Friday, October 10, 2014

Final day before SMC travels!

So final day.. though with tonight being one with friends and family before the travels tomorrow, no painting tonight. Just some relaxing and fun before more fun and adventures throughout the weekend.

Many are on their way now to Eindhoven for the show. My facebook wall is packed with images and comments of those heading off to meet up, and many comments of looking forward to seeing friends at the show.

There are also many going to the Warhammer Fest show this weekend in Coventry, UK which just so happens to be happening at the same time.

As well, my friends back in Turkey are setting up ready for their first painting workshop with Banshee! One that I wished I could be at!

All in all, much travel occurring throughout the weekend, and many painter related events happening. I wish everyone the best of luck with it, and look forward to all the updates that will come via social media afterwards! And with some that I hope to have more in depth chats on to see how they were ( like how the guys in Turkey do with proper painting instruction! ).

For me, I got a bit further on Brekk last night. Again it is really something to be working on an older piece and really playing with it further. I didn't want to update the eyes too much, but in the end it happened. Nothing major, but I did add a bit more style to them. One of the main things was adding a touch of White Metallic to the edges of the pupils. And then glossing over it. I think this might have something to do in the future, but will see as I give it a shot more in the future.

Top photo is the updated face version.. and I think it is plain to see the change. I really emphasized the eyes more, and the contrast between the light/dark. I also really played with that scar over his eye, and did the updates to them also.

Played with the lip to add some color and volume to it.. not fully sold on it.. but I like the effects that it could give. More trials there are required in the future.

I also added a bit more to the orange cloth sections with some more blue glazes in the shadows, and more orange onto the highlights. It did take away the contrast, so I had to go back over it again.

The leather cowl didnt get too much done to it except for some purple in the shadows to deepen them up a bit.

All in all. I had fun with this. Do I think it is better than before? Yes. Do I think it is finished.. probably not.. will I work on it some more? Dunno.. maybe? But for now it is done, and everything is in my miniature transport ready for the travels.

Check out my facebook page as I tend to do quite a few updates there while on travels.. and for the rest it will be next week! So enjoy for now, have fun this weekend, and if your at the SMC come find me!

Most likely I will be this funny looking guy above carrying a camera case and bags of loot! Say hi, and get yourself some stickers!

If not, and are at one of the other events enjoy it and let me know how it was in the comments below! Otherwise.. just enjoy the weekend and wait for the report on the SMC!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Turkish Brekk before SMC..

So last night I got a bit of time to work on the Turkish Brekk here..

Again pulling the main comments from the judges from Euro, and others over time. Plus tips from classes and styles that I have picked up over time as well.

Biggest area that I cleaned up here is the shoulder..

I can see that my style or technique for blending has changed dramatically over the past year. I can see that I have the chance to make it more smooth with more time, and energy put into it.

Also the constant small washes, and glazes help to smooth it out better as well. Also helps that I did not use the Scale75 Orange Leather color, and instead switched to the Vallejo Model Color Red Leather. It is probably the only color I don't like in the range, but it might also just be the bottle I have..

What I also did was fix the shadows a bit further on the cloth as well. But this time instead of adding straight black, I mixed in some Blue to the shadows.. the opposite color to Orange. Wait.. what?!? I am using the color wheel and color theory ( even if it is basic ) to make it more interesting??!?! WOWzers!

I also touched upon the belt and the chainmail a bit more also. The chainmail came out great I think.. but the belt requires some more effort now..

The scale75 metallics and inks where used exclusively here.. and to great effect! I also applied them to the rim of the Fez, and cleaned up the overspilled metals from before on that as well.

Still more work to be done on the blue cowl.. but already I can see a big difference on it.. and after the blue cowl and face ge some touch ups I will be much happier with the piece here. Maybe some freehand after SMC will be added.. but I cannot say for sure at this point..

Onwards to Scale Model Challenge now!!! Not much longer now!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another night of prep for SMC...

On the second night towards the SMC competition and show I worked more on the Alien to tidy up the metal and rust sections.

This time tackling it with the Modelmates rust pigments, and then some ink/washes to tone it down. This was mostly to tackle the over use of the blue before, and to remove the visible brushstrokes that plagued the main canister. Thanks to Scott for pointing them out with fresh eyes.

I also worked on the leather sections a bit more to brighten it up closer to the nose bridge. Not a ton, and probably more could be done, but the subtle changes are there!

As for the Ronin.. well he was all about the textures and different levels of shine available. So his sheath received some blue highlights, and a satin shine. A couple levels as well to give it something more.

The metals all received some Scale75 White Alchemy metallics applied to make them shinier. And then hit with satin varnish as well to make it really pop out. This was one of the comments Rob brought up at Euro to represent the fact that this would be one thing that the Ronin would keep well made throughout his lifecycle cause that is his bread and butter. So to speak of course.. But the combination really make them more flashy on the model, and can be something that might draw the eye to it as well.. not sure if that is really the best thing, but it can also help to show the story of the model a bit more.. maybe.. possibly?

I also tried to slick his hair a bit with satin varnish.. am not 100% sold on it.. but I think it works.. for now..

Touched up some of the skin sections to make parts of them have a bit more life in them by adding some Sunny Skintone to the mix. I think it make a big difference, but only cause I have been staring at it for so long.

I tried to add some variations to the face as well with some reds and greens, but not sure it is fully visible, though I did apply this to the jacket section and the change is subtle, but there. I liked playing with the jacket a bit more, and working on some more spot highlights that allowed me to really pull some focus back onto it, but not overwhelmingly? I hope? Maybe I am just being a painting snob by saying that, or am just too invested in the piece... either way.. I like the small changes on it much more now!

And lastly, I tackled the base a bit further, but very slight. Mostly just making the front rock to have some spot highlights as well. Not fully sure on it, as with everything, but again it has a bit more on it than it had before.. so let's see how it does at SMC and what kind of comments I can receive on it now.

So that was night 2.. tonight is all about the WW2 gaming, and if I have the chance then I will do a bit of work on the crusader next.. and mostly for him it will be the hand, beads, and the cloak. Let's see how that goes..
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