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About GlenP

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    Little British sports cars, painting historical - and more recently, gaming - miniatures, Middle East and military history.

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  1. GlenP

    01629: Maiden Bust

    Well Done! Cellphone or real camera? Gray background that is flat on the floor then curves up to vertical at the back. Real camera may need a white balance adjustment depending on your lighting. Again... Well Done!
  2. GlenP

    Areas Operator 03 Soldier

    Thanks all. The pink teddy bear is a reminder that war isn't just about lost soldiers and military equipment; it's also about the civilian side - people, houses, businesses, infrastructure. I have incorporated the bear in other pieces as well.
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    Areas Operator 03 Soldier

    This is Scale 75's Ares Operator 03. It's a 40mm resin future soldier and apparently part of a gaming system. The package had some cards in it, but since I don't play the game, they're a bit lost on me... Anyhoo... The figure is four parts - head, upper torso/arms, lower torso/legs, and the rifle with molded on hands. Cleanup was taking care of the usual casting seams and the removal of bits and pieces of mold trash. I used the gray Stynelrez primer (brushed on out of the bottle) and Reaper MSP paints. I used a Dremel tool and ball/dovetail cutters to mark up/damage the armor and went with a splotchy green camo. While they have their place, I tend not to use bright colors on military figures because all they say to me is 'Here I am! Shoot me!'. The figure is mounted on a sanded/stained wood craft block with Aves Apoxie Sculpt groundwork, kitty litter rocks and somebody's weeds. I added a dripping rusty pipe coming out of the ground and a large putty teddy bear. Qs and Cs welcomed. Glen
  4. GlenP

    Penguin. Artillery Shell. North Africa. 1941.

    Thanks. I was going for a forlorn look.
  5. GlenP

    Penguin. Artillery Shell. North Africa. 1941.

    I forgot to add this first. I'm old. I forget stuff...
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    Penguin. Artillery Shell. North Africa. 1941.

    Thanks all. It's a novelty piece. Something to play with in between flats, pinup girls, medieval soldiers, pizza-themes pieces, and ordnance! Glen
  7. Now that I have your attention... This is Percival, a one inch(ish) tall resin penguin from Scale 75. The piece is part a larger model in S75's SmogRiders line. It's not normally available separately, but I was able to score one when it fell off a truck. The piece originally had a WW I style Prussian spiked helmet. I removed the helmet and added a WW II British helmet from my spares box. The groundwork is Aves putty stippled with a stiff oil painting brush to give it a sandy texture. The sandbags are also putty formed with my fingers. I left my fingerprints on them to give the impression of coarsely woven canvas. The sign is sheet plastic and strip. Reaper MSP paints. Eventually, it'll have a name plate 'Why Am I Here?' Qs and Cs welcomed. Glen
  8. GlenP

    Athena: FeR bust

    Hey! You're back! I wasn't worried.... The owl is a nice touch. Who? The owl. Who? The... oh, never mind...
  9. Every entry is matched with a bar-coded sticker with the artist's name, category, subject, and if it's a Reaper or some other connected product on a 3x5 card. After that, the rest of the card - front and rear - are blank. I use that to describe the kit manufacturer, scale, modifications made (if any) and paints. This is for the attendees as well as the judges. The key is to write/print small and neatly. I give the reader a general idea of what went into the piece vs an SBS. I save that for the bar. Heisler's buying... Glen
  10. Is the whole idea of the category machines first, personnel second? You could easily look at it that way. Generally speaking, the ordnance category (as explained to me years ago) was 'machines of war' (italics mine). Every figure show I've ever been to has an ordnance category. Reaper's initially provided a means of entering CAV and other similar tabletop gaming pieces. The category was the bastard stepchild until Anne decided she wanted to make it bigger. What Anne wants, Anne gets... Over the last few years it has grown considerably and it now includes everything from historical to sci-fi/fantasy subjects with wings, wheels, tracks, skids, and legs - starships to Roman catapults to civilian vehicles. A figure has the advantage of giving the viewer an indication of scale. Figures can be in or out of a vehicle, but you have to be careful that you don't put it into the realm of 'diorama'. Lone or multiple figures simply clad in armor (powered or not) might be best suited for painters, open, or diorama. The judges can and do move things to other categories if they feel it would do better medal-wise. My own ordnance entries focus on the machine. No crew, light weathering, but not covered in mud, and not buried in stowage (to the consternation of some). I put the model on wood base with a metal name plate so folks know what it is they're looking at. I would likely do the same for an AT-ST. Don't forget: Remove all mold seams. Remove all construction seams where applicable. Proper alignment of parts. Smooth paint. No stray paint or glue spots. No silvered decals where applicable. Weathering - worn, faded, abraded, scratched, and chipped paint, stains, dust, dirt, mud, etc. - is optional. Use your base groundwork as a guide if you go that route. Full disclosure: I judge ordnance with Heisler and taught him everything he knows about Sherman drive sprocket lug nuts. Glen
  11. GlenP

    Dark Elf Ranger Flat

    Changing light direction is already on the table. Light coming up from a pit or something... Dappled sunlight is also a possibility. The trick is to make it obvious to the viewer that it's light filtering through trees and not an irregular pattern on the figure (camo f'rinstance). It might require the piece to be set against a painted background versus a piece of black felt. Not sure how to paint something that's invisible. Maybe Anne will create a special paint...?
  12. GlenP

    Dark Elf Ranger Flat

    Thanks everyone. This is my fourth version. Running out of ideas. Might have to think out of the box - some conversion work, camo pattern on the clothing, etc. Again, thanks.
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    Dark Elf Ranger Flat

    This is another variant of Reaper's Elf Ranger Flat. In this case a Dark Elf. Since I had no idea what a dark elf was, I had to do some research. Basically, they're... dark. Purples, blacks, reds, etc. I suppose there's other variants. I added the nocked arrow using brass rod, putty flights and head. A small amount of carving was involved. Painted in Reaper acrylics. Qs and Cs welcomed. Glen
  14. GlenP

    What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Highlander, et al: look for book entitled 'Drawing the Head and Figure' by Jack Hamm. It pops up in used book stores on a regular basis and is likely available on line as well (think Amazon). It dates back to 50s/60s (and the clothing and hair styles demonstrate this), but it's an excellent anatomical references that shows how to render facial features and body parts, but also what bone, muscle, and tendon groups protrude and/or recede in any given position. I use it when painting (especially flats which often lack such details). If nothing else it gives you an idea of where to put a shadow or highlight even if the sculptor neglected to provide a reason for it. Glen