Finished the daemonhost as planned - and I also got some work done one the Skulker.
However, the Skulker still needs his pet creature on the base before he is completely done.
Here is a group shot of the first three models for my little retinue - Skulker, the daemon, and Velvet Cathrina:
Base for the deamonhost and bases for two more models for the retinue are just about ready:
They just need a a few details painted in and they will be ready for the actual models. The daemonhost is very close to being finished - might try and sneak in an hour of work tomorrow evening to get him finished before X-mas. That would be a great goal...
Write-up for the yellow on the bases:
GW Bubonic Brown (+ a little gloss varnish to make the paint more smooth) painted on in two thin layers. Wash of MIG pigment African Earth pigment mixed with W&N matt varnish. Scratches stippled on with a little piece of blister foam using a Chaos Black / dark brown mix. Highlights with Bubonic Brown + Skull White. And finally careful weathering using pigment and orange mix (as feature in the picture), followed by some thinned and broken W&N inks - yellow and green thinned with water...
...plus some base painting chores. Two layers of Bubonic Brown - thinned with gloss varnish to make it go on smooth. A technique I have been trying out on some surfaces on my latest models.
The daemonhost is almost finished. The rest - the tubes and som weathering + maybe some red on those orange checks - will be painted when he is glued to the base.
Today's painting session wasn't a long one. But I decided I had to work on the model today. Sometimes I have to decide to work to be able to do it. Strange. But tonight I got going with the project. Another evening or two and he is ready to rock ... or rather; to float about and scare people.
Having recently purchased some W&N inks I wanted to try out the combination of these inks, white paint, black pen, and pencil work. The works of Master Blanchitsu serves as inspirations but I also had a certain assassin from the mid-1990s French movie "City of Lost Children" in mind.
A beast master assassin during full assault assisting the armies of the Imperium and control his beasts of death. The inks were surprisingly nice to work with!
Here is a pre-primer shot of "the Skulker". A hive scum whoose past, faulty social skills, and treacherous reputation is tolerated because of his uncanny skills to navigate the paths and track down individuals.
I haven't decided on a colour scheme yet (although I have started adding the first layers of paint), but I am thinking of this individual as an hired tracker for the group which is so count both the floaty fat daemonhost and the wiz-pimp-lady (I need a name for her... how about Linda... Linda something...). So the base will be dominated by warm yellow and browns.
Another hour and a half of painting done and tonight I shot a picture of the model so far:
For fun I made the pictures really big to show as much as possible. I have mainly been working on the shield with the orange and white checks pattern. Quite happy with the look so far, although the initial plan was actually to have the orange serve as a base for some red ink. But right now I really like the orange. Scrolls have also been give attention as has the hat which has been blocked in with Chaos black. It still needs a lot of weathering though. The horns were painted last last week and given a coat of varnish to protect the paint from going off when I handle the mini while painting...
Finally, a shot of the desk with the paint in use tonight. Two sessions more and I believe he is done - then I have the base to do, but I hope to have him done before X-mas.
We never have enough time to paint or sculpt, do we?
And we think a lot about how much we really want to work on this and that project... Well, tonight instead of thinking about how I really want to work on the project and spending lots of time time being annoyed that I wasn't doing as much hobby stuff as I wanted to I just sat down and did some work.
Nothing fancy, just another hour and a half on the daemonhost and some initial jabs of paint on a conversion I refer to as "the Skulker".
Sometime we just have to grab the brush and get going with paint and miniatures instead of thinking about how much we want to paint while not doing anything about it. Yesterday, I caught myself having these silly thoughts and tonight I was close to being there again. But I insisted.
I insist to paint miniatures because it is important to me.
As I have mentioned I regard hobby activities as little contributions to the GRAND fictive story. Here is another little note, a conversion mock-up, or a 3D-sketch, call it what you want.
"...Silently, I watched him as he strode on the path to damnation..."
The main character is the bird creature. Will need to trim the ghoul head slightly to make it work. Also, the sorcerer needs some wargear around his waist to bulk him up a little. That chaos sorcerer sculpt is just so cool, as is the head from the necromancer model. Love these new plastic kits.
Following yesterday's bitz round-up here is a close-up on the main idea:
Not finally decided if I am using the Emperor's champion for the main model or trying to find that plastic Chaos sorcerer who seems to go into hiding every time I have a project that might involve him. I am really happy about the bizarre look the ghoul head adds to the falcon. For the person holding the little imp I will try to find a head that somehow adds to the brooding look of the gargoyle, but without stealing the focus.
Today I had one of those fantastic hobby moments where you grab a single bit and think: "This would be so cool with a quick head-swap!". From there I just worked at random through a box or two and found the rest of the pieces for the conversion. Before showing it I want to play a little around with parts of the mini and try a few alternatives here and there, but the general idea was formed by a single plastic bit that just asked for a change.
So far the bitz round-up goes like this:
- Bretonnia knights sprue hunting falcon
- Space Marine plastic plasma gun (left hand)
- Emperor's Champion main body
- A random shoulder pad
- and a head from the Ghoul plastic sprue
Intrigued to see the model finished? I am!
Really looking forward to bashing the bits together one of the next evenings...
More work down on the daemonhost. Painted the flesh using two shades of pink, white, and some inks. This is a seriously big figure with a lot of flesh - took some time to do - but it was fun to explore building the colours over the black/white-zenith undercoat. The black primer shading shows effectively through adding a nice sinister grey shade in a few places. But first some moody images of the figure. The lower half is still to be finished but with some cropping we still get some nice shots...
