Friday, May 26, 2017

Romantic Ninja Wedding Cake Toppers

Given my studio name, I probably shouldn't have been surprised the first time that someone asked me for a Ninja themed Wedding Cake Topper.

 As with all of the cake topper themes, after one was made, other people found the concept irresistible enough to request their own. And over time, I've done a few different poses for Ninjas on Cakes.

Ultimately, I could make quite a few other poses as well, as they're all custom made.  For whatever reason, all of these have featured a Ninja groom paired with a bride in a traditional white wedding dress.  I'm sure that some day, I'll get to create a Ninja bride to go with it.  

 There's the Ninja Dipping the Bride:
   

 Then there's the Ninja Carrying the Bride Across the Threshold.

   

 Then I got to make a cute couple sitting at the edge of the cake (my studio lacks a suitable cake for photography, so here they are at the edge of a box instead).

   

 And last is a concept I've only done once.  The Ninja is here to Surprise his Bride.  Or someone's bride- I hope these two are together, because there are a lot of ways this scene could end poorly:

 



  I even got to make one Ninja Cake topper that wasn't for a wedding.  It was for a birthday cake for a martial arts instructor- basically, this guy is a legit real ninja:

   

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Willy Wonka Diorama

When I saw this particular mini, I really couldn't help but think of him as Willy Wonka. And what's to do after that aside from create a groovy little diorama to match?

 His arms are also re-sculpted because I don't think that Willy needed a weapon

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Traditional Zombie Survivor Wedding Cake Toppers

The Geek Wedding Cake Toppers that I make started out when a couple asked me if I could create Zombies for them, and then the happy couple fighting off the zombies.

 This continues to be a strong theme for weddings- sometimes I also create zombies climbing the cake (often made to look like bridesmaids and groomsmen) and other times, the couple has other ways to make zombies (I know I've seen some cakes with fondue zombie body parts scattered around). Here are three couples prepped for the zombie apocalypse.

 The first bride had an interesting tattoo that I got to copy for her.

 



Friday, April 28, 2017

Mutant Platypus Chibis

Here are a couple of fun little minis I painted up from The Forgotten King set.

 I'm not sure that there's much more to say about them. The NMM was fun:

 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

His and Her Fandom Weeding Cake Toppers

Sometimes the geek wedding cake toppers that I make follow a single theme (zombie survivors, post apocalypse etc). But sometimes the bride and groom follow different themes to show their diverse interests. Here are a few cake toppers that dhow the brides' and grooms' various fandoms:

 
 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More Arena Rex



First up is Stheno, the eldest of the Gorgon sisters:

 

 Next we have a more Celtic styled character. She's a little hard to photograph, due to the way that she's holding her hammer:

 



And lastly, we have a beastmanster. While he's technically from Morituri, I think he can turn your force into a sort of beast faction if you combine him with the animals and monsters the game has to offer.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Arena Rex Monsters

I'm always glad when a client sends some Arena Rex minis my way- the game has a wonderful set of sculpts. Here are the two strangest monsters from their lineup- the chimeric Proximo and the emaciated Wendigo. The only trouble I have with these pictures is that the gloss doesn't show up (it works on bloodied areas- the practically undead Wendigo has a few areas that should look shiny).










Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wedding Cake Toppers Battling Monsters

When I first started out making cake toppers, my first few clients had concepts that were all about the zombies. But since then, the wedding cake toppers have moved to where they express all sorts of unique geek themes.

 Here are a few of the other monsters I've created for cake toppers to fight (and the brides and grooms that do battle with them).

 





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Harlequins

Here's the start of a Harlequin force that I painted up for a client just a little while ago. This is the third full army of Harlequins I've painted, and each has had a very distinct and different color scheme concept.

 I really love doing Harlequin characters- the patterns are a lot of fun. For this particular group, I kept the color pallet under fairly tight on each of them in particular- so the whole group doesn't get too crazy.

 



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Elven Cosplay Wedding Cake Toppers

I've made quite a few different cake toppers for some of the videogame fans out there. A lot of them prefer to feature the bride and groom holding videogame controllers or such, but sometimes we go a bit further.

 Here are a few cake toppers featuring elven bride and grooms that I've really come to enjoy. As with all the cake toppers I've made, these are completely custom built and customizable- the couple chose the poses and all the details.

 




 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Grabby House- Super Dungeon Explore

I must admit that I have quite a fondness for things that are at once creepy and cute. That makes the Grabby House the perfect spawn point in Super Dungeon Explore

 It turns out I have a bit of experience painting zombies. I went with a different skin tone for each of them. I also added a little touch at the end with some gloss (to make the cuts seem more fresh.

 





Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chibi Frankenstein Diorama

Here's a little diorama I did with Impact! Miniature's chibi flesh golem mini. I really loved adding a little color to the grey scale. I was hoping to capture the old expressionist look and add a little cuteness to it.

 The trees are from a Games Workshop kit, the sarcophagus is a Reaper Bones piece, and the skeleton is from Sodapop Miniatures.

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chilon- Iron Kingdoms Giant

I play in an RPG group that has been meeting weekly for a good long time. Our favorite setting is the Iron Kingdoms- we started back when it used the D&D rules and we've kept playing with the new system.

 The new system hasn't been around as long, and we often have to convert the old statlines into the new system ourselves- especially for some of the epic monsters that Privateer Press isn't ready to explore yet.

 Here is Chilon. He is a Giant of Bemoth who was captured by the Skorne and forced to labor for them. Last he was seen in official cannon, he refused to fight for the Skorne, but we felt that it was only a matter of time before his will was completely broken.

 I converted this mini from the Ultraforge Giant to match the IK artwork- so he lost his nose, and had to have his hands rexculpted. I also replace his weapon with something that looked a little more Skorne. So here he is- mounted on a CD (120mm base)

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Romantic Ninja Cake Topper

Here is a design for a cake topper that has really become a classic for me: The Romantic Ninja dipping his bride.

 I've done quite a few of these, and even though I can't customize the characters nearly as much as with other toppers, it is still a popular choice for couples.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Barbazu for Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl is a fantastic game- and for many years it has been unsupported. This has led to a lot of third party "fantasy football" miniatures, as well as a healthy habit of players converting their own teams.

This is the second type. Sometime after the Bones 2 Kickstarter, I found that I had a lot more Bugbears than I felt like I needed. But I started thinking that they'd make great ogres, and if they only were a bit more demonic, they could be combined with a group of Imps that I had leftover from Ex Illis.

 So here are my team's stars- the Bearded Devils. So far, they've performed a bit better than one should expect of the worst stunty team around.

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunstalker

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: