Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WARLORD - More YouTube video shenanigans. - cleaning and preparing resin.

I think that Wednesdays are going to be a great place to post my new videos. I can film my fun stuff on Fridays, tinker with it all over the weekend, assemble the videos on Monday and Tuesday, and unleash them on the unsuspecting public on Wednesdays. 

I tell you, it's a lot more work than putting together a blog post! Putting together videos is also a very interesting headspace to move around in. Quite different to blogging. Here I can put something together on the fly or spend days crafting something meticulous. I can crop images and revise my wordsmithing. In my early days of video work, I'm not sure of how best to do those things, but I guess that will all come with time.

Anyway, let's get into the next episode of my Warlord Titan Build, where I talk about (and show) how I go about preparing my Forgeworld resin prior to construction. 

It drags a little in places, there's a fun moment in the middle where I cut myself on something sharp, and I learn that I need to keep things a bit shorter. When I first thought about these videos, I wondered how I would ever fill 15 minutes in a particular topic. Well it turns out I like to ramble, so 15 minutes is going to be difficult from the other end of things - keeping it all nice and concise. Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out the videos so far, maybe even subscribe if the mood strikes you ; )

So, once you've checked out the video, please head on over to my Patreon campaign page and consider pledging. I currently have 12 patrons (thank you all very much for helping this to happen, guys), and I am excited to see that number grow so that I can create more fun content.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Mad Max Monster Trucks!

While I wait for the next Warlord Titan Build video to render (I think that's the right term) I thought I'd show you the next commission I have on my plate. My client has been quite impressed by all the Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired cars I've been building, so he figured he'd get me to convert and paint up six MM:FR style monster trucks!

My client is putting together a monster truck gladiatorial arena bash for AdeptiCon next year, and these trucks will be the feature.

I've started messing with the first two, giving them extended prow rams (used to puncture tires or other trucks). Now it's on the the extra armor plating, some of which is coming from the Brigade Games bitz I sculpted earlier in the year. Other parts will be completely custom.

Should be a lot of fun!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

WARLORD - And so it begins... My Warlord Titan build, YouTube channel, and Patreon page.

I am very excited : ) I can finally start to shout about the Warlord Titan Build campaign I am now embarking on. Although this bad boy arrived at my house a couple of months ago, I wanted to wait until the rush of summer conventions, crazy workloads, and activities with rambunctious children had calmed down a bit. Now is that time : )

Over the next six months I plan to clean, assemble, and paint this massive beast and have it ready in time to unveil at AdeptiCon 2016. I think that's a pretty reasonable timeframe, as I'll be working on it at nights (and a little on the weekends, if I can squeeze it in).

I'm looking forward to messing around with all sorts of stuff I haven't done before, including filming a lot of videos of my progress along the way. You can see the first of these videos below (or on my YouTube channel). In this one I not only do an "unboxing" of the Warlord, but I also mention my Patreon campaign (something else I haven't done before).

For those of you not aware of Patreon, it's a site that helps artists and content creators to find and interact with patrons around the globe who want to help support their favorite artists in a financial way. My aim with this Patreon campaign is to raise enough that I can not only spend nights working on this, but also a full day each week so that I can increase the quantity of content as well as the quality of the videos as I go along.

Like any crowd-funding campaign, there are some reward levels that I've included that should be pretty cool - from campaign-exclusive decals from Fallout Hobbies to Google Hangouts, and even painted miniatures (sculpted by Chris Borer and painted by me).

Please head on over, check it out, and pledge if you can.

Finally, I'll also be documenting the build via Instagram, if that's more our thing. I like taking photos, and I hope that this will help keep me more active in doing so, as well as helping me refine my approach. You can follow my feed here.

Well, I'm off to start the arduous process that is cleaning and prepping all the parts for this madness.

Wish me luck ; )


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tanith - Some armored support from the Narmenians!

Time for another addition to the ongoing Tanith commission. This time it's the Narmenian 1st Armoured Regiment, under General Grizmund, who have had some time under the brush.

The Narmenians supported the Imperial defense of Vervunhive in the novel Necropolis, the first novel where we saw the way that Dan Abnett could keep the Ghosts going, even though they'd lose hundreds of men each battle (by folding in other units who had been equally mauled).

