Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone. Sorry about the lack of updates. Unfortunately I have an immune system condition that can sometimes be a pain in the butt. I experienced a flare up a couple of months ago, and I don't tolerate the medication very well :(

Fortunately I'm feeling much better now. I'm planning on unpacking my painting stuff in the very beginning of 2010, and I have a lot of minis to photograph as well :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another old-style deamonette

Still working my way through all those old, prepped minis. Today it's another old deamonette. I'd been looking at the Reaper Master Serie Bright Skin Triad for a while and decided to try it out. It sure is bright! The effect is quite interesting. It has a lot more contrast than when shows on the picture. I'm not sure what I'd use it for other than deamons and maybe 80's clothing...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Volkov, Great Bear

Yeah, ugly sculpt. What has happened to me? I will actually paint a figure because of it's rules in a game. Oh snap!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Autumn Deamonette

Another one of those minis that was prepped and primed way back when I started painting (around 2000, I think it was). I decided to go for an autumn theme. I used the Skullcraft kit for the base: Texture paste, autumn leaves, and the reindeer moss. Great stuff!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Another OOP (sadly) Spyglass sculpt. I'm enjoying painting drow skintones, but I hate trying to photograph the minis. It's almost impossible.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Widowmaker Captain

Yep, another green/grey one. I'm leaving for the tournament today, so I won't have my whole army painted (haha, who was expecting that anyway?). Not sure if I'm going to take a break from painting Warmachine when I get back. We shall see.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fighting those bad habits!

Back when I painted for publication work, I had the terrible habit of painting only the part of the mini that would be photographed. For example this poor elf for the Celtos Sidhe army book (which was never published btw.... booooo!).

Front: Not too bad, eh? Nice nail polish too.

Back: Not so great.... though the nice nail polish saves the day

I have 3 or 4 other minis like this, and I've decided that they will be painted. Completely! It will be a challenge because these "paintjobs" are old, and I don't have the same paints now, but it will be done! Stay tuned for the finished Irdril.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WIP Kodiak

Yep, still working on the warmachine stuff. I think I'm getting faster. A couple of WIP pics of my Kodiak warjack:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Liralith Redux

After all that grey and green army painting I needed some color. When I want to relax painting something, I often choose a Hasslefree mini since those tend to have simple, clean lines and good definition. I always loved the original Liralith mini, and the redux version is even better. I wanted to do a really dramatic red. The highlights on her lower legs look a little strange because her legs have edges (?).

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

WIP terrain and manhunter

I was browsing the Armorcast website and found a basin they made with Hirst Arts blocks. I thought that was an idea worth stealing, so I convinced my boy friend that we had to make a copy. We did 6 or 7 casts of the two Hirst Art molds with the pipes. In the end we had enough blocks to make another piece of terrain. The two are part of a water treatment plant. I imagine the basin is a sediment basin and the other piece is a filtration system. After the basin is painted; I'm going to pour some resin in there to make it look like water.

I'm also working on a manhunter for my Warmachine army. This sculpt is so dumb. If the male manhunter was running around wearing fur and a naked belly, it wouldn't be considered cool, but for the female it's expected....

Friday, July 24, 2009

WIP Destroyer

I'm painting as fast as I can to get an army ready for a tournament in August. Unfortunately "as fast as I can" isn't very fast...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

World Heavyweight Champion!

He does look like a boxer, doesn't he? Or a wrestler maybe. I'm pretty happy with the paintjob. For miniatures of this size, I don't like too extreme shading/highlighting. The skin is already a little too contrasty when I look at it in real life.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kommander Sorscha

I love this figure. Her outfit is what I want to wear when I grow up. I'm very concerned about gaming with her though. Even though her weapon is pinned, I'm not sure how well it'll hold up.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009


Evil Hasslefree Elf (I'm making her a drow:

Very large Privateer Press goat:
Here in a fight with an angry Freeboter lady armed with a frying pan:

Friday, July 3, 2009

Clergy Ann

One of the best sculpts in the Dark Age range. She is simply beautiful (though her gloves hand is a little large).

