After nearly thirty great comments and compliments about the great waterfall i sadly got knocked out of Iron Painter.
It was a worthy win as viruk presented a wonderful piece, albeit (cleverly) a Wyrd set.
I Should have stocked up on Wyrd miniatures!
Although i have been knocked out and it is a shame i won't get a chance to compete any further i am glad to have entered and to have generated such interest in the bases that i sometimes build over here at EZPainter.
Below are some more pics of the piece and some of the details.
The miniature is SHQ i believe, i used orange washes and dry brushes to emulate the sun setting over the hill. The entire base is sculpted from hot glue, straight from the gun and the waterfall and rock texture are achieved by using the gun tip as a molding tool.
This week i have been pretty busy but i have found time to put some paint to this beautiful model and its counterparts. I thought i would share what i have been able to share more easily on the facebook until now.
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So first thing i did was block out the basic colors. i followed everyone else's example of regal blue and put some sandy yellow to contrast it. The weapons where a wacky mix of diferent metalics with white and black for uniformity. I gave the horse a few layers of flat white and the hair a bone coat. The thing i love about horses eyes is that they are black until they get angry, so most battle horses (being trained in being angry) walked around seemingly chilled and subdued...until they go chewbacca on someones ass and tear them a new one.
With a few coats of Army Painter strong coat and black on the stones and base i was ready to begin the highlighting process.
The horse came first with white followed by streaks of muscle tone on the flanks and bends of the muscle which i painted on with Army painter to keep things tied together.
Finally i painted the muzzle and the ears, the hooves and plume got a very similar treatment from bone through lighter bone to white tips.
The weathering on the feet of the horse and the stones was achieved with a mixture of brown drybrushing and tamiya brown weathering pigment.
The Armor and cloak got the same color treatment with different techniques, utilising edging and natural highlighting.
With the clock a ticking i am really honing in on this piece. i shall share an indepth article review of the build and the process when i am done. this piece uses very directional lighting and henceforth looks amazing from the following angle! It still looks great in ever other way but when looked at or ( as i hope to ) photographed in hd, from this angle, we should get some popping results.
just have to add the donkey tomorrow and bammie!
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For my first iron painter entry i have decided to go with a beautiful nature scene.
I built a simple cardboard right angle out of thick card and everything else entirely is sculpted out of hot glue (i say 3-d printed as i do many layers to get the desired effect).
The stones are pyrite as i thought that eould be a nice tough for the theme of the round.
The first pic is of the design, as you know i like to plan everything out, i did this one with art crayons, orange and white.
And then there is a picture of the undercoated piece, the undercoat highlights all the imperfections of the glue, but a pair of nail scissors toward the last few steps takes care of that.
recently i have been obsessed with lighting effects. i don't know why but it just makes a miniature feel that tiiiny bit more "alive" i think it is the "3'd" element of it, the way the light appears to "fill the space". Either way here is a recent mishima troop with awesome sword. the refelctions are light blue wahses and soft watered down highlights and the sword is a gradual glaze.
Last night i finished these guys and listed them on ebay here for £200 postage included but i am accepting offers too :)
these guys where a blast and a lot easier to paint than i anticipated. Keep your eyes peeled for the full review later in the week.
Today was i think my busiest day for EZPainter yet, and i am still going! Needless to say i have glued my finger to my nose and painted the backs of my ears in the process, i have no idea how i did either. Today i have finished basing and painted the bases black of all 63 ww2 fellahs. I have also assembled the remaining Mishima lot (the troops). check out the progress of these fellahs below.
And the americans on the table, about to get their finishing touches :)
Today i am working on some old mirlton Hobbits. These are very cute miniatures and a great excuse to paint some exciting colors :)
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Today i sat down with a lovely (and big) blood pass model from the high elf army. I decided i wanted to practice my edging and non metallic metal. It was a good practice in both and i am happy enough to stick him in the portfolio under "fantasy" miniatures. The scale mail was washed with a burgundy red and highlighted with silver and white, the black was jet black with white edging. The gemstones are painted using the dark to light method with a dot of white for lighting and the NMM blade was painted with successive layers of thin grey to white.
