Friday, March 28, 2014

The Salty Dwarf is born pt. 1

As we wrap up and think back on our first ever Salty Dwarf. I am happy to say that the event was a success. We are happily planning out how we will be able to make the next event even more successful.
While preparing for our competition we did a lot of thinking about how can we make this a cool and successful event. First on the docket was to have an awesome name. As we bounced ideas off of each other idea of The Salty Dwarf was conceived. Through some further research we were able to determine that you all like your trophies.
With that in mind I grabbed a box of super sculpey firm, a few sculpting tools, and decided to give sculpting a go... Keep in mind I have never sculpted anything other than random details on figs...  Ill walk you through how this uber newb stumbled and bumbled along with a project.  Hopefully it is somewhat helpful to some of you.

1. Here I began by making what vaguely looks like a head and neck. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My first... Demo Table!!

One of the things I enjoy most about this hobby is the chance to try new painting techniques, games, lists, terrain techniques... generally I like to try new "things". This means that at least every other week or so I am doing something for the first time. So I've decided to do a recurring article that focuses on these activities whatever they may be.
The first set of posts will most likely be related to today's. My First Demo Table!
It begins...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recap of the Salty Dwarf

Over the weekend we took part in judging a painting competition in the Ogden area. The Salty Dwarf is an open painting competition that was held at the same time as the Inter Mountain Cup Warmachine/Hordes tournament and turned out to be a big success. Along with the Salty Dwarf crew we also had famed author Larry Correia who also came to guest just the entries.

Here is how the day went down.

Monday, February 24, 2014

WWX, Outlaw sniper

Well, this guy hasn't been able to hit the broadside of a barn, so of course I thought a paintjob would help his accuracy a bit. I really enjoyed painting him, barring one mishap where I slopped black paint all over his finished shirt!

This makes 3 WWX figs finished to date, only twelve more to go before I finish my little posse!

Thanks for taking a look.

You feeling lucky, punk!?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Announcing the Salty Dwarf Painting Competition

The Geek Garage will be hosting a painting competition this spring at the InterMountain Cup venue.
We’d like to invite you all to come and participate in the first of what will hopefully be an annual event.
Spring 2014 Salty Dwarf Painting Competition!
March 15th at the Intermountain Cup tournament venue in Ogden, UT.

Salty Dwarf

Here are the details:
$10 Registration fee per entry ($5 if pre-registering*)
2 Categories:
1st Category any models on a small or medium sized base (40mm and smaller)
2nd Category models on large bases and bigger (50mm and larger)
Note: This competition is open to all miniature model companies and ranges.
Prizes will be awarded for top three in each category!

Competition Rules:
-Entrant must have painted the fig themselves. No commissions.
-Entries must be received by 12 noon of March 15th.
-The fig will be on display throughout the day. DO NOT enter a fig if you plan to use it in the tourney as well.
-Entrant must be present to collect the prize at the end of the Salty Dwarf event. Winners will be announced after round 3 (between 5pm and 7pm) of the IMC.
-You do not have to play in the tournament to enter the painting competition.
-By entering the contest, you give the Geek Garage rights and consent to post/publish pictures of the figures and Artists where we deem necessary.

*Pre-Registration details: Send Pay Pal payment to leaving a note with a name and category along with payment.
Any questions feel free to contact us at 
Now grab those brushes and start slinging some paint!!

-Geek Garage

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Templecon charity project: Stormblade Captain

As you read this, the Stormblade Capt will be making his way cross country to the waiting hands of the fine folks who are running the Templecon charity project. Hopefully he'll find himself a good home and help support a worthy cause.

For the base I went with the suggestion of flagstone. I used miliput and sculpted out each stone and used a sponge to give texture to the surface. Some of the stone are cracked and to do this look I carved a fine line through the stone and used the sponge to flatten the area giving a more natural look. 

It may not be obvious from the photos but there are eight different shades of color adorning the flagstone. I used several tones of brown and green paint then once that dried I took my pastels (grey, red, purple, blue, yellow, and flesh) to the stones. The pastels gave a translucent shading effect to each area and helped with the overall look.  

Enjoy the photos below and if you have any questions I'll be sure to answer them in the comments.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cygnar, Tempest Blazers

Well, here you have the combined efforts of two Geek Garagers. Grim and I painted these collaboratively as a commission for a friend.

Grim was tasked with painting up the horses, and I was to paint the riders. For my part, I cant say I had a lot of fun painting them. The sculpts are bad news, but I am happy with how they turned out.
It was very cool however, to have such awesomely painted horses ready to glue the riders to when they were done.

I would like to try more collaborative projects in the future, as it was pretty cool to see them come   together from two very different paint styles!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Journeymen league: The Aftermath

Hello folks,

After collecting a surprisingly large amount of Khador as payment for commissions I finally got around to learning how to play the game of Warmachines. So last fall a Journeymen League started up at the local game store and I participated as much as I could. College courses kept my play time limited but I was able to get some hobby time in and paint up some of my collection. 

For the league I played with pButcher and his battle group which is an alternative to the standard battle group box. The league finished up in December right around all the holidays and I'm sure some of you can attest that time of the year is frantic with family time, so this post is a little late. Here is a showcase of everything I painted during the league. In total I ended up with 52 points and coming in second overall. 

Also built up a second light box since I loaned my first one out to a friend. If anyone wants to see how I made it, let me know in the comments.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Super Dungeon Explore - Rattle Bone

These Rattle Bones were taxing on me when it came to painting the bone color. It was hard not to put more detail into these bad boys. My oldest son came up with the idea to make the pants colorful because the over all theme of the game. I wish I had more of these guys. Hopefully they make them available for purchase by themselves.