Friday, December 30, 2011

Reaver by Baelor Miniatures

I'm happy to say that I've been hired to paint some models for Baelor miniatures ( I exchanged a few E-mails with Clint and he sent me two models he sculpted. A Vulkan and a Reaver. Both are nice models. I've already started painting the Reaver and I have to appreciate the attention to detail. Clint has a unique style. I'd compare some of his pieces to John Blanche artwork. 

The picture above is of the Reaver. Here's a little step by step of how I created the base.

It starts with a foundation of filler material. Cork is very useful for this. 

Next I started building a small catwalk to attach to the top.

Just some plasticard and weaving material.

Once the catwalk was attached it was ready for some dried soil.
And of course the centerpiece. The model itself.  

The idea with the base was to add to the prowling nature of the model. It couldn't be too elevated for practical purposes but the negative space below gives it sense of height. 

Now I had it assembled and with Brother John keeping me company I began to paint. This is just the foundation layer composed of wet blending and quick highlights. I'll go over it 2 more times before it's done, every time using the transparencies of the paint to build upon the previous layer.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wintertime paining

Brother John has some time off work due to the holiday and we got together to get some painting done.

I set up with some colors I'd be using to finish off some E-bay pieces while brother John carefully selected which figures would get the paint. He also had some Gamezone knights to prep.

With flannels and entertainment all set, we got to work.

I'll have some nice photos of these two up before Sunday night. I also started prepping some miniatures I've received from Baelor ( more on that tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Orc Shaman Complete

As promised I'm starting to dig through all the photos I took of the completed Christmas projects. This one was for my Dad.

He's also over on Coolminiornot:

He's kind of a busy model but I think it works for Orks. A cluttered mini reflects a cluttered mind :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays to all

I hope you have all enjoyed the company of your loved ones. I did and it was a very special feeling to present the miniatures I had painted for my family. I'll have separate collages of all the miniatures in the future but for now enjoy this family photo.

Here's another version of miniature painting. More of a literal translation :)

This was also presented as a gift to my girlfriend.

"God bless us, every one of us"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Orc Shaman in progress

More Christmas minis on the way. This one is for my Dad. I'm about four hours in on this one. He has much more work to be done but it's a decent start. You never expect the setbacks when they come. 

Among many things to be finished I'm planning a freehand of the Evil Suns logo from second edition. I may jazz it up with some shaman type qualities ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sigurt the Slash Complete

Here's one of my Christmas gifts all wrapped in pigments and spices.

Rock the Vote!

I've also made much progress on the other mini's. Here's the mermaid I plan on giving to my sister. The first shot is off the model just after it was airbrushed.

and here with some brushwork.

One more sit-down with her and some touches here and there and viola. 

Tomorrow I'll start on the Orc Shaman I'm painting for my dad. I'll also be putting the final touches on Kirai, the geisha model from a few posts ago. My work is almost done and Christmas is nearly upon us :) 

Friday, December 16, 2011

WIP Madness

Here's where I left off on our portly friend yesterday at 1:30 in the morning. You may notice I've changed the color of his hair. After examining the model I realized that I could cut the red out of the equation and the paintjob would look much more unified. There is a compositional value to keeping your color choices low. You can see the original hair color in my last post. 

I'm happy to say he should be complete by the end of tonight. The next project on the slate is a lovely mermaid for my sister.

I still have some modelling to do on the pottery and I'd like to add an anchor touching down on the front corner. My plan for the overall color scheme is of course aquamarine colors but with pink accents like the coral and parts of the figure. 

More on her later, Cheers! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Mini's WIP Madness

Here's where I left off after last nights painting session. I'm hoping after tonight He'll be ready for some finishing touches. The idea with the metals is to paint a good base of the second brightest color I'm using and then glaze in successive shadows much like the technique Scibor uses on their figures. I used that technique on his skin and it's looking pretty good so far, not finished but close enough to paint in the rest of the model. 

I should mention he's a 54mm model but a dwarf so he ends up being about an inch and a half from his base to the tip of the mohawk. Neat, here's a link to Scibor's version (,shop.php?art=628#i/54mm/big/sigurt_the_slash_01.jpg) After he's complete I plan on adding some tattoos covering the left half of his body. Kind of like these. Hmm looks like they went for the tattoos as well.

