Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Massive Voodoo private lessons begin!!!!

What?!?!? Has it been over a year since I first met these knuckleheads?? And I am still trying to improve myself??? CraZyness!!!!

But yes, I am at it again. Back in Germany. Back in Augsburg. Back in Massive Voodoo Headquarters.. though this time it is new and improved! Bigger, faster, stronger!!!

What am I working on as a piece... still a secret.. but expect lots of articles still for this, and many zany photos coming from this class and these boys! I would expect nothing less than some of the ones shown below... so excuse me over the next couple of days while I put brush to model and see what magic begins to flow here... and enjoy the last years photo ride of craZyness!!!

The beginners class.. before the craZyness of Roman began to show!

Pre-show Games Day Germany.. during the hand in of items.. 
Passing of the sword between friends and brothers.. 

"Look ma, I wons a sword!"

All day judging has taken its toll on Raffa... 

Super chill Raffa the first days of the first BAM class... 

Roman learning about technology for the first time.. and now addicted!

"I has hat.. "

Dude.. behind you... 

"Why you no pay attention to Raffa?"

Sailor Roman... fresh from Deep Sea adventures...

With his first mate also ready to go out for another adventure... 

Roman showing me light contrast for creases in a forehead to use on the Wild Hunter bust.. while Raffa.. well.. Raffa is Raffa.. 

"What big eyes you has... "

Concentration vs comedy... 

New TV series promotion shots... series was shortly cancelled after this photo was taken.. 

Dude... seriously.. behind you!!!

"King Jeoffry has nothing on me!"

Not sure who won this argument but it was loud enough for everyone to hear it :) 

Poor Ogre Roman.. 

And the gang at the end of a full week of workshops, painting, discussions, and beer.. so much beer... 

So let's see what kind of damage we can get into now! Enjoy and stay tuned!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nemo - Scuba Diver

A great little piece that I picked up while at Salute that I have had the fun of painting up the last few days. Mostly as a side piece to just work on to loosen up prior to going to the Massive Voodoo HQ for some private painting practice.

So with this piece I tried a few new techniques, and a few recently practiced techniques.

This is what it looks like out of the blister. Single piece model for the most part, and the accessories on a sprue. As you can see there is a bit of flash there... obviously some clean up was required here.

Once cleaned up ( mostly ) you can see what the piece looks like assembled.

I tried to do as much as I could with the airbrush for skin tones. But only so much as I could say that the base levels were laid down. As I was wanting to try some new styles in wet on wet while using Vallejo's Retarder Medium. Which I read in this month's Figure Painter Magazine #12 of a reborn painter who tried it for helping him with the wet on wet painting styles.

So after a bit of setting up the metals I went to town on the contrast painting on this bad boy! Though the photos are a bit all over the place at this point.

Here I began to work on the skin sections trying to go to white, and almost black in the extremes. The metals are done in the new Scale75 Metallic range. Leather sections are done with their leather range. Not the best, but getting there with many inks and washes.

From here it was the fun parts though... RUST and weathering on the metallics!

I have been posting these photos on my FB page previously though, and some comments came out that I should make the octopus orange to contrast to the metallic colors, but once the rust came into play.. I think the shiny dark blue/green model really began to show up better.

The verdigris is just GW's version from their new special effects range. It came out better than I anticipated here though in the end.

The only thing with this model that I figured it needed was a lens on the helmet. I mean, really.. why have an oxygen tank but with an open helmet frame... so silly if you ask me!

I wanted to try to achieve a lens like effects, and thought that the Vallejo Still Water effects would be the trick. So I applied some within the face section.. and waited.. and waited...

As you can see.. not the best results.. but that is the purpose of living and learning though right? At least I can see the effect, and know that this process is one that needs more investigation.

Some final photos in the light tent.. not sure I am liking them as much as the other WIP shots I took off the cuff... but will let you all decide on your own then :)

Only thing left now is to build him a base... something sandy maybe.. with some water effects... who knows.. or maybe a rocky cliff with crashing waves? Or a dock? Or the side of a ship?.... Damn so many ideas now.... oh well.. enjoy the model as I travel to Germany and get some feedback on this and other pieces from Roman and Raffa, while working on my class piece.

Enjoy and expect many photos and articles forth coming over the coming week+...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rust.. continued....

So yesterday I finished off with the above photo. Showing the model covered in rush and paint and looking all worn and what not.

Now I want to show what it looked like against the socket itself. And for this I did a solid coating of a single type per facing, before mixing the 3 together in different ways.

Starting from Dark to light here.. and on a dark grey base ( I just don't learn at times! ).

My plan was really to just lay down a really thin layer of the rust. Learning from my mistakes on the model itself.

From here I would then do a stipple effect in the top right corner and another layer on the bottom right corner.

This was the plan anyways, and I can say that I am more or less in line with that near the end there.

So here are my first results of said tests.. and again using the darkest color out of the bunch.


As you can see that it turned the dark grey into a brownish mix, and the edges especially began to turn Orange. The stippling did not turn out so good, but the second layer was even more orange in the middle of it. So basically where ever it pooled up, it would shift color a bit more... or at least go a bit brighter in that section.

Next up.. Normal rust..

And the same treatment as before..

Again we see that it turns orange, and in comparison to the Copper it does so much faster and in larger areas. Almost turning yellow in some areas of the piece.

With the stipple, we can see some texture begin to appear, giving it an interesting look. And the bottom area we see some interesting pooling occurring. Very interesting!

And last was the Yellow rust..

This one came out super bright, and very streaky! Where the others went on in a smooth application, this one you can really see the brush strokes as it was on the socket.

But it also gave the most interesting stipple and second layer looks. Going a bit darker and blacker in parts. Almost like the stipple section ( top right ) was burnt more than rusted out! Very cool!

Last but not least is the application of using all 3 on the same piece and seeing directly the differences between them.

From bottom to top it is Coppor, Normal, Yellow. But they really reacted weird with each other, and I also threw some water at them. I really liked how this looked, and now want to paint a tank or 3 that are rusting in a field or building somewhere!

And again you can see the colors used but in reverse order and thinned a lot more.

Main things I can say that Roman also pointed out is that you need to keep the bottles closed. Although it is to be used like paint, it dries like rust. And it can dry fast!

Use an older brush for this as it will destroy said brush! I need to see how badly I mucked up my brushes, but at the moment they seem to still be ok.. let's see what a bit more oxidization does to them!!!

And the final socket with model on it looks like this..

A nice little addition for my painting cabinet now. And a good piece to test the use of rust on!

Hopefully this information was useful. If you have questions on it.. comment below. If you liked.. comment below.. heck if you got this far, and still have energy.. comment below! :) Would love to hear your thoughts on this! In the meantime.. it is now the weekend here in UK.. for those out here.. enjoy it! And expect some epic travel posts coming up next week with probably the odd travel prep coming up over the long weekend! Enjoy!
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