Monday, August 31, 2015

Da Great Basing Mek-speriment

Here's how the cracked mud/sand basing experiment went. I started with Acrylic Gesso ,Acrylic Modeling paste and Crackle medium.  Just to see what happened.


I did a 50/50 mix of each acrylic with the crackle medium and applied it to based.  A light coat on the left, getting progressively thicker as you go right.  I also added a little fine sand to the model paste/crackle mix.


Then I let it dry overnight.  I applied a light brown wash so you can see the results, which were far from impressive. But the model paste did crackle better...


 THEN.... I got my grubby little mitts on THIS STUFF!


Doing the same thing on 4 bases, a light smear on the left to about a 1/8"+ thickness  on the last one.  After only about 6 hours of drying, you can see the results are just pretty damned awesome.


There's plenty of paste in that container for basing, since you don't need much. As long as you aren't doing terrain with it, its worth the money, considering the number of bases you can do with one container. I found it at Michael's in the art department and I think it was @$16-17. Definitely seems you get bigger cracks with more stuff.  I'll be putting the crackle paste over the other bases, most likely.


In other news, I picked up the new Marine Codex, finally.  The one painted army I have (my Raptors Marine army) might be getting a few more guys so I can make the Demi-Company Formation... if I ever were to play. Its a pretty book. I'm glad I had a $10 off coupon though.

More Tropico and other madness in the next post.

Cheers Yall!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Old Dinosaur learning new tricks.

If any of you are graphically inclined in the digital arena, you may have  Wacom or something like it. I've had mine for 6 years and, aside from dusting it occasionally, haven't used it. Until recently.  If you checked out my link to the Dragons I've been doing for my wife's Kindergarten class, you can see I'm jumping back in with both feet into the digital arena. I'm the first one to admit I'm a dinosaur.

I like paint. I like colored pencils. I LOVE graphite pencils and black and white charcoal on colored paper. I like the smells, the feels, the whole experience.  I used to do T-shirt design for a living and had to use a computer, but I did as much by hand as possible.  Well, that was last century.  With my desire to do comics and the software I have, its time to get digital.  Honestly, I've been afraid to try drawing on the Wacom, since I've noticed during clean up of the Dragons, for example, I can't draw a straight line.  But coloring and correcting my scanned drawings, has shaken off a LOT of rust and helped me learn alot. I'd hope so after 67 hours and counting. (yes... she keeps coming up with stuff, so you can blame her for the lack of painted minis. )

SO... as a test for myself I took this guy's photo ....


...broke out my handy Wacom and a brush tool in Photoshop. And came up with this....


I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. Its basically what I have planned for him.  I think I'll even be coloring him in Photoshop to see if I like the colors I have in mind.

And NOW... for a little experiment. Which I blame completely on Greggles and THIS POST at his blog.  While I don't have the same materials, I got me  Kunnin' Plan.


I'm going to mix Acrylic gesso with crackle for one base and Acrylic modeling paste with crackle on another and see what happens.   The results .... next time.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, August 21, 2015

There be Dragons.... at the Komixshop

I've been working on artwork all week for my wife's Kindergarten class. If you'd like to see what I've been up to instead of working on models, CHECK IT OUT!

Should be a hobby update around Sunday/Monday.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, August 17, 2015

From the Workbench: Works in Progress

Finally got some hobby time in and got several things going on.  First, VIVA TROPICO! 

Here's the progress on the "test" Red Beret. Everything except the skin tones and unit markings/details are done. The camoflage looks like its terribly time consuming, but its actually a fairly quick process.


As for El Presidente, he's underway, but I realized he was missing a thumb and some sunglasses. Lots of detailing to finish as well as the overcoat and hat.


Next on deck, the Apostles of Quetza.  The Sergeant of the Tactical squad is ready to get painted. He has a chainsword "Macuahuitl" - yeah.... I know the blades are running in different directions.... or maybe they are just teeth.... still looks cool. ;)


I've got some base colors on the Chaplain....


And some on the Librarian, who still needs an arm.


