Monday, December 31, 2012

2013: The Year of DOOooom!

Happy New Year, Ya'll! 
As I listen to the fireworks here in suburban Orlando, which make it sound not unlike Beirut, I figured I'd give you all a brief and incomplete "Coming Attractions" list of what to expect here in this little corner of the interwebs.

First and foremost, after some consultation with the great powers (i.e the wife) and many hours of sleepless musing on my part, I have decided to launch not ONE but TWO cartoons upon the Ides (@ the 15th or so) of this month you call January at Da Rednekkz Artwerkz

Basically, the idea will be to do one comic one week and the other the next. The other decision, which was the most agonizing one by far, was to NOT do a Templars of DOOooom comic that was pulled directly from Warhammer 40,000.  HOWEVER, that does NOT mean that I'm not going to do a Templars of DOOooom Comic. I certainly am.  The problem being the Games Workshop IP. While its great fun to do a 40k comic, its also a lot of work to keep up and its something that you are not allowed to make any money off of at all. AND.... not to be a greedy bastard, but as a starving artist type, a guys got to try to make a living.

 SO.... here's my solution.  Being the guy that I am and wanting to keep everybody happy, I'm going to try to do a 40k comic of sorts- even if its one panel- once a month or so and post it here at the Mekshop. Meanwhile, I'm going to post my Templars of DOOooom comic, which will be more of a fantasy/sci-fi based thing- but with some familiar themes, which you may find entertaining at the Artwerks along with my revived "Occupied" comic, which is sort of about everyday current things, talking cats and possessed sock monkeys.

Miniatures and such.....
In the midst of trying to quit my 'outside the house' job and be a full time self employed artist again (which in the midst of my current medical challenges is near to impossible, but that's another story) I'm naming 2013 as "The Year to Finish Unfinished Business" That means finishing up my armies that I have started to paint. The first of which will be the Templars of DOOooom and their accompanying traitor guardsmen.  Then I hope to move, systematically through my other armies to get them done.  Of course, Games Workshop may throw a massive monkey wrench into this with cool new codex releases. I know the Dark Angels codex is likely to cause some trouble, without a doubt, either bringing the Apostles of Quetza from small allied force to a full sized army or resurrecting a couple older army ideas I have had. I have a bunch of unbuilt terminators and regular marines that have just been waiting for the Dark Angel or Black Templar codexes to drop. I've been aching to do a dark,sinister knightly order.

So .that's the battle plan. We'll see how it survives contact with the new year.  I hope you all stick along for the ride, it promises to be a fun one. I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous new year.

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stompy the Hellbrute

I figured it was time to finish a few models. Stompy was first in line.

Another shot, because he's cute.....

More to come, comics and other madness. But that's it for now.

Cheer's Ya'll!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Still Alive! Blinky is DONE!

Well, she still needs to be painted and her base done, but...otherwise, she's done.

Working retail this time of year has really cut into my hobby time so I apologize for the lack of posts. With comics and the usual hobby stuff 2013 promises to be busy on the blog, assuming the Mayans are wrong ;)

I started work on my version of Epidermius. The idea is the "Snake oil salesman of Nurgle" I've got a running name of Herpaderpus, but Ol' Doc ........ is attractive too. I'll figure that out.  I've got my guy basically together. I that to add a little greenstuff and started a hat (which is still work in progress)  I'm going to give him some mutton chops too.

And the basic beginning of the cart with its creepy zombie guy bearers. The plan is to put the backpack and what I can best describe as a still on the back for making the Doc's pattented elixirs.

So, that's it for now. Hell week is about to begin for me, then things will hopefully skew back towards normal. This gross little diorama should be a pleasant distraction.

Cheer's Ya'll! And happy Holidays!

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Dozen Conclusions for 2012

The real world has gotten in the way of any hobby updates so far this week. If you've ever had the extreme displeasure of working retail at Christmas time (its my 4th year ) you know the month of December can really, really suck. At the same time, its a good time to pick up some extra $$ to waste on hobby projects after the new years. Double edged sword, ya see. So, with extra hours, trying to reorganize my art room (good god I got alot of junk) and a terrible cold (because you absolutely HAVE to have one of those when you are THIS busy) its been a tremendous amount of fun. I have come to a few conclusions over the past couple hectic weeks concerning a great many things, some of which I will share with you, my wonderful readers.

1: Netflix is incredibly cool.

2: "Doctor Who" is not lame.... at all. And there is just something about Billie Piper's smile. Mmmm.

3:As much as people complain about the price of Games Workshop plastic model kits, scale model kits are
on-par or more expensive and you tend not to "play" with them..... so quit yer bitchin. I used to build scale models in the mid 90's, checking out prices today nearly gave me a heart attack.

4:Netlists are overrated.

5:Tyranids are underrated.

6: Old adages are old for a reason, they are usually true. A particular favorite for the hobby (and life) "The right tool, for the right job" And the humble toothpick is the ultimate modeling tool. And a hammer can still fix most way or another.

7: When it comes to left over bitz, never- EVER, throw out ANYTHING. EVER. NEVER. Especially if you have an Ork or Chaos army.

8: Games Workshop new paints are pretty damned good. Very pleased with them as a painter. Not pleased that Chardon Granite is gone though.

9: Regardless of how hard I try, it is impossible for me to build a "serious" Warhammer 40,000 army of my own.  Except maybe the Apostles of Quetza..... but my Raptors Strike force were 'serious' too.... until they were played, then once my terribly comical luck with the dice began, it was all down hill from there... well, that and the Captain's scrapbooking hobby,etc.

10: If you want to learn to do something, try it.If you suck at it, try it again. And again. And again. If you want to get good at it, practice,practice,practice. And when you are done, practice some more.  I never sculpted until about 2 years ago, I'm still learning, but I do enjoy it.

11:(RE:The new White Dwarf,the US Elections,Congress,politics in general,reality television,etc) You can polish a turd, but....its still a turd.

12: I really,really need to draw more, which is why I'm so excited about the prospect of bringing the Templars of DOOooom and a couple other comic projects to life in 2013 and I hope you all enjoy them and tell all of your friends about them.  Then maybe I won't have to work retail for Christmas in 2013. :)

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Templars of DOOooom! Blinky's back..

No.... Blinky's back. Her back. I finished it. See.....

Now all I have to do is decide if I'm going to sculpt a mouth on her and what I'm going to do foe the base and I could prime her.

Major upheaval going on in the den of evil where I create all of my hell spawn. I aquired a new art desk with a level on it and since I plan on doing some comics in the near future its been time for an overhaul of the art room. Tonight's fun.... with appropriate breaks for "The Walking Dead" and "Finding Bigfoot"... included setting up the new(old) table. It was my wife's from her college days and was taking up space at the in-law's house, so now its here. Here's a nice "mess before" and "mess after" pic..

 Once its properly annointed with the blood of the innoc.... er, I mean, set up and my drawing stuff is organized, I can begin work on the Templar's of DOOooom comics for launch in January.  Teaser's will be posted here with links to the whole strips over at DA ARTWERKZ.

That's all for now, should have a more meaty update around midweek.

Cheer's Ya'll!