Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Ho ho ho...

It being the holiday season, I've been busy with some less metallic, more.... edible crafts:

"Nightmare Before Christmas" gingerbread house
~22 cm

I'll be back to the painting soon... since I have a few more days off :)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

"What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me."

Boba Fett
25 mm

I just started another mini sent to me by "treide". This is a West End Games "Star Wars" (obviously) figure from the 80's, probably quite rare :) And it's everyone's favorite bounty hunter, no less! I think I'm going to try the same high-contrast style on him as on my last mini, I like how it turned out, even on a simple subject (below).

Sunday, December 10, 2006

"We've lost contact with the colony on LV-426."

Facehugger Attack!

Well, he's finished. Poor bastard, he thought he'd be getting a huge bonus from the company for his "discovery". I think this mini turned out looking decent, I tried to produce a dramatic, high-contrast paint job rather than flawless blending. The sculpt itself was rather lacking, specifically it had problems with some of the clothing details being indistinct or poorly-rendered. This is typical of many sculpts from the late 80's, however.

The eggs are plaster casts of some ones that came with my Alien Queen, a probably-rare set I bought WAY back when (c. 1991 in fact).

Monday, December 04, 2006

No piccy, no clicky :(

My girlfriend has borrowed my camera this week, so no updates even if I do get painting done. In lieu, anyone who reads Painting Agency is encouraged to check out the following:

OXFAM Unwrapped

Doctors Without Borders

Child's Play

Saturday, December 02, 2006

This is clearly an important species we're dealing with...

Facehugger Attack!
28 mm

The colonists who made their homes on LV-426 had no idea why the company had really sent them to this inhospitable rock. But they found out. Kids, hugs are NOT better than drugs.

Frankly, this miniature is not that well-sculpted, at least by today's standards. But I still think it'll be fun to paint.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Finished... finally

After a long hiatus from posting, or indeed painting much at all:

Imperial Hot Water Heater Repairman
(Adeptus Thermaquaticus)

Well he's finally done (and just in time, a new mini exchange is underway!) I'm pleased with how this guy turned out, even if my output rate was terrible. He's very grungy, corroded and downtrodden, which is exactly how I imagined him.

Mini Exchange 10!

Sent to "toxc" in Germany:

1. Reaper “Anhurian Cavalryman” (regifted...)
2. Morgan Keith Studios' “Tallah the Warmaid”.
3. Mega Miniatures' Vampire and Priest.
4. Eureka Miniatures' “Stargate Warrior" (not shown, now really rare due to licensing issues, namely not being licensed at all!)

Received from "treide" in Arizona:


Jabba the Hutt (late-80's-vintage rare), Boba Fett (also rare) and an old "Aliens" mini of "colonist attacked by facehugger" (again, rare). Also a yummy-looking bottle of jalapeno jelly and postcards from AZ! I think I will start the painting with Fett, he's just too cool.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

WIP - The Monk

He's not much to look at yet... I'm trying for a look on the boiler like it's painted white but rusting through.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Meow Mix

Chutney and Mango
7 mm

All done! The sculpts are not great likenesses but they'll do. The sunflower head is sculpted from putty, the stalk and leaves are wire and bag ties. I really enjoyed this project, though painting mini-Mango made me kind of melancholy...

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Trade deficit

My two or three readers may have noticed it's been weeks since I posted... well not much painting is getting done, I'm sorry to say. It's just a mental state of un-creativity, and probably laziness. Very annoying and utterly my fault. Of course in the meantime, more unpainted metal has arrived:

80's-vintage Space Marines from eBay - a real find. Cast in 100% pure LEAD, they sure don't make em out of that anymore.

Prizes from the Pirates contest... more pirates! (and, fortunately, a $20 gift certificate to buy non-pirates.)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A winner!

Well, I'm pleased to say my figure "Esmeralda the Green Velvet Pirate" took first prize in the "Wenches" category in the Exodus Road Hobbies Pirates painting contest!

