Friday, June 18, 2021

Rock Garden of Ages

By painting a dirt path and "planting" some flowers and hay on a piece of cardboard, I've created my first piece of scratch terrain. 

The standalone rock features I was unhappy with a few days ago are incorporated into this build. 
Some 28mm minifigures for scale. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

More Mattresses

Once I finished painting my small collection of ramshackle shacks, I realized I'd need more mattresses for the inhabitants. Stained and moldy as they are, they're better than the cold, hard ground. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jurgen Tolstoy, the Fishtorian

Here is a 28mm-scale representation of Jurgen Tolstoy, known far and wide as "The Fishtorian" for his almost believable tales of fishing history and legends. Some say that he is far older than he looks, and that he has gone by many names . . . 

I painted this generic fisherman mini in colours I thought fitting for the profession: orange boots, gloves, and hat, yellow rain slicker, a red and white first aide kit, etc. At this close range, you can see all the flaws of my paint job, and the lack of any sort of depth or nuance; this guy is strictly paint-by-numbers. I think it's partially a matter of confidence; this miniature has a lot of very tiny details, so I focus on trying to "colour between the lines," as it were, while avoiding any complicated techniques. 


Monday, June 14, 2021

Motorcycle Bases

I'm in the process of painting three miniature motorcycles and their drivers. I started with the bases, challenging myself a little to give them not just the right colour, but also the right texture. I painted the bases with a base coat of black, then added Astrogranite technical paint for texture. Astrogranite is light grey, so once it dried I added ink wash to turn the pieces black again. Finally, I used a square-cut brush to paint yellow dividing lines on each base, trying out different angles and positions to simulate wayward movement of the cycles on the road.

I'm pretty happy with these; hopefully the rest of the pieces will look as good.  

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Hand Stones

Here's a collection of mysterious stones. I added the flowers to suggest these are ancient and overgrown, but I think I'll need to group these on a larger base together to really sell the effect. On their own, they look a little goofy. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Asphalt Sidewalks

Here's a small collection of miniature asphalt sidewalk pieces. Once again I had trouble determining the right amount of ink wash; the curbs, as a result, look dirtier than they should. On the other hand, I supposed urban sidewalks don't look pristine very often anyway. 


Friday, June 11, 2021

The Second Dose

It is not the end of COVID-19, nor even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Earlier this afternoon, Sylvia and I received our second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. While caution remains necessary, it's still an exciting step. To anyone who's ever visited the blog, I hope you and yours are staying safe and that your own vaccinations are coming soon. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021



Here is John Carter's pet calot, Woola. He didn't turn out as well as John Carter or Tars Tarkas, but he looks okay on the table. 

I tried to give Woola's skin some shading, but I think the contrast between colours was too subtle. 

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

John Carter Leaps into Action

Here's a 28mm John Carter of Mars. I like him well enough, though he didn't turn out quite as well as Tars Tarkas. I do like that he has some definition in his face, though, and the metallic parts of his harness provide a hint of realism. 

This side-by-side comparison shows that Green Martians are much taller than humans and the humanoid Martian species. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Tars Tarkas

Last night I painted this 28mm-scale miniature of Tars Tarkas, one of the savage Green Men of Mars, loyal friend to John Carter. The miniature sculpt is quite detailed and accurately captures Tars' look from the Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

In this case, I painted the model's separate pieces individually and then glued them together once the painting was done. This allowed me to reach spots on the model's chest, abdomen, and arms that I wouldn't have been able to access if I'd assembled the model first. It was a bit of a pain, but the effort was worth it. 

Monday, June 07, 2021

Base in Space

I was going for a quasi-Martian surface, a romantic, old-school idea of Mars. That might provide a clue as to who might wind up standing on this base...