Saturday, July 22, 2017

Holding the Line

As some of you already know, I love the figures created by RN Estudios for their Blood Bowl teams, along with a variety of other fantasy figures.

The casts are always very clean and solid, just like this Lizardman figure.

The vast majority of the figures are one piece, and mould lines are minimal.  They are also very easy to prime.  Badger Airbrush Stynlrez primer is outstanding for this purpose.

The base is relatively simple, in keeping with the swamp bases of the rest of the team.  I used some Secret Weapon Miniatures Realistic Water mixed with a touch of greenish brown paint.  A few layers of this combination helped to achieve a 'depth' to the water.

The sharp and precise details not only look great, but they make painting these so much easier!  It allows me to do all kinds of fun glazing techniques, utilizing the details of the figure.

When working on 'fuzzier' casts and sculpts, things get more protracted since I actually have to paint in all those details myself.  

Check out this team and so many other wonderful figures on their site:

Friday, July 21, 2017

That's it for Fritz!

The British player in our group wanted to have a few trucks as transports, but felt that the usual trucks were on the small size to move ten infantry around on the field. So, he bought himself a few of the Warlord Games Opel Blitz trucks, and sent them to me for modifications...

I made one of them in desert theme, and one for the continent.  On this desert vehicle, I thought it would be fun to "paint out" the Afrika Korps markings.  You can see some of that on the doors, and on the left side of the truck bed. 

That marking was covered with a bit of mischief... a little graffiti which states :That's it for Fritz!"

I was really looking forward to using a few weathering powders to create the dust/sand look.  As per the usual "chess match"  of weathering, you have to think several steps ahead.  That meant painting some areas a touch darker, so that the lighter sand would really show up.

The tarp over the bed was a prime candidate for this!

From the outset, I wanted to have British flags on the trucks as identifiers.  Since control of the skies was not absolute at this stage, it was certainly one way to keep from getting pounced on by your own pilots!

Most of the painting was done with Secret Weapon paints, since I needed them to dry rapidly.  While I love using the oil paints, rapid drying is not one of their advantages :-)

I like to use both mediums, as I continue to learn new techniques and subtle ways to utilize them.

I will post pictures of the other captured Blitz, so stay tuned!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alas poor Yorrick

This sorceress from Phoenix Miniatures was very fun, and a perfect candidate for a glowing runes base!

The figure is the usual 28mm scale, and it was made from resin.

Given the name of the manufacturer, I thought it would be appropriate to have the red theme run through the whole piece, right down to the base itself.

There are some other Samurai type figures in the works from Phoenix, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gone Fishing

More unusual monstrous infantry!  This guy was painted using the Secret Weapon paints, where I took advantage of the translucent potential of those colors to do layers of glazing.

While transparent glazes were a big part of this, I still worked back into the middle tones by mixing light opaque colors into the mix.  This was especially done on the leather surfaces.

For the fishes, I used a few of the Reaper clear colors, which are like super saturated versions of the Secret Weapon paints.

To tint the grays towards purple or blue, it was quite easy, simply adding in a little bit of darker shades here and there around the eyes and so on.  I believe this miniature is from the Figone line, and not Mierce as I originally thought.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Spear and Scale

This Saurus spearman is part of the very first unit where the Shaded Basecoat technique was used to paint mass amounts of figures in a compressed time frame... designed to be indistinguishable from my "old" one by one methods.

I mixed various brush on primers with regular paint to create the initial layers. 

Here's the first blog post showing how this method was done.  It is also the centerpiece of the Painting Pyramid video series.  There are 53 different titles, which cover all aspects of painting, basing and even terrain!  They are all available directly through me on USB drives.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Top Secret

I thought this might be an interesting article.  In my painting world, I have to work on dozens of projects all at once, which means painting very disparate genres and types of figures in one setting.

Finding a giant walrus man with a tank, a blood bowl figure, wild west and blood bowl along with a half dozen other unrelated minis is pretty much another day that ends in "Y"!

I thought it would be an excellent way to show how I use the Secret Weapon paints on figures that seem completely unrelated, but in practical terms use the exact same colors.

You will notice that the same color set remains on the palette no matter what is being painted.  I chose these intentionally, which really increases painting efficiency.  The Secret Weapon paints can be used like washes, or semi washes, and that is really handy in this type of painting.

Same colors!  I will be doing the same kind of "semi-glazes" on the Panzer 35T as well.  I have already been working on the tracks, running wheels and even the exhaust, using a series of glazes.

Water works fine for thinning them down, but I have also used a flow improver material.

The nice thing about these paints is that they don't break down when mixed with water.  Even though they become very transparent, they still cover and tint the lighter tones beneath them.

By mixing the water or flow improver into the colors, they will really sink down into crevices, and remain very flat.  This helps to get rust effects and other weathering, which has a tendency to be extremely matte.

In these images, I have been doing some blueish gray washes over the upper surfaces of the vehicle.  You can see the subtle darker tones on the right hand image.

The same colors use to weather the tracks, drive wheels and exhaust are used to weather the hull.

When used as a "wash", the rusting effects sink down to the base of rivets and panels, but they can be used right out of the jar for preliminary chipping effects.

I also went back in to the gray sections of the panels with lighter versions of the gray, done by adding a small amount of lighter colors to the original blueish gray.

Here's an example of using the rust colors to create leather.  I love doing this, and even making skin tones with those deeper rust tones.

Adding the light grey turns a "rust" color into something that looks more like leather.

As I mentioned earlier, I can use that same light gray to lighten the panels on the vehicle.

Since my glaze colors are also my highlight tones, there is a lot of color unity.  This is the flexibility of the Secret Weapon paints

I used that same lighter gray colors on the walrus figure, which helped to make both projects advance rapidly all at the same time!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Old Timer

Here we have an old timey Dark Eldar figure, rescued from the abyss and included in the Adepticon 2013 army.

As some of you already know, I combined a number of the old sprues with some of the new bitz, particularly weapon arms and a few heads.

I discovered that they all fit together nicely, and it allowed me to make may more Kabal Warriors, since I could use the special weapons on the new sprues too.

This classic old head, however, had to be included once or twice!  You can see the rest of the Dark Eldar army, including the massive display board, in the Dark Eldar section of the blog.  Be sure to check it out!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Green Knight

This was an interesting project, one that combined a number of different elements.

The base was the first piece, which you can see in this facebook live video:

The flags were created by taking sticky printer labels and wrapping them around the poles.  This made them very flexible but sturdy, since there were now 2 layers of that printer paper, stuck together!

These views show a little more of the waterfall base, made of bark and branch.

As far as the color scheme goes, it was pretty traditional Green Knight fare, but with a twist of the fluorescent green sword.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Guardian of the Fjords

Norway's finest from Gorgon Studios, part of the Narvik campaign series.

Along with the French Foreign Legion troops, these will be employed with the British forces in the desperate attempt to hang onto Norway, and keep the iron ore reserves from German hands.

Here's a link to the Gorgon Studios site, where you can see the entire line of early World War 2 figures, including the newest set of Norwegians with backpacks: