Tuesday, October 9, 2012

And so it begins...

Guess what arrived in the mail today?

This dude is massive!
This dude is also massive!
The next stage in my model art is about to begin.  The compressor is set to be delivered tomorrow via UPS.  The airbrush should arrive tomorrow as well or at latest, the day after.  I am going to start off on some mecha for Dust Warfare and then work up to tackling these huge bastids.  I am very much looking forward to getting started on these monstrosities.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Airbrush-y goodness

So I finally broke down and picked up an airbrush of my very own.  After watching some tutorials and vids by Schnauzerface on YouTube I can't help but feel this is the direction I need to head in.  I had the opportunity to speak with the local distributor for the Harder & Steenbeck line of airbrushes at a local convention about a year ago and I have to say these machines are amazing.  Not to mention his shop is about 45 mins away so in a pinch I can get it fixed post-haste.  It also follows my belief of buying quality; instead of replacing the cheapest thing I can find every 6 months.  I found a deal on a really good compressor on the cheap so it seems like everything is falling into place.  I ordered the Cygnar Stormwall colossal and the Trollblood Mountain King colossal for WarmaHordes.  I also have some Dust Warfare tanks to do on commission so the idea is to get the spray area set up, practice a bit on some of my models, and then start slinging some serious paint.  I am very excited to see what I can create using this new airbrush.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dust Warfare - Americans

BBQ squad Sergeant

BBQ Squad

BBQ Squad

BBQ Squad

"The Gunners" Squad

"The Gunners" Squad

"The Gunners" Squad

"The Gunners" Squad

"The Gunners" Squad   
This is a commission I am doing for a buddy of mine.  I jumped the gun a little and snapped the photos before the water effects "puddles" on the bases had the chance to fully dry so they look a little milky in the photos.  I am very happy with the mud effect that I have achieved.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lara Walter, Axis Officer

close up of plate details

Really happy with the way this model turned out.  I am very excited about this game and since I have a week of work due to the storms here in used-to-be-sunny-Tampa, FL I have been making strides to get the basic set completed.  See you soon!

Dust Warfare

Amazing new game!

Light Panzer "Hans"

Sturmpionere Squad
 So I have been busily finishing my Germans for FoW and low and behold a buddy of mine gifts me with a set of the Germans from his Dust Tactics Revised Edition box set.  Beautiful models that come pre-assembled and pre-base coated!  With a small effort I changed some poses and then glued the models in place for painting.  All the models from Tactics are useable in Warfare.  We met up at the LGS and tested out some of the rules and I have to say I am very impressed with the ease of game. More pics to come and some of my finished FoW Germans.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Painting Challenge!

So a long time friend of mine has decided to motivate me to get some painting done. He came up with the following. There are 3 of us in the challenge so far but feel free to jump in and join us. No cost for sign up, but alas no fabulous prizes either (other than actually getting a completed army!)

Mission Statement

The goal of this challenge is to steadily paint miniatures towards the ultimate goal of actually finishing an entire army!!! So to go about this and help avoid the “I could paint…or I could sit my fat ass on the couch, snack on chips, drown my sorrows in soda and beer, and maybe watch some SOAP’s…” mindset. This will be accomplished by being held accountable to all other members of the challenge. Now, onto the rules:

  • You can paint any combination of miniatures from any game range.
  • You are to paint a minimum of one (1) UNIT per month, or two (2) ½ UNITs.
A UNIT is defined by the following:
  • A UNIT is a group of a minimum of five (5) miniatures from the same force selection, or one (1) large model. (ie: 5 tactical marines = 1 UNIT. 1 Heavy Beast/Jack = 1 UNIT. 1 Land Raider = 1 UNIT. 1 Dreadnought = 1 Unit).
If the squad has large bases (ie: IG sentinels, IG heavy weapons teams) then there must be a minimum of three (3) models to be considered 1 UNIT.Anything that does not meet the requirements above is considered a ½ UNIT (ie: 1 Character model = ½ UNIT. 1 Light Beast/Jack = ½ UNIT. A 3(+/-1) model squad (small or medium bases) = ½ UNIT)
  • You cannot split a squad of ten (10) models into two (2) groups of five (5) to count them as two (2) UNITS (ie: a Tactical squad (1 UNIT) cannot be broken into combat squads and counted as (2 UNITs).

  • You cannot combine fragments of two or more (2+) separate squads to total up to the five (5) model minimum (3 tactical marines and 2 assault marines DOES NOT = 1 Unit).
  • Models must be completely painted to be counted towards the painting goal for the month. "Completely painted" is explained next.

  • Models must meet the following requirements to be considered complete:
  • There must be a minimum of 3 colors used (primer does not count as 1!)
  • There cannot be further steps to finish the model (ie: highlighting, eyes, etc.)
  • The model must be fully assembled (no fully painted arms lying about!)
  • Model must have a finished base (assuming it has a base).
  • Completed model updates are due on the 1st of every month and will be up for viewing on the site by the 5th of every month.

  • Pictures and a written description of what you have painted should be emailed to Painting.Competition.Cadian109@gmail.com for posting so the other members of the challenge to view.

  • Progress will be posted on http://cadian109.blogspot.com/ for everyone to see the progress of all involved.

  • You are allowed two (2) ½ UNIT extensions per year. This extension allows you to paint one (1) ½ UNIT over the span of 1 month, instead of painting two (2) ½ UNITs.
  • If you paint two (2) UNITs in one month then you earn one (1) ½ UNIT extension.
  • If you are using a ½ UNIT extension you must make it known to the rest of the members of the challenge by the middle of the month (usually the 15th).

Good Luck and have fun!!!

...serves me right...

So for the last few months I have had zero free time so have just been slowly adding to my model collections for Infinity, WarmaHordes and FoW. I decided that since I am keeping my GW armies I may as well finish the original ideas for both the IG and the Howling Griffons. With that thought in mind I picked up the last box set of assault marines I needed and a FarceCast Chaplain with jump pack. And behold:
I contacted Cust Serv at GW and spoke with a rep who has since shipped me out a replacement. It always amazes me how they are "surprised" to hear that there was a problem with a FineCast model. Really?!?! Are you not allowed to use the internet? Type in FineCast on Google images and look at the war crimes. Now sure, I can green stuff and repair most of this damage, but I didn't pay $18.25 to piss away a day's worth of time repairing a miniature that should have never left the factory to begin with.(Special thanks to Wibblethefish for such a poignant drawing)