I have spent the weeks since GenCon sending CoolMini the additional things they keep asking for. The most recent demands were blocks of text (which could have been gleaned from... Read more
USB drives, addresses and such
In case you were getting upset about a lack of updates, I apologize for your frustrations. I am quite frustrated myself, as every time I think I have a breakthrough... Read more
In conversation today with CMON. It looks like a new person is taking over this element, so hopefully that translates to immediate progress.
I have been sending out... Read more
The nuclear option
The shipping of the DVD's continues, to those who got them originally and to those who have been switching from digital to the DVD's. That portion is getting... Read more
Nearing the century mark
The shipping of boxes has continued at a furious pace. I believe this week I will surpass the 100 box mark. Certainly at the rate things have been... Read more
Off to Reapercon
It is time for Reapercon now. I have been sending out boxes every day for weeks. I have many more ready to go for the day I return.... Read more
Waiting for CMON
I am still waiting on word from CMON. I was told that either before or during Adepticon would be the time to make the official announcement, but I... Read more
Some details on downloading
CMON is almost ready with the videos... just final prep for an announcement in the next few days!
One thing I can say for sure is that you... Read more
E-mail, shirts, and options
Lots of stuff going on, as always. The new shirts are in (shown in the blog post), so those can now go out with the dice as well... Read more
CoolMini continues to set up the digital download versions. Since the post kickstarter era is a big part of what they are working on (getting that set up,... Read more
All on the blog...
My apologies for not making announcements here. I have been focusing that sort of thing on the blog, since the kickstarter interface is a nightmare, and keeps changing... Read more
Fun times...let the disks spin!
Here’s another update for you, but this one is a biggie! I have some images of disks for you… and other news. It is actually much more than... Read more
Masters and such
With the last of the PAL masters complete, I have been working more heavily on the post production aspects (printed graphics and such).
Also, I have been burning... Read more
Disks flying everywhere :-)
The PAL masters continue. They have proven to be more pesky than the NTSC. Yet another mystery of this software package.
It is looking like some of the... Read more
Demons for the Holidays
More burning of masters, but also some re-renders. Every so often, I find some tiny little thing that needs to be changed or touched up. That means a... Read more
Burnininating the universe...
The burning of the masters continues as a frenzied pace. I tried my best to keep things moving during the holdiay.
There were a few videos that had to be... Read more
Hi there everyone-
To those who have Holidays coming up tomorrow, I wish you all the best!
I have been burning test and Master disks. A very tough process. The... Read more
Metals... Non metals, that is :-)
Work continues on the DVD part of this endeavor. Hoping to have some big news in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I will try to have some on... Read more
To the core
Here is one of the "core videos", or part of the Big Three.
That was Shaded Basecoat, Glazing and Freehand #1. So, here is a chunk of the freehand video.... Read more
OK... I have been double checking renders and such. all 106 of them :-)
The formats seem to have worked well. I have been testing them out with these you... Read more
Ride 'em cowboy
Here is another preview for you. This time, I tried to grab snippets from more sections, as opposed to one longer view.
PALs are moving closer to completion. Looking to... Read more
Feeling a little yellow?
This is a color that might generate the most questions for me on the blog. Red is another one, but Yellow is quite tricky!
I am deep into the PAL... Read more
Something for Halloween
Well, after a very rough and nightmare filled evening, this seems very appropriate. It was the last thing I could render before everything had to be shut down with the... Read more
Back to basing
Here is another snippet for you, this time from the sci-fi basing video.
After a lot of discussion and back 'n forth, it looks like the downloadable videos will... Read more
Still hammering away, as usual.
Another preview, this time for the weathering powders:
Object source lighting
In between all sorts of renders and additional edits, I will try to post some 'core' video previews of OSL, NMM, Shaded Basecoat, and such. The demands on the machines... Read more
A weathering video
The new machine has definitely helped a lot, and the additional 4TB drive should help even more. The extra renders take up so much more space.
