Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The first contest winners done with updates form the past few weeks.

Alrighty well it has definately been a crazy few weeks with moving, and painting, and the holidays but I can say I am glad I made it through it all. The first contest winners model is done, and I rather enjoyed painting it I must say. He wanted black armor where it would ahve been green and green where black. The rest I was given freedom on and I definately had some fun. As can be seen I made the top flames blue for a multiple of reasons. First off this is THE vulkan he'stan and to me that makes him da man!!! Blue flames also give a lovely contrast that offsets the model on the battlefield. I did this as the eye catcher. Next I drybrushed up the cloak and gave it a wash in devlan mud. Finally I used bronzes up to silver to make the golds as requested. Also to note I did not do the base as I wanted the customer to be able to match the model to their army. This way they can pop it off the base do it up and BAMPH instant gratifacation. Honestly my picture taking sucks and I really need a better camera but hopefully they will enjoy the pics anyways. The next delight is an Eldar pheonix lord and let me tell you I AM STOKED ABOUT THIS ONE JUST AS BAD!!!

These pics are some of my traitor gaurd I am doing for adepticon.

Just thought I would post a pic of a friends roman army he did. I have to say I was quite impressed with one the speed of it as well as the level of detail. As stated my pics do not bring justice to these models.

Friday, December 25, 2009

fast update

Just thought since it has been over a week I would shoot you all an update. Things have been a little crazy and I hope to be able to post some pics tomorrow on recent work, and what not. After a few first and second degree burns from cooking oil today I was able to get down and get some commission work done on a vulkan hes'tan model for one of my contest winners. I have to admit I am rather digging this model, and have completed about 60% of it already. I also the other day recieved Ba'roth or however it is written and got him cleaned and ready for painting for this next week. I plan on getting pics of all of it for you all. Also I have been busy building my traitor gaurd for my adepticon team so pics to follow on that as well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Seasons Greetings/updates on boston Indy GT

Greetings one and all I come bearing seasons greetings to all of you. It has been a very busy week for me, as with the holidays rolling around, and buying a house and all here in lovely Mass. I must profess I have more gaming room in the basement then I imagined so that for me is a short but very sweet Xmas present indeed.

Sadly my camera is still being unpacked atm so I will have to share everything with you all instead of take pics which I was hoping to do. this past week I finished a Historical commission for 40 Marines (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ARMY RULES!!!!) from the boxer rebellion. Despite my noticable alliegances I completed this progect, and will admit I really enjoyed doing it. Those I was able to get some snap shots of before I packed them so once the cameras out I will get those on the blog. I also began working on Vulkan He'stan from Games Workshops warhammer 40k as part of my free commissions to my two winners of my blog contest. The other winner choise a very Lovely Jan'zar(however it's spelled) from the Games Workshop Warhammer 40k Eldar Line. Sadly I am still waiting for this to show up in the mail as being the holidays things tend to go extra slowly fro some lovely reason:) . I am really looking forward to doing these as well I always injoy a bit of a challenge, and the paint schemes these winners chose should look amazing so I only hope I can live up to their hopes.

In other news I have advanced my Indy GT a little bit more that will be held here in Lovely B-Town Mass in May of 2010. With one of my VIP's Locked in and some sponsers too this is slowly shapeing up to be a great event that I am very excited for. On that note i will leave you all with the website to it, and if you have any questions on the event please email me at Boston_Brawl@yahoo.com. Here is the website address, and again happy holidays. http://bostonbrawl.wetpaint.com/


Monday, December 7, 2009

New winner IS!!!!!!! As well as Working with resin.

One more winner this week as murtogen Het never emailed me to claim his prize. With the other two winners who did contact me that leaves one spot. The new winner is TYLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so please email me by Friday at 11:59 pm on dec the 11th to claim your prize. My email address is alexanderakers@yahoo.com. Now for this blog I wanted to chat about some basics of working with resin. I am at work so sadly no pics to be able to post, but I figure I will give you all the low down on how to get the smoothest/cleanist resin pieces for your gaming needs.

