Geek Out Studio: Another Update

I just realized that it’s been over a year since I posted an article. I can assure you that things are still going well. I’ve just been extremely busy and forgetful. Mainly forgetful.

I’ve also become more relient on Facebook. It’s quicker to snap a picture and write a two sentence blurb than it is to write a whole blog post. If you’re interested in keeping up with what all we’re doing on an almost daily basis, then go and like Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page.

In the mean time, I’ll bring you up to speed on what all has happened in the year I’ve been away.

For starters, the cosplay side of things has grown. We made our first cosplay guest appearance at Emerald Coast Con in Fort Walton Beach at the end of October. I premiered my Halo ODST armor. There’s still some things that I want to add before I call it fully completed. However, here are some pictures from that weekend.

ODST Armor

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The humorous thing was walking across Hwy 98 to get something to eat wearing this armor. I got a lot people shouting out their windows saying Master Chief. Then actually eating food in the armor was an adventure and challenge. I actually don’t have a lot of movement when I’m wearing it.

Of course it was our RWBY cosplay that got us to this point. We premiered a large RWBY group at last year’s Pensacon.

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There are plenty more photos of our cosplay work over on our Facebook page. You might see more as we’ve put in to be cosplay models for a local photographer. I’ve also been ghost writing for her blog for a few months. Another reason why I haven’t been keeping up with mine.

We’re still doing miniatures too. Recently I’ve begun work on the Robotech Tactics miniatures. I started working on them mainly to see where all the negative press was coming from. I have to say I don’t know what people are talking about. The miniatures are not that difficult to put together, and they paint up well. I haven’t “finished” any, but here are a few quick work in progress pictures of some of them.

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There’s much more, but I won’t bore you on every single detail. Just know that I do plan to get back to posting on a regular basis. You can look forward to Youtube videos, prop building blogs, and regular topical articles. I hope to post a new article at least once a month, but like I said at the beginning, if you’re really interested in keeping tabs on everything that goes on at Geek Out Studio on a more daily basis, then like our Facebook page.

Studio Update: Geek Out Studio is Growing

This past few months have been incredibly busy around here. I promise you I haven’t stopped. I’ve just been spread pretty thin. However, I will show you things that have been keeping my attention. There’s going to be a lot of pictures and a lot of things I gloss over. You can keep more up to date by following Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page, Twitter feed @GeekOutStudio, or Instagram.

I’ve still been working on various miniatures; however, I haven’t taken any studio shots because the clients have all decided to do their own bases. I haven’t had a chance to meet up with them and take some studio shots of the fully completed miniatures, but I’ll go over some of the work-in-progress pictures.

After I finished the Heldrake, I got started on a couple of costume commissions that were sent in. Both were for Kill La Kill props. The first being Ryuko’s Scissor Blade.

Scissor BladeHere’s what it looked like in some photo shoots .

Kill La Kill CosplayI also got a request for Sasuki’s Bakuzan. This took a little more time, and I’m still trying to figure out how to do the sheath.

BakuzanHere’s the two props in a nice photo shoot from this year’s Mechacon in New Orleans.

Kill La Kill GroupBack to the miniature side of things. There have been three projects that have come across my desk that I’m still working on as more pieces come in. The first was a collection of Bolt Action Marines.

Bolt Action MarinesThis project was a bit time-consuming since I basically had to hand paint all the marines, but they turned out good.

Bolt Action BARBolt Action NCOBolt Action SniperI should be able to get some nice showcase photos of these guys soon, so keep an eye out for them.

I still work on Warhammer stuff (I promise); however, I have gotten to work on a Warhammer Fantasy piece.

OrionThe Wood Elves Orion. This was an interesting piece to work on manly due to the fact that the client wanted it mostly done in fall colors. It was another time-consuming piece because again, I had to hand paint most of it.

Orion BackThis is another piece that I should be able to get some showcase photos of soon.

Grey Hunter FrontWe’re back to 40k Space Marines. This and one other miniature was done as a test model for a client that wanted a white color scheme Space Wolves army.

Grey Hunter BackSpace Wolf Plasma Front

With the completion of these two, the client has decided to go ahead and get his whole army painted.

I did have a rather random but cute commission come in. One of my wife’s co-workers wanted me to re-paint a Skylander. Her son wanted a girl Skylander to give to his sister.

SkylanderThis was the starting model. The kid wanted typical “girl” colors: pink and purple. Since it was for a 6-year-old, I didn’t go to crazy with painting it; however, bot the mom and kids did end up absolutely loving it.

Skylander Re-paintSkylander re-paint2Now for some of the personal stuff that have been distracting me. I continue to plod along with my ODST armor, but with most of it reinforced, I have actually begun putting it together.

