All posts for the month December, 2013

The weekend before Christmas I had the pleasure of taking another painting class from former Privateer Press studio painter Meg Maples. She has recently gone back into freelance painting under her own studio, Arcane Paintworks, and has a whirlwind schedule of international classes scheduled for 2014. Luckily, she has family here in Northern Virginia, so when she comes home for the holidays, she occasionally schedules a class.


Two years ago, Meg visited the area and hosted a class in which I learned 2-brush blending, and stole lots of great color recipes for various textures and colors.  This year, I was able to show my mastery of 2-brush blending, and pick Meg’s brain on things like painting eyes, flesh, hair & fur and freehand painting.  The class was two 8-hour sessions, and with about 12-15 people in the class, there’s plenty of one-on-one time where Meg helps you out individually.


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This is the last Draft Tech of this set of 6 boosters. Next week, I’ll be changing up the usual post here on Friday by taking a look at all six together, in a Sealed format type scenario. I’ll be looking at building a 40-card deck from just the cards in these six boosters, and hopefully I’ll come up with something halfway decent.


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… and they’re done. Well, 99.9%, anyway. Butcher needs arcane glows and fire in the boiler, and the WGI Standard still needs decoration, but that’s about it.

Here’s the Butcher, in all his splendor…


Standard needs freehand, but I’m attending Meg Maple’s class this weekend, and I’m going to pick her brain on the best way to go about doing Freehand painting. I’d like to use the heraldry from the Unbreakable 111th, but it’s rather complicated…


Ah, the pup. I went with a Rottweiler as the breed, because it seemed appropriate, and let me cheat because it was already primed black.


I’m definitely not on schedule. I still have 7 more WGI (4 plus 3 WAs), Joe, the full 12 IFP, the Kovnik and Vlad1.

Looking ahead…

I won’t be taking models with me on the holiday break, I never seem to get good results when I do, and I have a programming project that’s due at Templecon also, so that has to get done sometime. As a result, the hobby articles will be slow for the next three weeks or so. Unfortunately, work must come before play

That said, when I need a break, I think I’d like to finish the WGI, since I’m already decently invested in them. I may even shift over to doing Sorscha2’s NQ theme, which features three Mortar Crews…


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Saturday saw some house work, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, a killer workout and very little painting.  Sunday saw lots of sleep, a fair bit of laundry, some very sore biceps and not nearly enough painting while giving Doctor Who another try on Netflix.  I wasn’t as productive as I could have been, but I’m still happy with where stuff is.  The Butcher is about 80% done, and should be ready to be finished on Monday.  The Banner and Officer are nearly done as well, though I’m still hesitant to do anything with the banner.  I’ve had some great suggestions, but I want to practice a bit before I have a go at the real thing.

Anyway, here’s what it all looks like:

The Standard Brearer needs his leather straps done, the base painted, hat, hair and flesh.


The officer also all the same stuff.


The Butcher, being a big dude and having lots of bits, needs all of the above, and the finishing on the black, because I skipped quite a few panels because my P3 Coal Black and P3 Frostbite mixture was drying out.