Friday, 29 November 2013

A 28mm Glyptodon!


So as Dinovember comes to a close there is just enough time for one last prehistoric beastie to shuffle off the painting table.  Not technically a dinosaur, the Glyptodon was a large, 'armoured' mammal, not dissimilar to an armadillo that lived during the Pleistocene period.   


This lump of resiny goodness is a DeeZee Miniature purchased through the consistently reliable 'Arcane Scenery & Models', a company that never fails to deliver top quality service.  It comes with a substantially moulded base with rocks and vegetation and in the end I opted to keep it as it was, with just the addition of a few tufts.


He is quite a chunk of resin as you can see from the above picture, especially in comparison to Lofty Earnshaw, a 'Copplestone Castings' Dinosaur hunter.  Unsure how to paint him, I opted for a 'beaver' look for the head and then built the 'armour' up with a succession of dry brushed layers.


So as we usher in December it is time for me to head up to the loft to dig out the Christmas decorations, but before I do, I can enjoy one last look at the fun that was Dinovember.  Not a bad little haul and although a piece of self indulgent nonsense it did prove a wonderful opportunity to clear away some bits and pieces, that had for far too long, been cluttering up the painting table.


68 comments:

  1. Excellent work as always. Nice to see a hunter for scale as well. I am beginning to think there are too many monthly painting themes. It would not be so bad if they were listed at the beginning of the year, maybe they are, if so let me know where.
    Always a joy to see your brush work.

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    1. Think you Clint as for themed months I would be you as I hate not been able to do what I want - it was just that I had so much dinosaur nonsense to finish!

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    1. Thank you Luca, I was really pleased with how well he came out.

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  3. He looks great! I always liked this animal, so many fun animals from the 'mega mammal' era. I'm pretty sure you should have every month be Dinovember.

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    1. Thank you, like you I've always had a soft spot for these giant mammals.

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  4. Just great work Michael , great paint !
    Cheers .

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  5. Nice one. reminds of the ones from Iceage
    Glyptodon1: So, where's Eddie?
    Glyptodon 2: Oh, he said something about being on the verge of an evolutionary breakthrough.
    Glyptodon1 Really?
    Eddie runs off a cliff - Eddie: Look, I'm flying! ...THUD!!!

    Glyptodon1: Some breakthrough.

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    1. You'e got to feel for Crash & Eddie - comic genius!

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  6. Very cool. Nice subtle banding on the carapace. Dinovember ends with a bang.

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  7. As always, another beautifully imagined creature; the figure itself is quite a monster !

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    1. It is certainly bigger than I though it was when I was painting it.

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  8. Hola
    Que bueno,una pieza interesante,para sacar un a buena escena
    un saludo

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  9. Hmmm, a prehistoric cross between a giant beaver and a tortoise. Clearly a genetic experiment by those pesky ETs.

    Lovely work as always Michael.

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    1. Genetically modified dinosaurs - now there's an idea!

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  10. Amazing! He's quite a big beast. As Tamsin already stated I'm sure this must be some evil genetic experiment.

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  11. His face is wonderfully realistic nice to see him next to a hunter it realy shows the scale of the beast. I'll be sorry to see Dinovember go.

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    1. Thank you Robert, I was pleased with the face.

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    1. Now there is a question - there is a touch of the Brian about him!

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  13. Wonderful finish to a great run! I really like what you did with his shell.

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    1. Thank you Monty, it has certainly been great fun.

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  14. very nice model painting.

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  15. some top painting from you, you finished on a high

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, I wasn't convinced this was going to work as well as it it did so really pleased.

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  16. Fantastic work as always, Michael. You truly bring your creations to life - this particular guy has a benevolent look about him. Best, Dean

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    1. He does have such a forlorn look, perhaps he knows he is about to become extinct!

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  17. The work you do on the terrain is just about as perfect as you can get...

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  18. : ) Very nice work. The miniature does look like it is alive. I wondered what they would taste like barbecued? Would feed an army I would imagine...

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    1. To be honest, Glyptodon isn't the tastiest of meats, but you do get marvellous crackling.

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    2. Worth waiting for I hear, it is just getting past the shell that is the hard part.

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  19. what a painting work !! perfect !!
    this dinocember start very well !

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    1. Thank you so much Sam, I was delighted with how he turned out.

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  20. You've maganged to paint those striations vertically on the shell and hit your highlights on the horizontal as the shell goes up and around. Again your blends are perfect and you brush control masterful. You are getting better so quickly I will never keep up with you.

    I went back and read all of Dinovember as I couldn't bear to miss your Dino's.

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    1. Hi lovely to hear from you Anne, we've been worried. Thank you fro j=kind words, but as you know my hobby is all about fun and these have been just that. I am really pleased you like them.

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  21. I often looked at this miniatures but somehow managed resisted to buy it as it isn't your regular dangerous animal for a lost world setting but yours looks very nice!

    Kind regards

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, but I have to confess that I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

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  22. Awesome work I really like how you've achieved the mottled shell on him. I've just had myself chuckling as one of these in the Ice Age movies decides he can fly and jumps off a cliff lol

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    1. Thank you Simon and you got to love Ice Age!

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  23. Very cool job, you may not believe but we just watched Groundhog Day with the kids on DVD for the first time... yup its an armoured groundhog ;-)

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  24. The colouring on this is superb, wonderful painting Michael.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thank you Pat, it just seemed to come together rather well.

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  25. Excellent stuff, sir! Dinovember has been great to follow.

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    1. Thank you Jon, I may have to try again next year.

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  26. I think you can consider Dinovember a cracking success sir!

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    1. Thank you Mate, same again net year then!

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  27. Splendid Glyptodont, Mr Awdry! My hat is off to you, Sir!

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  28. Excellent piece of work Michael! Great final result of Dinovember!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you Peter, it has been great fun.

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  29. Just wonderful! I like them all. Great work!

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  30. I definitely thought beaver.Nice theme and output.

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  31. Top painting once again my friend!!!!

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