So I never actually liked the result with the Kinght. It is OK, but it is far from how a corrupted, ancient machine should look like. (And it is very far from a Golden Daemon winner.) After my little experiments with oils, I decided to give the Knight a doover. The edges got some serious highlighting, the deeper areas got some grime and shadows -it now looks much better (still no Golden Daemon) than before.
Well, mini painting is definitely a challenge for me. The different techniques -blending especially- with acrylics are kind of difficult and they take a long time to achieve. It is a lot of practice and patience to force the quick drying acrylic paints do things they would not be doing normally -too much for me, to be honest. I did, however, find the light… in the form of a couple of youtube videos.
One of the most useful -or rather, eye opening- was this one:
So obviously I decided to give it a try. I used a Warlord Titan head by Forgeworld as a test piece. (As a side-note: JESUS CHRIST, IT GOT EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE -it was about 60 quids when I bought it a long, long time ago).
It has been painted in a blue/white scheme, but was just sitting in the “to do” pile” as it looked very bland and clean, and I had no idea who to proceed apart from adding some stains and streaks. But now… I have been using oils on minis before, but this was, I think, the most extensive use yet.
As per the video I based the mini with white and blue paint, and started adding different colors.
With the white I went with a dirty look (not that kind). I added raw umber out of the tube to the edges, and using a dry brush I spread it out a bit, adjusting constantly. It made the surface used filthy and also three dimensional, by adding some shadow effects as well. Then I picked burned umber and repeated the process on a smaller area (signifying darker shadows, closer to the edges), and repeated it with black using it on a very small surface. A day or two after I used a brush moistened with ZestIt to remove some of the paint, adjusting the effect, and to create some faint streaks.
With the blue I went with a similar route first: adding darkened spots, shadows to the edges, lightening up the middle with lighter colors. However I also added highlights to the panel edges as an experiment. It something that is not easy to do with a brush, and which requires a lot of masking with an airbrush. The results were pretty impressive considering the amount of time and effort they took (which was very little). First I used a light blue color to create a gradient, and then repeated the process with white on a smaller area -and it is done. If you want to smoothen it even more, you can adjust it with a slightly moistened brush after a couple of days of drying.
Really simple, really effective. The drawback is that the paint takes a long time to dry. However it is not as if I do not have a ton of other projects waiting for me to finish… So here it is. A simple, fast way to blend. Not sure if I will get a Golden Daemon for it (well…) but as a technique it is more to my taste: does not require an immense investment of time and effort… The lazy man’s blending, I guess.
The head is not yet complete – I will add some more tonal variation, some streaks, etc, once the paint had dried, and I can seal it with varnish. I will also go over the Imperial Knight I built to spice it up a bit.
This is the second model from Mystic Wargames; I have to say I am really impressed with the quality and detail. I will buy some more from them as soon as feasible (time and financial constraints). For a full review, please see ModelGeek; here are some photos of Mr Angry. This is probably the last of the Angron models I will paint… I have been quite busy painting different iterations of him and Mortarion.
In a previous post or two I have shown the Emperor with some extra heads… now let’s see him with optional weapons, too. (Smart Resin Models was very kind to send some extras with the ordered claws, so there will be a new post once I am done with those.)
(Let me know if the slideshow or the tiled view works better.)
Anyhow I think the lance and especially the power claws work better than the flaming sword. I magnetized all, so you can always swap them out. As I said I have some other pieces to finish: two heads and a hand covered with psychic fire…
This is my first ever bust. Normally I am wary of these things because skin tones are not something I have experience with, and this thing costs a lot of money. But it actually depicts Angron in a way I really like (not just some foam-in-the-mouth berserker), so I bought it. (They have a small Angron, too, if you are interested.)
The package is pretty cool – you do feel you have a premium model in your hand. Black box with foam packed parts – now I finished the model I really do not know what to do with it, because it would be a shame to discard it.
I painted and built the bust over three years; I just never had the fortitude to get on with it. (I was afraid to fail.) The assembly is simple, and the model fits well (apart from a seamline on the back, which I will cover with a piece of chain. If you paint after assembly it can be easily filled with putty. The head fits in wonderfully: the bottom is rounded, and fits into its “socket” in one way only without the use of locating pins or pegs; I found it pretty neat.
Anyhow, I painted the base of the armor using Vallejo’s gold, then gave it depth using several layers of AK Interactive’s true metal gold, old bronze and copper.
Most of the other colors were achieved with oil paints (with some acrylic help when I needed a strong coverage). Overall I am pretty pleased with the results. Absolutely recommended; this bust will most definitely stand out on any model collection… Now I just need to get a stand for this guy.
It is great to be a mini painter these days -even an amateur one, like myself. We have options now, and options are good for us. In this case we have yet another option for Mortarion, Primarch of the Death guard, this time from Heresy Labs. (There are also two options from Mystic Wargames, should you be interested. I know I am; they are on the bucket list, among a thousand other items. Perhaps I was not as close to Nirvana as I thought I was.)
I wrote a review about the figure on Modelgeek if interested; here is the painted product.
The good thing about the Death Guard is that “messy” and “dirty” are part and parcel of the whole thing. Easy to paint for armor painters…
Well, I introduced him in a previous post. Since then he has undergone some improvement (at least I would like to think so). He is a riot of colors, but he IS a chaos knight after all.
I used one of Wargame Exclusive‘s chaos trophies on the pauldron (the rest will go on the chaos Warhound when I get to build it finally), and some of the extra heads as trophies from the set itself.
So let me introduce Mr Fragile v2.0: a more colorful version. What really, really annoys me that he had a buddy unassembled, and he seems to have gone missing when I moved back to Hungary two years ago. I just can’t find the sprues.
Anyhow. He still needs his mask, some tweaking, and I would add some more weathering- some oil streaks and whatnot. But I have to say I am pretty happy with the result. And I know. It is not a Golden Demon contender… but he is my chaos knight.
Also, if you play, I found a cheaper proxy for Knights.
Some finished photos
Now, where could the other knight be? I even have a resin pilot waiting for it…
In a previous post I showed Emperor with his helmet on. I am working on the alternative heads…
I have to say the heads look a bit tiny compared to his body. I left the eyes just white- it suggests some big psychic force, plus saves me trying to paint the iris… Looking at the photos I also need to work a bit more on the skin, but hey, until the new power claw arrives I have some time.
Finally it seems like the curse has been broken, and I managed to find inspiration to finish Magnus.
As I mentioned the white cape did not turn out well; I repainted the whole thing in French blue (AK Interactive), and did some shading using wet blending methods (so I do not use oils only). I found some of the parchment strips hanging from his coat (I have been with this figure since two years ago, and it has moved countries with me half-painted). I painted the details using water-soluble oils, though – they give a nice, transparent effect.
I tried to give some of the iridescent effect to the feathers; I think they turned out OK. I also played with the skin-tones: I did some shades using purple. I have read a long time ago someone mentioning this -and surprisingly it works.
Anyhow, it is finished, and took its place in my cabinet. Off to finishing off the big E, and the other running projects. God, help me find strength not to start new ones until I do.