliche to make light of it. It is it's own inside joke, Gothic for it's own sake.  Let's consider however the real genius behind the story of the Emperor. Examine that "Gothic" behind the "science fiction" and one can see the irony in the visual of the Gothic, being so excessive, overtaking the depth of the Emperor's tragedy. While we might think it frivolous, being so accustomed to waves of visual decoration, in reality the Imperium and the story of our entombed hero is Gothic in every sense of the word.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 9 - The End Times


Unfortunately no deep thoughts to stimulate the right brain today.  Just a quick update amid frenzied work - the Throne is about halfway finished.  It will be completed in time for the convention, but with three other projects to complete before next Tuesday final photography may not be up until afterwards.

However feel free to follow on social media as live updates of getting to and goings-on of the convention will surely be posted.  More details will be posted soon, time permitting.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 8 - Trial By Ordeal


"Thou art a subject of the divine, created in the image of man, by the masses, for the masses." Spoken by a tinny speaker and plexiglass screen of god in THX 1138.  The image of the creator in science fiction is usually a technologically overgrown and encrusted version of the 17th century, both visually and liturgically.  A grand empire is a common theme, held together by a massive character often with two sides to one coin.  In THX it is an image of god, stylized and classical, but behind the curtain a mass of wires and reels of tape with canned responses (perfectly timed by Lucas) to only be less than awkward to these sedated people. In Warhammer, the image of the Emperor for the people, is a massive effigy of the Emperor surrounded by a grand palace.  While behind the scenes only a very select few, or perhaps only the Emperor himself know the dark truth, and keep the last masses of his cells alive.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Building the Golden Throne part 7 - Salvation and Doom


I was first introduced to Gothic architecture at around the same time as miniatures.  In High School I was part of a class "knowledge bowl." Sort of a spelling bee but for facts.  I joined the Gothic section, which was the arts offering, and began to memorize different architectural elements of different cathedrals.  What ended up being more fascinating however, and would always slowly take my attention away, was the visual message and the "why" behind them more than the "how."  I have over the years expanded upon that, and also come to understand something - these buildings are very much taken for granted.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 6 - Good Dramatic Bullshit


"Good dramatic bullshit" - Ridley Scott

I hesitate to use the phrase just as Mr. Scott did in the interview I have seen so many times over the years.  He didn't mean to make light of the work or thought put into the visual work of his legendary 1984 Apple commercial, he was simply commenting on the process.  His reluctance was from an understanding that an average practical mind would want to understand how things work.

If you take any of my loves and influences - assemblage art, science fiction model making, creature effects - the truth is that there is much more fretting over the look than practicality.  Many people over the years have taken the famous Star Wars lightsaber and Millenium Falcon and tried to back-engineer them with their imagination.  It is a true testament to the intricacy of these models that it can be done, but there wasn't as much a question of "how would this work?" when making a model as a statement of "this looks good visually, and it could work."

This has been true through all the great science fiction movies of the past, from Metropolis to the new Star Trek; good design is a mix of aesthetic and a great deal of skill in improvisation. The answer to the question of "what does this hose on the Millenium Falcon do?" might sadden a professional Engineer, but it doesn't stop his imagination from creating it's own story, and that is the essence of"good dramatic bullshit."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 5 - Imperatores In Memoria

"For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial." -Pericles

There is a good bit of existing background on the Throne, but luckily for me a lot of room for creativity.  Not only in the aesthetic, but also the story.  I will save a lot of my writing on the background of this for when it is finished, but for the time being I will say I have always believed the Imperium is an alternate reality where military, technology, science and religion veer off last century or this one, where some horrible fascist regime wins one of the two World Wars, or another in this alternate near future.  This should for now explain all visual references and themes, and in the literal sense I see the "crown" of the throne being particular very important memorials from the surface that have been recovered.  Very important people in the lineage of the Emperor that he would want to keep and would be seen as relics by those who important enough to lay eyes on the throne.  Sort of a family tree if you will, honoring the people who laid the building blocks for the Imperium.  

Anyway, enjoy the images for today.  Scale is roughly 1 meter wide (same as the throne) and a couple feet high.  Watch for Waldo, for scale. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Building the Golden Throne Part 4 - Big Things Have Small Beginnings


"I have never yet heard or seen anything serious that was not ridiculous" - Horace Walpole

Mr. Walpole is a comrade of taste and method in a different time and place to me.  The first true Gothic author, he would often live and create in an obsessive way, for the sake of it wanting to exist, for a need to create and a want to see something in reality.  Walpole had a taste for different and extreme; many of his creations were grand not only in skill and method, but size and scope, for sake of size and scope.

