Saturday, April 15, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
For the Dragon Ogre, I wanted to deviate from GW's green scheme and go for a more reddish, Chaos-themed look. This model, as well as my LotR entry, were great opportunities to experiment using the airbrush I picked up last Christmas.
Before I got around to building a proper booth, I tackled teaching myself how to use an airbrush (with the help of YouTube videos) in a simple cardboard box. After a week or so of trial-and-error, I managed to get a basic understanding of priming and layering models with the airbrush. Overall airbrushing is quite fun, and the countless effects you can create with it will undoubtedly make it an invaluable tool in my hobby arsenal in the years to come.
Airbrushing is a completely different method of painting that will take time to master.
As for the Lord of the Rings entry, my tradition has always been to enter a diorama. Middle-earth is where the majority of my inspirations for this hobby come from, so naturally I will put the most effort into this range. I decided on a diorama with monsters, as I wanted to practice airbrushing, and still lacked confidence with attempting to paint smaller models. What kind of diorama could I create of two monsters? I went with an eagle vs. a fellbeast, one of my personal favourite duels between good and evil in the whole trilogy. The base for was the most challenging to design; I wanted something that would make the creatures look like they are high in the air, while having a wide enough foundation to support two large miniatures. I made the compromise of deviating a bit from the movies and making the setting of this battle in Caradhras Pass.
Not much conversion work was put into the eagle other than sculpting feathers on the underbelly to fill the gap that comes on every model; the fellbeast was the tough part. The wings were heated and bent to pose it in a falling pose. The rider's hood was repositioned to look up at his assailant. With a week left to work on the details, I should be able to complete both entries on time.
Aside from Paint-a-Palooza, I have also been painting Dain Ironfoot and Iron Hills Dwarves. In a few weeks, I'll be busy building new armies for this year's tournaments! It's only a few months into the 2017, and these projects are already keeping me busy. The year is looking good so far for this hobby!
Monday, January 2, 2017
|The entry that brought West Coast Hobbits under my radar.|
|Wet Coast 2016, fantastic event held at the Grand Villa.|
|Drop-in game against Ian's all-infantry Rohan. I used what I learned in this game to win the next tournament with my Wood Elves!|
|Fun day of Sieges and Chaos in Arda in November!|
|To end the year on an even higher note, There And Back Again was released!|
|Final project of 2016: snowed in on New Years Eve, so I painted up this guy.|