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!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Love Devours All - Adepticon 2015 Blog Pt. 2 - Sowing the Seeds




Hey everyone!

Back at it with more inspiration.  This time I am going to look at Triptychs, which is a form of three-panel painting, relevant due to it's common use in the Middle Ages on altarpieces.  It often tells a story, with one large center panel flanked by two smaller. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Love Devours All - Adepticon 2015 Blog Part 1 - An Ogrish Reformation


Hey everyone!

Well, it looks like I have finally reached the point I need to do more...advanced planning.  So I have most of 2015 figured out, and invite you along.  This time, (at least at this point) an Ogre army.  The main challenges - make it bigger in scope than the throne, and much different from the Monty Python Ogres while still being relatively medieval, which you will see.  Let's kick it off with the overall display idea.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

For Sale - Memento in Utero (The Huge Egg Display)


Well folks, the inevitable reality has set in.  Six years and display number seven, my "furniturehammer" addiction has taken it's toll on available space.  With two more displays just as large already in the works for next year, I regrettably need to offer one up for sale.  This being the largest and likely most interesting to a broad audience I chose this one.  They are all equally sentimental.  In fact until I have little ones of my own, these are in essence my children.  Their creation is each over a month of hermetic labor; painful but also enjoyable and fulfilling in a way that I can't describe in text.  The type of test of dedication and perseverance that leaves one with sensory memory triggered by a song or a drink enjoyed at 5 am on a frozen spring night out in the garage, wrestling some idea into reality.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Flashback Friday - 501st Krieg Naval Reserve Pt 2



 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, April 11, 2014

Flashback Friday - 501st Krieg Naval Reserve Pt. 1





 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, April 10, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 13 - Epilogue



Hey all!

Back from Adepticon 2014, and what a convention it was.  There is no "probably" about it - this definitely was the most fun yet.  I met a lot of customers from the previous year, twitter friends, facebook fans and so many other people.  It is not an exaggeration to say if I was not at the gaming table I was meeting people and talking and it was just amazing to meet all of you. 

But I have a few pics I managed to remember to take in all the hustle, so let's get on with it!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Memento In Utero - Adepticon 2014 Army



And now for the second half - the 40k army!  Excited to be done and to be packing it up.  If you are going to Adepticon feel free to stop and say hi.  I will not be playing the army, a friend will, but I will be around.

Ride of the Worm King - Adepticon 2014 Army



Hey everyone!

Here it is, all finished and the images all up for your viewing pleasure!  I will be uploading the 40k army display momentarily.  For those that might be new:

Every year I do a large scale project for Adepticon, a convention in early April in Chicago IL.  This year I did two!  This is the Fantasy display. If you are interested in any of the WIP images, I have them all on Facebook and in this blog.

The display is based on a large. real wooden throne.  I bought the throne and skeleton from a local "antique" store.  It is about 6.5 feet tall from floor to dragon wings.

The theme of the army is a nightmare fairy tale.  Something a child in the Warhammer world might dream is coming to his town to attack.  The Worm King is a legend of a twisted king who would attack with his dragons and "knights" in the middle of the night and take children away in sacks and on their carts to be eaten for dinner by his pet dragons.  Luckily for the children of Bretonnia, it is simply a tale told by parents when their kids are mean. Or is it?


Friday, March 28, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 12 - Finished, Photography Underway!



Hey all!

I can finally say, the armies and displays are complete, and I have been taking pictures!  Timing the angle of the sun was tricky and has taken most of the night.  Now on to individual model photos, and nighttime egg shots!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 11 - Egg Finished!




Hey all - this is it!  Both displays down.  Now just to do the marines that go in the egg.  Let's wrap this up so I can get back to painting!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 10 - Finishing the Throne


Hey all!

Time passes, things get done - or something more appropriately poetic.  I have focused a lot more on the throne the past few days so I will go over all of the progress, which is now done enough to at least call it complete.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 9 - Starting to Look Like Something


Hey everyone!

Sorry for the lack of updates.  Working on so many projects right now basically as the weather sees fit and as things dry, so lots of progress spread over many means there isnt going to be much to show until they all fall into place at the same time down the road.  Right now I have going:

- The throne
- The Fantasy army for the throne
- The egg chair 
- The Kuksi guts of the chair
- The Marine army for the egg chair
- A customer's 2000 point admech army
- 4 RoB city tiles for that army, one being a custom city with LEDs and a tablet for a billboard
- A 25 model demo set of Wrath of Kings for CMoN

Phew!  This is definitely the most I have bit off right before Adepticon, so let's save as much time as possible and run down the egg progress!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Flashback Friday - Nurgle Titan



 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, March 7, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Blog Part 8 - Finishing the Egg


Hey everyone.

Sorry for the lack of updates.  The past two days have been the only decent ones for outside work, so there hasn't been much work on the displays until yesterday.  Work inside is all over the place so lots of progress, but not much completely finished to show.  However before we get to the egg, I did get the houses done, and have a few pictures to share.

Flashback Friday - Titan Trio



 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, March 2, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Part 7 - Painting the Derelict




Hey guys!  I have finished the ship to about 75%, so I thought I would go ahead and post the results. :)  Let's get on with it!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Part 6 - By the Power of Gray Primer!




Hey everybody!  Some new updates - the biggest being painting has begun!  Let's get started.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Flashback Friday - Imperial Guard



 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!







This time it is Imperial Guard!  One common trend since they are usually huge in model count, is to paint the vehicles and infantry separately.  This way the colors look fine in terms of matching, but it is more affordable.






Dogfighting some Tau Barracudas.  I painted this army at the same time as a large Tau armored company so that allowed for some fun pictures.
















The Leman Russes are all Forge World hulls, turrets, and trench rails.  I always recommend the Forge World conversion bits as they are so much more detailed and realistic.








Two Vendettas, can't go wrong!  Weathering the big open wings is always something I look forward to.






Bombards, along with enclosed Medusas, are by far my favorite Forge World vehicles outside of super heavies.  They are just so big and intimidating.  They also remind me of construction equipment (destruction equipment?)









And of course, can't have Imperial Guard without Chimeras!  These are all fairly stock, but I added plenty of damage pre-painting.  


That's it for this week!  Check in next Friday for more trips down memory lane. Always feel free to follow on twitter or facebook if you prefer.  Thanks for reading!