Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On the desk - challenging myself

Good morning everyone! I would like to write short update about what am i working on, what am i thinking about and whats going to come in following days. Right now im working on few non 40k models, first one is Tiger tank in 1/72 scale whitch i got as a xmas present from my father as he knows about my obscession by german ww2 stuff. I did not wanted to buld this model at all, as i like the freedom you have while painting scifi/fantasy kits but inspired watching few documentary movies on youtube lately i felt like now its time to jump on to that model as im waiting for preordered necron stuff anyway. I took oportunity to practice color modulation/spraying freehand camo pattern/oil washing whole surface and have model almost finished right now, but still few hours of work left on it. Ressult is not very good as i really approached this tiger as oportunity  to try stuff i was unshure about and afraid to try on my favourite gw models;-) However this piece refreshed my memory and i realized again how poor detailed and bad quality models are thrown to wargamers compared to models from major historical scale models producers.

Second little project on my desk is infinity boxed set Aleph - posthumans. No im not going to start playing this game, but i visited friend of mine on sunday and complained to him i dont have much to do while waiting for canoptek spider kit and he quickly grabed box from his storage and offered it to me to fill my time. Its always refreshing to paint few pieces from different universe/setting so im glad i had this chance. That was the good side of the thing, now the bad one;-) By just watching painted examples on the box i allready knew this is not going to be easy. White/light blue/purple colour theme is very bright and every little mistake ll be visible even when looking from few feet away and to make this even more challenging, i never shaded white before;-) On the example of painting everything shines, there is gradient on every little surface, every little detail is outlined and each of the collors is somehow shining catching attention of your eye, creating very pleasing experience. I must say trying to replicate this can be very frustrating as box artwork is just yelling: "it does not matter how you paint theese minis, they ll always look like crap". However infinity models are just great and its pleasure to paint them. Yes they are metal and it can get very nervous during assembly but trust me, it is worth the effort and im saying that as a metal model hater. Started painting yesterday and i must say im failing horribly to get even close to the box artwork but its a joy to paint such a beautiful models, however they deserve hands of much better painter than i am.  I knew before i started this ll be hard, but i think its the challenge i must take if i want to improve and finaly start painting better than at tabletop quality. However it is long time since i noticed even slight improvement, but as long is i enjoy this hoby i dont mind as having fun while painting is most important for me.
See you by weekend as i ll be working on allready mentioned canoptek spider! See you guys and thanks for reading;-)

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