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


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