"I sat down and began to write, without knowing in the least what I intended to say or relate."

Much like Walpole at his desk improvising the first novel in the Gothic sense, I sit in my own Strawberry Hill, a secluded place not of traditional function but re-purposed to my own enjoyment and pursuits, filled with my own creations and dreams. Late into the night planning and throwing a million ideas to the wall and waking up to see what has stuck.  A Gothic structure in the architectural, in the literary method.

Some would look at Walpole and see an eccentric with poor and unconventional taste.  I see a man too confident and driven to care of anything but creation of things great in skill, and as importantly scope.

He was a based brother of the arts, and this project is dedicated to him.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sunset Cruise

Ride until the sun goes down..

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fresh Paint Showcase: Dragonwing - Salamander Bikers


Vroom vroom!  I hope you like bikes, because here's a whole bunch!

A very challenging army to paint, but also very rewarding.  I enjoy split color schemes simply because I get a kick out of making that last line highlight that divides the colors perfectly.  It also just looks great.

The client was after a Slamanders army using what is traditionally a White Scars batch of models (including Khan).  What I did was split the army down the middle white and green, making sure to balance the green with the white, which is tricky and very important. The shoulder pads are my favorite decision we came up with.  They help balance both sides and solved the issue of emblem colors. Best of all that mix-up of coloring translated very, very well to the vehicles.

And let's call another dead on the pavement.  Up next, Tau before starting the Throne!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Showcase: Showdown - Massacre!



Another batch with the Dusk Raiders.  I love the little Ork buggies and tanks, so this idea was a good excuse to use them when I had it. Working on refurbishing more terrain as well.  Frisket paper makes great stencils for shop signs.  Until next time..

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Showcase: Showdown - Insert Coin

Chiptunes and pizza.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fresh Paint Showcase: Dusk Raiders Veterans


About a year ago I did a massive Dusk Raiders army with a Reaver and about a company's worth of models.  This is a "small" addition to that army, themed around an existing veteran force.  It's all the fun toys the basic army didn't have..since they didn't exist.  

I really like painting split color infantry.  To many it might seem tedious, but the pop that comes with it is worth it, definitely.  The next Marine army on the table is split colors as well. See you then!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Showcase: Showdown - The Thin Blue Line


The Death Korps return to hold the line versus the Thousand Sons.  Who needs cover when you have more guns and bodies?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looking Back: 2012-2014 Projects, All In One Image!


While I have been painting professionally for many years now, in 2012 I changed everything about how I viewed painting and the services I provide.  Realizing this is what I want to do for as long as possible, I stopped caring about time and ultra efficiency and simply focused on doing my best, enjoying painting, and the excitement of finishing my best work.

I love painting.  My posts are always short because I would rather be painting than typing.  Sometimes the thought enters my mind to do a blog series on how much I enjoy my work and why, but then I end up painting something.  This celebratory post will have to do for now. So here's to 2015, and if I am very lucky another one in 365 days.

Safe and happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 - A Year in Review


It is always fun to look back and see what you have done, and how far you have come, and what a year it has been around here!  I've managed to paint my fair share and see many great projects come through my paint table.  It looks equally bright and exciting for 2015. Always grateful to be able to paint every day, and work on these projects you all bring to me. I hope you all have a great New Year, and enjoy the pictures!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Death Korps of Krieg Veterans


New set I just finished for you all - Death Korps of Krieg!  This is the infantry half, inspired by the army I did way back in 2009 or so.  I was really excited to take this on, as it allowed me to revisit that army and scheme and see what I could do with all I had learned since then, and brought my painting level up quite a bit.  The main differences you will note are the sharper blue, and the hand blended rather than airbrush tan/orange of the greatcoats.  Really proud of how this army turned out, and excited to see the clients response as I am sure he was fully expecting the level of paint from before. 
Until next time!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays from Waldo and the gang!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monty Python Parade


Munchy Gutsman stopped in town today. Safe holiday travelling everyone.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

He's Got You Covered!


"Beep boop I have your back squad. Don't forget to flush"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: My Little Nagash


Here's the second Twitter giveaway model for 2014 - Nagash.  The winner said I could paint it however I wanted, even pink!  So of course I did.

He was a lot of work but a lot of fun to paint.  Continuing the trend of no airbrush work whatsoever, I think if I can do it on this I can do it on anything. 

Until next time!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Giveaway Karl Franz

Oh mein Franz!

I recently ran a couple of Twitter giveaways for people that followed.  I enjoy full armies and that is one reason I do them exclusively, but the prizes are a nice change of pace to do a big model.  Let's face it, anyone given the choice of any GW model painted to their specifications is going to pick a large model!

