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...

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Fisk Trailer

Here we have a mobile office of the type commonly seen on construction sites. Since I used to work for ATCO, which produces units like this, I decided to paint this 28mm-scale model in ATCO colours, though of course in the real world the yellow stripe goes on top. 

It took many, many coats of white paint to accomplish even this level of whiteness, which as you can see isn't exactly uniform. It is, however, much better than it was for most of the painting process. 

I haven't quite finished. I'll add a light ink wash and some weathering effects to make this look like it's been soiled by the dust and debris kicked up by construction. 

Friday, June 04, 2021

Earl's Nut Ranking

1. Macadamia nuts. Balanced moisture, superb flavour, splits into pleasing halves, satisfying crunch, excellent with chocolate.
2. Brazil nuts. Excellent nutty flavour, nice moisture, good crunch, large size.
3. Pistachios. Pleasing green colour, excellent flavour, balanced moisture, but must be shelled; sometimes shells are impossible to crack and put teeth and patience at risk. 
4. Cashews. Technically a drupe, not a nut. Pleasing shape, divides into halves nicely, chewy texture, sweet nutty flavor; size varies widely.
5. Filberts. Solid crunch, splits nicely into halves, savory/sweet flavour, but only medium-sized at best.
6. Walnuts. Large size, excellent moisture, strong flavour; suffers in that the meat must be broken into pieces to enjoy due to the structure of its shell.
7. Peanuts. Signature peanut flavour, good crunch, medium moisture, but small size.
8. Pecans. Unsatisfying, over-soft texture, decent flavour, no crunch, medium-sized at best.
9. Pine nuts. Weird flavour, too soft, tiny; best used in pesto or other recipes. 
10. Almonds. Sharp, bitter flavour, very dry, medium size, has an unappealing "skinned" or "bleached" variant. 

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Exit the Nunja

Her mission accomplished the
Nunja follows the passage that
Leads to the now-peaceful street

As is her habit, she pockets her
Nun-chucks and
Somewhat fussily beats the dust
From her black and white robes

Then the brave Nunja
Thanks God for giving her strength
And asks His forgiveness
For the violence

She doesn't know
God fixes them up right after
And nurtures the sparks of righteousness
That bloom with every Nun-chuck'd bruise