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Melburn – Miniatures in close up

23 Mar

This week I’ve just received a few new lenses in the mail, a canon nifty 50 and a macro lens and it was with great glee that I took to my miniatures for some sweet camera love.  With the lenses I had available I was feeling too removed from the miniatures and wasn’t totally happy with how I was able to frame the shots and control the depth of field.  I was struggling to convey the drama that I wanted to in each shot and I am very happy with how the macro lens enables me to fill the image with mighty close up.  I was able to position my lens a mere 2-3cm from the model and by playing with aperture and shutter speed, plus a bit of trial and error was able to choose what part of the image I wanted to be in focus.  I will be going further in depth with some discussions of how I go about my miniature photography, equipment and sent up as well as image post production.

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Imperial Guard Apocalypse Army – 4500+ Points

20 Mar

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I have recently been working on expanding my Imperial Guard army list using a range of unpainted miniatures out of my bits box. I’ve fleshed out my 2000pt army to over 4500pts and have included a range of cool old miniatures that I acquired 8 years ago or so from a bloke I went to Uni with. He was relocating to Sydney and when he found out I played Games Workshop he dropped off a huge armload of his old miniatures. These miniatures ranged from original Rouge Trader multi part Space Marines to the Adeptus Titanicus board game.

I love these miniatures which date from the dawn of 40k and help give my army a real unique flavour, whilst also helping me boost it up to a sizable Apocalypse force.  With these additions I can now field over 200 men, spread out between the following.

4 platoons

2 Storm Trooper Squads

Ogryns

Snipers

Rough Riders

16 Sentinels

Demolisher

Chimera

Veteran Squad

I am turning these original Space Marines into a Platoon of Imperial Guard Veteran’s equipped as grenadiers. They will be armed to the teeth with heavy flamers, flamers and meltaguns.

Adeptus Titanicus Sentinels

This collection of Adeptus Titanicus miniatures will be converted into a full company of Scout Sentinals, They will be split up into 5 or so squads with different weapons in each squad, hopefully giving me a wide range of tactical options and a company of 16 sentinels!

The Army is also going to include a few miniatures from the old Space Hulk board game, some early Ogryn models, some Necromunda gangers and more.  Check out the gallery below to see out the full army broken down into squads and stay tuned for more updates as I work at converting, painting and playing with this new expanded army.

Crown Enforcers Regiment IV (the Southbank Flames)

22 Feb

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This is the photo gallery of the Crown Enforcers Regiment IV (The Southbank Flames). This regiment is composed of

1 command HQ

1 platoon command squads

3 infantry squads

1 Heavy weapon squad

3 Sentinals

1 Demolisher

I will be uploading further images over the coming days.

Make sure you check out the 1st sample video of the up coming trailer for “Melburn 2050, a City in flames” posted else where on the site.

Melburn 2050 – A city in flames.

12 Feb

Its the year 2050 and the city of Melbourne has changed beyond all recognition. The City is divided, its buildings torn down and destroyed by decades of armed conflict. The outer suburbs have descended into chaos, the inhabitants deformed and mutated by solar radiation interacting with the chemicals that built up in peoples bodies after years of excessive consumption of energy drinks. Their bodies have become wrecked by a hyper metabolism and a constant need to feed them selves, turning them into mindless zombies driven only by the need to eat. The inner City threw up a defensive wall to keep the cannibalistic hoards at bay whilst at the same time turned on each other along the cultural and physical divide of the north and south banks of the Yarra river. The South Bank was controlled by Crown Corp and their Coalition lackeys, setting up their HQ in the enormous casino that dominated the south bank of the CBD and from where they could launch Kill Squad raids across the river. The North side is the final bastion of the social democracy that Australia once was and is fighting desperately to protect what justice remains.

Beset by the ravages of an out of control climate, Melbourne’s average summer temperatures soared to 50°C (122°F) and a dramatic spike in UV levels have seared the landscape and decimated the population. In 2025 The Australian government introduced subsidized skin darkening drugs designed to increase the body’s production of melanin as a defense against the devastating effects of skin cancer related deaths. By the age of 35, 80% of Australians were being diagnosed with skin cancer and the death rate had risen to over 20,000 per year, mainly those of fair skinned Anglo-Saxon decent. In the space of decade the colour of the whole Australian population shifted towards a deep dark brown, those that refused to take the drugs for what ever reason continued to suffer from the ravages of the sun and died in their thousands or took to wearing clothing that covered the whole body, leaving only the eyes exposed.
This caused a radical shift in the politics of the time, the racial prejudices that had been a constant undercurrent throughout Australia’s history, and that had resulted in the the Stolen Generation, Tampa and other atrocities were no longer viable. The anti cancer drugs had forced a desperately needed equality onto the population but which caused fury in the ranks of the hardcore neo-liberals, who saw it as a attack on the fundamentals of Australian culture and its British heritage . Resentment that had been simmering away ever since the Coalition lost to the Australian Labour Party in 2007 exploded into violence in the great Uprising of 2027. The Coalition with the support of the major corporations they represented launched a series of assassinations against key Government figures and moved to occupy the streets of the major urban centres.

IMG_0979IMG_0969IMG_0959IMG_0928IMG_0952Through archway
Back Street1command HQBack alley1nighttime brewreyHAHA sniperOgryn caught in the spotlight

Miniature Photography, a set on Flickr.

The miniature city comes together

“Writers Bench” 30 years of Melbourne Graffiti

7 Nov

Writers Bench takes the audience on a first-hand journey through the historical timeline of graffiti and street art culture in Melbourne, exploring some of the revered artists who have helped to shape Melbourne’s cultural identity.

My good friend and filming partner Oriel Guthrie has been slaving away on her graffiti doco “Writers Bench” for over 2 years now, and finally, with less then a week until the premier she has finished of the last interviews and the movie is all ready to go. This is a masterful doco, with over 40 interviews with artists from throughout Melbourne’s Graffiti and street art scenes, both past and present.

My role in the production was assisting with some of the special FX sequences with the graff images as well as the final colour grading and corrections. In addition to 30 years of graffiti this doco also covers 30 years of video formats from super 8, VHS, Beta Cam, Hi8, DV, HDV and HD as well as photos, both print and digital. It was a mammoth task with only 2 weeks to complete the colour grading as well as it being the first feature length film that I have graded. The aim was to blend all the different formats together, to make the graffiti burst off the screen and to try and capture the colour and vibrancy that it brings to the urban landscape. Im very proud to have played a small role in helping put this incredibly exciting project together and the dedication Oriel has shown in working throughout the last 2 years is a testament to her commitment in telling these stories to the world.

Check out the trailer Here:

Meet the legends of the graffiti and street art scene from the past 30 years, as Writers Bench guides you through the events that created the culture as we see it today. Hear stories of growing up with the movement, why each artist got involved and what influenced their style. From its raw beginnings as political and radical slogans plastered on walls throughout the suburbs, to the colourful burst of murals splashed along urban train lines, to the rise of street art as an inner city tourist attraction, Writers Bench traces the evolution of this vital artistic movement.

Local filmmaker Oriel Guthrie continues her investigation into Melbourne subcultures following on from her 2004 featurette, Skip Hop (2004), which screened at ACMI earlier this year.

Directed by Oriel Guthrie & Spencer Davids.
Colour grading and SFX by Flynn Buckland

Screening at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Sat 12th November 4pm (premiere)
Sat 19th November 4pm
Sat 26th November 4pm

buy tix online:
http://www.acmi.net.au/oz_writers_bench.aspx