Anyway, craziness with KS... Read more
you tube tests
It took a while to get the new machine up to speed, transfer files, and such, but now that it is going, there is a free machine to... Read more
still working hard.
Some thoughts for you as the rendering continues.
While I did the editing portions of the videos, it was very clear to me that the preliminary sketches and... Read more
New machine coming...
As usual, work continues. The goals were met for the raising of new funds on the new machine, so that will be on its way so that it can be... Read more
A view of the editing process
Hey folks, as phase three of the ebay process begins, we anxiously await the arrival of the new Render Monster!
This is a little peek at what that will be... Read more
Backup here, more backup coming...
Sorry I don't have a post with pictures to attach, but the big 4TB drive arrived, and the file dumps began, it is still reeling with the multiple TB's a... Read more
size does matter
Well, in an exercise to see if one of the 'upgraded' machines could take over some of the rendering duties, I realized that it was going to be useless for... Read more
So far, the first round of auctions have been going well. My target was to raise enough for another uber machine. We had upgraded an existing machine, but that one... Read more
The great Horde...
Still hard at work folks. My apologies for this taking longer than expected. I have mentioned the need for additional equipment, and that was undertaken in earnest this week. More... Read more
The tower of terror
Another piece of terrain painted for opening credits, and as a visual reference for folks who want to see what one looks like painted and flocked. The foliage really does... Read more
Items painted for cover art, opening credits and such of the Monuments video...
Mud and more mud :-)
The conclusion of the Weathering and battle damage video :-)
Tanks for the memories, again...
More fun with vehicles. This was a very complicated setup, since I was essentially trying to show 3 very different techniques on one piece.
The idea was to not only... Read more
some more images...
Some pics from the last few posts:
Including the wild and crazy powders!
Going for the Gold :-)
Brunhilde from Raging Heroes!
Last of the big creatures
Some scenes of the final big creature videos:
The Big Guys turned out to be a bit like the basing vids, with lots of extra time spent on off camera things. I was happy when they were done!... Read more
Bloody Mess mini...
This was just soooo much fun! :-)
Still hammering away! Wishing that I had a dozen 3-4 TB backup drives. More are on the way...
Too tall Jones
OK, that is an old American football reference that nobody will get. Sorry!
Terrain week began with the horrible realization that nearly every piece of terrain that I thought was... Read more
Well, I think I forgot to post these links as the fatigue got to me, and wiped out all short term memory!
The terrain videos had their own... Read more
A sea of Green
I forgot to post this link in the wee hours... so for those that missed it, some images from the painting greens video :-)
The skies are gray...
That was quite a weekend of technical work. I will do a post on that tomorrow. There were so many tweaks and adjustments made. Did a lot of testing!
In... Read more
Lighting the world...
Object source lighting!
Doing lots of experimentation today, trying out different DVD's... testing output times, etc. We shall see what one looks like on a 60 inch TV in... Read more
In case I forgot this:
Lots of technical work going on this weekend... less painting. Trying to find some optimal solutions. We did manage to find some very nice... Read more
The journey continues...
I think I forgot to post this yesterday. I have another one coming later tonight:
This was the trickiest of all the flesh tones, since it was... Read more
Did I forget yesterday?
Oh my, I guess I did not put up this link yesterday. My apologies!
And this one:
Keep on truckin'...
In a daze right now with everything going on, but still pics to show :-)
Back to it!!
As things move along, I continue to make adjustments. During the editing process, I have found it advantageous to go back and perhaps film an extra segment here and there...... Read more
fun with flesh... again.
I know I have said this before, but creating those 'side sketches' in two dimensions has been great fun with each video.
Busy as ever :-)
It has been such a long day, I don't even remember if I put in any of these links... more tomorrow :-)
More visual aids...
Similar to the Week of Basing, I experienced the Week of Flesh Tones :-)
back in the saddle again...
