Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Walking Pestilence

Hey all,

I´ve been silent again for quite a while, but by no means idle. I´m silently sculpting and painting more figures to show you soon, but not taking many photos - I guess I could work on that if you´re interested in seeing more WIP pictures?

Anyway, today I got a finished model after putting many hours of work into it: The Second Blight King has been completed!

I´ve been experimenting heavily with this guy, working back and forth on different areas until I achieved a look that I´m happy with. I started with an airbrushed base to establish the basic values and colors and worked up on that with many glazes and detail-brushwork to add depth to the figure.

The most challenging and also the most rewarding part was the experiment I did on the kneepad - the Non-metallic effect using a horizon line and reflections of the environment turned out quite nicely I believe.

Most room for improvement is still on the base. I put it together without considering the footprint of the mini, so most of the work on the swamp water is probably lost to the observer. A shame, as the base itself looked quite decent, but was covered up by the monstrous mini and just leaves the less impressive elements (rocks and tree) to be seen.

Apart from that, I probably could have added more shine to the helmet, shoulder blade and axe. My original intention was to make them  look dull, dusty and aged like they do, but the contrast to the kneepad makes it look a little odd.

I hope you enjoy this figure, painting it was a fun experience and I´m looking forward to starting the more heavily armored guy next:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ruling Elite

Small update for today - I finished painting the African Dictator Set that has been recently updated in my shop.  Also commenced work on some new figures, but they are too early in the WIP stage to show anyhting meaningful.

So, only one picture for today:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Website Relaunch, Product Updates and SALE!

Hi all,

after several months of invisible work, I have successfully launched a new and reworked site, which is now online.
A fresh site was required as several features were broken due to my lack of skill and knowledge while building the site back in 2014. With new experience and learning from past failures, I was now able to build a much more streamlined site that will fulfill my requirements for the next few years.

The most important new and repaired features that didn´t work as intented with the old site are:

  • A working search function - try the "search" field on the top right!
  • Better Paypal Integration -  Now using Paypal Express checkout
  • Better visual layout and design - making navigation on site easier I hope!
  • Working Email notifications -  Automatic emails on order updates. These will keep you informed about the progress of your order and allow me to concentrate more of my time making miniatures instead of writing mails
  • Working order history -  was broken on the old website, is now back to normal function
  • Coupons -  I´m now able to use coupon codes to discount orders. Not yet in use, but will get utilised sooner or later.
  • New Administrative functions -  not directly visible to you, but I´ve configures some admin views to my requirements, again allowing me to save time on administration that can be used to make more minis.
  • Multi-language-capabilities - the site is theoretically able to handle multiple languages. Right now it´s only english, but I could now think about doing translations for a german version

Unfortunately this update comes with a small drawback:
All customer accounts that were registered on the old site have to be re-registered.

I made a change in the way the adress is configured and I had the bad feeling that importing the old user accounts into the new databse would be a lot of trouble.

To give you an incentive to re-register (or register for the first time) and to celebrate the new Website, I´m offering a Sale on all Sets in Stock.  Throughout the next week (until August 20th), all products are 30% off.

Furthermore, a new batch of figures has arrived while I prepared the switch.
This time, all releases are re-modeled old sets.

The Following Sets have been replaced: 

INS-04:   Insurgent Cell with Leader now contains 3 completely new figures and a reworked Babai-Model with a bit more definition than the old one.

AFR-02:   Dictator with Bodyguard  now contains 3 completely remodeled figures to replace the aged set

AFR-INS-03:  African Irregulars with  FN FAL  now contains 2 completely remodeled figures and 2 massively overhauled figures including new weapons, arms and faces.

That´s the big news blob for today.
I hope you enjoy the new website - if you experience any trouble, drop me a message (PM or Mail)


Friday, July 22, 2016

Guardian of Old

Hidden in the mountain caves of the Diamond Mountains, the old Dragonkin dwells - decendants of ancient dragons, they are the Bulwark against the rising Chaos Brood emerging from their hellish pits.

This was a first test mini to establish the color scheme and technique to use for the rest of a small force of Fantasy Dragonkin Warriors. Right now, he remains the only one of his kind, but more troops are being raised as I post these pictures.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Demon Brood

Latest pictures with a new camera and some photo editing of some minis I painted not too long ago.
I wasn´t very satisfied with the pictures that my cellphone produced, so I shelved them without posting any results here.

Now, I think the outcome can be presented in a way that does the paintjob justice.

 First, a Putrid Blightking wading through swampy terrain to spread corruption among his hapless victims:

A  Bloodletter rising from the hellpits of Chaos, yearning for slaughter...

A Pink Horror stalking for prey...

Fortunately, the Forces of Chaos have not yet gathered their full strength to overwhelm the Guardians of our earthly realms...  stay tuned to see the protectors of the old order tomorrow ;)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

British Patrol

After a long break, I´ve finally returned to finishing some British Troopers for my Cold War Setup.

These have been painted recently, using all the new tricks and shortcuts I´ve acquired in recent months - rather quick paintjobs in fact, painting 7 or 8 minis within a few hours.

So the result is not suuper tight, but good enough for the scale.

Hope you like it - more (and better) stuff is coming up soon before I´ll disappear in silence again while being away from home for a holiday break.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

French and Germans painted

I recently painted some French and German  Infantry (Enfilade Figures DEU-03 and FRA-01) on commission.  These pics are also on the website, but in case you´re not actively following every change there, I want to share them here as well... ;)

French Infantry Squad in Woodland Pattern (CE)

German Commandos with G36k in Arid Desert Camo (Tropentarn)

Sorry for the rather dark pictures :(