Friday, June 13, 2014

Rolling along with the Krios

Work has continued on the Mechanicum Krios tank.  One of the reasons I wanted to take all these WIP images was to illustrate how the Shaded Basecoat  works for much more complicated things like this tank.  Lots of pieces, lots of color changes.

You have seen a number of WIP images with the Shaded Basecoat on these bits.  Now it was time for some glazing.

Glazing on the main hull and cockpit as well!

Remember, the whole idea behind this technique is to start lighter... work even lighter, and do much of the work with glazes that shade and tint those colors.

Take a look at this piece now, and check it out a few images later.

On this interior piece, I tried to make sure that some of the shading would be tinted more towards the red.

And now for that piece again.  I mixed a blue gray with the glaze colors, and worked the middle tones back towards a blue gray.  I just felt like I wanted more color variety there, despite the fact that it will be mostly hidden!

Same deal here... mixing the lighter colors with the glazes, creating that semi-transparent color that works nicely for making lighter colors that blend easily.

I have been waiting to use the fluorescent paints in the cockpit!

I also went back into these sections with that same semi-transparent middle to light color...

I was not looking forward to the treads.  However, the Shaded Basecoat technique would be just as important here!

I have to consider the eventual weathering techniques that will be used here.  Plus, lots of glazes will be used to get more depth of shading and colors in the darks.

I have to plan out which planes are going to catch light from above, and which ones are going to reflect the 'ground'.

Now these are just about ready for glazing!  Stay tuned!


  1. I said it on the last post about this, and I'll probably say it again, but this shaded base coat thing blows my mind.

    I seriously can't wait to get my videos so I can really sit down and watch you work through this with commentary to really cement the process. Still images just don't get me there.

    Are you going to take the reds down a shade or two or is that going to be the final colour?

    1. Thanks! :-) The section you mentioned has not gotten its glazing yet, so the reds will be taken down, along with the treads, etc. There will also be a lot of weathering, as I mentioned. As you know... the Shaded Basecoat is all about the setup. ;-)

  2. Thank you so much for these photos as you progress in the tank. It's an inspiration to see the techniques used to add diversity and character to areas which are normally flat and boring on vehicles.

    And that cockpit is so cool!

    1. Thanks! There are many 'surprise' areas on this vehicle! That cockpit has a ton of hidden stuff inside!

  3. I'd love to see you take on a FW Sicaran tank. Your style is awesome.

    \m/ ^.^ \m/