Friday, February 17, 2017


As I've been creating my own set of Chibi Kingdom Death minis, I've found that some of the monsters have such bizarre proportions that there's no need to convert them into chibis.

 Overall, my approach is to have the minis become less distorted and cute as they get larger (the way that Final Fantsy, Pokemon and Super Dungeon Explore do things). So, a lot of the very large monsters don't need to be altered. Instead, I try to paint them in vibrant colors that really let them pop out. I also create the bases using chibi faces rather than the normal ones.

 So, here is my Sunstalker:


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Arena Rex Rhinoceros

Normal animals tend to be few and far between in miniatures. There are lines of anthropomorphic animals, and all sorts of chimera- mostly of predators.

 Most animal minis are either animal companions or mounts. Arena Rex has a neat opportunity- their setting has quite a few plain old animals in it (from my theatre history, animals were features in the colosseum more often than gladiators fighting one another).

 The animals of Arena Rex are just as well sculpted as the humans and monsters of the line- they're absolutely beautiful minis and take to paint brilliantly.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arena Rex Medusa- a second time around

Medusa is easily among the most beautiful sculpts I've ever painted. My hat is off to Sebastian Archer, he really outdid himself with this one.

After I posted the first one, another client asked me to paint her up for him. I mostly followed my original color scheme, except this time I used true metallics in place of the non-metallic metals I used the first time around.

 I'll need to paint one up for myself sometime.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Magic Cake Toppers

Since they're all custom made, I run across quite a few different themes in cake toppers. Here are a few of them that added a sort of fantasy magical element to them:



Thursday, January 5, 2017


Since this weekend will see the end of the campaign, I figured I'd post up another Kingdom Death mini. This time, it is the Manhunter- one of the monsters from the game.

 This is the plastic version, and I created the base mostly from scratch, with one GW bit thrown in there.

 I'll be making a chibi of him someday...


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Two Weighted Companion Cake Toppers

Here are two cake toppers that I created for clients who had the same basic concept for them. I think it is a good example of how much different they can turn out with the details about the couples factored in.

 Here they are:


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tardis Can Always Fit In- Anytime, Anywhere, Any Setting

There's something special about the Tardis. It just seems like no matter what sort of setting it shows up in, it never seems wrong. It could make an appearance on the Enterprise or drop in at Hogwarts, and it just always seems like it isn't out of character. Here's one of our Cosplaying Cake Toppers from a couple who knew the Tardis always works.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Chibi Kingdom Death: The Butcher

Ok, for Thanksgiving, we finished off our Kingdom Death Monster campaign with an epic battle against the Watcher. It was pretty glorious.

 We played with all the Chibi conversions of KDM minis I've made, and the survivors were all heroes from Super Dungeon Explore. Princess Ruby was pretty awesome with her bone darts and monster tooth necklace.

 Now that I've admitted to finishing off more Kingdom Death Chibis than I've shown off, I figure I'd better get to posting them. Here's the Butcher:


 And if you don't know what Kingdom Death: Monster is, you should probably have a look at the outstanding Kickstarter that they're running right now. The fact that it got to 3.5 million overnight is not overstating the quality of the game- it is fantastic on pretty much every level.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cinder and Dragon Pup

Here's a fun little set of dragons that I painted up. Both minis are Reaper Bones plastic. I believe I made the base from a mini CD (they're exactly 80mm wide, so they work really well at this size).

 I had a lot of fun with this dragon- I'm always fond of painting dragons in non-standard chromatic colors.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Sitting Cake Topper pose

Here's a couple who wanted a topper very similar to the other Kissing Gamers that I've made. But this couple preferred the idea of sitting on the edge of the cake holding their video game controllers.

 I tend not to have a cake lying around for photos, but here they are on a stand that will work well enough for the pictures:


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kingdom Death Starting Survivors

Among the Kingdom Death's great lineup of minis, one set that I'll always be fond of is the four starting survivors.

They're all beautiful sculpts that really grant an opportunity to do nice skintones. For these four, my client wanted something similar to what is suggested in the Kingdom Death artwork- except that Erza was definitely not to have blue hair.

 Here they are in all their glory:

  Kingdom Death Survivors Zachery and Erza
Zachery and Erza

  Lucy and Alister
Lucy and Alister

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Action Pose Wedding Cake Topper

Here's a couple that had a very clear idea for me to work with. He's a painter, and her occupation involves wine- and here they are in their glorious combat pose.

