Sunday, November 30, 2014

Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint

Five days from now will mark the beginning of the Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge  The overall theme of which is Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint.

A testament to my excitement of this event is the fact that I'm doing three posts in a single month. A rare event for my blog.  Further it has been over a week since I have painted anything and the withdrawal I'm experiencing right now is excruciating. (I might even paint my fingernails out of desperation).

Last year I was a novice and was unprepared for the reality that awaited me. Now, as a second year rookie, I am doing a few things differently.  Last year I did not prepare any bases prior to the start date and that cost me dearly. Along with priming, I now have figures sitting on prepared bases. Also I have done a bit of carving for some of my more elaborate bases, which should significantly speed things up.

Unlike last year, I will not be participating in all seven of the bonus rounds. There are figures located in a box at the foot of my bed that I have held back painting for most of the year. If I were to take part in all of the bonus rounds, many of them would go unpainted. Further, I am planning on doing my first large diorama for the Hot themed bonus round. That is going to take an enormous amount of work to do properly and I need to clear the decks at a rapid pace to hit that deadline on time.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what my fellow Challengers will be painting this year and would like to extend a warm welcome to the new painters who have signed on for this years event. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Curt in advance for his hard work and his patience in hosting this Challenge for yet another year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Dinosaur and a Diorama

Today I'm posting the last two pieces of work I've completed prior to the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge which begins on December 5th.

In honour of Michael Awdry's Dinovember, I decided to paint my first dinosaur. The figure is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Denis Mize.

I decided to put the dinosaur on a base of human skulls. For some reason I found the idea of putting a dinosaur on top of a pile of human remains quite funny. The base is from Micro Art Studios.

As I plan on doing several small diorama's for the Winter Challenge, I decided to attempt a piece as a learning experience. The figures are 20mm and are based on a 1 inch X 1 inch cube, maing this a truly small dio.

The spaceship is from Hydra Miniatures and was sculpted by Steve Meli. The remaining figures are from Counterblast and were sculpted by Patrick Keith.

I found the little dio to be quite instructive. Now I know just how many figures I can cram onto such a small base. Also I have learned how much contrast I will need on figures this small and photographed from such a long distance.  

For this years Challenge I am participating in a side bet.  Sander from Modus Reg Magni Momenti challenged me to a Femme Fatale Painting Duel which I gladly accepted.  Sander has chosen a figure from Freebooter miniatures, whilst I have chosen a figure from Dark Sword Miniatures.  According to the terms of the duel, the loser agrees to send their figure to the winner. This duel promises to add yet another element of hilarity to this years Painting Challenge.

Hope you're all priming and building bases today. I know I am.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hasslefree Rose

For the past several months, everything I have painted has been done in an effort to acquire new techniques and to work on different palettes for figures I intend to paint for this years Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge.

To that end, I chose to paint Rose, a Juvenile, from Hasslefree Miniatures sculpted by Kev White. My goal was to use negative space and subdued colours to create a grim and somber mood. The single flower on the base is to represent a Poppy.  I carved the base from Super Sculpey.

Also I have just finished my first Dinosaur as a practice for several dino's I plan on painting for the Challenge. I will post that this month in honour of Michael Awdry's "Dinovember", a yearly event I have come to look forward to.

Later this week I will do a separate post that will outline my plans for this years Winter Challenge. I will tell you this as a teaser though. Someone out there threw down a gauntlet and I chose to pick it up.  Details will be in my next post.

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