I know I don't normally do mid month updates all that often but I figured with everything that has gone on recently that I should give you guys a small update as to how things are going. That and I wanted to tell everyone how the photo shoot went on Sunday. So I think that is where I will start.

The photo shoot really didn't happen the way I had hoped but that came down to a timing issue and small camera snafu. But my buddy that was helping me out with the photo shoot sent me home with a photo box to help take better pictures in so once I get the lamps set up I am going to make a real attempt at taking real pictures... let hope it works. On the flip side of things on Sunday I had a great time hanging out with friends and painting on some models. So yeah I painted on stuff on my much needed day off... but I did it sitting around a table with friends chatting with friends teaching some of my wisdom and just having a great time.

Now for the great news that has happened for the studio... The studio has a mystery benefactor (well mystery to you cause I am not naming names) that was kind enough to help the studio out in its time of need and gift the studio with a much needed new airbrush and a full set of Minitaire airbrush paints from Badger. Now I have had a few rather lengthy conversations with this person asking how I can ever repay him for this and he has told me not to worry about it because he just wanted to help out a friend. So for this I say thank you sir for like the millionth time and I don't think I will ever be able to say thank you enough. This really means the world to me and I am thankful that God has put you in my life. Even if we play different games.

So the projects at the moment. I am working on a group of Gobber Drudges for my buddy's Cephalyx army that he is starting. and I also have a Harkevich and a Black Ivan to paint for another friend. Then I get to play with the new airbrushes and paints cause I am thinking of painting my Greylord Outriders next because I want to paint the horses... I think will be a good way to show off what I can do with a proper airbrush. So the portfolio list of models has changed just a little bit... but its for the better I think.

So stay tuned cause I think things are really close to getting interesting around here.

I love this model, I really do. Honestly he is one of the models that helped seal the deal for me wanting to start playing Trolls. Eventually I will get the whole army painted so I can start playing them. This model is one of the models that I want to put into my portfolio so he got painted up a little ahead of the rest of the army. But he really looks good. And with the help of a really good friend I was able to try something a little different on the spines on his back. Well something I had not planned on doing because I did not have the paint and my Airbrush was under the weather. But with a fresh batch of Minitaire paints from Badger and a few parts to help my my Iwata airbrush limp along for a little bit longer I was able to produce a nice fade/glow effect on those spines.

I got another pair of models done for my portfolio over the weekend. I only have a few more that I really want to get finished up before next weekends photo shoot. So this thing is really happening and it makes me all kinds of excited to finally be getting this done. and not that I am getting it done I am just that much closer to accomplishing my dream.

Now for the models... the funny thing about this duo is that I just painted them up for a client so he could have them in time for GenCon and also my gaming buddy and studio mate is also in the process of painting up his Aiyana and Holt to add to his Cygnar. So this duo is really popular right now.

Now for Lady Aiyana's hair... this is the first time I have tried something like this so let me know if you like it or if I should change it.

So I have been slightly sidetracked from my Khador yet again... well sort of. I am painting up some models and spending a little extra time on them making them look really good. I am trying to get some models done up for my portfolio. Yes back to that project again. I want to finally get one put together so I can start getting it sent off to different companies cause you just never know when you might get a job offer or an offer for some freelance work.

Now you may be asking why I am spending all of my time painting up Privateer Press models for my portfolio... well thats simple actually. I love the way that the models look. I think they have great detail and they give a painter a great chance to shine. Now I do have to tell you all that these are not the pictures that will be used for my portfolio. They are just pictures to show you all what I am working on. When my portfolio is ready I might think about putting it up here.

One of the questions I get asked all the time as a commission painter (other than "what's it cost?") is "how long will it take?". Well most projects range from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size and complexity of the project. For example that Dark Angels Ravenwing project actually only took about 5 to 6 weeks of paint time. Or I have done single model jobs for local customers that only take a couple of days.

But on rare occasions I have been known to churn out crazy amounts of models in an unheard of amount of time, like getting not just one but two 150 point warmachine armies done in just 6 weeks so they would be ready for Adepticon. And man I still don't want to attempt that one again... It was a lot of all night paint marathons. 

In very special situations will I do something like that for a client or a friend. Well this is one of those times. One of my local clients/gaming buddies is going to GenCon next weekend and he had a whole collection of models that he needed to get finished cause he is planning on playing in a couple of tournaments while he is there. So for the last few weeks I have been helping him out here and there get his models done (some of which you can see on this site). So this last week when I handed him his Man o War units he handed me what is to be the last batch of models before he goes to the Con. Normally the about of models he handed me I would ask for 10-14 days to get done, but we don't have that kind of time because he has to have travel time to get to the Con. So between last Tuesday and this upcoming Tuesday I have to get the following painted:

Unit of Doomreavers w/ Escort (done)
Lady Aiyana and Master Holt (done)
Battle Mechanik Officer
2 units of Kayazy Eliminators
Unit of Widowmakers
Widowmaker Marksman

All together 19 models to paint and just 7 days to do it in. Not too tall of a challenge because I know I can do it. Its just how much sleep am I going to miss out on trying to get it all done.

So after I mentioned him several times in my news post I thought I would share how things are coming with Big B since I started him last night after making my news post. Well things are coming along nicely. I airbrushed him red and I have got the black on him so all that really leaves is the silver and golds and then to apply to shadows and highlights.

Hey gang, sorry about the delay in getting the monthly news written up and posted. I was busy finishing off a commission of 3 units of Man O War for one of the local Khador players. I am helping him get his models painted up before he goes to Gencon here in a couple weeks. So this month has started off with a bit of a bang as far as commissions are concerned. If all goes well I will be picking up another commission this coming Tuesday from the same client.

Also on the painting schedule for this month is some of my Khador models because I have a large stock pile of unpainted Khador models and I want to get them painted so I can start playing some of these lists that I have all planned out, such as my Khador Cav list. First up from the stock pile is my Behemoth model. I have had Big B for over a year now and he has been sitting here half primed waiting for me to find time for him. Unfortunately I had not found a list that I liked him in so I never got around to painting him. BUT I have discovered a list that I like that big monster in and he works really well so I have decided to get him painted. But this is a project that might take a couple weeks to get done because I might be having a commission arrive right in the middle of trying to get him painted... but you know what... it is still worth it cause Big B needs to get painted. After that I am thinking I will get the rest of the models for my Old Witch list painted...

Beyond that here in the studio I am having a hard time trying to decide if I want to base my Strakov list on trench works bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures or if I want to just make my own trench works style bases. I mean I have almost all of the materials here except a couple things so I can easily do it, but do I want to go through the hassle of doing it?