Episode 21 – Rewards For Looking: Interview with TheRealBrokenFingers

This week I have a conversation with a guy who is a bona fide adventurer (he might dispute that) and a bona fide artist. He goes by the Instagram handle TheRealBrokenFingers and yeah, that name ain’t facetious. His work on Instagram is Warhammer 40k oriented and he creates massive dioramas, you gotta see ‘em to believe ‘em. He goes out of his way to evoke the gothic grimdark atmosphere of Space Marines in their eternally war-torn environment and on top of his excellent paint work and terrain model-making, his photography is fantastic as well. We talk about sailing the high seas, broken appendages, cinematic photography, world-building with models, chiaroscuro, coffee table books and of course fabricating, painting and displaying amazing dioramas!

Check out TheRealBrokenFingers on Instagram

Time Stamps
00:00:00 – Opening (News & Sundries)
00:11:45 – Interview
01:11:07 – Hobby Progress
01:12:38 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet,

I highlight a non-hobby related short film! I was very impressed with this short film, it’s only 4 minutes long (5 minute running time but that’s with a minute of credits), I’m sure it’s gonna win all kinds of awards, it really is an extremely well-made piece of cinema. And it’s well-made on a story level because from the first frame to the last, it will keep you hooked, at least I it did for me and everyone I’ve linked it to so far. So give it a shot, it’s called Nursery Rhymes and make sure you watch at least the first 30 to 60 seconds and I think you’ll be hooked to the end.

SHOW NOTES

The Independent Characters Episode 190
Luetin Lore on YouTube
Oculus Imperia on YouTube
Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Watch the YouTube version of the podcast which contains time-lapse footage of working at the paint desk!

Show Transcript (excluding interview content)

Welcome, welcome, welcome. To Episode 21 of CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy! It’s good to be back! I mean, it’s only been a week, but still – I love dropping new episodes of this show! Top of the show tip o’ the hat to my patrons for helping out on that end, their support is super appreciated. And to all you listeners out there working on your hobby projects, or stuck in traffic, or cooking dinner, or building Ikea furniture, whatever it is you’re up to, I thank you all for hitting that follow button or that play button and I hope you’re getting something good out of this production. I appreciate each and every one of you and I hope I’m putting something interesting out there for you to have on in the background while you’re doing your thing.

Okay, news … nope, no news. Sometimes that’s good news. Oh wait! There is some news – my run on the Paint All The Minis Paint Ramble podcast is in full swing where Dan Adams and I continue to discuss his concept of Sustainable Gaming, so check cryinmo.com for links to those episodes if you’re curious and of course you can find the Paint All The Minis podcast on most podcast apps. You can also join the Paint All The Minis Facebook group if you want to show off some of your own miniature painting or ask questions or get support for your hobby interests. The group is definitely for everyone from beginners to award-winning pros (seriously, I mean, Vince Venturella drops pics of his minis on there), so drop by and say hi.

Also, this week I directed a music video for my buddy who produced the whole thing and is currently editing it – his name is Bradley Greenwell, one of my best friends and he’s an Emmy-award winning editor to boot! We worked on a one-day production for a Cold War Kids music video and that one day beat the hell outta me cause I’m old and I refuse for some reason to do exercise. So after what amounted to a 16 hour day – we shot out 5 locations all around the downtown area in Riverside California, including 3 hotels and a couple of exterior spots – I was completely wasted the next day and even part of the day after that. One of my other best friends, who I’ve actually interviewed for this podcast but haven’t dropped the episode yet, Bimal Gorajia, he’s just a fan of the band and asked if he could come hang out on set and Brad said: sure, but if you come, you gotta work. Bimal showed up and I think he was there for about 2 minutes before he got drafted into driving talent around in his air-conditioned car and going to get lunch for the crew and holding bounce boards and the slate, it was pretty funny, but all in all everyone did an excellent job, our DP Jordi Ruiz Maso kicked some serious artistic ass, our steadicam operator Scott Baker was excellent and our 1st AC Patrick did some focus-pulling sorcery that I just don’t understand. And our star, Jade Catta-Preta – my apologies for probably mispronouncing her last name – she was a firecracker and really fun to work with. And just as an actress pulling more than her weight, she not only brought a bunch of energy and creative choices to the show, she rolled seamlessly with our tiny budget production and all the craziness that sort of thing entails. 

And this was the first time I’ve gotten to shoot anything on the Alexa Mini! This digital cinema camera shoots 4k video in a variety of formats and it’s been used to shoot projects like Game Of Thrones, the German Netflix series Dark, Mary Poppins Returns, Green Book, all kinds of big time productions! Anyway … yeah, so, we shot a music video. I’m sure I’ll send out a link when the final edit is done, don’t expect too much, it was just a laid back sort of thing where we didn’t work with any specific concept in mind, it was more of a “here’s an actress, here’s a cool car, here are some hotel rooms, shoot some cool shots!” sort of thing. 

All right, sundries: Tabletop Alchemy is available on most popular podcast apps, you can find all the episodes and show notes at cryinmo.com and you can find links to all my social media there as well and of course you can stream the video version of the podcast on YouTube where each episode is accompanied by footage of whatever I might have worked on at the paint desk recently. If you’d like to support the show somehow, one of the best ways is just by dropping a comment or a rating on whatever app you listen to the show on or sending a link to an episode you dig to someone else you know who might like it as well. 