First off we will need some basic tools. I love to use files(Yes files not sand paper), a dremel, x-acto knife, and more importantly eye and nose protection.

-Too start off you will want to take your x-acto knife and scrap away at the models flash. This is only the first of at least two to three times you will do this so be carefull. After doing this initial cleaning of the piece at hand you will want to wash the piece under luke warm water. Of coarse not hot as heat and easily warp resin. We will then after the model is dry litghtly scrape along the affected areas again this is to insure that there is no major flash once we use the dremel. Rinse one more time accept you will want to bring your dremel in with you. While the model is wet you will take the dremel and begin to bring it over the models rough areas. Doing this with constant use of water application will insure that the resin particles don't fly up in the air and settle all over your work station. Instead the resin will look like a past which will make it easy to work it and clean off.

Once you are sure the model is where you want it to be I would then put the model under cold running water and take your file and lightly file the area's that the dremel has gone over. This will remove any final surface corrosion that may have occured during the whole proces. Let the model dry for a couple of hours, and when it is done you will have an amazingly smooth piece of resin.

Now through all of this most people(myself once upon a time included) will not wear eye and mouth protection. People this is serious as resin believe it or not is in it's most basic form FIBER GLASS!!!!!!!! This stuff ingested over long periods of time can cause eternal damage to your body. If you feel like spending the doe ray me then their is great face mask for painting that costs around $30.00, but personally I enjoy using the cheap 3 for $4.99 ones I find at the harware store. Hopefully tonight when I get home I can get some pics done up for you all and repost them into this, but if not just remember people, your resin models are expensive so don't you feel they deserve a little extra attention in building, and painting them?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the winners are!!!!!!!!

........Not to be announced so as we can bring you a new terrance and phillips episode... JKJK sorry would have posted sooner, but busy at work.
2.)Alan Kreilick
3.)Murtogen Het

You three have until 11:59pm on sunday dec. 6th to email me what $20.00 model you would like and what paint style you would like on it. I will then begin doing those commissions for you. If you do not want it painted that is your choice , and I can send it too you. Please email me at alexanderakers@yahoo.com . Thanks again one and all and stay tunned closely pass the word along because this is only one of many contests. In the near future I will be raffeling off free tickets to the indy GT I am working on here in boston as well as other great models to you my loyal followers. Hope you all have a great holidays.

Monday, November 30, 2009

And the winner is........

Come tomorrow I will announce three winners of my bloggers contest. What you three will recieve is a FREE model of $20.00 or less that I will buy and paint for you the winners just for being a follower on my blog. I am doing this to give back to you all since it has been such a great year commission wise for me that allows me to be able to do this. Also remember if you can recruit somone then I also have a prize for the most recruited. This person who recruits the most will recieve a rare forge world OOP unpainted Blood Angels Death Company statue. I will post the winners of my contest tomorrow mourning so stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One week left in the contest

Well first off I just wanted to wish you all a happy turkeyday(or in my house a nice honey baked ham mmmmm). I Also thought I would take a quick moment to create this small little post to remind you all of the contest that will end next week for this site. Three great models one for each of the winners and of which the model will be THIER choosing will be bought and painted BY ME FOR FREE as a end of the year gift to you my great blogspot followers. This is a thankyou I give to you all for reading my little rants and raves. Also dont forget for the person who brings in the most people with them will get a FREE OOP forge world statue of a blood angels death company not painted. This is a rare gem of a prize people and all it takes is for you to recruit your friends to the site and have them follow the rules posted in a previous blog. So remember people at 12:01 a.m the contest will end for this month and I will pick three winners to recieve this great prize.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This weeks work Nov 20th

Well I had a little time this week inbetween ammo inspections at work to get a little done. I have been working hard at multiple commssions as I have also been getting ready to move into my nuw home that I have baught so it all in all has been CRAZY, but fun:).

