Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WIP: Archaon the Everchosen Part 4

Archaon has set a new record for number of posts. I promise the next time you see him he will be finished, hopefully, y'all have appreciated seeing this project come together. There were many moving parts to manage which had me painting out of order throughout the project. Which at this moment, finally, is glued to the base :)

There is a lot of what I would describe as venting on the body of Archaon's mount. Also, some visible skulls and helmets of sigmarines showing through the skin. I've heard differing opinions on the model but my impression is that, being a gift from the various gods, the body was created first, to receive the heads, and incorporates magic similar to that used to building a golem. So the body is basically a bag of molten skulls from slain enemies. A sick ride indeed, bro.

First, some white lining was applied  to the vents.

Second, you probably guessed it, was to paint yellow over the white lines. After that I brought out the airbrush and added an orange glow around all the venting and exposed skullz.

The final touch was to apply and inkwash, mixed from yellow and white.

I still have more highlighting to do on the carapace but felt it was appropriate to finally attach the base. This was a moment of glory for me.

Just a lot more of a little work to go and the picture will be complete. Can't wait for those final touches :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

WIP: Archaon the Everchosen Part 3

This time around I'm in the process of adding many many hours of brushwork to the Everchosen. Finally able to detail the focus areas of this monster :) Mainly the three heads and Archaon himself.

Before laying down any of the brass tones I basecoaed the areas with P3's Moldy Ocrhe. Looks bad at first but the following layers went on a lot cleaner.

Finally, it was time to put some detail into those three heads. Which finally felt like the project was moving forward at a good pace. I had to pick and choose which areas to paint and which areas to use as a grip. My oily human paws would rub away the paint with all the flipping and twisting I had to do to get at every area.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Finished! Wrath of Kings C.A.G.E.

This was one of my entries for this year's Crystal Brush, which was an incredible show this year. I have to say that every year the skill level seems to increase but this year was much more apparent. In the wake of such well known artists I'm just happy I could hold a candle to their work, this piece took Gold in the Fantasy Large category and if you follow this blog you know it was a labor of love. Often times I'm working with in a time limit because of the commission work I do. On this piece I was able to follow every idea of what was possible and try some new things.

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Stay tuned, I'll be back with more progress on Archaon ;)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WIP: Archaon, the Everchosen Part 2

Above is Archaon after a few hours under the airbrush. Below you will find how he became that way. Enjoy!

One by one the heads were toned out and bagged up.

Then I had to commit to a color for the body. It had to be something neutral but I also wanted to break away from the scheme pictured on the box. I wound up with what I call "Godzilla green". Archaon got some attention as well.

At this point he's ready for some close up attention, more to come on that next time :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

WIP: Archaon, The Everchosen

That's right! One big ass dragon, three heads, and a buff dude with demon powers, covered in armor. The stuff legends are made of. But every legend needs a place to stand in the world so I'll start with the base.

I wanted to capture something cataclysmic, possibly biblical. The story of Samson comes to mind, towards the end of it
 Something that would convey the power and size of Archaon descending to the temple of Sigmar. After seeing these pillars (pictured below) in the Secret Weapon booth at Adepticon, I decided I needed some for this piece. At first I placed on pillar in the front. The idea was to create a toppling effect but I decided it would block the view a little too much and moved it to the rear.

Here it is after some trial placements and debris organization.

"Your temples will sink and fall into the earth" is probably what Arcahon would say so I created a section of slate rocks to house an emerging stream of lava.

Then it was time for some smaller details. A few bones and some weapons discarded by the fear stricken mortals.

Today Archaon has been primed and will receive some airbrushing.

More to come so stay tuned!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Finished! Blood Angels Storm Ravens

Two big, red, metal birds, skimming the desolate wilderness to fight anyone who's different! It probably wouldn't be the same game if it was called peacehammer. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP: Blood Angel Storm Ravens

Preppin' and steppin' on a pair of twin ravens. 

They'll be ready for war next time around so stay tuned. I'm getting a few of the smaller projects out of the way for next month, which will include a very detailed Trollblood force :) Not exactly sure what I'm going to grab off the shelf next. Projects have been coming and going at a fast pace lately and I know I have to work even harder as they come. Gotta paint the world!