Quite a lot has changed for me in the past almost year since I posted some of my original work, namely a son and recently a move to a new house. But with that most recent change, something amazing happened!
I now have a game room! Pics of that to come once I get it all set up. The last few weekends have been about putting together a gaming table and it’s almost there. But that’s for an upcoming post, as I have some before pics and need the after.
I had a request to show how I did the marble on Alexis Polux’s shield, so I threw together a quick little tutorial. Hope you like!
I started off by undercoating the shield (and the rest of the model) chaos black
The next step was to airbrush Tamiya Flat White over the shield. This is done holding the airbrush from about a 45 degree angle above the shield, angling the spray downwards. This should keep the chaos black in the recesses to maintain the shadows
Next, lines were painted across the shield using Nuln Oil. More thinned down Flat White was then airbrushed gently across the shield, dulling down the lines. As before, the airbrush was held at an angle to the shield to maintain the darker colors in the recesses.
Fresh lines were again applied using Nuln Oil, some over the original lines and some in fresh…
This is the model I painted for the Feat of Service 2015 Charity Benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project. I feel Vlad is an appropriate model for Wounded Warriers due to his fluff. I went with a “Dark Knight” vibe as I felt that while looking cool, it was pretty agnostic towards any one’s existing paint schemes!
Here I am going to explain how I paint my orange/brown used on my Aleph miniatures from Corvus Belli’s Infinity range.
What you will need are:
-Awesome Miniature (Yes, it has to be awesome!)
-Paints (in this case: German Grey [Vallejo Model Color], Gorthor Brown [Games Workshop], Orange Brown [Vallejo Model Color] and Scrofulous Brown [Vallejo Game Color]
1) Base Coat
Apply the base coat to the areas of the model you wish to paint with Gorthor Brown. Do not fret on being messy (at least as long as this is one of the first colors you are applying…).
2) First Shade
Start painting the darkest regions on your brown parts of the model. I try to focus on lower parts or sections where light is minimal or near non existent. It is not an exact science (doesn’t mean it cannot be), but it gets the job done…
…but that hasn’t quite come to fruition. Why? A variety of reasons really. Not happy with the scheme or it’s execution were among the top because if I am going to dive off that cliff, I want to be 100% I like the end result.
But if I have to be honest with myself, the biggest reason is excitement. Or lack there of.
When I started taking miniature painting seriously, I asked the good painters I saw what their number one recommendation is for someone to improve their painting. Invariably they said, “Thin your paints!” This is because not only does this make the paints go on smoother than if you used them straight from the pot, it reduces the appearance of brush strokes, and most importantly it takes advantage of the translucent quality of the acrylic paints we use as miniature painters; briefly what this means is that if you properly thin your paint the layer beneath your top layer will show through some where the top layer is thinner, giving you a smother blending of layers.
The addition of that simple technique to my painting arsenal stepped up my painting game immensely, but the one issue I ran into with working with thinned paints is that, like all paints, they gradually…
I have been working on improving the quality of photos I take of my miniatures for a while and have found a great method used by “the pros” that most any hobbyist can pull off at home for a nearly no cost at all. That method is using a photography light diffusion box and I am going to teach you how to build one using items you probably have around your house (and if you don’t, they are rather inexpensive to procure).
So here’s the major distraction that’s been keeping me from the site and from wargaming in general!
As soon as he starts letting his mom and I get some sleep, I’ll be back in full force! I mean it’s been 3 months already, he’s gotta start sleeping some time right?! Please Davey pleeeease…
In my absence I have been stockpiling games (may not be the wisest decision) so here’s what I got in the pipe:
Circle Orboros! Yeah I technically started these guys right before WMW, but I’ve only gotten like 5 games in with them since I came down with a terrible case of Con Crud…But I’ve added a Mohsar list to them that I’m excited about.
Wrath of Kings! This came out of nowhere! A bunch of WM regulars went to Templecon and got smitten with the game…and I have a need to be accepted so I joined them. I have House Shael Han assembled. I like the game the tiny bit of it I’ve tried…
INFINITY! Infinity always looms over me like a technicolor shadow…I received a Haqqislam army in a trade over the Christmas holiday that’s still sitting waiting for some attention and I’ve been stockpiling MDF terrain for the inevitable. Plus Tohaa has been getting some CRAZY AWESOME models that I can’t wait to add like the Rasail Teams and Igao Unit!
Hoping to get over to Certs and his crew for an re-introduction into N3 (and maybe even some WoK or RK) sometime soon (soon meaning sometime in 2015 nowadays)!
Zac, if you are reading this: let’s play some Malifaux yo.
I just received my copy of Angel Giraldez’s Masterclass book and am working on getting the Joan of Arc model that came with it painted up. I hope to have a review of the book up soon. The model is typical nu-Infinity, which is to say, it’s very good…