I have completed a commission! Woot!
It was done for a friend of mine and it was a miniature I actually really like. I have painted Guilliman before, when I started painting again and to be able to have another go at him was really great. I am particularly pleased with the sword in this instance. They are something that I think I am really improving with and that is only going to get better with more time and practice.
I also really love his lenses! Who he was done for was pleased as well, which is always good. I get a bit nervous showing commissions for the first time, as it is like showing a part of yourself. In this case though, all was well in the end!
I tend to paint a lot of Imperial/Chaos miniatures and I decided that it was time to try something a bit different. In a bulk purchase made at a warboot, we managed to pick up some Eldar miniatures. A lot of them have been resold, however there are a few who are left kicking about not doing a great deal. One of them was a metal Death Jester, who looked interesting. I have a few more for a later time but this guy seemed like a welcome break from all the nurgle miniatures I have going on at the moment (Gellerpox Infected Killteam is half done at least)
So, I looked at some pictures on Pinterest – a wonderful space for inspiration if ever there was one – and went to work.
I had a lot of fun with this guy. It’s no secret that I love doing freehand work and the opportunity to do some was most welcome. I went for diamonds on a section of his coat that was fairly smooth – folds would have made it a bit too tricky in my mind, and stripes on his leg. I also did a line of gold on the trim of his coat too. It reminded me that working on metal is not as bad as I thought it was either, which is good. I have several other metal miniatures I have been avoiding, so maybe I will get around to them sooner. It was also good to have a change of type too. For now though, I better get back to those Gellerpox Infected!
If you are interested in buying this Death Jester, please get in touch!
I finished the Primaris Ancient today, and I am very pleased with how smooth and sharp he turned out in the end. Here he is:
Some of these pictures are a little grainy because I have tried to lighten them. I wanted everyone to see the colours but I think I may have gone overboard a little. The next one is much sharper!
Here is the new Ancient with the Ancient I painted about two years ago when they first came out. I’ve come a long way since then and it really shows. My edge highlights are a lot sharper and I can blend colours a lot better now too. My basing has also got a lot better. I’ve always tried to assert that the only one you should compare youself to is you. Your progress is your journey, no one elses!
For those interested, these are the three colours I used to create the blend on the Ancient. After preshading with white to create a zenith, I used Ultramarine Blue as the base all over, making sure I sprayed underneath as well to make sure there was no black left. The mid colour was Magic blue, sprayed at about 90 degrees and the last one was Electric blue sprayed from above.
The Ancient is for sale is anyone is interested, please feel free to get in touch if you are!
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!
Well now, will you look at that! I painted another box set! This time, it’s the Gellerpox Infected from the Rogue Trader Kill Team box that have been completed. As many of you know, I learned how to use the airbrush over the weekend, and the little bug things in the box set seemed to be the perfect first victims. I also have three shades of nurglesque green that suited the purpose down to the ground. So under the brush they went! It did not take long after that to get them finished. It sped up the process a great deal, I just hope I can apply that to other, less gross miniatures and achieve the same look, if not better!
I have a lot planned for that airbrush and I am making good progress with using it too. On the cards are some Raptors, some Khorne Berserkers and a Primaris Ancient, who is already base coated – more in him tomorrow.
For now, I will leave you with these disgusting creatures and make a start on some other, nicer looking miniature.
If you are interested in purchasing the Kill Team, please feel free to get in touch!
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!
Today has been spent in a rather warm Element Games learning from the masters at Siege Studios. James, the fellow who set up the company, had a great deal to tell and it seems only a fragment of that knowledge has sunk in. We started the day with a talk all about airbrushing and the basics of how to use one. Apart from what Gary showed me the other week, I was pretty clueless. It seemed to be a little like driving a car, in regards to pressure and effect, so I was set loose with a door and boundless enthusiasm.
I spent a while practicing on the mat before having a go at the door above. Not too bad for the first time I’ve ever used an airbrush if I say so myself. I have a lot I want to practice to say the least.
The next part of the day was spent learning about layer blending. Again, this was similar to what Gary showed me but added in the use of a hairdryer and why they are used. It involved thin layers built up to create the blending effect. I have done this before but it was good to see the theory behind it too.
We then spoke about using decals and good methods of applying them. Again, something I have not done before but now know how to do. I do need to buy some supplies, and I do need to have a think about my home set up. It’s good to know that some of the things I’m already doing are good practice, it’s now refining those techniques and gaining muscle memory. All in all, a good first day!