Sonntag, 16. April 2017

Mittwoch, 12. April 2017

Orcs XX

Whip it! Whip it good! The Balrog - done in a most basic paintjob. The skin is airbrushed Nato Black, no highlighting at all. The underside plus the wings are done in a mix of Tan / Nato Black with a shade of orange. The flames are airbrushed as well. The only parts treated with a paintbrush are its face and the red fiery veins on the back.

This is in fact the metal Balrog, I paid a heavy price for him on ebay. The funny thing happened two weeks after the acquisition - I came across the Battle at Khazad Dum set for a very, very small price - now I have two Balrogs :-(

Dienstag, 11. April 2017

Samstag, 8. April 2017

Burgundian Horsemen

Finito. Looking at the last pic I just noticed that I forgot to sculpt the back of the saddle for the converted plastic knight...well next time.

Freitag, 7. April 2017

Pantheon of Chaos - Kickstarter

Beeing a fan of old school fantasy minis, esp. everything from the Realms of Chaos, i could not restrain myself from pledging on the Pantheon of Chaos kickstarter campaign:

Pantheon of Chaos

Now, these beautiful figures have been delivered yesterday. As you can see, I went only for a few of the available minis, mostly for the Chaos Champions. Very characterful sculpts.

Some of those are available here:

Note the size difference between the Champions and the Troopers/Warriors.

and your obligatory comparison photo - from left to right: PoC, GW, PoC, GW, PoC

Donnerstag, 30. März 2017

Samurai Drum - An experiment in painting lacquered armour

Coming from a WWII painting background I am used to varnish all my figures / models as matt as possible. With regard to samurai armour I was always a bit unsatisfied with the result, it just didnt appear lacquered anymore after the matt varnish treatment, the shine was missing. So I thought about the possible ways and came up with the following three ways:

1. Painting the lacquer effect
Definitely the most difficult method, applying NMM techniques and actually painting all the light reflexes a lacquered armour may have. Most time consuming process and the worst: One small mistake may ruin the whole painting. So I decided that this is not my favourite method :-)

2. Using gloss varnish
Quite simply its about varnishing only the armour parts with gloss varnish whereas all other parts (clothing, skin etc.) remains matt. You achieve quite a contrast - but does it look real? Not sure yet, looks a bit too "wet" for me. I used that method on the 2 guys in black armour.

2. Using gloss medium for the edges
Thats basically the way I paint armour in general, using metal paints on matt varnished metals to get the look of metal reflections. Just a bit modified: Mixing the armour highlight colour with Vallejo gloss medium and applying it on the raised surfaces like edges after having applied a coat of matt varnish before. I used that method on the guy in brown armour.

Pls. let me know what do you think which painting style fits samurai armour best - maybe you know a different way?