Now we come to my Khorny Space Wolves... The Bloody Claws of Khorne.  This is Ragnar Blackmane.... no, really. it is!

Or as the Plague Marines like to call him Ragnar Underbite. There is still some work to do on him. Mostly to find the happy medium between Chaos and Space Wolf. Details,details,details....its all in the details.

Then we come to the Odds and Ends category.  This guy, I think, will end up being a Vox Creep for my the Bloody 7th. Or something else. But, either way.... he's pretty cool so far.


Possibly what my Sanctioned Psykers will look like. He's kind of a test model on the Plague Monk body.


And this is Harvey.... and Brent.  Because a Spawn with two heads (sort of) is better than a Spawn with one.... maybe.  Still a bunch of gribbly greenstuff work to do on Harvey/Brent. There's likely to be all sorts of cool stuff going on on his back.  I figured its good to have a spawn or two in case I ever play and somebody gets "blessed" for winning a challenge.


That's all for now, gang. I'm making the last push to get stuff done for my wife's classroom, so the next few days I'll be drawing cartoon dragons.  But hopefully I'll get in another update later in the week. Next week the "routine" begins again and updates should be more regular.... along with COMICS!   So keep a weather eye!

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

From the Workbench: Khorne Dog! Get yer Khorne Dog here!

Finally, a hobby post with hobby stuff.  I snuck in some time and finished off the first of the Khorne Dogs...er... Dogs of Khorne.  I get the feeling I probably won't be able to resist some of the new Warhammer Fantas...er Age of Stigmatar releases. Too much cool Chaos stuff.  So, here's the completed Terminator paint scheme.


I'm pretty pleased with it. The "power" claw and the weathered bronze came out really good, though the latter doesn't show really well in the photos. Part of me wants to alter the flesh tone a bit. It could happen, but for now... its done.

Speaking of fantasy releases....


This is Gorgy Buttspitter... or whatever his name is, fighting a sergeant from the Apostles of Quetza in the Realm of Unfinished Miniatures. The new fantasy stuff has got some steroids over the Space Marines. And here I was thinking of making this guy a Plague Marine.  Well, I still might, but one could definitely argue Terminators and I see the new Khorne stuff is likely the same scale.  That would make the Khorne Bloodreavers some seriously HUGE cultists. Hrrrrrrrrmmmm... its got me thinking all sorts of crazy things.  We'll see what the future holds.

That's it for now. I'm working on getting my wife back to school and helping set up her classroom, but once a normal schedule sets in the hobby and art time will be plenty.  I'll do my best to keep the posts more regular now that I'm healed and the world is slowly getting back towards sane. ;)

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Yup.... I'm still alive.

After a damaged hand and a short "vacation" at the hospital I'm ready to get back at hobby and art stuff.  Once again, I have miserably failed a painting challenge, between my glacial painting speed and circumstances beyond my control. BUT, the ETL4 gang is still on the 'ready 5" to be finished.

The Khorne Dogs will be underway again this week, now that I'm up and about. Not-So-Smilin' Bob's body... well, that might take a while.

In other news, the hobby and art room is on deck for an overhaul which starts (albeit slowly, thanks to the medical hurdles) tomorrow. Also thanks to a friend of mine, who is WAAaaaaaaaay more digitally saavy than I am, I picked up a new (old) program to help bring my comics into the digital age.



And while I WON'T be drawing Magna, this is just great and easy for the layout,digital inking/coloring and printing of comics.  Thanks to some great tutorials by my friend Artist Erin Humiston  I should be up and in waist deep soon. If you do this kind of stuff, I noticed a lot of the interface is similar to Photoshop which I know my way around fairly well.  But the hours I would spend editing my hand drawn (and lettered) comic in Photoshop, will hopefully be cut severely.  I have a BIG project in mind with characters and story of my own. But while I'm cutting my teeth on this thing, its safe to assume there will be a 40k comic or two in the near future.

So, much coming this way in August. Sorry for the slow couple of weeks, but thanks for sticking around. :) oh....and VIVA TROPICO!

Cheers Ya'll!