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Dino
10-05-2010, 15:38
Opps. I thought they were yours. Sorry about that. I really like the dwarves.

Archon looks really nice.

Vinsanity
10-05-2010, 15:55
Great Archaon and the Dwarves look ace too! No criticism to find here :p Looking forward to more ;)

Aulbath
10-05-2010, 16:57
The whol happy bunch looks *******' amazing... I love the tones, they work so well together.

sigur
10-05-2010, 17:03
@Dino: Nope, sadly not mine. ;) Thanks anyway.

@Vinsanity: ....and more you shall get but not quite yet. Cheers.

@Aulbath: Thank you muchly, kind Sir.


Right, Archaon is finished now. What to go for next, the dragon?

noeste
10-05-2010, 21:29
Finish the Hellcannon, you've had such a great start with it.

Then do the horsemen, and save the Dragon for last. Always tough to have many models at the end of a deadline, no?

sigur
11-05-2010, 00:14
@noeste: Alright, the Hellcannon it is then. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip8.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip9.jpg

Don't got much to say about this one at the moment. :shifty:

Crube
11-05-2010, 09:11
Again, excellent work on the skulls and bone


*is jealous*

Lord Azoth
11-05-2010, 09:17
man..you make me love dwarves...
really love your painting style

dave3555
11-05-2010, 15:33
Those dwarfs look lovely. How did you paint the skin on the dwarf slayers / berserkers?

Thanks

Dave

sigur
11-05-2010, 21:05
@Crube: Thanks for complimenting these skulls, I'm really not that confident in painting larger areas of bone.... hey, wait, it doesn't come as a big surprise that bones look tasty to you. :p

@Lord Azoth: Thanks a lot. :)

@dave3555: Cheers. It's a basecoat of Dheneb Stone (one of my favourite colours since the beginning of the year) followed by various washes and highlights using mixes of bleached bone, elf flesh, various washes and white. For a complete tutorial and very interesting hints on painting skin, have a look a CMDante's blog (just google it, you'll find it). He's done a great article on that thing.


The guy who's Dwarfs I had the honor to paint set up a little presentation of his Warband using a bit of photoshop wizzardy (http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/miniatures-f2/bertls-expedition-fur-den-jungen-zwerg-t3872.htm). Eventhough some of the pictures he had to use show some dwarfs in WIP state, i really like that thread. ;)

Anyway, moving on with things, I need your help or advice guys. I've been pondering getting an airbrush. With all these commissions (especially a single-coloured space marines army with many vehicles), I figured basecoating could be done much quicker if I used an airbrush. Also, I'd be able to do snazzy camo schemes and stuff. Thing is, does this justify the cost of a compressor, gun, and all the additional stuff? Not that sure. Maybe I should stick to a system with pressured air in a bottle like the GW paintgun? OOoooor I really go all out, pay the ~280 (postage included) and get a moderately okay (you won't believe the prices of what these guys over at the real airbrush forums suggest for beginners) system? Hmm...also, compressors are more manly than bottled air as I was told earlier today...

So if anyone of you has some suggestions, please let me know. I already browsed the airbrush threads on here but that won't take the whole decision off my shoulders really.

New pictures of the hellcannon will be up later tonight.

sigur
12-05-2010, 01:33
Right, I promised you an update and... due to unfavorable circumstances, this is a bit of a drunk update. Nonetheless, I took some pictures of the current state of the hellcannon (sorry for the bad lighting):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip13.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip12.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip11.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonwip10.jpg


...and here's why you shouldn't prime stuff while holding it in your hand (even if it sounds like the most sensible thing to do at some point):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/handwip1.jpg

I made a base for the thing (the hellcannon, not my hand) and primed it. It will be featured in my upcoming update!

C&C welcome, good night.

StormCrow
12-05-2010, 02:41
haha, i once primed some black orcs with boltgun metal and managed to not wash the paint off my fingernails. Needless to say my GF was confused and frightened by my silver nail polish later that afternoon...

Great work on the hellcannon, the highlights are superb and the flames are very well done

Crazy Harborc
12-05-2010, 02:52
I've painted the odd finger and or finger nail or two, over the years. Never had silver nails or fingers.

Those guys really DO look GOOD.:)

tancrede
12-05-2010, 07:02
Wonderful work here, as always, man !!
I really like the overall look of the hellcanon, especially the inside of the gun !!

Tommygun
12-05-2010, 07:34
...and here's why you shouldn't prime stuff while holding it in your hand (even if it sounds like the most sensible thing to do at some point):

Over the years I have had to remove primer from several watches as well as hands.
I'm always convincing myself that this time I will spray it at just the right angle to miss my hands.
I have yet to find that perfect angle.

silverstu
12-05-2010, 08:31
The HellCannon looks fantastic Sigur- especially love how you've done all the metal work. The dwarf warband is awesome- really cinematic [quite something for dwarfs!] and the scheme and execution takes it somewhere special.
I always get primer on my fingers -despite spraying them in a box!

sigur
12-05-2010, 20:41
@StormCrow: Hehe, yeah, these fingernails...getting primer on your hand isn't too terrible, but it's somewhat problematic that the stuff just won't go off your fingernail. Often left me with a black thumbnail which is very much not cool.

@tancrede: Thanks very much. :-)

@Tommygun: Yus, I think i worked that angle out pretty well by now. Unless I lose my patience and want to get primer into deep recesses and decide to hold the piece in my hand while priming.

@silverstu: Cheers for the compliments!


Right, I got somewhat clean hands now (apart from my right thumb which I tend to use as a palette or to get rid of excess paint) and finished the Hellcannon!

Sadly, the pictures came out to be pretty weirdly bright again. Sorry about that. Hope you like it and the base I made. :-)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannonbase1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannon6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannon5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannon4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannon3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/hellcannon1.jpg


Right, that's it. According to the plan as suggeted by noeste, marauder horsemen are next!


C&C welcome, see you soon!

Ancre
12-05-2010, 20:45
That dwarf warband is fantastic ! I like it quite a lot.

And the hellcannon looks very good too ; the inside of the cannon is really amazing.

Not much to say it's true, except that you're very good as always Sigur :)

Crazy Harborc
12-05-2010, 20:55
Marauder Horsemen are next.:D I happen to know where I can find a couple of boxes of those to do a paint along.;) Yeah right! Now...IF I can find them again.:confused:

noeste
12-05-2010, 22:33
Your Hellcannon's turned out great! Lovely base, helps to make the Hellcannon the centrepiece it deserves to be.

You'll make the Horsemen same as those you did earlier, or will these have different set of weapons mayhaps? Axes instead of spears?

Lew_b81
13-05-2010, 01:16
The Hellcannon is really cool. Seems odd, but my favourite part has to be the Chaos stars on the wheels. They look so cool!
And you've done a brilliant job of those Chaos Dwarfs!
Keep it up, Sigur!

sigur
13-05-2010, 02:37
@Ancre: Thanks muchly. :)

@Crazy Harborc: Hope you found the box and got painting by now, old chap!

@noeste: Same equipment on these as well. Love the looks of them toting those spears.

@Lew_b81: Thank you. These chaos stars indeed are somewhat prominent. I tried to tone it down a bit lateron by using that shiny red scheme on more parts but they still look pretty gaudy compared to the rest of the mini. ;)


Right guys, I swore to myself that I'd give you an update on the marauder horsemen before i go to bed. Unlucky for me, this took a bit longer than I thought because I definately wanted to have these shields done before I take new photos.

Anyway, let's cut to the chase (to use a phrase I learned just some time ago), here's the pictures:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/horsemen2wip3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/horsemen2wip4.jpg


So I'd say these guys are 85% finished, all they need is minor details (the musician's trumpet mainly, a wristband and maybe a few touchups on the metals here and there). Hope to get all that finished tomorrow so I can get straight to finishing off that dragon.

Goodnight, people!



edit: Oh, and some detailing on the battle damage on the shields. I totally could do all these minor things before going to bed but I'm afraid I'd end up sitting here for four more hours.

Gargobot
13-05-2010, 14:14
Once again impressed with how much you get done. Looks great too!
It's a shame the cannon didn't fit properly, luckily the awesome paintjob makes more than up for it.
Really looking forward to that dragon now. :)

(Note to self: Must include more personal pronouns to not sound like a military man...)

sigur
13-05-2010, 14:45
@Gargobot: Thanks for the kind reply. And no offense, but you're German. There are not enough personal pronouns in the world to not make you seem like a military man. ;)


Horsemen finished:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/horsemen21.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/horsemen22.jpg


Finished Archaon:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/archaon3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/archaon2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/archaon1.jpg

...

sigur
13-05-2010, 14:47
...

