With miniature commissions you often get the chance to paint something that might have passed completely under your radar. This here is one of those examples, yet i am so glad it finally came to surface in my world!
It has been a real joy to paint these simians with their dynamic poses and intuitive facial detail. I loved every minute and the creator should be proud of his sculpts and casts.
Many people don't realize that these independent casters often put out a product that FLAT OUT SHAMES games workshop and warzone and other big producers.
The cleanliness of independent casting is always something i am astonished and very pleased by.
ON WITH THE REVIEW!
LUICD EYE MINIATURES
(Relatively cheap for them being independant but a bit expensive for the size, also including postage means that most people who literally want one pack. likely won't purchase.)
(wonderful dynamic and brutal poses. love them)
(Great historical accuracy to the prehistoric simian image we all have in our heads, perhaps a little short, but in proportion).
(very little to no flash at all and trumps the casting quality of even the biggest manufacturers)
Working with the fur on these guys was an interesting challenge from the beginning. when something is 90% covered in fur you have to find unique ways to bring definition to the model, although it of course has muscle definition a lot of that wonderful sculpting work is "hidden" beneath the fur. To combat this i alternated my dry brushing technique between dark and light colors until i ended up on a soft beige which was only used on the most raised areas of the fur.
If i did these again i would attempt to approach the spears separately and to define them more individually against the brown of the rest of the models.
All in all, wonderful models, a great company with a big aspirations and i believe they will see them filled :)
TOTAL SCORE 4.6/ 5 - a bloody good score!
Sorry about the site being down ladies and gentlemen! My mistake there as i let an impending server change roll!
Now that you have forgotten all about that! Let's get on with the report/update blog thing!
The Fur was next to finish and i did this with a layer of brown red, followed by brown orange (to an almost orangutan look) then highlighted for depth and variation with both a beige and in some places a white.
Below is a much better picture of the fur, as well as a great angle on the "smashing" monkeys skin. The skin was dark brown drybrush for shadow and ease of navigation, then followed with pale brown and pink red. I finished off with highlights of an elf flesh tone and dotted in the eyes with white and black. i May return the eyes to their previously dark and ominous "brown" glare.
this next picture shows off the awesome detail on these miniatures, i love the grim look he has as he looks towards hi next victim! For some reason as i painted these they became less monkey and more hunter monkey men! Hence the next few pics......
With their teeth painted in and some minor black-lining this unit was done, but not before i went blood crazy!
Why? you ask...simple! i say.
Crazy violent weapon wielding ape-men warrant a blood splatter in my opinion, being that mainly the only time said "simian" people's would have ever wielded a weapon was with the intent of bloodshed or to hunt i felt it apt to "aggro" these guys up a bit with some violent blood splashes!
A decision i do not regret! not only has it given them an exciting and much needed splash of color onto their otherwise brown and dull palette but it has given them a level of characteristic depth, that which only blood can inspire.
Check them out in their finished - pre varnished - state below. An check back tomorrow for a review of the miniatures themselves and updates on my other chimpy commission!
I finished the ape/cavemen soon after i began. they where so fun and so simple that i had a real blast giving them that extra little bit of character! When you are faced with a predominantly brown miniature set like this, with no metal or cloth it does seem extremely limiting but i managed to give the fur a few hues from brown to beige (through orange) and the skin has a beuatiful half ape/ half human color to it.
A flat black undercoat (it was quitea hard to get the black to cover the fur, hence some bits glimmered though, but i covered it up with more black and successive layers, by the time i got to varnishing it was completely gone.)
Flat dark brown all over the miniatures, the skin and weapon got a dry brush and the rest of the them (the fur) got a flat coat.
Here you can see the layer against the drybrush on the fur, weapon and skin.
The stone blades where given a dark grey layer then highlighted through light grey to white, they then got a brown wash for weathering.
Here the wash has been added, and the fur has had its second slightly redder coat (dry brush). This was followed with dark orange and then finally beige red on the crests and peaks of the muscles.
Along with the prehistoric Simians i got some more Apes to paint! One of them could not be more my favorite miniature as he is a Clint Eastwood ape, and a white back at that by the looks of him. His name i think is Cactus Joe!
The other Ape is a Judge Dread miniature i believe. She is a bit of a character either way and is someone that i wouldn't particularly want to brawl with!
I haven't Yet gotten round to thinking about paint schemes properly but these are the images my client sent me :) so let's see where this goes :)
Recently i got conatcted by an old client and he wanted a mix of different work done! It was an exciting opportunity to sit down and get some work done!
The first piece is a set from Lucid Eye Miniatures and it is a wonderful "simians" set. But i am calling it the "not space odessy set". I love it! Each of these little dudes has so much character!
For these little dudes i have been given free reign so let's get a few images off the web and see what we have...
I love the iconic still from this movie. The fur here is dark brown, the skin also pretty dark. The lack of differentiation between color is probably to allow for a more realistic seeming "human actor portrayal" of the chimps.
This image might only be a diagram but it offers much in the way of colors. Here we have different tones from the literal chimp in his black fur to the more man like "cave-man" with his very light coat of brown fur. Here i lean toward number three (from l to r) as he has the nicest orange brown shade that i like and that i think offers the most depth in color and shade.
In this above picture the animals/humans are a lot darker again but i still like the slightly brown/ orange hue. One thing i do love about this picture is their little backinds, all pale and whatnot. i think the way the skin fades from their muscles to their fur is really interesting and something i want to try and emulate.
Check back for more later and for now here is a picture of their metal behinds ;)