ODST armorODST BracersSome of the other parts like the hip and thigh armor hang off a belt that I need to get. The helmet has been soaking up a lot of time though.

ODST Helmet

A nice metal undercoat that will help with weathering.

ODST WeatherODST Weather BackMasked off scratches with liquid rubber.

ODST Helmet GreenODST Helmet BrownThis is where things got tedious. I plan to do a digital camouflage scheme for my armor. That means lots and lots of stencils over four different colors.

There have been two big events that have distracted me though over the last couple of months.

DragonCon BadgeThis was the first. Our first trip to Dragon*Con.

DragonCon MarineThere were lots of pictures taken. 🙂

Last week I was busy working a haunted castle out in the middle of no where, so I guess that was fitting. I got to play a crazy and bloody doctor.

Mad DoctorFinally, the big reveal of what has caused me to not post much recently is that I’m moving into an actual studio.

StudioStudio 2We did some major home renovations recently, and along with that was convert a spare room into a studio. I soon hope to have it completely done and running. I no longer will be cramped into a small alcove, but have a whole room.

Anyway, that’s about everything that’s been going on recently. I should get back to posting regularly, so make sure to check back. As always, share, follow, comment, and all those other wonderful internet stuff.

Dark Angels Army: Picture Day for My Space Marines

I finished a Heldrake commission yesterday, so I took this morning to take some display pictures of it. I have a rule that I don’t post pictures of my completed commissions until the customer has gotten the first chance to look at and hold their commission. You’ll be able to see pictures of the Heldrake probably tomorrow. While I was snapping pictures on the drake, I figured I’d take some time and get some good pictures of my Dark Angels. Here are the fruits of my labor:

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We start of with a tactical squad.It’s a basic squad that I’ll be adding to as time goes. My plan is to simply build a few key sergeant options, the three assault weapons, and a few key heavy weapons.

DA Squad 2DA Squad 2cDA Squad 2dAnother tactical squad, this one comes from the Dark Vengeance box set. This squad makes for the back bone of really a second squad. I generally put the plasma cannon in the Devastator squad, and I rarely use the sergeant as is. Given how the Dark Vengeance box is still available and with the 7th edition mini-rulebook, I’ll probably have another one these squad soon.

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My Dark Angels Librarian. Again, this model is from the Dark Vengeance box set, and again, I’ll probably will have another one of these guys floating around.

DA Drop PodDA Drop Pod 2A Dark Angels drop pod. I magnetized the doors to prevent them from flopping open. It’s proven to be very nice.

DA RhinoDA Razorback 2

My Dark Angels Rhino can also serve as a Razorback since I magnetized the top hatch. I didn’t magnetize everything to make every take. I tried that last time with my Space Wolves, and it was more of a pain that what it’s worth.

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The start of a scout sniper squad. I really need to finish up the rest as I tend to bring at least one squad every time I play.

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I don’t actually use dreadnaughts all that much in my games, but I had this fellow laying around. I striped the old paint off of him, and painted him in a nice Dark Angels color scheme. The arms are not glued or magnetized. I just use the peg and holes that come as is in the kit.

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A squad of Deathwing Knights. These guys were fun painting and are a fun squad to play with.

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My squad of Deathwing terminators from the Dark Vengeance box. I’m working on some more at the moment, so I’m sure you’ll see more of these guys.

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Finally, this is my Ravenwing Stormtalon. I know Dark Angels don’t have access to Stormtalons. This is for the times I ally with regular codex Space Marines. It has also stood in for my Nephilim a few times. You’ll notice I didn’t go with the standard GW base and mounting rod. I hate that plastic stand that come in the kit. This a set I picked up from CorSec Engineering. I personally think it looks better. It has a lower profile than what comes in the kit. It also unscrews for easy transport.

I hoped you enjoyed my show and tell. Let me know what you think, and if you’re interested in a commission message me here or at Geek Out Studio.

Geek Out Studio’s First Commission: Dark Eldar Wraith Knight

Today is a big day. I sold my first commissioned miniature. I technically finished it yesterday, but I’m making a policy that my commissioners get to see the final product first before the rest of the world does. With out further rambling here it is:

Wraith Knight AI was commissioned to assemble and paint an Eldar Wraith Knight for a Dark Eldar army. The model was purchased from yoymart, which I wouldn’t really recommend. Prepping this guy to paint took almost a week and a half. Construction proved to be a challenge too since the model was a resin re-cast, and the resin used was brittle. Most it was put together using 5 Minute Epoxy Resin.

Wraith Knight CPainting was another challenge. Since I can’t really find color matches for the Dark Eldar colors, I had to use the GW colors. Those don’t really like going through an airbrush. I basically had to take apart and deep clean my airbrush with each color I used. The shield, head, and weapons were thankfully done with airbrush paints, so that was a relieve when I got to them.