 This pose is more 'three dimensional' than most that I do. The design suits a cake that is displayed in the center of a room, rather than to one side. As such, they need several angles to really show them off.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Princess In Black vs. the Big Blue Monster

There's something about Chibi miniatures that makes me want to create fan art out of them. Fan art for many things- Kingdom Death, Siege of the Citadel, Final Fantasy, Borderlands- the list seems to go on and on.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise when I want to create characters from one of my four year old's favorite book series- The Princess in Black. She's a princess who is secretly a super hero who fights monsters with her ninja skills (I really love these books).

 In the books, she looks like this:

And here's my version of her, and the Big Blue Monster that she sometimes fights:


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cake Toppers Battling Zombies with Mjolner

Here's a coupld that I made who had very specific ideas about their weaponry for battling zombies.

The bride has a wand and scarf, and the groom decided he needed a massive short-handled war hammer. Ok, it doesn't quite match any other version of Thor's hammer, but it definitely gave me a sort of thunering impression. The stone head and weight distribution will clearly require a lot of strength to wield.

 The bride also worked very well aiming her wand.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kingdom Death Dragon Tyrant

Kingdom Death has a truly remarkable line of miniatures. The resins are among the very top tier of what is available in minis, and the plastics are astonishingly faithful to the resin lineup.

This is one of their plastic minis that I got to paint up for a client- so far as I know, he's one of the few Kingdom Death monsters that has never been released in resin.

 I really love the pride the sculpt presents- his Apathy and condescension really worked for me.

  Kingdom Death Dragon Tyrant Nemesis

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reaper Gray Maidens

I did these two minis a little while ago. I do often get to have a second chance to paint some minis, but in this case I actually got to paint them at the same time.

 My client in this case is a collector who wanted this mini done up in two color schemes. Here are the results.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halo Master Chief Cake Topper

This is very similar to a cake topper that I made before. This couple wanted a minor things altered from the original- mostly the green of the Master Chief's armor is a little darker (the color varies just a little from game to game- in the first one it is shiny and almost metallic).


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lying Down Cake Topper

One thing that I really love about making wedding cake toppers is all of the original ideas people come up with.

 This one features a pose that I had never considered for a cake topper before. The bride sent me a photo of the two of them lying down and holding hands (and both of them wanted to be wearing specific boxing gloves and shoes).

 Here's how they turned out:


I've never seen a pose like this for a cake topper before, but I really think it turned out great.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ogrun Bokur

This was my entry for the P3 Grandmasters this year.

 I didn't want to push myself as hard to improve my painting this year- mostly because I was dealing with the sleep deprivation that comes with having a newborn. I did, however, want to push myself in terms of basing, and I think that I succeeded there.

 I went with a very battle damaged look. I think that if I were to do it again, I'd go for a bit cleaner look- still add some damage, but not nearly so much. As is, there's hardly an area on him that isn't covered with some sort of nicks and scratches.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Super Kingdom Death Explore!

So I really like board games with cool minis. Two of the board games that I've spent the most time playing are Kingdom Death: Monster and Super Dungeon Explore! Both are great games with fantastic minis- although the tones each use could hardly be farther apart.

 The developers of these games know each other, and When both games went to Kickstarter, they took the opportunity to do a cool cross over. So means that we got a really cute chibi of the Twilight Knight.

 She makes a great mini, and I'd have been happy to leave it off there, but the fluff on her card implies that if those super cute Super Dungeon characters go into the Nether Rift, they end up in the brutal and bloody hell world of Kingdom Death.

 So I got to thinking about this, and decided that I really needed to expand on this idea of the cute little chibis on the Planes of Faces.


I first imagined that I'd create a diorama of this concept, but before I made the minis, I realized that I really wanted them to be completely playable. So this first diorama features magnetic bases, and the minis can be removed so that we can actually play Kingdom Death or Super Dungeon Explore with them.


The Twilight Knight is a brilliant mini. After Kingdom Death came out, I considered using one of the base inserts for her, but soon realized that she needed to be standing on large Chibi faces for this to look right.


The lion comes from Impact! Miniatures, and has only had some slight mods made to his hands and neck (so that he could turn far enough for the diorama. I brought this to Gencon with me, and Adam Poots asked me if he could display it at his booth alongside his beautiful studio minis.