Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ice Warriors (1)

Hi all,
thank you for your feedback and support.
For now the Gothica is finished - I will leave her alone for about a week and then revisit her and see. I will most likely add another black wash to the plinth - make it look more charcoal - and also decide on the make-up.

I'm sure most of you have by now seen the new Imperial Knight, the Knight Armiger.
I'm quite excited.
And I was also pleased to see that the model is quite close (in my opinion) to my Pollux & Castor designs - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2014/03/pollux-and-castor-9.html?m=1
Too bad I never finished them and don't have them anymore...
Oh well.

So, now that the Gothica is pretty much done I have already started a new (well actually two) project.
This one will be called "Ice Warriors" and is inspired by the wonderful plinth I got from Ulrich "Der Zwerg vom Nettenscheid" - aka www.sockelandbases.de 
I immediately fell in love with the plinth and was thinking what I could do with it. And quite early I had the image of a female swords warrior launching herself over the "chasm" onto her enemies.

With this idea in mind I went through my collection and decided on another "Raging Heroes" model.
Another "Knight of the Chalice" from the Kickstarter I supported - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/loudnraging/tgg2-light-and-darkness?lang=de

The initial setup was against Tyranids - I still have the 'Nids from Space Hulk - but that didn't work as planned, so I then tried it with Necrons.
This seems to work better.
I also decided to make it a snow/ice base.
with some icy patches made of Greenstuff.
One part of the scene is a bit slasher like - I want her one sword to just have slashed the one Necron. So I cut the basic shape if the slashing motion from Plastic Card.
Gives it a bit of dynamic.
I then covered that basic form with Greenstuff
and formed with the remaining Greenstuff some more ice patches and some icicles.
Unfortunately they reacted to the very dry wood and cured erratic, thus warping quite strongly.
For the landscape itself I used baking soda and PVA glue to create the snow patches, then Greenstuff for the sheets of ice. Everything was then base coated with an icy blue. the non-snow and non-sheets areas were then covered with crackle medium.
Once this was just about cured I gave it a coat of very light blue. During the curing process it then creates nice cracks - with the darker blue beneath showing in the cracks.
Finally everything received a coat to drybrushed white.
Since those bent and warped icicles were very annoying to me, I cut most of them off and re-created them from clear sprue.
Here is the swords knight just before final cleanup.
The sword broke off several times, so I pinned it and added some PVA glue also.
I also realized that the scene was a bit flat - everything on one pane - so I added another pile of snow from which the knight will hurl herself at the second Necron.
This is the first Necron I ever started to paint :)
It's still work in progress, but I like it.
I still need to add a bit of Greenstuff to the "wound" - a bit more splatter :)
Sorry for the lacking focus...
And I also started the second Necron.
 This is as far as I got over the last 5 days.
So what do you think of the new project?
Ideas, suggestions, feedback?
I look forward to your comments.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Gothica (6)

Hi all,
in the last update all that was left was pretty much the face.
I was thinking of adding a kind of a tear-ish black make-up around her eyes.
I thought it could emphasize the vampiric look.
But before the make-up had to come the actual face :)
The first try looked kind of messy
The second try was a bit smoother
the eyes began to glow
But it was really hard to get convincing shadows and smooth transitions
This is where I stopped
I think she looks good
And the light situation is convincing
To get a little distance I looked into plinths.
I ordered 4 different ones from Ulrich "Der Zwerg vom Nettenscheid" - aka www.sockelandbases.de
They look really great - even though only 2 will fit the Gothica
The first one is the ordinary cube
and the second is this wonderful piece of wood
 It would look well in the display cabinet
Since I felt it was too bright (and distracting) I gave it some black washes
So what do you think?
I look forward to your Feedback and suggestions.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gothica (5)

Hi all,
well progress is rather slow right now as the wife and house still need some attention ;)

But I got some painting done.
After I had my basic colors down I started to add the first shadows.
Oh, and I added a freehand to the shield
I started off with the coat and then did the chest armor.
I'm happy with the chest armor and the gems.
The dark areas of the chest armor already border close to black.
While I was happy with the chest armor and the gems, I was totally not satisfied with the coat.
So I re-painted the coat, smoother shades, less blue, more black.
It now fits better with the armor and everything. 
Once pleased with the new coat, I painted the arm.
There are quite a lot of transitions into almost black.
And last night I did the rest of the coat.
It's like 50 shades of black :)
So this is where I stopped last night.
In this video some of the paint is still wet...
but you get the idea I think :)
So what do you think?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gothica (4)

Hi all,
the first post of this year!
So Happy New Year to you :)

The move to the new house is complete and went well.
However my little man-cave is a lot smaller than my original Santa's workshop and I still play Tetris with the existing furniture to make everything fit.
It's complete chaos.

To gain space I decided to build a paint rack for my colors.
So I used a wooden board - 100 x 60 cm - and mounted L-shaped racks.
I thought with this I would have enough room to get all my paints stored...
Aehm, not quite 
So I built an additional rack for the smaller Citadel and GW paints, keeping the Vallejo in the main rack
The Scale75 paints are still in a box on the side (but I don't use them often, as I don't really like them).
Despite the racks, the man-cave is till chaos
But hey!
The book shelf looks orderly :)
Kind of :)

I left off last year with my Gothica being ready to be painted.
Since I want to have a specific light setting, I decided to take some photos of the model with the proper lights.
I printed some of these photos and keep them on my desk as guidance
With this covered I primed her black.
I had a basic idea of the colors she would wear, but wasn't sure if they'd work.
So I gave her a quick lick with these base colors.
I think they work well together.
But these colors would be "daylight" colors and not in the atmosphere I'm looking for.
My first attempt was to paint the desaturated colors and shadows on top of them
However this didn't work the way I wanted.
So I repainted her using a completely new (very limited) palette, based on ONE (dark blue-grey) color.
At first it wasn't quite convincing 
But once all colors were done with this palette it came together quite well.
So now I have all the base colors
in the proper atmosphere
and I can start adding
shadows and lights.
So what do you think?