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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!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Panoceania O:I Part 1

Hi Guys,

Following my work on the PanO Fusilier, I thought now would be the best time to complete the rest of the Operation: Icestorm PanO troops, aiming to get them completed before the end of Christmas holidays.

Today I completed all the initial airbrushing and the light grey cloth on the ORC troop and Nisses. I did attempt to airbrush the Farther Knight's sword, but I didn't like the result. I then remembered that I planned to use a real metallic style on the metal areas; so this will be painted over.

Pics:









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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Panoceania Fusiliers Part 4

Hi All,

The Fusilier is now complete with my own custom base.

Firstly a note on how I made the base.


As I'm sure you can see from the pic, its pretty straight forward. I took some plasticard(about 2mm) and cut out about twenty circles using a dot punch(the type usually used to cut holes in paper). I then superglued these directly onto my slottabase. Once dry I trimmed of the overhang and cleaned it up with files and sandpaper.

Next I added some pins(paperclip) to the feet of the mini, once dry I worked out were I wanted it to be placed on the base, then drilled the base holes. Dry tested the mini in place, noting were the shadow fell onto the base.

As for painting:

Grey undercoat
Airbrushed basecoat - Dark Grey(VMC)
Airbrushed 1st Highlight around the edges, leaving the shadows in the middle of the base - Light Grey(VMC)
Airbrushed 2nd Highlight - White(VMC)
Airbrushed a coat of Gloss varnish
Painted(with brush) between the tiles and on the rim of the base - Black(VMC)
Cleaned-up any misplaced black with the white.
Airbrushed a coat of Matt varnish
Attached mini with superglue

Here are some finished pics:










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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Panoceania Fusiliers Part 3

Hi All,

Its been another fun day painting the PanO Fusilier, in-between all the Christmas prep. I have managed to complete him(minus the basing, which will come later).

I did have loads of pics from all the stages, but to be honest I have just had family decent on me and I really haven't the time to edit all of them. What I do have though is my full painting guide and some good all-around pics of the finished mini.

PanO Fusilier Painting Guide:
  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 zenithal highlights using a 1:1 mix of Grey Undercoat(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  4. Airbrush a basecoat to all the blue areas with a 1:1 mix of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  5. Airbrush highlights to the blue areas, leaving the darker blue in the shadows with a 2:1:1 mix of Airbrush Thinner(V):Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Blue Green(VMC)
  6. Airbrush further highlights concentrating more on the light catching areas adding White(VMC) to each successive coat(2 coats)
  7. Airbrush a layer of gloss varnish
  8. Line the blue areas with a thinned 1:1 water colour wash of Prussian Blue:Lamp Black
  9. Carefully clean-up the previous wash with a damp cotton bud
  10. Paint the eye sockets with a slightly thinned coat of Smokey Ink(VGC)
  11. Paint the eye ball with a slightly thinned coat of Off White(VGC) - This can be cleaned-up using the previous colour
  12. Paint in the pupil with a slightly thinned coat of Black(VGC) - This can be cleaned-up using the previous colours
  13. Paint a dot in the pupil with a slightly thinned coat of Dead White(VGC)
  14. Block paint the remaining areas using slightly thinned paint & 3-4 coats:
  15. Face/skin - Cork Brown(VMC)(Male)/Basic Skintone(VMC)(Female), Light Brown cloth - US Field Drab(VMC), dark brown cloth - Chocolate Brown(VMC), Grey areas - Dark Grey(VMC), black areas - Black(VMC), green OSL - Heavy Black Green(VGC), red OSL - Black Red(VGC)
  16. Airbrush the whole mini using a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  17. Black-line the where needed with a thinned water colour wash of Lamp Black
  18. Carefully clean-up the previous wash with a damp cotton bud
  19. Wash the male skin with a thinned 1:1 mix of Cavalry Brown(VMC):Flat Earth(VMC)
  20. Wash the female skin with a thinned coat of Brown Rose(VMC)
  21. Highlight the male skin with a slightly thinned coat of Cork Brown(VMC)
  22. Highlight the female skin with a slightly thinned coat of Basic Skintone(VMC)
  23. Further highlight the male skin with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Cork Brown(VMC): Basic Skintone(VMC)
  24. Further highlight the female skin with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Basic Skintone(VMC):Ivory(VMC)
  25. Add some warm tones around the male nose, bottom lip & cheekbones with a thinned mix of Orange Brown(VMC):Cavalry Brown(VMC) using more cavalry brown around nose & lips
  26. Add some warm tones around the female nose, bottom lip & cheekbones with a 1:1 mix of Brown Rose(VMC):Red(VMC)
  27. Add some extreme highlights to the male face with a thinned 1:1 mix of Basic Skintone(VMC):Light Flesh(VMC)
  28. Add some extreme highlights to the female face with a thinned coat of Ivory(VMC)
  29. Highlights the edges of the blue areas with thinned coat of White(VMC) - add a little of the previous blue tone to the initial coat
  30. Highlight the black area with White with a little of the previous colour added
  31. Highlight the light brown areas with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Sand(VMC) 
  32. Further highlight the light brown areas with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Dark Sand(VMC):Ivory(VMC) use pure ivory for extreme edges
  33. Highlight the dark brown areas with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
  34. Further highlight the dark brown areas with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Dark Sand(VMC):Ivory(VMC) use pure ivory for extreme edges
  35. Highlight the grey areas with a thinned coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
  36. Further highlight the grey areas with a thinned coat of Light Grey(VMC)
  37. Extreme highlight the grey areas with a thinned 1:1 mix of Light Grey(VMC):White(VMC)
  38. Highlight the red OSL areas with a thinned coat of Flat Red(VMC)
  39. Further highlight the red OSL areas with a thinned 2:1 mix of Scrofulous Brown(VGC):Flat Red(VMC)
  40. Extreme highlight the red OSL areas with a thinned 2:2:1 mix of Scrofulous Brown(VGC):White(VMC):Flat Red(VMC)
  41. Apply a dot of light to the red OSL areas with White(VMC)
  42. Highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Warpstone Glow(C)
  43. Further highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned coat of Moot Green(C)
  44. Extreme highlight the green OSL areas with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Moot Green(C):White(VMC)
  45. Apply a dot of light to the green OSL areas with White(VMC)
  46. Blackline were needed with a thinned coat of Black(VMC)
  47. Airbrush a layer of matt varnish
  48. Paint a layer of gloss varnish on the OSL areas
Pics:









