Thursday, October 18, 2018

Girl Power

This unit is from Victoria Miniatures, called the Rausenbergs siege corps.  Some of you might recognize the uniforms, as they are the same ones provided with the large cannon unit from the BONES 4 kickstarter campaign!

One of the most unique features of Victoria's line is that you can field female troops such as these.  You can mix and match them with their male counterparts or just go with an all female Guard army!

Here's a link to the site, and the Rausenbergs:

It was interesting to use much of the Field Green colors from my early war German forces on the great coats.  That very distinctive greenish gray...

You can mix and match the torsos and arms, like the good old days!  This means that you can use these as tank commanders, rough riders, just about anything you need.

The arms and weapons swap out easily, and there are loads of extra hands, grenades, packs and other gear as well.  I am filming some how to tutorials on the next army, the Svargan Shock Soldats!

That will be posted to the YouTube channel soon... so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wild Fire

Here's another fun figure from Wild Assent, a Kickstarter Campaign that is just under way!

Here's a peek at their website to give you a sense of the game and the figures:

This Phoenix was painted in the usual manner, working with the Vallejo Fluorescent paints and the Reaper Clear and liner paints.  I have a Facebook live session that shows something similar in action:

And now for a link to the campaign:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monte Cassino Basing

Operation Sting is fast approaching, and I needed a brand new army to fit the era of the tournament.  

This is an army that I have thought about creating since I first started playing Bolt Action, and that is a Monte Cassino Fallschirmjager army!

I visualized a force well entrenched in the ruins of the abbey, which would let me combine some classic sculpey carved bases and a late war Bolt Action army.  Yes, that is right... and army that is post 1940... ;-)

I gathered together as many reference images as I could find, including several of the Abbey.  The display board will be made to appear as close as possible to the lower right image.  Obviously things will have to be tweaked a bit to make room for the actual units themselves.

Much research has been done on the uniforms worn, and it has revealed a mix of gear.  In fact, that image in the upper right may reflect the variety which I will include.  It is late war after all, and by this time, equipment replacements were erratic at best.

I do think it will be interesting to see the Mediterranean style helmet and trouser color, however!

Many of the poses were of the kneeling variety, which meant that I could have a lot of fun creating bases for them to hide behind.

The plain white Sculpey is very easy to break and carve.  When you break the rolled out pieces, it gives a fantastic texture, and sometimes all you have to do is chip away at some of the edges to complete the look.

You can also use all those smaller chunks as additional rubble, which helps to achieve the effect of ruins.

I also tried to utilize some of my Secret Weapon Miniatures resin basing pieces like the broken pillar that you see on the figure to the right.  Eventually I would start making my own smaller pieces of broken pillar, which you can see a little later in this post. 

I have a number of basing exercises on the patreon page that show urban rubble style bases, such as the Army Painter Series 2.  In that set of tutorial videos, I tackle my winter Soviet army, all of which are based on rubble (including weapon teams, etc.)

You can check that out here:

On this base, I was able to match the chunk of resin pillar by carving a larger piece of Sculpey.  This is part of my Sniper team... and he has a buddy in a similar type of base.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Great Stag

This Reaper Miniatures Great Stag gave me a chance to balance cooler grayish browns against more saturated, warmer browns.

You can see this in the shadow areas of the fur. I believe the color in question is Secret Weapon Miniatures Woodland Brown.  This same color was used in the 'mane', so it made sense to carry that through the rest of the figure.

It is even more important to have this kind of variety on a figure which could potentially get very boring to look at if you stayed with simple variations on one tone of brown.  While the shading from light to dark would still be interesting, it would still appear somewhat artificial and static.

While the shadow colors are still brown, the warmth and intensity of the mid tones make the color appear more greenish.

These are the kind of subtleties that are discussed very frequently in my tutorial videos.  There are a few different pledge levels available on my Patreon Page, even a basic $5 pledge that gives you a chance to check out the Painting Pyramid episodes, as well as a large portion of the new content being created!

You can see that here:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Into the Wild: Wild Assent

This is one of several interesting minis that I have painted for the upcoming Wild Assent kickstarter campaign which is going to begin on October 16th.

The figures are 1 piece, and very solid, of the board game variety.  I will be posting a number of them here while the campaign is running!

A link to the preview:

Here's a little background on this character:

Gurantev is a defense-heavy healer, able to provide area of effect healing and damage immunity for those under his command. He has high health and respectable physical and magical defense, but it’s important that he doesn’t overextend. Always selfless, Gurantev cannot use Heal Dice on himself, so pushing too deep into enemy ranks could result in his untimely demise. Instead, he should circle the edges of his opponent’s front lines, taunting or stunning big threats to keep them off his weaker allies.

