Friday, July 25, 2014

It was a wild life


Along with all the astronomy images, Celtic mythology, fantasy scenes and such, I used to love painting wildlife.  It was a fun change of pace from the usual portrait work.

I also combined the Celtic knotwork with the wildlife paintings, such as this piece, called Nightsong.


Look at the birdie!  This is Lord of the Skies.  Painting these was great practice for all the eagle faces I have had to paint on miniatures!


The Lone Wolf and the North Star.  A painting that I made for my wife for Valentine's day, I believe.


Another rare pastel piece, called Just Hangin' Out.  This might have been the largest pastel painting that I ever did.


Some of you might recall the Pebeo paints which I used to paint on glass and ceramic tile.  It was really neat stuff, since you could fire it in a regular oven at low temperatures.  You had to approach it differently, since many of the colors were very translucent.

Once it was fired, it had great luster, and you could use it as a centerpiece to place hot serving plates.


One more ceramic tile piece.  The neat thing about these is that they will last forever... or at least as long as the ceramic tiles!  So, thousands of years from now once the 'cloud' has dissipated, this old fashioned method will still be around!


Gunboats on rails


More aspects of the middle cars to complete, including the gatling guns and the weathering.


I tried to get both of the cars to look as similar as possible before doing those effects.


Kinda wild to see them both together, and intimidating as well, since these are the smallest of the cars! Not sure how I will photograph the whole shebang!


With eight of the gatling guns to paint, I got some blue tac and stuck them to my empty paint jars.


A little blue tac to put them in place to see what they look like!


Ready to go!


Ambushing this train is gonna get messy!


Weathering commences in the same manner as the other cars.  It has to be kept simple, so that all four cars will match.  That meant three colors only... the burnt sienna, the cadmium red, and the black.


I tried to use the weathering as an accent where possible, in that it would create a little more interest in the recesses, which were obviously going to be very dark!


A few rust streaks on the roof to break up the large open space.  I chose not to do the U.S. freehand here, so that it would be more significant on the engine and caboose.

I started with a somewhat dark blotch, and then made it darker in some places.  The streak would originate from that point.


It took many hours to get both cars weathered!


The caboose also needed to get its weathering effects as well.


Wage has been very hard at work burning hundreds of disks the last few days while I work on Mechanicus and Wild West Exodus stuff!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The batch is almost complete!


All right... here are some quick shots of the bases as they stand right now.

More adjustments will be made to them once the miniatures are placed on them!


Dragon Forge bases are quite nice, since you don't have to deal with mould release, air bubbles, concave or sanded undersides, and so on.  The textures are always very clear and neat, which makes them easy to paint.  And that makes a painter happy!


I put a Mechanicus symbol on one of them, since I could not resist!  I will be painting that icon many more times in the coming weeks, that's for sure!


Here are the four different designs.


And the full group of five.


Now let's add one of the BIG bases to these 60mm bases.


You can find them all at:


Throw Back Thursday


Since there have been a number of requests to see older minis that I have painted, I tried to find some images of those older figures.  I ran across some that were painted between 8-12 years ago.

My apologies for the promo graphics.  I made these way back in 2007 for our first Adepticon :-)

Here we have some very cold figs that I painted about 10 years ago.  This was long before I ever thought of the Shaded Basecoat or glazing!


These are from a similar era.  They took ten times longer to paint, that's for sure.  Knowing what I do now, it's a very different prospect.


Here are some really old Reaper minis, which are between 10 and 12 years ago.  This first example is so ancient, it predates the time where we learned that it is best to bake the sculpey first, and then chip away at it!


These are the oldest figures... at least 12 years old.  Closer to 13 years ago now.  They were for our group's first D&D campaign.


I know this one is from 2004, since the diorama that went with it was made in November of that year!


Now for some old Games Workshop figures!  Object source lighting was not only new to us... but just about everyone else too!

These were some of my first experiments with it.  These are also 10 or 11 years old.


Way back in the day, GW used to sell boxes of 8 plastic figures for $8.  That will tell you how old these are!  Each box had a different theme.  There were Skaven, Chaos, Dwarves, Undead, Adventurers, and even Space Marines.

They were all one piece minis.

I hope you enjoyed this trip in the way back machine!!!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Siege Train cars


Back aboard the Siege Train!  Yes, more Shaded Basecoat.  Mostly the same process as the engine and caboose.


These shapes are going to be more challenging than the other two pieces so far.


Working up the brass section.  Pun intended. :-)


Both cars moving along on the shaded basecoat.


You can see that some preliminary shading was done on the front panels.  Note the difference in contrast between the right side, and on the left where no shading has been added yet.


Now the entire front panel complete.  Later on, most likely with powdered pigments, additional colors will be tinted and shaded.


The overall view, just before I began to work again on the brass.


These trim lines are going to be even tougher to shade.


Getting there.  At this point, will be adding some other tints of yellow to get some color variety in here.  I don't want the whole thing to be the greenish tint!


Now the brighter, more pure yellow has been added, so things start to pop more along the edges.


Once the highlights are added to the trim, I can do the same with the other surfaces to keep everything in line.


This image shows the difference where no additional highlights have been added to those surfaces.  It does not look as 'sharp' or as defined.


And then those highlights are added.  Please not that none of them were pure white.  There was always something else added in... either a touch of yellow, green or blue.

Often I will add yellow to white to highlight a blueish surface, as that gives a more 'spectral' effect to the highlight, and vice verse with the yellowish surfaces.


This shot gives you a good idea of how these last few steps have progressed from where we started.  There is contrast in value patterns, obviously, but also some in the colors as well.  Note the warmer reddish hues in the darkest areas on the roof.

That was done to add a little extra interest, so that the entire car was not blue tinted.


From here, I will be adding some freehand, and then the weathering effects.  Stay tuned!