Monday, 31 December 2012

Dwarves of Tir-Nâ-Bor: Uren’s Son

the first strike is the only one that really hurts

Another one of my painted miniature figures from Rackham's original Confrontation collection. This is one of the fearless heroes of the mighty dwarves of Tir-Nâ-Bor.

This paint work is from a few years ago (my eyes are not what they used to be before, and I need to get a magnifying glass to continue painting), but I have quite a few shots of the painting process, which I hope you will find interesting to follow.

First step was to give the main body part the black base coating, and then start to paint the base colors of the figure. In this case, a good dwarf skin color with some leather strips on arms and legs, plus a greenish tint for the loincloth. 

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Then I took it on finishing the body details. Painting the bones on the hero’s belly, and the troll skull on the front. Cleaning up the feet and all the other torso details.

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Now is the turn of the mighty hero’s mechanical hand. I really like painting parts supposed to be metallic. It allows me to play around with different shades and combine several colors. It is difficult to appreciate on the pictures, but the color mix reflects light in different ways, so when you see it from different angles, it appears to change colors. 

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Some more details of the body with the mechanic hand now attached.

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Now is time to work on the head. Uren’s Son has a complex head. The beard is moving, and the expression is fiery and scary. I like to keep the eyes completely white since I think it gives the figures a bit of a mighty trance-like expression.

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On its back, Uren’s Son figure has like a fuel barrel with some mechanical parts to power the mighty metal hand. Again, some more fun with metallic shades.

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Hope you like the paint work. It is in fact an impressive miniature figure. The expression and the movement is remarkable, and I hope the paint does its job helping the mighty presence of one of the most powerful dwarf in the clan. I’ll leave you with a couple of shots of the completed work.

As usual, I invite you to leave your comments and get in touch if you like miniature painting and my work.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Recording Bass: 3-Bass Sample

I have been setting up my home recording studio here in the UK, and as I continue to improve and learn about recording bass and producing music, I would like to share the outcome.

This is a quick demo of a sample loop with three different bass lines and a drum pattern, playing at the same time. Check it out, and please let me know your thoughts.

For the recording I used both my Kubicki Factor 5 and my Warwick Corvette Fretless. Both produce really different sounds. I used the Factor for two of the tracks, differentiating them by tweaking the sound settings and for the third one, I used the Warwick, which produces a round, mellow and characteristic crying-like sound of the fretless. I’m currently using a Windows 8 Alienware laptop, a Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP, Saffire MixControl 3.1 and Ableton Live 8.

Cheers!

Friday, 28 December 2012

Never Stop Travelling - 2012

Now that my 2011 travel list is published, I can go ahead and publish 2012 list. If you are asking, why is this guy posting about his travels? Why do we care? Well, let me tell you: you are absolutely right to do so. You don’t need to care or find my travels interesting. However, if this post gets you excited about travelling, or reminds you of your travel memories, I can say that then, at least for me, it is worth it. That, and also, because I want the chance to post some photos of my travels and keep a handy, online record of the places I have visited (that doesn’t belong to Facebook!).

So, without anything left to be said, here is this year’s list.

My 2012 Trips

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England (Brighton, Bournemouth, Croyde Beach, Devon, Reading) 

 

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Holland (Amsterdam)

 
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USA (New York)

 

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Sweden (Stockholm)

 

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Germany (Berlin)

 

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Greece (Crete – Chersonisos, Agios Nikolaos, Plaka, Elounda, Haraklion)

 

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USA (New York, second time this year!)

 

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USA (Seattle and Bellevue)

 

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France (Paris)