WIP Reaper Finari

Here’s another WIP shot of Finari. I will probably work on the cloak some more, but I’m really loving these colors!

WIP 5-27-15

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WIP Reaper Finari

I’ve painted so many of this model now! I do love it though. It’s a great sculpt. I do have one complaint, however – every one of them has had a somewhat messed up mouth with some really rough metal on the side of her chin. It really bothers me when a mini’s face is messed up. The face is the most important part! It’s mostly fixable, but I find it makes painting her mouth particularly complicated.

WIP shot:

WIP 5-26-15

WIP and wet palette

Some Reaper Bones Dark Elves and a Reaper Finari on the way! I just switched to a wet palette, and I like it a lot more than the well right now. It definitely takes some getting used to, but we’re getting into summer here and it’s HOT. We keep the house warm to save on utilities, and my painting desk is in the room with the worst A/C, so it’s always several degrees warmer in here. 81 in here today while it’s 90 outside! That’s making my paint dry out FAST, hence the wet palette switch.

2015 May temperature

2015 May Hangouts

 

Warmachine Retribution Warjacks

Here are the finished ‘jacks that are part of a recent Standard level commission. The dark stony armor is my client’s color scheme. I reposed the Phoenix to have a “ninja” pose. Mostly that involved running a pin all the way through both hands (being sure to keep it going straight in the proper angleĀ for holding the sword hilt!), cutting apart the sword, and pinning the sword parts on top of and on bottom of the hands. I had to shorten the hilt as the bottom hand would be holding that part. The trickiest part was putting all that together at an angle that would still allow the arms to attach to the body and shoulder pads properly, as well as not impact with the legs. The Manticore and Moros are not reposed. I do really like that new Moros model!

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Manticore Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Moros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Reposed Phoenix Standard

Warmachine Retribution Warcasters

Here are the finished pictures of the warcasters in a recent Gaming Standard Warmachine Retribution commission. The color scheme of rocky grey armor and forest green is my client’s. Soon I can post the jacks for this commission as well!

MGM Painting Retribution Dawnlord Vyros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Dawnlord Vyros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Dawnlord Vyros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Dawnlord Vyros Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Issyria Sibyl of Dawn Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Issyria Sibyl of Dawn Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Issyria Sibyl of Dawn Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Issyria Sibyl of Dawn Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Lord Arcanist Ossyan Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Lord Arcanist Ossyan Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Lord Arcanist Ossyan Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Lord Arcanist Ossyan Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Vyros Incissar of the Dawnguard Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Vyros Incissar of the Dawnguard Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Vyros Incissar of the Dawnguard Standard

MGM Painting Retribution Vyros Incissar of the Dawnguard Standard

WIP Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti

Here are some quick shots of a very WIP Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti vampire chick. I do wish the details on this model were a little less…soft. I’m having a horrible time picking colors on this model, and I really don’t know why. I started out with a strong idea of what colors to use, and somehow it didn’t work out. Hopefully she will come together in the end!

MGM Painting Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti WIP 5-16-15a

MGM Painting Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti WIP 5-16-15a

MGM Painting Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti WIP 5-16-15b

MGM Painting Wrath of Kings Goritsi Zeti WIP 5-16-15b

Some thoughts on blending

I’ve been asked recently for some tips on blending, and I thought that is something that would make a good blog post. For me there are a few different methods for blending:

1. Gradually changing the paint color on the palette and applying full coverage layers – this is the most straightforward, easiest method. It also uses a ton of paint. I rarely, if ever, do it.
2. Wet blending – Applying wet paint in one color and then applying wet paint of another color and blending the two different wet paints on the model – I rarely do this as well, although when I’m painting textured surfaces like feathers and fur it is my preferred method. I know some people don’t have this problem, but I actually have a tougher time getting smooth blends on smooth surfaces with this method.
3. Two brush blending – Applying thicker wet paint and then taking another clean, wet (but not too wet) brush and sticking it into the edge of the paint and feathering it down across the transition. This is what I used to do the most, but on larger areas this method annoys me because paint tends to dry awkwardly. There are a lot of people that use this method. It is relatively easy to learn the mechanics of, and it doesn’t require a lot of patience. Practice makes perfect here, and additives can be your friend. Don’t worry about the folks that want to say you don’t need them – some people need them, others don’t, there is nothing wrong either way. The weather even has an effect on your paint, so don’t be afraid to try different things.
4. Glazing/layering with super thin paint – This is what I usually do most often now. Paint a base coat – it can be the highest light, the darkest shadow, or anywhere in between…it just doesn’t matter too much where you start, just do what feels right to you. I start in different places depending on what I’m doing, and it’s a thing I feel my way through rather than decide on intellectually. Maybe it can even depend on your mood. After the basecoat dries, take a color in either a shade or highlight direction and thin it a lot, get some paint on your brush, and then run it on a cloth to remove most of the moisture. Take that barely moist brush and gently apply successive thin layers where you want that color to be. Color will build, and you will gradually move across the area as your transition forms. It is also possible to paint a hard transition between two colors and use one or both colors thinned like this to smooth the transition. This method can require some patience, but it is not as slow as it might sound. How much to thin the paint is something I just “feel” now instead of measuring. You can test your paint on another surface to see if it is right. It should be transparent, but still have a little color to it.
I think a lot of people use a variety of methods to blend, depending on what they are doing. I rarely think about what method to use or how to do it anymore, I just do it. The best blends (for me at least) typically come from going back and forth between colors over a transition. For me, the hardest thing to learn (and probably the most important as it allowed me to just paint instead of overthinking it), is that any transition can be blended after the fact. Even if you mess up, it can be fixed.

WIP Warmachine Retribution Warcasters

Here are some quick shots of a gaming standard Retribution warcaster commission: Dawnlord Vyros, Issyria Sibyl of Dawn, Lord Arcanist Ossyan, and Vyros Incissar of the Dawnguard. These models are part of a larger lot, but they are the models I am painting first. My client’s color scheme involves rocky armor, which is something I hadn’t seen anyone do before. I will be painting some ‘jacks coming up, and hopefully more Retribution models for this army down the line.

Warcasters WIP 5-1-15a Warcasters WIP 5-1-15b

Reaper 03525 Tyree Spellsinger

Here she is finished! This was a really fun model, and I have several color scheme ideas for painting her again.

 

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

MGM Painting Reaper Tyree Spellsinger 04-15 Standard+++

WIP Reaper Tyree Spellsinger

She’s almost there!

MGM Painting WIP Reaper Tyree Spellsinger

MGM Painting WIP Reaper Tyree Spellsinger

MGM Painting WIP Reaper Tyree Spellsinger

MGM Painting WIP Reaper Tyree Spellsinger