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Friday
Aug262016

So a Knight and a Rogue walk into the bar ...

Dungeons & Dragons – I just wrapped up two more characters for a client. These are both pretty cool models and I'm really happy with how the paint turned out. For the knight's cape I went back to my any color red highlight. I'm disappointed I haven't been able to find this productr for any other colors because it works amazing to get that nice highligth without turning orange or pink.

The face was tricky as my client wanted freckles initially I did some that were way to dark they stood out from a distance but needed to be significantly more subtle. I opted to go with a few shades darker than the skin tone instead which looks great in person but is to subtle to photograph well. 

The rouge was very straight forward and simple. The sash really helps to break up the model. 

These are going to look really good on the tabletop battling the various monsters I've painted for her DM. Sometimes when I do commission work like this I wish I could see the models in action as that's the most rewarding part of this hobby actually playing out the battles and events with amazingly painted miniatures.

I just got word from my other clinet in this group that I should have more terrain on the way to paint to match so that will be another fun project.

Wednesday
Aug242016

New stuff in the Gallery

I just updated all the galleries with better shots of my recent projects. Much of my recent in progress shots have be relegate to twitter updates so if you'd like to following me on twitter you can do so here:

@jmp_mydog

You can also check out the updates here in the galleries.

I have finished work in Wrath of Kings, Batman Miniatures Games, Warhammer 40K, Dungeons and Dragons, Confrontation and more.

My next big job has me working on some more models for Arena Rex, Heavy Gear, Space Hulk and some Infinity models.

Monday
Aug152016

On the painting table ... Menagerie

Work in Progress – Wow, aside from a report on the play when I was in High School I never imagined I'd be using menagerie to describe anything let alone my painting table.

Currently I'm working on a bunch of models for a variety of systems that share enough in common that I'm assembly line painting all of them.

First up is a small Joker crew for the Batman Miniatures Game. This is the Health Ledger version which is my favorite Joker to date. The sculpt is pretty good but it's going to take a bit more work to really make it look good. Same with the goons, decent sculpts but lots of flat areas that need more attention.

Next is a few more Arena Rex models, this includes the Rhino, Gimpy-arm guy and a Barbarian with spear. Super detailed amazing models. They are tricky to put together though.

Confrontation is a game I never had any interest in a group of werewolves, knights and orks has found it's way to my table as well.

Malifaux Guild Guard are also lurking here. The plastic models are way nicer than the old metals however if you ever needed more than two you run into the dynamic model problem of a dozen or some models pointing the same way. As one-offs though they look great.

Also in this batch I'm working on some Dungeons and Dragons Character models. The very dynamic paladin from Dark Sword as well as a pretty decent rogue from Reaper.

Progress should go pretty fast on most of the models which are being done to a tabletop standard. The D&D models will be going to the higher level. 

Friday
Aug122016

Something Fishy

Wrath of Kings – I have to admit I never played this game nor had much interest in it. Working on this box for a client might just have changed my mind. The job consists of a Hadross Starter, Unit Upgrade Box and a Twilight Knight, the client was looking for a basic 3 color job with a wash. Being the first set of Wrath of King figures I've painted I'm going to go a little further and add some water effects to really bring out the blue of the water.

To keep this simple I chose a blue green color pallet with each unit type getting a specific base color and dry brush, I then painted the armor elements metallic gunmetal and washed each model with a blue-green wash this helped to bring all the colors together and keep a cohesive feel while each "species" has it's own look. It's a simple way to quickly paint a bunch of models for an army and keep them all looking like they crawled out of the same pool.

Wednesday
Aug102016

Movie Review - Suicide Squad

Random – It's been awhile since I did a movie review. Not because I haven't seen any movies lately but more so because I've been so swamped with commission work that I haven't had to do filler articles to keep up traffic on the blog. However with the terrible reviews Suicide Squad is getting I felt the need to voice my opinion. It's easiest if I break it down into bullets.

1. It's an entertaining movie. I went in with incredibly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. It was a decent action comedy with some solid potential. All the characters are pretty well cast and the actors do a great job with what they have to work with.

2. It's not Deadpool. Unfortunately Ryan Renolds set the bar for what kind of movie this should have been. Suicide Squad would have benefited from an "R" rating and about 50% more dialog. There's way to much grim looks and nonverbal communication for a comic book movie. 

3. Harley Quinn hits the mark. Her performance is really good and I look forward to them spinning off the character. The chemistry between Harley and Deadshot is interesting. I'm glad they made here more than just eye-candy in this movie. 

4. It's set in the DC Expanded Universe. Unfortunately it's in the same dark and brooding universe as the rest of the films. Which makes the general tone a downer, they tried the music score like Guardians and even had the whole odd-ball thing going for them and still it felt depressing. The whole dramatic climax felt like a joke and the villian never really felt like a threat. Lots of standing in one place and dancing until the end when this super powerful being suddenly decides to put out swords and fight the team. It just feels like generic hero sequence tacked on to the end the weird dramatic music, the slow motion it was just bad. And not in the ironic funny way.

So in summary this is an ok movie that had the potential to be amazing, the cast was great the writers and directors just couldn't get it there, which is unfortunately a them that keeps repeating itself in all of the DC universe movies. Their animated films are great, but the live action movie assemble a dream team and then give them a deflated ball and oblong hoop to play with.