Here’s something a little bit interesting: when you set up a Patreon account, Patreon suggests you create a minimum of 3 financial goals and since I was just making the Patreon as kind of a lark when I first set up this whole thing, I put up some pretty random benchmarks, what one might call “pie in the sky” sorts of goals. And now we’re halfway to the first goal, which is, to be frank, kinda surprising and pretty cool. That goal states that if I ever hit $100 per month, I’ll be able to do a live stream once a month on YouTube or Twitch! So, who knows, maybe that will become a thing. 

All right, let’s get into it. This episode I go down under one more time, this week to have a conversation with a guy who is a bona fide adventurer (he might dispute that) and a bona fide artist. He goes by the Instagram handle TheRealBrokenFingers and yeah, that name ain’t facetious. His work on Instagram is Warhammer 40k oriented and he creates massive dioramas, you gotta see ‘em to believe ‘em. He goes out of his way to evoke the gothic grimdark atmosphere of space marines in their eternally war-torn environment and on top of his excellent paint work and terrain model-making, his photography is fantastic as well.  We talk about straight up sailing the high seas, broken appendages, cinematic photography, world-building with models, chiaroscuro, coffee table books and of course fabricating, painting and displaying amazing dioramas.

When I asked him if he’d be down for an interview slash chat about art and models and stuff I was unaware that he had just appeared on another podcast, a much much bigger podcast – MUCH bigger. That podcast is called The Independent Characters, it’s a huge Warhammer podcast that is really good if you’re into all things Warhammer-related. At any rate, I’ll link to Jeremy’s episode on that show, I believe it’s episode 190 and there’s a time stamp to find the point where he comes online. I will say that WE got to chat a bit longer than he did on the other podcast so there’s definitely some added value to checking out our conversation here. He’s got some great stories and some great words of wisdom and it’s a fun chat, so, let’s toss an anchor and float a while! I’m sure that’s all nautical nonsense but I’m CryinMo, so … there.

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Dude, thank you again sir for taking time out from your busy pirate – I mean, maritime! – Schedule to hang out and chat, and as always, everyone can find links to Jeremy’s Instagram in the show notes at cryinmo.com. What a great conversation and what a cool dude, right? Good luck with the kids, man, and the mermaids, and I didn’t say it during the interview but I just hope he’s got some kind of cutlass under the yacht steering wheel or whatever. Just because. He’s one of our best bets for a real life swashbuckler you know? All right, definitely check out the show notes for links to some of the things he mentions in the show, and to see a few select photos from his instagram feed. And I’ll try to remember to check back in at some point next year to find out where and when his art showing will happen and how we can all get our hands on his coffee table art book when it comes out. See, it’s been advertised, now he’s got no choice, he’s gotta do it! 

All right, time for some hobby progress!

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Welp, this week again has been a little bit slow on the hobby side of things. I played quite a bit of Skyrim for no real reason at all and I even opened up Minecraft for an hour or two. And yes, I’m cringing as I say all this – I’m doing it to keep myself honest. I’m trying to navigate this … whatever’s in my head that is working desperately to get me to sit on my ass without being productive. So part of this podcast is just me trying to psych myself out I suppose but yeah, also there was that music video shoot and a commercial shoot for some lawyers, so those definitely impacted my working time. To be honest, I probably will not finish any of the three models I’m currently working on this week, those being the biker scout from Star Wars Legion and the really awesome figure from the Bushido game and the dragon kin sorcerer from Reaper minis. I will say this so far: I’m hating my work on the speeder bike scout, I’m pretty happy with the main color on the samurai woman’s dress and I’m very happy with the skin tone on the dragon kin figure. Kiera is helping me with color choices on the Bushido figure and she requested that the main dress color be Lego sand green, which is a wonderful color but I had to custom mix it. And I think whether or not I got it close is irrelevant cause in the end, it’s looking pretty good.

Anyway, I’ll be working on these more throughout the next week so we’ll see how it goes. Let’s take a peek at Section Charlie!

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Where I get to highlight someone or something I found online that I think is too cool for school. So, this episode, I’m using my platform here to promote a non-hobby related short film. I know that’s kind of a sneaky thing to do, but I was very impressed with this short film, it’s only 4 minutes long (5 minute running time but that’s with a minute of credits), I’m sure it’s gonna win all kinds of awards, it’s already starting that sort of thing, it really is an extremely well-made short film. And it’s well made on a story level because from the first frame to the last, it will keep you hooked, at least I it did for me and everyone I’ve linked it to so far. So give it a shot, it’s called Nursery Rhymes and make sure you watch at least the  first 30 to 60 seconds and I think you’ll be hooked to the end. I can’t say anything else about it, and to be honest, I wish the title of it on YouTube didn’t include the descriptor, if you can, try not to read the full title because it gives away a particular technical detail – this won’t ruin the short at all, but it would just be cooler to see it the first time not knowing about this technical detail up front. AND the short film is an Australian production! So there, we stayed down under for the whole episode!

All right, that puts a marshmallow in this smore, smash that chocolate and graham cracker and go to work! I hope you all have a lovely week, I hope you close some of that distance between you and your goals, always remember to take it easy, one step at a time is how all those nuts climbed Mt. Everest, and I’ll be drumming up more interviews for more hobby listening pleasure, motivation and time-passing. Take care, tell someone you love that you love ‘em and I … will … see ya!