One thing I decided that I was going to do this year, was try and refine my blending for non-metallic metal painting. It is not a quick method, and it is not one I am confident with. I have done a fair bit of gold but I want to expand that to other colours. As such, I have grabbed a Stormcast mini and had a go using greens instead. I am quite pleased with the results:
I am generally pleased with it. I do think there needs to be more of the middle tones of green, and the weapons need refining, but this is what the process is all about – learning and improving. I have more Stormcast kicking about not doing anything so I will have another go soon and see what I can do to get better.
I painted him using dry brushing (for the most part). I wanted to remind myself that bright colours look great alongside dark ones and that spooky ghosts are awesome. I used the neon method that I worked on previously, and this is the result:
I am pleased with the result, and think that the bright green looks great with the dark purple underneath. I enjoyed creating the lighter parts too, and the dark silver just finished it off nicely.
This miniature didn’t take all that long to do either, and was a good way of getting back to painting after the Christmas break.
Back in December/January, I did a large order of Daughters of Khaine for a client. They were in touch recently and asked if I would do the second part. Of course, I agreed and I have spent a good few weeks working on them. I have to admit that they are not my favourite miniatures. They’re pretty spindly in a lot of places and the aesthetic is just not my thing. That said, they are well made models and I can appreciate them for what they are. Here they are in all their finished glory:
This post is a bit overdue, but I finally managed to finish the Daughters of Khaine! It’s difficult taking decent pictures while they are not on bases, but I did what I could.
I want to say how much I love the bases that go with these. They were a little complex – involving creating a wash from Emperor’s children and making sure that had the right strength of colour to it, but they turned out well.
I have recently worked on the ork sorcerer from the Dominion box set – the swampcalla shaman and his pot grot buddy.
I wanted to make them look grimy, as though they lived in a swamp before joining the rest of the orks. I opted for muted colours on the whole miniature, and even the yellow I used looks grubby thanks to some Agra’s earth shade.
I’m pleased how they both turned out, and they were fun to paint too. They didn’t take too long and if I were to paint an ork army, I’d paint them like this!
I had a go at painting Yndrasta recently, and wanted to get her done relatively quickly. As such, most of her was painted using dry brushing. I layer up the colours, starting dark and then working up to the brightest with less and less pressure on the brush. The wings show this the clearest and I feel it worked well.
I also dry brushed the metallic part of her, finally using a detail brush to pick out other details such as the gems and belts. I’m really pleased with how she turned out.
I also added some grasses to the base to make it look a bit swampy. There are some of those details already there, however I added some more to make the effect more dynamic. Here she is:
I was recently contacted by a client who has a batch of Stormcast they wanted painting based on a colour scheme from an anime character. It was a lot of fun going through the entire process. Together, with the aid of the colour wheel, we came up with a scheme that should work. I painted a test model, which allowed us to work out the kinks of the scheme and we found what worked:
I think painting the test miniature was a great way of seeing what the colours would look like, especially as sometimes things work on paper but not in practice. I have spent the last week painting the miniatures and although it is not a colour scheme I would use for myself, I feel they are effective and look good.
There have been a few minor alterations since these pictures were taken, however I feel they worked out well. I know the client is happy with them as well, and that is the most important element of this work!
I painted a large batch of Ungors a few months ago for a client and I was pleased when they got in touch to ask me to do some more. I really like the miniatures, and I am not in the habit of turning down work anyway! This time, it was for 21 Ungors and 3 of the guys to go on the chariots.
Batch painting has become habit now, I find it more difficult to paint one miniature at a time – unless it is a character of course – so I popped them on the used air-brush paint shot glasses and got on with them.
I could remember how I did the previous ones, however I was sent a couple of fully painted ones I had done before as a reminder anyway. This did help, though I would have used the pictures I took of the last set. I should really consider setting up a paint diary for the future!
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I don’t usually do blog posts about Works in Progress but I am so pleased with how this one has built up today. I was working on the Stormcast lady and wanted to practice some non metallic metals. I like the process and how it all comes together in the end. I always think it’s gone horribly wrong half way through and that it will never look decent. Usually, I am wrong:
I was sneaky and got two done on one miniature. They were finish a character and use a technique you haven’t used much before. So I finished of the Hook Elf for my army of Swamp Elves and tried a bit of object source lighting on him, something I have not done a great deal of before. Here he is:
I am pleased with how he turned out. He matches the other Elves well but has a little more detail actually pulled out on him. I layer blended the cloth as well to give it a bit more depth. I am enjoying using green, as this is a colour I haven’t done much with as yet. I’m also proud of the base as this uses materials I am not so comfortable with yet.