Friday, July 20, 2018

Centurion Snake

I had a lot of fun painting this during the recent all night 24 hour charity broadcast with Gonzo from More Than Dice Podcast!  It's another monstrous infantry from Mierce Miniatures, one of a number of "Snakemen" poses.

Of late I have been emphasizing how simple my approach to Non-Metallic metals is.  The majority of the colors I choose for them (if it is gold, steel, etc.) are what is surrounding the metal surfaces.  In this case, a fair amount of greens, purples and reds.

All of these colors form contrasts with each other, which helps to make the metals look more shiny.  When you have lots of colors reflected in those metals, such as the skin, stone base and even the cloak, the eye becomes more convinced that it is seeing something like metal due to the reflectivity.

This is why my response to the question of purchasing "NMM paint sets" is always to use the colors you already have on your palette!

Something else to keep in mind is that the color harmony works in reverse too.  I used a fair amount of yellow to highlight the reds in the cloak and crest, and even to lighten the green scales!  This means that the "gold" color was not just isolated to the metal sections... it is everywhere else, even on the base.

Since this is becoming a major topic of discussion in my posts and on my Facebook/YouTube live sessions, I will try to create some new NMM tutorials in addition to the original Painting Pyramid versions.

A few of those are already available to my patrons on the Patreon Page!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Gang's all Here

The final post in the Gangs of Rome series concludes as it began, with some shots of the "Mobs", which were mostly painted with the Mig Ammo OilBrushers.

Here's a link to a previous post showing how the mosaic tile bases were made:

Also, we have one more 'character' figure, who must be a sandal maker or something like that.  He seems to be a little shifty to me though ;-)

Using the oils on large batches of figures like these can make painting mass amounts of skin tones much easier.  Being able to blend on the fly hours after applying those first layers can be so handy!

One last look at the Gangs of Rome!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Banner Day

Each time I look back at the images of these Chaos Warrior figures, it really intrigues me to think how old these figures are, and that I am using my latest techniques and materials on them :-)  

As most of you already know, this was a large batch of figures, and most of the painting was done with oils... a combination of the Windsor & Newton oil paints and the Mig Ammo Oilbrushers.

Here's a link to a typical painting session with those oils:

Each one of these has had a slightly different set of colors put into the metal areas, mostly purples and greens in various combinations.  In the last post about the unit, I went into more detail about how that purple/green mix can create some interesting looking "gray" tones!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cutting off the Retreat!

Among the many pieces of recording that I am editing at the moment is the newest Bolt Action Battle Report... The Bridge to Nouvion!

This will feature several new elements, not the least of which are the new terrain features that you saw in a recent tutorial series here:

I also tried out a few new vehicles that were painted, the SDK 232 armored car and the new plastic 38T kit from Warlord.  I painted that in a you tube live session here:

I sculpted a few rubber boats for the German forces to use in order to effect some river crossings.  You will be seeing these in future battle reports with much wider rivers. I wanted to give them a test first to see how I would have to arrange a rule set for them.

This battle had a lot of interwoven objectives on both sides, which is something I injected into the previous battle report, moving beyond just the basic scenarios.  The idea is to have mission goals for both sides that are so disparate that there is no way they can completely deny objectives to the other side.

In other words, you have to complete your own missions, as opposed to simply sitting back and preventing the other side from accomplishing theirs.

I was also trying to create a very chaotic battlefield in order to simulate the start of the Allied withdrawal from the northeast front.  The notion that the German forces are advancing from all sides, and about to cut off the retreat permanently before it can even get started!

The skies are not friendly over northern Europe either!  Who knows what kind of effect a strafing and bombing run might have on the Allied columns...

Results of this action will also be carried into the following report, and I am working very hard on that terrain.  You got a peek at some of it in the last battle report, Blood at Arras (already on YouTube here:)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jungle Heroes

Here are the images of the finished Lizardman Saurus Champion that I was working on during this Facebook Live session:

As usual with my painting sessions of late, I tried to emphasize painting multiple figures at once.  There was a twist this time around... where I also tried to show that stripping minis is really unnecessary.  Originally this figure had a lot of dark reddish washes all over it, but I wanted it to match the other turquoise and purple lizards that I was painting during the session.

I mention several times during the broadcast, using the previous colors as an underpainting can be very useful to getting some very interesting color combinations.  The initial colors that I painted during the session were somewhat transparent, so that the underlying colors would show through.

He's also here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Protect the Shield

Here's the first set of images from a recently painted Dark Elf team.  This is from Iron Golems, and they call it the Blackfire Cavaliers:  

There were several specific requests regarding colors, and even the series of shields that you see along the bases.  Those represent various 'houses' of Switzerland I believe.  Since there are a few dozen of them, I had to rotate those shields on various figures (I could get 8 on a base comfortably).

The team involved 20 figures in all, including the trophy turn marker, the ball, etc.  As far as the bases, those were resin (don't know the origin).

Each figure is pinned to the base, as usual.  I'll post the rest of the team soon, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Road War

These are among the more unusual figures that I have had to paint over the years.  Most 40k vehicles have more of an ancient look to them, so these were quite a change in terms of "sci-fi"...

Here's a link to a previous article showing how I did most of the airbrush work:

I don't know the name of the manufacturer, but I do know that these were solid resin casts.

Monday, July 9, 2018

New Colors

Next up in the series of old time Chaos Knights painted with oils!  As I have mentioned on other figures from this set, a key strategy in color placement was to have some purples and greens in the 'metal' areas.

The idea is to give the metal an additional 'sparkle' by having a few colors that might be considered 'outside' the range you would expect, such as the greens.  Also, purple and green when mixed together can make some wonderful grays!  

This is another reason why the eye 'mixes' those colors together and makes the viewer perceive the overall color as gray.

I think I first realized that many years ago when I was still using the GW washes.  It seemed like I always ran out of the black wash and even the blue/brown washes (which I had also been using to make gray).  When those started to tun out, I turned to mixing green and purple, which were in abundance by comparison!

After making that realization. I started mixing pink and light seafoam green to start making gray.  Doing so ensures that you will have a far more interesting gray, as opposed to the 'dead' flat grey that you often find when you get them as jars of paint!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Super Soldiers

I do not know who made these guys, but they have been an interesting addition to all the other projects going on.

In this case, all of these are being painted with regular acrylic paints.  As usual, I try to "mesh" together various projects that use similar colors.  I have a few others that utilize many of the same greens and browns (in acrylics), so that is one reason why oils are not being used.

For instance, even the logos and numbers were being done on many other figures while I was doing these... you will see those soon as well!

More individual and group pictures are on the way from this set of figures, so stay tuned!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Somua Strike

This was the first AFV that I painted for my original French Flames of War army, and then once again for my Bolt Action version.  It led to a lot of research, which continues to this day years later!

There were a number of very interesting Camo schemes for these vehicles, and I could not resist trying out this one. Here's a link to the first Facebook live session where it was painted:

Here is a link to the follow up episode:

I have a lot of fun with the French vehicle color schemes, since the later war Allied vehicles are essentially one color.  While utilizing various weathering techniques to make those have more depth is also very interesting, the challenge of making something like this work is quite a test!

Many more tutorials are on the way, covering every era and theatre of the war.  You will be seeing many more videos on how I am approaching my Winter Soviets, so stay tuned!

You can see this tank in action in my Bolt Action battle report "Blood At Arras":