Tuesday, November 29, 2005

"Plant the damn bomb!"

Joseph Conrad's novel "The Secret Agent" describes a group of terrorists who send an adolescent half-wit to deliver their bomb for them. This closely resembles the average game of Counter Strike... except the latter involves a lot more adolescent half-wits.

34 mm

I just had to buy a mini which so closely fits into one of my favourite games (he's actually a Call of Cthulhu mini, not a CS product). I used my Dremel and green epoxy putty to modify this guy's arms a little (long->short sleeves) and gave him a flashbang grenade to make him more closely resemble the game model.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

More Sophie

Okay, this is actually starting to look good. I'm trying to make the metal highlights conform to a light source (the sun) over her head and behind the viewer:

Saturday, November 19, 2005


I've been working on the gold bits on Sophie, using the "non-metallic metal" method. This technique is a freaking pain in the ass! And it looks terrible until almost the moment you finish it, at which point it "pops" (or it may not because I did it wrong).

Of course, "real painters" almost always use this technique, not metallic paints:

Even in this dramatic and bloody work The Third of May, Francisco Goya took the time to carefully render a metallic shine on the soldiers' rifles, using only normal paints. The result is strikingly convincing.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Admiral Ackbar

Well, he's finished, not a prize winning paintjob, just a thing for fun.

Admiral Ackbar
25 mm

Perhaps he is commanding a huge battle fleet of the Rebel Alliance in space, or maybe he is enjoying a cruise on his watery home planet... who knows?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

So long, and thanks for all the fertilizer?

Sky Tree

Acrylic on canvas

This is an image that just popped into my head while I was trying to get to sleep a few nights ago. I don't know what, if anything, it means. The tree is loosely modeled on a baobab but turned out more like "generic deciduous".

Friday, November 04, 2005

In Progress

Nothing exciting, just some work on Sophie and Ackbar. I'm going to do the trim on Sophie's wholly impractical outfit in non-metallic gold, which should keep me occupied for a while. Ackbar is a little difficult, there's not a lot of detail to work with on his uniform, but his squid parts have a lot of little fiddly ridges and lumps that are almost too small to see.

Lazy Bastard

Hmm, I'm slipping again, it's been two weeks. Busy weeks, to be fair. So this is a placeholder post to reassure my scads of readers that new posts will resume now that my social schedule is less hectic. I have some ideas for canvases and a couple of minis to finish!

Works of Heart - mini painters helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I feel all warm and tingly :)