Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jungle Wars

This particular skink marked an interesting point in my painting years ago.  As a whole, the Lizardman army was the laboratory where the Shaded Basecoat technique was first created.  I had to paint hundreds of these skinks, and a faster method had to be discovered.

One of the hidden results of this development was my work in the mid tone areas.  Once the original lighter colors of the shaded basecoat are in place, darker glazing and tinting is added.

This created an unexpected, but ideal, environment for adding really interesting lighter tones on figures like this guy.

While most of the colors are warm greens and tans, you can see that some blue-green colors have also been added.

Instead of trying to mix this into endless layers of paint (working dark to light), I could now work from the middle out.  This means that interesting 'opposing' colors can be blended into the existing darks.  The majority of the shading is in place, so that meant I could focus on putting that lighter greenish blue around the warmer greens to add more shape and detail.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Ruins of the Maya

Today's basing adventure begins with the newest texture roller from Green Stuff World. This Mayan texture is highly detailed, and filled with all sorts of spectacular patterns.

These are the types of Sculpey that I normally use for the texture rollers.  My favorite is the Grey Extra Firm, but the super Sculpey version can also work in a pinch.  It does not quite have the post baking carving properties of the grey Sculpey, but it is also much less expensive.

Here's an article that takes you through the step by step process:

I made a set of bases using the sheet of grey Sculpey . 

Let's get a peek at the 30mm rounds.  I stayed with my standard cork and sculpey combination to place more emphasis on the design itself.

I added some oxide paste, sand, gravel and even crushed parsley flakes for extra texture around the edges . 

The larger the size of the bases,  the more of the various patterns can be included.
It's not necessary to continue the pattern with one clean sheet.

You can also use broken shards to fill out gaps, so be sure to hang onto those!

Again , the green material you see is parsley flakes added to create some ground cover textures which will be painted over.

These are 50mm versions. 

You can see on the base to the right that I utilized those extra broken pieces . 

This allows me to create multiple levels when stacked on top of the cork.

This was definitely my favorite part of the design!  I will probably add some skulls, tree roots and snakes later on.

One last look at the first set of Mayan ruins bases!  Stay tuned for much more!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Following instructions

Next up from Rubicon is another multi purpose plastic kit!  As always, it is a very high quality set of sprues, encased in a very helpful box, which shows the variants on the back.

Yes, the instructions are as complete as ever, and an amazing decal sheet.  It even has Free French markings!  One of these days I will have to make use of the medic insigia.

A shot of the sprues, with everything nicely spaced for ease of removal.  That reduced tension on the pieces makes it far easier not to snap more fragile pieces in half as you try to get them off the sprues.

At each stage of the assembly, it is clearly defined which piece belongs to which variant...

Fortunately, each vehicle that has drivers such as this also is provided with a outer hull that can be put in place AFTER you have had a chance to paint the crew.

A nice, realistic wheel and track setup, even in areas where it's not very likely to be seen!

You have a choice of two different setups with the boxes, as you can see on the instructions.

The interior of the rear cab can be tricky, and you have to be very aware of where the attachment points are.

The bully pulpit in place at last!

I really like the removable machine guns!  This certainly makes painting easier, and it is a great way to accurately show just how many of those guns you might have paid the points to have.

As I mentioned earlier, the outer shell snaps in place, so I can get to all the vital areas with the paint more easily.

So, it's all set up for painting!  Stay tuned for that stage, because it will be the first U.S. vehicle that I attempt.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blade Runer

Most of the Dark Eldar I have been showing you lately have been the combination of new and old kits.  This time, it's all from the newer sprues.

There are certainly more dynamic poses in the more recent set of Kabal warriors, although this trends towards the 'leaning forward dramatically' style.  To keep them from looking like they are about to fall down, I tried to prop them up a little with the basing.

Those angled chunks on the base were just enough to straighten up the figure, and keep the dynamism of the original pose.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Eastern Knight

This is an Easterling in more of a 'standard' color scheme.  I didn't want the gold to be too shiny, or pristine.  There's a little more of a brassy look to it, which I felt would be a nice contrast to the two deeper red colors.

Speaking of the reds, the main tunic is shaded more towards purple, in order to create a bit of contrast to this deep purple.  That smaller area of red is warmer, lighter, and more saturated.

I also tried to incorporate greenish tones in the armor, which would give the reds one more 'opposing color' to create contrast.  this was also very muted, and toned down.

Combined with a few hints of grayish blue on the weapon, I think I have something that mirrors the appearance of the Easterlings in the shows as opposed to my own set of colors that I had done for my tournament army.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A sniper in the building!

I have not done much with sniper teams in our games of Bolt Action thus far.  It's been difficult to get them in the ideal spot given the scenarios that we have been playing.  The new version of Bolt Action seems to make them a bit more interesting, especially if you put them on Ambush.

Of course, I would still have to roll that 4+ to be able to take advantage of that post turn potential shooting action.

These were also some of the original French miniatures that I started painting.  Looking back on them, it's very interesting to see how differently I work on these Bolt Action figures!

At the time I began working on these, I had been painting a lot of French Flames of War figures.  That had determined how I was going to base these guys, in Ardennes theme.

There's still a lot more French to come, including some anti-tank ground units!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Demons of the pitch

Continuing with the Sukubus studio demonette team, we see another example of limited palette exercise . 

There's a wide range of magenta and purple put to use... some of the tones tinted more reddish ,  others towards blue.

In addition, some of these tones are more saturated and intense, while others are quite muted in contrast.

It is these differences in tone and intensity that allowed me to organize a number of complex surfaces in a cohesive way, despite the limited color palette .