Monday, May 11, 2015

Introducing Cedric the KantCon Dragon!

First off, full disclosure, without KantCon approval I have shamelessly dubbed this year's convention miniature "Cedric."  I didn't ask permission to name him, I just did.  There, I have that off my chest and now my conscience is clear.  Plus the organizers have begun to use the name, so I think that's as good a blessing as any!

In all honesty, as the coil of scaly gray putty slowly began to resemble the dragon it was destined to become, I felt like it was sorely missing an identity.  A quick conference with my girlfriend, Kristen, and he was soon officially/unofficially Cedric the Dragon.


Don't let the cutesy name fool you, Cedric is one tough reptile who has managed to pillage a hoard of coins, a shattered longsword, and even a d6!


The idea to have a d6 at the top of the coin pile came on the fly as I was translating the concept art into the miniature.  What was a shield I mistook for a d20 and decided it would be cool to make the mini a stand for a prized d6.  The organizers liked the idea, and there you have it.  


I like the idea of each hobbyist placing their lucky d6 on the miniature, plucking it from underneath Cedric's tail when they're ready to unleash its good luck!


The mini comes in five pieces: two horns, one sword, and the proximate end of the tail.  All the extra bits come on a piece of flash and how the tail is positioned offers a little bit of personalization.












I'm thoroughly pleased that the KantCon folks decided to go with a dragon miniature this year.  Making monsters is what I originally signed up for when I opened the Monster Lab (the name pretty much says it all) four years ago and it felt great to finally do my first dragon sculpt.  

Already in its seventh year, KantCon and the great people who run it have really put together something special.  I hope you get to visit the con this July 24-26th at the Overland Park Convention Center for three straight days of card games, role-playing, board games, and table top goodness.  They're not doing a kickstarter this year as they want to fund the entire event solely on badge purchases, merch, and ad revenue.  So, if you're not going, buy some stuff!

Like last year, I'll have a booth.  Unlike last year I ran some painting and sculpting clinics.  This time around I'll just be hanging out, having a good time and playing games, so stop by the Monster Lab table to check out some of my work up close, sling some spells, and roll some dice!








Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Joker, Nightcrawler, a Game with Deadly Animals, and a KantCon Dragon!

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  I'm back with another mega-post update and leading off with some of my latest projects.  This one is the Killing Joke, an iconic scene in the DC universe where Robin dies and the Joker gets his face ripped off.  Dark stuff and one cool mini to paint.  This mini is quite a bit larger than your ordinary 30mm scale miniature, and is based on a 50mm base.  I added some extra scenery with Procreate, sculpting rubble and stone city-center sidewalkage to give him a strong sense of place.


Taking inspiration from Heath Ledger's Joker, I wanted the vest/shirt and sloppy lipstick to mirror the movie version.  If you look closely, you'll notice that his blue eyes are bloodshot!



Killing is dirty business and a unhealthy amount of blood has been lost by unfortunate victims (probably from Robin himself).


Thanks to Jason S. for the miniature, hope you and bro enjoy it!



Next is a mini that I never get tired of painting.  It's a fantastic tiefling model, and just like the one I did before, this one came with a request for a custom blade.  As you can probably tell, this is no ordinary tiefling, but an original concept brewed up by John S. named Stix.  He's a warlock who has entered into a binding pact with Flixnar, a sentient scimitar.  Taking his inspiration from Marvel Comic's Nightcrawler, right away John was stepping out of the box with unusual choice of blue skin-tone, things got really interesting when Flixnar was thrown into the mix...


John's request was for a blade with a mind of its own, and other than a little light art direction given about the blade style it was up to me to portray its waking consciousness.  I knew right away that an eyeball and some menacing looking tentacles were going to be the route I wanted to take.  The idea that the creepy eye would be keeping tabs on its wielder, and the wandering tentacles (equally likely to wrap themselves about Stix's wrist as they were to do anything else) were the perfect combination I was looking for!


Stix even has some glowing embroidery on his coat!




I've even managed to sneak in a few games of Malifaux here and there with good friends Donovan B. and Tyler W.  In our latest match I ran the deadly Viktoria sisters...


