Almost back from the dead…

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 Mike 1 comment

This is just a quick post to let everyone know that, yes, I AM still alive despite evidence to the contrary. I’ve been building a brand new site from the ground up (very slowly) that will focus more on teaching and less on Commissions, and working on a few Epic Duck projects – Sprawl, Nuked, and new Epic Duck minis and bases. All of this is on top of working a full-time job with a non-trivial commute, volunteering with Big Brothers, and a handful of other things.

Basically Epic Duck Studios took a backburner for the past 2 years while I focused on other priorities, but I fully intend to put my heart and soul into it this year.

Hopefully this old WordPress Blog will disappear in the next week or two :)

I’m Back from Minneapolis!

Posted on September 6th, 2011 Mike 2 comments

I’ve returned safely from my business trip in Minneapolis and I’m settling in at home again. I’d like to take a moment and apologize profusely to all of my fans, and more importantly, my customers. While I had taken my paints, lamps, camera, and several commissions and other models with me to Minneapolis, getting a proper painting rig set up inside of a hotel room just didn’t prove to be feasible, and I basically got nothing done.

I’m going to be spending the next few weeks playing catch-up. If I currently have a model of yours in my commission queue, I will be doing my best to complete it before the end of the month. I will be contacting my customers directly later this week, but I felt I could reach several of you very quickly this way, and let people know why I’d fallen off the face of the Earth at the same time.

Anyway, the good news is, I’m home and painting will resume over the next few days. The bad news is, I really dropped the ball and got nothing done while I was out of the country (or during the brief less-than-two-week interlude when I was home). I hope I can make amends for any inconvenience this delay has caused.

I’m in Minneapolis!

Posted on July 11th, 2011 Mike 1 comment

This is just a quick note to let people know that my day job has me in Minneapolis on a training course for 6 of the next 8 weeks. As a result, I won’t be accepting any new commissions until I return in September.

If you have an open commission with me, don’t fret – I’ve brought them along with me, as well as my paints, lighting, etc, and I’ll continue working on them here.

Mike Cousins
Epic Duck Studios

Flameguard Cleanser Officer

Posted on June 10th, 2011 Mike No comments

An Armorcast Cinematic Effect was added to make this Protectorate of Menoth Flameguard Cleanser Officer (boy that’s a mouthful!) a more dynamic, action-ready look.

Flameguard Cleanser Officer

Emperor’s Champion in Chrome

Posted on June 9th, 2011 Mike 3 comments

I painted up this Centerpiece for the 2011 ‘Battle for the Shrine’ fundraiser this coming weekend in Massachusetts. I saw a photo of this model painted by Micro Art Studios, and wanted to try something similar.

Emperor's Champion - Fore Emperor's Champion - Left

Emperor's Champion - Back Emperor's Champion - Right

Menoth Flameguard Cleansers

Posted on June 8th, 2011 Mike No comments

I’ve just wrapped up this box set of Protectorate of Menoth Flameguard Cleansers. As with the other recent Menoth models, these have a focus on brighter reds.

Flameguard Cleansers 1 Flameguard Cleansers 2

Limiting Commissions

Posted on May 25th, 2011 Mike No comments

Hey everyone! Due to some changes happening in my life, I’m not going to have as much time to paint as I have lately. As a result, I’m going to be taking on very limited commissions for foreseeable future. I’ll be focusing on individual models and small squads – nothing larger than a single box of models (which does NOT include Battleforces or Starter Sets).

As I determine how much time I’ll have to paint again, I’ll begin opening up more commissions.

Thank you for your support and understanding.
Mike Cousins, Epic Duck Studios

Holiday Weekend Paintocalypse!

Posted on May 20th, 2011 Mike No comments

This weekend is a 3 Day Weekend in Canada due to Victoria Day, celebrating the Queen’s Birthday. This is also known as the May Two-Four Weekend, because it’s always on or near May 24th. Also, a Two-Four is a case of 24 beer in Canada, which makes a great double entendre.

I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, so I’m going to paint a RIDICULOUS number of models. If you thought the 100 Orks in 8 Days was a big deal, this will (hopefully) blow it away.

You can see what I’ll be painting in the Weekend Kickoff Video over at MiniWarGaming, follow along on my Twitter Feed, or join in on the Paintocalypse Thread on the MiniWarGaming forum.

Wold Guardian

Posted on May 18th, 2011 Mike 2 comments

Taking a quick break from the string of Menoth models lately, here’s one from the Hordes side; the hulking stone-and-wood construct known as the Wold Guardian. I’ve painted this model up for my sister’s fledgling Circle Orboros force, and really focused on making it look like it’s believably made of marble.

Wold Guardian - fore Wold Guardian - left
Wold Guardian - back Wold Guardian - right

The High Reclaimer

Posted on May 17th, 2011 Mike No comments

Part of the same commission as yesterday’s Avatar of Menoth is this High Reclaimer, Menoth Warcaster. I got to really go all out with cinematic effects on this one, adding three trails of smoke to his backpack and licks of flame coming from the business end of the Cremator.

The High Relciamer - front
The High Reclaimer - left profile The High Reclaimer - right profile