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dark Age Sawblade

I'm loving the Dark Age Brood minis. I think they're very unique and fun to paint. I get to play with lots of different effects.

On this guy I experimented with shading metallics. I used GW washes, Vallejo smoke, Vallejo Brown Glaze and Reaper Master Series Rush Brown and Chestnut for the rust effects.

I'm really looking forward to being able to field a fully painted Dark Age army!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009


My little pirate! I'm quite happy with the pants and coat and the NMM, not quite as happy with her hands (not enough definition), the hat (same) and the hair (sloppy). The base is moderately ugly.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chick Challenge Mini

The finished version. I'm really happy with this paintjob.

More here:

My photography is definitely getting better. The only huge issues I still have is skintones. Comparering these pictures with the WIP one taken with flash, the skintones on the WIP have way more depth. Not sure how to fix that though.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

More WIP

This is one the figures sculpted for the Chick Challenge. I don't know if that "contest" is still going. I hope it is. It was great fun.

The figure was sculpted by Steve Buddle, and he did an amazing job. I love this mini so much. I hope I can do it justice.

I painted the skin using Reaper's Olive Skin triad. I'm really liking it so far.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Melisande (Reaper):

awblade (Dark Age):

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stripper Jade

This, ladies and gents, is not what matte varnish is supposed to do.

Jade is going in the stripper cup.

Yes, I'm angry!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Look! It's Pudsie!

He's a pud thrower from Dark Age. I painted him for my own army.

More pics here:

I have a ton of finish minis I need to photograph. I think I finally got the hang of the camera.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mr. Pudsie, still WIP

Mr. Pudsie here is quite a pain. I'm not happy with how the skin turned out. When I paint the next one, I'll switch the order of the highlights and the glazes. I'm having a hard time getting used to the new GW washes. The pigmentation is just weird. It makes it hard to decide if they should be dilluted or not.

I also managed to place a couple of red fingerprints courtesy of Vallejo Red glaze on this little jerk. Good news is that I managed to control my temper and I did not go into a nerd rage because of it. I really must be getting older and wiser.

I'm going to try really, really hard to finish this one up by tomorrow. I have to go on a business trip Wednesday, and I want him to be done by then!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

WIP Pud Thrower

Playing around with the GW washes. This guys desperately needs a coat of matte varnish on the skin. I thought the new washes were supposed to be matte : /

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A varnish incident

I finished Jade last night. She was actually quite fun to paint and I got to play with my new GW washes a lot. Today was matte varnish day. I used my W&N brush on matte varnish and made sure to shake it for a loooooong time. I tested it a little on her base, and it looked fine. When I applied it to the mini it resulted in a minor disaster. The varnish seemed to dissolve the thin layers of inks and paint and it started peeling off. I was able to save the paintjob with the help of Vallejo red glaze, but she is still shiny :(

Monday, June 1, 2009

Reaper WIPs

The skin looks terrible on this one. I'm not sure I'm going to bother with fixing it. Might just finish it and see how she looks.
I'm more happy with this one. I need to fix her eye and I had some trouble with blending her pants (stupid old paints), but I like the coat.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hello Kalee

Say hello to Kalee:
Special thanks to Klute for helping me out with my pictures :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Almost not WIP anymore!

Just need a bit of basework and some pictures that aren't taken using flash :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WIP Kalee

Phew, finished that horrid dragonfly girl. Not my greatest paintjob of all time, but I think it turned out decent. Pics to come. For now, here is a picture of the WIP Kalee. I think the flash is washing out her skin big time. I'm playing around with some SE-NMM. Not sure I'm convinced.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ahhhh WIPs

FRUSTRATING. I will never be friends with this gal. I want her out of my life. I had another grainy paint incident while doing the shading on the blue. Not fun.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Boobian Warrior (Hasslefree)

Managed to finish the little Nubian (or Boobian) warrior from Hasslefree. Lovely little sculpt