14 January 2017

U.S.S. Defiant, NX-74205 (1/420 scale model)

No attempt was made.

I was on a bit of a roll, I guess, in the 1990s with my starship modelling, starting with the re-fit Enterprise around 1992 and ending with the Voyager just a few years later, totaling five Star Trek ships and one Star Wars A-Wing. My momentum must have waned...or something...but I never got around to even starting the Defiant, which I must have bought soon after finishing the Voyager. I looked at it a couple of times in the next decade, fully intending to build it, but it didn't happen then, either.

All parts accounted for.

Although I have resumed my modelling hobby (even currently –albeit slowly– trying to resurrect my aforementioned Enterprise), I still don't feel like building this Defiant. I know a whole lot more about properly building models than I did decades ago and, as a result, I think I might be intimidated by the amount of work I might insist on putting into this kit. Back then, I'd have been happy to just assemble it and do a basic paint-and-decal job –like the rest of my 1990s ships– now, I'm afraid I'd want to go all-out.

Admittedly, assembly would be very easy (just look at that low parts count!), even if I had to putty up some seams due to fit issues. No worries there.
I've only lit one model so far (and plan to do more), but I think lighting this kit would be fairly easy since it's so big and open inside...and after market custom lighting kits for this ship are out there...

Sounds like I'm talking myself into building this, doesn't it?

Nice decals.

No, I think it's the intricate painting patterns required to make the ship look screen accurate that I have an aversion to. All that masking and so on –I'm just not that passionate about this ship. Of course, there are probably amazing after market decals to take care of most of the markings, but still: I'm just not feeling it.

Besides, I'd be making a ship that's been made excellently by some great modellers out there already, so I wouldn't be breaking any new ground (my same reason for not wanting to build a Millenium Falcon, despite liking its design a lot). Building models "box stock" doesn't have that much appeal to me (despite the few I've recently built like Threepio and the Y-Wing...and a few others I'll be building eventually).

And where would I put it?

I still like the look of the Defiant and the role it played on Deep Space Nine; she's a great ship! But I have no intention of building (but maybe selling?) this kit...I'll probably end up using the parts for kitbashing...somehow...










15 December 2016

The Watercolours of 2016

Since it can be difficult to find an individual painting or groups of paintings on a blog, even if you click on a tag/label, I've decided to gang up all my recent watercolours in one post. I've also done this with my County 101 and 33 on 33 marathon series (and my models, Sci-Fi and Automotive), and I might even go back and do this with some others like my Interiors, Yupo, and Sunflowers series.

So here are all 19 of my watercolour paintings of 2016 (minus a small handful of commissions) in one handy place. Click on a painting to go to its own post for details and info.

Krista and Caitlin in Banff
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Rosebud in Picton Harbour
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Taylors' Tractor
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

The Crossing
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

With Fever You Wil Have A Bout
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Stojan at Greenwood & Dundas
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Midsummer Night
15" x 22" watercolour, 2016

Silence in Heaven
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Artificial Heart
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Things Are Looking Up
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Lost in a Riddle
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Inside A Broken Clock, 1
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Inside A Broken Clock, 2
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 6
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 5
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 4
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 3
22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 2
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

Statuarial 1
15" x 22", watercolour, 2016




13 November 2016

Inside A Broken Clock, 2

22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

It's unlikely that this one will get translated into a larger oil painting in the new year, unlike #1, which has the superior composition.

Sketch.

Kimwun detail.

Below is the third video I streamed live while painting this painting (and #1). I don't quite finish either painting in this video, but significant progress was made...