Hey guys! So just a quick post today! My girlfriend was in town this weekend, so I didn’t get a lot of painting done (though we did paint up a couple cultists, she’s a natural!). BUT! That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working my butt off on other projects! Lets jump in, shall we? First up is a Loremaster of Hoeth. The client had already assembled the piece, so it was just a matter of priming and painting! Lots of fun, I opted for metallics, rather than the NMM I’d done a lot of his pieces in. The orb probably could have benefitted from some OSL, but with time and financial constraints, I opted for a quicker effect on it. The other piece was a High Elf Battle Standard Bearer. Lots of fun on this piece, I've really grown to enjoy painting the sculpted banners GW has been doing lately.
Geez, almost two weeks…. Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this time around, my boss was out of town last week, meaning I was running the store all week. I love my job, but that much time in a hobby shop means blogging was the last thing on my mind! This, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t get any painting done! Lets jump in, shall we? First up is everyone's favorite Catdog, Canis Wolfborn! This is the 3rd or 4th Canis I've painted, but I really wanted to go all out on this one. Sorry the pictures aren't better, I'll get really good ones when I'm taking final pictures of the commission.
Hey guys! So its been a little bit since I threw a post up, but I’ve been working diligently this last week on some sweet, new projects. I was outta town last weekend visiting my girlfriend, but as soon as I got back, I jumped right into some sweet, new projects! Lets get started, eh? So first off is a Land Raider Spartan, part of a larger Space Wolves commission I’m slowly getting through. I gotta say, this model is a BEAST. Its huge! All resin too, which is always fun! I misplaced my Chaos Land Raider, so I haven’t gotten a shot with it yet, but it’ll come soon. There is no transfer in the SW Decal sheet big enough for a Land Raider, so I just freehanded this guy on. The picture makes the black look a little streaky, but its been cleaned up since. The client wanted ‘RUSS’ somewhere on the tank, so its in a couple places instead! This is detail of the top, right below the Heavy Bolter mount. Really happy with the filigree! I love scale shots, so here’s a picture of this guy next to my Giant Chaos Spawn.
Howdy folks! Man, has it already been a month since my last post? It has? Well shucks…. Anyways, your favorite miniatures artist is back, and boy did he have some fun over in Egypt! Lets break down the trip, shall we? Over the course of two weeks, we made it to Cairo, Alexandria, Hurghada (A resort town on the Red Sea), and Luxor. I’ve been inside the Pyramid of Khafre (the second pyramid at Giza), in the tomb of King Tut Ankh Amun, seen his mummy, seen the mummies of Ramses II, Hatshepsut, Seti I, and a gold-leafed mummified child, rode a camel, haggled with vendors, been greeted by two dozen screaming Egyptian children after answering their hellos in Arabic, and met some pretty incredible people, both American and Egyptian. Lets let my pictures tell the story, shall we? No one ever tells you how close the Pyramids of Giza are to the city of Cairo. The plateau literally juts out of the edge of the city! Interesting graffiti; I’m interested in it as an artist and, hey, it might make some interesting tags for terrain pieces! Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria, constructed on the site of the old Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was built by Sultan Qaitbay to defend against the spread of the Ottoman Turks.
Hey guys! So after getting that Realms of Battleboard finished so quickly, and the positive response off the Facebook page, I figured I’d through up a little tutorial on how I got the table finished so quick. For those of you who weren’t following the page, I got the board completed in just about five hours, off and on, on Saturday and Tuesday. Being the second complete board I’ve done, I knew what I was getting into and how to really rock the board out. Lets get started, shall we? MATERIALS Army Painter Fur Brown Spray Black Spray Paint (Krylon, Citadel, whatever works) Grey Spray Paing (I used Ace Auto Primer, its a mid grey-tone) Brown Latex Paint (Lighter than the Fur Brown) Several Large Brushes (For Paint and White Glue PVA Glue (Elmer’s Glue Flock (A large bag is preferred, I ended up using 4 containers of the GW Flock) Wal-Mart White Paint Pallid Wych Flesh Stormvermin Fur PREPARING THE BOARD The Realms of Battleboard has no release agent or anything on them, so you don’t have to worry about washing them. Your first step is to spray the edges of the board with the Black Spray Paint. Don’t worry about getting it on the board, we’ll take care of it when we start painting. 1) Spray the Board with the Fur Brown Spray, keeping the stone and hill areas grey. 2) Spray the rocky areas and the hills with the Grey Spray Paint. Focus on the rocks, but you can spray a little bit around it to blend the rocks into the board
Hey guys! So I’ve been painting my butt off, and got a lot done in the last couple of days! Lets skip the small talk and get right into everything! First off is a Realms of Battle Board done for a shop in Farmington, New Mexico. I know, doing a terrain piece for a shop in Farmington when I manage the shop in Durango is a little bit of a conflict of interests, but it will foster the hobby overall in the long run, so I'm happy to do it.
