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    Armies of "O"s - Teams #2, #3, & #4

    Have a little time on my hands, so I've turned my focus onto the Severed Hands orcs. I spent yesterday fleshing out all the skin on these guys. Today, we get on all the armor and clothing. An example of the direction I'm headed, before and after - Decided on a more painterly texture on the metal bits, partly just to have fun with technique and partly because I don't see orc armor as being smooth and super shiny. Armor is pretty much just Coal Black with Pure White with a touch of Pheonix Red mixed in with the Coal Black for some tarnished areas. Sadly, I can't remember what color I used for the base coat of the fur bits. I deepened it with some Citadel Carroburg Crimson wash and highlighted with Fire Orange.
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    Gargantuan Orcz

    Some of them certainly photographed much brighter than they look in real life. Probably a result of the different washes I used on them. Having said that, I did make a conscious choice to make them pretty green. I'm exploring different skin tones as I do multiple orc/monster groups. I'm not sure if Iron Winds is still producing them. Like I said, though, I always catch them at a con, usually Gen Con, and they've always had them in their mix and match bins. I know Ral Partha Europe is still selling them. That's what helped me figure out their origin and what parts I needed to replace. The nice thing about them is that even though they're 20+ years old, size wise they stand up to the bigger 25mm-28mm models they sell these days
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    Gargantuan Orcz

    A flashback from the 90s. A selection of Ral Partha gargantuan orcz pulled out of the Iron Winds random con bins. A couple of them got some minor conversions/addons from Reaper models and weapon packs due to some missing parts. Decided to keep the bases simple. I imagined them trudging across muddy trampled land.
  4. Super excited when this package showed up today. Was expecting it to take a couple more weeks. Love me some beautiful minotaurs!
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    Armies of "O"s - Teams #2, #3, & #4

    Been a busy couple weeks because I live and work in a university town. But I was finally able to get some decent painting time in this week and am nearly finished with the gargantuan orc troop. Similar to the skin, I did some quick washes of different colors to add variety to the gold color clothing and then brightening areas back up with NNM Gold Base and NMM Gold Highlight. Also went through and defined objects with some Brown Liner outlining. The difference is shown with the standard bearer. It's subtle but there. And I realized while painting the archer he was missing something. And he had a strange knob sticking out of his leg. So once again, pulled out a piece from my weapons pack collection. So a quick paint up of the quiver, some base finishing, and these guys I'm calling complete!
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    Armies of "O"s - Teams #2, #3, & #4

    Worked on getting base coats on all three sets. I figure these ogres will probably take me the longest to do overall as I'm putting quite a bit of color details based on Japanese warrior armor. Definitely going with inspiration from the 70s & 80s for color with this next group. They scream the era for sure. And then I decided to go bold with some very green skin (Vallejo Goblin Green) and yellow based clothing for the Gargantuan Orcz. I'm using the colors of the NMM Gold Triad for the clothing. And since I didn't want them all looking exactly the same skin color, I'm doing variations on the shadow washes and highlight colors. This last set will probably take me the shortest time a be finished first because I'm "forcing" myself to try and get them down without detail obsessing.
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    Lapsed painter with sad Dragonman

    Heya, I just did a bunch of dragonmen with the metallic dragons in mind, including silver and platinum. I have a show off thread here if you'd like a reference. For their scales, I did a silver paint base and then washed one with brown liner and the other with blue liner to help differentiate between the two metallics. Then went back with the silver to bring out the highlights. Quick and simple treatment. Any dark brown or dark blue color for a wash should do, not just those specifically. Any additional advice, I'd simply refer to all those forums and youtube videos as you and others have mentioned. All sorts of ways to paint things, it's really a matter of which technique feels good for you. And exploration and practice over time will help you figure that out. I'm still figuring out what I like. Have fun!
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    Dragons!

    Slowly but surely moving along on Nethyrmaul. Finished definition on the chest plates, blocked out the color along the wings and randomly defining the highlights and shadows more. Oh yeah, and painted up a rock on a night when I was just a little too tired to focus on scales.
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    77061: Kord the Destroyer

    Here's what I entered into the Quarterly Bones Contest on Facebook. I wish it could have been more than one picture because I loved how I treated the fur cloak. Either way, I did pretty good. I was channeling Mongols as the inspiration for the color scheme.
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    Dragons!

    Dark base coat is Nightshade Purple. Then layered up with Twilight Blue and Pale Lichen. I may actually add a final brighter highlight later on to make edges pop more, but haven't decided on what color yet. I basically painted a normal eye, with red/orange tones on the "points", twilight blue for the pupil/cornea area. Blue liner are the darker lines both within and along the edge of the eyes. Then did some glazing to milk it out. Pure white with a little sky blue and some matte medium for the glaze. The yellowed area is Palamino Gold/Matte Medium glaze. Went back in with a touch of Dark Elf Highlight wash along the bottom of the eye for more shadow.
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    Dragons!

    Go for the eyes Boo! Went for the look of a blind eye.
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    Dragons!

    Started fleshing out the scales and spines last night. Told myself I'd start with the hard to reach places like between the back shoulders and the insides of the legs. But I started creeping into the face because that eye is beckoning me.
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    Armies of "O"s - Teams #2, #3, & #4

    Been getting little bits of time here and there the past couple days. Result is the various states of progress on the ogres, least to most from left to right. Progress is based on two things. One, when I ran out of each color each time I used it. And two, testing patches because I only half plan these things. The armor color was very much "I'm in a blue mood." And since I didn't feel I had an appropriate blue for my mood, I went out and bought one. (Along with 2 other blues and a couple greens because god forbid I go to the store just for one thing!) Skin is mostly complete. Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue base with Sky Blue on the metal armor bits. Palamino Gold for accent. And I'm going with Red Brick base, Ruddy Leather, Tanned Skin and more Palamino Gold where needed on the Leather/Cloth armor bits. Citadel Druchii Violet gets put back in where I think I need it.
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    Armies of "O"s - Teams #2, #3, & #4

    Playing around with primer coats. White primer glazed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade. Grey prime coat glazed with Citadel Druchii Violet. And ogre face! Fire red, fire orange, and marigold yellow.
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    Owlbear-Bones Black-Winter Variant

    I love the eyes too.
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