June 20, 2013

posted by Androsch

Hey there!

After a long 45 hours of work, I have finally finished the dwarf slayer unit!
I tried a little more desatureated palette this time, only using stronger colours in the highlights.
I mixed USA Olive Drab (VMC) in all the shadows and Ice Yellow (VMC) in all the highlights (almost) to get harmony. Take a look:

May they have a glorious death in battle! ;)

June 19, 2013

Lightning Scars - Space Marines

Since I cannot stay with one project at a time I recently started a new army :) Let me introduce you to the chapter of the Lightning Scars!

The reason I started this army was that I wanted to have a different army to play with besides my Dark Eldars. For me Dark Eldars are not so easy to play, so I wanted an army where the fighters are a bit stronger and not so easily killed. I hope that my choice was right ;)

Some more shots of the first brave fighter:

I hope you like them!

June 15, 2013

Sketchbook - Colouristo

During one of my actual business flights I sketched the following ...

It all started with the wish to refresh how to paint a head at a specific angle. After finishing the head in the right lower corner the idea with the HUMAN TRANSFORMATION arised.

Still on the plane and waiting for landing at the final destination I saw a picture in one of the aircraft brochures which shows Rhino's from Kaziranga National Park with cutted horns. And I decided I will give them back their horn.

Back on earth

June 13, 2013

I love chocolate! - How to sculpt a Chocolate Cake

Hey everybody!

I have to admit, beside my addiction to miniatures I'm also a true chocolate lover :) So how about sculpting a Chocolate Cake? When our Pumpkin Crew planned a big barbecue for Coloristo's/Oli's birthday I took the chance to bake THE chocolate cake of all chocolate cakes.

It consists of two layers of chocolate cake (I would say it is a kind of sponge cake) with a hint of espesso flavor, a layer of chocolate cheese cake and, I think you can already guess ;), a super chocolate sour cream frosting. And if you still need some extra chocolate, just add chocolate shavings on top!

It's not very difficult, so go try it yourself!

Chocolate Cheese Cake by recipe girl

What you need (go to your supermarket of confidence):
Chocolate Cheese Cake:
140 gram / 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
450 gram / Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
64 gram / 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs

Chocolate Cake:
220 gram / 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
190 gram / 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
85 gram / 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (yes, the one you use for your snow bases)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 liter / 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
250 gram / 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting:
680 gram / 2 cups bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
170 gram / 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
250 gram / 1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Here we go!
1. Preheat the oven to 160° C.

2. Prepare the Chocolate Cheese Cake: you need a round baking pan, baking paper and melted butter. Just put the paper on the bottom of the pan and paint the inner sides with butter.
Next melt the chocolate in a microwave. I used a little bit butter with the chocolate so it doesn't burn.
Now you have to mix the ingedients in the following order:
- cream cheese (mix it alone with an electric mixer first)
- sugar and cocoa powder
- eggs
- melted chocolate (let it cool off a bit before putting it into the batter)
Fill the batter in the pan and bake it for 30-45 minutes until the surface is solid when you touch it.
Now let it cool off. When it is cool enough put it in the freezer until the rest of the cake is ready.

Don't turn off the oven! You'll need it for the chocolate cake.

3. Prepare the Chocolate Cake: Again you need one or two round baking pans of the same size as the first one. I used one and splited the cake in halfs after baking them. You can also use two pans and divide the batter in halfs. First you have to paint the whole inner pan with melted butter. Afterwards put some flour into the pan and spread it all over the it until the whole pan is covered with flour.
Next mix all the ingredients except the buttermilk. At first add just 1/5 of the whole amount of buttermilk. After the batter is smoothly mixed, add the remaining buttermilk and mix it with high speed for about 30 seconds.
Put the batter in the pan and bake it for 30-35 minutes. Stick a toothpick in it and if there is no batter on it the cake is ready!
Let it cool off.
Finally, if you used just one pan like me, take a thread and arrange it around the middle of your cake. If you're satisfied with the position, cross the ends of the thread and pull them together until it cuts through the cake. Now you have two halfs!

4. Prepare the Frosting: Again melt the chocolate with some butter in the microwave. Add soure cream and syrup and mix it. Now put the frosting in the fridge for about 30 minutes. The frosting should be sticky and firm.

5. Grand Finale! Separate the two chocolate cake halfs. Put the chocolate cheese cake on top of the first half. When it fits nicely place the second half on top of the chocolate cheese cake.

Now take the frosting and a dough scraper. Spread the frosting upon the cake and the side of it. It doesn't have to be smooth, I really like the rough surface!
If you want to add some extra chocolate, put a black and a white chocolate bar in the microwave for a few seconds (really short! About 5-10 seconds.). Now take a knife and pretend to remove mold lines from e chocolate bars. Tata! Chocolate shavings!

That's it! The ultimate chocolate cake for chocolate lovers :)

I hope you like it!

June 12, 2013


posted by Androsch

I finished another project that I'm doing for an application for art-school. I sculpted this self-portrait some while ago and finally painted it. It feels very weird trying to recreate yourself. ^^ The bust was made from 2 parts Uro and 1 part sculpey. Painted in acrylics as usual.


June 11, 2013

Fallout Captain Morgan

posted by Androsch


Had some fun drawing with my graphics tablet in Photoshop. Saw a Captain Morgan poster in a bar some days ago and somehow got this strange idea... 

It might still taste good after the fallout. ;)


June 05, 2013

Work in progress

posted by Androsch

A lot of armypainting these days. I'm working hard on the dwarves as well as some Imperial Fist marines I got as a commission.

Here's some WIP shots:

June 01, 2013

Dwarf news


Just wanted to show the progress on my dwarf project. At the moment I'm working on some Berserkers by Avatars of War, which will be played as slayers, obviously...

Second thing I'm working on is a gyrocopter conversion. I want it to look like a world war one plane, so I casted a copy of one of the 3 wings to get a fourth one and cut a propeller from plasticcard. The pilot was quickly made from leftover milliput, but I think I'll do him again. He's too big and the quality of the sculpt is rather mediocre. ;)

So far so good,