Sunday, May 26, 2013

The forest for the trees... some glazing

Here we have the miniature which I will be using for the glazing video.  This tree warrior is from Raging Heroes.  This video will be a bit different, in that the painting of the base is a big part of the lesson.  My purpose is to show the glazing as much as possible, so  I want to have the surface textures of the base included.

This guy is painted in a more 'uniform' base set of colors to begin, to make it much easier to demonstrate how you can manipulate the hues and colors of your glazes to tint your darker colors.

I didn't want to get caught up in NMM, or anything of that nature, so I went directly to nature to find a more 'neutral' set of textures. :-)  This way, it's all about making things darker in an interesting way.

On the subject of Kickstarters, Raging Heroes has posted a few new characters on their website.  This is yet another character for the upcoming kickstarter.  I can think of one or two IG characters she could stand in for!!!

Dark Age Kulkulkani War Captain

Back to the Blue guys!  This is the Kulkulkani War Captain.  Just as it was with most of the others from this faction, I had some fun painting the flesh tones. :-)

Also, I was able to juxtapose that blue flesh tone with some nice warm oxide browns.  Tack on that little bit of golds, and you have a fun color wheel miniature!

Rothand Studios Lava Golem on the grey backdrop

I mentioned that I had some more images shot on a different background, and here they are. :-)

That is a much larger sheet, which mean that I could take a much bigger variety of angles, and also bring the camera in a little closer.

When the backdrop is too small, I have to pull way back, and that leads to much smaller images.  Plus, the neutral tone of the grey helps the lava to shine much more.  The black and other darks are also not as harsh as they might be perceived against the white.

In general, the blue to white fade seems to work well for the greatest variety of figures.  The smaller individual characters really fit this mould.

Speaking of mold, there must be a lot of it around, as it has done a number on me since we returned from CMON Expo.  It's been hard just to see at times.

That's one reason I have worked on this guy, along with lots of prep work the last week.  When you can hardly see or breathe, it's best to work on something big!  It's like giant type on a Kindle for readers with eye issues.

I look forward to this latest blast to pass by, since it it very difficult to do any small work.  I must have poked myself with the files a dozen times today alone ;-)

I was working on the glazing miniature today.  I should be posting images of that tomorrow at some point.  Glazing sure came in handy with this big boy!!  When I look at a lot of the back views or images from underneath, the orange and orange/red glazes toned down parts of the lava glow just enough to give specific points extra zip.

These few views really got me thinking about that topic...

Stay tuned for much more!