Friday, December 18, 2009

Holmes and Watson Progress Photos

Here are some WIP shots of Holmes and Watson I've been working on. They are from Reaper's Chronoscape range. These photos are by no means comprehensive or a tutorial, they are just at points where I decided I'd stop and take a photo! In fact, it's not even a tutorial, it's just the process I took to paint them given the constraints I had.

Holmes and Watson

So Holmes and Watson come with a number of options for their hands. I chose a lantern and pipe for Holmes, and a gun and briefcase for Watson.
Cleaned up and glued onto temporary bases. As they'd both share the same base when finished, it would be easier to paint them separately.
As I had less than a week to paint them, I went for the simple but effective Foundry style, with the aim to add more emphasis to the faces as these would be the focal points. In this photo I've blocked in the base colours and started the first highlights on Holmes' coat and pants.
More layers added in this next photo, mostly finished.


Time for the base, following the same techniques as the zombie bases using the airbrush and oil paint (no pigments this time).

I start with a thin layer of milliput, cutting in the flagstones with a razor on a GW 40mm base.
With the airbrush and using exclusively Tamiya paints, I first did a layer of a 50/50 mix of Flat Brown and Flat Black, and then built up the highlights with Flat Earth, Deck Tan and Flat White. I do a ratio of about 70-80% thinner to paint, it's important to keep mix fairly fluid or else the airbrush will clog.
I then when back and airbushed in Flat Brown where the corners of the flagstones meet. I also worked on another 30mm base at the same time. It's quite fast to do multiple bases by blu-tacking them onto a tile.
Now I pull out the oil paint, using Burnt Umber I trace along the edge and put a few dots in the middle of each flagstone. I'm not too concerned about being clean, as I will use thinner to blend in the colour.
This is how it looks after I've blended with a wet brush using the thinner. I keep brushing over the areas I want to be lighter, as the brush will pick up the excess oil paint and the thinner will blend the edges automatically when I lift the brush off the surface.
Here's a photo showing the 30mm base too. The oil paint is quite reflective and shiny, so it's a bit hard to get a sharp photo without the reflection of my light.
This is after drying with a hair dryer. It took a good 30min to get it to dry enough. It's still a bit wet between the flagstones.
I paint the edge black, and now the base is ready for Holmes and Watson to be glued on!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Malifaux: More Lady Justice and Rasputina

Another Malifaux update - they're slowly coming together. Right now I'm upto the "neaten them up" stage, as you can see with the Death Marshal crew below. I took this photo right after I painted Snakebite Leather on their bases, so the paint is still a bit wet and shiny.
Death Marshals: I've added a Devlan Mud wash to the coffins, you can see it really brings out all those wood planks and the wood grain texture.

Lady Justice: I gave her hair a wash of Gryphon Sepia, but that ended up being almost invisible, so I resorted to Devlan Mud afterwards. I've then proceeded to neaten up all the overspill of the Bloodstone colour by painting over her clothing, straps, sword, etc. with Chaos Black.
The Judge: Like Lady Justice above, I've neatened up the other details and areas where I've splashed the drab colour from the coat and the skin on his face onto.
Rasputina: I've painted the fur trims of her coat and her hat with P3 Trollblood Highlight. It's a nice grey beige colour that should form a nice base for the trims, which I plan to have a final off-white colour.
I've got my new camera ordered too! So expect some new photos of stuff (such as my Orc) in the next few days. Also thanks to Ryan from the FTW Bloggers Group for featuring my Orc in this week's Tuesday Top Ten!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Malifaux: Lady Justice and Rasputina Update

A small update on my Malifaux crew, as I'm still working away on them. Currently, both crews are in the "messy" stage where I tend to try and get nice even coverage on the largest areas of the figures, and then working on getting them right before I clean it up and move onto the smaller areas and details. All of the colours below are minor variations of the "official" colours on the box, as these are meant to be used as demonstration figures.

Getting these large areas painted first means that if you do have any games or demos, the figures are in a presentable fashion where the opponent can at least identify them with the painted areas of colour.

The Death Marshals

Lady Justice: I've got a few basic shades on her skin, and started on the hair. In fact, Lady Justice seems to be about 40% hair, so it's important to get it all painted consistently. I've started it with a basecoat of P3 Bloodstone.

The Death Marshals: I have started work on the trenchcoats and their coffins. The coats were painted Beastial Brown, and the coffins with Foundry Drab Midtone (12B).

The Judge: He was basically all coat! I did his coat in Foundry Drab Highlight (12C) to tie it back with the other Death Marshals. I'll give them all black pants, and tie that back in with Lady Justice's black gloves and top.

The Cult of December

Ice Gamins: The three little Ice Gamins were painted with enchanted blue and given an overspray on the airbrush with Tamiya Light Sea Grey, though I'm not really liking how they're turning out, so I think I'll redo them. I'm finding the blue just a tad too vivid, as I tend to like a more natural look to my miniatures. I'm going to redo them with P3 Trollblood Base and basically follow the same colour scheme and highlights for Trollblood skin (going from Blue to a warm grey to a flesh tone).

Ice Golem: The Ice Golem was given a basecoat of Hawk Turquoise and given a light overspray on the airbrush with Tamiya Light Sea Grey to pick out the upper surfaces. I then washed it with GW Badab Black ink.

