Thursday, September 18, 2014

When Barbarians attack

Here are some closer shots of the barbarians.  These were resin figures.

As I mentioned yesterday, it involved retrofitting some older painting styles for me.

I had to limit the amount of flesh tone variations from what I do now, as I had to match what was done before :-)

Selecting the color scheme

New army.  New color scheme to choose!  For me, it is the most fun portion of any army project.

As I am selecting colors, several factors are involved.  First and foremost, I want it to look as different as possible from all the other forces I have seen.  This typically means doing some research, checking out as many sites as I can to see what other folks have done.

Story is HUGE for me, so the color scheme also has to come with at least a basic framework for a story.

As I was playing around with colors, I experimented with a scheme of white shirts, black hats, and glowing red stars.

Since I usually like to play my "good guys" as bad guys, or at least somewhat scary, I thought the glowing red stars and the black hats would be more imposing.  The idea here is that the townspeople fear them... and they dread the sight of the glowing stars.

At first I thought that I might need to make the shirts a much darker color to have those stars pop out, but the fluorescent paint is very helpful in this case! :-)

Just because they are feared, it doesn't mean my Lawmen can't be a hit with the ladies!

With the color choices solid, I can proceed with the mass production!  Yay!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to the future

Sometimes interesting things happen when you have painted miniatures for this long.  They say that if you walk around long enough, you eventually meet yourself.  In some ways, I have managed that :-)

In this case, I am matching the color/style of another painter who had previously been matching figures that I had painted about 8 years ago.  So, it's been interesting to think about how I approached figures 'back in the day'.

Obviously, so many things have changed since then.  In fact, the way I paint now barely resembles the approach I used in those days.

This is definitely something different.  You hear me talking about this all the time... that is, using Secret Weapon washes and mixing them with regular paint.  In this image, I mixed an off white with Baby Poop.

By doing this, I get a very nice shade of tan that is semi-opaque.  It is fantastic for tinting flesh tones, golds, etc.  I do this with all kinds of washes and paint combos.  As I said, flesh tones and metals benefit greatly from this approach.

Repair and restore.

This is one of my old, original terradons.  One of the wings had broken off, and the base was never actually finished.

As I was working on a bunch of other things, I dusted off the figure, and improved the base.

I added the plastic foliage, and painted it as I had with the other experimental bases.

The foliage had to be painted in a more subtle green than those I used on the Terradon.  As you can see, the colors on the leaves are more grayed down and cooler than those on the wings.

These views will give you a better view of the design on the base.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHIPS... Lawmen style.

So, we have some finished pictures of the Lawmen Interceptor.

These will be a relatively simple set of colors, as I am trying to get them ready for learning the game.  I will get a bit fancier with the Holy Orders and Warrior Nation figs.

Still, I had a lot of fun with this, and the bases have been a real blast!

These views from above give a good sense of how they it interacts with the miniature.

Let's ride!!!

Don't let yourself get rusty

Fun time jars on the palette!  Glazing the DragonForge bases.

A blue/black mix is the order of the day for the deck plating...

Aside from wiping away the glazes in key spots with a dried brush or my fingers, I will keep some extra soft tissue around.  This blots away the excess glaze and even leaves a next texture behind.

You can see the difference just one shot of the glaze can make on the metal parts.

These were some pretty huge areas to cover though, so I had to work very quickly!

I think this shot shows you how much color variety I try to establish as I continue with the glazes.  Not just brown or black.  I have some green in there, some reddish brown, and so on.

This image shows me blotting away some of the edges of the applied glazes with a dried brush.  I can get some interesting lighter and darker transitions in this manner.

I will also use Reaper liner paints in my glazes... especially where I want some very rich, deep darks.  Here I am using a mix of brown and blue liner paints.

That just about does it for glazing and tinting!

Which meant it was time to finish them off with a bit of rust!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shading the Interceptor

With the glazing and shading completed, it was time to start working back into those middle tones that you hear me harping about!

It is during this stage that I pick out more precise colors... in this case, putting more blueish grays in the metal areas.  I even mix some of my glaze colors into the regular paint, which makes it more translucent.  That means that my previous shading will show through!

It was also necessary to get the glowing red areas involved as well.

So much of the interesting colors and shades are included in the middle tone areas.  Granted, they must be very subtle, but it adds a tremendous amount of depth to your overall shading.

In effect, you are 'sculpting' the shapes with these layers.  You can see more and more detail and depth emerge.

This method also allows me to make adjustments on the fly.  I have the option to take the 'final' colors in a different direction from the original plan, since these are such subtle layers, and I am working only in one section of the value scale, not the lights and darks.

Once he was on the base, all the color choices start to come together.  The final pictures will be next!  Stay tuned!