I finished two miniatures today, that in itself is nothing remarkable. What I noticed was that both of them are colours that I have heard people say they find difficult. One of them is the new White Scar Marine, Kor’sarro Khan, and the other was the noise Marine:
The noise Marine I started at the beginning of the year and intended to use him for a diorama that I didn’t get around to finishing. I found him and baked him today and I think he looks great in the Black Legion colours.
Kor’sarro Khan was a challenge because white is a pain to get looking crisp. I think I did a decent job here though.
What colours do you find a pain to paint well?
Batch painting is something I have done before. I think those of us who paint units have all done this to one extent or another. I picked up some tips on doing this while on the Siege Studios course and I have put them to good use today. I have 20 Primaris Space Marines to paint as Iron Hands and thought I would do them all at once in a batch.
I put them in a line, realised there were too many and so put them in two lines instead, 10 in each. I then proceeded to do all the black, then all the white, then all the silver, and so on. I won’t lie, it is a bit of a slog, but it is getting them done and in a logical way that keeps me focused.
Primaris Conga Line?
When one is done, I turn him to face the other way so I know where I am in the line. I do take breaks and if I take one part way through, I know where to go back to when I return. Here they are in all their WIP glory!
One thing I do know is this – tomorrow is going to be an edge highlight festival…
Remember these guys from the other day?
I have done some more work on them and got them finished! I wanted to build on the base I had given them with the airbrush and so have worked on them today. I’ve picked out gold trim and popped some bleached bone on the spiky protrusions. I’ve added some silver, washed a couple of areas and put them on the right sized bases. I didn’t want to spend too much time on them simply because I feel that the base red needed to be a bit stronger. They were an experiment after all, one that partially worked at least. I learned a good deal about using the airbrush and the use of the colours I have chosen as well. The red needs to be stronger on the lower areas of the miniatures, which is something I can do next time.
Either way, these lads will be on their way to a new home soon enough and be mangling whatever forces come their way. I’m pleased with them and what I have learned at the very least!
Today was the second instalment of the Siege Studios painting course. Yesterday was intense, today was just as good. We started the day by working on the doors we started yesterday. Today we added battle damaging, weathering and scratches using some of the techniques we learned yesterday. Mine ended up looking like this:
Some of the scratches are too wide, and the battle shapes a bit cartoony, but these are areas I can work on over the next few weeks. I also sprayed the bottom with seraphim sepia at the bottom for wear as well. Pleased with this to say the least.
We also worked on flesh – faces to be specific. The skin was already sprayed on using the technique we were shown yesterday. We were shown recess shading and how to make skin look realistic rather than clown-like. It was an intense concentration moment, but it was worth the effort:
Again, there are plenty of spots that need improving, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
I’m going to have a lot of points to practice over the coming weeks and months and things can only get better. I’m very excited to get started and try out a whole host of awesome things.
For now though, I’m going to rest and let it all sink in!
I made it no real secret that I liked the Night Lords after reading the first few pages of Soul Hunter on my last post – the bit where one laughed when his friend got shot sold it for me, and if that wasn’t enough, I also read Prince of Crows and got some amused looks when I laughed out loud while I was reading in a coffee shop a few months back.
The Sevatar-off with Office on Twitter was an awesome contest and made me really think about what I want to learn to do with my painting next. I used blending techniques I have never tried before on that mini and I think they turned out really well. The there was the Master of Possession I used to practice lightning on as well.
So, I decided I can’t have just two Night Lords causing issues in the cabinet, I had to get some more. I might even be able to make a Kill Team out of them if I think carefully. Maybe.
The next guy has been given the nickname Gloves. I am using him to refine the blending process on ceramite and try to work out where the light would hit it if it came from a certain angle. I am sure this is a pre-requisite to Non Metallic Metallic painting (NMM) and that is something I want to practice. Here are some shots so far:
I still think the lines are a little sharp and could use more gradual colour changes, but this is me learning how to blend using this method and for a second attempt, I don’t think this is too bad.
I also tried something on his jet pack to make it look like it was glowing. I do think this worked well and I am pleased with it.
I still have a lot of work to go on Gloves, but he is coming along well. I am learning a whole lot from this too, which is the most important thing.
On a side note, I also listened to The Long Night while painting the other day. Sevatar’s voice was hilarious and at first I was put off. It grew on me though, and after listening to that tale, I just want to go and hug the poor fellow, maybe give him a cup of tea… which makes me horribly British.
I think this is perhaps the stupidest miniature I own. He came with a bunch of second hand Ultramarines I bought a long time ago. One thing I do know is that it has endured a lot of mocking. A dreadnought with a head seems to me a daft concept and whomever made him was either a genius, or had taken some substance and gone mad.
I have however, become quite fond of the damned thing and so have decided to make it some sort of mascot. I touched up the paint on him, picking out some details and giving him some highlights. I’ve also added some more texture paint to his base and painted the rim. He will remind me that not everything isn’t he Grimdark universe has to be serious, and there are no limits. If you want a dreadnought with a head, why not?
All he needs now is a name…
Now that the finishing work hype has worn off, I have had some time to get into the painting room and get on with some of the diorama. Time is certainly ticking and I know I have a long, long way to go before it will be even remotely ready.
I wanted to share where I am up to so far however. I have started to work on the Black Legion marines first of all. I started with the Night Lord body and claws, as he was the most together and you have to start somewhere.
He also now has a head, which is the last part of him that needs finishing off.
I have also made a start on the Noise Marine. I am very pleased with how he has gone so far. I tried out some neon paint that I had picked up to add some flair to his helmet. Just because he is in the Black Legion, doesn’t mean that he cannot have a wicked plume of hair. Now, the texture of the paint itself was sticky and not the easiest to work with, and the effect is not quite as vibrant as I wanted, I still like what it looks like.
There is still work to do on these miniatures, and a lot of the others too, but I wanted to post an update with how it was going so far. A friend of mine indicated that he looks a little like he should be in a BDSM film, however as a followr of Slaanesh, I think this works well.
Just a few miniatures to go…