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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Monday, July 22, 2024

Shirts vs Skins

Edmonton's current heat wave triggered a painful memory today. Back in junior high, we sometimes played team sports in gym class. I didn't (and still don't) care a whit for sports, but I would have been fine with participating had the gym teachers not divided the teams by forcing half the players to strip to the waist, a practice known as "shirts vs skins." 

I hated being on the skins team. I was very uncomfortable in my own skin, thinking myself too scrawny. I also felt incredibly vulnerable, perhaps because I'd been a victim of bullying pretty constantly at the time. (Things got better in high school.) I remember thinking it seemed incredibly unjust, that teachers could force us to take half our clothes off against our will. 

As far as I know, no one else in my class complained, nor did they seem bothered by the practice. I stopped protesting, but I hated every moment. Those classes definitely raised my already present antipathy for sports. 

I also remember a communal change room in junior high, another agonizing rite of passage. There were communal showers without any privacy dividers, too, and while I'm sure we were made to use them, I have no memory whatsoever of showering at school. I suspect I blanked those memories out somehow. Is that even a real thing? 

In retrospect, I'm rather amazed that "shirts vs skins" was ever seen as acceptable. A cursory search reveals that some schools still do this. 

I recognize that I might have been overly sensitive about this. But given how sensitive teenagers can be, I feel like exemptions should have been allowed, at the very least. 

Sunday, July 21, 2024

The Cry of the Town Crier: Oyez, oyez!

Oyez, oyez! 
In the Empress' name, be it known she has honoured us by naming her new clipper ship the Ottumununggungdammerungdungeon, after the very town we call home. Hail the Empress! Hail Ottumununggungdammerungdungon! 

Friday, July 19, 2024

Smilin' Smilodon

He found a watering hole in the desert. 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Blue-Haired High Priestess

At last, a face that looks okay. So few and far between. I'm starting to think that sometimes the sculpt has an influence on the end result. Or maybe it's just me. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Fallen Friend

In games, sometimes even the most valiant fall. This was a simple paint job, but I'm really happy with the drybrushing effects on the pullover and pants. 

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Grizzly "Sand" Castle

Here's an Old West rifleman scanning the horizon for varmints. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Small Gargoyle

I am a gargoyle--here I lurk
Barely suppressing a basilisk smirk
At the visiting ghost hunters
And their silly butterfly nets


Thursday, July 11, 2024


In my mind, this sasquatch is the alien robotic Bigfoot from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. I think he looks pretty good, and I even managed eyes with pupils. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Cliff Horse

Of the half-dozen or so horses I've painted so far, I think this one has the most natural colouring. Giddyup! 

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

The Way I Consume Eggo Waffles

Today I had a couple of Eggo waffles for breakfast. As is my usual method, I ate each waffle by nibbling off the rounded edges, leaving behind a square grid of waffle cells. I then ate a row of squares from each edge, leaving a smaller square, and so on and so on until I swallowed the last cell.

Does anyone else eat their waffles this way? 

Monday, July 08, 2024

Night of the Nightstick

Here's a policeman who looks like he came straight out of a 1930s Warner Brothers gangster flick. He even looks a little like Ward Bond. 


Sunday, July 07, 2024

Barnabas Thugg

I see this fellow as a surly, skinflint merchant. 

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Villainous Vixen

With a bad attitude and abhorrent beliefs, she's the kind of villain you love to defeat. If only beating back fascism was as easy in the real world. 

Friday, July 05, 2024

If This Be Doomsday

Within the Great Game, many rolls of the dice
The end of the world in a single device
Why not take a chance with the fate of the Earth
Surely the Turtle is tired of our girth
Better the bang than the depressing whimper
Let's die in the fire of a nuclear winter 

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Theda Lane

What started as yet another attempt to paint 28mm scale eyes has turned into sunglasses once again. Ah well, at least there's a hint of lip colour this time. 

Like Tim Chan, Theda Lane is one of the Student Investigators from Pulp Figures. What strange mystery is she about to solve? 

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Leaping into Action

This Pulp Figures miniature is posed quite dynamically, and I'm pretty happy with my paint job, though my photo hasn't captured it very well. The sculpt is clearly inspired by the Spirit and the Shadow, and so I feel this character's name should evoke those inspirations. Spirit Shadow? Shadow Spirit? Shazure Sprite? 

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Ming Bust

 Hail Ming! Ruler of Mongo and Emperor of the Universe! 

Monday, July 01, 2024

Sgt. Prestown and Bark

I've been painting many minis lately, and Canada Day seems the right time to show off Sgt Prestown of the Yukon and his trusty Husky, Bark - so named for the sound and the skin of trees, of which there are many in the Yukon. It's a pun! 

This miniature set was created by Bob Murch of Pulp Figures, a Canadian company based in Kelowna, BC. Bonus points! 


Sunday, June 30, 2024

Dragonclaw Cook

Here's the Dragonclaw's cook. What can I say . . . faces are hard, especially at this scale. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024


Her skin turned out so dark! But maybe it really was this dark. 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Tim Chan, Torch in Hand

Here's patriotic teen Tim Chan from Pulp Figures' Student Investigators line.