It has been determind that I and some mates will be going to adepticon in march(a week after my wedding WOOT) and as such I have been hard at work formulating plans on my end of the program. That said we are doing a great traitor gaurd them and I am gearing mine towards the all powerfull and great god of pleasure slaanesh. Those of you who know my past I know are by no accounts shocked at this in game choice:)

I have also been able to get a little done on the demon herald from forge world as well as borrowing upon some of Ron's great ideas for a speeder bike for my pre-heresy force, I have been busy working on that. All this has truthfully been done with what little spare time I have. Now don't forget people we have less then two weeks till I do the competition so lets get cracking on getting a few more people on this site so as to earn some GREAT przes:).

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Well as this year comes to a close soon and a new one begins I figured I would focus on talking to you all about tournements. I do this because my friends and I are starting to organize for our events that we will attend in the upcomming 2010. I for one find that I know I will attend games day and adepticon(the weekend after my wedding In the same place how could I not:) ) as well as a great tournement called astronomicon in vancouver canada.

To focus on the fact of tournements and why we drive ourselfs to them I sat down and thought about it.. Besides golden demon they are really the only reason I paint. Now that said I do enjoy the local games and what have you's with the friends but I really push myself to do well and my best at tourneys and really try and create armies that will gain recognition amoungst my peers. To that end an average tournement army can run starting at $500.00 on up for a true GW event. We do this all for a trophy and maybe a little swag on the side. All I have to say to thatis wow I end up doing expensive hobbies.:). Thankfully though I have a extremely understanding fiance(we will see how long that lasts once we are married) that fully supports my gamming ADDICTION because well it is an addiction.

This year I hope to complete two too three brand spaking new armies geared just for tournies. The first will be a traitor gaurd army for Adepticon with the next being an Pre-Heresy Emp. Childrens army for astronomicon. If I am still around and not on deployment then I will also hit mechanicon and one to two more:). Thats a lot of travel but I feel for the fun and the socializing of it all I feel it's a worthwhile investment. SO beyond my normal ramblings I wanted to remind you all that hey don't forget about the competition I have going for some free commissions that I will post my lucky three winners on dec.1st. Also I will have a prize that I am adding now for the most people recruited to the site. This is a rare OOP FORGE WORLD bloodangels death company statue unpainted that I will hand out to the person who recruits the most people to the site. That said I wish you all a happy week, and I will report back again latter this week.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This weeks work

So all in all not a bad week on the overall. I have been extremely busy with work, and getting ready to close on this new home I am buying a couple towns over. So that all coupled with well painting commissions has left me with very little time to update this blog. That said though here I am one and all and I have started a few cool progects this week that once done should be some great models. I started practicing for golden demon on a herald of nurgle for what will become mamom.

Using some new tech. I have learned and are hopefully gonna master inthe upcomming months I am happy with some of him but will end up redoing the body. I have also been digging away at a commission of U.S Marines from the boxer rebellion. This has been an exceptionally fun progect and thankfully I am almost done with the 40 some odd models of them.

This will thankfully lead into the next commission of FOW German Afrika Korps. So I should get another post out to you all later this weekend but for now heres some pics of this weeks work. Oo and dont forget to pass the word on about the competition going on for some free painted models from me. All they have to do is create a legit profile and publicly follow this blog


Thursday, November 5, 2009


alrighty people I have decided since im in a great mood and it's been a good commission year to hand out 3 FREE painting commission to you my great followers as a thanks to you. So for those of you just comming on board and for those of you in general heres the contest deal:

