Saturday, January 19, 2013

Work in progress: Pre Heresy Imperial Fists

Hey folks!  Here is something that I have been working on for a while, and it is getting close to finished.

It's a squad of those Forgeworld Pre Heresy Imperial Fists.  To begin with, there as a lot of "fixing" that had to be done with some unfortunate casting issues.

Then they were primed, and it was time to get down to painting!
You can see the earliest stages of the shaded basecoat under way.  The first image shows the base colors being put down, so that every part of the miniature had some kind of color on it.  This is important, as you have all heard before, so that you have something to compare your lights and darks against.  If you left everything white or black primer, and painted only yellow next to it, that is going to mislead you on your shading down the road.

In the second image, I have started to lighten up various areas with that very controlled drybrushing, which is more like "dampbrushing" :-)

These images show the lightening process taking place on every surface, every color.  The reds, turquoise, etc.  I am leaving the yellow alone for now, as those hard to reach areas mean that I keep hitting the yellow areas with my lighter shading!

At this stage, I put the stripes on the chainfists, and indicated where the little areas of gold will be.

It's just about time to start shading everything darker.  My first task is to take a dark brown and put some dark lining into the deepest recesses.  This is also done in the eyes, and on the undersides of the torsos, arms, and feet.

Now the fun begins!!  I took my glazes and began to shade everything darker, starting with all the weapons, shields, and other grey surfaces, such as the back of the torso.  You can see that I also began to rough in some freehand, such as the shields (I wanted 3 different designs on the 3 shields), as well as indicating where the insignia will go...

I continue the shading process with the other colors, such as the reds and the turquoise.  You can also see that some of the freehand has been develop a bit more, especially on the shields.  I also developed the Imperial Fist insignias a bit.

Some basic shading is also being done on the yellows, as I establish the darkest darks on the armor (basically a chocolate brown).

Now I start to refine some of that shading by working back into the middle tones, on the turquoise in particular.  This is done somewhat transparently by mixing in some glaze medium with the paint.  I love doing that!!!  I am even starting to put in some lighter yellows.

As I continue this, my main focus will be on those yellows, and making them lighter.  Once that is done, it will be time to do all the battle damage and rust effects, like the other PH Imperial fists.  If you want to see those, you can find a whole slew of posts on the left hand column under Imperial Fists!  The bases are also in a "how to" post.

This "shaded basecoat" technique is the cornerstone of all my techniques, which is why it is the first painting video of the Painting Pyramid Kickstarter!

How to blow up a Tardis...

As you loyal Wappellians know, I don't often get the chance to paint in two dimensions!  

This was a very unusual painting for me, since it was in a style that was definitely not mine!  The one time I do a 'regular' painting, and I use an entirely different method.  Go figure.

There have been times where I have, in the course of my miniature painting, been asked to replicate the styles and techniques of other painters who had worked on previous minis as part of a big project, and so on.  It's never easy, since you have to try to discern what they have done, and how they did it, by strictly looking at the final result.  Again, never an easy task.

I knew this would be a very interesting challenge for me!

Things got started with some yellow, yellow ochre, and a little Cadmium red (makes if go fastah!)

Working quickly, and with one of my worn down #8 miniature brushes, I set down the darker reds and oranges first, and worked up to lighter yellows...

Look familiar?  Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. :-)

I worked the yellows even lighter with the introduction of some titanium white, trying to keep that 'layered' look, but avoiding the temptation to smooth out and hide every brush stroke!  I had to constantly remind myself not to do that.

Now it was time to get some of the darks in here.  I had some deep purple, cobalt blue, and cerulean blue.  You can see more of the lighter cerulean blue in the Tardis, while the purple was used in the 'sky' portion.  This was important, since the purples in the blueish sections would mesh a bit more with the reds of the spiraling flames...

Almost completely covered.  You can see that I used 'negative space' painting around the spirals, meaning that I painted around those lighter areas with my dark colors.  This is actually a watercolor technique.

OK!  Time to work on that Tardis!  I mixed in some white with the cerulean blue to pull out the door shapes, and worked on the windows.  I did make sure to get just a touch of yellow into all that, to keep the white from being chalky, and to reflect the explosion a bit.

I went back into my red/yellow mixes to blend in the spiral flames with the darker purples.

Here I put in some more sharp dark edges in places to define the explosion a little more.  I wanted the hardest, sharpest edges to be in that center of interest.  This can (and should) be done on miniatures as well. I always try to establish "focal points" such as these.

A little more blending, a little more light yellows added to the firey spirals.

I work some more lighter blues into the sky portions, creating a little more depth, and following the directional strokes of the yellow/orange spirals to reflect and enhance that motion.

Some more lights introduced in various areas for interest, a coat of gloss varnish, and POOF!  Exploded Tardis, Van Gogh style! :-)