Wraith Knight EThe things that I’m particularly happy with and that I’ve gotten the most compliments are the shield, jewels, and base. The jewels were done using various colors of blue mixed with glaze medium. Once they were done I went over the jewel with Tamiya’s clear blue, but I also put a gloss coat on it to make it shimmer a bit more. The base was easy to make, and the first thing I had done. I used a piece of pine bark for the rock. The snow is made by mixing white glue with some Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow, and the ice cycles are clear plastic rods that I melted and pulled apart over a candle. Those where the tricky part because you know fire is hot.

Wraith Knight DThis is also the first time I’m using my light box. It’s a DIY light box, so there are thousands of tutorials out there that shows you how to build one. The picture didn’t turn out as well as thought it would. I personally think the model looks better in person than in this picture. The commissioner would probably agree since him and his girlfriend sat for a few minutes just turning it around and looking at it. I think I might need to play with the lighting or the back drop to produce the pictures I want.

As always, let me know what you think.

Did I Fall Off the Planet?

Oh my lord! Almost a year with no new content. That has to be a sad state. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been busy behind the scenes with a variety of projects. Add on top of that the juggling act of having a job. I’ve been doing a lot of gaming over the past few months. Some of it not Warhammer 40k. I’ve been sucked into the world of Infinity, Song of Blades and Heros, Flames of War, and Full Thrust. There’s a local Infinity escalation league starting next month that I’m jumping in on, so I’ll try and be good and start adding more actual gaming content. There’s also the small fact that I’ve been getting a very big project up off the ground. What is that you ask?

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I’ve started a commissioning service that focuses on props, costumes, and miniatures. Right now you can check it out at Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page. It probably won’t be long until I get a proper web page for it along with Youtube channel. Naturally, content from this site will no doubt morph into including more content for Geek Out Studio.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a commissioning service for some time; however, it wasn’t until Pensacon that I decided to take the plunge. Most of my time over the winter was devoted to putting together my and my wife’s costume. Mine fell through and my wife’s costume almost did too. However, we managed to pull it off. Here she is in her RWBY cosplay as Ruby Rose.

Ruby RoseRuby Rose CosplayDuring the build of her costume I was getting a lot of praise from people, and when I showed them my miniatures, the praise just grew. Most of those comments were along the lines of I should do this professionally, or could I do something. I was also inspired when I ran into an old friend from high school. She was making a career of following her love and passion, so I figured I had no excuse.

Just my Warhammer peeps don’t feel like their being left out. Here is a small collection of my miniatures that recently won a handful of prizes at the Blue Angel’s Scale Model and Miniatures Expo. The pictures really are bad, and I’m in the process of making a light box. Just humor me and keep an eye out for better ones.

Dark Angels RhinoDark Angels SquadDeathwingRavenwing Storm TalonRavenwing Storm Talon topThese last minis aren’t Warhammer, but I think they’re easy to look at.

ShowgirlsI run a handful of these as my war band for Song of Blades and Heroes.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of projects on my table, so I’ll have plenty to go over through the next few days. Thankfully, I’ve been moved to part time, so I can devote more time on working on Geek Out Studio and my blog. Right now though, I trying to organize and clean the chaos that is near and dear to all of us: my work area. As all ways, if you have questions or comments leave them down below.

Studio Update: What’s Going on Behind the Scenes

MechanicumWell things have been a bit slow around here. The biggest problem with me not posting in the past month is that I’ve been fighting sinus problems. I don’t know if it’s an infection or my head is just clogged with snot. Anyway, I have an appointment with an ENT later this week, so I should get some answers. The weather here has been another contributing factor. I believe we are going on our fourth week of rain, which is not helping my sinus issues. This also put a bit of a “damper” on some of my painting as I can’t get outside and do any airbrushing. Finally, there’s the fact that I’ve been sucked into a few new games including Deathwatch. Basically, I’ll break down all the things that have been going on into a couple of sub-points.

I’ve Been Sick

I’ve haven’t been sick for a whole month, just the last two or so weeks. Who would want to do much of anything when they have to constantly blow their nose and still have enough gunk in their head to clog their ears to the point of near deafness? Not me. I’ve also been trying to find a job during this time. I love my hobby, but the funny thing is that it requires money. The sole motivation for me getting a job is so I can buy more toys. Sadly, I think I’ll find a job when both my head clears and the rain decides to stop, which at the current rate of things is never.

