Category Archives: hobby

REAPER, Mercenary Spearman

I bought this model at discount for about 100 yen at the Shinjuku branch of one of the few miniatures and analog gaming stores in Japan, Yellow Submarine.  It’s a pretty simple sculpt, and I initially got it purely for testing some new techniques, specifically those outlined in Dallimore’s books on using simple yet effective methods for painting gaming models.  In the end, I came to appreciate the model more during the prepping stage.  I put more effort than planned in the flesh and the red, but kept the rest very simple.  It’s not a showstopper, but I’m happy with the results.

For those interested, the red, green-grey, green, black, and metal were all painted using the respective Andrea Color paint sets.

WAMP, Portal Issue 11

WAMP has just released issue 11 of their popular e-magazine.  You can download the current issue by visiting the WAMP website via the image above or by clicking here.

MASTERCLASS PAINTING with Mathieu Fontaine

For those of you lucky enough to live in the Chicago area, Mathieu Fontaine is conducting two days of painting classes at Games Plus.  Classes are scheduled for August 27 and 28, from 9:00AM to 9:00PM on Saturday and 9:00AM to 6:00PM on Sunday.  Passes for the whole weekend can be purchased for $115; seating is limited.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn firsthand from one of the best and most respected painters in the world.

For more information visit the Games Plus website or click on the image above.

On Gaming, to the best of our knowledge

Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge recently air an interesting program on gaming.  From their website:

“Parents worry that their kids spend too much time playing video games, but according to one new study, if you need surgery, you want the surgeon who grew up with a game controller in one hand. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why the future belongs to gamers. Imagine a world in which whatever you want to know you can learn from a game.”


Video games used to be for kids and geeks. Today – just try to find someone who doesn’t play at least one electronic game. Electronic games began as entertainment, but they’re fast becoming much, much more. Already we use games to teach kids and to train doctors, to meet friends and to wage war. Today – how games could transform the world. British writer and game theorist Tom Chatfield is the author of “Fun, Inc: Why Gaming Will Dominate the 21st Century.” He tells Jim Fleming he believes games also have the potential to revolutionize a field that could use a dose of fun – education. Imagine a game the let’s you blast imaginary cancer cells – except they’re from a real cancer patient, and your game you play may help save her life. That’s the future an interdisciplinary team of biologists, education researchers and game designers is working on at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Anne Strainchamps got professors Susan Millar & Kurt Squire to show her a game.


If you’ve ever played one of the big online multi-player fantasy games – like World of Warcraft or… ., you know that in the beginning, there’s a certain amount of drudge work. But you can cheat and get someone else to do it for you. Cory Doctorow has written a novel about it, called “For the Win,” and tells Anne Strainchamps about gold-farming, and why people do it. Commentator Aubrey Ralph understands the pleasure of it. He explains his enthusiasm for the Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA. Ethan Gilsdorf also understands. He is the author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks” and tells Steve Paulson it began for him when he was 12.


Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says the writing’s on the wall: in the future, you can either make the software… or you can BE the software. Rushkoff has a new book – Program or Be Programmed. It opens with a story he told Anne Strainchamps – about a recent visit to an Air Force general.

Work in Progress, Anakron/Roquelaine zombie bust

I’d like to quickly share some progress (although still minimal) on one of the (too) many WIPs currently taking up space on my workbench, the limited edition zombie bust by Anakron Miniatures Studio.  Featured here are a few shots of some of my noodling + the original sculpt, which is a collaboration between Anakron (uniform) and his talented ami, Cyril Roquelaine (face).  I definitely need to clean up the printer’s block (it’s filthy), but am torn about painting it; there’s something to be said for leaving it “natural.”

Anakron Miniatures Studio, sculpting wooden planks

Anakron has uploaded another great tutorial, this time on sculpting wooden planks.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.  There’s no need to worry, if you don’t understand French; the video is so well made, it’s easy to follow what he’s doing.  And he’s more than happy to answer in English any questions you might have about materials and technique in the comments section on his site, or in this thread on the DP forum.  One more thing: it’s possible there will be subtitled versions of these in the future, so stay tuned.

Blitzkrieg Commander Terrain, river WIPs

The latest addition to my 1/72 Blitzkrieg Commander terrain project, the bridge.  With this and two basic river tiles finished, I’ll have the whole river done soon.  Stay tuned.