First off, I think everybody reading this should know, I am not a great painter. I am generally cheap, impatient and easily frustrated. On top of that, I lack the patience, eye sight, fancy brushes and hand eye coordination to do fine detail work.
So is everybody excited now?
On the flip side, I think I do a pretty good job at selecting simple earthy color tones that make the minis I paint look much better than they would with a brighter palette. I am also constantly trying to experiment with new techniques in an attempt to improve my final results and make them both more efficient and esthetic.
|The Marauder Chaos Thug I will be painting in all his 80's glory.|
|This is my wet palette with a clean sheet of parchment paper freshly laid down. I suggest that everyone out there reading this make yourself one to try out if you haven't all ready. They are basically free and save you lots of time and paint.|
|These are an example of the cheap craft paints I use. They don't cover as well as expensive miniature paints, but I like them because they go on with a semi-transparent quality.|
|So here's where I start. The mini has been fixed to a base, primed grey, dry brushed white and the base has been sloppily painted and dry-brushed.|
|These are the colors I use for "creepy guy" flesh tones. Flesh, cold brown and a little pale blue. I add white to the mix for the final highlights later on.|
|I apply a mid tone flesh color, painted on fairly thin, with the above colors, to the skin areas of the mini.|
|Next the hair. I decided red to make the mini stand out more and because red is more aggro. Again, this is a slightly thinned paint not meant to be opaqe.|
|The same thinned paint, this time in a dark silver, to the metallics. I am using a larger brush to do all this, and I am not too worried about being overly neat.|
|The browns. I start with the lighter browns and go darker. No shading is being done here though, just thinned base colors with the same thick brush.|
|Finally the golds complete the base coats on the model. Total time here is about 15 to 20 minutes on this mini.|
|Next are the washes. I didn't used to do washes. I would start with very dark base coats and add highlights on top of them. I have found that washes speed things up and look better as a final result.|
|Whited out eyes.|
|First layer of flesh high-lights and metals. I like my metals to be dabbed on to make the armor look uneven and weathered.|
|Some where in there I added pupils with a black micron pen.|
|This was really only about two layers of highlights over the entire washed miniature. My highlights are pretty much done by now.|
So that's it for part 1. The highlights actually go very quickly. They probably took about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, plus an extra 5 to go back and do the leg studs. I am debating adding two streaks in his hair like the original model and a simple face tattoo.
Part 2 will be very experimental for me as I will be trying some weathering powder techniques, but more on that next time.
I hope someone out there found some of this useful.