Khornelord:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/khornelord3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/khornelord2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/khornelord1.jpg


Just because I think I haven't uploaded pictures of finished Archaon and Khornelord yet. :)

Malenky_malchick
13-05-2010, 16:40
I really liked how the hellcannon and Khornelord turned out, I especially like the juggernaut, It gave me some ideas on how to paint my own. :)

noeste
13-05-2010, 20:34
They're all looking great!

Now just to wait for the Dragon and a nice army shot, mhm?

Crazy Harborc
13-05-2010, 23:57
Oh those guys. Away from their 9 to 5, Monday thru Friday desk jobs. Weekends in the great outdoors. Pillage and destroy....all good clean fun.:evilgrin:

Crube
14-05-2010, 09:40
Excellent. Love the damage on the shields, and as I'm sure I've said before, your red is fantastic....

Nice one :D

Ashton.Sanders
14-05-2010, 17:50
Fantastic work as always. It's Ironic that Dwarven warband was for a guy at my favorite Mordheim forum.

Anyway, one thought on the hellcannon:

Aren't those chains that hold the cannon supposed to help keep the cannon from flying backwards when it shoots? Or do the soles in the hell cannon keep pushing it forward?

Gargobot
14-05-2010, 18:20
@Gargobot: Thanks for the kind reply. And no offense, but you're German. There are not enough personal pronouns in the world to not make you seem like a military man. ;)
None taken, of course I'll have to exact vengeance like we Germans do nowadays... I'll holiday in your country! Muahahaha! :evilgrin:

:wtf:
Khornedude looks great, I think he should be the leader of the crime fighters. Khornedude and the Chaotic Riders... I'd watch that show! ;)
Now please tell me the dragon is next on your to-do-list.

sigur
14-05-2010, 23:04
@Malenky_malchick: Thanks. I really didn't have the heart to paint the Juggernaut all red or all metal or something like that.

@noeste: Indeed, at least that's the plan.

@Crazy Harborc: These guys are just crazy alright. Right after leaving the office, they go for a pint, then off home, put on the leather outfits, put on those top knots and iron masks and go KRAZI for the whole weekend!

@Crube: Thanks, I had plenty of time to work on my red. :p

@Ashton.Sanders: Thank you. From what I heard from my client, Tim's boring Mortheim Forums is one of the biggest and influential ones around. About the cannon: Yup, you're pretty much right ....IF WE WERE TALKING ABOUT A NORMAL CANNON. :cheese: I know, the chains don't make too much sense the way, well spotted. Unless you take into account that this is a daemon machine and I once watched a WoC vs. DE game (remember the time when WoC was just out and DE were about the only OTHER army you would encounter at a GW store?) in which the hellcannon went crazy and attacked some friendly unit. So judging from this, I suppose one could argue that the chains are needed to keep the thing in check, otherwise it would just "run" off, eating or ramming things. When being kept restrained, the evil daemons inhabiting the cannon only have the choice of spitting nasty things at others to harm them but will take every chance to rush into someone's face. At least that's my excuse for that odd position of the chains. :)

@Gargobot: :eek: :(

Alright, due to my liberal use of smilies in this post, there isn't too much piccie slots left for updates. So all you get is a picture of a piece of rock:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/dragonbasewip1.jpg


C&C welcome, see you soon!

sigur
14-05-2010, 23:07
...
Haha, got you!

Here's the rest of the pictures:

Dragon Ssorduab
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/dragonwip11.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/dragonwip10.jpg


The flame and the poor Bretonnian Knight:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/flamewip1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/flamewip2.jpg



Right, that's it. Simultaneously, I took up work on some 40k stuff again so if you want to have a look, just take a little trip to my 40k log of random things (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135759&page=39). :)


C&C welcome, hope you all fare well and have a nice weekend!

Crazy Harborc
15-05-2010, 18:19
sigur

When we visit my wife's relatives in Tulsa Ok. We drive by a local bar when driving around here and there in Tulsa. THAT bar is a local hang out for bikers. It's been fun over the years....THOSE bikers have gotten grey and or silver haired!!

On weekends they are in their leathers, fur trimed jean jackets etc. Your latest group of Marauders really do remind me of those weekend bikers. Well that and knowing we are going to Tulsa next weekend.

ALL that said.......your minies ARE great. GW stuff actually "looks like" it's worth the bucks GW charges.......when you get done with it.:D

Aulbath
15-05-2010, 18:25
The drake and his victim are looking great, are you going to add some OSL (from the flames) on the knight?

mrtn
16-05-2010, 12:10
Nice work, is that empty base for a disk rider?

Your explanation of the chains on the cannon is actually completely correct. :)

@Aulbath: I think you mean a dragon, not a drake, which in English means a male duck. ;) No offence intended by complaining on your language, but the thought of a fire breathing chaos duck was funny. :D

Aulbath
16-05-2010, 13:41
@mrtn: Fully aware I used the word drake, drakes or fire-drakes were vocabulary used in days of yore for the very dragonkind we see here.

drake
1 A dragon (cf. FIRE-DRAKE 1); an ensign or standard depicting a dragon. arch. OE.

drake
3. an obsolete word for dragon
[Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracō dragon]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 6th Edition 2003.

drake
archaic for "dragon," from O.E. draca, from P.Gmc. *drako (see dragon).
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=drake&searchmode=none

sigur
18-05-2010, 14:54
@Crazy Harborc: Hehe, gotta pay a visit to Tulsa then for some Marauder-painting inspiration. :p

@Aulbath: Thanks and no OSL on the Bret but there definately will be sooting and such on the Horsie.

@mrtn: You mean the rocky base in the background with that chaos glyph stick thing sticking out? That's actually the base for the dragon. :) Interesting piece of info on male ducks; didn't know that. I always thought that a Drake was a smallish dragon. Oh, and thanks for backing me up on that hellcannon thing. ;)

@Alubath: ....and again something learned! At least I'm getting not much more stupid spending all that time painting minis thanks to you guys.


Look what I found while looking for magnets. Some semi-early paintjobs (blatant lie, I still use these guardsmen when I play. ) I did. Enjoy. :p

Chaos Knight, mutated Chaos Warhounds:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/fantasynoob.jpg

A bunch of 40k minis:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/40knoob.jpg

All these were painted and ...erm....converted around 1996/97.

npow34
19-05-2010, 13:14
Wow how the hobby has come along.

sigur
20-05-2010, 23:53
@npow34: Well, it's been a while but the minis haven't become much better. :angel:

Update:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/flame2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/flame1.jpg

The knight is finally finished and I'm glad about that. This guy gave me quite some headache in terms of colours and how he should be done so he doesn't draw the attention off the dragon and so on. Also, it's pretty hard to paint a Bretonnian knight in a somewhat downplayed fashion. The flame itself still isn't great, I'll have to fiddle around with it a bit more I think. But in my defence, it's looking better in real life than it does in the pictures! :) Two more days to go.

tensions
21-05-2010, 05:54
that 2 headed dragon is insanely awesome~

love your lava bases too~

that blasted pegasus knight is very cool~~

Solun Decius
21-05-2010, 09:28
The cooked knight looks excellent. Nice touch on the singed wing. Will the flame be pinned for display and removed for games, or can it be used on the tabletop with everything on?
The dragon is awesome, very cool texture on the wings and on the armored scales. Hope to see the head better in later photos as it looks pretty vivid now.

Cudos on sharing the old sins too. I've got some rather horrible stuff crammed away somewhere. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to let it see the light of day :D

sigur
22-05-2010, 01:01
@tensions: thanks. :) (what are those "~" signs about?)

@Solun Decius: In theory, the can be used on the tabletop with everything on. Unfortunately, i underestimated the weight of the rider a bit so the dragon's a little top-heavy with everything on and will fall to the front pretty easily. But considering the whole setup, it's quite stable. I don't really consider these old paintjobs "sins", they're just part of the past and i cherish them as such. ;)

Right, I spent the past three hours fiddling around on the dragon, declaring it finished, deciding to go back through all the chaos minis and paint the borders of the bases black. I think it was worth it. Also got us our first army shot of the whole lot (sans the dragon):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/army1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/army2.jpg

I'll upload pictures of the whole army in a proper setup tomorrow or on Sunday at the latest. Makes me a little sentimental getting rid of these razor-toothed rascals. :p

Hammer49
22-05-2010, 08:23
That is a superb looking army.

