Monday, July 22, 2013

My newest "Secret Weapon"...


More shots from the week that was in basing.

These videos were so much more elaborate and difficult to stage and film than the 'regular' painting videos.  Originally, I had anticipated that they would take the same amount of time to film, if not a little less.

Instead, they took 2-3 times as long!  Lots and lots of extra work.  As I have mentioned before, having to clean up and set up over and over again between shots took lots of time.


Shoving aside what had just been filmed...


In order to set up the next shot.


Then it's time to make another mess!  Here we have the oxide paste being applied to a series of bases.


But here is the real headline.  An entirely new way for me to paint my show bases!!!  In the process of getting things ready for this video, I switched to using the Secret Weapon powders exclusively.

The results are just incredible!


While there have been lots of unpleasant and unexpected things to 'pop up', such as delays in securing minis, difficulties in getting new machines, learning curves on software, the extra length of filming basing videos, and others, a positive element also emerged.


When I first got the idea to do the Kickstarter, Secret Weapon products would have been featured on a handful of the videos.  By the time the campaign ended, that was around a dozen.

Now, almost every single video has one or more SW products featured.  There are now 3 videos that feature them almost exclusively.  It took a while for all this to come about, and once more, I thank Justin and all the good folks at Secret Weapon for their help, and for all the neat stuff they make!

For instance. the weathering and battle damage video was going to be a regular 28mm figure, since I cannot use any GW tanks or vehicles.  Secret Weapon stepped in with their fantastic tank!!  Also, the Painting with powders video became far better and more practical when they expanded their line of pigments, and created the sealer.

In summation, the videos have become infinitely better, with 25-30% more tricks, tips, hints, and materials than when I started.  Raging Heroes also stepped in with additional figures.

So, 3 cheers for them!


16 comments:

  1. That is an incredible snow effect. Is that just realistic water and powders? I've been using crushed glass, but I'll throw my method out the window for these kind of results. Really beautiful work.

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    1. Thanks! That is just the realistic water and powders. I wanted to try the crushed glass, but I already had plenty of 'texture' from the oxide paste. Plus, I wanted to be able to mix those colors together as if they were regular paint :-)

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    2. Agreed. Those snow effects are jaw-droppingly amazing. Definately captures the look that a high-fantasy artist would use. Wow.

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    3. Many thanks for the kind words!!!

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  2. Looks amazing as always!
    When are you releasing your vids?

    Grts

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    1. The release to the general public would be around October, so that all the Kickstarter backers get theirs first :-)

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    2. I'm a backer:)
      I'm just hoping they will be released to backers before september since I'm on holiday the whole month!

      Grts
      Nico

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    3. Thanks for being a backer! Once all these things are delivered, I will need to sleep for 3 years :-)

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  3. Why can't you use GW figs?

    And the snowy bases are really cool!

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    1. For legal reasons. All of the minis I used are with the express permission of the manufacturer.

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  4. It seems that GW goes out of its way to shoot itself in the foot. Thanks for the info.

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    1. It truly does. :-( The companies that participated (and who will be joining in post-campaign) were really glad to dive in!

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  5. Is there a video for this? I really want to use it for my Behemoth Hivefleet.

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  6. Working on them. If you search the blog, there are several articles on the subject that could tide you over :-)

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  7. so you use the oxide paste to create the basic texture of snow, then color them with pigments and fix them with water effects? Hope the video's are soon to be released because im super curious!

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    1. It's a slightly different process than that... but the videos are now available, so you can watch that process 'in person' so to speak! :-) You can send me a facebook message about them if you like! Cheers!

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