Sunday, 26 January 2014

13 months late

My Unofficial Diorama of Doom entry for 2012. Yes i know its 13 months late.. but i got there in the end

Needs some better pictures but I hope you all like this.

I came up with a name for this piece:

"Shortly after Mystery Inc discovered that the Brain Devouring Zombie of Hawkins Manor wasn't Old Man Jacoby the Caretaker in disguise, Velma instigated the 'Shoot First, Unmask Later' protocol."

I suspect this may not fit on the base though, so I'll probably shorten it to:

"Shoot First, Unmask Later"

The Scooby Gang

The Post-Zombie Apocalypse Scooby Gang

Friday, 24 January 2014


I forgot to post this at Christmas, and I am sure that anyone who cares already knows but my "Last Pedestrian" entry into the Forum of Doom Unofficial Diorama of Doom 2013 competition won!

Yay! Go Me! :-)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Halo Jones

I've been looking at some 2000AD figures over the last week or so, and trying to complete some of the characters I remember from my nerdy youth.

Halo Jones was a surprising favourite and I've had Toby the dog from Foundry for some time
But there isn't a halo figure. Then I came across Effigy Games Closing down sale. And they had this figure which I think will be great, and finally arrived yesterday! I may have to add to the shoulder pads though - just like in Dallas/Dynasty!

 I'm going to have to get some funky hippie colour combinations too!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Wet Palettes

I have finally found a moulded plastic box, and foam lining that works brilliantly for me as a wet palette.

I've tried many things before but not found anything as simple as this.

The box is impact resistant with a metal pin hinge and a firm clasp and comes ready lined with a close cell foam. Its shallow enough to mean you're not reaching 'over' the lip of a "tupperware" box and it has little to no lip. When open the lid lies flat and actually means that you could double your palette area (although obviously you can't close it with paint and water in if you use both sides.

I'm thinking of knocking them out of my webstore.

Two palette sizes.
Small 90 x 130 x 23mm (with a usable palette size of 70 x 110mm) - estimate £7
Large 110 x 160 x 29mm (with a usable palette size of90 x 140mm) - estimate £9

Both sizes include 15 sheets of parchment, a zip lock bag to keep the box airtight if you're not painting for several days, and a length of copper wire to help keep down mold growth.

Good idea or not?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Diorama of Doom - XXV - FINAL

Episode VII - The Last Pedestrian.

A week last Tuesday, not far from a certain forest moon...

The Emperor is dead. The once mighty galactic empire is in turmoil; it's elite forces destroyed by a rag tag bunch of amateur insurgents and knee-high plushies armed only with native spears and slip hazards. The catastrophic failings of the mechanised walkers were clearly exposed.

With the death of the last of the Sith, scientific rationalism rather than a quasi-religious kratocracy, is in resurgence.

Assuming command of the remains of the empire military machine, in a ramshackle maintenance hanger, the new leader, Kim Wrong-Un, commands that all remaining bipedal units are retrofitted with a more proven motive method...

The final diorama - Front

The final diorama - rear

"Pick on someone your own size!"
A heavily armed ewok takes on the might of the imperial mechanised infantry. Dangerous things fruit!


Immortal leader Kim Wrong-Un and his generals oversee the refitting of the walker fleet to a more sensible mode of motive power.

The best brains in the  Empire Science Corp consider their plans for amputating the walkers.

The Walker cockpit is craned onto the tank body.

Checking the inspection pit.

Waste Disposal
Here we see our previous heroes Bob and Dave, due to the collpase of the empire economy they have abandoned their jobs as line-markers and taken up as industrial scrap merchants. They discuss the likely cash values of a skip full of robot legs, flier engines and, worryingly a live guided missile and a drum of radioactive material..

As Night Falls
Work on the rectifications goes on well into the dark, such is the urgency and commitment of the empire's greatest engineers.

The lighting effects are done with ElectoLuminescent paper. I have never worked with it before but it has been an absolute joy. Straightforwards to use and install; the biggest problem has been hiding the battery packs and the cables under the base.

The bright orange cable that runs in the floor and to the tank is ElectroLuminescent wire, it has a controller on it that makes it pulse as though it is "pumping plasma". It doesn't show up well on the pictures, but at some stage I will take a video to show it and play around with the camera settings to get better dark pictures.

After three months of building this, I am off to start Christmas shopping and I hope not to have to touch a paint brush until the new year!

Merry Christmas everyone.

"May the Wheel be with you!"