Harry
22-05-2010, 09:16
It is a really beautifully painted army.
Great to have been along for the ride and watched it take shape.

sigur
22-05-2010, 16:41
@Hammer49: Thanks. :) Nice post count by the way.

@Harry: Thanks for sticking around really. Don't know how I'd manage to paint such masses of minis for months without the encouragement from you and all the other commenters.

Right, I'm just transferring 217 pictures of the chaos minis to my computer. Unfortunately the camera ran out of power before I could start taking army shots. Will post them as soon as possible. This is really a bit of a throwback to the pictures I made of the Battle for Skull Pass stuff. The same happened when I took the pictures of these and I think it took three more days until I finally posted real army shots here. Won't take that long this time, I promise!

Crube
22-05-2010, 16:58
Looking excellent as ever...

You've got a real depth and richness in the colours on the knight... I know you shared your red recipe earlier in the thread, but now it's the blue I'm interested in... It's always been a colour I've had trouble with.

sigur
22-05-2010, 17:25
Same here. I just use blue way too rarely and, to be honest, I had problems with the blue on this guy as well until the very last night.

Here's how I painted it: a basecoat of Enchanted Blue (with a little bit of regal blue I scratched out of an old paintpot) and black. Start highlighting with very thin layers, with painting the brushstrokes from "the inside to the outside" so only the "thin end" of the layer is in the deeper parts of the blue surface. This is basically what the tutorial people do when they try to explain how to use glazing for painting highlights.

Then I list my patience and tried painting regular edge highlighting using pure Enchanted blue while applying Asurmen Blue Wash to the deeper parts which resulted in the whole thing looking like crap and me getting frustrated. :p Then the knight cought some dust during the next weeks. When I finally had to finish him, I commenced trying to tie the deeper, washed parts together with the enchanted blue parts by again using very thin layers of a mix of enchanted blue, some black and some Asurmen Blue Wash. Worked out surprisingly well.

Well, that was a bit elaborate. In fact, it was just: Basecoat with Enchanted Blue/Regal Blue/Black mix, highlight carefully, apply wash, tie together highlights and washed, darker areas.

Enchanted blue is tricky to work with and it's by far not my favorite Blue that there is. There's a reason why Regal Blue is called regal I suppose. It's much easier to work with, has a very nice colour and probably would have been much easier a choice than fiddling around with Enchanted Blue plus black (which gives you a blue-ish grey colour) and washes and whatnot.

TheMaster
22-05-2010, 23:35
Is that Yarrick with the crab claw?

Gargobot
22-05-2010, 23:42
The whole army looks amazing!
But I just noticed another awesome detail... your Catachan named "Babba". What's the deal with him?

sigur
22-05-2010, 23:55
@TheMaster: Yeah. Way superior to the current sculpt in my opinion.

@Gargobot: Babba's part of Lt.Dan's platoon command squad (24th Turan, yellow company, blue platoon), along with Forest (the Orlock juve with the Uzi). Just some random names. :shifty: I have a handful of "named" minis in my IG army who earned themselves names through battlefield performance. The guy in the front in that picture, the Orlock leader with the Bolgun and the axe, also used to have a name but I never quite remember it. I'm pretty sure it's Lt.Ron (yellow company, red platoon), the way less awesome officer (compared to Lt.Dan) who usually dies without doing anything or runs off the board. I actually hardly play but there's always a little memorable thing, especially when playing IG. I guess I could go on about disputable little feats of heroism for way longer than it's appropriate for a fantasy log. :p


Phew, filtered and edited all the chaos pictures. Still no army shot though but maybe later. So I just did some painting on 40k stuff (update in my 40k log).

sigur
23-05-2010, 11:57
Right people, here's the army shots....in a sec....photobucket is uploading..52%.....67%......82%....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/front1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/front2.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/left.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/right.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/rear.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/top5.jpg

...

sigur
23-05-2010, 12:02
[...]

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/front4.jpg


I really couldn't decide which frontal shot I'd take. Light was pretty much against me in this one but it's still the lightest spot in the house and I was somewhat under time pressure.

More army pictures can be foundhere (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/). :)

I'll upload finished pictures of the dragon with the flame and all later. Also, if you have any picture requests for any specific unit, let me know. I'll be off to hand the army over to the owner soon. I never expected to get all this stuff done until the end of May and in fact I didn't (didn't do one unit of marauder horsemen and the chaos warshrine).

Next Fantasy thing I'm doing: One unit of chaos marauders and one unit of chaos warriors for the same client. After that, it'll probably be more 40k stuff again in the near future. I got a Death Korps of Krieg army coming up as well as the Space Hulk minis so the mainstray of updates will be in my 40k log from now on. Hope to see you there. :)

Cassarus
23-05-2010, 18:02
That is one awesome army you got there sigur, you should really feel proud of yourself!

sigur
23-05-2010, 23:30
@Cassarus: Thanks. :) I am somewhat proud of it.


I met with the client earlier today, he seemed pleased as well and, as agreed upon earlier, gave me two more regiments to paint. First, 12 more chaos warriors:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors2wip1.jpg

Their shields are finished. Everything is going pretty quick, the only thing that drags is the times I have to wait for a.) primer and b.) the base colour on the bases take to dry.

Hope to proceed even quicker than usual and give you notable updates as soon as possible.

sigur
24-05-2010, 20:48
Update time!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors2wip2.jpg

Hope they are pleasing to your eyes. :)

Ancre
24-05-2010, 21:56
They are :) And that chaos army looks pretty good !

Malenky_malchick
25-05-2010, 10:52
I'm impressed by the speed you paint your figures and yet achieve such a nice quality.

sigur
25-05-2010, 12:57
@Ancre: Thanks. :)

@Malenky_malchick: Cheers, I got a monkey sitting on my back and it's name is "time exposure - payment". There's also lots of other commissions coming up so I better get these chaos guys done fast.


Warriors finished:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors23.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors22.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors21.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/warriors24.jpg


C&C welcome as always!

Solun Decius
25-05-2010, 15:18
Daaaamn, those Warriors really shine! Outstanding red capes and shiny armor. Great stuff!

Heh, regarding the "sins" you are absolutely right. Any miniature is exactly as well painted as it should be as long as the painter, at the time, has the desire to improve, and is doing so as he/she paints said mini :D

sigur
26-05-2010, 00:50
@Solun Decius: Thanks for the comment. :) It's nice to look back to miniatures I painted some years ago once in a while.


Little update: Cleaned and assembled 16 Chaos Marauders. Now I have to wait for the Milliput on the bases to cure, so I guess I won't be able to do much more on those guys today.

sigur
26-05-2010, 15:21
New tiny update!
Shields: painted
16 Marauders: basing done, primed.

The_Dark_Raven
26-05-2010, 16:03
All looking great Sigur, and the thought of the Marauders being primed and ready for painting is most excellent. If the warriors before them are any example, then I am looking forward to some great Marauder models coming forth.

sigur
27-05-2010, 17:44
@The_Dark_Raven: Thanks for your kind comment.


Update on the Marauders. I built some more because the unit is supposed to be "as big as possible" and I got 2 boxes of Marauders.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/marauders2wip1.jpg


As you can see, the shields are as good as done.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/marauders2shields.jpg




oh, and my airbrush arrived. ^^

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/airbrush1.jpg
(I usually am much more sophisticated but I wanted the message to fit my mastery of the medium. :shifty: )


The compressor:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/airbrush3.jpg

The yet unnamed gun:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/airbrush2.jpg


First thing I did after putting the compressor and tank together, taking the gun apart and putting it back together, reading some instructions and all that, was getting some airbrush cleaner (got Revell's Airbrush Clean because it has excellent reviews). Found an awesome new modelling store which has none of that fantasy gaming stuff, just plain old model kits of all varieties, airbrushes, weathering material, paints and sport nutrition supplements of course! Because it's a manly store! Seriously, if I'd still be into military model kits only, this would be one of my dream stores. The guy at the counter was very friendly as well and gave me good advice.

