The title is a lie, I spent most of this week looking at freehand work. I wanted to share them all in one place however and ‘show off’ what I have done. Freehand was not something I had ever really considered before, however I was prompted to try things other than another galaxy cape. I have a full sized Chaos Reaver Titan here and I want to do the (not so) miniature justice. I want to have amazing looking frescoes painted on it as it stomps its way over the battle field. In order to achieve this, I need to get good at freehand work.
Here are the results from this week’s painting:
There are plenty of ares for improvement with these pieces of freehand. Blending could be a bit mroe subtle in places, the skull shape needs working on, but for first attempts on something a little less forgiving than a galaxy, I can say I am proud of what I have done so far.
A friend of mine recently asked me how I painted bone, so instead of telling them, I said I would create a tutorial for them to have so they can refer back to it. This is how I paint bone on skeletons and other actual bones, rather than freehand. I will do a seperate tutorial for freehand as it is slightly different.
Step 1: I use these paints for bone:
Step 2: Collect the miniature and apply a base coar of Rakarth Flesh.
Step 3: Wash with Agrax Earthshade and let dry
Step 4: Drybrush with Ushabti Bone.
Step 5: Drubrush with Screaming Skull.
Of course, you can go lighter than this but I like my skeletons to look a bit dirty. Nothing comes out the ground clean after all.
As most of you know, I have an Ahriman problem. I love painting this miniature in any of his forms, so when a friend of mine lamented the fact that she didn’t have one, I jumped at the opportunity.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Ahriman without a cloak of stars, so I asked her to pick a galaxy she wanted me to attempt and I went with that. I love painting galaxies, I think they are simple to do and effective as well. I finished him today, and after confirmation that the friend loved it, I share him with you:
The only thing I have freehanded in the last couple of years is the galaxy cloaks a lot of people know me for. I wanted to try my hand at it and seeing how I decided to put the flat panels on the Adeptus Titanicus Reaver, I thought I would give it a go.
Now, the Legio that Twitter voted on was Legio Mortis, so I had a look at the heraldry, cursed at the complexity of it and rolled up my sleeves.
I started by sketching the image out on the panel with a pencil very lighty. At this point, the princeps of the Reaver was asking, ‘Why can I see graphite.’
I then took a deep breath and got stuck in. I started off by filling in the black for the eyes and nose, as this seemed a good base. Next came the skull. I have been asked about painting bone and so shall be doing a tutorial on that next week. It is a combination of five colours and a lot of wet blending to make sure there are no glaring blend lines.
Next came the bars around the skull. I used Eshin grey as the base and then added black or white depending on which tone I was after. I then blended them together to create shadows and light and this is the result.
So, what do I think.
The cranium of the skull is a little too big, I think the teeth on the skull are a bit too stark and I know some of the grey rods are wonky.
Otherwise, I think I did alright in the end. Not bad for a first attempt in a couple of years. I will be doing similar again in the near future, got to keep practicing!
Business cards are something I was thinking about getting in order to promote myself a little more, so I designed and ordered myself some from VistaPrint. I plan to send them out to people who buy my miniatures on ebay to let them know I am also available for other painting ventures as well.
I took my phone number off because people on the internet can be creepy. If you want to creep though, email me instead.
I also intend to paint a couple of miniatures and take them to the local games store – Stronghold Games – with this card and place it in with some of their miniatures. I need to try all sorts of avenues to promote myself and these seem like good ideas. Self promotion, adn the confidence to do so, is something I think a lot of us struggle with, but if I keep doing what I am doing and keep doing it well, good things have to happen. Right?
I picked this guy up from the games store because I thought he looked cool, not other reason than that. You have to be a bad ass to get away with weilding two axes at once after all.
So, I decided after putting him together – he was fine cast, there was a lot of swearing, some hot water reshaping and some further cursing, but I got it done with only one airbubble – that I would paint him like he was on the box. Green is not a colour I have done a lot with and I wanted to practice.
Here are the results:
I’ve taken some shots with different backgounds in the light box as I am still getting to grips with it.
Anyway, I am so pleased with the green blending on this. It worked out really well in the end I think. There are some spots where I think the gradient could be more gradual, but I was focusing on wet blending in this case – something I enjoy doing but feel I could use practice at. I learned a lot from him though and am pleased.
He is up for sale, so if you are interested in owning him, here’s the link:
I finished the Night Lord Captain! I am most pleased with this mini and want to show him off. While I was painting him, I tried out a couple of new techniques I have picked up while browsing the internet.
The first one was a tutorial on Pinterest of all places and involved the jump pack jet. It focused on where the light should be to create a glowing effect, which I think came off rather nicely:
The other was the shading to give his armour a sort of sheen, and to ensure it was coming from one direction. I think I have achieved this to some degree on the finished miniature but again, this is something I am going to keep practicing. I built the colour up using multiple thin laters and all in all, I am pleased with the outcome.
The last thing I added was the lightning. I thinned down some ice blue and with a steady hand and a references picture, I painted it over the dark blue where I thought it would look cool. I believe I succeeded in that.
He also needs a proper name, a task I have entrusted to an expert of the VIIIth. All in all, I am considering this guy done.