Some more pics of various vids...
Those two were very fun. Any horse video is. I look forward to covering more breeds as time goes on. White horses... Read more
Like a herd of wild horses...
More action shots :-)
Horses... just no flesh
Here's a different breed of horse!
I love wolves!
I really enjoyed filming this guy and the two horses. It was like working in regular 2 dimensional painting again!!!
Not sure if I included this or not...
Yes, the last of the basing videos. I suppose this one was a little more fun than the demon marble, since I have not painted hundreds of them :-)
Demons at your feet...
I think I forgot to make this link earlier today. It was among the last of the basing videos. Just like the painting videos, it was far less hectic than... Read more
something to keep you warm :-)
The basing just never seemed to end!
New Lizardmen, new swampy bases to stand on :-)
Wow, I guess this was impeccable timing. New WFB Lizard book... and a host of new swamp base designs to go with them! The skinks will be very happy! ... Read more
More with powders...
As I made this post, I thought about all of the things that have happened this year. It has been non stop, putting in even more hours (if that was... Read more
Here are some images from the action last week!
Here's something that was added to one of the freehand videos...
Views of the tank...
Some images of the finished 'weathering' tank...
A collection of images...
It has been a surprise to see how many more "moving parts" there are to the basing videos as opposed to the more standard painting videos.
In some cases, it... Read more
Fun with Mud!
Had some fun with the weathering video...
Chain link fence...
Here was some of the 'bonus coverage' I added to the sci-fi basing...
It's been a fun week of basing videos :-)
Yes, it is possible!
So, the impossible has been done :-)
A quick peek at powders...
Here is the first of two posts on painting with the weathering powders:
It certainly has been a lesson in how people must feel sometimes when I am giving... Read more
Those darn sprues...
This was something that I wanted to squeeze into the Blasted Concrete video...
Let's play in the jungle!! :-)
I enjoyed this immensely!
These were waiting in front of the door when we returned yesterday--
While we were up north...
OK, we are now back home after the long trip up north to see relatives who have been held at arm's length for many months as I worked on the... Read more
Time for reds!
At long last, the figures for the remaining stragglers arrived, and fun was had with reds!
Camo minis prepped, special bases being made. Those will be part of the... Read more
Grey skies are not always sad...
Time to analyze how many kinds of greys that you can mix!
When you combine all the techniques...
Here is something that I will be using in the videos as a prop to show what various techniques look like when they are combined with several others... coming together... Read more
Send in the Spartans :-)
Freehand cloak figure!!
Practice make perfect :-)
I was working on this guy simultaneously with the figure for the "Painting freehand cloak designs" video. As you know, I always have 'warm up' figures, or exercises,... Read more
OK, folks... time for yellows!!
Here we go! I am also working on a big post now that the Reaper Bones stuff came in yesterday. It was my intention to use many of those for... Read more
The Griffon lives!
The flock grows!
The box from Reaper is supposed to arrive today! I am also expecting another package from Cool Mini, so it is another busy day!!
A brand new experiment... and now something to pass on to you :-)
I thought you might enjoy this post. This was a tremendously successful experiment, and I will try to include as much of this in the video as possible!
Not to be outdone... the Osprey!
Big Birds are here :-)
Well, the big birds are just about complete!
Also, to cram more into the painting with powders video, I will be doing some work on this big guy, so... Read more
Basing and such...
More work on the bases. I am also working with a brand new magnifier visor which seems to be helping a great deal with filming the large creature/mini videos! Kept... Read more
Demonic birthday ;-)
Busy day today! Birthday stuff to do. But there is also basing :-)
The Blood Mess mini
This post shows you just how much those corpses from Secret Weapon enhanced the video!!
Adding to the Bloody Mess...
Secret Weapon rides in once again with a product that enhances one of the videos. In this case, the Bloody Mess video!
This is the set of figures for the using fluorescent paints video...
More horses, more patterns...
