Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Wow! For a while now, folk over on the SFMUK Site have been prepping for last weekends Crew Model show and the biggest build challenge so far - help to fill a hanger with all manner of Star Wars craft. The idea was that it be a Rebel hanger, maybe on a planet, maybe on a Starship, so would be filled with all manner of good guy ships. Scale decided on was 1/72nd as there's plenty of readily available kits out there, notably Fine Molds. And, boy, did folk deliver the goods, filling the HUGE hanger that Alun had so amazingly constructed with all manner of craft, crew and Droids, there's even a captured TIE Fighter and Probe Droid too. Alas, i couldn't make the show but i have the honour of my Falcon and green-livery X-Wing in there amongst the fine work. Tons more detailed photos can be found here: http://www.scifimodels.org.uk/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=3&func=view&catid=44&id=13477#13490
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Yeah, this is getting real annoying - this here Blogsite has changed the way i put up photos, going from the simple, old way, to complicated, fiddly and blummin' frustrating to do. And starts sentences alongside the picture above instead of below where i want it, and now randomly sticking words between pics. Like i say, apologies for it - hopefully they'll sort themselves out soon.
Nearly finished on these two, just tidying up here and there. And boy will i be glad whne i do. Dunno why, they're okay scuplts i guess, just not very inspiring i guess. Bib Fortuna is, of course, pretty much the best known of aliens from Jabba's court after the Big Guy himself and why not - great design, great performance and great voice. His figure has no voice, has a vague nod to the design and fails miserably at performance, standing there with his massive hands flat to his side like that: Sy Snootles was fantastic in, and i can't stress this strongly enough, the original "Jedi", a rod puppet that performs its function - to convey that there's no way a bloke in a suit is there. Not with those legs. The figure? Oh boy. Too fat, wrinkles too pronounced, total lack of eyes or lips. This was a struggle.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
There's been talk over on a Forum of what miniatures folk have still from years gone by and what about posting pics up of them. Rather mercifully, i've either sold or repainted any of mine from the 80's and early 90's. The only one's left from that time are the Genestealer Hybrids i'd collected for Space Hulk and are still as is in the box. Digging them out for a photo, some things are very apparent - that i'd slavishly follow the paint schemes in White Dwarf, no matter how crap they might be, what awful colour co-ordination i had for anything that wasn't in the magazine, and the really rubbish idea i had of basing them with grey flock:
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Dusted this fella off for you today. Can't remember which genius sculpted it, but its either Takeya or Nirasawa. LOVELY figure and i had a blast doing him. I went my own way with the colour scheme and i decided to stick with black, white and grey, with blue inside his cloak for a contrast. And i also picked out a bunch of rounded shapes in Clear Blue to have them as some sort of jewels or technical readouts. As i say, love this sculpt - a brilliant design, very reminscent of the decadent nobles in Micheal Moorcocks Hawkmoon saga - one of my favourite book series.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Just finishing up the individual characters now. My least favourite sure didn't anything to endear me once he had paint on: Chariots nearly done: Kind of happy with this guy - once i've sorted that rubbish eye out: And, my favourite bit so far. I wanted something a bit different from the usual green shades, metals and rust so, with the beasts back being a mass of whip scars, i thought i'd go to town with the gore, to inject a nice lot of red into the build:
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
So, my Son gets these three Trolls for his army, chooses what shade of greens he wants them - then promptly hands them over to me to do them for him. Happy to it of course and it made a nice change to gloss everything as they're River Trolls and my Son wants them to look like they've just crawled out the water. Another challenge was - how do you paint vomit? These beasties have the charming ability to chuck up on thier enemies and one of them is in mid-chunder. But, how do i go about it? Figured it'd have to be a creamy sort of affair, so what i did was to build up from a flesh tone, highlighting with ivory then washes of brown and orange inks, go back to the flesh tone and starting all over again. And just build it up that way - with copious coats of Gloss varnish to finish off.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Today, i've got for you:
With the Mark MK6 nearing completion, i'm looking around for some more hardware to do. Back in November i mentioned this ship i thought i'd have a go at finishing. So lets go.
Friday, 8 February 2013
Well, that was a failure. I'd painting the armour of my Nurgle Lord in Silver as i then planned on putting on Tamiya Clear Green. Partly because i wanted a change from my usual colours for this lot, but also to distinguish him from the rest, that even rotten and diseased and poxed up, there would still be a bit of opulance about him. Didn't work:
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
SO sad to hear today of the passing for Stuart Freeborn. A brilliant makeup artist on many, many films, his contribution to the Star Wars universe was immense and, of course, is loved by millions of folk who don't know his name, for having used his own face for the basis of Yoda.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Here's the Bad Boys done then. Had an absolute blast doing these, and they're SO much better than the crappy, caroony box pic would have it. Heartily recommend them to anyone, as they're a neat, different project that really stand out in the cabinet when done.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Okay, next up we've got:
Friday, 1 February 2013
The beasties are nearly done now. Its one of those projects that seem to paint themselves and everything goes very well and very fast. As i say, nearly done now and i thought i'd show a couple of things i'm pretty pleased wi8th the top one's eye and tongue: