Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Star Speeder

Scout Speeder
15 mm scale




When the People's Planetary Protectorate military procurement team requested a speeder design from a collective that made agricultural equipment, they really should have known what to expect: a speeder that looks like a tractor.  But, built around a compact power plant designed to drive 30-ton megaharvesters, the unattractive result was what the committee ultimately described as "extremely zippy".

Model is a Ground Zero Games "Eurasian Union Jet Bike".

Forest patrol in a remote area offers an opportunity to "punch it"

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Trick or Treat

Well, the Iron Man costume I posted about previously turned out... okay.



My own costume, Furiosa from "Mad Max: Fury Road", was a fairly major crafting effort too:



We made a pretty sharp trick-or-treating crew, I think.  Alas my wife didn't have any costume ideas she wanted to go with, but I told her that next year if she thinks of something I'll do whatever it takes to help make it happen :)


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes

 Ion Age Spooks
15 mm


I don't often pull together seasonal pieces in time, but here are two kooky and spooky figures from The Ion Age. Both were monthly freebies, from 2013 (Skeleton) and 2014 (Witch).  I replaced the Skeleton's head with a slightly better 15 mm skull from Alternative Armies, and added a festive jack-o-lantern (not hard to sculpt, as it turns out!) and another skull to give the Witch's base some flair.

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Great Khanate

Shia Khan commander and troopers
15 mm

What's the price of a mile?



Grinding through the churning mud and choking fumes of the future battlefield, the Shia Khan face their enemies with blistering firepower and relentless mechanized advance.  With the help of clever tactics and a willingness to sacrifice, their seemingly crude weapons and vehicles can hold their own against sleeker foes...


I originally intended to do an orange/black version of the studio paint job on these Shia Khan from The Ion Age.  But then I had a look at their little gas masks, and so now they're my grimdark "World War I in space" faction... with no apologies to the Death Korps of Krieg etc.

"I have a plan, sir."
"Really, Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?"

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cardboard Man

Not a lot of painting lately... September is a busy month.  But I have been up to something this weekend.




Yep... one three-year-old sized Iron Man Halloween costume, coming up!  I'm a little wary of completing it too far ahead of time, lest he change his invariably fickle mind, but I'm banking on the finished product being so appealing that he won't :)

(Credit where credit's due, I adapted the helmet template found here to make the 3/4 head mask...)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pistol Packing Smuggler

Sola Haru
28 mm



Here's my second Space Bunny Arts figure, a roguish smuggler who's not afraid to fly dangerous cargo or sling a blaster or two around (I wish I could say this paint job was inspired by Emily Ong's gender-bending Han Solo cosplay from about 5 years ago, but I didn't see that until I was mostly done).  I stayed pretty close to the iconic Star Wars outfit, but put the red "Corellian Bloodstripes" on the jacket sleeves where they'd be more visible.


And a group shot with my other SBA figure, Abi bin Qanubi (sold as "Jehn Kibo")

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Wall-E World

Refuse Compactor Bot
15 mm

There must be the look ahead, there must be a realization of the fact that to waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1907.


I recently took a little break from our hectic summer schedule to paint up this cute little trash-picking automaton from Ground Zero Games. He's less grungy and battered than the guy in the film, but I like the sculpt and didn't want to obscure it behind a bunch of rust and weathering.  Or I'm lazy, pick one.