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By Geoff Davis
Something in a post I read earlier reminded me of unreasonable demands made by non-painters. A new guy joined our D&D group, so to be friendly I offered to paint a miniature of his character, who was as yet not introduced to the party. He says "Yes please' and the night before the game send me this:
I'm thinking, this guys a bit of a $%&^ but I'll show him up. So at the start of the game the next day I gave him this:
I shouldn't have bothered, since he rage quit about a month later because we were 'role-playing' too much and not taking the game seriously enough.
Anyway, an adaptation of the Royal MacKenzie Tartan for your viewing pleasure.
Here is a link to how I painted this. How I cheated at painting a tartan
By Geoff Davis
I needed to paint a tartan. The miniature and the reason are here:
02178 Knight Templar with Royal MacKenzie Tartan
Painting a tartan in detail would be very hard. Here is the source material picture I worked from.
Most of the tutorials I looked at involved painting a black grid and then painting in each square individually. I'm too lazy, was in too much of a hurry and don't have the quality of eyesight for that.
My daughter who is a highland dancer and water colour painter helped me figure it out. We figured out which of the lines of the tartan would actually be visible at arm’s reach. Then we worked out which colours are forming those lines. Tartans aren't generally composed of stripes of solid colours. The colours come from the mixing of two colours of wool interwoven. So, we worked out which two colours were involved in each stripe.
For example, red and green give you brown. So, by putting a stripe of green glaze over red basecoat, I get a brown stripe. If I put a second green stripe over the red at a 90 degree angle, I get another brown stripe, but where the two cross I get a green square with crisp corners. I put a thinned dot of the green in the middle of that square to deepen the green colour, and voila, a cross hatch of brown stripes and green squares on red.
Then I sketched a map of it, noting that the tartan is not a perfectly spaced grid, and selected colours which when added together will produce the colours needed.
This proved to be still too difficult to paint clearly, so the number of thin lines was further reduced for simplicity.
I started with a red basecoat and gave it minimal highlighting and shading. Then I started with one black line running parallel to the characters belt, midway between hem and belt. This is marked on the photo below. This gave me the line from which to measure out and place all the other lines.
After that it was, in order:
- green horizontal stripes
- green vertical stripes
- enhance green squares
- black lines.
The lines in the source material are not actually black, they are sets of black lines and blue lines. So each black line was traced over with blue as well to tone it down a bit and give a slight blue hue. It may not seem like much, but the before and after change was remarkable. Then the very thin yellow lines, with paint thinned somewhat. Finally a yellow dot at the intersection of the yellow lines.
Here's a close-up with the starting line marked.
It doesn’t look very good up close, but it looks good from a distance.
Looks pretty good in other colours, too.
Iron Wind Metals 67-005 Female Sibeccai
I have some miniatures on the way in the mail which I had intended to use for practicing tartan and other free hand designs. I will post one as a step by step at a later date.
By Geoff Davis
02142: Beorn The Mighty by Sandra Garrity combined with 51-052 Wolf from Ral Partha. A lead wolf from 1975 lost his head so that a player in my D&D game could have a sibeccai fighter with a two handed sword. Sibeccai are a race from Monte Cook's Diamond Throne campaign setting.
This miniature I've had for a while, since about 2008. I tried painting her a while ago, but I got stuck. I don't know about the rest of you, but I find painting horses to be very difficult - mostly because my colours just never seemed quite right.
In November, I had to lay in supplies for over winter and that meant buying the last of my paint restocks from Coat D'Arms. While I was there, I noticed in their military line they had some Horse Tone colours. I figured, hey, why not? At least they'd probably wind up the proper colour.
So Ms. Redstorm here was my first try using Coat D'Arms 224 Horst Tone Bay. The other horse tones are Dun, Chestnut, and Roan. If anybody is interested in seeing these in use, I have a number of horses and will be ordering more in a few days so I can do a WIP to show the different ones. Having pre-mixed horse colours simplifies the task quite a lot, and four colours is enough to add variety to a mounted group. I really enjoyed painting this miniature, and I never thought painting a horse would be so much fun.
Also, if you're wondering why I filed off the intricate design of her shield that shows in store photos it's because her on-foot version (Vanessa of the Blade) I painted some time ago came with some pitting on the shield. As it was not enough to really bother complaining about, I merely filed it off and painted a simple quartered pattern. Since the mounted version should match my footed version, I did the same here.
So if you want to see a WIP of the horse tone colours, let me know! I'll pick 4 Reaper horsepeople out of my collection when the new ones come in and paint 'em up.
By Sophie was taken
Did another random pull from the Box of Yesteryears, this time drawing yet another oldie, Nicole of the Blade:
Nice bright pics this time, but they have washed out the darks slightly.
So. Garrity Eyes strike again, and these were the smallest yet.
The first thing that caught my eye was her chain mail. In the past this has been steel/silver, so I wanted to change it up and do a nice bronze. Unfortunately, the closest I had was Antique Gold, so I went with that.
Basically everything not flesh or hair got a base coat of Cloudy Gray, then went metallic with Honed Steel, Blade Steel, and Polished Silver, with Antique Gold for the filigree work and the dragon on the shield. Then hit everything with a light Black Ink wash to grunge it up and fill the cracks, and a little bit heavier to line around her legs and skirt and such.
Her hair is a mix of 3:1 Desert Sand and Leather Brown, which I only note because I don’t want to forget it. Again. And finally some purple for her hair ribbon to counter the grungy and morose.
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