32 mm

I'm really happy with how this turned out, especially the face, velvet effect, and metals. All the contest entries are posted here.

Chutney and Mango
7 mm

A little tribute to two lovely cats, one of whom has recently passed on. We miss you, Mango :(

Figures are from Mega Miniatures. I haven't decided what to put on the base yet, perhaps some plants and grass.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Something New

It's "Talk Like a Pirate Day"! My secret pirate is done and emailed off to Exodus Road so in 1 week maybe I will win me some BOOTY!

Imperial Hot Water Heater Repairman

I'm starting one of the minis received from tidoco2222 in the Mini Exchange. I'm not sure what exactly he's supposed to be, or what that huge thing he's carrying really is. So he's now a member of the Adeptus Thermaquaticus, cyborg monks responsible for maintaining the hot water heaters in Imperial buildings and spacecraft. An important duty, as a Space Marine who has had a cold shower in the morning is a dangerous creature.

(This is a resin mini, converted a little by me. Green bits are putty, and the protruding "faucet" is a bent plastic rod)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Received from Tidoco2222 for Miniature Exchange #9:

Confrontation "Metatron" and GW "Dark Elf of some sort".

GW "power-armoured Orc" and Scibor Miniatures' "robed cyborg".

I'll probably paint the cyborg guy first, he looks intriguing. Personal issues have stalled my painting lately but my Mystery Pirate is about 2/3 done...

Monday, August 21, 2006


Just a bit more work in this guy... the blue lizardthing is a pain to highlight smoothly :(

I still can't disclose my pirate, but I'm working on a green velvet effect on it:

It's turning out pretty well, I think. I just have to not be afraid of producing dramatic contrast in my paint job (often a problem for me).

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Mini Exchange #9! I am sending Sean ("WingZ") a Scrap Thrall from Privateer Press, and an old Citadel Space Marine, originally painted by me around 1990. Maybe with some cleanup and new paint he will look better:

Thursday, August 10, 2006

An Unexpected Gift

I received a parcel in the mail today from Tracy B.:

It's one of the minis I sent her back in June, all painted up! Thanks, Tracy!

Friday, August 04, 2006

New projects

"The King" is finished:

He could probably use some freehand designs on his tabard but I can't think of what... Oh well, on to other things.

Goblin War Rider

I bought this guy from Cindy in Holland. I have absolutely no idea who made him, but he appears to be from the 80's or early 90's based on sculpting style and the lead alloy. I like him because he reminds me of the classic Ralph Bakshi film "Wizards", a poignant if somewhat cheesy fantasy critique of war and militarism.


I actually can't show you this miniature yet. I'm entering it in the Exodus Road Miniatures pirate painting contest contest, and the rules prohibit prior disclosure of who painted what. The contest ends on September 19, also known as Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Some work on "The King":

And his base, finished:

In keeping with this guy's post-apocalyptic or steampunk character, the base is supposed to resemble very rusted iron/steel plates, with shiny metal showing from recent wear. I don't really like how his goggles turned out, they look too bright, I think.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Four Davids

I painted this as a birthday gift for my friend... David! I hope he likes it... I am a little worried that it's actually tacky garage-sale art and I just don't realize it yet. But it was fun to paint. I based the faces on a photo which I ran through GIMP's "threshold" filter to get the strong contrast.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Mini Exchange 8

Sent to "TAB Studio" (Florida):

Gabrielle and Xena (Ground Zero), Bruder Gustav (Ilyad), Midori Monk (Reaper), Crested Felldrake (Chainmail), Nurgling (Games Workshop; not shown)

Received from "DrEvilMonki": Nothing :(
After his repeated inquiries whether the package had arrived... it did not. It just vanished somewhere between GB and here :( Such a shame. So instead I'm going to paint something sent to me in a previous exchange by Valloa.

