Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Conversion Corner - Darby "Gladiator" Lorensia

"That one’s more than an occasional hazard, a fulminating hiver of calculated malice." - Artur speaking about Darby "Gladiator" Lorensia.

I have always been a big fan of the creations of Requiem_82, particularly his Inq28 character Artur Cobain and his ragtag group of mercenaries. So you can imagine my excitement when he created a new version of the character and started an open invitational for people to create mercenaries for his growing warband. Always looking for an excuse to convert eccentric Inq28 models, I jumped at the opportunity to create someone who might have come to work alongside Artur. One of my favorite aspects of the original Artur model is that he is wearing a t-shirt for the 90’s grunge band Nirvana. This little detail adds so much character to the model, and makes me wonder what music is like in the 41st millennium. Following this theme, I decided that I wanted to create a character that looked as though they were a punk rocker, perhaps listening to the likes of Hüsker Dü, the Germs, and Black Flag.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 89: How to prevent and overcome hobby burnout

My hobby desk is quite a mess...

In this episode we are joined with the wonderful K0rdhal to talk about how we keep motivated to continue with the miniature hobby and avoid feeling burnt out and uninspired. We touch on the importance of having a strong friend group, in person or virtually, having multiple projects, and always trying to enjoy the process.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Gundam Artifact: Rick Dias

A True-Scale Space Marine next to a Gundam Artifact Rick Dias.

Last year I got back into the Gunpla hobby, building a few 1/144 scale Bandai Gundam kits, like the RX-78-2, a Gouf, and a Zaku II from the Gundam Universal Century timeline. It was a fun change of pace from Games Workshop models, due to Bandai’s different design philosophy. Unlike the majority of GW models, Gundam model kits can be built without glue, while maintaining a vast amount of articulation and, best of all, do not need to be painted (but many still do). While most Gundam models are quite a bit larger than a single Games Workshop figure, with the smaller High Grade (1/144 scale) models being roughly 6 inches tall, Bandai recently introduced its smallest line of scale models: the Gundam Artifact line. This new line really excited me, because they are only slightly larger than the standard Games Workshop model. I purchased the first model from the set, the Rick Dias (from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam), and wanted to let people know about the build process.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Unforgiven: Dark Angel Plasma Cannon

Vast is the void in us.

Shortly after the release of Kill Team, I finished painting a Dark Angels Kill Team that I converted years back. Although I painted most of the marines I built, I still had a few that I converted with plasma cannons. With the paint scheme and process fresh in my mind, I decided to paint one of them to fit alongside the rest of the Kill Team!