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
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org for your quote now!
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.
This morning before i put bum to chair and got cracking on my orders i did some field research which is the posh way of saying i was doing research for the kickstarter today!
I have looked at multiple items and two that have particularly caught my attention are these big floor lamps! great and affordable can light substitutes for filming the series!
I have also added two spots to my work space for photography purposes, an example of the image quality improvement can be seen below. This is all stuff i want to cover in the series on kick-starter!
Below you can see how the 3 point lighting settup is ised in TV interviews to create depth and color as well as to bounce light and create and simulate a more interesting space. Light is so powerful! So out with the single tungsten and in with the l.e.d's!
Today i have finished assembly of the spearmen of the Trojan Commission i amd currently working on. They are great and dynamic miniatures but by jove do they hate rank and file! i might have to pre-warn my customer on that one, as it's bloody annoying to balance them even for the picture below!
Otherwise great miniatures with lots of lovely detail and i can't wait to get the basic layers done tonight and tomorrow.
Firstly, an update to the kickstarter -
THE RATES ARE GOING TO CHANGE
Also, a new announcement, only one month left to get that extra £1 off! In an effort to make things a bit simpler i am going to be removing the Special rate and Raising the troop rate slightly. Troop has become a new animal encompassing different techniques on top of the ink to achieve the basic acceptable troop quality. i realized that JUST inking wasn't enough. So in one month from now troop shall raise £1 and Special shall disappear in hope for a more fluid EZpainter experience!
Now, i must pre-face by saying that the names on the bases of the miniatures in this casting where way to small to read but i do know that this one guy is achiles!
so i started here! I have looked at the brad pit images for detail inspiration and then run away from them very fast!
i decided to stick with the founry image for inspiration but give it my own EZ tweak as usual.
So as usual with a hero paint job i have started with the troop stages first.
It helps me to get to grips with the detail zones and see what needs washing again or which few things don't need painting further such as the white ponytail!
Today i finished my current Menhir Menhir Commission. Check out the link below to their facebook
AND THEIR KICKSTARTER
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Yesterday i went to town to get some bronze for my trojan commission as i didnt quite have the right tone in my collection.
It turned out to be the most beautiful brown and golden bronze. I am personally very happy how the bronze came out. the skin is a little dark but i will see what my client says. This is the troop method and this guy didn't take long!
I have also made some great progress on my Menhir Menhir commission for my friend. These are wicked miniatures, and for a first range they are extremely excellent! Check out my progress below.
The dwarf is finished and the orc is finished except for his eyes, everything else is W.I.P :)
Fantasy legends commission
So i have begun to close in on the end of another beautiful commission. Today i put the last few basic layers on these Legend miniatures from Menhir Menhir for a friend. I have had the luck of creative freedom with these ones which makes it so much more ecxciting and means i have had my face stuck to a color wheel for the last three days in bettween painting and working on the kickstarter! Talking of which there is news below!
KICKSTARTER FUNDED 10% in first 24 hours
THANKYOU FOR YOUR PLEDGES SO FAR! We have managed to raise just over 10% of the kickstarter in under 24 hours, this is an astonishing step and i can't thank my supporters enough so far! i shall be putting up an update video later today so keep your eyes peeled people!
Amongst the flurry of happenings here at EZPainter i must of course continue to paint my commissions! With all the craziness its nice to sit down a few hours and just focus on the job for a bit. Today i received a new order in the form of a small Wargames Foudnry Trojan force.
Being that they are some of the most individual miniatures i have had on the table in a while it makes sense to sit down for an hour and really wrap my head around them before i begin. With a force like this you have so much color choice that you are almost stuck for choice, which of course is painfully ironic!
So here are my analysis slides :)
(beautiful) Wargames Foundry Trojans