Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone, just a quick Merry Christmas and a sneak peak at possible reviews for the future.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Building a Better Typhus: Part 3

Time for part 3 of my quest for a more dynamic Typhus. I have finished some of the basic sculpting work, basically repairing the arms, and have started to set up some of the more complex work.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Miniature Painting Masters: Dave Taylor

Welcome back to The Miniature Painting Masters Series where we sit down with some of our hobby's most prolific and well known painters. In our second installment we talk with Dave Taylor, perhaps best known for his work in White Dwarf from several years ago.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Building a Better Typhus: Part 2

Hey everyone, only a little bit of progress on him so far. I finished cleaning up all of the parts I cut away and stuck it all together using sticky tac to get a general idea of how I want the finished model.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Building a Better Typhus: Part 1

Hey everyone, a quick post today in what I hope will be a small ongoing series (if I remember to take pictures at all of the steps). I have always loved the Typhus model and artwork, my only problem was that the model was not nearly as awesome as the above picture. While a terrific sculpt its lacks all of the dynamism that the art captures. The lumbering behemoth tearing through your troop's lines.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Abra Kadabra!

Hello everyone, I know it was a long time in between posts and all of a sudden I have 2 within a day of each other! Unfortunately that's just how life rolls the D6 sometimes. I am going to try and be more consistent with at least one post a week in the future.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wargames Illustrated

Hey everyone, just a friendly reminder that the November issue of Wargames Illustrated is now out and features an extensive step by step painting guide for the Maximus miniature seen on here a few months ago. The article is 4 pages long and covers each and every color, even the base!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Painting Exercises

Hello everyone, today I have an article on how to keep your painting skills sharp. As someone who paints commissions from time to time this is even more important for me, since I have to paint models, colors and patterns that I don't normally work with very much on my own.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Miniature Painting Masters: Chris Borer

Welcome to The Miniature Painting Masters Series where we sit down with some of our hobby's most prolific and well known painters. We kick off the series with multiple Golden Demon winner and extremely talented (and extremely humble) hobbyist, Chris Borer.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Necron Tomb Stalker

Just a quick update today. I finally finished construction and conversion on the Necron Tomb Stalker and its now ready for paint. I've been working on and off on this guy for awhile now, and let me tell you, this model is super fiddly to put together...so many legs.

Its a commission and the client wanted it to be phasing through a wall and attacking a Guardsman. Converting the guardsman was the most fun part of this and I went through several ideas before I settled on the final pose for him. I am pretty happy with how he turned out.

The hardest part of the conversion was getting all the legs to fit on the base with that wall in the way. I still may need to take out a few chunks of the wall to get the Stalker to sit as flush as I want.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

Friday, October 12, 2012

For Sigmar!

Or whatever god is appropriate!

Just finished this guy as part of a commission. He is for a game of D & D and will have a wizard joining him shortly. I am trying to play catch up on some commissions while also getting started on some more Plaguebearers so I can get the painting guide for them done. This guy was fairly quick and easy as far as commissions go, now I just have one more single model and the grand daddy of commissions that has been on a slow burn for awhile now; a heavily converted Necron Tomb Stalker.

And in other exciting news there will be a step by step painting guide for my Maximus figure in the November issue of Wargames Illustrated

I am told it will be out around the last week of October, so be sure to pick up a copy. I cover every color with high resolution pictures for each step.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Come and gone

I guess I should point out that this is the day that my teaser images have been counting down to, well it got delayed. Sorry. It will be up on the 19th, rain or shine. (edited date)

To make up for the delay though go check out my article on Bell of Lost Souls.

Tyler M.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kickstarter Maps

Just a quick shout out for a friend today.

Check out this Kickstarter for Dark Sci-Fi Maps and Deckplans by Jeff Preston. If you play any type of Dark Sci-Fi RPG and have always wanted some visual aids to help bring it to life then this is for you!

Any support shown is appreciated.

Tyler M.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Count the Seven...

I recently got my hands on the new plastic Plaguebearers and oh man do I love them.

I started a Nurgle Demon army back in 2009 when the Chaos Demons codex was first released. Part of the reason I picked a mono-nurgle army is because I think they look sweet and provide plenty of painting and conversion opportunities and because I already had 20+ Plaguebearers from a previous army. I went through and repainted them and I think I only added about 10 new Plaguebearers to the army. I decided that I was going to hold off until plastic models were released. I figured it couldn't be to long until the came out. Well almost 4 years later they are finally here.

I wanted to paint them to fit into my existing army (not repainting an entire army again) but also make sure they showcased my current skill level. So while I kept with almost all of the tropes of my original color scheme I went about painting them in a completely different way. About the only thing thats the same is an abundant use of Rotting Flesh paint.

I will let the pictures do the talking now.

And here is a picture of one of my original demons from 4 years ago.

Comments and crit welcome, and be sure to cote for him on CMoN here.

(bonus points to anyone who get the reference in the title)


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Something Big Approaches

New no minis to show off today, just this little teaser for you.

For anyone who is a fan of the painting side of the hobby you will find this very interesting.

Keep checking back here for more detail soon.