The grey horse!
Ride 'em cowboy!
The horses are now complete...
Here is the first:
More fun with metal :-)
The last of the minis for painting metal!
A pound of flesh...
The last of the flesh tone minis!
A light in the darkness... OSL
One more! The Object Source Lighting miniature:
The figure for the Greens...
Here is Syl-Iriah, the figure for exploring the range of greens!
There are certain parts of this video where you don't see every last brush stroke... which would be... Read more
Ruddy flesh tones...
One more Reaper mini, one more flesh tone video. Next up is a pretty wild figure from Raging Heroes that we will use for making the Painting with Greens video...... Read more
Finishing the extra armor for battle damage
Here is the conclusion of the Spaced Armor post! I will be doing some actual battle damage on this for the video... not just painting the effect :-)
More flesh tones!
Yet another 'skin job'...
Assembling the RAV 6 x 6!
Time to get those vehicles put together. They practically assemble themselves compared to what I have had to deal with. :-)
Now this is cool!
Hello again everyone-
Here is the news I was hinting at the other day! The kind folks at Secret Weapon gave me their permission to use this awesome tank for... Read more
A return to the classics :-)
The classic GW style Dark Elf flesh! Tomorrow I will be showing the fantastic new item that arrived for the Battle Damage and weathering video!
Back to the Underdark!
Here is the first in a rapid fire set of posts on the flesh tones. This time Drow.
Next up is classic pale Dark Elf skin, and then the... Read more
Brunhilde for Gold! Nmm style :-)
I thought you might get a warm feeling about this figure, which I used for the NMM Gold video. As the post says, the video version was the one with... Read more
A sneak peek at painting with powders...
In the que today was the Painting with Powders mini, a Gluttony sci-fi figure from Raging Heroes...
I shot these as I was working on the base:
Painting the blues away...
Hey folks! More stuff... another Reaper mini!
Today we have the mini for the SE NMM video, provided by Reaper miniatures...
The Demon Prince images
Hello again everyone!
Here is the completed Demon Prince:
I am anxiously awaiting more boxes of figures from Secret Weapon and Urban Mammoth. Also, it looks like we may... Read more
Something from Chessex
Hey folks! This was very fun. Chessex is making these right now...
The pieces keep falling into place...
Well, despite the flooding and all the other insanity going on this week, there has been fun news. There will be "unboxing" posts on Secret Weapon and Urban Mammoth figures... Read more
"Painting Fur" wolf
Hmm, I guess if I was going to do a video on painting miniature trees, that could be a "Painting Fir" video...
Sorry! That what happens when you have almost... Read more
How much for that doggie in the window...
We have some wolves ready to go now for the painting fur videos!
Thanks to everyone!
Glazing demo mini
Here is another video miniature, this time for the glazing tutorial.
To show the principle behind glazing, this tree warrior and its base will be painted almost... Read more
Fun with NMM...
Another figure for you... this time, Copper/Brass/Bronze...
Green with envy :-)
This is the figure for the painting orc and goblin flesh:
In more news, Secret Weapon is sending their entire line of washes, which means I... Read more
A taste of the Secret Weapon prodcuts
We have finally returned from CMON Expo. That was a very long 5 days. While I was there, I did some testing of new products that will be... Read more
Skeletal Cavalry miniature
Well, I am now very glad that I chose the Reaper skeleton cavalry figures for the painting bone tutorial. :-)
Here is a post all about it:
a touch of freehand...
Here is a post with another of the painting video miniatures. Obviously, she is for one of the freehand videos! :-)
There is an additional set of posts that... Read more
A big bad Orc for shaded bascoat
Here's a bit of a preview of the shaded bascoat mini...
A griffon for an eagle...
As I mentioned in the last update, I had to use a different big critter from CoolMini, since they discontinued the original eagle. Here is a post that describes the... Read more
Lots and lots of minis :-)
I have a blog post here that shows a few images of minis for the videos!
