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It’s a two-fer! Courtesy of @dcwomenkickingass, and specifically this post, I had to do an edit of these, while my storyboards wait. 

I’m not going to go into long explanations here, I hope the drawings do speak for themselves. In the first case, it’s a Land being Land, although I do have to say that he did give a butt to Silk, as opposed to his usual ablation of hips and gluteus maximi. However, he unfortunately did it wrong. 

Artistic anatomy is all about drawing structure, from the inside out. Your muscles by themselves can’t look right if they aren’t placed on top of a properly proportioned skeleton.  Boobs won’t look right if they aren’t drawn as following the curve of the ribcage, its center line, or the movement of the arms which either pull or push on the pectorals on which the breasts hang. The arms back mean the shoulders are lowered, and the angle of the hands will be different since there’s a 3/4 turn on the torso. It shows that Land is drawing by guessed shapes, copied contours and practiced repeated motions. There’s no real structure underneath his shapes.

And if we look at the legs, I can only picture Kitty Pride phasing out of a wall: the legs look like they got mangled up to look like stumps. But even structure-wise, there is no thought put into whether the pose actually works, which is why it looks so clumsy. The legs should be reversed due to the line of action that’s in the torso but not followed through into the pelvis and legs. And I’ve been using the coil technique a lot in order to make my volumes work - it should be obvious by the roughs above - which help me figure out things like foreshortening. 

Silk too was a problem of lack of structure, proportions all over the place, and lack of weight and purpose, but it felt moreso than Spiderwoman. I used the same pose Land did but worked out the skeleton first, using rotation arcs in order to properly proportion the length of the various limbs. I don’t know these characters and I might not have used these poses, but Silk here definitely looks like she’s dancing.

The variant cover by Manara looks like a pose right out of porn, pelvis up and cheeks spread, costume looking like body paint, and it makes me very uncomfortable. She doesn’t look like a superhero about to strike, she looks like she’s about to get… well, it’s a porn pose. This is sexualisation. It also reminds me of the Dog Bone sexy shape. 

So I turned the pose sideways to figure it out, and to see what would work better. The sideways pose as is, as you can see, is angled to do quite the opposite of ass-kicking. Were she to try to leap from that pose, she’d fall flat on her face. The second pose is the “coiled like a spring”, but in the camera angle of the cover, it’s an ugly, ugly pose. So I tried to do something in-between, and just by making the pelvis horizontal and lifting the torso off the ground, I’ve managed to move the center of gravity so her weight is on her feet instead of her knees, she can use her arms to maneuver in most directions, and you still get an interesting body shape to look at. I think this works better, and much more ready to spring into motion.

Wanted also to say thanks for all the reblogs, likes and recent follows! I appreciate each one of them, and it’s because you’re still sharing and commenting that I came back to do this. However I’m still really busy! I won’t be posting a lot, but I do plan on posting more than I have. Back to storyboards for me! 


Most guinea pigs spend their days simply being impossibly cute and eating as many vegetables and as much hay as they possibly can. Pulguinha the Steampunk Guinea Pig does all of those things while wearing an awesome pair of brass and leather wings. We hope she sometimes gets to hang out with a guinea pig wearing scale-mail armor as well.

Pulguinha’s fantastic harness was created by Silvia Ferreira’s SkyPirate Creations, Porto, Portugal-based makers of alternative clothing, leather and other crafts.

To see more of Pulguinha and the work of SkyPirate Creations, visit their Facebook page. Many of their Steampunk wares are available for purchase via Rebels Market, Storenvy and Etsy.

[via io9]

Lodur’s Airbrush and paint tip

Figured I would pass along a tip I learned a while ago that has saved me countless hours in admin time while painting. Even when a paint is pre-thinned like Vallejo Air or Minitaire, it is highly recommended that you thin your paints. Everyone uses different methods, some use thinning medium, some airbrush flow aid, others simply water. I picked up a recipe a while ago by watching a video from Schnauzer Face Minis and it is the best I’ve found in ensuring that if you use an airbrush you greatly reduce your dry tip as well as prolonging the life of your paints, while also making cleanup easier. 

Here’s the recipe for your enjoyment:

40% Drying Retarder

50% Distilled Water 

10% Flow Aid / Airbrush medium

What I do is pick up a 10oz squeeze bottle from Sally’s or another beauty supply store. It comes pre marked in ounces, which makes it much easier to measure out. Get yourself a bottle of slow dri or another drying retarder, I perfer Liquitex Slow Dri which comes in a handy 4oz bottle, and a gallon of Distilled water from a grocery store or drug store. It’s important you use distilled water so it doesn’t have any of those minerals or chemicals they put in “spring water” and you want as little of that shit as possible. Throw the slow dri in the 10oz bottle, then fill the now empty bottle to the top with distilled water, which if you’re using the liquitex slow dri 4oz bottle comes out to exactly 5oz (trust me, I measured), and throw that into the 10oz bottle. Fill the rest of the 10oz bottle with flow aid or airbrush medium (to right below the cap) and you then have yourself a thinning medium that not only will last you a long ass time, but will increase your paint working time and improve your time as a miniature painter.

The entire concoction costs you less than 10 bucks, comes in something like 250 times a larger size than most thinning mediums like Vallejo, and will last you forever. 

This has been your airbrush and paint tip for the day. Go forth and paint!

WIP on Bacon Riders. Trollblood Long Riders on dire board instead of Tuffalos. I actually am not a fan of the tuffalo models, I find them incredibly boring sculpts. I got the Boars from a friend who had some spare Orc Boar Boyz he no longer had a need for, combined with some Legion of Everblight spare bits like a tail and shoulder bit and a spare jack shoulder and you get some pretty dynamic looking riders. Bacons Riders was also the inspiration for my “food themed” unit that I’m looking to have done and put together by Foodmachine 2014 in Buffalo NY. It’s a premiere charity Warmachine event and my local area ALWAYS has a strong showing. Looking forward to it. More pics to come as I finish these out between commissions. Lots of putty sculpting and modification before I can prime and paint these guys. 

BroBot is an Addon that makes your Scan-Bot talk to you



From the Curse page:

  • Your Scanbot will talk when summoned.
  • Your Scanbot will talk when dismissed.
  • Your Scanbot will talk after taking a scan of a Scientist object (See known issues below).
  • If you don’t use the Scanbot for anything for 5 minutes, he will remind you to get back to work.
  • If you say your bot’s name in /say chat, or preface a message with his name, he will pay attention.
  • When paying attention, your scanbot will respond to anything you say in /say chat until a period of time has passed.
  • If you have the SAmotes addon installed as well, the bot can use emote images in its text.

We haven’t tried this, but it sounds cute. 

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