New Games

This has sucked up what time I have when not sleeping of medicine or job hunting. I have quiet enjoyed it too. For starters, Pelicon was held here at the end of June where I had the opportunity to try a couple of games I’ve been eying: Infinity and Full Thrust. I’m going to go ahead a jump into the camp that everyone else that has tried or has played Infinity has jumped into. That is that Infinity is a cool and fun game. It’s not as complicated as I was thinking it was going to be. The demo game I took part in only last maybe an hour, but in that time, I got a good feeling for how the game would work. The guy that was putting on the demo is working on growing an Infinity community here in Pensacola. Given the number of people who tried the demo, that community seems to be on its way to becoming a reality. The people at Bobe’s Hobby House is looking at starting to carry the miniatures, which I’m all for since I like to support local businesses whenever I can. In the same vein of new games, some of you know that I’ve gotten into Fantasy Flight’s Deathwatch. So far my friends and I have just gone through very basic “training” encounters where we are just trying to get a feel and understanding for the rules. I’m happy to say that we all feel comfortable enough to start a proper campaign, so starting this coming weekend, we’ll be starting one of the campaigns provided by Fantasy Flight Games. Naturally, I’ll post a campaign log. Finally, a new game that has truly sucked me in is Full Thrust. If anyone at there still has Battlefleet Gothic ships or plays Battlefleet Gothic, I would suggest giving Full Thrust a try since GW pulled support for Battlefleet Gothic. What can I say about Full Thrust? First it’s a great and solid set of rules that has the largest group of players. The last update the rules received was in the early 2000’s, but the community as add numerous updates since then. A couple of key points that draw me to Full Thrust is that the rules are general enough to allow just about anything as evident by the variety of custom rules or expansions, the rule set for creating ships is logical, fair, and an absolute blast. I’ve spent hours coming up with a variety of ship designs. For Battlefleet Gothic players, I think this could be a great thing to have and try. Battlefleet Gothic players can kit their ships out to better represent what they read in the fluff. A Space Marines’ BattleBarge could be the monolithic cathedral of power that it was meant to be. Finally, the most interesting mechanic that I felt was really lacking from Battlefleet Gothic was the use of fighters. Full Thrust provides a very robust fighter mechanic that allows players to use more modern naval tactics. Case in point, my first game I participated in my fighters did more damage, destroying one ship and severely crippling another, than my main ships did. You can check out the battle report on my second battle on The Miniatures Page. To give you a heads up, I was the Colonial Fleet from Battlestar Galactica.

Upcoming and Ongoing Projects

I really need to get back to updating more often I know. The nice thing with getting into more games is that I’ll have more topics to post. For starters, I’ll be making a player’s handbook for all the players that will participating in my Deathwatch campaign. It will basically be a condensed version of the main rulebook that way they can look up all the different traits, talents, weapon stats, weapon upgrade, etc. themselves without waiting or fighting over my single copy of the rulebook. Naturally, I’ll post a copy here for people to look over, give criticism, or download and use. There’s the standard painting work that I’ll be doing. If I can get a job, I can drop some money on a airbrush booth, a good photo booth, and equipment to post some tutorials. With Apocalypse out, I’ll really hammer away at completing the Horus Heresy army list as I can see a lot of people using heresy armies in the upcoming Apocalypse games. Along those line, I find a great tool the other day while wondering Dakka. Unit reference cards that you can make for you Warhammer 40k units. Even as a veteran player, I think this idea is great and plan on using them in with my armies. You can find more information on the cards here. I’ll try to get a couple up in a while to show you what I’m talking about. In the area of Full Thrust, the start of my own Colonial Fleet came today.

Battlestar Pegasus BoxBattlestar Pegasus

The Battlestar Pegasus is from Bad-Azz Resing Model Kits, and she is beautiful (keep in mind the box was full of packing peanuts when I opened it). As you can see, there is no flash on any of the pieces, and from my look over, there is also no warping. You can also see that she’ll live up to her nickname of “The Beast” as she’ll probably come in at almost 8 inches once constructed. I also received a sample of fighters from Jim Fox of Fox Miniatures. I only have a couple, and they are too small to photograph right now. If you want more information you can email him: fox@foxminiatures.com. Naturally, I’ll posts updates on construction and other aspects of my growing Colonial Fleet.

In Other News

This may still be making its way around the tubes when this get posted, but Bolter and Chainsword suffered some hard drive failures, and suffered further set backs when the new drives failed to mirror. Currently, there is donations being accepted as Brother Argos pays for and is the only technical support Bolter and Chainsword has also suffered personal problems over the recent months that is hampering the speedy recovery of the site. You can read more on Bolter and Chainsword’s Facebook page, or check out Bolter and Chainsword’s site. I have personally found Bolter and Chainsword to be one of the better 40k forums where the people are a bit more laid back.

As always, I look forward to hearing from everyone.