Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Guardian (2)

Hi all,

thank you for your comments and suggestions.
Reacting on the several sword and spear comments I decided to take the spear away.
Right now I simply lowered her arm.
I'm not sure if I keep the pose and what I will place in her hand. I'm considering to give her a signal horn. Let me know what you think!
So now it's time to consider the background.
Here I placed a sample background I downloaded and printed - it's not mine!
To counter the shadows and give it a separate atmosphere I will now add lights to the background.
I have some 12V LED that also work with a 9V block - this way they are less bright.
To house the LED I had to build another frame around the existing frame
To provide access to the rear and the LED (as well as protecting them from spray primer later on) the new frame has to be removable (slide-on-slide-off)
Just enough room to hold the LED strip
With this the background looks very different - beside it being a different print out *wink*
I think this will be very cool!
And when adding regular ambient (room) light it balances nicely.
Depending on the angle you may get a glimpse of the actual LED
So maybe I have to add a thin milky glass cover to the LED....
Right now I sit here looking at the images with a smile on my face as my plan seems to work :)
What do you think?
Any feedback, suggestions, ideas?
Signal horn or something different for the left hand?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Guardian (1)

Hi all,

Sorry for the delay, but currently my attention span is slipping and I'm jumping from one unfinished project to the next...

I had sculpted a big guy (25 cm tall) and called it "Shore Leave", but didn't finish him :(
Something new caught my attention.
I found a small peace of wood in my shed as I was preparing logs for the wood burner.
It is really small, but it caught my attention and an image of a guardian on watch came to my mind.
Once this idea was in my head, the "Shore Leave" had no chance :)

So while I had the basic idea of a guardian standing on an outcrop of rocks, I still had no real idea of any setting or details.
But looking at the little piece of wood I was thinking about how I could realistically use it as a base or plinth.
It would have to positioned that the one flat side was the top and the other was the rear - so that it really looked like an outcrop. With this in mind I started some sketching.
Over the last one or two years it became fashion to build vignettes or dioramas with a painted background integrated - just like these here:

So I wanted to try something similar, but also try to give it a bit more "depth".
So I sculpted a frame for the little piece of wood

With the idea to draw the landscape then into the background

Probably with a city in the background, maybe an airship?

The basic frame was done with SuperSculpey. Once that was baked, I built a frame of plastic card around it and filled (and integrated) everything with Milliput.

And a first positioning test.

 I added some flag stones and other details with GreenStuff

The base model is a "female armature" from HassleFree Miniatures ( )

With GreenStuff I sculpted a bit of chain mail as well as some armour to the legs

Then I added a bit of a tabard, flowing in the breeze

The piece in the front flowing a bit stronger

 Together with chest and shoulder armour this already looks quite cool

Last night I added the rest of her boots as well as a first draft for the sword and spear

So what do you think?
Anything still missing?
I look forward to your feedback, suggestions and critiques!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

To The Bitter End - was "A new project (4)

Hi all,
thank you for your feedback and comments!

Last night after work I looked at the piece again and was still pleased so I decided to finish it up.
Just some minor changes and then I removed the masking tape from the straight sides of the plinth and gave it several brown washes.
Once the washes were dry I applied a coat of gloss varnish and let it cure.

After cleaning up my desk and sorting the colors back into the rack I decided to take some first shots in the lightbox.
These are not the high-quality ones yet.
Just some first shots with decent light
and a black background.
I will do some better photos over the next few evenings. And by then I should also have a bit of a narrative to accompany the scene.
But these should do
and provide some detail shots
without the distraction of my cluttered desk.
I hope you like the shots
and the scene :)
I really like how the Valkyr turned out!
To The Bitter End
I hope you have enjoyed this rather quick project (I started on 14. Feb).
I did learn a few things, I did try a few new tricks, and I had a lot of fun :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A New Project (3)

Hi all,
thank you for the feedback!

After the Chapter Master was mostly done I thought a lot about the colors for the remaining two characters.
I decided to use a kind of purple for the Terminator
Despite the ornaments identifying him  as a Blood Angel, I rather like to call him a "Cardinal"
It's an unusual color, but in good contrast to the deep red cape of the Chapter Master
And with the gold it looks even better and less pink.
So this completed the two central figures
With the Terminator supporting the dying Chapter Master
who fought "To the Bitter End"
So now I had to decide on the last character...

I was initially against a golden armour, as there so many wonderful and perfect NMM golden figures are currently on the Internet.
But since I needed a contrasting color to the other two and I didn't want to use green - too close to the Orks - I decided to give gold a try.
I never did a complete golden armour before
and it took me three days to come close to a pleasing result
Especially since I tried to use different light situations on the gold
It was a lot of work
But I think it was worth it.
Though none of the smooth gold seen so often
The tabbard became red
The Inquisitor has very dark skin
and blue eyes
And finally I used some dirt to do a bit of weathering and splashed a lot of blood on the scene
So here we are
"To The Bitter End"
Most likely I will let it sit a few days and then re-visit it and decide if I give it a little airbrush light - redoing the red and orange shine from the sides.
As a final step I will remove the masking tape on the three straight sides and work a bit with the wood - probably just a varnish...
So, what do you think?
Thank you