Sunday Picture Post

Well, a long, long time ago I promised some pictures of the painted miniatures that I had done. Well, now I finally have them (I know, I know… I really can’t explain how it took me this long… it’s been a really long year). Sorry I don’t have a better display surface for them. Eventually I’m going to make up some terrain and a nice little battle field. So… The Saracens And The Immortals… or… you know, the Chinese:

The Pillar of Faith, The Alchemist, and a couple of Blessed Warriors
The Pillar of Faith, The Alchemist, and a couple of Blessed Warriors.
Chams Al'Din and Husaym Al'Din... the Djinnie are here! I like the one with the sword hands... he's my favorite miniature right now.
Chams al Majid and Husaym al Dim… the Djinnie are here! I like the one with the sword hands… he’s my favorite miniature right now.
Salah ad-Din and his two djinnie friends.
Salah ad-Din and his two djinnie friends.
The Lancer (guess which one he is), a couple of Berber Chasseurs, and Emir Nazir Ibn Hamid Ibn Hajjad... he has quite a name, doesn't he?
The Lancer (guess which one he is), a couple of Berber Chasseurs, and Emir Nazir Ibn Hamid Ibn Hajjad… he has quite a name, doesn’t he?
The whole Saracens battle group... they're ready for trouble.
The whole Saracens battle group… they’re ready for trouble.
The Peasantry... with fire buckets!
The Peasantry… with fire buckets!
The Human Imperial Sentinel, the Human Blade Master, and Cheng Xaio-Chen the Imperial (infernal) Bureaucrat
The Human Imperial Sentinel, the Human Blade Master, and Cheng Xaio-Chen the Imperial (infernal) Bureaucrat.
The Demon Hybrid Blademaster, Chan Lee, and a disturbingly cute little lemure.
The Demon Hybrid Blademaster, Chan Lee, and a disturbingly cute little lemure. Sorry about the blurry picture here.
The Immortals battle group... trouble's here!
The Immortals battle group… trouble’s here!

Scene Challenge of the Week

This piece was done by byzantinum, whose work can be found here.
This piece was done by byzantinum, whose work can be found here.

Well, we’re coming quickly to the end of January. Only one more scene challenge after this and we’ll be in February. I don’t know why that matters, I just felt like pointing it out. I’m writing a lot of these posts around the beginning of January, so at this point I honestly don’t know if I ever got pictures of those miniatures up yet or not. I hope I did. They should be off to the painter by now. I would paint them myself, but I… well, lets just say that they are very detailed models and my painting skills are limited by very shaky hands. Anyway, it’s time for another scene challenge, and if you don’t know the rules: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit.  If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.

Your challenge: Write a scene off of the cue below, but no sentence in your scene may be more than six words long. The scene as a whole should be at least 300 words, so you’re going to wind up with at least 50 sentences. For a lot of writers it’s easy to over-write, and run-on sentences can be a problem. Even if your grammar is strong enough to avoid run-ons in long sentences, writing very brief sentences can be good practice. It might not be your style, but it helps to practice. Your cue: “Salah spat on the ground. …”

Enjoy!

Awesome New Basing Gel!

Ok, well… I’m just a little bit excited about some of the stuff I got after Christmas. I know that I’ve mentioned Hell Dorado in a few posts now, and I talked a little bit about the new models and basing gel that I got… although I’m not entirely sure the post that’s in has gone up yet. Anyway, I promised a few pictures of these models, and I wanted to give a mention of the Liquitex Gel Medium that I’m using for the basing. There are, from the research I’ve done, several companies that make this kind of stuff, including Liquitex, Vallejo, and Golden. The only one I’ve used so far is Liquitex, and it works great. A medium sized tub of the stuff cost me about twelve dollars, and I bought some paint to mix in with it. So, being that this isn’t a personal blog, I want to add in a challenge post here. So, you’ve got some pictures of miniatures below, consider these miniatures as character archetypes. What kinds of characters do you see in these models, and how would you fit all of them together into a story?

What character's do you see here?
What character’s do you see here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about here? And yes, my desk is pretty much always this messy
How about here? And yes, my desk is pretty much always this messy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, what characters do you see here?
And lastly, what characters do you see here?