While I was working on the Dwarf I was simultaneously prepping some E-bay sales. I'm drumming up another Grey Knight Librarian and a Sanguinary Priest. I doubt I'll be able to finish them very soon but every bit helps. 

Here's the base for the Librarian, I had fun on the last one with small freehand designs and this time I added the pattern to a tile floor base.

The Figure itself is coming along. He's a bit of an experiment. With the last knight I painted I based the shadows on a blue tint. This time I wanted to see what a purple tint would look like. Purple and Gold looks good on a wind suit so why not on some tactical dreadnought armor?

He looks a little goofy right now but I'm going to see him through. I think the dark purple will contrast nicely once the other elements of his armor are painted in with warm and bright colors.

Well back to my night with a dwarf, mermaid, orc shaman, and a geisha girl.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What do these models all have in common?

They're all Christmas gifts!

I have my work cut out for me over the next couple of weeks :)

More as they come along.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Necron HQ's Ready to Serve (Pain)

Here are the Necrons I finished off earlier this week. They're safely on their way to Switzerland at the moment. It was very fun working with the true metallics but man they are hard to photograph. 

First we have Imotek the Stormlord. This model was the first (and hopefully last) finecast model I've ever painted and modelled. My heart goes out to Matt Fontaine for his close look into his trial and tribulations with finecast. Check out his Chronicles here:

I was lucky to get a decent cast on try number 2. I should add that Gw replaced the parts I needed in good time.

The Command Barge was a different story and went together very well. I really like the look of this model with the Necron lord riding high.

Since this was a Christmas gift for a younger and newbie to the hobby I thought I should make the Lord removable and with a separate base. Hopefully the little guy gets more mileage out of his gift this way.

I was also asked to list a way to recreate a similar scheme for the rest of the army.

Basic scheme:

Metals- Vallejo oily steel basecoat followed by and wash of badab black then a thinned down wash of asurmen blue. Highlight with mithril silver.

Turqoise- Hawk turquoise wash with asurmen blue. Highlight with a 50/50 mix of skull white and hawk turquoise.

Yellow- Iyanden darksun washed with devlan mud. Highlight with bleached bone.

Green- scorpion green washed with thraka green. Highlight with scorpion green then a second highlight with a 50/50 mix of scorpion green and sunburst yellow.

Base- Bestial brown drybrushed with graveyard earth then a drybrush of bleached bone. Wash with devlan mud.

That should do it :) Good luck on the rest of the army Christophe!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ravenguard Captain Complete

I finished this guy off yesterday night in another fit of late night motivation :)


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ezekiel, Graaaand master of Librarians

Never to be caught without his battle gown I'm proud to present Ezekiel. In a fit of motivation I finished him off around 11 last night. I need to keep up a steady pace to hit the goals set before me this week. Having Ezekiel finished is a great start. I wasn't scheduled to finish him for another couple of days but now I can rock out my next single mini commission for the week undistracted :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Knight of the Obliterated Table

Oh haha what a funny title...

He's off to the races:

Good fun with True metallic metals. It was a challenge to control the metallic paints in the same way you can non metallics. Then Photograph them, I see why many pro's use Non Metallic techniques.

Yesterday was a great day for painting, I finished off all the Nercon commissions and the Knight up top. I was still motivated though so I got an early start on this weeks objectives.

My plan for the week is this, finish Ezekiel here, a Ravenguard Captain, begin my Dad's Christmas mini, and start up a big big project starting from the ground up. I almost forgot, I have some tabletop quality space wolf terminators to rock out as well. There's also this week's personal project Friday which is a day I'm growing to love more and more.

Here's that Ravenguard Captain as he was sent to me.

Oh precious resin, save us from finecast.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Metal Minds

My next goal is to paint a small Necron Commission composed of Imotek the Stormlord and a Command Barge. Since I'll be working with all that silver I also Put together a Grey Knight Librarian. 

First, the Necrons. I'm planning on building a seperate base for the lord that's missing from the command barge. As far as a scheme I think a turquoise and yellow theme seems nice. I'm not sure how all the green tubes will interact with this scheme. Maybe keeping the yellows to a minimum will help a bit. Hmm...

This model was very fun to build, I just went to it and this is what came out. I like the way the servo skull is filling the negative space. in front of the model.

We'll see how he comes along :)