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Animation Project – 1

With being stuck inside and unable to go out, this seems like the perfect time to try out something new. I have been wanting to learn how to animate so the short film idea I have for Fulgrim dancing to Staying Alive can be met. It’s a small dream perhaps, and definitely a silly one, but it is what it is.

So, I did a bit of research into available free software and I went for a program called Plastic Animation Paper – Or PAP4 for short. It came with free tutorials and seeing how I know nothing about animation, I thought that was a good idea.

I read through the first lesson, which was about familiarising myself with the software’s UI, and then went straight into the second. More was taught about the UI, and I managed to create a small sequence using what it told me. Here it is:

This is a very simple one I know, but I am so very proud of myself for it. For those of you who do not know of my comics, this is a simplified Perturabo doing something he would never ever do.

https://abaddonandteal.wordpress.com/ for those that want to know more about that…

Next I am going to try and make one of Abaddon walking. It will not be simple but it should be fun!

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Yellow – Aggressors

I have always shied away from yellow in the past, the colour is a pain to get looking vibrant and usually takes loads of layers. I’m not one to shy from a challenge however and I need to be comfortable in all colours. So, I decided to paint some aggressors and a tank as Imperial Fists.

I used the airbrush to base coat them. I have been told by a painter vastly superior to me, that Doombull Brown is good for yellow, so I started with that. Then used Ochre yellow, then Medium Yellow by Vallejo.

They came out rather brighter than I expected. Bonus. I then painted in the other base colours, which never makes a miniature look good. They have to get worse in order to get better in some ways. I wasn’t panicking, but I wasn’t impressed either…

Remembering Gary’s words, I then got my shade on with thinned Doombull Brown. Highlighted with Yriel Yellow and then Flash Gitz yellow, I also touched up the rest, finished off the bases and have left him to sit. I will no doubt tinker with the one I have completed tomorrow when I have a fresh set of eyes. Then it is on to the tank…

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Dante.

I finished Dante today, after what seems like forever. When I picked him out of the second hand box he came in, I decided he would be a great opportunity to try a brighter version of Non-Metallic Metals than I have done in the past. Here he is in all his finished glory:

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Thoughts on Non-Metallic metals then. I like how much brighter the paints I used turned out. It was difficult half way through because it looked awful but pressing through and using the yellow really brought it out. The blue blends on the axe look super smooth and I really like how the lightning looks as though it is dancing over the blade rather than just stuck on.

Improvement points: I need to make the lighter sections larger, I feel the mini is still rather dark in places. I could use smoothing out the blends as well to make the transitions better. This shows particularly on the larger, flat areas. Silver spots remain a sticking point but this will get better with time.

The base needs a touch up.

All in all though, this has been a great learning process and I have some ways forward for myself. I am pleased with him and he will soon join his brothers in the cabinet!

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The Daily Head – progress

As most of you are aware, I have been practicing painting heads and faces over the past few weeks. I try and do one a day but being on holiday and busy means that sometimes it’s not always practical. Above, you can see all the heads I have done so far. The one on the left was the first.

I rather liked the dot method of painting eyes that I highlighted before, but when I tried to paint iris’ on, it didn’t work too well. A friend over on twitter linked me to a different way and so I gave it a try. This was the result!

His eyes are way too anime to be called good, but for a first attempt at a new method, I was pretty pleased. I look at it now though and think it’s rather funny. Some of the comments were fun, but I had to have another go to make him look less kawaii…

This is a step in the right direction for sure. The black around the edge of the eyes makes it look more realistic and less anime. The left eye is neater than the right and I am wondering if I should try using a magnifying glass as it is hard to see. Maybe I am being too picky with it and practice is going to be the cure in this case. Either way, I look forward to painting those Death Company marines, who will have red eyes and look crazy!

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Tutorial: Skin Tones – Method 1

The Daily Head seems to have been rather successful on twitter and so I have decided to share how I am doing the skintone practice with others. This is the method I learned at Seige Studios on their course. I have others I want to try out as well, but seeing how I have already got a few heads base coated, I wanted to stick with this way until I need to make some more.

Step 1: Base Coat.

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I airbrushed the bases of all the heads starting with Cadian flesh, moving on to Kislev flesh and then a final highlight of Flayed One Flesh

Step 2:

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Wash the entire head with a very watered down Seraphim Sepia.

Step 3:

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Recess shade all the recesses with neat Seraphim Sepia.

Step 4

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Recess shade two thirds of the recesses with Agrax Earthshade – not watered down/thinned.

Step 5:

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Recess shade one third of the recesses – started from the nose/centre of the face, with Nuln Oil.

Step 6:

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Black out everything that is not the face – this will stop the mind getting confused while you focus on the face. We are trained to know faces from birth, so keeping the face upright will also really help with this. Also shade in the eyes! I use black 70.950 by model colour for this as it is a nice matt black, but Abaddon Black will also suffice.

Step 7:

I have a special brush for eyes. It’s a fine detail brush with the point cut off to make it flat – this makes excellent dots without the point slipping and creating a mess. Use this amazing dot brush to place a dot at the two sides of each eye, as shown. Most of the time, this gets rid of the boogly eye that you get when you dot the black in the middle.

Also, highlight the ‘T Zones’ of the face with thinned down Kislev flesh. If you want a paler look, Flayed One Flesh would work here too.

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Here is my progress so far. I know my brush control has improved from the first one. Things can only get better from here too. Just keep practicing!

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Vapnartak – 2020

Last year was the first time I attended Vapnartak in York and I was glad to go back. The atmosphere was good and as with a lot of these events, there was plenty of inspiration to be had too. What I like about this event is that it is not limited to ‘just’ Games Workshop. There is a wide range of scales, miniatures and scenery to look at and buy!

There were games to demo, and although I am far too scared to do such things, everyone was really nice.

In the end, I bought a lot of bits for scenery and basing. I picked up a leaf cutter which will make my swamp bases look ever more swampier and some UV resin water effect stuff which is supposed to instantly dry when blasted with a special torch – more of that when I get to trying it out.

There seemed to be a lot less people this year as well, which I found better. Not once did I end up with my nose in some nerd’s stinky armpit, which is a blessing. All in all. It was worth a visit to get ideas and see cool new games.

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Dante’s Leg – Non Metallic Metals

Usually, Monday is the build day but I found myself with some time this evening to paint some of my own miniatures. As a part of the hobby audit, I wanted to practice non metallic metals. This is a technique I have started with but by no means mastered. I have found my efforts before have been rather dark and look like antique gold, as a friend said.

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So, I found the miniature who wears a lot of shining gold and decided to have a go at something a bit lighter and more polished. Dante. Who else? I don’t have any Custodes that belong to me in the house and he was there waiting.

Here are my efforts so far:

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Not bad for a first go. it looks lighter at least and more polished and I am pleased so far. What I have learned is that finecast seems to have a slight texture to it, as though it is porous and that is making the blending awkward.

Still, I am learning from the task adn that is the most important thing!