1.) You must sign up as a follower to be able to win.
2.) If you recruit a friend for ever friend you bring on as a follower to my blog I will put your name in the hat again. So if you recruit 4 friends you would get 5 chances in the hat to win.
3.) if you recruit a friend they have to email me at alexanderakers@yahoo.com to be counted as such.
4.) All follower have to have legitimate profiles and pictures as followers.
5.) winners will be posted up on this site and will have 7 days total to respond to me at the above email address otherwise I will pic another name out of the hat.
6.) Winner get topic one singular model no vehicles of any kind and I will paint it for free. Models must be under $15.00 and can be from the GW, Rackham, Reaper, or Privateer line and I will even buy it for you Oo:)
7.) I will even pay shipping and all you guys have to do is be followers of my blog. With that said the contest starts now and will run until Dec. 2nd 2010. Good luck one and all.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Landraider and more done

well not much left now with only a week to go and though I know im under the wire I think I will make it:) once this is all over I will take several days off from painting to spend time with the family then get all the commissions done I have on my table:) So keeping this brief heres the landraider. these are just pics form the stuff on top but hey. Also is a pic of the rhino from this week.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


MechaniCon 2010

November 5-7

West Chester Holiday Inn PENN.

Well later tonight I should be able to get some WIP pics up as I am charging away at painting the army for mechanicon come next weekend. Sadly I have to pretty much get everything done by the end of this weekend as this will leave me enough time to do what little changes I need and to build a movement board. This is all thanks in part to Uncle Sam telling me I have classes next week to attend(some days I hate the army). As part of all of this so far all I have left is to finish my Landraider(90 percent done...for now), 3 rhinos, 9 jump troops, and 5 termies... WAYYYY TO MUCH WORKKKKAHHHHHH. actually its not all that hard but more annoying then anything as I havent gotten much sleep on weekends and what not due to all this prep. Note to self next time dont start an army 4 weeks before a tourney YOU'LL NEVER MAKE IT.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FTW collabrative post

Well recently I recieved an email from the FTW group which I am so happily appart of asking me to blog about what my favorite must have unit is. This put me into some indepth thought I must profess as I seldom honestly ever thought about it. For many gamers they know that OOO I need 3 landraiders, or I must have some pretorians(I know mispelled) for a roman army. Often those stuff like this I feel is by no means assoc. with having a soft spot in their hearts for the unit as much as it is wanting the strong unit for game play.

I am one of those gamers and yes we are out there that seldom ever cares if I win. I have and I will admit in almost 90 games of warhammer fantasy never one a single one tied 2. Some of these loses I am proud to admit were at grand tournements. I derive my pleasure in painting and sportsmanship. I enjoy more then anything kicking back with my buddies watching a movie and just building or painting some minis. This is to me what hobbies in general are about.

I digressed and for that I apologize honestly I would have to say for my warhammer40k I have to have bikes. Just something about them screams awsomeness. I have always wanted to learn how to ride in real life but sadly dont for a multiple of reasons. I think that bikes also have to do with my time in the active army. I was on a stryker in one of the original brigades they created and took the thrill of riding into battle(which I actually am proud to say I have done). The speed at which bikes can move and just the sheer joy of getting some dice rolling early in the game makes me happy. So to all you fellow gamers out there I want to hear from you on what your favorite unit is, and also spread the word about this blog as I would love to extend this community even further as it gets some great modeling ideas involved. As always I am accepting commission and if you want to drop me a line feel free. Even if you have a question on anything I am doing I am more then happy to share. On that note fellow bloggers I bid you a good afternoon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Busy at work

Ok so sadly all I have had time to do commission wise this week was get all of the FOW commission built and ready for the airbrush. I cut away all of the barrels on the tanks and replaced them with thick sturdy brass rod so this will help the client in the long run since I can garuntee baring some serious abuse those wont break. Next I have been cracking like crazy to get more of my mechanicon army ready considering the event is in 3 weeks. It will come down to the wire but I know for fact that I will be able to pull it off. That said here are some of the WIP pics currently going on with the continuation of the army. Hopefully you will all enjoy them. And for those of you who want more images of the Boxer rebellion models from the other week I will have those up tomorrow evening so keep an eye out:)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Down and dirty

I have recently been working on a fun commission that involves me doing some Boxer Rebellion marines. Though on a personal side I feel wrong painting marines being army I wont hold it against the buyer as my tongue and check style has made it all rather enjoyable. I wasnt sure at first how the models would come out but I have to say the end result made me quite pleased.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

First of my short stories. Please tell me what you think and what you want to see.

