Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lights, camera, action! Some green flesh tones...



Among many other things today, I started filming another painting DVD.  This one was for non-human green flesh tones.  

It is a Mantis figure from Raging Heroes.  You have seen me paint  one already in the traditional purple Demonette color, but I wanted this to be more "Swamp creature".  I even have a swamp base all ready for it!

This would be used as a Fomorian in my future Slaine RPG game I want to run.

By the way, I used a Vallejo Green primer on this... Nato, I believe.


Here are a few views Cathy shot.  Fortunately, I can still look through my magnifier and have the camera right on target!


Better view of the camera...


My view:


Your view.  I think this is a 20 inch screen.  Obviously, the still camera didn't like shooting it, but at least it gives you an idea of how big this can be enlarged.  This has me considering painting larger figures with this set up.  Instead of looking at the mini, I would look at the screen instead.

Since the big monsters tend not to fit under my magnifier lights, this could be a fun solution.  Plus, I can film it!


I also had a request on the Kickstarter about magnifier lights.  These two wonderful lights came from Office Max, and they were a little over $40 each, I think.  They are LED, which is great, as they don't cycle like regular lights, and they use less power.  They can come apart, which makes them great for transport!!!


I think we are going to try and secure a computer which will at least let us make sample videos.  Upgrading the existing computer is getting more and more futile, and time's a wasting!!






10 comments:

  1. Really excited to see those pics! I'm about to pledge to your kickstarter, I made a chart to visually see the pledges and rewards since it's easier for me to choose which to pick. I was wondering if you are interested in seeing if you'd like to put it up on the KS for others as well?

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    1. Just to give you a heads up... I am working on the first stretch goals, which I want to post later tonight. That could change your calculations...

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    2. That's going to make it so hard for me to pick a pledge, haha.

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    3. Sorry about that! Didn't mean to make things frustrating. ;-)

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  2. I've never painted through a magnifier light, but people always seem to expect I do. I did wonder about where the camera sat during the various videos you see online. You have to be extra careful not to bump the camera I imagine. I also would have a hard time keeping the mini in frame, these videos are probably more difficult to film when painting units which is mostly what I used to do...

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    1. Even when I painted in 2D, I used to work with a magnifier light, so it is very second nature to me.

      In fact, it's almost impossible for me to work without it!

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  3. Do you think you could paint by looking at the screen instead of the mini?

    I'd experimented with something like that awhile back, and found that the TV gives no depth perception on where the brush is related to the mini. It was awesome to see how large and clear the mini was on screen, so I use that to look up and check my work, but painting that way seemed impossible.

    Let me know if you've found a trick to making it work! :)

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    1. It would take getting used to, I am sure. I think it has to do with how I paint, and that I usually know what colors are going where on the figure just by feel. Hard to describe!

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