Anyway, after I got home I tried the thing out and immediately clogged it up with VMC German Grey. I don't know, maybe I didn't water it down enough (almost seems so) or I did something else wrong. After lots of cleaning I tried some GW paint and it went a lot better this time. I will not tell you what colour it is but being the clever people that you are, you'll figure it out. The paint probably was thinner this time and I got better results.

I think that mixing the paints or figuring the ratios needed for satisfying results is one of the most complicated things for me now. I also might have to get a LOT of small paintpots to keep airbrush mixes in. For now, I've been mixing the paint with normal tap water and directly in the top loader pot which probably isn't exactly the best way to do it. If you have any advice on how to do it better, please share. :-)

Anyway, that's it for now.


P.S.: Oh, the Space Hulk miniatures have arrived. More about that in my 40k log.


edit: In the gun-picture you see a brush lying in the painting water. I know, that is something you NEVER do (don't do that to your brushes, kids!) but this is my PVA-brush for basing and therefore it's more dead than alive anyway. I forgot about it lying around so it was very much dried up with PVA when I realized my mistake and I just threw it into the bowl, hoping that it would get the PVA out of the bristles.

sigur
29-05-2010, 12:22
A little update on these Marauders:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/marauders2wip2.jpg

I know it's "just troops" and stuff but big regiments are always awesome and just a necessity for an army. This huge chunk of minis is pretty daunting as well though. There will be something more exciting in this log soon, I promise. ;)

sigur
02-06-2010, 03:27
Right, time for something new!

I got a kind of emergency commission to finish for a tournament taking place on June 26th. I got the miniatures yesterday in the evening and these guys are really fun to work with. They're not only fun miniatures but I also get to work with colours I usually don't get to use like lots of yellow, orange and purple. Interstingly, the orange was planned to look way more pink-ish but when I mixed warlock purple (awesome colour) with yellow, I got this really cool orange so I just went with that. From the lower torso up to the maw, the froggies are also coloured bleached bone, but it's hard to see in the pictures.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/frogswip1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/frogswip2.jpg

Next steps will be highlighting the orange and white parts, then I paint the clothes they're wearing. The only thing the client asked me to do was incorporating pink to some extend. I probably will go for more of a purple with pink highlights I guess. Let's see. So far, I'm pretty content with how they work out.

Hope you like them as well, C&C welcome as always. :)

Melchiah
02-06-2010, 06:10
What range is thoughes from?:eek:

Aulbath
02-06-2010, 06:15
Looking awesome already... like those "Marzipan-animals" if you ever saw some of those.

Catferret
02-06-2010, 06:15
What range is thoughes from?:eek:

Gaspez Arts (http://www.gaspez-arts.com/). They do all sorts of cool stuff.

sigur
02-06-2010, 13:54
@Melchiah: Catferret, of course, is right. :)

@Aulbath: Can't remember any animals of that sort but I have pretty clear memories on a partucularly interesting episode of Die Sendung mit der Maus in which I was told how marzipan pears were made and I can not deny certain similarities. :p


Update!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/frogswip3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/frogswip4.jpg



edit: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, i exceeded my bandwidth? That has never happened before. :cry: Here's attachments:

mrtn
02-06-2010, 14:34
Nice froggies, totally crazy. Too bad I have to click attachments to view them.

Ashton.Sanders
02-06-2010, 20:15
edit: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, i exceeded my bandwidth? That has never happened before. :cry: Here's attachments:
Popularity sucks ;) I'm proud of you.

sigur
03-06-2010, 01:14
@mrtn: I know, this attachment business is a disgrace. :(

@Ashton.Sanders: Yeah, my overwhelming popularity is a heavy burden but some of us are just born with that special je ne sais quoi. :p


Well, I e-mailed the photobucket people and asked when my bandwidth-o-meter will be reset to zero. Got no answer so far. Until then, I'll just keep on using attachments and if the photobucket people tell me that it will take longer than a week or so until my photobucket-month is over, I'll just open a second account.

But, as others mentioned, it's pretty cool that I actually exceeeded the bandwidth for the first time. Thanks for looking at my pictures, people of the interwebz. ;)

As for the frogs...they're finished. Even based and all. What I have not done yet is varnishing them because I'll have to check with the client if he wants them to be varnished at all. Have I told you about the little problem with the Big Guy in the team? He's pretty big and pretty cool and all but he was sent with only one hand (hands come seperate, second hand is not in the box) so the guy I'm painting the minis for will have to look for that hand at his place or give the company a call so they send him another hand. Really annoying, that and just slowing things down EVEN MORE.

Aaaaaanyway, I hope you like the Frogs that are finished for now. I quite like them. Just in case someone cares, I took the raw painting (basing, priming, etc.) time on this project and it took me roughly 15 hours to get these guys from unassembled, unwashed metal to this current state.


C&C welcome!

Solun Decius
03-06-2010, 09:16
Frogs look excellent dude! Really colorful and excellent smooth painting. Impressive BB team.

Ancre
04-06-2010, 09:37
Congrats for your account's bandwith Sigur !

And I really like those frogs. I've been looking at a lot of frog miniatures, and the paintjob you gave to these is much better than every other I've seen, which makes them looks much better, to the point that I contemplate using those models now.

sigur
07-06-2010, 15:21
@Solun Decius: Thanks, I'm pretty proud of them myself. :)

@Ancre: Merci, these indeed are very nice miniatures that are lots of fun to paint. The gaspez art have other interesting ranges for fantasy football teams as well though. The pygmies look very interesting for Halfling team proxies, the "Mice" would fit into a Skaven team seamlessly and the Zombies are very funny minis. The bondage team is interesting but has been pulled off better by other companies I think. Oh, great chaos minis there as well.

First WIP of the big guy:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/bigfrogwip1.jpg

As you'll notice, the 2nd hand still is lacking but the client won't get to order from the company again before July or something so he asked me to paint the guy without the second hand for now.

Just now I learned that the airbrush really only pays off when painting more than one miniature (or big stuff). All the cleaning between colours and all that just took pretty long.

Anyway, hope to be able to give you finished pictures of him as soon as possible. See you soon!

sigur
08-06-2010, 13:59
Update on the big guy:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/BFwip1.jpg

:)

StormCrow
08-06-2010, 14:00
Looks like you're taking to the new airbrush like a duck to water. The model looks superb, well done!

sigur
08-06-2010, 14:05
Looks like you're taking to the new airbrush like a duck to water. The model looks superb, well done!

Oh, you should have seen me last night, when I tried basecoating a Salamanders Drop Pod. Sitting in front of the gun, having no clue what's wrong, cursing in frustration, hands full of airbrush cleaner... :D

But thanks. ;)

sigur
08-06-2010, 18:42
Here's the airbrush duck again with a little update: I broked my airbrush gun. Thought it was a good idea to screw the tiny little nozzle out fer cleanin', using that little spanner I got with the gun. Seem to have been a little over-enthusiastic when screwing it in again, ripped off the mounting thread.

I'm really careful when it comes to things like that so I'm quite annoyed. Any other mishap (bent needle, bent nozzle, clogged up nozzle, etc.) probably would not have been that much of a problem but this is bad because I got this tiny thread stuck in the bigger nozzle and I can't get it out. A bit hard to desribe really. It's kinda like the situation when you try to change a really old lightbulb, the glass part shatters and you got the metal part still stuck in the casing. Now think of that casing being 1.5 to 2 millimeter in diameter and you got my problem. There is no potatoe in the world that is small enough to help me here! :cries: (and no violin small enough to match my lament)

I went to the company's website to see if they got any spare parts to order and they even have a special set to get that small thread out out; thing is, for the price of that set plus a new nozzle, I can get the same gun again.

At least I didn't get a more expensive gun to ruin in the first place. ;) I'll take a trip to a local modelling store tomorrow and see if they can do something. If not, I'll just call it a little backlash and get a new gun.


On a different note, the big guy's finished, I'll upload pictures later.

Welf VIII.
08-06-2010, 18:56
Oh dear, poor unlucky one.:(

apart from that I like your frogmen so far. I've got a bunch of old slann from the late 80s, which lost their weapons back then to form a Blood Bowl team. This inspires me to take them out and repaint them (and add some shoulder pads).

Keep up the great work!

Melchiah
08-06-2010, 19:33
Your frogs makes me want to go lick toads.

Gargobot
09-06-2010, 00:09
~15 hours (plus the odd few for the big guy) for a team is a great time. Sucks with the gun though.
But seeing your results, I really feel like trying out airbrushing too.

