Oct 31 2010

The Olsens of the Living Dead

Toyville Halloween Special 2010

Toyville

The fabulous MiskatonicNick published a new Halloween Special.
The Olsens of the Living Dead
Nick was one of my greatest inspirations when I started to work on action figure comics myself. When he linked his Halloween Special on the MWD Board, I droped a line and wrote “Nick, you’re the master!” He answered with a PM and a little comic page. See it here: The Bagster

Toyvillle the bagster

Thanks Nick, You rock!


Oct 31 2010

Where did Tom go next?

raven

After his visit here in Duisburg Tom went to Bremen where he visited Raven’s Forest and the Task Forest team. You’ll find his new adventure here:
Toms Reise I
Toms Reise II
Toms Reise III


Oct 31 2010

Halloween Helen

Have a happy Halloween.

halloween


Oct 30 2010

XXIX. Evil Eye

The new chapter is online. Is there a curse on the Laelius family? Find the new pages here:
English version
German version

well

The new characters are: Methe is a Dragon figure from the Timeline movie. Faustina and Gaia are from TTL.


Oct 27 2010

The Kiosk – Wave 5

Here comes wave 5. This week some miscellaneous stuff, for the friends of genre cinema, swimwear fans, internet-nerds, weedheads and London travelers.
If you want to print them, here’s the zip

magz
magz


Oct 23 2010

XXVIII. Downstream

The new Memento Mori chapter is online now. Find out something about the river Tiber. Here are four new pages:
English Version
German Version

tiber

Perhaps you know, that I prefer indoor shootings. Well for this chapter it was necessary to do some pictures outdoor. That was my first 1/6 scale outdoor shooting ever. After crawling through the mud for two hours, I knew again why I’m such a fan of indoor sets. Anyway, the result turned out nice.

tiber

For the fish on the hook, the sandal and the bent fishing rod I used a rear projection on my monitor.

tiber

I took the close-ups indoor. That was easy work with the pier and the wall in the background. Well the light colors are a little different, but I can live with that.


Oct 23 2010

The Kiosk – Wave 4

Here is the 4th wave of my printable covers. This weeks subjects are news magazines
If you want to print them, here’s the zip

magz
magz


Oct 19 2010

The Kiosk – Wave 3

Here is the 3rd wave of my printable covers. Some entertainment, lifestyle and sports.
If you want to print them, here’s the zip

magz

magz


Oct 19 2010

Alice

This Sunday some pictures of Alice fighting zombies.

alice


Oct 16 2010

XXVII. Nobody Loves Tigellinus

Six new pages are online now.
English version
german version

In this chapter we learn more about Tigellinus. We see him in several cutbacks. That means I had to do a lot of little scenes to show his life. Well, it would have been too much work to build a new set for every little scene. So I did some quick improvisations and I used the rear projection technique as well. Here is a little Making of…

termopolio
The Tigellinus flashbacks are embeded in a a scene that takes place in Agilis’ Termopolio. The friends speak about the situation and Tigellinus becomes the main topic. The Termopolio is one of the main locations of the subura set.

south
Tigellinus is from humble beginnings. He inherited a fortune, bought land in Apulia and Calabria and devoted himself to breeding race-horses. For the first three cutback pictures to Tigellinus’ beginnings I worked with some rear projections using pictures from the mentioned area.

Circus Maximus
The Circus Maximus is again from the big Rome model I photographed in Rome. In Photoshop I did some additions – the audience on the tiers and some tiny charioteers as well.

Nero

For the Nero fan picture I used again a rear projection with a mosaic of a chariot race as background. In Photoshop I changed Neros facial expression for his “Ole, Ole” chant. Here is a little animation to compare the changes.

stable
Nero’s passion for chariot races broght them together, so I did a little scene that takes place in a stable. The set is a quick improvisation. I used the floor from the bamboo hut and the river pier from the Vietnam set as walls and the porch from the Subura backyard set. And some horses of course.

burrus
For the scene with Burrus and Seneca a rear projection came into use again. I took some screenshots from a VR movie of a Roman 3D model. Burrus is an ACI head. He’s a Sean Connery look-alike.

nero
Based on this VR walk-through I could simulate different angles to match the foreground scenes.

nero
The main items of the “orgy”- scene are a poster of a Roman mosaic in the background and some golden canvas on the floor. In one picture I added some fruits. The “leg-model” in the foreground is a jakks pacific figure.

poppaea
The set in the scenes with Poppaea is an improvisation again, consisting of the temple wall, a print of a border, a Minerva statue, a Venus relief and two paperboard-tubes with marble foil on it.

octavia
Octavia was in exile on some island. I thought a beach was a good location for the assassination. The octavia head was done by Chan Ada again. I admit, it’s not one of my best paintjobs. But for obvious reasons I needed a head with a neck. In postproduction I added the shadow of a praetorian to the picture.

praetorian
For the shadow I took a back-light picture of Tigellinus.

octavia
On the beheaded Octavia I used some soft-putty and some movie blood.

seneca
In the Seneca scene we see a rear projection again. A blured picture of a 3D graphic. In the foreground I placed a marble column.

tigellinus
Tigellinus in front of the temple is a Photohop composing. In the second image I changed the facial expression again.

tigellinus
I looked for the desired expression on other figures and took pictures of them in the same light, angle and location. The rest is the magic of photoshop. I played a little with the Tigellinus material. Here is the result