You can visit the website to find out even more!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Blue Notes

It can be very interesting to see how the same technique can look quite different depending on the primary color choices that you make.  In this case, the blueish ethereal glow was requested, but with the "weathered" look I had done for my Army of the Dead.

Here's a view of some of those Lord of the Rings Army of the Dead:

Just as I did with the Army of the Dead figures, I tried to change the intensity and hue of the blues.  In some areas, the color was more pure, and in others as grayed down as possible.  This time around I had the Secret Weapon Weathering paints, which is very handy!

I will be redoing my Army of the Dead force for Lord of the Rings, and this time around I will be filming it in tutorial form for the Patreon Page.  Once I get that painted, terrain videos and battle reports will follow!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Staying in the Game

Here's another one of the board game style figures... made from the same type of semi hard plastic you typically see from a Zombicide set.

As I have mentioned before, the sanding sticks have been extremely helpful in getting rid of the mould lines, which are usually a major pain to deal with.  I get the packs which have a variety of grits, which means that I can use the heavier grit to take away the mould line, and then the finer sticks to sand away the rough scratch marks left behind by the coarse sticks.

I am very glad that I learned about that particular trick before the Song if Ice and Fire minis came in, since this method was very effective in getting rid of the mould lines on those too!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Shades of Green

One thing I always love to discuss is pushing the range of one color as far as possible... in multiple directions at once.  That is, warmer/cooler, saturated/muted, darker/lighter and so on.

Here's a sample video that I made for the original Painting Pyramid series of tutorial videos.  I will certainly be creating some new versions of these for the Patreon Page!

What registers as "Green" to the eye can be many different things.  Potentially a muted greenish gray could convince the eye that it is a 'dingy green' by placing a deep, dark red next to it.  As the say, everything is relative!

Even contrasting very warm bright greens against darker, blueish greens creates a nice depth of color, even though it is all technically green.  Once you add in that element of 'graying down' the green by adding reds to the mix, or by placing other reddish browns near it, you have a lot of interest in what would be considered a narrow band of colors.

While my regular 2D art background is primarily the reason I think this way (due to the use of 6-8 colors at most on a given painting), using fewer colors while painting miniatures leads to more adventures in mixing and playing the colors off of each other.

By the way, yet another fantastic Dark Sword sculpt!  Be sure to check out the Patreon Page, because even more tutorial videos will be added now that the first goal have been achieved!  Many thanks to Dark Sword, and all those who have helped make these possible with their support!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Date With Morticia

Here are a few scenes from filming the latest Black Heart bust tutorial video for the Patreon Page!  I love using the Mig Ammo Oilbrushers for these busts... here you see things set up along with the primed Morticia...

While I always have fun doing miniature painting videos with the oil paints, busts are a special treat with their relative size.  This means I can do much more on areas such as the eyes!

This is a facebook live session that I did a while back on a different bust, just to give you a sense of how I approach these in the tutorial videos:

I also had some fun painting a little landscape on the plinth, and it seemed to be a fun way to introduce people to oils in 2D as well.  

As you can see, I tried to use all the same colors which were used on the bust itself so that it would be cohesive, and not overpower the main interest of the face.

I am thinking of creating a pledge level that would provide a "hard copy" version of the tutorial on a USB drive, and an unpainted version of the bust itself.  This would be an all in one level where you could get started with your painting even sooner!

I already have a pledge level that gets you the hard copy video, and the painted bust too!

If you want to see even more of these tutorials, you can check out the Darkest Hearts pledge on the Patreon Page here:

Monday, October 8, 2018

Charging on with Oils!

You have heard me talking about the advantages of using oils, mostly in terms of working on very large amounts of figures all at once.  There are also some minor things, such as being able to get paint into very hard to reach areas... even blending it.

This figure brought to mind another way oils can be helpful.  As an old time Confrontation figure made of solid metal, it is very heavy.  By using oils to paint it, I had to "handle" it much less, since the colors are blended right on the surface of the figure.

Had I painted this with acrylics, I would have been working much harder on the skin blends, and even the sword blade.  Doing those blends with oils requires far fewer brush strokes, thus less holding onto the figure.  

Not only was the figure really heavy, it was on one foot!  Again, being able to use larger brushes and blending on the surface was a huge advantage.  To give you an idea of size, the base was at least 50mm.