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New Minis and DVDs for Charity

Posted Monday, August 25th, 2014

It’s been far too long since I’ve updated. I wanted to show off a couple of minis that have won awards in the past year and half as well as talk about my DVD. New mini pics will be up later this week, but first – the DVD!!!

Last year, following my Best in Show wins at both ReaperCon & GenCon, I was approached by Jim Ludwig at Dark Sword Miniatures regarding filming a tutorial DVD set. I flew to Dark Sword HQ in October 2013 and filmed this epic 20 hour set over the course of 4 days. It was a lot of hard work, but in the end, I think that it really paid off. I got to not only show the blending techniques I use, but also discuss and demonstrate lots of fun aspects of miniatures. I cover details like feathers, gems, OSL, NMM (both steel and gold), hair, difficult colors (red, white and black), and sheer fabric, as well as go in depth with my freehand techniques that I’m know for (including portraiture).

I am now selling 70 copies of my DVD set where 20% of the proceeds will go to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). This charity is dear to me, and has helped over 1.5 million victims of sexual assault since it’s founding in 1994. Here’s a link to their site if you’d like more information.

www.rainn.org/

Purchase price is $60 plus $6 priority shipping in the US ($25 international – I know it’s pricey but I can only send via priority mail as first class packages tend to get lost in customs). You can purchase this DVD set right here by selecting your shipping (US or Worldwide) and clicking on the Buy Now paypal button.


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Dark Sword Kickstarter & other stuff

Posted Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Hi all! Thank you for continuing to stop by my blog, even though I’ve been remiss in my website editing duties for nearly a year.

I’m in the process of redoing my entire site. It’s taking a while, but I hope to have it launched just in time for GenCon!

In news of the recent, please stop on by Kickstarter and check out Dark Sword Miniatures new project! They are bringing to life an iconic Larry Elmore painting in massive resin and pewter form. These models are truly amazing – I’m speaking from first hand knowledge, not just the Kickstarter. :) I had the pleasure of fitting together the Dragon at ReaperCon this year, and have already painted up copies of the accompanying Mounted Barbarian and Female Barbarian for Jim (pics sometime soon on Kickstarter!).

Petyr Baelish – What a snappy dresser!

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012

Just wrapped up this one yesterday. This is Petyr Baelish, from Dark Sword Miniatures George R.R. Martin Masterworks line. The request was made to give him rich, vibrant clothing with a damask fabric effect and mockingbird motif. If you’re a fan of Mr. Martin’s books, you know that a silver mockingbird is Littlefinger’s sigil.

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Puppies!

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

A tiny little pair of English Mastiffs painted on commission. They were a cute change of pace for me.

Severus, Battle Wizard

Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012

My latest piece – Severus, Battle Wizard from Enigma Miniatures. The owner of this piece wanted simple basing, so I just rubbled up a 25mm square and added some field grass. The freehand along his cloak is inspired by alchemists circles, as is the freehand in his magic tome.

Philip II, Rickon Stark & Queen Medb

Posted Monday, October 8th, 2012

I’ve been plenty busy since GenCon, hence the lack of updates (a regular occurrence here at my blog). Below are photos of a few commissions that I’ve finished up.

The first is King Philip II – I’ve been catching a lot of criticism over this sculpt. I would like to reiterate that I don’t sculpt these – I just paint them. ;) This piece is a 54mm blow-molded plastic mini that came out of a coffee can – think Cracker Jacks prizes, only in french coffee, not delicious carameled popcorn. I went all out with the freehand (which I’m pretty darned proud of).

Next up is Rickon Stark. This is a Dark Sword Miniature from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire line. Impeccable sculpt from Tom Meier that was a pleasure to paint. The base was sculpted from scratch, and is meant to reflect the cold stones of Winterfell.

This piece is from Morland Studios. Sebastian Archer is really a wonderful sculptor who has mastered the art of soft draping fabrics in 32mm. The miniature is Queen Medb of the Sidhe. A lovely woman who, as legend tells, was killed by a piece of cheese. Not all deaths are glorious and honorable. :)

Blast from the not so distant past

Posted Saturday, July 14th, 2012

After my win of this year’s Iron Painter (see how I snuck that announcement in this post?!), I noticed that my blog was getting a few hits off of WAMP. As it turns out, my devoted fan Pete Blum (NetePete or Peterdita depending on the forum you visit) had posted a picture of a model I had forgotten about. The Sister of Mercy was commissioned by Pete in 2010, and I’m sad to say that I forgot to put her up on my website. Well, here she is – this one’s for you Pete! The juicy back shot is in the Klockenbooty portion of the gallery.

Sister of Mercy for Pete

Pardon My Mess

Posted Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I’m currently messing around with my CSS and have to keep stepping away from it. Please excuse the mess in the interim – the gallery is still up and I will not be taking down any posts – just a few kinks in colors and such for me to debug. Thanks!

Iron Painter Final Round Entry

Posted Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I have been participating in an online painting contest called “Iron Painter”. The competition started out with over 100 participants who were then randomly paired up. Each round consists of a theme ingredient (much like the secret ingredient in Iron Chef) and a random pairing up of participants – the entrants are given 2 weeks to come up with a scene/miniature/diorama that they feel best fits the theme. We are then scored on our use of the theme, technique, and overall quality of the piece.

After a grueling 5 rounds, I made it to the finals, paired up against Iron Painter legend “Bexley” – he’s a 2 time champion. In previous years my best positioning in the contest was 4th place. The theme this round was “The Last One Standing” – appropriate for the finals of a contest I think. :)

My entry depicts a scene of a victorious Dragon Slayer, standing beside her fallen foe. Both models are from Dark Sword Miniatures. The left arm of our heroine was chopped off and repositioned to rest on her hip in a “take that you bastard!” pose. The dragon had his head removed and placed lower on hill. His wings were also repositioned where they meet his body body and then shaped into more of a rested pose. He won’t be taking flight any time soon without his head!

The base was largely scratch sculpted using cork as a base, then copious amounts of milliput and pumice paste. The foliage on the trees was a custom blend of ground up leaf litter placed on dried flower stems to give the appearance of small leafed branches. The slayer is standing next to a resin lake – while that part didn’t really photograph well due to glare, there are hints of briny layers in a smoke-tinted resin.

Ok – enough chatter – here’s the pics!

Iron Painter Season 8 Round 6 Entry










Tip of the Dark Sword Iceberg

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I’ve updated the Dark Sword miniatures portion of the gallery with 16 new pics! All of these models are available for purchase (unpainted bare metal of course) at darkswordminiatures.com!


There’s still plenty more to come – around 40 or so models – so stay tuned for more eye candy.