Saturday, December 19, 2015

Little Grey Men

They're here!!!  Yes indeed, little Grey Men from Wild West Exodus!!

Introducing the Watchers, one of four new factions that were part of the Unfinished Business kickstarter.

Incredibly, everything is 3 months AHEAD of schedule, so all of the kickstarter figures are available for regular pre order now on the Outlaw Miniatures website.

I had a lot of fun painting these guys.  I wanted to stick with the concept art as closely as possible.

Since the figure itself was going to have a variety of greys, mostly on the cooler side of the spectrum, I thought that I could provide some contrast by painting the base with lots of tan, browns, yellows, etc.

Even the Gamer's Grass tufts had to fit this setup.  I had been saving this very light colored version just for these little guys!

More alien invasion ahead, so stay tuned!!!!!!!!!

Angel of the Seas

Time for another experiment!!

Once again, I was able to scrounge up a very old mystery figure that was standing on top of this rock base I had made years ago.  I thought this would be as good a place as any to test out a new technique combining the vallejo/secret weapon glaze colors with the Liquitex Heavy Gel Medium.

In a previous use of the Gel Medium for water, I tried to mix in some 'regular' opaque blueish paint with the Medium to see what would happen.  Unfortunately, I ended up with blue paste which had hardly any transparency to it.  

It is very difficult to tell when you first mix that in with the Gel Medium, since it all very white and opaque anyway before it dries.

I was hoping that if I combined it was something that was already very translucent, I would be able to 'tint' the Gel Medium towards blue, green, etc.

While I had to wait several hours for the results, it all worked out exactly as I had wanted!!!

This opens up all sorts of new possibilities for other types of basing and interactive posing of figures splashing through rivers or swamps.

The most crucial aspect of the test was to see if I could create a style of water that would work with my 1/700 waterline diorama warships.  I think this will be absolutely perfect.  The gel is easy to acquire, so I won't have to worry about running out.

My next test will be to observe what happens when I mix in the fluorescent paints with the Gel Medium.  I might have something that creates lava flows in an instant!!

We shall see..