I had a feeling that my concept for Round 2 was a bit ambitious, and I was correct. I ended up withdrawing from the competition in the middle of last week as I knew I would never finish. I will finish the piece at some point, I’m just not sure when. I wish they ran the competition in the winter…
Fortunately I made it thorough Round 1 of Wyrd’s Iron Painter competition. Unfortunately that means that I feel obligated to finish my Round 2 entry, which is due this Sunday at midnight. The theme for this round is “It’s the End of the World as We know It”. I decided to do a Big Lebowski/Lovecraftian mash-up, where Walter has “fucked with The Jesus” one too many times, and The Jesus decides to summon a Gug from The Dreamlands. All I have finished so far is the base, set on my interpretation of the bowling alley from the film. I fear that I won’t be able to finish, but I’ll give it the old Iron Painter try.
Annually Wyrd Miniatures hosts Iron Painter – a competition that pairs painters up head to head in a single elimination tournament. Entries are paired up randomly, a theme is chosen and the contestants have two weeks to post an image of their work. These are then scored by three judges using three categories; theme, technical skill, and aesthetic. Whomever scores highest in the pairing moves on to the next round, and the process starts again and continues until there is only one painter left standing.
I have entered twice in the past. Once I received a DNF (did not finish), and once I was eliminated in the first round for scoring poorly in the theme category. This year I decided to throw my hat in the ring again and, just in time, was able to finish my entry for Round 1. The theme was “Fool’s Gold” so I took the literal route and painted up a jester from Guild of Harmony. He’s mounted on a tiered cobblestone base insert, overlooking a treasure pile made with rhinestones and glitter that my wife grabbed at the craft store. The other entries can be seen in the Round 1 Gallery, and there’s some amazing creativity, brush work, sculpting and scratch building to be seen.
I’ve has this cart for quite some time, but I had “stained” it a dark brown with some thinned Vallejo Smoke and it was looking a bit sad. I repainted it with some acrylics and oil washes trying to achieve an old worn wood look. I’m not quite there with the techniques yet, but it looks way better than what it did before.
Here’s a quick repaint I did of a Corgi die-cast Sherman. I airbrushed the camo with Vallejo Model Air, added some markings from Archer Fine Transfers and lightly weathered the running gear with some enamel and oil washes. Clearly this tank is named after my wife.
The final, for now, piece of my Monty Python themed SAGA army is my Warlord, King Arthur. Arthur is from the Fireforge Games Teutonic Infantry plastics box, and Patsy is Reaper Miniatures Oswald the Overladen. Arthur has some facial hair made from Green Stuff, and the banner was printed on inkjet cotton paper – my new favorite medium. Again the tunic and shield logos are custom decals that I made from artwork found on the web, and I overpainted the shield with acrylics as the larger decal was somewhat pixelated.
As an aside, after fiddling with the Crusader board last week I have decided to run this army as Normans.
Here they are – the core of my force. The knights themselves are from Fireforge Games Teutonic Infantry and the squires, or in this case “mounts”, are Reaper Miniatures Oswald the Overladen. Sir Lancelot is straight out of the box. Sir Galahad and Sir Robin have West Wind heads, and I added Sir Robin’s pornstache with Green Stuff. Sir Bedevere is also from the box set with a Green Stuff helmet plume that I added. All of the tunic and shield logos are custom decals that I made from artwork found on the web. I overpainted the shields with acrylics as the larger decals were somewhat pixelated.
I’m hoping that my opponents won’t mind if I run these as mounted Hearthguard. Four points down, and a Warlord to go.