This last set of images shows another one of the 40k versions, minus the BossPole. I was just curious to see what he would look like without one, so I used that for the Painting Pyramid video for the Shaded Basecoat technique.
There was a great variety of surface types... armor, skin, weapons, etc., so I could really go all out!
It's pretty wild to see them all together. I took a few different approaches to painting them as further experiments. The final version was painted in a different manner than the first two. Lots more middle tone work right away using the "light glaze" technique. That is, mixing glaze colors with regular paint to make a semi-opaque glaze.
Painting that over the top of darker colors tints them in a reverse manner than tinting a lighter color and making it darker. This is especially fun on skin tones, but also on metal surfaces as well. It can give them a more reflective feel.