Dawn Take You All!

Probably no figure in literature has inspired me more than the wizard Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. I have always loved his power, but even more his humor, compassion, foibles, and awesome style.

No sculpt ever captured Gandalf at his fearsomely frumpy best like the ‘Arcane Traveler’ from now defunct Peter Punk Productions. I managed to snag one off eBay a while back, and finally reached the point where I was ready to paint him.

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Wilbur Whateley

I recently blasted out a quick, fun bust of Wilbur Whateley, one of the boogeymen from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Dunwich is my favorite Lovecraft story, despite my fondness for many others. The sense of rural decay, the intimations of cosmic entities, and the academic heroes all strike a chord with me.

I tried to work as much mysterious color into the shadow area as possible, and to sort of smear the bright light into the shadows. In my mind Wilbur is creeping through Orne Library at Miskatonic, hoping to lay illicit hands on the Necronomicon which was denied to him by the administrator of the special collection. A light shining through one of the library windows catches him for a moment, illuminating the swirl of his emotions.

My friend Alessandro Natale put me up to this one. He had me pick a model I was not attached to, then paint it while focusing on a single element of the piece. I had chosen ‘humanity’ as that central element, which was funny when I selected the semi-human Wilbur as my subject! In any event, I had a fun time trying to capture the feelings and character of the villain.

The sculpt is by Oleksandr Bilibov, released by Polaris Minor, and can be purchased at Mr. Lee’s.

In the Cave of the Ancestors

I received the troglodyte from Spira Mirabilis a few weeks ago and, unlike usual, got to work on it as soon as possible. I had an idea for what to do with him as soon as I spotted him back in early June and had to wait until he arrived to bring the conception to life.

I wanted to evoke real Paleolithic art with my use of pigments (predominantly black, white, and red ochre) while at the same time having some fun with the bioluminescent mushrooms and funny expression.

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Painting Roundup!

Well, my loyal followers know I’ve been a wicked boy and haven’t published many minis since this Spring. I’ve actually been painting up a storm, but I’ve been too engaged with other things to document my productivity. Rather than put out a large number of small posts, I figure I’ll make a single post to share all the models I’ve finished since April.

Come on, I’ve got some great stuff to show you!

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Logan

Last week I found myself in search of a project that would challenge me and take me from my comfort zone, but that I could regard as an experiment rather than a piece to be finished to display level. I ended up pulling the Logan, er, human academic bust from Hera out of my box of resin.

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Treebeard Comes!

Baroom baroom! I scored this great bust of an ent, sculpted by Lucas Pina and released by Robot Rocket Miniatures and I couldn’t wait to get some paint on him!

The figure is based on ‘Mean Tweets’ by illustrator Justin Gerard, but as I omitted the nasty crows I am just calling him Treebeard. Justin’s clever wordplay doesn’t really work without the tweeters.

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Dwarven King

Almost exactly a year ago I finished a dwarf bust by Lukáš Žaba. I wanted to do another at this time, punctuating a weird, stressful, yet productive period in my life and representing my artistic growth over the last twelve months.

This is a piece that hopefully captures something of what I’m trying to convey in my painting. Deep colorful shadows, lively & complex skintones, and compositional focus were my aims.

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Ogryn Imperial

I smashed out another mini project over the last week, an ogryn bust painted to look like a soldier in the Imperial Army of the Warhammer 40k universe.

This fun, simple bust was sculpted by the legendary Alfonso Giraldez, AKA Banshee. The model can be purchased from his webstore.

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Acolyte Again

This past weekend I dove into a familiar bust, Maxime Penaud’s Acolyte (Secret Workshop). I painted this model last Summer and liked it enough to get another copy. It was an interesting and inexpensive (though now sadly unavailable) mini for practice and experimentation.

This time around I was trying to work out some color ideas I’ve been chasing for months. I like it when the colors mix and pollute one another in the manner of an oil painting. I was trying to reproduce that magical luminous color that seems to emanate from within the prevailing hue.

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