Tyler M.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christmas Comes Up a Little Short This Year

Ho ho ho everyone, I have a new commission for you to take a look at. I have actually had this guy for awhile, it was a free miniature a client got in his shipment of dwarfs and elfs that I had painted up months ago and he said, what the heck, why not paint this guy to. Paint 'em if you got 'em. Well I constantly faced a dilemma with this model, all I could picture when I looked at it was Santa Dwarf. Recently I got two new models from the same guy, a priest and a wizard (expect to see them on here at some point) and I told him about my dilemma. His answer, just go for it.

So I present to you Santa Dwarf.

Hope you like it. I decided to keep the paint job pretty straight forward to really emphasize the Santa-ness of him.

Comments and crit welcome,

Tyler M.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vote 2012 (this message has been approved by Savage Orc Boss)

Quick post today, just wanted to let you guys know that you can go over to Cool Mini or Not and vote for my Savage Orc Boss. I'm having a hard time getting photos of this guy that I think do him justice. Hopefully whenever Games Workshop releases the rest of their Golden Demon coverage (soon I hope) they will have taken better pictures of him.

Vote here.

Tyler M.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


So today I worked on a few commissions and also meant to get some work done on my Death Guard army. The new edition of 40k as well as the new Chaos Codex looming on the horizon has motivated me to finish off the last 3 terminators I have had sitting around for close to 2 years now. I also have some traitor guard, a blight drone and about 15 more plague marines if I want them, although I already have 21 painted up for my army and those guys eat up a lot of points.

I had started work on my next Terminator when I saw this one plague marine painted up in pre-heresy colors sitting off to the side. Way back in 2009 when I restarted this army (my death guard date back to 2005ish but the current paint scheme started in '09) I painted up 2 test models. One in the traditional green that I went with and the other a dirty white. This was back before washes or foundation paints and I hadn't even heard of weathering powders yet. It ended up not looking very good plus my demons were already painted an off white color and I wanted some variety in my army's color scheme.

The other day I decided I was going to give the green and white scheme another shot just for fun and gave him a base of dheneb stone with a devlan mud wash and then set him aside to work on real projects. For some reason today the model called to me so I went about finishing it. I didn't even mean to base him or give him a backpack but ended up liking the model enough that I felt it warranted it.

This guy was quick and dirty and I really spent no time being precise on him at all, but I think it helped in the end. He is by no means display quality, but an army of these on the table top would look pretty intimidating in my opinion.
I decided against painting all of the trim green. I figured only the shoulder guards were green to start with and as they bolted on more decorative trim as they fell into chaos they wouldn't have bothered painting it. I feel like it kind of shows the original Death Guard colors slowly transitioning to what we now know in 40k.

I made heavy use of weathering powders and washes (either self made or out of the bottle). I gave him a snow base because it was quick, it easily covered up the previous base, and the pristine white of the snow contrasts nicely with his decrepit armor.

Let me know what you think. I don't have any future plans for this scheme, my Death Guard are sticking with their green and metal, although I am adding in some weathering powders to them as well.

Until next time, 
Tyler M.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ace of Spades

Hey everyone, I know its been awhile and my lack of painting progress has been bothering me as well. Due to work and being sick I haven't been able to do much besides finish up 5 more of my Tomb Guard (no pictures of these guys, sorry).

I have been working on a long term (much longer then I originally planned) commission, but it is still in the building phase. Right now I am at the point that will involve some heavy conversion and sculpting so have slowed down a bit on it. I have managed to sneak in this quick commission though. It is a pretty interesting sculpt and I was half tempted to make him a wild west version of Gambit from X-Men. The only direction I was given was to give him a dark jacket. With that one and only guideline I decided on a overall dark color scheme.

Since the colors were so dark I decided to add some patterns to the clothes to "liven" them up. The pants got pin stripes and the vest a dot pattern. I also decided to give him stubble and a touch of grey to make him look a little world weary. Unfortunately I could not get he camera to focus better then this.

Tyler M.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Silver Demon!

Just got back from the Chicago Golden Demons and my Savage Orc Boss took second in the Warhammer single figure category!

Todd Swanson took first place and that same entry won the Slayer Sword. So I feel pretty good about coming in second to the current and 5 time slayer sword winner. Not bad for my first trophy.

My Ultramarine and Astral Claws both made first cut and the Firebelly made the final cut and got an honorable mention.

Thanks for all the support and constructive criticism, here's to hoping next year I can win even more trophies and take the sword!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Off to the Golden Demon...

Hey everyone, I am off to Chicago tomorrow morning for Games Day and the Golden Demon. I JUST finished all the final touches on my entries.

Lets start off with the one I have been sharing progress on, the Savage Orc.

Next a last minute guy I just started painting last week, a Tyranic War Veteran.

I may have been replaying Space Marine recently.

I am also entering my Firebelly, nothing new on him except for a plinth and his base's rim being repainted.

And my last entry is my Astral Claw squad, absolutely nothing new on them so no pictures. 

Wish me luck and be sure to vote for the Tyranic War Veteran on CMoN here.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Waggghhhh Pt 3: The Waggghhhh-ening

So this guy isn't done yet, but close. I am sure I will find (or people on the forums will) a bunch of areas to fix up. I am already frustrated with some of the teeth (not the ones in his mouth) and his hair.