It actually kind of hurts to finish this guy! i have never been so confused and intrigued by a model. The pose is beautiful and dominating but the weapon is extremely flimsy, the face has very very shallow detail and the flags are extremely fragile too! I hate to have to review him, but as is my policy, he leaves my desk he gets a review.
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Sculpt:5/5 (beatiful pose and great armor detailing)
Variation: N/A - single model
(from what i know of tatsumoto and the original character from pre revival warzone the sculpt is pretty honest and spot on. Except the much bigger shoulder pads.
(terrible, rushed and soft, neglected in the process)
This minature was a very interesting study in resin. Or plastic, or whatever they use to print 3d models these days. I was amused by the look of the guy but i was worried about the depth of detail from step one.
I must pre empt by saying that i love warzone. i love the company (what i know of it) and i have had great times conversing with current employees at crusade this year. I love the miniatures too, but this miniature just threw one from the left field for me!
i gave him a brush and a wash but he still didnt seem that sharp. the pokey armor and the flag where of course fine but the face was just a soft palete of facial features. One light coat of spray later and it was all but gone. I know how to spray miniatures too, the right temperature, the right ventilation, distance and nozel etc but this was shocking. I began working on the miniature and went with block colors, followed by a few layers of dark wash try and bring out the facial details. They just weren't there.
The flags are a definite worry too, they needed holding while painting and i imagine many modelers will just paint them loose but for the thousands who don't they are going to be mostly upset with broken flags. Either way they are extremely fragile and badly balanaced with no anchor point bar two very shallow (again!) holes.
i must comment on one more thing. the blade of the weapon. The blade is SO thin that is is just bendy, for good. either that or i got a really foul print of this model. The blade was constantly flapping around, and lacked much definition to actually tell us what's going on with this weapon? Given its battery like counterweight handle i decided it must be some kind of vibroblade which allowed me to recitfiy the whole situation with a soft wash, a little edging and some osl on the snow (which i pushed back with a wet brush when the snow was almost dry but still gloopy).
So if you have this guy, try not to be intimidated by his detail, or lack of! just attack him with passion and have fun with the big shoulder pads and the extreme edging you can work there.
This is the result of four hours solid work with the brush :)
This guy is looking really nice (and was a real plonker to photograph) He has a really lovely contrasting scheme going on, keeping in the theme i set out with the walker previously.
i need to work on the face, the weapon and flags a bit but this is pretty much what you are looking at for HERO standard!
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This last few days i have been powering through the G.I.S, i have painted 34 of 64 so i am getting there pretty quickly and these guys just take paint so easily!
The photo above is the Brown and green contingent of the unit. For this box i have gone with the troop look with the addition of a skin tone highlight and also i shall be basing them which is something i do if the customer asks but is not included in the price usually.
I wanted their bases to be a bit special as i believe the Troop look really looks best when you use a nice base, this is often the reason i ask my clients for "based" photos of the miniatures i have worked on for them. I believe that the base really brings everything together.
To ensure this "extra detail" was taken care of i begun looking at miniature flowers (a common sight in north france battlegrounds in the summers of the 1940s) but i could only find particularly expensive ones. Each pack i looked at was about £3 for maybe ten flowers or so. One of said packs litterally just some silflor tufts with yellow flock stuck to them. I really liked the look of this pack but i could not afford that steep price given i had 64 miniatures to base! i decided to get some Flower Foliage in the color i liked.
(also they a nice stark contrast to the grey bases which makes them really pop on the bases of the miniatures and brings out the brownish yellow of the straps on the miniatures all the while highlighting the miniatures military importance against a more soft and beautiful symbolic imagery)
I used just a tiny nail scissor cut snip of the flowers and tweezed them onto some silflor tufts with super glue gently. The result was lovely. not amazing but pretty cool! I am getting progressively better at this technique as can be seen in the following photos. I find the trick is just o be selective and TAKE YOUR TIME! As with most things in this job!