Sunday, September 3, 2017

Where Demons dwell, and Banshees live

In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history. There was a nerd who whittled away his time painting tiny men, and building world's so that other nerds could play with their tiny men but not him. 

Before you behold the remains of a eons old magical stone circle. What powers may it still hold? That's a great question, one which I can not answer, but if you attend the Renegade Open this year you could find out. Not only is there just this one, but five, yes five of these that I completed awhile ago. I can not tell you how high the pile of foam shavings was from that other then inches.

Below we can see it being assembled.

Here we have another piece using some of the arcane ruin set. This should serve well as a center piece on a table. Though I plan to make it a companion which will probaly over shadow it figuratively, and literally as it will be a realm gate and also be floating in the air. Will get a photo of this plus another I've finished since at Fantasy Flight when I'm there next.

Here we see how I reinforced the columns since these are from some molds I made of the ruins when it was out of print. Now that it is being sold again I will save myself time and can just purchase it. Being that the resin was much heavier then the plastic version and going to be standing In a precarious spot I in effect pinned it to the hill using wooden dowels. This should make it least a little more durable.

The piece I'm really excited about, my first floating island. This is what the previously mentioned realm gate will be based off. This was a mock up using dowels to see where I was at, and to get a photo to put on the Internet. As soon as I get some acrylic rods in I will finish this off.

Lastly the wonders of living next to a rich kid art school. Some fool throwing this in a trash can, and I discovering it time so that it could be put to good use. Thanks to your parents kid for helping support the Renegade Open.

Where a man is a man, and the children dance to the pipes of pan.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Realm Gate #1

I have been busy now that preparations for The Renegade Open 2017 has entered full speed with five months until weekend, and I have hundreds of terrain pieces to make. Having increased our 40k attendance to 96, and adding a 64 person Age of Sigmar event I have a lot to make, and just as much to plan for making in a large assemble line some time in early Fall. 

I want to give every fantasy table a cool center piece with at least five other large pieces, and at least every third table a realm gate. Being a long time fan of floating rocks, and islands long before they were hip I will be begin working on some of those soon. I will also hopefully by the end of year be returning to a long shelved project to let everyone know how much of an authentic floating island originality I am before all those hipsters ruined them.

First though let us take a look at the first realm gate I have finished.

The material being used is from insulation foam from a box of what I believe was sea food. While dumping garage at my apartment building I noticed an interesting box which sounded like it had foam in it. So of course I had to inspect, because I don't already have a storage unit in the basement full of foam. I wanted to use the natural shine of the foil with ghost tints, but cut the wrong corner and got some lettering on one side. So the next one I'll have to see if I can get a good section free of it. 

Here we have a scale shot. Hopefully silver tower guys will be making appearances on here sooner then later.

In progress shot before highlighting, and a finished portal effect. I airbrushed it silver, and then used a blue metallic to make the rippling effect. Sprayed it with a purple badger air ghost tint. I must have four of more layers on it to give it a good saturation.

Finally we have a glamor shot at Fantasy Filght Games 

After a few months of the blog sitting fallow I have a little back up of things to start posting between terrain so no excuses allowed on my end for not writing as I'll have more then enough now to post for awhile. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

WaaghPaca 2017 pt.2

Behold the stunning vistas of WaaghPaca. I failed to capture the 40k terrain as I was playing, and caught up in the action. All of a sudden it came to tear down for fantasy. But take my word for it they were stunning. Forgot to post last week with the busy schedule at school, and planning for the Renegade Open 2017, also there is this event coming up called Adepticon, you may have heard of it. 5 days to go, whole five days. But lets not delay, and head off into the wondrous wilds of WaaghPaca.


Now we get to some of the Infinity tables. These are some of the tables produced by Rodge form the Point Hammered podcast, and the Mean Wisco Boys, formerly the Handsome Point Boys. These tables are fantastic. They feel like a real place, some of them are made to represent a particular district such as laundry, or urban livestock. Forget the flashy clean worlds of modern sci-fi/anime, your stepping in Blade Runner, or Mega City One. The bright future we should have had.

I will be stealing some ideas here for Renegade this year from both events. Expect to start seeing those post some time in June. Not far enough away.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

WaaaghPaca 2017 pt.1

The last weekend of January I was in Waupaca WI. for WaaaghPaca! Perhaps the most fanatically loved event I have ever heard about. It also may the greatest gathering of high level hobby output in the Midwest. I'm putting up just some of the models I was able to get photos of, I wanted to get more but you get swept up in the actions. I will post up photos of some of the terrains and tables next week.

Below we have some of the usual madness of Mike Butcher. I have recently seen he is working on machanicum models. Hopefully those will be making an appearance in the future.

This was the Friday friendly tournament. I did not get any good photos of the Warhammer 40,000 terrain even though I was around it for two days. The infinity terrain will make up for it though.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beginning of the green guys

So what have I been doing the last couple months? I've been waiting for a package from a recent Kickstarter to arrive before I took any photos of my recent projects. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. That package would be a macro mat from TableWar! Below you can see an example of a packaged and shipped macro mat. I include this as its a funny comparison to another package I had been waiting a long time for.

That would be an order from Forgeworld. Some of which I needed for WaaaghPaca. You'll get to see the photo dump of WaaaghPaca next week. So this arrived a week after WaaaghPaca, hand delivered by a postal worker in a plastic bag which let me know they care. Because the bag said so. I had ordered this just a few weeks before Christmas so I assume it had an avalanche of Christmas packages crash down on it, and then was thrown in package refugee purgatory until they remembered that it was there, and finally delivered. All contents were in pristine condition a Heresy red book, and the rest blister packs. I think a larger, looser kit may have been broken, but these are tough little boxes so no damage. 

One of my assistants inspecting the structural damage.

So I really now have to get a better lighting arrangement since I have a fancy back drop but we will proceed with what is at hand. This was the first five Salamanders I painted to test out how this army will proceed. Some sampling of backpack variations, and gold accents.  


How's this for pro photography set?

Lastly a few legion tactical marines in process. 

WaaaghPaca coverage next week, and some more green guys.