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I figured I'd make one "mega" thread for some of this with the goal of not only working on a few new things, but to also finish off a few projects that are in various states.
Several Many moons ago I won the Mystic Circle set on Reaper Live (Reaper 77556), and it's sat on the gaming table for some time now waiting for inspiration. Now that I've ideas for a second Infinity gaming table, and a few other hobbying things have come in the mail, I'm putting it to use. More than likely, this will wind up being semi-repurposed into terrain for such a table, but also be able to be used standalone for fantasy use. In short, I want to still be able to have it as a circle (perhaps even with a sacrificial altar within it - I'd have to order such first, naturally), but also somewhat more spread out as cover / line of sight blocking elements of terrain to be used in a wild forest Infinity table.
^Obligatory no-paint photo, with Queen of Hell in there. King of Hell is out of frame, because of still being assembled.
^A number of different pigments were used, but I'll be settling into more or less just six: Vallejo Desert Dust, Vallejo Sienna Natural, Vallejo Light Sienna, AMMO Light Rust, AMMO Medium Rust, and AK Interactive Smoke. This is also where I realized one almost critical flaw with my plan - my pigment fixer is enamel, so boy did things get dark when the fixer was applied, aaaaand things got tacky too. Thankfully, a coat of Vallejo Mecha Gloss Varnish solved this, and I'd only started on two pieces.
^The other two pieces right now are simply airbrushed with a mixture of Brown Liner and Dragon White, and then sealed with Vallejo Mecha Gloss Varnish. Hopefully such will provide a better barrier when I go to seal the pigments this time, and of course not have the fixer make things go all tacky on me.
So with this, I had originally planned to use them to learn more about pigments and how they work together (I still am), but I suspect I'm going about it the wrong way, especially on the ground. Compared to my usual many layers of drybrushing, I'm not feeling how that ground looks so far... Nor am I quite feeling how the rocks look. It feels like they lack a lot of definition that a bit of drybrushing could easily pull out, so I've been tempted to do that to help with lifting the highlights before I move onto the next plan for trying out with these - as a canvas for practicing/learning to use my Oilbrushers.
Next up we have the crashed Aquila Lander from the Battle for Macraggae. This was used to try and get a basic baseline of my airbrush initially, but then I got inspired and just kept going, so I'm definitely wanting to continue this project...
^So first up was Mission Models Black Primer, which truth be told I was (and still am) having trouble with spraying it through my brush. I follow their directions, but I get a decent amount of tip dry as well as spattering. Not sure if it's the 0.3mm nozzle I have, or if it's technique. I'll have to spend more time at a later date working such out.
^Second layer went down much easier, although I don't quite remember what gray I used. It may have been a mixture of Mission Models Black and White. Third coat was Reaper HD Twilight Purple, once again through the airbrush, and it behaved a LOT better than the others did. Funny how either a bit of practice with things or just using paint I'm more used to the properties of can make it work out so much better.
^Next up came drybrushing, mainly with Reaper Bones paints. I think this is two, maybe three layers in. First layer was Saddle Brown mixed with Heraldic Red, then Heraldic Red, then Vallejo Game Color Hot Orange....
^Then came another four layers of drybrushing: Sunrise Orange, Lantern Yellow, Wolf Grey, and finally Bleached Linen. After such came cockpit details courtesy of a mix of CAV's Schwarzenwald Gray and Reaper MPS Pure Black, and once those details had been painted it was thinned a fair bit and then used for lining of pretty much the entire.
This piece will also be used with that second board I'm planning for Infinity, partially due to already having it, and partially due to the feeling that it would just fit into the whole overall idea anyways.
^Also, in case anyone is wondering, this is how the terrain looks under the usual lights we have in the house - house lights are 2700K due to my eyes, while my airbrush booth is 5000K or so they say.
Biggest thing I'll be using this terrain for is practicing aging and rusting techniques, but also to try out my AK Interactive Weathering Pencils.
Last but not least is 17341 Rauthuros from last year's thread. This time, I definitely do want to finish him off, and I'm also rather looking forward to making use of my airbrush to give his wings even more... luster I think is the word? And yes, I'm going to keep to the previous idea of using mainly iridescent and pearlescent paints on him, because why not. They look good, and I want to see them anyways
I'm looking forward to finishing off a few of these, or perhaps even all of them. All would be lovely, especially given their size!
My first Bones 3 paint job is also one of the ones I was most anticipating. It's not quite done, since I have to touch up some of the little stones on the ground, but I'm basically calling it done. I've read that you shouldn't overdo the static grass, but I didn't really know what else to put in it and I didn't want to leave too much bare "broccoli base." Overall, I'm not too unhappy with how it turned out, given my level of ability.
Oh, on this note... I've got some "flower stuff" which is okay, but I don't love it. It does have lots of nice little yellow bits. You can see these clumped up in the bottom picture. I'm wondering if people can recommend a good "spray glue" or something to that effect, so that I can just spray a light coating of clue in some places, and then sprinkle the yellow bits. I'm looking for a more spread out "wildflowers" effect, since I think the clumps are too much.
You knew it was going to happen, didn't you....
My Oathsworn KS cam the other day, and I thought it might make a break from painting scales on Czaristikalian... (Nathavarr)
So I dremeled the center circle a bit to make all the inserts fit, attached the pieces to handles, and primed them black....
Stay tuned for more.....
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