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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Nomad's Alguaciles update

I recently bought a new paint brush(Winsor & Newton Series 7 size 1), not an uncommon occurrence for a commission painter. Normally I buy the miniature brushes from W&N(the ones with the shorter bristles), but this time I thought I'd try the longer artists brush. To go along with my new brush I though I would also try out some new blending techniques(2 brush etc) and I'm really pleased with the results. You can see my previous attempt on my last post(which I was also pleased with), but I think these latest couple of minis have come out great.










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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Step-By-Step-Guide to Painting Nomad's Alguaciles

Following several requests for the painting guide of my Nomad Alguaciles(posted yesterday), here is the recipe:

  1. Clean-up, assemble & base the mini
  2. Airbrush an even undercoat using a 1:1 mix of Black Undercoat(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  3. Airbrush a dusting to show light sourcing using a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  4. Airbrush the red (cloth & armour) areas with several thin coats of a 1:1 mix of Gory Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  5. Add highlights to the red areas (cloth & armour) using the airbrush with a 1:1 mix Flat Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner
  6. Add further highlights to the red areas (cloth & armour) using the airbrush with a 1:1:1 mix Flat Red(VMC):Orange Fire(VGC):Airbrush Thinner
  7. Add further highlights to the red areas (armour only) using the airbrush adding an equal amount of Sunny Skin Tone(VMC) to the previous mix
  8. Add further highlights to the red areas (armour only) using the airbrush adding an equal amount of Ivory(VMC) to the previous mix
  9. Airbrush a gloss varnish to the whole mini using a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  10. Define/line the red areas (cloth & armour) with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Khorne Red(C):Black
  11. Paint the white areas with a slightly thinned coat of Fenris Grey(C)
  12. Paint the black areas with a coat of Black
  13. Build up the highlights on the red areas with a thinned 3:2:1 mix of Sunny Skin Tone(VMC):Orange Fire(VGC):Flat Red(VMC)
  14. Build up the extreme highlights on the red areas by adding Ivory(VMC) to the previous mix
  15. Apply a thin wash to the red areas with a coat of Red Glaze(C)
  16. Re-highlight the extreme hard edges of red with the previous highlight colour
  17. Highlight the white areas with increasing amounts of Dead White(VGC) added to Fenrisian Grey(C)
  18. Highlight the black(weapons) areas with increasing amounts of Dead White(VGC) added to Black
  19. Highlight the black areas with a thinned coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
  20. Further highlight the black areas with a thinned coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
  21. Blend the black highlights together with several washes of Nuln Oil(C)
  22. Re-highlight the extreme black areas with a thinned coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
  23. Extreme highlight the hard black areas(eg boots) with a thinned coat of Light Grey(VMC)
  24. Paint the yellow areas with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Goldbrown(VGC)
  25. Highlight the yellow areas with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Heavy Goldbrown(VGC):Dead White(VGC)
  26. Paint the skin with a solid coat of Mahogany Brown(VMC)
  27. Define the skin with a wash of Nuln Oil(C)
  28. Highlight the skin with a thinned 1:1 mix of Mahogany Brown(VMC):Medium Fleshtone(VMC)
  29. Further highlight the skin with a thinned coat of Medium Fleshtone(VMC)
  30. Extreme highlight the skin with a thinned 1:1 mix of Medium Fleshtone(VMC):Ivory(VMC)
  31. Glaze the skin with thinned Reikland Fleshshade(C)
  32. Re-extreme highlight the skin with a thinned 1:1 mix of Medium Fleshtone(VMC):Ivory(VMC)
  33. Paint the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Black Green(VGC)
  34. Highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Warpstone Glow(C)
  35. Further highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Moot Green(C)
  36. Extreme highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Livery Green(VGC)
  37. Apply a dot of light to the green OSL areas with Dead White(VGC)
  38. Re-define/line the red areas (cloth & armour) with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Black
  39. Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  40. Apply a layer of gloss varnish to the OSL areas
As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Monday, 3 November 2014

Eye Candy - Infinity, Operation: Icestorm, Nomad's Alguaciles

It's been some time since I've updated this personal blog. A large proportion of my painting time has been concentrating on commission work. I haven't had much time to paint my own minis.

However, I was recently bitten by the Infinity bug. I love the minis, the background, the rules and the general hobby. So, I treated myself to the starter set - Operation: Icestorm

I have all the minis built and I've completed the initial airbrushing(I've even played through a couple of the missions from the game). I have to say Angel Giraldez, the studio painter for most of the Infinity models sets the bar very high. Some of my minis have been stripped several times; either because I didn't like the colour scheme or id rushed the finish. But I feel like these minis will help to push me as a painter again, which is great.

Anyway, enough of my waffle, lets show you some pics. This is my first fully completed(apart from the base) O:I mini, a Nomad Alguaciles.












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