Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sabertooth Secrets

Glazing time again!!

Among the usual tools for this task, we see the Secret Weapon washes.  

When you compare these two images to the original Shaded Basecoat image, you will immediately see what a difference it all makes...

Here is that original image.  This is the "middle up" shading that leaves me so much leeway to change color tints and more.

Bam!  Lots of fun variations have been created in the thick fur around the head, switching between a number of glaze colors.  I even allow them to mix together on the figure itself, letting gravity take hold.

I wanted some areas of this fur to be not only darker, but more of a cooler shade as well.  Thus, blue and greens were added to the brownish glaze colors.

You can see that some shading was added down the spine, which was not my original intention.

This is what I mean by flexibility and the ability to change directions from the original plan!

A number of the Secret Weapon washes have a semi transparent/opaque quality, and I took advantage of that property here to create a bit of inflammation around the protruding spikes.

If you recall the last few articles on rust effects, you will know that this has been very fun for me.  The orange wash also has that transparent/opaque quality, used to create this look.

Getting there!

I also mix regular paint with my washes and glazes.  I did that here with some Reaper Solid Black, which really absorbs light.  This was useful in the cooler shadow areas of the neck fur, especially near the armor.

Finished pics soon!!!!


  1. I like your paintjob, but not the mini.
    The snout and front teeth are wrong and the pose isn't very good either.

    1. Sometimes sculptors can get too adventurous in their effort to make something more fantastical :-)

  2. When you said "tools for the task", what you should have said was "tools for the 'tusk' " :)
    thank you, thank you, Good night everybody

  3. I do have a question for you. I know you use the paper/disposable pallets that you can buy in hobby/craft stores. How do you stop your paint from drying out? I use a wet pallett, normally but when I dont my paints dont last that long. And with the pics you post you normally put all your paints out for mixing and blending. If i did that I would have to paint in less than 5 mins lol. Just curious and thanks for all the tutorials. I have started doing your wet in wet blending on bases and love the results.

    1. I think you may also have seen in the posts that I use larger brushes and work very rapidly. This helps to keep the paint from drying on the palette.

      Also, as you might have seen, I like to mix various washes (such as Secret Weapon) with the paint, and that will increase the working time of the paint.

      The larger brushes mean that you are using fewer brush strokes to cover a given area, and that will allow you to do mixing right on the surface of the figure, as I often do on flesh tones and cloaks!

      I hope this is helpful!