Friday, August 2, 2013

A place to stay...

For the longest time, the Orc Warboss that I made for the Shaded Basecoat video didn't have a base to stand on.  It required a very specific size due to the stance, and I knew that I would be making something appropriate in the Blasted Concrete video.

Sure enough, that base was just the trick!  All I had to do was paint that up!

Here are the first layers (speaking of Shaded basecoat!), which were a variety of lighter greys.

I continued to work lighter, trying to vary the tones between greenish and more brownish.

Out come the washes!  The usual suspects... concrete, armor wash, dark sepia, heavy body black, and so on.

Washes and glazes applied.

Then some finishing details.  I did some lighter touches on the exposed bricks, painted in some additional cracks, and so on.

I will shoot some images of the finished mini on a base for you this weekend!

Trolls on the internet

Now these are internet Trolls you can love. :-)  It was time for some Orc & Goblin flesh tones, and it seemed like this classic Troll from Reaper would do the trick.

I did a little color theory on a piece of sculpey to set the mood...

And made all sorts of interesting flesh tones.

The glazing stage was particularly fun here!

I mixed lots of those glazes with regular paint.

And ended up with a second troll!

Side by side...

This arrived earlier this week.  What could it be?

YES!  As many bottles of the Army Painter Anti Shine matte varnish as I could get my hands on.  While I have used at least 5 other types of brush on sealer, this one is by far the best.

When you apply all the other makes and brands, it has the look of Elmer's glue.  It's the semi- transparent white glue effect.  However, with this product, it is crystal clear from the start.  That makes a huge difference in the end.  It not only makes the darker colors come alive, but even the mid tones and lights as well!

Since it is so clear when you apply it, you have an easier time seeing what you have done, and you can apply second and third coats on those vulnerable areas more rapidly.

This also seems to work better with large brushes on vehicles.  The other glaze mediums get wonky on big, open surfaces.