Friday, 20 April 2018

Souvenirs from the Duke of Bavaria

Pretty happy with last week-end's stay in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. Our double room turned out to be the Junior Suite :-) ... and our hotel offered an opulent and delicious breakfast.

I haven't bought any new minis for more than a year (or even longer), I guess. After taking a look at all the fabulous work of other painters at the Duke, I thought it was finally time to paint a bust and try to paint something in another scale.

This is what I brought with me:

Which one do you like best?

As you can see, one of these minis is so new that the producer hasn't even managed to put a promo pic on the box. :-)

My friends jokingly called them "the Spanish Greeks". Check out their Facebook page or website to take a look at their fabulous work.

During the Duke, there were painting demos of several professional painters. I seized the chance to learn something new, and this brandnew mini without a promo pic will be my attempt to put into practice what the Russian painter Marina Ainagoz showed us.

Last but not least, a few impressions from the city of Ingolstadt:

We are clearly in Bavaria here. Where I come from, you definitely won't find Jesus in your hotel room. ;-)

Pics of excellently painted minis from the painting contest and exhibition will follow asap!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Polar bear - almost done

Meeting other painters and painting in their company is so much better than painting alone. As I had the chance to paint with a whole group of painters in my favourite hobby shop, I was able to progress the blue and brown leather and several other parts. Here's the result:

Still WIP, but almost done now.

Next week-end will be all about meeting many of my fellow painters at the Duke, admiring their entries for the painting contest and having a drink or two with some of them!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Polar bear update

Here's how the bear and its rider look like a few hours later:

Still WIP, the blue leather and several other details still need to be done. So far I've worked on the armour and have just begun highlighting the blue parts.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Female dwarf on polar bear

Let's see how far I get with this Reaper mini today:

Herzog von Bayern / Duke of Bavaria 2018

Just finished the new base of my entry for the Duke:

How do you like it in comparison to the old one?

Additionally, I'm working on a female Reaper dwarf model riding a polar bear and the very first dwarf pony rider of an entire unit I bought from White Knight some time ago. Pics will follow asap. You can take a look at these dwarf pony riders here though:

Saturday, 10 February 2018

When you haven't painted for such a long time ...

... that you cannot remember where you put your brushes! . :-DDDD

Due to a huge translation job I've been working on since November 2017, I haven't been able to paint and update this blog for months.

There is light at the end of the tunnel though. Prepare yourselves for some just-for-fun minis next week! Maybe a test model for the angel diorama I posted or some colourful halflings.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Xmas Project

Sorry for not having posted anything new for such a long time. I'm fully booked in my RL job until March 2018. So swamped with work and only a minimum of spare time to be creative.

Even though I'm working on a new diorama (see below), I'm going to enter this mini into the contest I mentioned in my last post, simply because I don't think my new Xmas project will be ready in time.

Here's my brandnew Xmas diorama though. Working title: "Fear not"
(As in Luke 2: 10-11: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

The three minis are positioned in a way that they form a triangle, a symbol of the Holy Trinity in Christian art. And I tried to put into practice what I learned about the golden ratio at Roman Lappat's basing workshop two years ago.


As you can see on the pics, the background (which will be painted as skarry sky) is not flat. I hope this will add to it looking like an endless horizon (we'll see, I have never tried anything like this before).

As you can see here, the shepherd dropped his lantern in shock. :-)

To make it even more difficult, I'll try to add atmosphere colours to each and every colour I use - it's going to be a night scene with the main light coming from the angel.

In my mind's eye I can see the scene exactly how it should look like ... the question is: Will I be able to get it across with my painting skills?

How do like the concept so far? Any suggestions for improvement or additional ideas?