The color scheme is to match his existing army.  It is cream for the animals, and green with yellow accents on the troops.  The wings were done in solid white to match his demigryphs, with a bright orange behind to throw in some nice color.  Very proud of this prize and looking forward to the winner's reaction!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Space Hulk!


Very excited for this update - a new Space Hulk set!  It seems to be tradition around here that by chance once a year about the same time I get a Space Hulk in the schedule.  I am always happy to oblige as the models are wonderful, and the Tyranid skin is always hand mixed and a good exercise in color matching.

I took the opportunity to have a little fun with the title images.  This isn't really an army, so regular terrain wouldn't do. It seemed fitting to display the game in the appropriate setting - a dimly lit room with drinks and snacks, in the middle of a game.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I did painting the models and setting them up.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Some Crappy Terrain


Hey all!

Just a little something I have been messing on while other projects dry.  All scratch built from plastic stock.  Having a little terrain piece or two laying around to put paint on while stuff is drying is fun, and it's good for army photography, too!

Also, just in case Toy Story is real.

I am currently finishing up a really nice Space Hulk set, so stay tuned!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Gerantius Knight 2.0


Hey all!

In case you are new around here, I often run contests on social media for...well, whatever you want!  This lucky winner on Instagram chose a Knight in Gerantius colors.  I took that and made it a bit unique, with some damage, missing face plate, and added some checkers.

These models are not so intimidating once you paint a dozen of them, and the top and shoulder plates are a lot of fun to do a lot of blending and shading on.  Looking forward to the four Terryn Knights I have lined up for next fall.

Want to win some stuff and see what I am up to on a daily basis?  Be sure to follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thank You!



It's Thanksgiving here in the US. Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating. 

I am very grateful for all of you friends in the miniature world. I am grateful you enjoy my work, and for the clients that allow me to be doing something I love so much, I find it hard to stop most nights. That's truly good fortune, and it's important to stop and appreciate it. 

Thank you. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: The WAAGHING Dead!


Hey all!

A special treat this time around, not something you see every day.  This army is 100% comprised of Titan Forge undead Orcs and Goblins.  Amazing sculpts and one of the most fun armies I have ever painted.  They have a lot of old school character, and I channeled a lot of my love for older games such as Ultima Online into the palette.  

This army represents the Vampire Counts book, and I will go through the army and show what they represent. The army is fun on it's own, regardless of rules set, but there is a lot of charm in the "counts as" of each unit.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Adepticon is Coming!




It's that time of the year! The end of November has three traditions around these parts - Thanksgiving, frantically registering for Adepticon, and buying up all the supplies for this year's crazy project.  This is my favorite time of year, and I am only a few projects away from starting the Golden Throne.

I won't have to worry about registration this year however, although I was told they have a nice new cart system.  I decided to opt out of playing anything this year and simply socialize and hang out with friends from the tournament scene and social media, as well as a few clients who will be playing with projects I have finished this year.  I will be playing a few games, but mostly late night, non-official things.

It will be a nice change of pace considering I barely have time to meet and talk with friends when playing fills the day.

Really looking forward to this year, and hope to see you there as well as here watching as Throne 2.0 takes shape.  I will be posting some recaps of dusty work in progress images from last year in the coming weeks in the lead up to the big start, so be sure to follow on Twitter. Until next time!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Tau Attack


Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

I found this lost set while adding a Showdown section to the gallery (Which you should go visit! I had not realized how many of these I have done.)  A blast from the past, I miss the N'dras Tau.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Biker Rally


Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

Never mess with Marines!  Especially if they ride huge motorcycles with wheels the size of a tractor tire.  These traitors are learning the hard way you don't attack a Marine biker gang's garage.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

I Went Outside Today


I went out and saw Waldo riding a dragon. Little did he know, I saw him. Silly Waldo, you can't hide on a dragon.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Rooftop Rumble



Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

To the rooftops!  Usually these are one faction on one, but I took advantage of the new Chaos Marines to do a slugfest of Emperor's Scythes and Dark Angels versus Sons of Malice and Thousand Sons.  Watch your step!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nurgle Dueling Coasters Display Part 1


Hey all,

The second display I am working on for next year is one for the Fantasy team tournament.  This is a doubles 1000 point per army event.  We had originally gone for a carnival theme, but this bit of inspiration hit me when trying to figure out a way to make room for more displays.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Hope everyone has a safe Halloween! Can you guess which one is me?  No one wanted to give me any treats.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Wrath of Kings House Teknis



What is it with October and piggy models around here?  I'm not complaining.  These are some of the best models I have painted in a while.  I really like the large open areas of armor and flesh.  The sculpts just have a lot of great character.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Building the Golden Throne Part 3 - Make Way!


