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post Jun 12 2010, 05:27 PM
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Due to my webspace being reworked at present, pictures/links may be broken for a short while.

*** Many of the models herein have since been sold with the armies they were part of, and no longer exist anywhere but here ***

Rather than start multiple threads that I'll only sporadically update, I'll keep it to one. This will house work on pretty much anything I'm doing, and it will probably be pretty random given that my list of potential victims... er... models is fairly extensive.

I'm keeping this log as an additional method to help me improve my work. Aside from valuable feedback that many people here provide, this is also a good way to keep all my thoughts and learnings in a single place.

So lets begin with a Silver Helm. I decided when beginning to collect a High Elf army that I wanted to stick close to the colour scheme in the army book. I've varied it slightly by darkening the blue and added a touch of cream to the white. Not 100% happy with the blue but the white came up exactly as I wanted it too. Big kudos to the P3 Menoth White Highlight for that.

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Silver Helm, Front Left

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Silver Helm, Left Side

I'm aware the gems are flat - I've not sealed the model yet, and thus haven't put the gloss on either.

Not sure what will come next. I have been looking at some Necrons in dire need of attention, but there is a lot to choose from and my mood will dictate what I select.

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post Jun 12 2010, 08:15 PM
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Really nice work, not so sure about the long grass on the base though.


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post Jun 15 2010, 11:25 PM
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With the view to painting up a whole army of High Elves I figured I should look at the core troops sorted. I don't really want to spend 10+ hours on each model (I'm not that good either as a painter or general to warrant it) so these have a few rough edges. I need to work on this a little more. Luckily I have plenty of these guys to practise on.

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High Elf Spearman

Blue on the shield is too dark, I'll need to sort that out for future efforts.

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Wonder what will be next?

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post Jun 16 2010, 06:01 PM
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I wrote this for the Corner of the Attic forum after speaking to a lot of people at that club who are relucatant to put paint onto their models. Didn't think we'd have much call for something so simple here, but this IS my thread of random stuff - seems like a good place for it.

Please ignore the mould lines. I sure did tongue.gif

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I've noticed a large number of armies lately with little to no paintwork done. I know many of us are busy and don't always have time to do a stellar paint job, but with the new painting products available to us now its pretty easy to do a very reasonable tabletop standard paintjob on large numbers of models quickly.

To help with this, I've put together a simple demonstration of how to do this. I've used a 3rd Edition Ork for the example but this technique will work on most models found in 40K and WHFB. I would hesitate to use this method for Space Marines or similar figures (works fine on Guard) due to the large flat areas.

Assuming you've built the model, this is the process:

Important Notes

To make this work best, these are the things you will need to do.

Thin the Paint
To make this technique work best you will need to thin down your paint slightly. About 2 parts paint to 1 part water will do. This means the paint won't give you 100% coverage initially (you'll need 2-3 coats) but it won't flood your detail AND it will go on faster and smoother. 2 coats may SOUND like more work but in actual fact it won't take any significant extra time due to the dilution. Try it, you'll see.

Tonal Range
Use colours that are distinct and separate. The wash method will homogenise the colours - if they start too close together in tone and colour they'll end up as one block of colour.

OK, with that in mind, lets go.

Step 1 - Undercoat

Spray the model with white primer (GW Skull White). You don't need to drench the figure, just enough to make your paint stick. Once the primer is dry, block in any metal areas in black. If you're thinning the paint right this will take 2 coats and probably won't be a deep black - that's fine. Your model should resemble this one (hopefully without the visible mould lines):

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Step 2 - Basecoat

OK, the BIG thing here - the technique we'll use will darken and richen most of the colours we use. Whatever colour you want the end result to be, use a base colour that is LIGHTER then that one. For instance, if you want something to be Ultramarines Blue in the end, use Enchanted Blue. If you want something to be Graveyard Earth, use Kommando Khaki and so on.

Thin the paints as detailed before, and block in your colours. I used a light green (around Scorpion Green) for the skin, Khemri Brown for the pants, Snakebite Leather for the tunic, Charadon Granite for the boots & gloves, Enchanted Blue for the tassles, Scorched Brown for the belt & straps and Bleached Bone for the teeth, nails and skull on the weapon hilt.

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Step 3 - Metals

Block in your metals. Since this is an Ork, I based them in Tin Bitz then scrubbed them with Boltgun Metal to give a nice dirty feel. The belt buckle and gun logo were done in Brazen Brass and were spared the scrubbing to keep them shiny.

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Step 4 - Washes

Here's the big step - to transform the model from a basecoated block to a figure fit for gaming. Grab your washes. Wash the areas according to this guide:

Metals: Badab Black
"Black" areas: Badab Black
Leather, Cloth, etc (so browns, greys, etc): Devlan Mud
Large Colour Areas: 3 parts matching colour wash plus one part Devlan Mud
Accents: match the colour (blue for blue, red for red, etc)

So for my Ork, the metals got Badab Black, the clothing (all of it bar the boots) got Devlan Mud, boots got Badab Black, the accent got Asurman Blue, teeth got Devlan Mud and the ork skin got a 3:1 mix of Thraka Green and Devlan Mud.

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Step 5 - Fine Details

Lastly, once the washes are dry, finish the details. Dot in the eyes for example, but you're basically done now. I didn't do the base on this model but a simple textured base can be done the same way. Paint it one shade lighter, wash it with Devlan Mud then give it a drybrush.

Hope this helps you get some armies onto the tabletop soon.


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post Jun 17 2010, 10:19 AM
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Nice looking Silver Helm.

