Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On The Table - Lord of Change

This mini has been on the the table for years now. This has been the longest running in progress project I think I have ever had. I think the reason is that I did not have the skills to pull off the concept in my head. I had to paint lots of icy blue minis to get my techniques refined and increase my skills to the point of making my ideas manifest.

I changed the robes from dark blue to purple to provide some more contrast. I re-drybrushed Celestra Grey to even things out and then painted on highlights of my new best friend Ulthan Grey. It is basically white that is tinted blue. Over darker colors it looks white but still gives you the option of picking out highlights in pure white later.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Finished - Dragonborn Warlock

Got involved with a second D&D group and no one uses minis there. The DM draws maps on a vertical whiteboard, and white they are good maps, it is a little difficult to place minis on a vertical surface. I painted my Halfling Sheep Cavalry mostly for myself and that got other players interested in minis.

The Fae fighter/theif/druid wanted an "adult Tinkerbell" figure so I painted her one. Never took pics but it turned out ok. Then the Dragonborn Warlock with a Str of 18 and a Great Old One as a patron wanted a mini too.

The Dragonborn minis are, frankly, kind of stupid. There are a limited few especially when compared to humans and there was no good wizard minis. There was a good Tiefling Warlock though but the head and face were wrong. Fortunately my buddy had a WFB Skink that he let me rip apart.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Finished - Ice Hounds

I started work on the Frostgrave warband of Greg from Cranky Old Gamer. MY directives were to make them look icy and blue, fitting the Frostgrave setting. I started with the hounds and used a ghostly white technique that I have been refining for years and using a lot more lately.

I spray the model white and base it Celestra Grey. It then gets a pretty conservative wash of Gulliman Blue. If that was is too think there are these artificial blue looking areas. Then a touch up of Fenrisian Grey, a highlight of Celestra Grey and a final highlight of Ulthuan Grey. Had great depth and still nice a crisp. 

Finished - Alpha Legion Terminators

Deleted the in-progress post about these minis. This is another in the series of of Alpha Legionaries for a Vyndica client. I talked him into the smoother lines of the Tartaros Terminators with the intent of "Chaosing them up" later. Initially, I thought this would be pretty easy, but when it came down to it I was flummoxed on how to make them look more like Chaos Marines.

I had a bunch of spiky bits left over from a CSM Terminator project and in a moment of inspiration, I just glued them to the sides of torso. I could have tried to dremel out channels on the sides to make them fit flush, but that would have been a lot of work with high risk for wrecking the minis.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Finished - DE Wytches

Blowing through these commissions and trying to clear the table. Getting pretty good at this style. I tried to get some more depth out of the skin tones by going heavier on the purple wash but I don't know how effective it was.

Hopefully the client gives me some vehicles next time. I could go for painting a small skimmer.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

On the Table - Horrors and Flamers

Working on some Screamers and Horrors for a friend. He pulled the minis before I could finish because there were needed for a game. Learned a lot from these guys already. For example, painting flames. I divide the flames up into zones and then wet/dry blend the zones until I get something close to what I am looking for. All the while leaving deeper layers uncovered. Flames are a menace and challenging.