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!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Throne Goes to Gencon 2014



Hey all,

Just got back from Gencon!  This was my first time ever going, and first time to a convention this large.  It was a lot of fun, and very different from Adepticon.  Thanks to Cool Mini for having the throne and I out for the weekend!

There were a whole lot of cool getups, and I thought I would share some of them with you all.  Enjoy!



Friday, August 15, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Descent of Phantoms



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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - White Hawk Down


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.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nova Open Charity Army Ultramarines



Hey all,

Just wanted to share my squad for the NOCF army!  If you didn't know about it, go check out their website:

Nova Open Charitable Foundation

Lots of cool work in progress images, and opportunity to donate or buy tickets to win raffle prizes.

Until next time!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Chocobo Charge



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.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase - Massive Star Phantoms Army


Hey all,

Well, here it is!  The biggest army I have done to date.  Star Phantoms, counts as Space Wolves.  Done in a worn-in white, with influences from old school practical model making/painting schemes.

"I felt a great disturbance in the force.  As if millions of mics suddenly cried out in terror, and were dropped."


Friday, July 11, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Ambush!





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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - They Swept From the Hills



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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Huge Terrain WIP Images


Hey all!

Sorry things have been quiet on the "new stuff" front.  I am working on two massive projects - one a preheresy Marine army that is so large I can't guess how many points it is, and second is a set of new massive terrain for photography.  I have for a long time wanted to make one massive city for both visual and variety's sake.  So I thought I would share some WIP photos from the past week or so of starting these terrain pieces.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Dueling Constructs



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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You probably want to see all the models I have painted...

That's great!  But first, you should know a little about me.


A drawing my brother did of the dog and I.  He's an amazing 2d artist!

Hey all,

An "about me" is something I have been meaning to add to the site for a long time.  I am not really one to sit and write about myself (I would rather be tinkering on something!) but I recently had a customer ask more about me and I realized - he shouldn't have to!  So please bear with me as I do a bit of a write up on my painting history. Until next time...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Streets of Fire


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.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Showcase: Showdown - Siege of Mars



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.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 6 - Vehicles


Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 5 - Sneaky Sneaky!



Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 4 - The Grunts



 Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CMoN Expo Presentation


If you are going to CMoN Expo, I will be doing a slideshow presentation walking through each step of making the Worm King display.  Feel free to come by and check it out on Sunday at 5!

If you will be there any other time throughout the weekend don't hesitate to stop me and say hello as well. :)

See you there, or here next week for more 2015 updates!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Have Instagram? Want to Win Painted Warhammer?



Hey everyone!

Just wanted to share in some other social media I use, that I am running a contest on Instagram.  It's a fun app I like to use - I enjoy talking to people that follow and comment on there and helping out newer hobbyists, which there seem to be a lot of.  So I thought it appropriate and about time to hold a contest to give back to the community.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 3 - Suit Up!



 


Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CMoN Expo 2014!

Hey all!

Just wanted to announce I will be at CMoN Expo, May 23-25 in Buckhead Georgia.  I will be doing the following demos:

Friday at 5pm - Terrain Basics - In this class I will go over the basics of building simple terrain, and all the tools I use to make my displays.  There are just as many tricks in what tools and glues to use as there are in actual building techniques!  No need to be intimidated by the hardware store any longer.

Saturday at 5pm - Airbrushing Basics - For those who have never used an airbrush and are a bit intimidated by the prospect, I will go over everything from setup, basic use, paint mixing, on through to cleaning.  Don't waste money on trial and error with such an expensive tool!

Sunday at 5pm - Building the Throne - I will go over, in an in depth slideshow presentation, the process of building "the throne" from concept to creation.

I am very excited and hope to see some of you there! Don't hesitate to say hi or drop by one of my demos. :)

Until then!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fresh Paint Showcase - Welcome to Mars!


Hey all!  

Another post - another army! This time around it is an Admech army that counts as Tau in game.  Lots of Fire Warriors, suits, drones, and one Riptide.  The display is based on Forge World boards build up from kit bashing and scratch.  It features a working Android tabled, which plays an animated slideshow as army nameplate.  The building roofs remove for access to LED wiring, but the switches are mounted in windows to allow for easy access.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 2 - 'Tides & 'Sides

 

Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Showcase - Ride of the Worm King Army Pictures



Hey all!

I have had, over the course of the past month since Adepticon ended, a ton of people ask or note that they had no idea if there were pictures of the army.  I understand this as there were so many pictures of the display before the army shots some people's scrolly-finger may have worn out. :)  With that in mind I figured it couldn't hurt to just post up the army and this time add a few words of description to each as well.

Thanks as always for giving it a read! :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Flashback Friday - N'dras Tau Pt. 1 - HQ Units




Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Love Devours All - Adepticon 2015 Blog Pt 3 - Shopping Around


Hey everyone!

A quick report from my first outing looking for display goodies.  My first stop was an Architectural Salvage in Louisville, KY.  It's not quite what it sounds, I am sure that brings to mind lots of structural stuff.  This is all antiques, decorative elements, furniture.  "Salvage" is more a term of endearment I think.  With your average piece of furniture from 1890 and $2000, it's far from junk.  I hoped to find a few goodies and basically let the ideas come to me as I poked around.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Product Review - Dragon Forge Bases


Hey all! I have been meaning to post this for a while.  Those in the know have noticed a long time ago that 75% of the thousands of models I have painted have been on bases from Jeff at Dragon Forge.  I thought it was about time I sat down and wrote a proper article on why I like his bases so much.  So let's get to it!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Flashback Friday - 501st Krieg Naval Reserve Pt. 3



 Hey everyone!

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where I revisit old armies I have painted from the past.  I have painted thousands of models and who knows how many huge armies on commission, and each one holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy looking back every once in a while at the photos and remembering the joys and struggles, the hard work and the pure enjoyment of making someone's vision a reality. But enough of that emotional stuff, let's get on with it!