Recently I have picked the Inquisitor Rulesbook from the shelf. I read a few pages, looked through the mini-section, and I turned the book and looked at the barcode on the back. Actually, I did these things in the opposite order. Grabbed the book to look at the code:
Such a cool detail. I remember when I first noticed that particular minuite graphic wonder.
I love great details. And I like to hunt for them. That has to be a new tag - detail hunting.
Recently, I deviced a treasure hunt for the birthsday party for one of my children. Had to use both hobbys skills, basic planning, plus creating a story-line for the activities. Being semi-hobby-like I thought is was worth sharing.
The theme was I did make a treasure hunt but the treasure has been nicked by... a troll!
Everything was bound together by a story of a troll that had stolen the treature and left little notes with ryhmes to tease and scare the persuers. Worked out alright and the handouts were fun to make. Seriously large-scale stuff! The silly Troll-ryhmes are in Danish - probably a good thing.
-Planning, figuring out what goes where, when to do what, and so on...
-The finished handouts for the treasure hunt. Apart from these items I used a piece of old cloth tied into a pouch to hold pens and colour pencils. And the Treasure itself obviously.
Apart from start (Oh NO! The treasure has been nicked.. and all I found was this strange golden stone...) and finish (the treasure) we had 3 stations during the hunt. After the start there was a drawing exercise - the children were to draw themselves on little pages that would later become a booklet (by which to remember the event). Then there was some activities on a playground and a word-puzzle using the stones with letters. Next up was a ryhme-challenge where the children made a ryhme to scare the troll and from there they found the treasure using the map on a stone.
Planning and materials Planning the stuff was hardest do to. The trick was - it seems - to make up (or copy) ideas for individual activities. I wrote them down individually on a little piece of paper. When I had the number of activities needed, I worked out how to connect them with clues and handouts.
Materials used for the handouts: Paper for scrolls. Thick paper for drawing (sheets of A4 each cut into four pieces, I used a nice 180 g/m2 aquarelle paper), and a single black sheets for the booklet cover (also cut into size). String for scrolls and other stuff. A pouch or similar with crayons, pencils, etcetera. Stones. Gold Spray. Black and red paint + brushes. Instant Coffee for weathering - both in mixed and powder form. And more instant coffee for standard use.
First Fantasy model finished in a while. Now, as I have mentioned photography styles in my past writings, I believe it would be obvious to give the current pics a few comments:
These pictures have been done using an annonymous grey backdrop instead of the classic blue-white. I like this because it isn't a specific colour, leaving the mini to shine by itself. The blue-white backdrop usually gives better colours, but sometimes the brightness of the blue-white transition adds such a strong visual expression to the picture that the model can get a little lost - even if it is very well painted.
As a final note I might add that I do not have any matching fantasy terrain so a moody shot is sadly not an option. Oh, there are more angles in the Gallery section on : www.jrn-works.dk
The way the paints move around on the table, the intuitive colour choices that follow a general plan but also add a slight variation to the overall look. At least that is the way I paint when I enjoy the hobby the most. Playing around with colours, mixes, and sometimes taking that brown shade for the axe shaft somewhere else...
More shots of the orc when I have his base finished. These will be studio-style pictures btw.
We see it all the time. Photographies cropped close around the motif to create a focus the story which the picture is illustrating. It's in the newspapers and allover the web. But not in the mini-world. The standard seems to be that you have to show the whole model. So what it the focus? What is the "story" of a picture of a miniature shot on a blue to white backdrop with neutral lighting?
Don't get me wrong. I love the classic studio-style miniature portrait, which is more a presentation of the whole mini (not to mention the paintjob), but I also love photographs of miniatures where the camera moves into the world of the miniature so to speak. I am no photographer, but I experimented a little with my photography earlier this year. Close shots, cropped closer, and a little photoshop-action. More mood, less blue-white backdrop:
Not perfect. But fun and something else. I hope to find time for more of this in future.
The big areas of flesh asked for experimentation. Painting was done over a zenith-style applied spray-priming. Primed in two goes - black from underneath and white from above. Over this I tried mixing Winsor & Newton gloss varnish with The old Citadel Elf Flesh plus some white for the base colour. Painting with this transparent colour the transition shows through leaving a subtle dark grey shading. Adding the gloss varnish gave a slight shine to the colour and also resulted in a very smooth surface. Over this I added colour using various inks - Citadel, Vallejo, W&N, and I have started adding some highlights. That is the flesh so far:
Still a lot of work to do on the flesh. On the rest of the mini I have just blocked colours in and added some washes to darken the areas. For the overall colour scheme I am planning towards a mix of black, white, gold, and flesh ... with a hint of purple, and finally with a strong but weathered yellow dominating the base. I'm really with the direction of the paintjob so far and I look forward to see where it will go from here.
The sketch that partially got me into bringing my writing and process ponderings into the public. A quick drawing to get ideas on converting the new plastic wizards from GW released Summer 2011:
Lady on the right has been converted and painted already, the servo-skull colector on the right is halfway converted, while a conversion based on the recently released plastic Nurgle Lord is the current painting project.
For the mentioned Nurgle Lord I wanted to play with the massiveness of the miniature. To both contradict and underline this I changed the bulky standing pose into a disturbing floating daemonhost:
A text to test. Also a text to rewrite in another text.
Very much like my miniatures - I like to revist and rewrite stuff.
This blog is the place for dialog and random musing about my miniatures and hobby stuff and oppinions in general.
Frist thing to rewrite - is the layout and settings - therefore this first text to test.