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About blakbuzzrd

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  • Birthday 07/21/1971

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    Oak Park, Illinois
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    Videogames, McClelland and Co. pipe tobacco, podcasting, Warmachine, Pathfinder RPG, speculative fiction of many stripes, Sanwa arcade joysticks, collard greens, Maynard's Wine Gums, North Carolina barbecue, good coffee, good scones.
  1. ^This. I already have massive guilt from too many unpainted minis to legitimately care about when the Bones arrive. ADHD is co-morbid with figmentia, you see, and I can barely make a decision about what to paint as it is.
  2. Hello fellow Chicagoland painters and gamers, Just wanted to let you here know that Games Plus is hosting the return of Mathieu Fontaine to Chicago to put on his Masterclass painting workshops. Each of them is a full two-day experience, and from personal experience I can tell you it changed the way I paint. Anyway, here are the deets. If you are interested in signing up, email me at [email protected] Dates and times: Masterclass I Saturday, April 28: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday, April 29: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Masterclass II Saturday, May 5: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday, May 6: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Masterclass I Course Description Masterclass I is an two-day intensive class on painting figurines. Every technique and theoretical concept is covered, from the undercoat to perfect blending, passing by zenithal lighting along the way. The provided figurine will allow every student to have plenty of time to explore the principal areas of painting: clothing, skin, the face and use of metallics. In terms of theory, zenithal lighting, composition, color theory and base conception will be explored, giving every student a complete understanding of the theoretical concepts so as to maximize the impact of his or her miniature. This Masterclass is open to every level of painter. Whether you are holding a brush for the first time or have painted hundreds of models for your armies, you will benefit from this class. While each student receives the same technical and theoretical information, Mathieu's follow-up is one-on-one and totally personalized. Every student will be pushed to the limit of his or her abilities in order to make sure that he or she gets the maximum benefit out of this experience. So regardless of whether you are an army painter who wants better results on your favorite models or a painter who dreams of winning a Golden Demon, this class is for you. Materials required for MCI: Although some materials will be provided, it wouldn't hurt to bring your brushes, any paints you absolutely must have (we'll try to provide the paints as much as possible) and any lamps or optical equipment you use. Masterclass II Course Description Masterclass II is for any moderately experienced miniature painter who wants to reach another level and discover vehicle painting techniques. We will approach various military modeling techniques, push blending to another level, explore airbrushing both for vehicles and figurines, play with unusual products such as oil paints and weathering pigments, and experiment with base building and painting. Materials required for MCII: You’ll need to bring your brushes, any paints you absolutely must have (we'll try to provide the paints as much as possible) and any lamps or optical equipment you use. The oil paints and pigments will be provided for you as well as the usual basic wet palette prep supplies (plates, cups and parchment paper). Note: The airbrushing segment of this class comprises a demonstration of techniques by Mathieu. No need to bring your own equipment for this, as it is strictly demonstration. Costs It's $100 tuition for either Masterclass I or Masterclass II (covers mini, instruction, a Raphael 8404 brush, paint, and basic prep supplies). Or, you can pay $185 to sign up for both Masterclasses. Hey, save fifteen bucks! Oh, and here's a pretty picture:
  3. I finished my highlighting on him, and as soon as I can swing by the craft store and pick up some gray/blue posterboard, I'll re-shoot. Thanks for the advice!
  4. NICE work on your monk. What a terrific first mini! I hope you feel confident in the new skills you've developed; can't wait to see how the rest of the party turns out.
  5. This one is nearly done. I have a few gold highlights left and then some gloss touchups on the blood and tongue. Trying to include the ever-present mold from the AP ("The Skinsaw Murders"), but I changed the color a bit so as to give the mold a glowing effect, and thereby try my hand at a bit of OSL and give his coat an iridescent feel. C&C welcome. And yes, it's a bad picture.
  6. Mine's here too! I didn't see pics, so I decided to post some myself. Suh-weet! Check out the blue hand on his right pec! Thanks a TON! On display now.
  7. No worries, man. This is supposed to be fun, right? It is for me. Just keep acting in that spirit. I look forward to seeing what you've cooked up!
  8. This is going in the mail today. The recipient is partial to all things lupine, so I went with the Moor Hound, and painted it as a barghest from the Pathfinder Bestiary. Hope she (the recipient, not the barghest) likes it! For reference, here's the pic of the beastie from the PF Bestiary:
  9. needs to get that damn Exchange mini mailed. What's the point in finishing it early otherwise?

  10. I also use Duplicolor. I've used black, white, and gray, and had good results with all three.
  11. Progress to date. Nearly there -- just need some grass and a few gloss touchups (these pics are right after dullcoting). C&C welcome.
  12. Just gorgeous. Gritty and heavy-looking, just like that Khadoran nut himself. I like the fur, and the battle damage / shading on his right knee plate.
  13. Thanks, all. You are too generous in your estimation of my freehand skills. I tell you this: metallic paint is painful with a 3/0 brush.
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