30 November 2013

Notable Acquisitions November 2013

KITS
Nocturna Masquerade (70mm, Pedro Fernández)

22 November 2013

John W. Higgins Armory 1931-2013

"In January 2014, the Higgins Armory Museum will transfer to the Worcester Art Museum its unique collection of arms and armor, which is widely regarded as one of the three most significant arms and armor collections in the Americas.  The transfer, which will allow the collection to remain on display in Worcester, will follow the closure of Higgins at the end of 2013. . . . "

http://www.higgins.org/integration-worcester-art-museum
http://www.worcesterart.org/Director/higgins-collection/index.html

Thanks for the countless memories!!! Fair well and Godspeed!!! And, of course, I'll be in Worcester in 5 years or so. . . :)))

17 November 2013

Judge Dredd -- Prepwork #4

The figure is now in the final finishing stage. There is still quite a few bits and bobs to be reworked (mainly on the left hand), but the end is definitely in sight!

I wish I could say the same for the "groundwork": this is an extensively reworked Kabuki Models’ Eagle Rock Plinth. I would say I am a little over half-way done, but there are a few enhancements that I am considering that will extend the time on the workbench significantly.

More to follow. . . 

15 November 2013

Judge Dredd -- Prepwork #3

Clean-up continues to progress quite nicely. The head is the first piece to be completed, and it is now pegged and on its work block awaiting final once-over and priming.

Very little remains to be done as I am effectively in final once-over -- before assembly. One area that will demand my attention in the days ahead are the belt's magazine pouches: upon close inspection,  there were quite a few air bubbles along the edges. While these were filled last week, reduction (of filler) and re-detailing await.

A notable addition was made this evening, and that was the viewfinder of the TTB (through the barrel) sighting system. The digital render shows the full viewfinder (much as we see in the new Judge Anderson release), but the kit provides but a rudimentary eyepiece; thus, the distinctive "knob" of the Lawgiver MK 1 is a must enhancement. This was done with a piece of sprue sand- ed to the appropriate diameter, and superglued in place. Final detailing has yet to be done.

More to follow. . .

FOLLOW-UP. . . I was entertaining adding the second, upper magazine to the Lawgiver, but decided that it would be too much of a distraction. Instead, I opted to replace the flimsy resin barrel of the weapon with one made from copper tubing ground-down to size. This relatively simple, albeit nerve-wracking, procedure makes all the difference in the world!

10 November 2013

Judge Dredd -- Prepwork #2

The "custom accessory piece" is now done--and attached! 

One of the characteristic weapons of the Judges was the "daystick"--as in "beat the living 'daylights' out of the perp". As I felt the figure was somewhat off-balance with nothing in its left hand, I decided to add a daystick.

I used a piece of ps sprue to carve a daystick. Aside from drilling out the left fist, there is very little additional work to be done save restoring the last two fingers. Nothing could be easier, and the effect is quite dramatic.

Now to get the figure ready for priming. . . 

09 November 2013

The Queen of the Prom -- Hi-Res


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ENJOY!

"The Ripper" (bka Divio Juckal)

This posting is embarrassingly L-O-N-G overdue. And while the image that follows is a vast improvement over some past postings, there is still much work to be done in learning the idiosyncrasies of the DSLR.

Be that as it may, and without further ado. . .

06 November 2013

The Return of Dredd. . .

. . . to my workbench, that is. . .

Admittedly, I am in a bit of a quandary as to what to proceed with next. One thing I do know, however, is that I do not want to lose the momentum generated by Jessica. So rather than wait for what might arrive in the next 2-3 weeks, I decided to revisit a project that was started earlier this year: Dark World Creations' 70mm Judge Dredd.

This evening, I tapped and pegged the legs, and tentatively fitted him to the groundwork. So far so good. . . 

UPDATE 07.11.2013. . . The groundwork has been tentatively fitted - and pegged - to the display pedestal--you will see what I mean shortly. 

UPDATE 08.11.2013. . . The legs have been fitted to the reworked surface of the groundwork. With that being done, I can now focus on pre-prime finishing of the figure, and start to work on a custom accessory piece.

02 November 2013

The Queen of the Prom

A couple of friends and colleagues urged me to post the immediate post-completion shots--I thank them for their generous praise and their incisive comments. Please note that these are low-res images, and that they were taken less than an hour after completion without benefit of diffused lighting. . .  

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Hi-res images to follow as soon as they are available.

ENJOY!!!

Notable Acquisitions October 2013

KITS
Dark World Creations Jessica (1/10 scale bust, Pedram Karimfazli)