Dozens of minis are prepped, and more are under way right... Read more
A 'miniaturized' version of the mosaic tile base
I thought you folks might like to see this. It is a 40mm version of the mosaic tile base that you saw a few weeks ago.
I have been baking... Read more
Freehand over complex surfaces
This post kind of shows you why I have broken the freehand techniques down into a few videos. Freehand on relatively flat surfaces is one thing... say on banners or... Read more
Mosaic tile practice
Here are some images of the latest practice piece for the videos. This was to test the newer (and much easier) method of getting the mosaic tile look.
The first... Read more
combo platter :-)
More prepping of miniatures. As each set is ready for painting, I will start posting images of the figures so that you can get a feel for what is... Read more
How the Pyramid can work...
Here's a post that shows a whole bunch of Pyramid techniques at work:
Let's see... Shaded basecoat, glazing, OSL freehand, blood splatter, basing, flourescents, and so on. :-) All... Read more
Reaper figures in! Lots of cool stuff...
Yes, the box has arrived! Reaper figs now in hand. I was pleasantly surprised by the Bones figures, which I am using as the storyboard 'test' figures. Very helpful!
Here... Read more
Reaper Yvonne for SE-NMM
Hey folks, here is a blog post on one of the minis being used for a video...
Box of Reaper figs coming...
Well, the box didn't arrive today, so I am guessing the box of Reaper minis will be here tomorrow or Friday. Then there will be lots of figures to prep... Read more
Another terrain 'storyboard' piece...
I just posted the first set of images for the storyboard piece for the 'Home Sweet Home' video...
The other parts of the test:
Note: when it... Read more
I have been ordering lots of minis for the videos now that all the funding has cleared. It is not always easy to get those, as there may not be... Read more
Funding completed at last...
OK! Funding has been completed at last, which meant that I could start getting the materials and equipment I have been waiting for!
I will be sending out surveys Thursday... Read more
Big screen :-)
Well, a nice big monitor is here, which will help in so many ways! Filming and editing just got a whole lot easier!
Now I can begin to construct the... Read more
Thanks to everyone who participated! Now we wait for KS to let us know when everything is good!
I am collecting more figures, prepping them, making new lists, and... Read more
Our thanks to all in these final hours :-)
Here's one more shout out to the army of people who have helped turn concept into reality!
As much as I tried to do 100% of this thing by myself,... Read more
I think we hit $36k!
Hey! It looks like we have hit the $36K plateau!
Time for Blood and Powders!!!!
Many thanks for all the support :-)
A new stretch reward added!
Still trying to recover, but I just added a quick set of rewards that will click in at $36,000, since it looks like we are headed there pretty... Read more
Thanks to all the backers for a great day!
This is a very heartfelt thank you to all who have pledged today, or upped your pledges!
It would have been appreciated under any circumstances, but given the scare of... Read more
Post on terrain building...
Well, this was significantly delayed by the craziness of the last 3 days, but here is a terrain building session that was done on Saturday.
Working on some other things... Read more
Back from the brink...
My apologies for the sudden absence! It was not a fun 36 hours. At first we thought it was a stomach virus, but closer inspection points to a... Read more
A little under the weather at the moment...
I just wanted to say thanks to all who have backed the project, from the beginning, all the way up to today! I am sorry I have not... Read more
New stretch goal announced!
OK, the good folks at CoolMiniOrNot gave the go ahead to create some painting videos on their giant birds of prey!
Here are some examples from the blog:... Read more
Downloadable versions, etc.
I have been working with CMON to provide a place where the videos can be downloaded. It looks very good, but I just want to be absolutely sure.... Read more
First stretch goal announced! Finishing the first level of the Pyramid, and moving to the next!
Dear pledgers and fellow Wappellians!
If you check out the Kickstarter page, you will all notice something new!!
Yes, that is a stretch goal! And yes, it will not take... Read more