Although they play a critical role in the defense, and Grizmund is an important plot point, there is surprisingly little in the way of descriptors for the tanks or their crews. The main description is of the color of the tanks - "mustard drab". To achieve this mustard-drab color I started with an airbrush of GW Zamesi Desert, followed by a highlight airbrush of VMA IDF Sand Grey. The tanks and sentinels were then given a couple of shading washes of AP Soft Tone, and finally all were given a light drybrush across the top edges with VMC Pale Sand.

Tracks, weapons, and other details followed...

You'll notice a big pile of weapons in front of the three tanks I painted up (two Mars-Pattern Leman Russes and a Mars-Pattern Demolisher). They are there because I magnetized and painted up each sponson weapon option for two of the tanks.

The way the "new" weapons slot into the sponsons, it was easier to mount the magnets on the side of the piece that slides into the sponson mount, and on the side of the sponson mount itself (as you can see above, the small circle in the center of the photo).

Here's the Leman Russ with sponsons - No. 28, Purity's Hammer.

And the Demolisher - No. 34, also known as Emperor's Wrath.

Here's General Grizmund in his command Leman Russ, Grace of the Throne. After my initial photos were sent off to the client, he requested I add a mustache to Grizmund and the banner flying back from the turret. Both of these things are a nod to the General Grizmund model that Forgeworld made way back in the day.

You'll notice that most of the lenses on the tanks are saturated purple, rather than my regular red or green. I did this to contrast nicely against the desaturated mustard yellow of the hulls.

On top of the gun mounts on each tank there's a mailed fist, the symbol of the Narmenian 1st Armoured Regiment. These are decals cut down from the FW Iron Hands decal sheet.

The sentinels received the same magnetized weapons treatment. I think that by the end of the project I'd used 41 magnets for just six vehicles (five if you don't count Grizmund, who has no magnets).

On the panel in front of the driver's door I put the vehicle number (1-3) and the Narmenian mailed fist icon.

I know my client is happy, and I hope you like them all too : )


Monday, September 28, 2015

Secure the Colours!

I recently completed a commission for a friend of mine, painting up the three Waterloo vignettes from the Perry Miniatures Napoleonic range. Each of the vignettes represents the loss of the "colours" at some point during the Battle of Waterloo.

The first vignette shows a sergeant of the Scots Greys taking the Eagle from the 45th Line Regiment.

The second shows a Captain and Sergeant of the 1st Royal Dragoons competing to capture the Eagle of the 105th Line Regiment.

And the third shows a cuirassier of the 9th Regiment taking the King's Colours from the 5th Battalion of the King's German Legion.

Normally I would go with a slightly simpler basing scheme, mixing tufts and static grass and a few clumps of flowers, but all of these action took place on the battlefield, which was then (as it is now) a farmed field in summer. During my recent visit to Belgium, we walk past miles of fields full of barley and wheat (and sugar beets), so I decided that this needed to be represented.

I picked up some long grasses from Scenic Express and trimmed it to an appropriate length. I then gathered together small bundles and glued them down in a regular pattern, as though they had been planted in rows. I also gave a little more space in between each bundle to represent older farming methods. The tufts and flowers were sprinkled in around the base of the barley (or wheat) stalks to act as weeds and other grasses. Of course, much of the battlefield would have been trampled over, so there are a lot of stalks knocked over.

In order to send the vignettes to my friend, I asked Alex at Ironheart Artisans to cut this special shipping box for me. He took my basic idea and really ran with it! The bottom (above) consists of several layers of MDF with holes cut to accommodate the vignettes (as you can see below).

Once the vignettes were in place, I glued in the back wall of the box.

And the lowered down the "locking" layer, with circles a little bit smaller than the size of the vignette bases. This would lock in the bases and stop them from moving around.

The next step was to add the opposite wall, then glue in the ends of the box. Two angled pieces were added to the box at this stage. These will protect the vignettes from crush damage.

Finally, the lid was glued on (strapped here with rubber bands to hold it steady while the glue dried. I then wrapped it in bubblewrap and put it in a cardboard box.

This whole thing worked really well, apart from one small glitch. As the cavalry models were quite heavy metal minis, two of the horses ended up bending at the ankles. Otherwise, there was no damage.