Rasputina: She has been painted in a similar colour scheme the box, but I've gone for a much warmer skin tone, and a darker purple. I've used VG Dwarf Flesh as the base and VG Pale Flesh as the highlight on her skin. Her purple dress has been basecoated with GW Hormagaunt Purple mixed with P3 Menoth White Base, and her stockings have been painted with the same purple with a lot more white base mixed in. The alternating grey strips have been done with GW Charadon Granite.
Stay tuned for more on these two crews! I'm aiming to get them mostly finished before I leave for Christmas Holidays in two weeks time.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Quick Weathered Bases

Mae from Space Kitties and I had a few painting sessions recently working on a set of Studio Miniatures' excellent range of zombies. I'm still in the process of sorting out a new camera, but here's a tutorial and sneak-peek of what we've done.

In this post, I'll just cover how I finished off the bases with a nice weathered, dirty hospital floor look. I started by using blu-tack to stick the eight bases to a small tile to make holding them all easier (especially for the painting stages).

I did the textures in Milliput - first I mashed them flat with my fingers, and finished off rolling it flush using a thick marker pen as a rolling pin. I then used a razor blade to cut in the tiles, pushing the razor in and moving it from side to side to get a rough "V" shaped groove.
I decided to paint them with the airbrush, as bases look great with the subtle tones, and also because it's easy and good practice! They have been airbrushed with Tamiya Flat Brown and highlighted up with Tamiya Deck Tan:
An oil wash, using Archival Oils Burnt Umber. Unfortunately, it's the only oil paint I have at present, so I was a bit limited in what I could do with it (i.e. basically work it into the grooves between the tiles and the chips and scratches on the ground):
I dried out the oil paint with a hair dryer, and painted the edges black. They're not perfect circles unfortunately, as some parts were a bit too flush with the edge of the base and I couldn't work out where the edge should have been. Next time I do this, I'll remember to leave a thin circle! I've also added some red tones with MIG Pigments rust colour:
The cast of zombies glued on their bases:

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Orc Warboss WIP Part 3

The last part of the work in progress posts for my Orc warboss, here the banner is awaiting to be painted with the sunz logo weathered:
The banner was removed for painting in this shot. You can find the tutorial here and here. While the banner was elsewhere, I took the opportunity to deepen up the metallics with a lot of Badab Black and Devlan Mud wash, brushed on and then "pushed" around to get it in the right areas. The same can be achieved with watered down paint, but I decided to try using the washes exclusively on the metallics.
And from the back. Some areas of the sword I had to redo several times, I carefully scraped off the paint with a razor and restarted with the basecoat and then worked the shades up again. I did this on two occassions, once because I was not happy with the finish as it ended up a bit lumpy, and a second time because I accidentally got a dab of Graveyard Earth paint on the blade and could not clean it off...
And the final shots of the model about to be taken to the Golden Demons (actually, I think I took these before the NSW Regionals because I hadn't taken any finished shots before the Local round). There's a lot of little touches added to really bring the model to live, such as scratches on the metals and the orc skin, gloss in the mouth and nose of the Orc's face, picking out some individual furs on the boar to name a few.

Here's a shot from the front (and the best angle IMO):
The handling base was made out of three sheets of plasticard glued together and the edges filed flush. From the back:
From the right:
From the left, showing the shield:

Orc Warboss WIP Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of painting of the orc warboss!

I started with a black undercoat for this fellow, usually it doesn't make a difference to me, but the large areas of armour meant that black was an easier colour to work with for me to get the inital metallics in. The orc skin would follow the same colour scheme for my Kommandos from last year.

The photo below shows the Orc with the base colours blotted in (quite messily). I've also worked in a basic design for the shoulderpad, based off the one from Rob Jedi's warboss from 2001:
Continuing working in the base colours. See the sword above and below - I use multiple thin coats than one thick coat. It means you'll have to put up with blotchiness as you work up the layers, but it does give a smoother result in the end. I've also done the base and the boar in the below picture:
I worked in the shading on the horns, they are the same on both the warboss and the boar to tie them together. I went with the darkest colour on the tips, working through Menoth White Base, then Snakebite Leather, Beastial Brown and finally Chaos Black. Here are some shots from a few different angles:
Front on:
Side on:
The back:
Next was a dry fit of the banner and the shield, to make sure it still looked right! I've started the shield with a basecoat of Mecharite red on the stretched leather:
A bit more work on the shield here. I also decided on a dwarf head to adorn the top of the banner:
Side on:
I didn't glue the Orc to the boar, sheild or banner till I had to, it made it a lot easer to work with. Here you can see them in separate pieces. I had a sturdy enough pin that I could attach the Orc without having to glue it, so most of the painting was done on the boar, and pulled off when I need to get to fiddly areas.
So all the basic colours are in, with a few detail areas painted. Next up is finishing the banner, and the metals to really bring out the weathering and shine.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Orc Warboss WIP Part 1

Golden Demon is over for another year, and my main entry this year was an Orc Warboss on a boar. You can find the results and funny photos over at OzPainters. Official photos are also up on the Games Workshop website.

I managed to get a Silver in Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniature, which was great, as there's something special about winning in the single figure categories. I need to retake the final photos of my Warboss, but for now (and the next 2 posts) I'll show the work-in-progress photos I took for my entry.

Here is a photo of the unassembled warboss (though I had glued the boar head to the plastic body). The orc and boar were left unmodified, with the exception of the metal shield off the wyvern character and a plastic banner.
Here is the Orc glued together, and the boar stuck with blu-tack to a base to get an idea of how I wanted the rocks and the final pose.
And a shot from the other side:
And with the plastic banner fitted and a base made. Here are shots from different angles, ready to be pained.
From the right:
From the left:
And the back:
The banner is from the plastic Marauders boxed set, but with the details filed off. I used Tamiya Putty to smooth out the plastic. I hadn't decided on an adornment for the top yet at this stage. The base is slate and Knead-it, finished off with Vallejo texture paste.

Next post: the painting!