The initial planning, fitting and set-up for the Ultra Black Atrapos base. Both the lascutter beam and the graviton blast were modeled around a 1/8” rod made of high carbon tool steel - I needed to cut it to length with bolt cutters. This is the same rod I’ll be using for building Titans in the future - it’s extremely difficult to work with and cut but it’s strength can’t be beat. I did not want to chance it at all so I went way overboard to ensure that no bending or mis-shaping would occur over time. The Cerastus Knights don’t weigh too much but its always better to double or triple the structural integrity of a project than it is to risk it. The rods go most of the entire length of each gun (through the barrels, of course), all the way through the beams themselves and then 1 to 1-1/2” into the heavy resin Secret Weapon Miniatures terrain pieces. The angle of the beams are at about 70 degrees - straight up and down would look goofy whereas if it was to much of an angle, the whole thing would just fall over. The Knight will look like it is in the initial stage (lower foot just touched off from the ground) of jumping away from the tank, pivoting and turning its torso mid-air and blasting the tank before landing again - maybe crushing some foot soldiers under those titanic feet, who knows. This is a very difficult thing to pull off and requires way more work and time than I expected... and there’s still more to do. Once again, this project is running away on me... sometimes I wish I could just keep things simple. 😰 #monsterlegion#monsterenergy#scifiart#art#artist#painting#gaming#hobby#toy#toyart#scalemodels#miniatures#models#miniaturegaming#tabletopgaming#wargames#wargaming#paintingwarhammer#paintingforgeworld#commisionpainting#paintingminiatures#miniaturepainting#warhammer#warhammer40k#w40k#horusheresy#spacemarines#imperialknights#gamesworkshop#forgeworld
[TL;DR: Here's what I got for my first competitive painting efforts @ NOVA Open - I actually think the pins look nicer than the medals, TBH 😉) - For a detailed breakdown and description of the entire convention, check out the NOVA Open post on my "Spectre Elite Gaming Studio" FaceBook Page.] I ended up walking away with some level of recognition for all of the entries I put into the #capitalpalette @ the #novaopen . I got a silver for Porphyrion Rex, a bronze for my Malifaux Freakshow crew and my Kingdom Death single was able to make it into the Finalists despite extreme competition from over 95 entries in the single miniature category (monstrous creatures were included in "Single Miniature" for some reason and I saw at least 10 miniatures that were strictly better than mine). I was hoping for a gold for Rex, silver for Freakshow and a bronze for the Kingdom Death dude so I wasn't too far off of my goal - the judges were stricter on technique, the field was more competitive and I had a lot of inexperience in what I thought was important/unimportant when it comes to competition painting. For example, I didn't consider size and display space when I brought Rex so he occupied the absolute worst spot with the poorest lighting for the entire convention because there was nowhere else to put him. It's my fault for bringing a 15" model but at the same time, I would never limit my idea or vision for a model just for it to be able to fit in a particular cabinet, anyway - so these be the harsh realities. Another example is that I underestimated the affinity people had for atmospheric techniques and overestimated the fundamentals of modeling and prep-work. It was fairly obvious that without atmospheric techniques, NMM or OSL, you'd have a hard time winning a category or even getting gold. I will always, first and foremost, be a premium army display painter so I have little to no interest in persuing any of these techniques to a large extent - they just don't look that good in a legion-scale sized display board or on the tabletop and you are forced to commit too seriously to your chosen gimmick for the entirety of your project... [CONT'D in Comments].
Here is a photo dump for my entries into this year's Capital Palette. This is extremely important to me because this is the first time I've actually intentionally entered a contest hoping to win something. My first win ever at LVO was just random luck and a last minute decision to throw some gaming models into the competition and see what happens. I have an almost entirely custom built/fabricated Kingdom Death single miniature, a Malifaux "Dark Carnivale" display and, of course, I threw my hat into the ring for "Best in Show" with my Inositol Rex. Unfortunately, Rex is occupying the absolute worst possible spot in the entire display setup (trust me, I looked for a worse place - none existed) which makes me extremely sad. My fault for making a 15" model for display purposes and there really isn't anywhere else to put him. I'm hoping the model location doesn't hurt my chances at making a run for the "Fan Favorite" award but I think the placement in the display case gives me a HUGE disadvantage. Not only is it poorly lit with highly reflective glass - it is also positioned amongst an advertisment display for @romanlappat.miniatureart and might get mistaken as not being an entry or just plain easy to miss (?). You also have to fully crouch down just to look at it. Thankfully, I actually feel a lot of confidence because my model is able to stand its ground in the looks department against Roman's stuff (or at least good enough with an edge in the sheer scale and epicness I tried to push for). I guess what I'm trying to say is "I'm just glad my stuff doesn't look like shit next to Roman's stuff." 🤣🤣🤣 Wish me luck! 🤞#novaopen#NOVAOpen17MinisPhoto#NOVAOpen17SocialPhoto#convention#gaming#hobby#toy#scalemodels#miniatures#models#miniaturegaming#gamingconvention#tabletopgaming#wargames#wargaming#capitalpalette#competitionpainting#warhammer#warhammer40k#w40k#horusheresy#gamesworkshop#forgeworld#coolminiornot#wyrdgames#segstudio