Keep it up! And show us the finished big guy already! :mad:;)

Lew_b81
09-06-2010, 00:17
Frogs look superb, Sigur. That sucks big time about the airbrush, because you were doing wonders with it!

Have you thought about swapping over to Picasa for your photos? I've just had to for my Ogres. There's no bandwidth to excede, and it's owned by Google, so it's a reliable place to store your photos. The upload thinger is really good too. The only real downside is that it's a bit less user friendly than Photobucket, but considering it solves the bandwidth problem, that's a small price to pay.

Ancre
09-06-2010, 19:59
I am very sorry for your airbrush gun Sigur :( You makes wonderful stuff and it's sad to hear your tools are broken !

As for the Gazpez miniatures, I know them, I've seen them and visited their website, but I've never been attracted to their miniatures up till now. I don't really know why, maybe it's because I find the paintjob dull ... I like flamboyant colors, fifth edition warhammer sillyness (bright red ! ), bright green, flaming red, vivid blue, stuff like this, and Gaspez Arts' paintjob is just so monochrome ; and it's dark tones monochrome. So your paintjob give another vision of their miniatures, and they suddenly become much more attractive !

Plus, I discovered them with their evil dwarves range, and it doesn't help that their dwarfs are half naked while chaos dwarfs in my imagination wear full armour :)

Toschenko
10-06-2010, 14:41
I know your feelings, this occurred to my airbrush, too. Sometimes it sucks to be that strong and well built :p. You could always try to get it out with a small screwdriver, like that used for eyeglasses; all in all, you can't use the airbrush as it stands now and you're already aware that:



thing is, for the price of that set plus a new nozzle, I can get the same gun again.


Yes, it really sucks :(

Nice frogs, though.

Toschenko

sigur
10-06-2010, 15:14
@Welf VIII.: Sounds like a cool idea, go for it! Will also be a good opportunity to try some other painting schemes.

@Melchiah: Hurhurhur.

@Gargobot: Thanks. But yeah, the thing about the gun sucks big time. I just ordered a new one. Fun thing is, they charge the same amount of postage fees for the single gun as they did for a ~10 kg package full of stuff. This, combined with the heat lately, made my annoy-o-meter to a new level of uncomfiness.

@Lew_b81: Hmm, thanks for the suggestion with Picasa. Doesn't sound too bad actually apart from the fact that in recent years, I grew pretty paranoid about google. That's the only reason I don't have a gmail account already or a blog from their service. But i'll consider it.

@Ancre: Yeah, the paintjobs on their website are a little off-putting, at least on the frogs it was really hard to see the casting quality from their website.

@Toschenko: Thanks for the sympathy. It's really tough luck that everything I do, I do with MANLY MUSCLE POWER. :p I think I can still use the gun to some extend for basecoating stuff...but anyway, I just paid the good price for a new gun and the enormous price for postage and now I'll just try to pretend that nothing ever happened.

Here's a final picture along with the big guy - the Teotiqua Bananas:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/finished1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/BloodBowl/finished2.jpg


The heat lately really is annoying. I'm having a hard time getting anything done with the room surely being above 30C during daytime.

Aaaannyyywaayyyyy, For the next time, I'll mostly be over at 40k-Land (and my 40k log obviously). With Space Hulk, DKOK, Khorne Berzerkers and possible Blood Angels to do, there won't be much time for additional fantasy commissions. On the other hand, there's still those Chaos Marauders to finish... :S

sigur
11-06-2010, 13:38
Update: Due to my lack of Airbrush at the moment, I decided to finish stuff I had standing around on my table already. This means: the unit of 23 Chaos Marauders. Did the skin last night, some neatening up plus the metallics today so far. pictures will follow.... soon. :shifty:

Now off to pick up some beer and do shopping. I hope that this is a good time and people already returned home to watch the 2010 world cup's first game already.




edit - update about 6 hours later: uhm....finished the metallics and basecoated the browns. :)

sigur
12-06-2010, 13:40
upadate!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/marauders2wip3.jpg

Not much to say about these really, just a huge bunch of dudes. I'm having the feeling that I've been really slow lately.

Crube
12-06-2010, 13:55
Lovely skin tone as ever, Sir...

Fruhauf
12-06-2010, 15:23
how did you paint the marauders? they are awesome and I have a lot to paint...

sigur
12-06-2010, 15:55
@Crube: Why thank you, I also find your coat especially shiny today.... oh, you mean the Marauders. Cheers. :p

@Fruhauf: Thanks. The skin: Dheneb Stone basecoat, wash with whatever you like basically. I went for purple-ish skin tones on this army so I did a wash that is a mix of gryphone sepia, leviathan purple and a hint of Dwarf Flesh. Highlight with a mix of bleached bone and white (I'd LOVE to have a mid-tone between bleached bone and white. Something not quite as yellow and almost white but not quite), final highlights with white if you want. Maybe I did some highlighting with pure bleached bone before the mixed highlighting.

Then, paint browns and blacks/greys as you like. I usually go for Chocolate brown base, highlight in several layers with mixes of chocolate brown and something sandier....I think this time I used VMC Green Brown (which is a dark sand colour. Most misleading name for paint ever.), final highlights with kommando khaki (I really learned to appreciate that colour while painting that chaos army), wash with Devlan Mud. For a different tone of brown, i highlight with mixes of chocolate brown and kommando khaki instead of the sandy brown. Makes for a "colder", grey-ish brown rather than a leathery, organic one.

Metallics are made with the old Boltgun metal, Vallejo black wash, mithril highlights I did throughout the whole army.

Just let me know if you have any more questions. :)

Your pale companion
13-06-2010, 11:55
Lovely everything as ever, Sir...

Ryofo
13-06-2010, 12:17
I am loving that BB team soooo much:)

dax
13-06-2010, 13:03
Sigur if you want something between White and Bone try Vallejo model colour Ivory or P3 menolith white highlight (slightly darker than Ivory but it's all relative as they're both close to white) should be just what your looking for. Great painting by the way.

sigur
13-06-2010, 20:10
@Your pale companion: Thanks, my pale companion. :)

@Ryofo: Yeah, they're cute, aren't they.

@dax: Thanks for the suggestion, I definately will try out the VMC Ivory one (no P3 supplier nearby).



Marauders are finished!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/maraudersNEU1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/maraudersNEU2.jpg



Right, these guys are 24 men strong and ready for 8th edition. :) Awesome highlight earlier this evening: Due to my desk being a total mess, I found that I had lost a Marauder at a VERY early painting stage (primed and based) who I had to paint up to what the other guys look like. Annoying. But it went pretty quick.

So I hope you like them and please excuse the not-so-great pictures.


This concludes my Warhammer Fantasy Warriors of Chaos commission. :)

Catferret
13-06-2010, 20:17
Woo! You must be glad to have finished all the Chaos and can do other things now. At least the client will be happy with the quality.

Crube
13-06-2010, 20:18
This concludes my Warhammer Fantasy Warriors of Chaos commission. :)

Booooooooooooooo!

Moar Chaos....

Actually, just more stuff.... full stop. Love this log, inspiring and yet depressing with the quality and speed with which you produce models.

What's next?



(*wonders if he can afford getting Sigur to paint his next army(s)*)

sigur
13-06-2010, 21:07
@Catferret: I'm pretty positive that he will be. :)

@Crube: Thanks. I'm also partial on being finished with that big one. I mean, I have all the recipes and techniques now for painting these guys, on the other hand I'm looking forward to painting other stuff again. These Marauders were a good conclusion though, seeing as how Marauders also were about the first unit I finished for the whole thing six months ago. And concerning the commission thing....with your dog salary you surely can afford my services. But don't you do commission stuff yourself?

Right now, I have no fantasy things lined up at all, just 40k stuff really. A rather large-ish DKOK commission, Space Hulk, some more Salamanders, Khorne Berzerkers, possible Blood Angels. I actually am looking forward to painting Space Marines. I know, that sounds lame but they are fun to paint. At least you never have that feeling of putting hours and hours of work into a model that's worth 5 points on the table. ;)


edit: Oh, of course I forgot about the thing I wanted to tell you about. I went back through the log and made an Index in the first post for easier browsing of this log.

mrtn
13-06-2010, 22:31
Congratulations on finishing that commission, pretty big job. :) Good work as usual.

Crube
14-06-2010, 10:52
@Crube: ....with your dog salary you surely can afford my services...
Careful, you may not know what you're letting yourself in for...




