Archive for January, 2011

Darth Sidious

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 29, 2011 by botwt

Went on kind of a Darth Sidious shopping spree here the last couple of days. I picked up a Darth Sidious, Sith Master #7 Jedi Academy Star Wars Miniatures, a Sith Lord Evolutions Emperor Palpatine, and The Clone Wars CW45 Darth Sidious.

The CW45 Sidious is going to be put into one of the AFA acrylic collectors cases to protect it…apparently they are extremely rare and cost a ton! So he was purchased for a nice investment down the road. The Evolutions Palpatine I plan on displaying on my PC desk as a custom conversion piece (I picked up a spare CW45 Sidious head), and of course the WotC miniature is here with a nice new base and paint job.

Cutting this miniature from his original base was a trick, but he came off without injury (how novel). Of course his lightsaber was mangled so off it came and was replaced with a paperclip. I used to below picture of the Sidious bust for inspiration for the color palette.

I have to admit, this is a really nice piece for a plastic model…you wouldn’t (and couldn’t) tell from the pre-painted version, but once I primed it he really have alot of detail to his face. Really nice sculpt WotC (cannot say that about too many of their pieces)!

Darth Sidious


Quinlan Vos (Redux)

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 25, 2011 by botwt

Not having things perfect bugs the crap out of me, and staring at Quinlan Vos with the wrong skin color was annoying me the more I looked into his character (I knew nothing about this guy until very recently). Wizards of the Coast decided to make the model pictured above (the same one I used in my conversion) with a darker color of almost African skintones, and I was kinda going by this picture below when I painted him and also trusting that WotC knew what he looked like.

In this drawing above he looks either Native American or African, but then recently I started looking at other pictures of him, including an action figure and he looks like a honky. Color me confused.

So I decided to shoot for the middle ground, and went for a more Native American skintone for him…figure that will be a happy balance between the contrasting pictures/models/toys of this guy and I shouldn’t feel like I didn’t do the model correctly from here on out.

Quinlan Vos (Redux)

Project: Grievous ~ Part V (Completion)

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 25, 2011 by botwt

And now I return to this miniature after bouncing around all over the joint in a hobby A.D.D. haze. One trait I inherited from my father was his ability to stall out on projects (home or hobby, it made no difference) and I am beginning to understand why he did and I do this…we are afraid of failure. Completion means that I have to except that the job I’ve done is either really good for my standards or complete crap. I am really hard on my work and have redone many a model just because I know that it isn’t right (to me), and not finishing one makes my life easier because it is always in that state that has the eternal upside of being top quality. The stuff you learn from your parents isn’t always the best that they can give you. LOL

Anyway on to the paint job.

I painted his armor plates in Astronomican Grey (GW), washed with mix of Badab Black and Devlan Mud (both GW washes) and then highlighted with a mixture of Bleached Bone (GW) and Astronomican Grey, then another wash of Devlan Mud (maybe a bit heavy, but I will leave it for now). All in all not too bad.

Replacement R4’s For The Eta-2 Actis-class Light Interceptors

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 24, 2011 by botwt

The stock Astromech’s that came with the Eta-2 Actis-class Light Interceptor models have both been replaced with repainted, shaved down WotC R7 Astromech Droids to proxy as R4-K5 and R4-P17, and to give continuity with the two 30mm based ones I’ve already done up. The replacements fit perfectly into the hole left by the original…couldn’t have been a better fit if it was made for this model.



Majestic Bear Miniatures’ Birch Tree Giant

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on January 23, 2011 by botwt

Majestic Bear Miniatures has some of the most incredible fantasy pieces I’ve had the pleasure of purchasing, and the customer service is outstanding as well. I have been collecting all of Dave Fredericks’ Tree Giants since they came out and have been so impressed by the level of detail on these piece I’ve almost been afraid to tackle them…well no more. 2011 is going to be the year I complete all three of these masterpieces…the Willow Tree Giant, the Linden Tree Giant and here is the Birch Tree Giant…finally.

Birch Tree Giant

I’m looking forward to Dave’s next model…cannot wait for Tree Giant #4! 😀

Oo-tee-dee!! (Part II)

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 22, 2011 by botwt

Got two more Jawa’s painted up. This time it is the Jawa Trader and Jawa Scavenger. When I glued my Jawa Scavenger to his new base I accidentally placed him a bit off center…so I decided to place some droid bits off to his side to fill in the empty spot. Used a leftover bit from General Grievous and the dome of one of the Astromech droids from the Eta-2 Actis-class Light Interceptor models.

I am still waiting to get a good price on the model of the Jawa on Ronto from the Alliance and Empire set…not planning on paying $9 + for this one, so I’ll sit back and wait.

The Republic’s Delta Squad

Posted in Sci-Fi on January 21, 2011 by botwt

I picked up all four of these Republic Commandos for next to nothing and thought that I would repaint their less than stellar paint jobs and base them to accompany General Kenobi on retaking control of the display cabinet. Hehe