Thursday, September 22, 2016

Core Set Heroes

Time for us to see all the Core Set Heroes. These are the Rebels who thwart the Imperial Schemes and overcome the threat posed by Darth Vader and the Evil Galactic Empire™.

First off, Diala Passil and Jyn Odan.



Diala's force talents and skill with her lightsaber, if she is lucky enough to get it in the campaign, make short work of the Imperial forces. Jyn's speed and accuracy however mean that she is always a threat to anyone stupid enough to engage her.

Next, Gaarkhan and Fenn Signis.



No one wants to face an unstoppable wookie with a power weapon. Meanwhile Fenn is able to take out the enemy from range and clear a path for his wookie friend.

Finally we have Mak Eshka'rey and Gideon Argus.



Mak's ability to befuddle the enemy constantly confuses and confounds their attempts to stop the rebels. Meanwhile Gideon leadership skills are unmatched and he can rally the forces to astounding victories.

All of these are minis that were wonderful to paint.

Again, I couldn't have done any of this without following Sorastro's Painting Tutorials, and I thank him for all of his work and allowing me to learn how to pain.

Han, Chewie, IG-88, and of course Boba Fett

It's time to see our favourite smugglers, and the bounty hunters who chase them.

Han and Chewbacca are the two most iconic characters from Star Wars for me, and I am glad they came out so well.




As always, you can click on the image to see a more detailed version.

Han was always being pursued, not just my the Empire, but by bounty hunters sent by the evil Jabba the Hutt.

First off we have IG-88.



A wonderful looking droid.

But of course, the most popular character in Star Wars, even if not the most well known by non fans, is Boba Fett. This is by far the most complicated miniature I have ever painted, and he took me nearly 20 hours to complete.

From the detailed colour scheme, to the symbol on the shoulder, everything turned out amazing.






I hope you think he looks as wonderful as I do.

Again, thanks to Sorastro's Painting Channel for teaching me everything I know, and without whom I would never be able to do this.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?

Luke Skywalker is missing...

Well he was, until now. Now I have photos of him painted and ready to go.

FFG have announced a new Luke Skywalker figure for Imperial Assault coming in the future, him as a Jedi Knight from Return of the Jedi, but for now here he is in all his Tatooine goodness.



He is a fairly simple miniature, but the colour blending on the pants and shirt make this really interesting in ways that aren't fully obvious from the photos; which were again taken using nothing but natural light.

I hope you like them.

Once again, thanks to Sorastro for his wonderful guides.

Friday, August 19, 2016

DungeonQuest Minis Fully Painted

It's been ages since I have posted, but the other day my father came over and we spent some time taking some amazing photos of the minis I have been painting. I will try to post some every few days over the next few weeks.

Taken with a real camera and some real equipment; and all taken with just natural light. They might have been better with more professional lighting, but I think they look great.

Here is the first lot, my completely painted DungeonQuest minis.

Two of these have been posted here before, and they were quick and fast jobs; however the others were minis I took a little more time and attention on. However definitely not as much as the Imperial Assault stuff, and no where near as much as Boba Fett, I will save him up for later.

Anyway, because pictures are better than words, here they are.



Click on the image to see them in more detail.

If you want to see the original artwork that I was copying, you can look at the Hero Sheets PDF from FFG website (8Mb)

Hopefully you like them.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Finished my Warlock, and I think he looks amazing. (Bones 77040)

Okay, it's a bit pathetic to say your own work looks amazing, but I am really surprised how well he turned out. As I was watching him progress I kept saying to myself "Did I really do that?"

So what the hell, time to pat myself on the back.

Take a look at this bad guy.



And this is with some quick and dirty photos under bad light.

Reaper Bones mini 77040, aka Satheras the Warlock.


 



Believe it or not, the shirt and the belt are the same base colour, with the difference being the wash and the highlight. With just the washes the colour difference was astounding. I used this guy to learn a lot about different blending and colour techniques.

Quite a bit of the brown highlight has a touch of green added to give it a more natural look, and I think it worked well. I kept the face simple, because without the direct lighting the eyes are pretty much in shadow from the hood.

The gem was done with many layers of green glaze directly onto the bones white, and a finishing touch of a darker highlight to give the edges some definition.



The scroll was a couple of different highlights on a dark colour to get a parchment colour, then some scribbles with a deep green to give it an evil colour. I considered red, but I wanted the only red to be the single dot on the staff under the gem.


I would be proud to put this guy on any table, and for one of my early non-guide driven paint jobs I think it shows that I am now a good mini painter and can do anything I want.

Overall effort, about 6-7 hours.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Warlock in Progress - Bones

It's been ages since I have posted, and I just wanted to share this.

I got handed a whole box of Bones minis, which has overwhelmed me a little, but is so amazing. I started painting a Warlock and realized I wanted to paint all the clothes before I based the staff, skin and scroll because I knew that while painting the clothes I would get paint on those and I didn't want to have to fix what I had done.

This is an in progress shot because I am really happy with how the highlighting has gone. It's a quick photo taken under poor conditions, but this has been only about 3 hours so far, and I have tried several different colour blends doing it. Having a lot of fun.


You really can't see it, but I tried a nice green blend for the strap on the boot and the knee pad. It looks amazing when I look at it through the magnifier, but at 1x magnification it just looks like a mild highlight. However it's kind of cool that the detail is there.

This guy still has a fair way to go.

I just realized I have completed three new Imperial Assault minis I haven't posted here yet. Two wookies and IG-88. I will try to post those soon.

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.