But don't you do commission stuff yourself?

I do, or shold I say, I did... still having trouble holding a brush after my last stay in hospital... all I've done hobby wise in the last 18 months is buy more toy soldiers, strip 3 treekin and re glue them, and make some movement trays. C'est tout, das ist alles....:(

I'm thinking the treekin could be a relatively easy way back in (drybrush heaven)... I'll see how I go...



Right now, I have no fantasy things lined up at all, just 40k stuff really.


Boooooooooooooooo....




edit: Oh, of course I forgot about the thing I wanted to tell you about. I went back through the log and made an Index in the first post for easier browsing of this log.


Far too clever... far too clever indeed :)

Solun Decius
14-06-2010, 13:43
The Marauders are excellent! Very nice skin tone and smooth blending going on there. Congrats on finishing that commission, and I'll see you in the future ;) Lt. Ron looking ace over there, a nice warm-up for bigger things to come, eh?

Crazy Harborc
14-06-2010, 23:53
Confession time .....Over half of my plastic marauders are on 20mm square bases. They have had LOTS of use as DoW Norsemen AND as historical viking raiders.:D

Ancre
15-06-2010, 10:16
Great marauders ! I believe you're glad to have finished this commission ; but sadly for us it means no warhammer stuff for a little while ! Oh no ! Guess I'll have to migrate to your 40k stuff then :D

Oh and great idea for the first post index as well :)

sigur
15-06-2010, 14:25
Thanks for the kind replies. :)

@mrtn: Indeed. Biggest job so far. Now off to grander deeds!

@Crube:

Careful, you may not know what you're letting yourself in for...

Bah, you'd never pull something as evil like commanding me to paint an all NMM Necron army with loads of OSL stuff on me. :p


I'm thinking the treekin could be a relatively easy way back in (drybrush heaven)... I'll see how I go...

Go for it! Now! What treekin minis are we talking about here?

@Solun Decius: Thanks. Now get over to my 40k log again and poast there like there's no tomorrow! ;)

@Crazy Harborc: Do they rank up or even fit properly on 20mm bases?

@Ancre: Cheers, buddy. Looking forward to seeing you on the 40k side of things. It seems like it's harder to get replies over there anyway, mostly due to that unnecessary forums split. :shifty:

Anyway, so the new edition of WHFB is up for pre-order along with a nifty competition for a 3000pts army of your choice. I won't participate in that because I'd have to order a ltd. edition WHFB rulebook or that Gamer's edition and I don't really have that kind of money to spend on a rulebook I wasn't sure about getting anyway at the moment (also, I don't feel the need for another army). So better chances for you guys to win that 3000pts army. ;)

But there's some pretty fancy releases up for pre-order along with these rulebooks. New templates (which look very nice), dice (which I ordered), a set of markers not unlike the 40k set of markers but WAY better desined and they finally released the empire citizens. Nifty as well.

Hmm, what else to ramble on about (I got no picture updates any more so I'll just have to write random stuff). Oh, the guy from Olley's armies replied to my e-mail about having a picture of my painted scruntie (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/my%20IG%20armies/hannafertig.jpg) on their website. Which is nice.

Anyway, that's all for now. Thanks for reading any have a look at my 40k log which I will update in a minute. :)

Crazy Harborc
15-06-2010, 20:00
It's not easy to rank them up on 20mm bases....BUT, I have managed to get it done. Sometimes....one or two will be facing a "little" differently than the rest of the unit.;)

All those photos have me "thinking about" rounding up a Chaos army. That will mean tacking 25mm bases under my "vikings" 20mm bases.

Chaos Knights, starting with some from the early 90s. I've got some of the jumbo sized ones from 6th Edition too.

The_Dark_Raven
17-06-2010, 07:43
Marauders turned out well, love the skin tone and how it works with the basing so well, a really nice one of a kind job on this Sigur.

sigur
13-07-2010, 00:13
@Crazy Harborc: Sounds neat. I suppose that if you have some "vikings" looking in different directions isn't too bad in that case. It's a horde of vikings after all, not an orderly roman phalanx. ;) Please do those early 90s chaos knights! I got one of those some years ago but never came around to paint him up.

@The_Dark_Raven: Thanks a lot, Mr. Dark Raven. :)



Hai guys. I'm a little back somehow but not quite. Being busy with mainly 40k stuffs these days. This ungodly heat is also seriously hurting my painting these days. I'm struggling to get much done.

Lately, I again realized how much of a tool I am. Guess what, all that general excitement for 8th edition got me thinking about adding to my Dark Elves army a bit. Not much, just a few regiments here and there. I went through my unpainted DE minis and found four warriors I hadn't assembled before so I did them today. This ups my spearelves regiment to 24 dudes (and dudettes). These guys were always my favorite. I love troops, I love big blocks of infantry with pointy sticks and I enjoy the idea that these guys are Elite dudes, not necessarily because of superior training but because they are just better than the others by nature and how these guys take such a devious joy in knowing that. "Yes, we wear purple gowns for uniforms but we're so awesome and evil that even this doesn't hurt our firm belief in our ultimate superiority over EVERYTHING (eventhough we're pretty squishy and aren't all that strong)". :D

I also got a rather large unit of 5th edition Witch Elves on ebay. Originally, I wanted to wait for new Witch Elves minis to arrive because I don't like the 6th edition ones. That may sound silly, but I really don't like their hairdos. So maybe I'll post some pictures of Dark Elves in here. Or there's another BloodBowl team coming up. Let's see.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I painted some fantasy stuffs today AND that I have a blog now if you want to take a look: Sigur's Miniature Painting Service Blog (http://sigur.tabletopgeeks.com/)

If you want to keep up to date with my latest exploits, have a look there or in my 40k painting log. :) Anyway, see you there and thanks for reading!

mrtn
13-07-2010, 09:58
I have a blog now if you want to take a look: Sigur's Miniature Painting Service Blog (http://sigur.tabletopgeeks.com/)

If you want to keep up to date with my latest exploits, have a look there or in my 40k painting log. :) Anyway, see you there and thanks for reading!
I really hope you don't stop posting here. I see and follow my subscribed threads on Warseer, but I don't follow any blogs, too many forums for that, and individual blogs are right at the bottom of the list. :)

Crazy Harborc
13-07-2010, 20:10
I have a plan that includes "touching up" some of my older GW fantasy minies. My Chaos warriors and knights are on that list.

By the by, well over half of my Marauder foot do fit ON and rank up with others on 20mm square bases. In the past (future too), I just plop the ones on 20mm bases (with tacky) onto 25mm square bases.;)

The_Dark_Raven
14-07-2010, 03:42
Good show Sigur, will keep my eyes peeled in the logs.

sinnir
14-07-2010, 05:40
Guess what, all that general excitement for 8th edition got me thinking about adding to my Dark Elves army a bit

Bring on the druchii! :evilgrin:

I love your painting, glad you are thinking about fantasy again...

sigur
14-07-2010, 23:30
@mrtn: No way I'll stop posting here. The blog will more or less be a hub where I'll have updates about all things I paint, not just fantasy or futuristic stuff respectively as well as general babbling and some little product reviews. But if you keep on watching my logs here, you won't miss much.

@Crazy Harborc: Yus, easier than having to change from 25mm bases to 20mm I guess. ;) You could also use magnetic regiment bases with grids so you know where the bases technically begin and end but you only have to put the dudes on the smaller bases on it.

@The_Dark_Raven: Thanks. :)

@sinnir: Thank you. I indeed am thinking of it again.

I only browsed the new WHFB rulebook a little and there seem to be quite some changes. Due to the fact that I play really rarely, editions just seem to fly by considering I only had one or two games in 7th edition. Not because I didn't like the system; I just didn't play somehow.

But the new edition somehow got me interested again. I exactly remember the point where it got me interested again: When I was browsing through the new magic items and saw the Scarecrow banner that really does what you'd expect it to do. This very item even made me dreaming about an Undead army again for a bit. Curse you, core games! At some times, they look so very attractive yet I know that I can never get happy with them! It's an amour fou.

A thing that turned me off that undead army again is that I realized that there's no Heinrich Kemmler in the latest Vampires army book. :wtf: I'm not too fit on WHFB fluff but isn't he one of the main arch-villains of the Old World? Damn these vampires. I have nothing against Vlad and The Bride of Vlad, they're fun characters but since they changed the focus to vampires in late 5th edition, undead armies have lost a LOT of their appeal. Anyway, enough of my ramblings...

