Friday, July 31, 2020

Trash Bash 2020 Contest Rules

Trash Bash 2020 Contest Rules:
What is This?
In the spirit of Rick Priestley’s classic grav-attack build, this contest challenges converters, hobbyists, and scratchbuilders to create a model using random bits of stuff and a lot of creativity. Many of the skills of being a strong miniature/model hobbyist will be needed to do well in this contest, not only construction and painting but also photography, concept creation,miniature painting, and terrain set-up.
What to Enter:

Contestants will construct and paint a vehicle or structure inspired by the word TRANSPORT. Concepts do not have to be military in nature and can embody any ideas that the entrant sees as viable. They can be science fiction, fantasy or any other time period/setting that you'd like.

The required bits are A FOOD CONTAINER PLUS A SPOON. This can be any disposable container meant to hold food plus any disposable spoon. They do not have to come from the same product. This description is being left purposefully vague to allow for more selection.

Each entry must contain at least one FOOD CONTAINER PLUS A SPOON as part of the construction. All other parts can be from any model kits, toys, throw-away plastic items etc or scratchbuilt from other materials. Judges will be looking for clever repurposing of items and skill in making them unrecognizable on the final model.

These are the bits that inspired this year's contest. You do not need to use these exact bits! Find you own FOOD CONTAINER PLUS SPOON.
Other materials such as plasticard, putty, wire, etc are acceptable but fully covered over and sculpted entries will not score well.

Any scales supported by existing miniature or model ranges are acceptable. This will be necessary for the final picture of your entry unless you wish to sculpt your own figures as well. 

Contest Requirements:
A 200 word or less description of your model should be included with each entry. Explain what type of vehicle or building you have constructed, where it is usually found, what its capabilities are, etc. The scale of your model should be given in this description.

A total of five images must be submitted to be eligible for judging:
  • 3 pictures of the final painted vehicle or building on a neutral background showing the three views that best show the construction and finishing of the entry.

  • 1 picture of the unpainted vehicle or building along with a list of what materials were used in the construction. If you don’t remember what a particular bit is don’t put it on the list.

  • 1 picture of the final painted vehicle or building set in an environment along with painted miniatures or models of the humans or other creatures associated with your model. This will be a showpiece image and a great chance to really sell your concept. Use of terrain and foliage is expected for this final shot.

No retouching or special effects other than basic photo correction will be allowed on submitted images. Any images showing added effects will be disqualified.
Good, clear photography is expected and will be considered in final judgement. Images should be high quality jpegs no larger than 1 MB per image.

Each image should be titled as follows: your_name1.jpeg, your_name2.jpeg, etc.

EXAMPLEbrian_roe1.jpeg, brian_roe2.jpeg, etc

Please include 200 word description and parts list with the same email.

Limit one entry per person.

Only entries that have not appeared elsewhere will be accepted.

Please wait to post "work in progress" articles until after the winners have been announced.
Our panel of judges will choose a first place, second place, and third place winner. All decisions of the judges are absolutely final.
How to Enter:
Send all required images and text to Brian Roe at no later than September 1, 2020

For more information visit the Trash Bash Bits Facebook Group.
Judges to be announced soon!

Prizes will be given out for First, Second, and Third Places.

Prizes will be supplied by Trash Bash Bits and RBJ Game Company. More prize sponsors will be added as their participation is verified.

This contest is put forth in a spirit of fair play and mutual respect. Any entries that contain offensive material will not be considered for entry. Be cool and creative but don’t build anything you wouldn’t show your mom. Any entry can be refused for any reason especially for not adhering to the basic spirit of fair play.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bandai Plastic Model Kit Catalog 1983

I just got this amazing Bandai catalog and decided to scan and share it. There are a lot of great kits on display here, from Xabungle and Gundam to Captain Harlock and Cobra. It was interesting to me to see that Xabungle was given the lead in the catalog and that the non-anime based models like cars and tanks seemed to be given less room and importance. This is the exact opposite of American model catalogs which barely gave any space to non-traditional kits at all. It's also nice that they include a checklist and 82/83 calendar.

I hope that this gives you a good nostalgia buzz and that you find something cool and new.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Coloring Classic Warhammer 40,000 Art

Just a couple of pieces of artwork from the early days of Warhammer 40K that I recently colored. The first is by Russ Nicholson and the second by Pete Knifton. Both images are so densely packed with detail that they only required flat colors. Taking the time to go over them so minutely has given me an even greater appreciation for two pieces of art that I already loved. 

It's been a true joy to work with these masters, even in this small way.

The Pacification of Flotis III: D Company of 7th Mordion Imperial Guard Regiment from White Dwarf #113.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Space Battleship by Wayne McLoughlin

Just picked this up today. Never heard of these books but it looks to be a fun, and huge card model. I'll post once it's built.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Science Fiction International: Japan/ Mobile Suit Gundam-Previously Unseen Fantasy Modeling #7 Article

I've recently had the honor and great pleasure to speak with Trash Bash Master Andrew Yanchus about his many articles for Fantasy Modeling Magazine as well as his time at Marvel Comics and Aurora Models. Andy has kindly offered to do an extended interview about his career in the near future, we're just trying to determine the best format for it.

In the meantime he has graciously offered to allow me to post these scans of his final article written for Fantasy Modeling from the legendary and unfortunately, mostly, lost Issue #7. This article, Science Fiction International: Japan delves into the phenomena of Mobile Suit: Gundam models and has to be one of the earliest attempts to cover the hobby of gunpla that Gundam helped to create and quickly took to incredible levels of popularity. At a time when any information about Japanese anime and models was incredibly scant, this article would have been an informative and compelling piece of hobby journalism.

First off it should be clear that this is not a perfect copy of the article but copies of xeroxes of the article. Andy included scans of the color images showing Dave Cockrum's gunpla diorama and these go a long way to showing how cool the final article would have been once published.

The caption explaining Cockrum's diorama is a bit hard to read but basically he conceived of the models as being humans in armored suits and not massive, piloted robots as they are in Gundam. Andy also shared that Cockrum's technique for the vine-like ground cover was to use boiled spaghetti to add texture and then painted it once it was completely dry. Apparently it looked really cool but was also very brittle. So duplicate this technique with caution!

Additional information from Paty Cockrum, Dave's wife:
Alas,  this construction  didn't survive the move to SC.
Actually, it did't survive the packing!!! Dave was packing up models for the move, and found that mice had found the spaghetti... chewed it up and he was so disgusted that he threw it into the trash!!!
He swore  to never use pasta for special effects again!!!  
Pictures are all that is left!"

So enjoy these pages that Andy has shared with us. They're more than likely all we'll ever see of Fantasy Modeling #7. Many thanks to Andy Yanchus for such an excellent gift.

These headlines show how brilliant this issue would have been. Instead the publisher decided the big money was in wrestling magazines. Jerks.