The Great Khan:
As Hart’aghara stepped onto his bike to throttle the ignition he thought back to the days on the steps before he became an Astartes. As a youth he was the son of a minor clan’s blacksmith for father was by no means a notable man. He etched out a living for his family by tending to amour for the clans warriors. Hart’aghara was the oldest of his four sons and as such he knew that it would be him that would have to tend on with the family trade.
Hart’aghara was an impetuous youth often getting into many fights with the other children of the clan. He was often made to shame for role his father had within the clan, and as such he developed dreams of being a warrior that would rise above his indentured life, and make a name for himself. Hart’aghara was fortunate in that he was growing up in a time when boys such as he were being given the chance to leave their clans and earn glory as they fought a war against the nobles from the lands beyond. For century these people from the lands beyond would raid the steeps often to capture slaves but more just for the joy of the slaughter. The clans were simple in the ways of life and though they were most accomplished horsemen on the planet they lacked in the ways of technology. This factor alone was enough to condemn them in battle as their enemy possessed black powder weapons and great iron cannons that would shake the world under them when they fired. This was the way of the steeps until the great Khan arrived. Like a true warrior of the steeps the Khan had rode in from the sky upon amount of molten fire and crashed to the earth in wanton destruction. Hart’ghara had heard the tales of the great Khan Jag’hati who was unifying the tribes of the steeps into a solid fighting force that would bring ruin to the people of the lands beyond the steeps, and avenge the clans for the atrocities their enemies had committed.
“The great Khan is on the move father” said Hart’aghara, “he will deliver us from these lands and forge a great nation for the people of the steeps”. “The only thing you need to worry about with forging is how to make armor my son”. Harts father was stern man when it came to talking of dreams. He had grown up the first born son of a blacksmith and as such was destined to become what his father was. Harts father accepted his role within the clan at an early age as it was never heard of any person rising above their status on the steeps. Hart’aghra though admiring his father greatly had no desire to become a blacksmith. Knowing full well that if he were to achieve anything in his life he would have to forsake the title cast upon him and leave the tribe in hopes of joining up with the Great Khans crusade. Hart’aghara thought to himself” if I gather up some of my father’s finest weapons and amour, and take our nobles finest horses I could ride like a leaf on the wind and join up with the Great khans armies within a few days”. These actions even, if taking from his father, were enough to have Hart put to death by draw and quartering. His family would also be punished greatly for his theft of the horses. His mother and sisters sold into slavery, and his father and brothers would be put to death by decapitation.
Though Hart cared for his family he craved the life of a warrior accepting that this was the only way for him to achieve his dreams. He was after all a man of 13 years and old enough to make his own way in life. “I must plan out the detail to the minute for my escape for if I fail my life, and my dreams will be destroyed” hart whispered to himself. As the hour of darkness approached hart’aghara began to prepare himself. At dinner he had told of great stories of past warriors to his family and had even shown affection by taking his mother in his arms and saying he would one day lead his family to greatness. She had dismissed him at the time as having too much mead with his dinner and felt he was too heavily drunk, but hart had in fact not had any wheat mead at all. He knew that if everything was to work as he had planned that he must be thinking with a clear head. Hart’ghara stole himself into the night and with his father’s finest amour, and weapons . He cautiously moved hut by hut until he had reached the far end of the camp where the horses were being held. As he approached the hut he heard a string of voices nearby.
The guards for the noble’s horses were sitting at a camp fire no more than ten meters from him. He could see that they were drinking heavily and laughing as they boasted to each other of old war stories. Hart could overhear one of them talking about how he had fought for one moon with the Great khan and how he had earned praise for his strength and had even saved the great khans life from a blade of a rival Khan. “He fills the mouths and ears of others with lies” hart spat, “but I will not, and upon my return one day it will be I that these plebes will be speaking of”. Hart waited there behind a barrel of hay for what seemed like hours until he was sure that the guards were drunk enough to pass to not notice his stealing of the horses. Hart’aghara knew very well which one he wanted as he had seen it gifted to the clan’s leaders son not too long ago. The animal was a beautiful and majestic creature that stood like a towering giant. Its hair was a rich brown mane that was tied into knots so as to denote the value of its rider. Its body was rippling with muscles much like an ox. If not for Hart’aghara having seen this beast ride before he would not believe this creature possible of such speed. Hart knew full well that that even such a magnificent being as this was not enough for him on the steeps if he was to meet up with the Great Khan in the next few days. He decided that he would need second horse. He also knew that he would need a distraction and if at all possible a way so as to not involve his family into this affair. For all the boasting that he had done Hart was still bonded by blood to his family and knew that this was stronger than any blade.
Hart slipped the saddle onto the beast as quietly as possible so as to not cause a stir that could wake the guards. Once all was set and his amour tied to the horse Hart’aghara took one last look around the camp of his home. Life on the steeps was a simple yet harsh as the constant warring between the clans and raids from the people from the land beyond could claim a warrior’s life in a second. No sooner had he mounted the great animal then it had made a loud snort of its discontent about him being on top. One of the guards had heard this and approached the darkened area where the horses were being help to investigate. Hart’aghara knew that it was now or never and drawing his sword from its sheath he uncut the ropes of the other horses with one fell swoop of his weapon. The guard startled at this site and raised the alarm. Hart then turned his blade on himself as he cut the top part of his forearm and shook it everywhere. Hart was doing this so as to give off the appearance of a struggle so as to insure the lords thought this action as a raid from a rival clan. Hart’aghara spurred his mounts and road off into the night he could hear the clatter, and noises from the camp as it came to life. He would make one more stop by the river bank to place some more of his blood and a weapon; this would insure for all that it was raiders who had stolen him and the horses. Hart thought one more time of his family and knew that this moment would be the last time he would ever see them or the camp again. This moment passed through him like the wind over a blade of grass and he rode off into the night to meet his new life and his destiny. Little did hart know of the hardships still yet to come.

