Since this ww2 project is a personal project i am using a slightly modified TROOP method to paint these guys as i have SIXT FOUR of them to get through as soon as possible!
Last night i was eager to get some paint on my test mini :)
Not a big fan of those mold lines, but i will keep my eyes peeled for them from now on!
Today i went to town and grabbed myself a handful of new goodies! first thing i found was a discounted box of tamiya weathering pigments, but unopened :) i snapped this one up and then went looking for a new project to paint for sale. I chose ww2 as its always popular but i love the Valiant models and it was a pleasure, as much as it was a draaaggggggggg to glue up these 64....yes.....SIXTY FOUR models....for only £6! that's almost less than $10!
They're good fun to glue but they are very hard plastic and only take strong glue. Also they are just that bit smaller than regular 28's being on the heroic end of 1/72 o they're more 25mm.
Big question as this point....how to base them!
Some of the kitbashing, i particularly enojyed converting the mortar operator setting up his weapon, i found that to add a lot of variety so i didnt just end up with four mortar guys doing the same thing.
Today i finished the Trojans and i had a blast doing so! this commission has caused me to totally re think the way i approach the troop method! i am glad to be introducing the new price rise soon so that i may be able to finally give EVERY MINIATURE that leaves my doors at least a minimum of 1 hour a miniature, which may not sound like a lot but the troops below got at least that each and it shows!
its the little things...
As this client has been so eager and loyal from the get go i have taken this order into my clutches and given it that extra tlc, for instance, the brown rim around the cow shields and the mix of shield and helmet designs to really help and keep that mixed but exciting albeit unified feel. I really enjoyed these and i always enjoy color so this group was very exciting to me!
As you can see, a colorful and vibrant lot with a great tan hahaha. I really hope my client likes them and i hope you guys do too! Let me know below!
Here is the last unit.
Something else i just finished was this monk miniature i have had sitting on my desk since my last update about him.
i wanted to finish him properly and i find that when you leave a project of any creative type for any legnth of time and come back to it you will always approach with a better and fresher eye.
Hence i gave natural lighting sourcing a try on this guy as i haven't done it for years and i wondered if i still "had it".
I foudn that i very very much do.
I love the result and it makes me excited to try more! The pictures below are not enhanced in ANY WAY with photoshop, they have their contrast bought up and their shadows dropped a littled because the white was a bit shiny in my studio lights, and you can see how AWESOME the result is!
One but last! tommorow i put the finishing touches on the spearmen before i package everything up for postage on the 25th! Exciting times. Again this has been an absolute pleasure of a commission and this one really intrgued me as per color and color themes. The trojans have a unique take on patterns it seems, and one i am glad that can be interpreted! Check out some of the progress below and please comment!
Things at EZ have been manic this month!
With lots of campaigning going on and planning for the upcoming series and different orders on the table!
Sadly it is that time of year to look at prices and as previously mentioned there will be some changes.
Troop has taken on so many new techniques and hero too that in a way the special paint job has become just something extra.
The troop covers all your en mass needs and the Hero quality does not break the bank at a single flat cost of £6 (which will remain the same!)
So check out the new prices and i hope you like what you see!
(the deals will of course change slightly in accordance but the general gist of each one will stay the same)
Official price changes for APRIL 2015 are as follows
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every time i snap a picture with my camera since i bought my new lights i get a bit giddy! Its so fun playing with lighting, i remember why it was my favorite parts of my degree and why it is one of my favorite aspects of life!
Below is the current wips of the Trojan command line painted to troop standard.
DIpped / Drybrushed and Eyes added
FOUNDRY TROJANS 28mm - Classical Heroes
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These guys have been a blast. As usual i am using the store image in the review but you can see my completed models below in the last post. These guys where a pleasure to paint with each new character bringing his own unique challenges, from cow hide print shields to some intense black-lining! Great model's with great details and particularly expressive faces, definitely a bunch you want in front of your army!
(good value but too pricey when postage is considered in the mix)
(Lovely sculpts with great facial expressions, let down slightly by the potential of some sculpts not quite being fulfilled.)
(7 unique miniatures)
(not very accurate, but neither offensive, For instance Achilles armor is described to be made of gold, iron, tin and bronze. yet here it is clearly presumed to be all bronze. )
(as you would espect from foundry, great castings.)
OVERALL RATING : 4:1
Complete Trojan Heroes - Review tomorrow
Today i had the chance to use the new lighting setup i mentioned before. Mixed with the natural daylight and the three way light studio i setup on my desk this was an enormous success and i got some genuinely great photos of my most recent commission!
I am now moving on to march through the troop miniatures, and i shall post WIPS of that tomorrow as well as a review of this pack!
This last guy is incomplete as i still need to do his skin, mail and plume.
Back on for the evening split shift and i had a chance to snap some photos before i cracked on once more. This set of photos is taken with my new lighting settup. it's a lot better than before but still requires some tweaking. Check Them out below
These are HERO paint jobs at £6 each - Check the RATES for more info
This time for the heroes i have painted ALL of their basic layers and then done all of their inking. I will now begin the slow process of building up the highlights through the 3/4 layers to get the look i want, and then begin black lining.
Its nice to see the new lights paying off, can't wait to get these in the "gallery" style photo-shoot setup!
Just one other Hero i want to show at this point, i LOVE this guys sculpt, its a bit static but its so imposing, just imagine his sweaping toward you with that great shield.