Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hard way towards improvement - 8 months later

Devilfish from dec last year
Hello everyone! After more than 8 months i remebered how depressed i was last december when i was trying to become better painter. I started taking this hobby seriously last summer and it was frustrating as i liked painting miniatures but was unable to achieve any improvement. Now when im looking back at the pictures of my old miniatures im begining to feel a little optimistic and whats more important, i enjoy painting even more!;-)
While looking at the space wolf i painted during last xmas im realizing how many steps i made, how many new trick i learned and how much confidence i gained while holding brush.
I think major break in my painting came when i started using airbrush, even cheap one, with compressor salvaged from old fridge, it opened me whole new dimension of thinking about miniature painting, i could start trying some of the advanced techniques while painting vehicles and through another series of stupid mistakes and dissapointments i finaly started noticing some improvements while painting vehicles.

Rune priest painted while trying to improve for first time;-)
 Brush painting was much harder to improve, but major improvement came from my lazzyness. As i live in very small apartment and dont have the room to store all my paints on my painting/computer desk i ve put all my citadel paint pots to metal box i have underneath the table and  and as i had vallejo model air colours stored on the shelf above the desk i started using model airs even while painting with humble brush. Dropper bottles themselves forced me to start using pallete. Im not using wet pallete at all, but my collection of Profesionals(sorry Bodie and Doyle)and Red Dwarf dvds served excelent;-) I got used to work with very diluted paint and started diluting these model airs even more, started feeling comfortable working with multiple thin layers on the model rather than covering everything in first coat.Then i watched miniature mentors speedpainting dvd and it opened my eyes and i started to experimenting with preshading technique shown there and i finaly started receiving better results when paiting. My first mini i was excited about was krieg commissar whitch came to my table totaly unexpected as i did not wanted to paint kriegs at all but i just could not rezist 2usd price for the mini and in the end i really enjoyed evening i spent with that piece of resin.
After that i started working on more cadians for my imperial guard and i must say i had a lot of fun when i was painting second command squad box, and even with low cool mini or not ratings they are still ones of my favourite figure models.
Lemna Russ, my favourite model
While painting more vehicles i noticed my valkyries received great feedback and make me happy for a while i started noticing that i should not measaure paintjob quality just by uploading pictures to CMON and then wait for 50 votes. I noticed it was pretty easy to achieve cmon rating of 8 with my first valkyrie as it is nice model, everybody like the kit and eye candy factor is pretty high in this case, however achieving same ressult with leman russ is almost impossible to me. Does not matter i improved my painting process for vehicles ten times since i picked airbrush in to my hands for first time(first valkyrie), it is just ugly model and most people ll rate it lower than ussual unless u give them some cheap eye candy. This is the case of the space wolves razorback i did couple of weekneds ago, i painted that box on tracks very fast, in fact if i would exclude airbrush cleaning time and model assembly it would be under one hour, but i added simple osl under the lights. Woha! Pll are excited crying its awesome model on games workshop facebook, but i feel dissapointed as i did much better models before and nobody cared about them, received under average cmon rating and it seemd like nobody likes them.
Razorback with eye-candy element;-)
Dont get me wrong, im glad ppl liked that razorback, but when i was listetning opinions on my latest model, the chaos terminator lord, ppl claiming its a pitty i did not made glowing power weapons as they should be glowing i realized i have different priorities when looking at the finished model than most audience. My priority is to feel the atmosphere of the model and in case of that terminator lord i wanted the paintjob to represent grim/dark/cold feel of how i imagined chaos space marine should look and im pretty sure adding luna park-like glowing effect whenever is possible would ruin the impression from the model. I came to conclusion i could receive more positive feedback, get more followers on this little blog, get better cmon ratings if i would start adding these little eye catching features to my models, but that would not be me if i would take the easier way.

One month old speedpainted krieg
Conclusion is same as was 8 months ago, have to work even harder, paint even more models and do what i enjoy most, paint models how would i imagine them in my head, not how would majority want them to look like. I belive if i ll keep trying then better results ll come naturaly and i ll be able to move ideas from my head more acurate to the models and be even more satisfied with the outcome. However, thanks to writing this little painting diary i can feel little less depressed about my painting as it allows me to have a look in to the recent past and see how i was painting year ago and i think i managed to get at least little better and feel great about it. Sure, it could be better, but its enought for me right now. The pursue of improvement can wait till tommorow when my daemon prince ll arive;-)
Thanks for reading guys and see you on weekend as im going to visit plastic kit exhibition and i ll try to bring you some pictures from that awesome event.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Iron Warrior Terminator showcase

Hi again everyone! Im back once more with my chaos terminator lord. Video is prepared so why not share it with all of you. Thanks for visiting, watching and please let me know your opinions about the model. Thanks!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Iron warriors terminator lord

Hi all! Time has come to paint few chaos terminators! Here is first "testing" piece i ve painted this week in breaks between chatting on facebook and playing minecraft(again:-o). I made few mistakes during painting as ussual as i was not decided how i am goint to paint this miniature, but i think i know how to improve painting procedure to have next chaos terminators i am going to paint even better looking than this one. I decided to build small chsm army for several reasons, first one is the lack of xenos/heretic players in our local gaming club, second is becouse i want a army for home gaming(yes i sold my crons), and third and last one is i want a army with low model count as i cant imagine traveling around our republic with my imperial guard army in two big gw cases, just to have friendly game with friends from different cities. I really hope new chsm dex ll allow terminator only army as i just love all kind of terminator models and it ll alow me to keep model count really low. My goal here is to fit whole army in to small gw case, so i can travell around with it comfortable. I know army ll not be competetive at all, but i just dont care as when i travel somewhere to have a friendly game and drink few beers after, its more a social event for me so i dont really care who ll win.

