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My show off thread for March. Comments are always welcome.
77022: Michelle, Female Human Ranger x4
Finished Other Brands
AEG/Valiant: Clan War Unaligned Shugenja
GW: 3 Empire Spearmen (2 regular 1 hero) (2000 WHFB starter.)
GW (Citadel pre-1990): Fimir Noble
Ral Partha: Thri-kreen (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set)
GW LotR: Ringwraith x5
Ral Partha:Gith (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set)
GW (Citadel pre-1990): Dwarf Adventurer (Bandit)
Ral Partha: Anakore (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set)
Ok, I warned you guys about inviting me to your forum! Tremble with fear. Or is it jiggle with mirth? Whatevs. For behold, my cutting and pasting of a WIP already somewhat in progress shall begin! I've got this in a couple spots (including my blog), but it's primarily working from a thread on the Studio McVey forums about painting this very mini. I'm using it to learn new techniques and try to advance to the next level of painting to satisfy my inner perfectionist. As it's been moved around a bit, some parts may no longer be sensible as I reference things and people in other places. Please ask for any clarifications!
Also, I talk/type/ramble A LOT. So, with apologies thus submitted in proper tone and timbre, let the cutting and the pasting ensue!
The 2-brush style...Ali makes it look so easy! Base coat on, just finished the shading pass. I'm a pretty sloppy painting, so this kind of thing is going to be a struggle for a while; this is the first time I've really tried for a 'good' paint job. The main problem I seem to be having with the technique is maybe it's drying too fast? I'm getting a bit of a line that the technique is pretty much aimed at eradicating. The other thing is I salivate a lot so maybe my 2nd brush is too moist, but it seems to move paint a bit more than I intend, a lot of my base coat got covered from the blend brush moving paint all over.
The paint edge was dry before I could get the blending brush down, and sometimes the middle wouldn't be, and I'd have to go retouch that section (though that was easy enough given is was surrounded by the proper color). I was thinking I'd need to put in some slow-dry retarder into the mix, but I could try with thicker paint. I'm only adding a drop of my water/flow improver mix (10:1) to between 5 drops of paint. My concern with using thicker paint is obscuring detail and the flow of the paint as it goes on.
I also need to get a proper camera setup. I do have a tripod I'm using (the first images came out good, I got lulled into a false sense of accomplishment! All the base coat pics came out blurry (too close with camera zoom, I think) or with way too much light on them. So we'll just have to skip to the shaded and highlighted skin shots, such as they are. All paints are Vallejo Game Color. As more paint was added, I'd add my water mix to keep it around 5:1.
For the base coat, I used 3 drops of [40 Leather Brown] +1 drop of [43 Beasty Brown] + 1 drop of [45 Charred Brown], with a drop of my water mix. I am pretty happy with the way that came out, wish the pics had survived! A nice warm brown with the charred knocking back the yellow just a bit. My first mixed color! Previously I had only used black or white to mix (mostly just white mix for drybrushing).
For the shading, I went with base + 1 drop [43 Leather Brown] +2 drops of [45 Charred Brown]. Gave it a nice tone that didn't seem to jarring off the base coat. Going off the suggestion for putting a cool tone into the deepest recess, I added just a hint of Ultramarine Blue to the shading mix. That is my favorite part of the mini thus far, it really adds a depth and complexity to the color. I /never/ would have thought of such a thing, and it works so well!
For 1st highlight, I used the base + 2 drops of [36 Bronzed Flesh]. A bit of a yellow cast to it. Not horrible, not great. Wasn't sure how to tweak it, and since I didn't hate it I went with it. For the 2nd highlight I added 1 drop of [41 Dwarf Skin] and the 3rd highlight (just a dot, really) I added another large drop of [41 Dwarf Skin].
The right bicep is a 'known issue'. The poor blending really got out of hand over there, but it shouldn't be too tough to fix.
Slight delay as I had to tear apart my den to fit in my new desk, which will be the permanent painting station. I also want to get a light box for photos set up and I'm broke from all these KS, so here's my first attempt (corrected in Gimp) at that.
Should be ok when I add another layer of tissue paper to reduce those hotspots on the arm; and when I get three lights that are in the same color temp range...
Back to painting this weekend!
(note from the narrator - I've put a pic of the lightbox I'm playing with in the lightbox thread here!)
I dunno, I'm still having the paint dry out before I can get the blending brush on it. I've tried both pre-moistening the surface and the last batch of paint I mixed had hardly any medium in it at all. Once I got to the highlight mix, it was a double base mix (10 drops of paint) plus the regular highlights I'd used (+8 drops) and a few more drops of bone white; with only a drop of medium (1:1 matte medium:water/flow-aid mix (10:1)).
I'm going to keep trying, but it's frustrating that it keeps drying out on me, maybe I'm using too little paint? But any more and it just seems to be too much paint on the mini.
Anyway, I cleaned up a few blends and did some highlights but between the technique not gelling yet and being a bit of an off day (I'm a sloppy painter, but I was getting it everywhere), I didn't get around to the deep shadows yet.
And that brings us to the present. I hope to get the deep shadows done tonight and call it finished for now and move on to the rest of the mini. Not entirely unhappy with it thus far, given that it's a whole new way of painting with new brushes, using a Winsor & Newton Series 7 #2 brush for everything thus far, I REALLY dig these brushes. I'm also trying to set up a wet palette, which has extended my open time to much more acceptable levels - I'm a slow painter, actual brush on metal time so far is something like 3 hours.
Comments, constructive criticism are not only appreciated, but sought after! Help me be a better painter! Thanks for enduring this massive tome, gentle reader.
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