Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 23/12/2015)

A little bit of progress, before a kreesmuss break. I've attempted a stone-like color scheme for the glyphs, after unsuccessful tests of gold NMM. It's been quite of a nightmare to try and achieve a reasonable result, keeping the details and the contours. Far from perfect, but good enough as compared to the rest of the truck.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ork Runtherd oldie (17-12-2015)

Small update. I've mostly focused around the abdomen: jacket, shoulder pads and details. It's mostly dirty I must say, but I will keep it like that and put more effort on the larger and more visible areas. If I can keep the pace as it is, it may be over at the end of next weekend. Let's be optimistic!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ork Runtherd oldie (13-12-2015)

Progressing slowly, but progressing, at least. I did the skin , the yellow cloth on the legs/arms, the inside of the shoulder pads plus 2/3 other smaller details. It's a bit chaotic and not the smoothest paint job ever, but I like it somehow. I think I'll stick to this "warm brown"-based color scheme.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Step by step: paint markings on concrete

Here's a step-by-step about a way to integrate paint markings on a concrete-like surface. The base will be used for the ork oldie in progress.

Nothing expensive or unusual to be used in this step-by-step: only paper, brushes and foam from a miniature blister.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 02/12/2015)

Bad picture of the progress. I'm done with most of the big logo; the black lining of the text and of the outer contour still need to be finalized. Then it'll be the small pink logo, and finally some cleaning around the tags. It's moving!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 29/11/2015)

A little update at the end of the weekend.I've been bus with the black/dark grey parts, and with the center of the logo (white disk and brown ring). If my mojo is with me, I should get through the rest before another week is over, and move on to the ork oldie of last post.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Short break: oldie but goodie!

Minicreateurs did it again: a little painting challenge dedicated to oldies! Oldie but goodie... "vieille mais bonnasse" for the french-speaking. This time I'm decided to enter the challenge for the fun of it. I was able to find this nice ork runtherd from 1990, hoping I can get something good out of it. The only modernization I've allowed myself is a more recent gun (an ork bolter from GorkaMorka bitz) that is still compatible in terms of style. I couldn't use the old bolter that looks a bit ridiculous today (and not very well defined in terms of details).

I'll start working on it when I'm done with the back face of the truck. That will be a nice little challenge for me to get my brush back on such a small detailed mini!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 29/10/2015)

Let's get to the back side now! First step: redraw over the lines with black paint, to mitigate the risk of losing details when applying the base layers. This represents a bit more than 2 hours of work for this already quite complex piece of work (the back side is approximately 8x8cm). You can easily guess what elements I've started with, because the lines are wider and rougher.

Now I have to figure out the color scheme, and pray for my mojo to be with me next weekend!

Slow but determined, mofo!

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Sometimes, business trips abroad also have good sides. Now it's time to go back to the brush.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Back to slowness!

How long does it take to lay a basecoat with 2 obvious colors? Thanks to a low mojo and several trial and error, and error, and error, ... 2 weeks pass and the outcome is still poor at best. So screw it, I went back to the most obvious color scheme for the front logo, vanilla and chocolate, without any special effect. How long to make the contrast on the base layer, now? History will tell us!

So screw the color scheme, screw subtlety and bury your fuckin' dead!

And instead of wating time here, go check the really nice stuff on Thantor's and on Akewea's pages.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

At last !!!

Mutafukaz vol.5 is out! This comic is one of the reasons I have started with all these strange gangsta-west coast things.

To my knowledge, it's currently only available in French, but an English version is very close to a release apparently.

This long awaited last volume in the series is out tomorrow, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a limited edition yesterday already. Dude, I'm excited!

P.S.: and, by the way, you can also get your hands on Doggybags vol.8 since last Friday... Time to feed my bad taste with some inspiration!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 16/08/2015)

You know the word: SLOW! I'm almost done with the Darth Vata, except for the aureola. I still have most of the Trejo-Rayzoos to do, the 2 banners and the 99% logo. Still a couple of days to go before I can move to another face of the truck, hopefully.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Ice Cream Man project (update 11/08/2015)

Difficult to find time and energy to move on quickly for the moment, but I still managed to move forward a bit. I still have to do most of the Rayzouss (apart from his aureola that took me ages) and of the Darth Vata, as well as the banners. At least I'm quite happy about the current outcome and balance of the colors.

