Friday, May 31, 2013

Glazing and tinting the Utraforge Demon

When we last left our Demon Prince, he was just about ready for all the shading and tinting with the glazes.

These next few shots show what he looked like with the first few layers of washes and glazes...

Remember, we will still be going back in to work on the middle tones, and creating the bright highlights as well!

The idea behind all the dark shading and tinting is to eliminate all the exotic color blending that would have been necessary to get all the variations in flesh tones which I did on this piece.

This stage helps to set the tone for that final stage, where I take the colors further and further.  

These images might illustrate that a bit, in particular on the face, feet, hands and armor.

If the glazes and washes made an area slightly more green, for example, I can either take that green even further with the opaque middle tone layers, or work in the opposite way with my lightest colors, thus creating more contrast.

I know this is not a typical approach to miniature painting!  However, I have said many times (and many ways) that I view miniatures as three dimensional watercolors or pastels.  I approach each one in this manner, worrying about center of interest, value patterns, hard and soft edges, etc.

I will post the pictures of the finished Demon Prince tomorrow!!!  Stay tuned.

The Sisters Kurganova together

Here we have the set of Sisters together.  I will post another group of images with Charlie soon!

These were very fun to paint, and now I have the first miniatures for next year's Adepticon army painted!!

I look forward to painting many more.  There are so many new units and characters included in the upcoming Kickstarter, it is a bit scary :-)

On we go!

That's how we roll...

Hey!  Something fun from Chessex!  This is the sample which Chessex sent me yesterday.  The pictures were obviously quite small, but they did a nice job shrinking down the design.  I sent them a 6 x 6 inch version, so that they would have lots of resolution to downsize it.

The choice came down to 3 of the Gemini colors, and we ended up going this way, since it seemed the most "painterly", and conflicted with the design less.  They really have a vast selection, which is great.  Of course, the design is printed on the '1' side, since all the dice I roll seems to have them on every facing!

If you don't believe me, just ask anyone who has ever watched me roll one of these random cubes of doom.

In any case, they are now in production, so I will post images when they arrive!!

This is a new image that Raging Heroes just posted today, along with info about their own imminent kickstarter.  It just keeps getting better and better!