Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Progress Report 2/26/14 - Time is short and so is Feburary.

Ack! This month is just about history and aside from running Dog Bowl and playing a bit of games I haven't managed to do much on the painting and modeling front. 

First up a quick update on my oil painting. I missed two classes this month so I am a bit behind. This week I "finished" my underpainting and will be moving on to adding color next week. 

Adding detail to the hand.
Changed up the face shape a bit and added detail.
Spent a little bit of time working on the SKULLKRUSHAS for my Goliath Necromunda gang. Got two more Gangers done. They have names but I can't remember them at the moment!!

Working on a commission for a Dwarf character that I hope to have done in the next couple weeks. Spent some time converting and sculpting some bits for that but I don't want to show them quite yet. On to March!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dog Bowl II Is History!

Dog Bowl II is in the books! It was a great one day event held at Marmalade Dog in Kalamazoo, MI with 12 coaches from Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois representing. The rules were intended to give an edge up to the underdog teams of Blood Bowl and they turned out in force! I brought out my Khemri for the firs time (ever) and came in second to last place (though I was in the running for the Cas award with 11). The final racial breakdown was:

3 Khemri
2 Slann
2 Ogre
2 Humans
1 Underworld
1 Chaos Pact
1 Orc

After four rounds of Blood Bowl action only 4 coaches could take home the illustrious Dog Bowl trophies I so lovingly crafted out of bits of trash and plastic I found around my house a couple days before. 


Best In Show (1st Place) - Siggylama (Chaos Pact)
Second Place (2nd Place) - Delevus (Khemri)
Greyhound (Most TDs) - Flyingdingle (Slann with 9 TD)
Junkyard Dog (Most Cas) - Rougethirteen (Ogres with 15 Cas)
Hind Dog (Wooden Spoon) - Lycanthrope

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and to all my opponents for 4 great games (even my arch-nemesis Valdric... I'll get you next time!!). Highlight of the tourney for me was running a chainsaw through Siggyllama's 3 Chaos Pact big guys in consecutive fashion in game one. Hack had a taste for BIG BOY BLOOD in that game!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Progress Report 2/5/14 - Hair of the dog (stuck to everything I paint).

Another week of sub-zero temps kept me from getting any miniature painting done. I did glue together a couple pieces of plastic I dug out of the trash to make awards for the upcoming Dog Bowl this week.

Cap, beer thing, and skull trophy.
Foam turd in a cap upside down.
I've since added some primer and paint to these trophies but the paint keeps flaking off and driving me crazy! Not sure if it is the temperature outside (where I prime in my garage) or the materials or a mix of both. Oh well... they don't have to look stellar. I just wanted to have something to give away that didn't cost me anything (because I have nothing to spend). 

On the oil painting front I made some pretty big strides this week. My class last week was cancelled due to the bad weather but I came back and attacked the canvas on Monday when I got down to business on the face of my figure.

I had a quick demo on how to better set up my palette.
This bit on the face is my instructor's work as a demo.
Blocked in the shades on the face.
Began adding some detail in the face and the tie.
Still a long way to go on this painting but I had a much easier time with the paint after a short bit of instruction from my teacher. I found that my major challenge was too much thinning of the paint and I really started using a lot more paint on the canvas. Something I don't do much of when it comes to mini painting! I'm always thinning that down so much. Also I used a really big brush for this work which is not something I feel comfortable with yet but it was good practice. 

Dog Bowl this weekend! I will be playing odd man out. While I had first intended to take Ogres I am letting a friend use them instead and will be bringing Khemri for their first tournament outing and first time on the Bloodbowl pitch with me Coach Randroid! Should be fun!!