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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vendors of Duke!


What would be a convention without vendors showing off the latest pieces, and trying to separate you from your monies!!! And Duke was no exception there for this, and separate me from my monies it did indeed!

With the wide range of showcase related pieces here, right down to some gaming items. Plus all the items needed in order to support the hobby like brushes, paints, carrying cases, and SOCKETS!!!!


Roman's Dad with Dino the Grappa drinking master of Sockets! Photo courtesy of Massive Voodoo!
And the man above there was responsible for some of my money loss, but in such a good way! A new, smaller miniature carrying case that will hopefully cause me less problems than my massive HobbyZone one that I picked up earlier this year ( which although massive really worked out well for me! ).

Dino's signature on the box. Which confused him on why, until we met later with MV in tow. 
Walking around you could see a lot of bigger online stores coming out and supporting the show. And showing off some of their own pieces that they have worked on.











Ok the last one is just Dino showing off that he climbed back in 2008.. Like we can't all be doing that at 60 or 70 ;)

But aside from all the showcases from the vendors, they were still there to sell and lots of great booths worth of stuff was present.











Just a sheer overwhelming sense of things to buy. And as always, the wallet pulled me to the vendors like a kid in a candy store...


Lots of things picked up from there ( and along the way! )

The basic breakdown of things received were..
  • Apollo Revell kit ( for basing ) from local hobby store
  • Military accessories ( for basing ) from local hobby store
  • 3 sheets of different stone textures ( reference and basing materials )
  • fine, thin rope for basing from local hobby store
  • Hobby Colors Black and White which seem to be super matte from hobby store
  • 4 monkeys.. Speak no Evil, See no Evil, Hear no Evil and Screw no Evil ;) Will paint that for the house ( Local vendor in Munich )
  • Monkey with fruit ( local vendor in Munich )
  • Weathering sticks and brushes from local hobby store
  • Basing materials box from Massive Voodoo after the lessons
  • Army Painter Ink set ( to continue work from Private Lessons ) from Duke
  • 54mm Pirate to practice skin and light on from Duke
  • Arkvenger model.. to see if it strangles me as much as it did Massive Voodoo during their step by step of it.. 
  • Forged Monkey bust of the Ram Horn Warrior Shaun from Duke
  • 2x Jason Bust ( which was featured yesterday )
  • 2 barbarians from Figone from Duke
  • Satyr from Figone from Duke
  • Fiddler from Duke
  • Japanese Ronin from Duke
  • Bolt Action Rulebook for upcoming gaming sessions from Duke
  • Pale blue and Japanese Uniform yellow for current projects from Duke
  • Modelmates Rust and Virdigris for post MV practice until Duke.. forgot to give back.. need to fix that!
  • Socket from Dino for barbarians dio from Duke
  • 3 Sockets from Micheal of 5th-Dimension for future pieces
  • New smaller carrying transport from Dino at Duke (shown above already) which held most of these pieces while walking around Duke
  • Bottle of Bavarian Irish Whiskey from Sydney at Duke due to apparently not drinking enough already at the event? but absolutely lovely stuff! (not shown due to still unpacking my gear from Duke! but absolutely lovely stuff!)
So as you can see.. I did not come home empty handed once more.. but these were just the physical aspects... the next post will talk more about the event itself and the thoughts surrounding it as a whole... and there are many things I took away from there and most of them were not physical! Hang on as this train is just getting started with regards to how the last week in Germany was!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jason Bust

So prior to starting the Private Classes with Massive Voodoo crew I sat down to have a look at their trainee's first sculpt and give it a quick splash of paint.

When I first saw this online a while ago, my first impressions of it was that it was quite close to the late Actor John Candy. However, now that I have painted it up, it is reminding and looking more like Jonah Hill prior to losing so much weight.

So since this was going to be a quick paint job, I picked a simple scheme for it.

Starting with the skin, and hitting with the airbrush to get things moving along. I think that this might have come out a bit darker than I originally intended but the light source on his face was turning out well.

Darker hair, and a common white undershirt with blue over shirt. Again a very simple scheme to work with on this piece.

In the end this was only a few hours ( 2 or 3? ) that I worked on it.. so still much to do if I want to finalize it.

In the meantime, check out the other kind of step by steps below.. all of which were taken from my cell phone so not the best quality unfortunately.







Again, I really liked working on this piece. It was a lot of fun, and thankfully I have another one of them to work on in the future. Though I suspect I will make a small conversion on that one.

So look forward to seeing this piece get updated, and worked on a bit more in the future. but for now.. other projects and other agendas in regular life once more! More articles to come from last week.. still digesting it all!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Week in Germany... quick update!


So much happened last week.. to put it to the blog now would not do it proper justice!

With that being said.. here are some of the highlights...












Just extremely exhausted at the moment though from all the things that occurred! But all of it, plus the competition, and you end up with an epic week! And to top it all off... Mr Lee scores himself a good placing at the Duke!


So I will just let that sit here and sink in... cause it is still surreal to me considering the level of competition there. I am really happy for all the feedback.. and now I need to go and edit more photos, and reflect internally on some of the things that have occurred last week!

Enjoy the Monday and see more soon!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Massive Voodoo private lessons begin!!!!


What?!?!? Has it been over a year since I first met these knuckleheads?? And I am still trying to improve myself??? CraZyness!!!!

But yes, I am at it again. Back in Germany. Back in Augsburg. Back in Massive Voodoo Headquarters.. though this time it is new and improved! Bigger, faster, stronger!!!

What am I working on as a piece... still a secret.. but expect lots of articles still for this, and many zany photos coming from this class and these boys! I would expect nothing less than some of the ones shown below... so excuse me over the next couple of days while I put brush to model and see what magic begins to flow here... and enjoy the last years photo ride of craZyness!!!

The beginners class.. before the craZyness of Roman began to show!

Pre-show Games Day Germany.. during the hand in of items.. 
Passing of the sword between friends and brothers.. 

"Look ma, I wons a sword!"

All day judging has taken its toll on Raffa... 

Super chill Raffa the first days of the first BAM class... 

Roman learning about technology for the first time.. and now addicted!

"I has hat.. "

Dude.. behind you... 

"Why you no pay attention to Raffa?"

Sailor Roman... fresh from Deep Sea adventures...

With his first mate also ready to go out for another adventure... 

Roman showing me light contrast for creases in a forehead to use on the Wild Hunter bust.. while Raffa.. well.. Raffa is Raffa.. 

"What big eyes you has... "

Concentration vs comedy... 

New TV series promotion shots... series was shortly cancelled after this photo was taken.. 

Dude... seriously.. behind you!!!

"King Jeoffry has nothing on me!"

Not sure who won this argument but it was loud enough for everyone to hear it :) 

Poor Ogre Roman.. 

And the gang at the end of a full week of workshops, painting, discussions, and beer.. so much beer... 

So let's see what kind of damage we can get into now! Enjoy and stay tuned!
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