Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bone Singer. Step-by-step.

   Once again, the work from the "gym". At this time everything was sad from the beginning and my "student"  already given up on the first steps for unknown reasons. But the throwing the started work is not in my habit, so the Singer reached the finish line. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Marauder champion (Avatars of War). Step-by-step.

 This Marauder champion was born in the "gym" again but now I was a student and I had a teacher - Landreth. I wanted to try out a dark and bloody style, so Artem agreed to be my guide in this world. Detailed step by step process of learning can be found on the Russian Alternative forum, and there is an English version avialable to meet a wider audience. There you can read the exact recipe and techniques that Landreth gave for this miniature and you can see a brutal Marauder, which was born from his arms. Here I will talk about how I pained it changing the recipes for my existing arsenal of colors, and that came out of it :).


The grim job - black ground :). I planned snow, blood splatter and icicles on the base.
So, the composition are ready for primer:


1. Base: VMC Carmine red + VMC Flat green
2. Highlights 1: VMC Flat green + VMC Orange brown + quite a bit VMC Carmine red. The base color is only in the shadows.
Highlights 2: previous mix + VMA Middlestone *.
4. Shadows 1: in the darkest places a mix of black + VMC Turquoise.
Highlights 3: VMC Orange brown + VMA Middlestone *. The most salient points VMC Tan Yellow.
6. Shadows 2: semi-transparent layer VMC Burnt Cad. Red.

  * -
Landreth used VMS Middlestone instead VMA Middlestone . I did not buy the recommended paint and used the one that was. This was my mistake. These paints are not equal. VMA Middlestone gave me a green tint, which I have not been able to get rid of. VMS Middlestone more yellow, and the skin on the teacher's miniature get a natural color.

Veins: VMC Orange Brown + VMC Turquoise, then pure VMC Tan yellow, at the end  - a mix of Tan yellow and VMC Sunny skintone.



For steel parts:
1. Base: VMA Steel.
2. Glazing: GW Leviathan purple (wash) + Vallejo Wash Fleshtone shade.
3. In the shadows - spots VMA Gun metalizer, on highlighted places - spots VMA Steel. The process of glazing and restoration metallics continues to create the desired texture.
4. Shadows with diluted black paint.
5. Scratches VMA Steel
6. Applying patches dry and diluted pigment Vallejo Burnt sienna, Forge world Aged dust etc.
7. some rust with VMC Vermillion
8. Final highlights VMA Steel
For gold pieces:
VMC Old gold, then pouring as in steel,
highlights VMC Old gold + VMA Steel to clean glare VMA Steel.

The result of steps 1-5:
The next steps:

Skirt and shield.

At the beginning I  painted the skirt  in red-brown. It seemed to me that it lost in a reddish steel.
Then I decided to make it in bluish-green tones.

   But I didn't like this variant. Keep thewarm tones, the skirt went yellow.
   For this skirt and shield I used colors (from light to dark): VMC Ochre brown, VMC Orange brown sometimes with the addition of VMC Burnt Cad. Red, GW Scorched brown, in the deep shadows + blue.
   Landreth told me about the technique of painting "spots" - sometimes it's called pointillism. All layers except the basic, are applied by
spots of  liquid paint. The new layer is applied after drying of the previous. So we create a spotty texture.

   Metal on board is made with the
scheme written above.


  Belts. After a few tries I stoped on the black color with the addition of a brown tint
  Head on his belt: I used GW Catachan green + GW Rooting flesh for base colors.
  Sheath and axe: metallic, similar to steel and gold. Plus some places pouring VMC Torquoise.



 Landreth recommended me to use vitrail paint for it. I bought the red and black stained glass paint Pebeo. Actually, all blood was sticked with a mix of two this paints.


   Well, and a few words about the base. I used a tutorials from Massive Voodoo about snow and icicles. I used baking soda, PVA glue for snow, transparent plastic for icicles, did  some shadows in the bushes with VMC Torquoise by airbrush.
So my work has done!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Malus Darkblade on foot

   Some times ago I found a blog of one English artist - David Soper(Sproket) - and his works made me really excited. There are a lot of interesting "recipes" in this blog Sproket's small world  that I wanted to try some day. So when I took Malus in my hand I realized that it's time to do it.
    My great thanks to all authors who share their findings and experience - thanks to this we can make a very interesting journey to another world, as it was with this character.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Goblin Warboss

This is the forst work in New Year - Goblin Warboss. Bright and beautiful, but very furious.

 I've done some little changes on the base and here's new pics:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Selafyn High Elf

   This  Ravenswood's miniature spent a long long time on my shelves before I pained it. I could not choose a color scheme for this elf. And just before the New Year the Moscow frosts inspired me on this cold cold blue (it seems it's a standard scheme, isn't it? :)). So the present for my frend was done.
    I've noticed that
I can't get a good pictures of some my miniatures. And Selafyn is just one of them. I've made  several attempts with different lighting but I'm not satisfied with the result - the pics look blurry, especially the faces. The same situation was with Lelith GesperaxOf course, maybe it's not a problem of photographing but the problem of painting quality of these miniatures  because I haven't such problems with most of my others works.