Hey guys! This is probably the worst gap in posts I’ve ever had! Not good! I’ve been super busy the last two weeks though, and now that I’m past everything, its nice to be finished. Lets recap, shall we? Over the last two weeks, I’ve: Completed my senior year of college Graduated college with a Bachelors of Art in Art Moved apartments in town and set up my studio again Got everything ready to go to Egypt in May I haven’t really posted about it yet, but Smells Like Wargaming will be on hiatus from May 13th to May 31st, as I will be in Egypt, studying the Arab Spring and visiting many of the ancient sites as a graduation present from my parents. Most of my clients have already been informed, and any new emails will be handled when I return. Going back though, it’s a great feeling to finally be graduated from college. I’ve got a lot more free-time now, which means more time for Smells Like Wargaming and more hours at the shop, which, in turn, allows me to pursue more vigorous and challenging projects. I’ve already got plans to finish my Chaos Space Marines for Tacticon in September, and I’ve got two other armies sitting on my shelf that need to get painted. Speaking of painted armies, I picked up a box of Gretchin with some Graduation money I received, as it looks like I’m now painting that Ork army I’ve had sitting around for a bit. Love the grots, they’re easily my favorite unit in the Ork codex! I’ve always been a fan of goblins in fantasy and sci-fi settings. My primary Magic deck is Goblins, grots are just hilarious, and anything goblin-related is just cool to me
Hey guys, So its been almost a week since I put paint to model, but my final semester of school is almost finished. I’ve got a couple of projects to turn in, a single final, and I’m graduating this saturday. I’ve gotta say, its super surreal to think that in less than a week, I’ll no longer be a student and be a full-time manager and artist. School, for me, has been a safeguard, a place for me to build Smells Like Wargaming, as well as many long-term connections to the Wargaming community and clients both national and international. The real question is, however, is what does the future hold for Smells Like Wargaming? As an artist, I’ve found my niche and, if I so choose, I can always expand into other directions. For those of you who don’t know, along with Smells Like Wargaming, I’m also manager at our FLGS, Durango Game Space. Anyone in the area should come and say hey! Anyways, having ties and connections via the shop helps secure me in the local wargaming scene, but various other games as well. Casual Magic: The Gathering, anyone? But through my job, I continue to work and expand the hobby through most aspects of my life.
Hey guys! So the last week and a half or so has been incredibly busy, but its all been for good reason. Monday was the opening of our Senior Art Exhibition, the main culmination of my college career. I gotta say, with Miniatures as my main focus, I’m pretty happy with my work that made it in. And, of course, my pieces that made it in! I’ve gotten a ton of positive comments from viewers and guests, and kinda enjoy breaking gallery rules by telling people to pick up the pieces and check them all out. After all, they are game pieces, so they’re meant to be handled! So glad to have that over with! I’ve got a big project due later this week, amongst other pieces, so the hobby front is going to be a little slow. Nevertheless, I’ve got Space Wolves, a Valkyrie, and a Malifaux crew that needs to get finished! For a little sneak peek, though, here’s a piece I’m working on for school. I’ve got one more to finish, so I’ll be sure to show you all how that set turns out! Stay tuned folks, there’s some awesome stuff coming this way soon! Granesh
Hey guys! So I sat down this weekend and found some time to finish that Nurgle Heldrake commission! I’ve gotta say, this model is incredibly fun to paint, albeit a tad tedious at times…so much…trim…but I digress… The client wanted a good ol’ fashioned Nurgle theme with a swampy base, so I’ll let the pictures tell the story! His little bony tail is a nice touch on the model, as it adds more color to the piece. Can’t go wrong with that Baleflamer! Eye see you! One of three sickly looking eyeballs on the model! The base was incredibly simple to do. The ground is just black lava, while the swamp was achieved by painting the base the desired green color. After it’d dried, I applied a coat of gloss varnish, followed by a coat of Elmer’s White glue. When that had nearly dried, I took the butt of a brush and created ripples and rifts in the water. Finally, a second coat of gloss varnish was applied! The bubbles are a mix of metal BBs and the back end of plastic skulls. The foliage is various Army Painter tufts and the bristles off an old crappy brush! And, for good measure, a bird’s eye view of some unfortunate Guardsmen about to become charred messes! Whew! The next three weeks are going to be insane, with projects and graduation looming in the distance. But next up is a Valkyrie and some Space Wolves! Stay tuned! Granesh