I do not mind the dark blue. The white does look great. I may need to get some of that P3 white paint. smile.gif

Your tutorial on the ork is a good one. Especially if you just want to paint minis for the tabletop. I would rather see minis like yours (with the mould lines) rather than un-painted minis on the table. - Great Work.

Keep it up.


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Wow mate, youve improved your non-tank painting in leaps and bounds!

Those elves look great!

Pro-tip for fantasy: Do the front-rank minis up really nicely, then you dont need to do as much quality on following rank troops since they wont be seen as well.


Im a big fan of using washes too smile.gif Makes things so much quicker biggrin.gif


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post Jun 17 2010, 12:59 PM
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Thanks mate, appreciate the tip - although I'd like my entire ranks to be decent looking. For instance, if I put in the same effort as the Silver Helm on my front ranks and then did the rest like the spearman above, I'd be pretty right. I don't want to paint up 5 good figures and 15 crap ones though - I took up the WHFB stuff to improve my painting, not to find new ways to avoid having to do it! smile.gif I know enough of them already...

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post Jun 17 2010, 02:04 PM
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No, I dont mean do a crap job - but you say you dont want to spend 10 hours per fig, so just lavish all that attention on the (visible) front of unit, while doing a decent job on the rest. No point doing them all perfectly because you just wont notice it.

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post Jun 21 2010, 11:09 PM
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Not a completed model but a work in progress trying to improve my skills. Trying to master shading and highlighting beyond washes and drybrushing. Got me a nice Rackham model to play with and some painting lessons on DVD. Only done the cloak for the moment, plus basecoated the skin.

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post Jun 21 2010, 11:40 PM
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Looking good mate, those Rackham minis are very nice!
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post Jun 22 2010, 11:55 AM
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If you've chosen that model, I think I know the DVD you're using. Is it the French/Spanish guy? GD winner?


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post Jun 22 2010, 05:52 PM
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Yep, thats the one - Laurent Esposito Mas. Very talented guy. The cameraman needs to shut up though - if you want to get drunk with that DVD, take a belt each time he says "Absolutely". You'll be buckled in 10min.

Also ordered a set of different lessons from a different company/artist. I like perspective.


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post Jun 22 2010, 06:51 PM
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It's a good start. Can I ask why you chose red though? It isn't very forgiving as you really need a large range of reds to highlight & shade it properly otherwise it can look brown in recesses & orange/pink on highlights.


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post Jun 23 2010, 11:24 AM
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It was the colour used on the DVD.


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post Jun 23 2010, 03:46 PM
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Ahh fair enough. Last time I tried wet blending & glazes I used blue but that's because the tutorial I was looking at used blue biggrin.gif


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post Jun 25 2010, 01:53 AM
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I drifted back to blue, white, silver and gold again and did some more pointy eared gits - this time a Repeater Bolt Thrower team. Still need a few finishing touches, but I'm fighting a cold and can't fully concentrate on the project at hand.

<<picture removed for it was hideous>>

Some learnings from these - the antique gold look is a lot of work for limited gain on these sorts of troops. Extensive shading on the white tunics is probably not necessary and the quick version thereof (washes) looks rubbish. And bases maketh the model.

Not sure what will be next. I might tackle one of the Reaper minis that arrived recently. They look tempting...

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post Jun 26 2010, 02:46 PM
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I have found that an EXTREMELY thin (as in roughly 100/1 water to ink) black wash over white yeilds surprisingly good (and subtle) results.
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post Jun 26 2010, 03:42 PM
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I'll give that a go - see what happens.

Next on the desk will actually be something BACK on the desk - that bolt thrower. The red gems aren't working, will switch them for blue. And it needs basing in a big way. Guess thats tonight's job. What a hard life. smile.gif


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post Jun 27 2010, 11:56 AM
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Mostly finished the bolt thrower and crew now - finished enough to shelve it and move on to something else. I don't mind doing High Elves - I like the colour scheme from the book and some relatively simple techniques and neatness (which I'm working on) reward you with a nice result.

Here's the better pictures.

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Bolt Thrower

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Crewman #1

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Crewman #2

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Quarrels

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The learnings are posted above, but quickly - shading on the white the easy way doesn't work (must try that ink suggestion on the next batch), antiquing the gold is a waste of effort, basing the bolt thrower itself made a big difference. So I'm reasonably happy with the results overall.

So now its onto the next item to paint. Will it be more Elves? Will it be some Reaper minis? Or will it be the cat? Stay tuned. smile.gif

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post Jul 20 2010, 12:44 AM
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Been a while between posts. Turns out writing the airbrushing tutorial ate up a lot of painting time. Hopefully the next sections will be easier.

Still gotten a fair bit painted. Just trying to refine techniques and become a better painter. There is some horrible face work here, and a few are still works in progress, but here they are.

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High Elves on a tray, group shot

For my fortnightly D&D group, here are the minis I've been working on for the players. All are Reaper figures.

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Kuarsti "Cricket" Meritos (Human Paladin)

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"Traveller" (Dwarf Rogue)

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Nathaniel (Human Bard) - !!!WIP!!!

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Gabriel Van Geldon (Human Fighter) - !!!WIP!!!

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E'la'lar'eyn "Ella" (Elf Ranger NPC)

Still got to do Indiana of Whitehaven (Halfling Wizard/Rogue) and Crickets horse Falhaya to finish the set, plus a couple of other notable NPCs for the hell of it.

Learnings: need to work on my blending, there is only so much you can cover up with washes and sneaky tricks. A lot, mind you, but there is still a limit. Still need to practise faces - should go do another rack 'o heads with spare parts.

Next up I'm working on the last D&D character plus I have another Silver Helm and a Bretonnian Errant Knight in progress. There's a Space Marine around somewhere too, and I'm setting up for another go at that Wulfen.


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