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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Panoceania Fusiliers Part 2

Hi Guys,

Got a fair bit done on the PanO Fusilier, pleased with the results so far. Please scroll through the pics below and Ill describe what Ive done.

First think I did today was airbrush a layer of gloss varnish, this will protect the work so far and make it easier for the wash thats coming next to flow easier into the gaps. The wash is a 1:1 mix of Prussian Blue:Lamp Black water colours. Im using water colours as it flows into the gaps well and where it strays, I can easily clean-up up with a damp brush or cotton bud. This wash helps to define the edges of the armour and helps to make it stand out.







Next I painted the eyes. I thought I would do this before painting the face as this would enable me to clean-up mistakes easier(I made several, those eyes are fiddly). I painted the eye sockets with a thinned coat of Smokey Ink(VGC). Eye shapes were painted inside these brown areas with a thinned coat of Off White(VGC). I aimed to get these shapes to match in size/shape and several time had to use the previous colour to clean-up or simply re-start. Next the pupils were dotted in with black, then a final white dot is added to the centre of the pupil. The overall result is an determined stir(see the sixth pic below).

With the eyes completed, I could basecoat the face and the rest of the non-blue areas. I used the following colours:
Face/skin - Cork Brown(VMC), Light Brown cloth - US Field Drab(VMC), dark brown cloth - Chocolate Brown(VMC), Grey cloth - Dark Grey(VMC), black areas - Black(VMC), green OSL - Heavy Black Green(VGC), red OSL - Black Red(VGC)








Another coat of gloss varnish prior to the next wash, this one with thinned lamp black water colour. I basically washed the mini, avoiding areas were i wanted to keep the previous blue was and any large flat surfaces. I quick blast with the hair drier then in with a damp cotton bud. This method is so easy, like wiping dust of the mini, with the lighter shade revealed beneath.








Im looking forward to the next stages, as I add the highlights and hopefully make this guy pop!

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Panoceania Fusiliers

Hi All,

With Christmas almost upon us, Ive taken a much needed rest from commission painting. This has freed me up to do some work on my own minis. I also have a brand new compressor and airbrush(H&S Infinity CRPlus) which I've been itching to use on my Operation:Icestorm minis. Over the last few months I've been gathering resources(paints etc.) to enable me to have a shot at imitating the style of Angel Giraldez(Infinity studio painter). Though I'm not holding my breath(Angel's work is amazing) I hope to improve on previous efforts.

As I have previously painted the Nomad basic troops(Alguaciles) I thought I would have a go at the PanO Fusiliers. With a little artistic licence I intend to follow Angel's guide which he kindly provided on his Facebook page Operation: Icestorm Painting Guide

Today I concentrated on one trooper, my aim being to get used to using my new airbrush, with a good level of control and not to mess up the mini by rushing it. I have to say that having professional equipment really does make a difference to your work. Though it has taken some practice to get all the elements correct(paint mix, air pressure and airbrushing itself), Im really pleased with the results.

Below are some pics of the mini from various angles across three stages of painting. Previous to the first stage I undercoated black, then added zenithal highlights with grey undercoat. This was followed by a coat of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC). The first set of pics show the first highlight which is basically a 1:1 mix of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Blue Green(VMC). Subsequent sets of pics have had increasingly more White added into the mix. As I prepared these mixes and made several modification during painting, I can't exactly say what the proportions of paint/thinner/water/flow aid are. Though they are roughly 2 parts paint, 1 part thinner and 1 part distilled water/flow aid mix.




















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