Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Slow March Of Progress

It's an accepted belief that all good things take time and that's the same here at Grinning Loon Headquarters. Art for my submission to the Age of Savagery project is coming along nicely with most of the line work finished. Just a lot of painting and lettering to worry about. We (Myself and Kev from Deadstar) have received several pitches for stories and even a couple of first drafts and concept art. I'm really excited to see this project growing in momentum and can't wait to unleash it on the world properly. For now though, here's an early set of sketches from Linzi Gold, part of a story written by Dr. Squee and one of the very first story pitches we received when this whole project was announced.

Again, I'm so happy to see everything building up. Thanks to Linzi for letting me post this. If Anyone wants to get involved, all the relevant information can be found HERE

In addition to Age of Savagery, I've continued my work on the next batch of Dwarf sculpts, the original line are now available to by from CPmodels for a bargain if I do say so. The new batch will be command figures; captains, standard bearers and horn blowers.

I'm aiming to have a full range of these little blighters. I'm waiting on getting a set for my personal collection, so I'll put some painted pictures up when I get them.

Well that's all I have for now. Until next time.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Many Happy Returns

It's been 1 whole year since the first Grinning Loon post. This blog started out as nothing more than an experiment off the advice of a friend to try and showcase my art and all the various projects I work on. Since then it's been used to highlight all the cool stuff that other people have been kind enough to let me get involved in. So to everyone who gave me work, feedback or even just stopping by at a Con to say hello, thank you. Because of you I've been able to find things to actually post about on a regular basis. Here's to the future of the Grinning Loon Project and all the random tat that comes with it.

Now I've got all that out of the way, on with the fun stuff I've been working on. Very little finished work this time around, but lots of WIP. First are some sneaky peaks at some more dwarfs. The last batch got picked up by CPmodels so keep an eye out for them on their website. Hopefully these new ones will find a home there too.

I've also used the time to practice sculpting blades. best way to practice was to make repairs on a few LOTR models I had. I'm pretty happy with the results and now I'm confident that I can do some cool swords and wot-nots further down the line.

And finally. I've been banging on about the Age of Savagery project for nearly a month now, guess what, I'm still talking about it!

Work continues as usual, but now the pace has really picked up. Several writers and artists have now been in touch and a few have even submitted early drafts of their stories. I was always afraid that this project would struggle to get enough people on board to hit the page count we needed to make print, but initial projections have proven me wrong. The early work that is coming in is fantastic. If you want to be a part of this, or know someone that would, check out the project info and guidelines HERE.

That's all for now. I'll have more soon.

Friday, 7 April 2017

So Much RAGE in Those Eyes

Hello all. With the lovely weather we've been blessed with I've taken the chance to get out and enjoy it before it goes away for the rest of the year (Insert relevant joke about British summer time here)

Firstly for this post, another update on the Age of Savagery anthology. I've had a few synopsis for stories sent through and they are looking SWEET! Violence and fantasy sword play a standard and as a special treat for everyone, here's a character concept form Arfon Jones.

Arfon has already cut his teeth on horror comic titles for Hellbound Media and is teaming up with Writer Matt Warner again for Age of Savagery. These two creatives LOVE the gore so I can't wait to see what they turn in for this project.

As ever, if you have a story you'd like to try out set in a Barbarian fantasy world, or maybe you're an artist looking to make your mark in the world, then go HERE and download the brief for the project. We still have space for more submissions and we want to show off as much talent as we can for this project.

 I've been busy rounding up various half finished projects and starting on some new stuff like this spiffing watchtower and large hill for my gaming board. Nothing too fancy, but I'm really pleased with the spiral pathway around the side of the watch tower. Just need a lick of paint to finish them.

Speaking of paint, a friend of mine gave me some advice regarding paint stripping miniatures, my goodness what a revelation! I've had a bunch of GW's Numenorians from Lord of the Rings kicking around for ages now and thanks to my helpful friend I can paint them up from bare metal.

Look at 'em!! If I hadn't told you you'd think they were brand new, but NO! They had 2 layer of horrible 2nd hand paint job on 'em. Not any more thanks to Detol, boiling water and a pair of rubber gloves!

Well that's me for now. Enjoy the weather while it lasts kids!!!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Return to the Cursed Earth

Wooo! to days in a row. I must be on a roll. Nothing to drastic, just a quick update on my Post-Apoc barbarians for an upcoming event at my FLGS.

I've got more on the way. This could have long term consequences like the ork army did...

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Still Going

It has been a long road to get to this point, but the Dwarf sculpts have finally been sent to their new home to get casted up and sold on to the world. I'll wait for final confirmation before telling you where to get them from, but it is a UK company, so keep your eyes open. For now though I have other work to continue with so I'll provide more updates about those little critters as they develop.

