Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fire Raptor, wip

Making some progress on the Fire Raptor. The template i have is a good base to work from, but there are several errors and issues that I have to work around. For the gory details and some more photos, check out the latest build log update on papermodelers.com


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fire Raptor

I'm putting together a scratchbuilt Fire Raptor gunship, based on a template which I downloaded from papermodelers.com. It is mostly papercraft, but I plan using a bit of mixed media.

It is an interesting build. I plan to make some modifications to it, the first major one being that I want to model the interior of the craft, with a hinged rear-entry ramp and the hinged hatch on top.

I've started the build log at papermodelers.com.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Stonewalled

So I read you can build a realistic-ish looking stone wall out of egg carton.
Comments?

Ace Bolt, Strontium Dog?

I was browsing Pinterest the other day, and all of a sudden realised where about 95% of my inspiration comes from: 2000AD. When I was 14 years old, a friend of mine brought this awesome hardcover magazine thing to school, it was the 1985 Annual, a yearly publication, and I got hooked on it straight away.

For example, take my friend Ace Bolt here. Dress him up in some gaudy looking green & yellow garb, with a bit of red on his visor, and I think he could pass for a certain Strontium Dog's distant cousin.





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http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=profiles&Comic=2000AD&choice=stront


Thanks, Carlos!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Blood Ravens Terminator, done!

I based him with some rusty metal plating from the grim space hulk corridor he is trudging down. Plus some scratches, since he had a run-in with some Things that live there.







He is up on putty&paint and coolminiornot, ready for your comments and votes!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Delta Jet, finished!

I've finished my sculpt of Delta Jet. She's my third sculpt at 35mm.





Overall I'm happy. I think I've got her pose and general body shape just right. She is obviously female, but not over-proportioned.

The open hand could do with some work, but again this is my first attempt, and I don't think it came out too bad. What I'm not very happy with is her face and hair. These are very tricky though, so I just have to practice more.









She is over at puttyandpaint, as well as ArtStation.
And as always, please go and vote for her at coolminiornot.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

$10 DIY LED light box prototype

Over at puttyandpaint.com there are some sculptors who produce pretty amazing work. People like Patrick "The Small" Masson, Gautier "Graphigaut" Giroud and Luc "Thantor" Pinganaud in particular are some of my favorites.

The thing they all have in common (apart from all being from France?) is that the photos of their finished work is great. Really good lighting, everything in focus, and some of them use a background that really draws the eyes to the mini.

So I got me a 2m LED strip + power from ebay for $10, and taped some white paper into a cardboard box, temporarily fixed a piece of the strip to the inside, then downloaded & printed out a nice background from Massive Voodoo and snapped a photo of Ms. Jet:


Not too bad. I used the neutral medium background, I might try something like the neutral dark next time, maybe print it out with heavy toner, but other than that I think it works.

Here is a shot of the dodgy setup


and here it is in action.


Not bad for $10 and about 15 minutes of work.

I'll be making a proper box soon, and securely install the LED strip. I'm thinking of using a larger box, maybe with the option of putting an extractor fan in the back so I can use it to airbrush too.