Friday, 23 September 2011

So, what's next...

The Domaru is now at a stage where it is theoretically complete (just needs a plinth), but I want to put it down for a little while so that I can look at it again with fresh eyes and make sure its been done to the best of my abilities. I want it to be a 'competition standard' mini, and taking that step away from it for a few weeks can make all the difference.

However, I have not been resting on my laurels, but been prepping and working out what to do next. I have a couple of Studio McVey minis that I want to do in a vignette which I have been sketching recently, a handful of Infinity models which I want to paint as a unit, and then something like the Avalonian Recruit bust by Kraken/Figone...

As each piece requires different levels of involvement I am tempted to start them all at once! One is a painting excercise, once is a base building and scene setting and the other is unit painting.

The bust is primed and I have started work on the metals
The McVey minis are cleaned and washed
The ALEPH are waiting patiently whilst I design the scenic base for them

Sketch for the McVey piece

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Better pics...

Here are those better pics of the Domaru - no extra weathering, but the photos are a lot better! (and a picture of how my ideas are formed...)

To Infinity and Beyond! (Domaru)

Well, I have done some more tidying to some of the lines on the base and straightened the top edge (which was wonky) and then started to add dirt and grime. You will also notice that I have re-attached the arm.... this time with Dev-Con a 2-part epoxy glue which is bloody strong, and slightly flexible so should hold a whole lot better than the superglue I had used before.

More weathering to come, and some better photos too!

Friday, 16 September 2011

On our way to Euro Militaire

We are now leaving London Kings Cross (after the obligatory sushi fix) and heading down to Folkestone for the show.

Looking forward to seeing lots of shiny new toys and having a good natter with old friends (and maybe a few beers and some good food).

Thoroughly looking forward to it!

- Posted from the high seas

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

First Post

Peter has been nagging me to get something posted on the blog, so here it is.  I thought I'd kick off with a current project. I first saw the "Fairies wear Boots" model, sculpted by Kev White, on a forum and knew that I wanted to paint her. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when I received an email from Tim at Grey Matter asking me if I would like to paint her for them :)

The cast itself is really nice; light grey resin with only a couple of tiny bubbles that were easily dealt with. She also had a very feint mold line on the inside of her arms, but again, once spotted they were sorted out. Her wings (not shown in these pictures) are cast in clear resin. I'm quite looking forward to seeing how they look on the finished piece.

The pictures here are WIPS, but I only have a few things to finish off, together with the final obligatory tidy up. She's sporting a pair of Cherry Red DM's and her dress is the Goth colour of choice - purple. I always imagined her with stripey thigh-high socks, which I think have come out very well.

I have to say that she is a typical Kev sculpt - I am sure he won't mind me saying that!  She is so delicate and very small - he certainly has a keen eye for the ladies ;) I also enjoyed the extensive "research" into Love Hearts - well I had to get them right didn't I?!

I have done some more work since these shots, but I'll probably leave off posting more pictures until she is completed.  In the meantime, I hope you like her :D

Toosh x

"Fairies Wear Boots" by Grey Matter Figures
Sculpted by: Kev White

"Fairies Wear Boots" by Grey Matter Figures
Sculpted by: Kev White

Monday, 12 September 2011

Domaru with added colour

Managed to get some good painting done yesterday and have really progressed with the Domaru Butai. The base is now pretty much complete, apart from some weathering and maybe some freehand Japanese numbers on the outside.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

The Ultramarine Veteran on Ebay!

Well, I have finally done it - the Ultramarine Veteran is now up on Ebay

Pop over and have a look, and maybe have a sneaky bid whilst you're at it!

Ultramarine Veteran on Ebay

Friday, 2 September 2011

Background colours

Well, I have started on the base now, and have gone for a blue grey wall with purple shadows to contrast nicely with the warm yellow armour on the miniature. Here is a very quick WIP shot from my phone: