Sunday, July 20, 2014

JewelTone Tencans

Taking off next Sunday at 6:00 Pacific time, Jeweltone Tencans!  This is Monster Kolor doing what it does best: making things really bright and shiny!

Nine figures, blind boxed, $12 each, including shipping.  No limit!

More pictures as we get closer to launch.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Painting Journal: Max Toy Kaiju Dualos

That picture above? I should have stopped there.  Just painted the eyes, and called it good. But no. Increasingly poor decisions follow:

This was a 2011 Mega Glitter Kaiju Dualos from Max Toy Co.  It started life looking like this one:

Nifty, but I really wanted the detail on this awesome sculpt to stand out, and glitter plastic isn't known for doing that.  A rub seemed ideal to bring out the sculpt, while still showing some nifty glitter.

Deciding I wanted him to look like a well-loved vintage toy, I set to work.

Instead of my usual Monster Kolor base coat, I went with a rattle-can of black Krylon.  The spray-paint doesn't come off as easily, and would add another layer to the rub that I would have to work through to get to the glitter.

After covering with the spray paint, I set to work with the Monster Kolor.  Standard Red blended with Brown and Green from the then-just-released military set got the colors I wanted.

The turpentine rub worked nicely, with the Monster Kolor coming off easily on the raised areas, and more effort needed to get the Krylon gone.  The result is a nice contrast to the layers, with the glitter as the chewy-nougat center.

But then I wrecked it, apply waaaaay too much Monster Kolor dullcoat.  Which turned the dullcoat into a glosscoat.

I tried several different clear matte finishes to try and take away the sheen, but I'vew never gotten back to the finish in the picture at the top.  It remains on my shelf, mocking me with it's almost-but-not-quite-ness.  (I'm tempted to strip it completely and start over, but I really do like the paint job, I just didn't stick the landing.)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Orbitdyne Bulletin #1!

AKA. I'm only mostly dead.  And mostly dead, is slightly alive.  New releases, and more things to look at soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Maggie inspecting Mark Nagata's Kaiju Dualos.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Rust Bucket: Up for Grabs!

Five awesome custom Rust Bucket Tencans are now on sale in the shop:
Head over and buy one, wont you? Thank you!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

OMFG: Rust Bucket TenCan

Grab your own Rust Bucket Tencan right here:

I talked Nikolos Sardos into letting me paint some of his new creation, Tencan!  The adorable little mutant trashpile is part of Outlandish Mini Figure Guys Series 3.  If you're new to them, do check them out.  A whole line of community-created plastic figures, in the spirit of MUSCLEs and Monster in My Pocket.

Tencan was the collective effort of Nik (design), Richard Brown (concept), and Bryan Fulk (sculpt).

I wanted to do something special for this figure, and what would be better than rusty cans?  Nothing!  To get the effect I wanted, I headed for the Monster Kolor.  But instead of a usual start-to-end airbrush job, I did something I haven't done in years: Drybrushing!

First, a nice multi-colored basecoat of metallic and flat oranges and reds:

Then to the brushing!  I added several layers of metallic silvers, going from dark to light with a big paintbrush:

THe silver drybrushing only hit the high spots, leaving nice rusty details in all the concave areas, and really brining out the charm of the sculpt.  I topped them off with a tiny bit of iridescent blue, and they're good to go!

I did a run of five, each one slightly different.  Signed and numbered, with a matching card.

They will go up for sale here, Saturday at 1:00 Pacific.  Limit one each, $12 shipped.  Oogle more pictures after the break:

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Last Days of Grasshut

Grasshut Corp's brick-and-mortar location in Old Town Portland is closing.  I understand Bwana's reasons for doing so, but I will miss it none the less.

The last show featured Grasshut stalwarts Tim Biskup and Miles Nielsen.

 Pieces from the last show, and Bwana's continued projects at Grasshut are available here:

More pictures after the jump:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cat Tested! Cat Approved!

Sorry for the radio silence, I should have some new pretty pictures to show you, and some new customs in the store!  It's been a rough year for me on many fronts, but I feel like I'm finally making progress again, not least of which getting my workshop/storage space organized.  Maggie Approves!