Shields for the DE warriors are on their way, I'll get you some pictures once they're finished.

Aulbath
15-07-2010, 08:04
Agreeing with you there Sigur, vampires are boring as eff... bring on some cool Necromancer and hordes of skellies!

sigur
15-07-2010, 16:20
@Aulbath: Thanks for the reply. :) I guess you can do a lot with proxying in that regard. But I don't have time or money for any more armies anyway.

Anyway, I got bored with that drop pod I have to paint for 40k and thought I'd much rather paint some fantasy stuff again so I got out these two fellas and started painting:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Orcs%20and%20Goblins/fanwip1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Orcs%20and%20Goblins/fanwip2.jpg

Just a little side project thing I'm doing for fun (and ebay in the end probably) and to keep you supplied with pictures. ;)

Hope you like them so far, it's the first time I'm trying this "red nose" thing on goblins. Also fiddled around with contrasting washes on the skin (not too strong). Tell me if you have any suggestions. I'm not really sure how I'll do the balls on the end of the chains. Maybe silvery metal, maybe brassy metal, maybe rock? Help me decide. :p

Gargobot
15-07-2010, 17:42
They look great so far, especially the noses. :)
I'd say the one with the skull thingy could be made of rock, and it would certainly look great. The other one is a bit too smooth for rock, looks more like a silvery ball to me.
I think brass wouldn't go to well with the color scheme.
So my vote is for either one rocky one silvery, or both silvery (plus a little rust maybe).

sigur
16-07-2010, 12:20
@Gargobot: Good points on how to paint the balls, thanks for the suggestions.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Orcs%20and%20Goblins/fanwip3.jpg

See, I put the pictures together so it kinda looks like the one with the straight chain is whirling around. Shame I only noticed the effect when browsing through the pictures I made otherwise I would have positioned the other one accordingly. Anyhow, that's those Fanatics for now, I'll add rust to the silvery ball.

And: Yay, weekend!

Malenky_malchick
16-07-2010, 12:26
Those fanatics turned out great!

the way you painted the robes look fantastic, as do the skin. A little to dark for goblins in my book, but it looks great. :)

npow34
16-07-2010, 18:24
Those fanatics are amazing. Great highlighting with the blacks.

The_Dark_Raven
17-07-2010, 05:59
Those fanatics look fantastic~! Loving painting on the skin, beautiful blends and the cloth complements it all.

mrtn
17-07-2010, 10:17
Great looking fanatics mate. :)

sigur
20-07-2010, 13:03
@Malenky_malchick: Thanks!

@npow34: Cheers. I'm also pleased with the highlights on the black robes. Usually, highlighting black is an excruciating task but this time, it was really easy.

@The_Dark_Raven, mrtn: Thanks muchly, Sir.


The Fanatics are finished, hope you like'em:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Orcs%20and%20Goblins/fanatics1.jpg


Apart from that, I attended the Austrian 40k Championship last weekend as one of the 4-headed painting jury. For the complete report, please have a look here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4839508#post4839508). It starts at post #946 and goes on for about four postings. Just don't tell the mods. ;)

npow34
20-07-2010, 13:27
Wonderful. Could you give a quick run through on your black highlighting stages?

Toschenko
20-07-2010, 18:47
Lovely goblins (as much as a goblin may be lovely)... the skin works well and the red (purple) nose effect is spot on. Your painting have undergone so much improvement from the beginning of this log, you should be proud.
I also like the mushrooms on the base; tiny and good looking.




For the complete report, please have a look here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4839508#post4839508).

Please don't. I watched it and it suddenly stopped my growth (two half-naked austrians more than my maximum allowed limit of... well, zero :p). Maybe it could have something related to me being 28 and having at most some hope (?) to grow in width rather than height, I don't know :p

Mighty fine work mate, keep up

Toschenko

sigur
21-07-2010, 00:10
@npow34: Thanks. As for the robes...erm....Black base, highlight with black/VMC German Grey, highlight with VMC German Grey, gradually add white to German Grey. :) Nothing more to it.

@Toschenko: Thanks muchly, Sir. Hurhur, I got several complaints about the semi-nudity already. ;) Be glad I didn't take any overview pictures from later that day. A LOT more nekkidness. :p

Anyhow, I got some more DE Warriors in the mail today. They were assembled but not cleaned of flash. I cleaned , based and primed them:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/rxbwip1.jpg


By the way, if anyone of you has 16 DE shields to spare.... :)

Rhaivaen
21-07-2010, 01:44
Hear ye, hear ye! Here be ye olde Update!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Mortheim/7dwarfswip9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Mortheim/7dwarfswip91.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Mortheim/detail1.jpg (Detail shot of the basket pattern I painted onto this ...flask container thing on the dwarf in the right.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Mortheim/7dwarfswip92.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Mortheim/7dwarfswip93.jpg



I love the rengery cloaked dwarves in these pics, could you direct me to which they are and where I could aqire them? :shifty: many thanks..

Dino
21-07-2010, 03:05
More dark elves are always nice. Can't wait to see all the stuff you get.

orlanth1000
21-07-2010, 06:29
Those dwarfs are so good it hurts, I'm also looking forward to what you do with DE.

Crube
21-07-2010, 10:49
Love the goblins. The skin tone works well, although the noses.... they're well done, but the red/purple noses on greenskins I've never been a huge fan of.

Excellent black too (as ever) and the 'shrooms on the bases are ace :)

Breazer
21-07-2010, 11:08
those goblins and those dwarfs look so cool....what i'd do to paint like that...
am very curious to see the dark elves done...no doubt they will look cool but its nice to see you do something on your armies instead of others again

Gargobot
21-07-2010, 11:31
Sexy Fanatics, please inform us when you put them on ebay :cool:.

sigur
21-07-2010, 12:49
@Rhaivaen: Sure, they're both by Reaper. Dwarf Thief (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/dwarf%20thief/sku-down/03099#detail/03099_quimbycopperthumb_f) and Dwarf Pathfinders (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/pathfinders/latest/06195). Hmm, now that I see the pictures on their website, I think that I'll try sending them pictures of these dwarfs I painted and ask them if they want to put them on their site. Maybe it works. ;)

@Dino: Thanks. I think I will paint them in a rather basic way though so they blend in with the rest of the army. Also, the miniatures aren't really spectacular so I won't invest too much into them.

@orlanth1000: Thanks, hope to hurt you some more. (yes, that's meant to come across really weird :cheese: )

@Crube: Thanks for commenting! I've also never been a big fan of these red noses on Goblins as well. This is where being a painting whore helps. In the past few months, I started trying out techniques and looks that people seem to like, no matter if I really like the look or not. Just to try it out. Just imagine the moment of grim enjoyment when you work out how it's done (not saying that I mastered the red goblin nose or anything) and you can be all smug about it and think to yourself "that's it? This is SO basic and cheap.". :evilgrin: Just kidding of course. :angel: I'm no big fan of red-nosed gobbos or Gnoblars but I see why people like it. It's a very Reckham-ish thing really. It makes no sense, usually only works when you use very light, pastel-looking colours but it is crafty.It draws the attention to the face and makes it look more spectacular.

@Breazer: Thank you. As I said, the Dark Elves won't be too jaw-dropping, I'll paint them to a level that matches the DE warriors I painted in 2007/8 (i think it was 2007/8).

@Gargobot: Sure will do. :)

Uhm. Nothing much to say really, I just wanted to reply to your comments. Erm...have I told you I bought some Witch Elves? Yes, yes, I think I have. Last night I had a chat with a friend about how 8th edition changes tactics and stuff and what units got a boost and what units got a little nerf. That talk got me into the mood of playing some WHFB again. It really looks like 8th edition shaked the game up a whole deal. I still haven't read a lot of the new rules but I dug into the magic a little last night and I like that Winds of Magic roll. Makes magic a bit more chaotic and reminds me a lot of the card decks from 5th edition.

I think I'll go update my Blarg now that I'm just babbling random stuff anyway. Oh, you surely are eager to hear about the weather conditions here: It's getting hot again. :p

npow34
21-07-2010, 13:11
yeah more druchii!!! I think I might have some shields. PM me if you still need them.

Asp
21-07-2010, 17:50
Paint up more NG! :D

sigur
22-07-2010, 15:08
@npow34: Thanks, that's nice, but I'll try to get some of these shields somewhere in Europe for now due to shipping and stuff. ;)

@Asp: Problem is, I don't have many more NG. Well, I do have two squig herders I think, one Fanatic Catapult with crew and three or four Netterz. But I won't paint them for now.