Now lets get back to painting. After priming a model i gave this guy coat of vma steel color, painted all the gold details and after that i airbrushed two coats of vallejo black shade wash over the model. Then rehighlighted gold parts and thats it. Rest is obvious and i think you dont want to read about painting black stripes with black colour, turqoise eyes with turqoise colour and so;-) Snow on the base is humble is humble baking soda and icycles are created from flying stand clear plastic glued with just a bit of superglue.

I really enjoyed this model and i dont really understand why gw does not make more HQ kits like this chaos terminator lord as its absolutely perfect kit worth the money you spend on it. Its a shame they dont include one more shoulderpad as i had to search thru my bitz box to found old space wolves terminator sprue for additional one but thats just a detail and otherwise than thant its best single character kit i ve seen so far.

Hope you like my latest work and thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Space wolves razorback

Im back with another additon, this time not for my army but for space wolves army i sold to my neightbour some time ago. Yesterday evening we ve been chatting a little by cigarete just outside my flat and he asked if i would like to paint razorback kit he had at home. I agreed as i had nothink to do on sunday morning anyways(and little cash as reward is always handy). Today morning i woke up, started cutting parts from the sprue and here is picture i took just before lunch. I used same colour like when i was painting my second sentinel. Just added more levels of highlighting as i kept adding vma pale blue to german grey colour as i ve been trying to shade the model to end up with final highlight of mix in ratio about 2:1 for pale blue. Rest was pretty obvious, keeping same procedure like i usualy do, trying not to complicate anythink as i really wanted to have piece finished by lunch time. And here is it, finished in table top quality. I quite like how the shades turned out, and i did not expected ressults that good. But its hard to judge my own model so i ll leave this to you. See you later this week as i have chaos terminator lord incoming by post as i want to prepare myself before 6ed starter set ll be aviable in stores;-) Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Imperial guard - new video showcases

Good morning everyone, i just woke up and checked youtube upload of vehicle showcases i made yeterday and everything seems fine, HD is aviable right now, so is the time to share the ressults with you. Hope you ll enjoy models in motion more than from the pictures. Please let me know whitch one do you like most, personaly i just love this new leman russ, but i think im affected by model it self, not evaluating paint job. Anyway, enjoy the video and im going to enjoy morning coffee and cigarette. Thanks for watching!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Leman russ & chimera w cammo nets finished

Hi again. I just took pictures of other two kits i finished for my imperial guard collection. Im glad this painting sprint is over and i have my army ready for saturday. Hope you ll like them, they are painted to same standart as Devildog one post below. Cammo net is made of bandage and i ll add step by step guide how to make them later. Enjoy the pictures for now and im going to prepare video showcase of all three vehicles i painted this week. Thanks for visiting my painting diary!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Imperial guard Devildog painting tutorial

Hi again everyone! Today i decided it would be nice to take some wip pictures and share them with you, allong with this idea i was thinking about writing a step by step guide about how i ussualy paint imperial guard vehicles. This tutorial is not meant to be a guide to best approach when painting ig tanks, its just series of steps i ussualy take when painting them. If you are interested then continue reading!;-)

1 - basecoat of vma german grey applied over gray primer coat. Barrels were primed by white primer.

2 - masking tape was applied to the model in preparation of spraying cammo pattern. Take your time, be shure tape is well alligned with the model surface.

3 - vma light grey was applied on to the model, model still looks quite boring but dont worry, now all the fun begins. Barrels received coat of red color.

4 - take a spare sponge and let soak tip of it in vma german grey again and start pushing the sponge gently to the parts painted in light grey colour concentrating on sharp edges to create ilusion of worn coat. Dont forget to dab your sponge on to the paper towel first as you don want to flood your model with exces paint.

5 - Use your sponge again, now i used mix of burn umber and black colour to create rusted paint chips. Again concentrate on the edges for best ressults. When feeling confident there is not much paint left in the sponge u can gently slide it around edges it creates nice highlight-like effect. Dont forget to sponge barrels too!;-)

6 - Now its time to give your model coat of varnish to protect your work and make yourself a wash made from burnt umber oil colour and white spirit. Apply this wash to all rivets. Dont worry about oil streaks, they ll dry out in couple of hours.

7 - You can make oil/rusted water streaks while having oil colour ready. Paint a little dot under the rivet or other place when streak would begin and wait for minute or two. Then use dry brush and drag the paint downwards. Oil paint can be blended in to the surface with couple of brush strokes very easy, experiment a bit and soon you ll find out.

8 - now we can complete the model and paint the details like tracks, weapons, cables, apply decals and many other details i dont remember about.

9 - load sephia wash(or any other wash you like and think fits to your model)in to your airbrush and dust it to the model a little. It ll create slight filter over your model. You can concentrate on some parts more, but be careful with it as was ll start creating water pools very fast. I usualy try to apply coat of wash filter like this to the bottom parts of the model and then i do few irregular patterns over the model.

10 - apply pigments to the parts like tracks with and old brush and you are done.

Enjoy finished model:

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