Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jyn Odan - The Rebels Prepare

This is another case of the miniature looking much better under normal light than under lighting for my crappy camera setup.

Jyn Odan came together really well, and a lot faster than I thought she would. Again, the combination of the wet palette and the magnifier really speeding up my painting.

Also, I am getting better. I think the photos at page render size are much more representative of the mini in reality, the larger photos are what they look like under about 5x magnification, and that isn't the quality my painting is aiming for.

I am still working on improving my highlighting skills, but I like where I am getting, I think the jacket came out great. The final thing I did was add a watered down gloss varnish to the jacket to give the leather a sheen, but while it looks great, I think I could have watered it down a little more and make it a little less shiny. Oh well.

This is my first attempt at doing eyes. A simple technique, but I think they came out very well.

The details of the jacket at the bottom I could never have done without the magnifier, not this well.

I am catching up with the Sorastro Imperial Assault guides, and getting faster. I am enjoying the quality of what I am getting following his guides, so I am not planning on jumping ahead, but if I catch up I will work on other stuff.

You can see Jyn unpainted from my post back on the 1st of August.

Next up, Wookies.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cave Troll - Reaper Bones 77004 - My first detailed effort with a magnifier.

So I bought a $10 magnifier on eBay. It does 2x and 4x magnification and I wanted to see what I could do with it.
I also wanted to start painting some Reaper Bones mini's I had in detail. There is one I started about 6 weeks ago that didn't go well, but this is a new one I started only Friday night, and with both my new practice and the magnifier, I think it came out really well.

So, without further delay... The Cave Troll!

To say I am happy with him would be an understatement. I think he is my best work yet, and I didn't follow any guide. This was pure me.

There is some highlighting that isn't done the way it's generally accepted it should be done. But whatever, I think he looks great.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My first commission - Casiatta - a Reaper Bones Miniature

So one of my best friends who plays a lot of D&D had just bought a heap of mini's for characters for up coming campaigns. He plays in a 2 player campaign for about 12-18 months with a hero character, from Level 1 to Level 30, and then they reset and play another. Generally there are two campaigns running, where each of them is the DM and the other is the hero. He loves these campaigns.

So he just discovered Reaper Bones, and had bought a few minis that he thought might be the next hero he would play. He asked me if I would paint one or two of them.

His requests for this one was:

  • Red hair.
  • A paladin or calavier type character.
  • Don't spend too long on it.

So I thought I would try my hand at doing a really fast paint. Turned out that was about 90 minutes. It was actually about 5 hours, but I only spent 90 minutes of that at the painting table or doing anything relating to the mini.

I didn't spend long trying to decide on colours, and I pretty much did base, wash, and then some selective highlights.

I also took this as an opportunity to play with colours. Such has what happens if you use a blue wash on iron, or green on leather and brass to give a slightly different look. At the end the sword looked really dull, so I gave it a very light yellow glaze and then re-highlighted the edge - to try to make it look like it was glowing with holy light.

All in all, I am pretty happy, considering I spent so little time on it.


The Nexu are ready to consume whoever gets in their way.

It has been four weeks since I posted the image of the unpainted Nexu, and in that time I have spent pretty much every painting hour working on them. Unfortunately, I didn't get as many painting hours as I wanted, but I really think they have been worth it.

The Nexu are about 12 feet long and when they come towards you, salivating, I challenge any foe, Rebel or Imperial, to stay calm. The minis are around 6cm long.

This is by far the most detailed work I have done with a paint brush, and while my photographing is getting better, it still doesn't come close to doing these figures justice. On the table they look amazing.

Showing the different striped patterns on each Nexu.

You never want to get this close to these teeth.

The cracked ground effect was something I decided to do myself, it was not part of the original guide, but after seeing the Nexu again in Attach of the Clones, I thought the effect would work. Being able to use the different ground colours for the elite and regular deployment group I think really works well.

When you compare these to the unpainted figures I posted earlier, and you see just how amazing the Sorastro guides for the Imperial Assault miniatures are. Once again, I followed them to the best of my skill, and in doing so painted to a quality well beyond what I am capable of coming up with on my own.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jyn Odan and Nexu pre-painting

A few people have asked what the Imperial Assault mini's look like before painting. So here are the next three I am working on before I start painting.

All I have done is some mold line removal and I have washed them. It's disturbing how visible the mold lines still are in these photos, but I can't feel them and I have filed them as much as I dare for now. I have mentioned before that mold line removal is something I need to get better at, and I am - slowly.

Also, they look a lot worse in the photos than in real life, due to the massive magnification.

Trandoshan Hunters

After many more hours than I expected, the Trandoshan Hunters are ready for deployment.

The leader of them is Bossk.

Then there is the one who's outfit I based on Han's Hoth outfit. I am really happy with how he came out. Though his base needs some touch up.

Finally there are the secondary guys in the Elite and Standard deployment groups. These guys are in a camouflage pattern. Of course this is based on Sorastro's guides, as all of these paint jobs are.

So here are the two deployment groups ready to hit the table and cause some trouble for the Rebel Scum!

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Dark Lord of the Sith

After only a couple of days work, Darth Vader is done - and the photos don't come close to doing him justice. I really need to get better at taking photos of miniatures.

I think this photo shows the glow of the lightsaber quite well.

This one shows the highlights on the back of the cloak, which I am really happy with. Getting highlights on black are supposed to be hard, but following the guide and being able to get a lot of subtle different mixes really make this come to life.

He took less than half the time I expected, and I really do put it all down to the wet palette. This is what it looked like when I was done with Vader. It looks like there is a lot of paint wasted, but I was getting less than half of what I used to out of the pot, and still getting too much. Some of these sections have also had as many as ten different mixes of colour in them, adding different effects.

If you want to see how I did this, have a look at Episode 7 of Sorastro's Imperial Assault Painting Guide.