Monday, November 26, 2012

Hot stuff: A lava test for Raging Heroes

Hey, it is finally time to put some paint on the Raging Heroes Vestals!  I love these minis.  That is why we have chosen them for several of our 'How to' painting DVD's.  They will be used for most of our fleshtone demos, but in this case, I thought I would try out a new technique for painting lava.

I wanted a nice cool color for the rocks, but not too blueish, so my lighter greys were mixed in with a Vallejo highlight green from Panzer Aces.

More lights on the rock part of the base...

Once those lights were finished, it was time to get down to the lava!  I used a dark reddish brown close to the rocks and on the bottom edge of the base.  I am trying to set up the very bright Flourescent paints from Vallejo here...

The Fluo yellow was mixed in with a yellow white to start , and then was gradually covered with the fluo orange.  These paints are very transparent, so you can paint transparently without even thinning the paints!

You can already see how luminous this is getting!

I continue to paint more of the orange over my lighter color.  I even mix in a bit or red with it.

Now it is time to go back over my lightest colors before I put on the darks.  I mixed some bright yellow with the Fluo yellow and picked out my lightest areas.

Once that was complete, I took the reddish brown and began making dark spots in the lava flow

Eventually that color was mixed with black to create the darkest areas.  You can see that during these last few steps, I had also been picking out the areas on the figure where I wanted to reflect the lava.

Stay tuned for the flesh tone part of this piece!  Both the lava demo and fleshtones will be very important DVD titles when we do the Kickstarter!


  1. "We" that's mean who else? I just read info about your DVD tutorial on kickstarter and I'm really excitement right now :D

    ps: I check those fluo paints that you told me - thank you one more time - they are great. first try:

    1. Hopefully there will be A DVD or two on painting large monsters. Hmm, I wonder who makes those... ;-) I am finishing this one up late tonight. It's good practice for the videos!!

  2. The lava effect you have on these bases is just so luscious.

    I love it, may have to pick up some fluorescent pigments of my own...

    1. They do take a bit of getting used to, and I am still finding all sorts of new ways to use them. :-)