The picture flattens a bit the contrasts and challenges the accuracy of the colors, but all in all you get a fair account of the actual situation.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Update on the Ice Cream Man project

I haven't been able to do much lately. The main reason is that I've started a new job, implying some noticeable changes in my everyday life. But at least, I've managed to finish the skin of the aztec mummy started a couple of days ago. Its hat is also done. The piece of white cloth on Jäzzus' shoulder is also finished, but the picture kills most of the actual work. :)

I hope to come back to a higher regime gradually!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Moving slowly, but forward.

Yup, slowly. At this pace, the truck will obviously take weeks. Combine it to the fact that I'm about to start at my new job next monday, and you will get a good idea of what slowness really means.

At this stage, I focused on a first iteration of the color scheme, to better appreciate how the various elements will act together. I will probably have to modify a bit the shades of pink of the background. Obviously, the blue ice cubes and ice cream look a bit odd all in all, but they're here for a good reason. That you'll have to figure out. :D

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

First color layers on the truck!

First step of the painting of the truck. It's already my second attempt for finding the right background colors. It's still a bit too dark and saturated with respect to what I had in mind, but I will keep it as it is for the moment and start applying the base colors to the other elements to gain a better overview of the color scheme. Then I will come back to the truck background colors to improve them.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Speed sculpting!

After the epic fail shown in my last post, I needed to give it another try. I spent roughly 5 hours on it: 3 for the whole "flesh and bones", and 2 for the hair alone, so I still consider it "speed sculpting". I didn't try to achieve an accurate anatomy, many details, wrinkles, etc... I rather went straight away for something more typical of my "style". It's 30mm all over up to the top of the head, and 35mm tall up to the tip of the hair.

The general aspect is also a reinterpretation of the mini for the "pit fighter challenge", hoping to get over another epic fail due to a poor coloring.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ye olde random fail.

I wanted to take a quick break from the Ice Cream Man project, so I went for an attempt of "speed sculpting" on a bust, trying to emulate the talented Akewea. I did not have any concept (which is probably a big mistake in general) and I just wanted to go for something with a lightly caricatural aspect.

This is what I achieved after roughly 3 hours of work. It would not be a bad base to restart from, but let's face it, it's bad :D . I'll get the putty and the armature back, and keep them for later. And I'll stop procrastinating on the Ice Cream Man project, damnit!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: gangstas by Lux Thantor Miniatures

I have just received 2 minis by a brand new French editor, Lux Thantor Miniatures (check out his blog for more pictures of the greens and other nice things). Among the first minis he's proposing, there is a nice pair of gangstas. It seems that the virus is spreading over the world of minis!

 The scale is 35mm to the eyes, with realistic proportions.

Ice Cream Skull Vato! (conversion, step 1)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

One step forward! (image transfer results + afterthoughts)

So here's the outcome at this stage, after transferring the drawings to the truck. The least I can say is that I am very happy with the result. Especially considering the amount of effort involved. Usually, I'm not on the lazy side of life, I like to do things the hard way, but I was scared not to be able to reproduce the drawings well enough, and that it would look dull in the end.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's going down mofo!

Alright! The last days have been pretty busy with things other than minis. But I'm back to business. Serious business, as I'm starting with the transfer on the truck!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Last check before the next big step...

I've simply printed the drawings at the right scale to check if there is no mistake. Because the thing is that the numerical plans have been done after the truck (I had done plans before of course, but only on paper... doing that kind of construction without plans would mean big trouble!). So I suspected there were probably a a millimeter here or there that would be non-consistent. And it's actually the case! But fortunately, nothing too big. 

I'll make the necessary correction (the position of the logo on the right side with respect to the door handle), but that's really the only thing. For the rest, I will probably handle the small differences by taking care of some elements separately and/or by slightly adapting their positioning.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review of image transfer techniques using acrylic gel and medium

The web proposes many methods for transferring images to - according to the claims - mostly any type of surface. Owing to what I'm used to work with, I thought the techniques based on acrylic gel were worth a try, for a limited investment (at least in terms of money).

I started from Google and Youtube, to look for tutorials and tips. You can find a big amount of them easily. One of the recurring problems with these tutorials (and the comments that often accompany them), is that you are often confronted to contradictory information (typically: "this works only with laser-printed paper" versus "this works only with inkjet-printed paper").