I can't believe that this January marked 10 years since I started this blog. It almost passed by without me noticing!
In celebration, lets have the ultimate Throwback Thursday and take a look at some of my favorite scenery projects, models, and tutorials from the past decade.
It all started with such humble beginnings. I had just
moved back to New Jersey, and had a little studio set up in the bedroom
of our apartment:
This was the year I really started dialing in my Vampire Counts conversions. Marduk the Ghoul King and the Varghulf were some of my best kitbash and sculpting work. (The links under each photo will take you to the relevant blog post.)
2012 was the year I started my career as a freelance scenery artist, making terrain for different miniatures companies. The Wrath of Kings Goritsi City and Wild West Exodus town were among my first large "display table" projects:
I also published a post about using styrene plastic rods and tubes to make pipe details for scenery. (Fun fact: This is my most-viewed post of all time, by like a mile. Seriously– This one has over 60K views, and the next highest post is about 25K. I suspect there are a lot of Borrowers out there who stumble across my blog while looking for solutions to their tiny plumbing problems.)
During the early years of my blog, I was producing a lot of articles for No Quarter Magazine by Privateer Press, featuring all manner of conversions for Warmachine, Hordes, and the Iron Kingdoms role-playing game:
I also worked on some pretty ambitious terrain projects, namely the Dark Age lava boards, and the hugh diorama for Arcadia Quest. Each of them had LED lighting, and the Arcadia Quest diorama even had fiber optic lights for the stars in the backdrop:
I spent the entire year working my way through the terminators in the Space Hulk board game, meticulously replacing all of their Blood Angels iconography with Black Templars heraldry. And I wrote up a tutorial for painting Black Templars.
As with the Space Hulk terminators, I spent 2016 working on a year-long boxed game project. This time it was Dreadfleet. I still think these are some of the most beautiful miniatures GW has ever produced:
I also took on a scenery project that spanned nearly the entire year, resulting in the first of my "Project Log" series. The Warscryer Citadel remains one of the nicest and most visually interesting scenery kits that GW has ever produced.
Perhaps my most challenging terrain project to date was the harbor and ship that I built for Wild West Exodus. It might be the most well documented, too, because its construction was broken down over a series of ten blog posts.
This was the year that the Marvel Crisis Protocol miniatures game debuted. Working on projects like this sometimes gives me a peek into the future, but it's a double-edged sword because I have to keep all of my hard work under wraps until the project has been officially announced. (I still have two terrain boards from early 2021 that I haven't been able to talk about yet; there's some awesome stuff coming!)
The Subway was the first of a few Marvel-themed boards that I built. It was so nice, I built it twice (I mean, literally, they asked me to make a second, identical board so they could have it at shows in different regions).
And then Covid hit. I wasn't playing games in the shop anymore, and the opportunity for making display boards for conventions was diminished, but I kept up with my smaller scenery pieces and models. I came up with the story for progressing Korak the Grim and his minions into the Mortal Realms of Age of Sigmar:
And, I started work on some of my more complicated pieces of undead-themed scenery– The watchtower and statue garden. I began work on the Tombs of Tithing in 2020, but wouldn't finish them until the following year.
This was a year of completing projects that were either long-running, or that I had wanted to get to for quite some time. The Primaris-scale Emperor's Champion and Dreadnought, and the Inquisitor-scale Champion are some of my finest work, and I'm glad that I didn't rush through the champions years ago when the results and work would have been less fulfilling.
In 2021, I also got a smart phone, so I'm able to take better pictures, and shoot rotations of my models and scenery and make video tutorials on my YouTube Channel:
This has been a hell of a ride so far, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone for reading and following along! It always makes me smile when I hear that people are inspired by my work, and use the tutorials and information that I post in their own hobby projects.
If you've been here from the very start, I salute you! If you've recently found my site, please take the time to check out the back catalogue. Use the labels on the sidebar to find projects by category or name. (If you are on a mobile device, you may have to switch to view the "web version" to see this list; I don't think it's visible in the simplified mobile presentation.)