Monday, August 11, 2014

Counterblast Rocket Rider

As part of the Sci-Fi Challenge at Reaper Miniatures Forum, I recently painted a Rocket Rider from Counterblast. Cast in resin and sculpted by Patrick Keith, the detail is crisp and the lines are gorgeous.




The palette I chose was inspired by the work of historical gamers/painters whose work I have been following for all these years.  Now I quite fancy these greens, tans and browns and anticipate using them more often in future work.

Clean and tidy brushwork was my goal with this model. Further I wanted a simple base that contrasted with the figure but did not draw attention from it. I hope I have accomplished this modest goal.

I will be a bit late making the rounds today as I stayed up rather late working on a small dio for the Challenge. In short, I'll be by when I roll out of bed this afternoon.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

O'Leary Announces Blogs Birthday

Three years ago I began this little bit o' blog. Over the course of the last three years I have met so many kind people and have found a hobby that means the world to me.

My Kitty Fang. Isn't she gorgeous.

It was to be over three months before I received my first comment and it was to be several more months before I got my second comment. Undaunted I continued to post the most inane things hoping someone out there would notice me. Eventually they did.

I saw a widget over at Loki's Great Hall that listed his top commenters and as it is my blog birthday I was curious to see how mine would look.  It is up in my right sidebar.  I would like to say something special to those top three people.

Dez-You are my ray of sunshine on my cloudy days.

Pat-Feck off you Arse Licking Cat.

Ray-Who knew that the man I've insulted the most had so much to say to me. Thanks ya little Weasel!

Further I'd like to say Thanks to all of you who have tolerated my shenanigans over the last three years. You most certainly have made my world a better place.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Belladonna 54mm W.I.P.

Normally I do not post W.I.P.'s . However as this is my first 54mm figure and I felt I could use some input from my fellow painters in order to fine tune the work.

She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by James Van Schaik.



The chief difference I found between a 54mm and a 25mm is in the photography.  In order to get the entire figure in frame, I had to shoot the mini from a greater difference than normal. What I found is that the highlights have to be pushed much higher to gain sufficient contrast. She is going to stand on a very large base, so the final pictures will be shot farther from even farther away.

There are several things that I believe need worked on in order to bring her up to snuff. The highlighting on the skin needs to come up. The lining between the face and the hair needs to be stronger. The shading on her trousers needs to be deeper. Contrast on her boots really needs ratcheting up.I am trying to paint her hair as a strawberry blonde. Some of that shows on the back, but very little on the front. Clearly I need to strengthen the red undertones.

Any input regarding the need for further improvements would be greatly appreciated.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

War Rockets!

I happened to look at the date of my last post and thought "Jesus Christ Anne, you better post something or people will begin to think you died."  It would appear as if I'm not dead after all.

Recently I finished painting some Imperial Fleet War Rockets from Hydra Miniatures. They are pure Pulp and were sculpted by Phil Beauchamp.







Doing these was the most fun I've ever had painting. And I find that I am now addicted to painting rockets and space ships.  I've a Rocket Rider on the painting table now, I've just ordered some flying saucers from Hydra and two Prussian Air Ships from Dystopian Wars. Also I've got some space ships coming from the Counterblast KS next month.  

I've been away so long due to a couple of mishaps in the garden. Somebody told me that bad things come in threes. Well that somebody was wrong, they came in sixes for me. I may tell the tale in a later post as now that it's past, I find myself laughing at it all.  
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