From beneath a mountain of grading and emails of frustrated college students, the Middling emerges to share deplorable quality photos of a trio of recently finished martial artists for a recent skirmish favorite, A Fistful of Kung Fu. Below we have a group shot, which most closely mirrors the look of the models in real life (though still washes out many of the subtleties of hi-light). Here we have a reverse shot of the gang. The new lighting set-up was foiled when the addition of a third light was met with an original lamps expired daylight bulb. The first, a fat happy monk, perhaps from the Bushido product line that embodies my present frustration in dealing with orange. Perhaps someday there will be a better photo of this tub of enlightenment, but not this day — or post. You can really get the sense of his corpulence from this rear photo. What is true for man is true for miniature. Eventually, this outsized fellow will be the, ahem, ‘heavy’ for a gang of Shaolin monks. Next we have a model that was not held in the highest esteem, middling at best, but is now perhaps amongst my favorite in the my growing martial arts troupe. The models is a NorthStar AFoKF “martial arts fanatic”, a muay thai fighter based perhaps off Ong-Bak? These photos are especially washed out, as I tried a new technique with the skin and really blended for smooth transitions — but alas we lack the technology (an excuse)! Last we have a Hasslefree Miniatures Japanese inspired martial artist (of a particular name lost to age and decrepitude), who was given a quicker, more extreme paint treatment that really looks like dreck under in-adequate lighting (more excuses!): Jeez, that really is a poor quality photo. Aspiring for mediocrity would be to ask too much! Perhaps, whence better light is procured, a group photo of all of the present martial artists will be taken and posted.