In space, no one knows if you clean.

Hey all,

Anyone can tell you an artist normally has a bit of organized chaos around his workspace.  Mine was a Jawa's paradise.  It looked like something out of a horror movie, so let's get on with it. Displays must be built, and space must be made.  Time to pop the garage open and see what I am working with.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Ambush 2.0


Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

This week, some Thousand Sons meander down a side street, unbeknownst to them a dozen marines and some Imperial armor awaits their arrival.  Normally I would bet on the children of Tzeentch, but in this case things look pretty dire!  How do you see it playing out?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Building the Golden Throne Part 2 - Let's Buy Junk!

This probably shouldn't be quite as exciting a sight as it is.

Hey all,

Well, time for the fun part.  Let's blow some money on a bunch of junk some antique shops are probably excited to see sell.  While actually a bit picky in what I can use - can't be too heavy, fragile, or poorly detailed - most of the stuff I am looking for is likely otherwise quite gaudy and useless.  Statuettes (preferably well detailed), small brass objects and anything plastic that is ornate for the price.  It is one of those things, after a while you can look at an object and the number on the sticker and know if it's a good "value" for the look or not.  But let's get to it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Barricade


Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

Some Emperor's Scythes and Lamenters hold out behind a barricade against some Sons of Malice.  The traitors have broken through with their evil contraptions, but they are bottle necked.  Who do you think would will win?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Building the Golden Throne Part 1 - The Concept



The Original - John Blanche

Hey all!  It's that time again - the leaves change, the weather cools, and my impending yearly marathon creeps heavier into my regular thoughts.  I have had a few ideas here and there, and even posted on a few of them, but I have decided the natural conclusion of last year's two projects was to combine them into one most ambitious project and ubiquitous 40k icon - the Golden Throne itself.  It feels natural, as a lot of what I learned from the inside of the egg chair felt like great practice for something like this.

But let's get to the rough idea.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase: Old School Chaos Marines



Hey all!

Have a new army up, this time a Chaos Marine army based around Sons of Malice.  It's full of really cool old out of print models, and old chassis Rhinos.

This actually isn't a commission, but a paint job for a local friend who did some work for me.  He wasn't too particular, so I went with a bit of a fall look, and decided to go all out with the weathering on the vehicles.  The models are old, and honestly rather plain without it, so the quartering and weathering brings them up to date and they can now rock with the newer models.

A lot of cool stuff coming up.  Some more appropriately Fall themed armies, as well as posts on starting up Adepticon projects.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Garagehammer Podcast Interview


Hey all,

I wanted to share an interview I did recently with good old David Witek and Chris Yu over at Garagehammer.  They are friends of mine from Adepticon so it is a nice laid back interview talking about my Adepticon display progress, my work in general and other shenanigans.  Give it a listen!

Garagehammer Episode 104

Until next time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Horror & Monster Modeller Egg Chair Article


Hey all!

Recently Horror & Monster Modeller asked me to do an article on the egg chair, and I wanted to share some pictures with you all.  It's a very nice magazine.  I will admit I had not seen it before, but I will certainly be getting more.  It's more of a very high quality paperback book; think nice matte cover graphic novel in the larger size.  Nice quality paper stock, printing, and design.  If you are interested in general craziness in the modelling world, give this magazine (and it's sister magazine SciFi Modeller) a good look! Check out the site and shop here.

Until next time,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - KABOOM!



Hey all,

Another Showdown for you.  This time some Orks charge headlong into a tank destroyer.  Not a good idea!  At least a Trukk snuck by, but it has a lot of armor in it's path...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - A Little Help?


Hey all,

Another Showdown, but this time, no actual fighting.  After all, most conflicts are 90% sitting or moving and about 10% clash.  So why not show a little bit of the former?

Some of the new Seabees give a hand to the Phantoms, using the bridge layer to cross a busted bridge. Infantry and light armor escort, since it is a vulnerable position.

Until next time!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Crab Battle!



Welcome to Showcase: Showdown, where I take a break from painting and just have some fun taking pictures with some models I have painted!  My love for modelling goes back to childhood, where I got the most enjoyment just setting things up in interesting and dynamic ways.  I try and incorporate this in every step of army building from posing individual models up to how an army looks displayed.  So every once in a while it is fun to just go wild, throw the rules out the window and pose a snapshot of some random battle in the game's universe.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase - More Seabee Allies


Hey all,

Yet another set of IG up on the site!  This time more Seabees for the existing engineer army.  A bit of different allies (three different groups in one batch) rounding out the force.

Enjoy!