Regarding "other" work, my main focus is to get everything ready for Age of Savagery, more details and HERE. We've already received a few first drafts and initial story ideas and my own submission is coming along nicely, if I do say so myself.

All that aside, we are still looking for submissions, so if you know an artist or writer that would like to get on board, then pass them the link above.

I should have something more post worthy next time.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bit of a Grind

This week has been a bit slow on the production of cool stuff. That isn't to say I've been idol, just everything I'm working on is a slow process. As proof of my continued hard work (cough) I have some pictures of my newly completed Dwarf Archers.

These lads and lasses will be marching alongside their combat kitted brethren one I sort out a buyer for the sculpts. I've got a promising lead, but I'll let you know when I have something set in stone.

Also on the cards this week is continued work on my submission for Age of Savagery (still not happy with the title) Although this has been a slow process, I'm enjoying getting back to my painty roots. I've actually started doing this as a means to relax rather than work at the moment.

Again, anyone interested in getting involved with this project, read the guidelines HERE. Short stories, art based on the setting or comics are what we really want for this, so if you have something you want to share, then send it over.

Monday, 13 March 2017

War of Wrath at Firestorm

This weekend was a bit of strange one for me. The missus was away and work had given me the time off (shocking) the stars had aligned perfectly and I was able to pack up my army and go play some Lord of the Rings!

Big thanks to Matt for organising this event. It was small, but a great opportunity to get out of the house, play some games and meet new people. Now on to the pictures! First up the family group shot of my forces. The Corsairs of Umbar led by The Fleetmaster. This army had almost know armour, but a lot of throwing knives. I was hoping to just blade storm my way through anything that got too close and have the dual weapon wielding Reavers deal with the rest.

That was the plan, let's see how it played out....

Game 1 against Ian, a lovely chap until he put these on the table;

Well, they say "Go big or go home" guess Ian took it literally. The mission was one that seemed to play to both our strengths and at that time of the morning it was nice and simple. KILL EVERYTHING!!!!!

The Trolls started off in the middle of the board hoping to use the ruins as cover against the archers on the far flank. My plan was to pin them in place with the large mob of Corsairs and then have the Fleetmaster take the trolls out one by one using smoke bombs to distract the trolls enough to hurt them.

Captain Barry stepped up to stop the archers from getting mauled by the Troll.

Whilst the Fleetmaster and his underlings went to work. In the end it was a close victory to the Corsairs with three of the Trolls dead, but at a heavy price from the Corsairs.

Game 2 was against Dave and his Orc Hunters army led Azog. Mission was to capture the three objectives in the center of the bored and escape. As the orcs were mostly mounted on wargs, I knew this was going to be difficult. Although the Corsairs did their job and carved up the orc rabble sent before them, it was not enough to stop the orcs escaping with all three objectives giving the orcs a solid victory in short order.

Game 3 was against Rob and his Gondor army led by Faramir (fan favourite). This time there were five objectives on the bored that had to be controlled, but to spice things up, casualties were brought back on in the following turn so there was a never ending stream of re-enforcement.

 I felt I had a strong centre field set up and was ready to take on the Gondor heavy infantry head on, unfortunately for the Corsairs, cavalry happened...

Between the Gondorian heavy armour and the cavalry's mobility, I was over run and fighting on the defensive before too long. I tried to changes tactics towards the end and send re-enforcements against the least defended objectives and leave the centre of the field to a last stand. In the end it was too little too late. The Gondorian reserves were arriving as quick as I could kill them off. In the end Rob took a solid win.

Game 4 against (another) Dave and (another) Gondor army. This time led by Madril. This time the objective was to hold the middle of the board as long as possible or until the enemy force was broken. I had a simple plan that should have worked. The archers hold the right flank and whittle down the enemy elites and anyone sitting on the objective, whilst the Corsair mob holds the center in place long enough for the Fleetmaster and his retinue to out flank the Gondor forces. See, simple. Unfortunately Gondor soldiers don't like the idea of dying and the Fleetmaster's flanking force just stalled on the Gondor shield wall. As the Corsair numbers began to drop, I realised that I couldn't grab the center of the field in time. The game ended with a white wash in Gondor's favour.

End of the day and fun was had by all. A big thank you to everyone who attended and to my opponents for the games. I ended up joint forth and joint most sproting with Ian in both accounts so not a bad run. I'm hoping Matt will run a few more one day events like this in the future so I can get some more of my LOTR miniatures painted.

On an unrelated note, here's the link to the anthology project I'm working on with Deadstar Publishing. If you have a short story or fancy getting involved with drawing some comics, give it a look HERE. We are taking submissions now.