Testing out some red ceramite texture work. Done as an excercise in preparation for a certain red, angry, angry Marine dude.
This is my favourite way of painting Space Marine armour, examples of which I plan to showcase more on the blog in the future. The idea behind it - using a series of super small, micro-brushtrokes built into the highlights, to convey texture. To give the idea that ceramite plate of Space Marines - even when it's polished and covered with Ultramarines parade-ground level, ceremonial paint - isn't Ferrari-smooth, but instead has a poruous, micro-scratched texture, similar to hulls of modern tanks (power armour was supposed to change a Marine into a walking tank, after all).
Now the value work on the red still could use a bit ironing out, to make the reflections more realistic (red is quite tricky), but I am very happy with the look of the texture itself. Since this particular test was done in preparation for a Khorne, Chaos model, I was aiming for a rougher, duller, less reflective red surface, than I would in case of a Blood Angel for example (which would combine the microscrathes with a higher value contrast on the red, to convey a more polished paintjob, while still retaining some texture).
I also just ordered these two scenic bases made by Secret Weapon. They will serve as a source of bits for the Angry Dude's display base. Like I said, the guy suffers from some serious anger management issues.
Here's a quickie project that I've finished lately. This was a very fast paintjob, made for fun. An excercise in painting a Blood Raven that would evoke the look and feel of Space Marines, the way were depicted in THQ's Dawn of War II.
Since it was a fast project, the base paintjob is nothing special on a technical level. Just a simple, edge highlighted Marine. It's the weathering that sets the mini apart, though up close, it't still not as refined as on my showcase Marines (Luna Wolf for example). Normally this sort of heavily faded, 'straight to the metal' type of weathering is not something that I use on my Astertes, but I wanted to evoke to specific look of Marines from DOWII, and their armour had that, heavily worn, industrial look to it in the game.
The mini is available for sale. If interested, shoot me a message on facebook or over at firstname.lastname@example.org
A little blast from the past.
Tyranid Tervigon, that I've painted a few years back. Reuploaded for my new CMON profile.
It was meant to be a training excercise for a different Tyranid project. I wanted to paint a Hive Tyrant in the most organic, realistic way possible and this Tervigon was meant as a test for some techniques and texture work. That was several years ago, I've never got around to making that Hive Tyrant, but I did get beter at painting fleshy surfaces since then, so I might revisit that project soon.
As preparation before painting the model, I've gather quite a hefty collection of research images meant as inspiration and reference material. The collection had everything, from photos of the most disgusting bugs, wounds sported by people fighting in warzones, most horrific diseases and hospital oddities imaginable, right down to pictures of rotting animal carcasses. One day someone found that collection on my laptop, and I had some embarassing explaining to do.
I think I would have prefered for them to find my porn. At least they wouldn't secretly fear that I was a psychopath, who's going to murder them in their sleep one day.
Alternative photos of the Luna Wolf Legionary (click for close-up pop ups), this time on a lighter background. Specificaly light pink background, couse that's all I had at the moment. Usually I stay away from light photo backgrounds, since I think darker ones are more atmospheric and make the figure stand out more, but I wanted to shake things up a bit.
It came out good. Next time I think I am gonna print me some of those popular blue backgrounds that fade into white. You know, put some razzle-dazzle and high-end production value into this show.
Click on individual photos, for close-ups.
Unknown Legionary of the Luna Wolves Legiones Astartes second company.
Pictured above, fighting on the fields of Ullanor during the final battle of the planet, in which the Emperor himself, along with his favourite son Horus, personally led the forces of the XVI Legion in a speartip assault against the fortress of Ork Warlord Urrlak Urruk, effectively cutting the heart out of the biggest Ork empire in recorded history. It was a seminal victory of the Great Crusade. One that solidified humanity's place as rulers of the galaxy and one which ended in Horus being given the mantle of the Warmaster.
- Left hand blown off during combat
- Numerical on the left shoulder pad (partially obscured by blood), identifies the Legionary as a member of the second company's third tactical squad.
This was originaly supposed to be a super quick project, meant to be done in a day or two. I was really excited by GW release of plastic MK IV marines in their Betrayal at Catlh set, which I thought looked great (better proportioned than FW versions, with no "chicken leg syndrome", sleeker helmet design, better casts) and I wanted to get my hands on them. I was hovewer swarmed with projects at that time, so I decided to whet my appetite by finishing a quick, single model from the set, before I could get more ambitious with the models. However as I started to put detail on the figure, I just sort of couldn't stop and started being more and more precise and in the end I finished him as a display piece.
Lot's of attention was given to textures and weathering. Really wanted to give it that walking tank vibe. I got some questions regarding my technique for finishing armour, unfortunately there is no special, specific method to be described here. Over the years I simply develpod good enough brush control and an eye for weathering surfaces, that allowed me to apply fine details. There was no sponge technique or chipping medium involved (both of these are not precise enough for this scale anayway), every scratch and line was applied by hand. If that's sounds like a tedious pain in the ass, that's becouse it was.
Overally really happy with this one. I just wished I knew from the start what way this project would eventually go, since there are still some small elements of the figure that are a bit sub-par, becouse I painted them when I still approached the model with a "quickie project" attitude.
The minis is now available for sale. If interested, let me know at email@example.com