Tyler piloted Yan Lo and some of his shambling undead...



Donovan had a motley crew led by Lucas McCabe...


And in the middle of it all was a... polar bear?  Playing at the Geekery in Shawnee, we made use of some of their interesting extra terrain, which are the same plastic animals you probably played with when you were a kid, right along with your Tonka trucks... oddly enough it worked!  

Donovan is kind of a dangerous terrain freak (he will find any excuse or means to introduce it into a game) and suggested that the two polar bears, and two penguins on the board be treated as such.  It was actually pretty hilarious, and I managed to pull out a last second win when I smacked his last remaining model into a polar bear with a swing from Taelor's relic hammer... not to mention the penguin that did work earlier in the match by beating down one of my sisters...


For future games with dangerous animal terrain, I suggested the ability to attack and kill the animals in order to ensure they don't maul you.  The catch is, that if your attack doesn't kill them, they'll attack you back and charge you if necessary!



It's getting close to KantCon time here in Kansas City, and the fine folks at the convention have reached out to me yet again to make this year's miniature.  They mentioned one word and I jumped at the chance to be the one to sculpt it- Dragon!


This year's mini is a serpentine dragon coiled around a pile of loot which cradles one of the convention's dice.  I'm really excited to not only be sculpting my favorite mythical beast, but to be doing my first true multi-part sculpted piece (horns, tail, and weapons bits will be separated on a secondary piece of flash).





Finally a couple of arms, legs, and a head and he starts coming together!


For those who are not 30mm minded.. a finger for scale.


The last section of his tail will be a separate piece.




One eye is just starting to open... if it's a good idea to let sleeping does lie, then I think that goes tenfold for a slumbering dragon!


That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest projects.  Check back next time for the completed KantCon dragon miniature and more projects from the Lab!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

When Exploring Golarion Don't Forget Your Map!

Aptly stated, and in a world devoid of google maps (Apple maps are garbage even by medieval standards) someone needs to be toting a little piece of parchment that will guide the way.  


The fiery rogue, Bianca, has hers and judging by the deliberate placement of her index finger, she knows where she's headed.  I reckon a woman who wears garb as loud as she is wont to have her mind made up.




There's another fiery red-head (and that hair is RED-DDD) in the group.  This one is Lyanalis, a dead-eye elf archer from Sovyrain, one not to be trifled with.


Check out that intricate elven breast plate!




Here's both Bianca and Lyanalis hanging with some of my assorted display minis before being handed off to their owner Ron N.


But there's more!  Where would a group be without its fearless leader?  Meet the half elf-celestial Aeron.


Wielding a ethereal blade and heavy armor, this guy is one bad mama-jama.  When he calls down a righteous reckoning upon his enemies they're going to be reaching deeeeep into the pain locker for their big boy shorts.  




Then there's the mad monk Kahmal Khali, riding a flying carpet and slinging... a weighted chain?  Whatever he's doing I wouldn't want to be in the way, I just don't trust that sinister grin plastered on his face.





If you're looking for a pint-sized-spell-slinging-loud-mouth, Gwendle is your man!  I think him and Bianca get their duds from the same clothier, and I'd put a gold coin down on their both being prodigious drinkers (Gwendle by halfling standards).


Heck, with a few trusty spell tomes he can look any adversary square in the eyes!




Did I mention Moloch?  Oh that would be Gwendle's summoned dragon-kin who likes to chop heads with a wickedly rusty chakram.


Most of the time Moloch's adversaries don't even see him coming, be it in the dead of night or charging from behind the sun.  The expression of shocked disbelief is still hanging on their face as their heads roll in the dirt - schink!!




Ravasura is a rakshasa.. in Hindu myth that's a cat-demon.  The only thing demonic about this cat, devoted to the goddess Isis, is his fighting skill.  He also casts his patron's approved spells from a solid gold cobra staff!




Last, there's Cerulianus a fighter of great renown and greater skill. He prefers medium armor and a nimble shortsword with which to dispatch his foes.  His pose says it all, "hold it guys, I've got this."



And that's it, thanks for stopping by to check out my latest project!

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