More to come in future blogs.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Boxer Rebellion..PT1

Soon to be posted will be some pictures of a boxer rebellion commission I have been tasked with. This is a first for me as I can say I have never painted from that time period what so ever but I do look forward to the new challenge of it. After the BOxer's models I get to delve back into a FOW commission for some excellent Afrika Korpse models. I do confess that I particularly like these models, and always do look forward to getting commissions for them.
With all that going on in life I am still continueing to plan out my soon to be wedding in March of 2010, and trying to find a more perminate position that pays higher in my job. Working for the Gov't has its benefits I will profess. Anyways hopefully my followers will start to grow for this blog, and until they do I will continue to post upon models upcomming and such. I plan on purchasing professtional camera equipment so as to better upload the quality of models painted(plus I love photography as a hobby). Once I get a better camera I will start posting pics to this blog. If anyone has a desire for a painting commission I have great affordable rates and I garuntee top painting scores in any tourney you compete in. Please feel free to contact me at alexanderakers@yahoo.com .Talk to you soon and be sure to look for me on ebay as Roguevalleyminis .

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Commission work

well it would seem that I have been hired for another few commissions the first promises to be a fun one with doing a emporers children heresey terminator army. The next is going to be onto historicals as I will be doing up some boxer rebellion United states marines. I look forward to shooting out some pictures here inthe near distant future.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Squads up and running

Well for those reading this I have finished the next squad of the Flawless Sons for my chaos space marines. They are looking solid and am currently working on my Land raider for it. Atm though I will be taking a break from GW and switching to do a show piece for kicks. This will be from crocidile games and has been sitting on the desk for quite some time now.