The King
40 mm

Friday, June 23, 2006

"And slimy things with legs did crawl, upon the slimy sea"

Great Cthulhu
65 mm

If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings... It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence...
— H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"

I only pray that when the Old Ones return, this insignificant tribute is recognized and I am one of the first to be devoured, and thus spared the witnessing of the world consumed by insanity.

EDIT: My fellow blogging painter Javi is clearly trying to curry favour with the Old Ones too...

Friday, June 09, 2006

Old School

More eBay goodies, these babies date back to 1988 or so. I guess I'm a sucker for oddities...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Dirty Fighter

Nurgle Champion

Beneath a sky of maggots I walked
Until those maggots began to fall
I gaped at God to receive my gift
Bathed in maggots 'til the planet sh*t

- GWAR, "Maggots"

Nurgle is the Chaos God of disease, contagion and decay. His followers wallow in a lethal miasma of filth and infection, spreading death and hideous plagues everywhere they go. Over them all, Lord Nurgle gazes lovingly, bestowing his vile "gifts" upon his favoured Champions.

(a companion piece to my Chaos Space Marine of Khorne)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Nurgle Champion WIP

I'm actually close to done this guy:

Cheeky bastard!

I need to finish all the brown leather and bone highlights, and fix my initial attempt to paint a "rusty" sword with sharp, shiny edges.

Here's my test piece for that rusty sword, using this 9-step method:


I forgot to post this when I finished it...

SdKfz 231 Armoured Car
60 mm long

A German heavy armored car for my bro's Flames of War army. I have to get back to doing MY miniatures some time...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Small offering

WW2 Russian Army Commissar and bodyguard
15 mm

Commissars were political officers responsible for maintaining loyalty in Russian Army units. Their methods ranged from shouting motivational slogans in battle to purging "counter-revolutionary" officers and machine-gunning troops who retreated against orders. Not one inch of Russia to the Fascists!

Sunday, April 02, 2006


A few things I'm working on right now:

Nurgle Champion and Cthulhu. I might enter the former in the Toronto Golden Demon competition in May if he turns out well.

Some more 15 mm WW2 stuff: a German 8-rad armored car and an Allied Universal Carrier.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Lord of Rot

Chaos Champion of Nurgle
35 mm

Got this guy on eBay, his tab says "1988" so he's a little bit vintage. I'm painting him as a devotee of Nurgle, the Chaos god of contagion and decay, and I've sculpted a plague base similar to this one.

Also, some 15 mm bailed-out vehicle crew markers for Flames of War.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

No Guts, No Glory

Chaos Space Marine of Khorne
32 mm

The last advance
One final chance
It now shall be... no guts, no glory

- Bolt Thrower

The savage warriors of the Chaos God Khorne seek only to kill and destroy in his name. No quarter is given and no retreat is possible, only merciless battle to the death appeases the Blood God.

Fun guy to paint :) As mentioned below he is from the bits box at the gaming store, the only thing I added was the sculpted skull on his shoulder pad.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Chaos Marine Update

Did a bit of work on this guy:

Metallic paints are just great. I don't think I will ever switch over to exclusively nonmetallics, no matter how good I get at using them to render "shiny" metal surfaces.

Monday, February 27, 2006

More Eeeeevil

Chaos Space Marine
32 mm

One of two Chaos Space Marines I assembled with stuff I dug out of the Kitchener game store's "bitz box" of spare mini parts. He cost $1.50 total (plus tax).

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tiger, tiger, burning bright... (and Cthulhu)

Tiger 1E Tank
70 mm long

I painted up a Tiger tank for my brother's German army. What a beast, probably the most dangerous tank of WW2. Named "Lucil", probably after the tank commander's girlfriend (well, actually I named it after the musician Lederhosen Lucil).


Added some more colour to Great Cthulhu. Pink and green are not easy to use together, they just feel wrong. Which is why I'm using them together on this guy :D