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Tip of the Dark Sword Iceberg

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I’ve updated the Dark Sword miniatures portion of the gallery with 16 new pics! All of these models are available for purchase (unpainted bare metal of course) at!

There’s still plenty more to come – around 40 or so models – so stay tuned for more eye candy.

My Hubby’s Blog

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2012

I wanted to take a moment to pimp my husband’s blog “WeirdFlix”. He will be your tour guide for strange and relatively unknown films (for which we both have a passion). Other blog highlights include celeb birthday shoutouts and drinking game rules with play by play breakdowns for movies he reviews. We play test all rules before publications. Check it out and show some love!


A smattering of some Dark Sword Miniatures I’ve painted lately! I’d like to take some time in the next couple weeks to update my site & galleries, but I know that if I promise to do so, I won’t. :( In the mean time, enjoy the photos below!

AntEater Thief

Arya Stark & Jon Snow 54mm Diorama

Augustus Tribute Miniature

Female Warrior


Brienne of Tarth

2012 Dark Sword Easter Bunny

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Hi all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, a whole year in fact. I’ve been busy with the ups and downs of life, but things are shaking out nicely, and I hope to be more active in my blogging.

The biggest bit of news to share is that after a 3 year collaboration, I have stepped away from Wyrd Miniatures. I will of course leave the pics up on my site of the studio work I completed for them, and have a few dozen miniatures to add to the Wyrd gallery as well. All is not lost though. I’m thrilled to announce that I am now collaborating with Dark Sword miniatures and I have a few pictures to share in the near future of the minis I’ve painted for Jim Ludwig.

In other news, remember that John King Pirate Lad miniature I painted a while back? He took second place this year at GenCon in the large model category! I also took 3rd in the Dark Sword George R.R. Martin category with a take on Sansa Stark. Sansa was painted mostly in my hotel room and in the convention center. Those of you that know me shouldn’t be surprised by that – if I’m not under pressure, I’m not having fun! Photos of her will come soon, as well as a pic of the 1st place WAMP Dark Sword Miniatures contest entry I completed just prior to GenCon.

If I don’t post anything more before the new year, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Edit: Here’s pics of Sansa and the Lannister Lady in Waiting that won 1st place over at WAMP’s Dark Sword contest!

Super Dungeon Explore – A Christmas Version

Posted Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Sorry that posts have been scarce lately – I’ve been super busy, I promise. :) Most of what I’m painting these days are studio miniatures, and since they aren’t released yet, I can’t put the photos up. :( Now – on to the good stuff- a new model!

I picked up this lovely model at GenCon this past summer (from Soda Pop’s upcoming game Super Dungeon Explore), and have just now gotten around to painting her. She is the first model I’ve painted since John King that wasn’t a commission. I wanted to do a Christmas themed miniature, so I filed off the majority of the runes that were on this model (her headband and most of her dress with the exception of the back center panel). All holly, swirly bits and trim on the dress are freehand. She was an absolute joy to paint, which leaves me very sad that I didn’t pick up more at GenCon – guess I’ll have to wait for the regular release of her (which will be 20% smaller as I understand it). Click on the pic for multiple views.

If you’re interested in purchasing this model, she is now up on eBay! Here’s the link.

John King, Pirate Lad & Hooded Rider

Posted Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Two of my latest. The first is John King, Pirate Lad. He’s a 54mm historical resin figure from Artefactory.

The second is the “Hooded Rider”. He’s one of Wyrd Miniatures latest releases from Malifaux. Lots of fun musculature to paint on this one!

Where’s the new stuff?

Posted Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

First off – new look! Just time for a change in scenery is all.

Time continues to fly by quicker than I’d like. :( I have been busy at work on a commission, Malifaux studio pieces & some goodies picked up from GenCon. There won’t be any updated photos for at least a week as I continue to play catch up with my non-painting related work, but rest assured, I haven’t given up the brush. Thank you all for your patience – there will be eye candy a’comin!

GenCon Indy Update

Posted Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Hi all! I’m back from a busy but great GenCon (my very first!). Thank you to everyone who helped make it an unforgettable experience.

Please be sure to drop back by in the next couple of weeks as I begin to paint up some of the goodies picked up at GenCon, as well as some studio pieces that were done for Malifaux prior to the convention.

GenCon 2010 Indy Classes

Posted Monday, April 12th, 2010

Hi all! I’ll be teaching 2 different classes this year at GenCon Indy. There are two time slots for each class. Below is info/links to the classes.

Smoother Blends” – This class will detail the art behind silky smooth blending & color transitions, from the most basic color combinations to the outlandish. Please bring your own brush – models & paints will be provided.

“TNA – The Art of Painting Hot Chicks” – This class will cover what tips & tricks you need to know to make all your female models drop dead gorgeous: alluring faces, smokin’ hot anatomy & foxy clothes are just a few highlights that will be detailed.

Doctor Who!!!

Posted Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Nothing to do with miniatures – just letting the world know that the new season of Doctor Who premieres April 17th on BBC America!