Thursday, August 30, 2012

Photo dump

I'm elbow deep in the ships, but I'm starting to see daylight ahead. Next week and a half will be the final push!

                                                         (sorry for the flash on this one!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2 more down, three on the way...

Been on a much needed vacation, but still brought along a few things to work on. Purple/black and a red cranked out. Another green, purple, and a Lex Luther battle-suit fleet on deck. Sorry for the crappy photo (again), had to take down my photo set-up and haven't had a chance to set it up again. Hopefully I will get the chance before Gencon, which is only a week away! I will be there, and plan on spending some time at the BFR Games booth painting.

Cheers, Gith

Saturday, July 21, 2012

5th fleet pics

Here it is, military green with a special logo. Its things like this that break up the shading/highlight routine of painting the same models over and over.

Cheers, Gith

Monday, July 16, 2012

More sets ready to rock!

Here are 3 of the 4 sets finished! The heat here in the midwest has chased me back to a friends house, so one set didn't make the photo booth. I'll update this post when I go back to rescue it.

I'll likely go back and add a logo on the second ship, but for all intents and purposes these bad boys are ready to fly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Base-coats down

Woot, 4 sets base-coated! Its been a little crazy with the heat here in the midwest, I actually had to move in w/ family for four days to avoid the 110 degrees my apartment would get to w/o AC. Now to just shade and highlight....

Sunday, July 1, 2012

1st set down

Finished the first set of ships, which happen to be those that will end up on the back of the Disaster Looms! box and then sent to a lucky backer. The first of many, I had a lot of fun with these and am looking forward to the other unique requests!

Cheers, Gith

Friday, June 22, 2012

Let the summer painting extravaganza begin!

And so it starts.

I've been crazy busy with two jobs and studying, and letting my hobbying/blogging slip because of it. I'm most frustrated with myself for not setting up the ebay sale of the Livestrong army yet, but I have had some contacts that may turn out to be more lucrative for the foundation, which is the ultimate goal. Time will tell.

Despite the minor set-backs, painting is about to become my new job with the successful finish to the Kickstarter project Disaster Looms! I am going to be painting 40 sets of custom ships as one of the rewards. I got the list of most of the requests for paint schemes, and they have blown me away. With everything from green to psychedelic peppermint, its going to be quite the project. I will be sure to update as I finish them, and since I have a timeline, I actually have to do them haha. Hopefully the backers will be checking in here to see if they can spot their requests (if you do, please leave a comment!). Here are some shots of ships that will likely pop up soon on the website. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can now grab the game and its accouterments at their new website.

In the mean time, here is part of my most recent project. We started a Journeyman League for Warmachine at our local game store, and I went with the Menoth half of the 2-player starter set. I really like how the split color theme worked out, and I'm looking forward to sneaking in a model or two before the big wave of ships arrive next week.

Cheers, Gith

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Moving right along from the Cygnar, I finally started to get back to my Trollbloods. I was able to lavish some attention on my Fellcaller, trying some new techniques. His back torch-thing is my first attempt at marble, which was fun, as well as flame and pushing my metal shading. The swords were shaded w/ the technique I learned at Mathieu Fontaine's painting class, and I'm pleased with how its progressing. I know I learn by doing, so I'm just going to go at it on many models (just not full units yet, recipe for insanity). I still need to figure out what I'm going to do for their basing, as the blank black circles just look bad : (

Still getting the Ebay page set-up, running it by some people for review to make sure I haven't forgotten anything obvious. I'll start sending out the word when everything is ready.

Cheers, Gith

Sunday, April 29, 2012


It is done!

While it comes much, much later than I anticipated, I am pretty happy with what I have done here. It took a while to accept that not everything was going to be perfect, and to allow myself to learn as a went. Once that sunk in, I really pushed myself, trying new techniques and just putting in the brush time.

The biggest difference came, of course, here in the last week of work, as I got to attend some really great painting classes last weekend at Adepticon, one led by Chris Borer and another with Mathieu Fontaine. I decided I wasn't going to go back over each model, as I would drive myself nuts and really turn this into the project that never ends. I am ready to move on, and very happy with overall look and feel (not that I couldn't go through and find half a hundred things to fix...).

Now comes the best part: finding a happy home for these models! I started this project with the firm intention of selling them and having 100% of the proceeds going to the Livestrong Foundation. This is what has really kept me from ever truly putting them on the back-burner, and has really pushed me to do my best. I am going to do my research and look at how to design a good Ebay page and then link it to Livestrong through their Giving Works section, which allows my profit from Ebay to go straight to the LS Foundation.

Without further ado, the army! (Sorry for the crappy pictures, I'll work on taking better ones soon)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Battlegroup done(ish)!

Here they are in all their glory:

As long as they are at arm length and you squint a little, they look great! Painting large areas of yellow is one of the most irritating hobby experiences I've had (Imperial Fist players must all be masochists). One fleck of metallic paint took four or five layers to just mask, not completely cover. Luckily the weapons and energy pipes/things were straight edge highlights, and behaved moderately well. I might go back and do a few touch ups, but for all intents and purposes, I'm calling these guys done! All that is left are the 12 stormguard, and I have a can of black primer w/ their name on it lol.

Cheers, Gith

Monday, February 13, 2012

When last we left our heroes....

After a slight three month detour, I'm back with an update. The Christmas time goal obviously did not happen, and life has been rather crazy (all for the best). However, I still had the odd moment to pick away at the project, and those moments add up to give you these bad boys!

It feels really good to finish up a measurable chunk, and has left me rarin' to go after the next: the last two jacks. I've got base coats down on them and, since they are mostly black hull and steel, they should go pretty quickly. After that, its more black and steel armor for the storm guard and then we're done! New goal is to be done w/ the jacks before the end of February, and then finish this group up by the end of March. 

I picked up a can of The Army Painter matte varnish to protect them from basic wear and tear, but haven't been able to test it yet. Anyone have any positive/negative experiences with their varnish?