Saturday 22 February 2020

Silent Knights

This is the first time in a good while that I've painted a metal (pewter to be more precise) model from Wyrd/ This was released as an alternative to Killjoy last year in the black Friday Sale. Quite static pose but the intimidating facial features kind of make up for it. Not a huge fan of model's sword but I guess a bad SOB needs a big weapon...

Friday 14 February 2020

Lord of Blights WIP

This is my attempt at following Darren  Latham's video mastrclass series. it's available on youtube for free and you're going to struggle to actually find better content there. While I don't have most of the paints he uses, i feel i can still benefit a lot from the theory that is presented in these videos. I've learnt a lot about composition, pulling colors together for more coherent color scheme, and placing smooth highlights. I've also gained new level of appreciation for those who paint minis on competition level. If you haven't checked it out yet, go over to Darren'r profile

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Age of Sigmar debut

I’ve never been a huge fan of AoS Stormcast Eternals minis. Nonetheless, after painting pretty much only Malifaux minis for a number of years, I felt I needed a short break. I bought a couple of Stormcast minis and decided to paint them using colors and techniques that I don’t typically try.

It also gave me a chance to finally try new (at least new for me) metallic paints from the Citadel Range. While I used the standard gold and blue color scheme I couldn’t really help following my gritty painting style. Working on golden armor was a major challenge and I’ve used a number of washes and glazes (both acrylic and oil) to really emphasize it as a central focal point of the mini.

Overall, a very pleasant experience and a welcome change. I plan to take it one step further with the next Stormcast and use NMM on armor (something I haven’t done before).

#2/2020 Forrest Gump

I watched the movie shortly after it’s release all those years ago and still have vividy memories of how good it was. Tom Hanks’s portrayal of Forrest was absolutely spectacular and he deservedly received an Oscar.

A while ago I read somewhere that the novel the film is based on is remarkably good too and much more complex. Indeed, it presents Forrest as much more complex character. Here he is more of a savant trapped in athlete’s body than a simpleton. As a narrator, he presents the world in a charming, heart warming and slightly naive tone. Here his adventures are actually much more complex and borderline unbelievable (such as being sent on a space mission, playing chess with elaborate chieftain of wild tribe ) but still absolutely enjoyable to read.

#1/2020 So, Anyway...

I’ve been a big fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus for as long as I can remember. After reading Eric Idle’s book last year, I had no doubt I’d be reaching for more when I get a chance. John Cleese’s biography is wonderfully written. Rich, eloquent and highly entertaining narrative takes the reader on a journey from his early childhood to post-Python times. He has undeniable talent in portraying people in a highly sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek manner. Even reading about seemingly insignificant characters is pure pleasure. Definitely a must for any Python fans out there ! And the audiobook version is read by the author himself so all the more reasons to enjoy it.
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