Little update on the Dark Elves:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/rxbwip2.jpg

Not much more to report. It's hot again and I'll be off for an evening of Dominion playing at my LGS soon. See you later!

Meraklis
22-07-2010, 15:44
looking nice there! What exactly are you using to highlight your purple?

mrtn
22-07-2010, 17:46
Not much more to report. It's hot again and I'll be off for an evening of Dominion playing at my LGS soon. See you later!
That's a great game. :) Sweden is hot as well, believe it or not.

Crazy Harborc
23-07-2010, 01:48
Well being a money wasting Yank.......I paint in my air conditioned house.

Getting ready to work on my re-discovered box of Empire Free company. Going to be 10 crossbows...THEN I'll decide on the other 10.

By the by, our local forecast calls for 96F for tomorrow(Friday) Bring it one...The 100F days haven't started yet...Keep cool over there.

sigur
23-07-2010, 11:36
Thanks for the comments. :)

@Meraklis: For highlighting purple I use ....more purple. :cool: Seriously, The purple I'm currently using is VMC Royal Purple which is a very cool purple, quite a bit on the blue side rather than being an irritating pink. This is the only purple I really use. First, I mix it with black, then with white, use a little Leviathan purple to blend the layers together, do some final highlighting, that's it.

@mrtn: Dominion is awesome. I'm traditionally bad at finding good combos of stuff but it works out from time to time. Last night, we tried out "Intrigue", that second add-on, and there's some mighty nasty cards in there. It was fun times. Well, even Sweden is hot these days? What is this world coming to. The end is nigh, i say! :)

@Crazy Harborc: Air condition doesn't sound too bad but money-wasting yank sounds better. :p So Free Company, eh? Sounds cool. You got a full Empire army? 96F isn't too nice as well, glad it's a little cooler around here and forcast just told me about upcoming rainstorms. Still: money-wasing yank! ;)

Crazy Harborc
23-07-2010, 20:49
Ohhhh...I still have a "few" Empire troops....enough for 3500 or more points without magic or monsters...OR without a steamtank. Then there's my Orcs, Lizardmen, Dwarves, Brittonians, TKs, VC, Chaos, High and Dark Elves, Wood Elves....Um, I think that's it.

Our heat indices (whatever it's called) is the equivalent of 105F. Gee, I guess that means it feels hot outside today.;)

orlanth1000
24-07-2010, 23:13
Excellent Dark elves mate, once again a tutorial for all us mortal painters please :D

Your armor is always a highlight for me, excuse the pun.

sigur
25-07-2010, 13:55
@Crazy Harborc: Sounds cool. Hey, the Tale of Fantasy Painters is starting anew soon. Why don't you sign up and get stuff painted? :)

@orlanth1000: Hurhurhur. Uhm. Sorry, I might have not understood that, do you want to have a tutorial on something or was that just a figure of speech?


Update on the RxB-Elves:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/rxbwip3.jpg

The purple needs finishing highlights, the bolts need painting and some metallic detailing has to be done on belt buckets, charms, etc.

It's gotten WAY cooler again and rainy. Temperatures dropped from way above 30C to 15C-20C. A wild joy-ride of warmth and cold.

orlanth1000
25-07-2010, 20:00
That poast of mine is going to end up in the wastes somehow isn't it ? ;)

sigur
25-07-2010, 23:21
@orlanth1000: It probably will but I won't allow you pulling this fine log o'log into teh wastes! :mad: (NOT a challenge ;) )


RxB Elves finished:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/rxbwip4.jpg


....well, apart from the Shields and the snow on the bases but both I have yet to acquire. Overall a paintjob I wanted to finish as quickly as possible I have to admit.

Dino
26-07-2010, 02:18
Very nice. Can't wait to see the sheilds.

orlanth1000
26-07-2010, 06:41
I would never my good Sir, this log is far to awesome for that pit of Hades......

A tutorial on you painted the Dark elves is what I meant please :)

Meraklis
26-07-2010, 07:13
fantastic work! I particularly like the metal and the purple. What do you use for the metal? Boltgun metal +badab black + chainmail highlights?

Lord Azoth
26-07-2010, 08:50
a classic colour schema, but a neat and skilled painting...congratz mate!

sigur
26-07-2010, 10:30
@Dino: Just trying to acquire them. The problem is that my army all uses the serpent bits on the shields so far so it would be good if I got more shields with these icons rather than bitz-ordering some other shields.

@orlanth1000: Oh, that was a real request. Sorry, wasn't sure as I posted a guide to my purple like three posts ago. Damn, I could do a step-by-step if only I had one more DE Warrior. No, wait, I'll just do a step-by-step using some other DE mini. Stay tuned. ;)

@Meraklis: This is a terrible secret, I'll post a step by step thing during this day. :)

@Lord Azoth: Thanks. I always liked the classic colourscheme of Dark Elves. You get to paint purple and that's mucho funo.


Oh, on a different note: I got Star Craft2 today. One day before release. I was pleasantly surprised until I tried to install the thing because the first thing the installation told me that I can not install it before tomorrow when the game is officially released. It's linked to the Blizzard servers so changing system time doesn't help either. They're pulling a Dawn of War2 on me. :(

sigur
26-07-2010, 14:32
Alright you guys, here's

Sigur's first and very spontaneous step-by-step painting session, pt.1

Some people asked me how I paint Dark Elves so I got some blank DE mini (a Blackguard Musician) from an old boxm, painted it up and documented the procedure as closely as possible.

Step 1 - Building, Basing:
Clean the miniature with soapy water and a toothbrush, clean of ANY soap residue. For the most of you, this is old stuff but I still want to mention it. Clean the miniature of any "flash", mold lines etc. with a modelling knife. In this example, I primed the miniature before glueing it to the base and sanding the base. I usually don't do that but this thing was rather unplanned and so was I. ;-)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/BGwip1.jpg

As you can see, the primed miniature is put onto the slotta base (I had to cut the base a little to fit the metal tab into the slot. No big deal.), applied a little drop of superglue and a pebble, then applied PVA glue (mixed with water. Not too thin because I prefer the stuff not to be runny so I go for a mix of about 70%glue 30% water) and sand. Watch out for that superglue. Even your unglamorous PVA-applying brush will take damage when the bristles are clogged up with super glue so wait until the superglue underneath the pebble is totally dry.

I basecoated the face with Foundation Dheneb Stone while the PVA glue dried. This takes a while and you don't want to paint or prime the base while the PVA is still wet.


Step 2 - [B]Basecoats:
It looks like quite a lot happened here but it's all pretty basic stuff. The base was primed. I prefer to have bases primed as well after applying rubble/sand/etc. because it makes the sandy surface much harder and you need that when you drybrush it. Nothing worse than drybrushing over the base and having 50% of all the sand on your brush. So prime the base, wait until it's dry.

Then I applied the basecoat for the base. For grey bases, I like using VMC German Grey mixed with a little black. The basecoat on the base usually takes quite a while to dry. Again, you have to wait until it's really dry because the moisture of the new paint tends to weaken the PVA layer again. Next thing I did was drybrushing the base in two layers, both mixes of German Grey and White.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip2.jpg

The silvery armour parts were basecoated with Boltgun Metal, chainmail parts were drybrushed with Boltgun Metal and the skull-on-a-stick and the skin on the drum were basecoated with Dheneb Stone again.


Step 3 - Washes:
Now we're applying shadows to these relatively flat surfaces and give the lighter parts their base colour.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip3.jpg

The metal parts got a wash of black. I made this wash myself using black paint, water and some dishwashing liquid. Main reason: I was out of Badab Black and my LGS didn't have any left. Secondary reason: It's a bit stronger a wash and doesn't take the shine away from metallics as much as Badab Black does.

The Skull was washed with a mix of Devlan Mud and Black Wash, the skin on the Drum was washed with pure Devlan mud, watered down of course. I water down everything I paint with so if I forget to mention it, just imagine that I added "(watered down)".

The face was washed with a mix of Devlan Mud, Gryphonne Sepia and Leviathan Purple. It gives the face a very nice, not quite healthy colour with a purple tint that makes it go better with the rest of this rather purple miniature later on.


Step 4 - Gold:

Now it's time to apply the basecoat for another prominent colour on this guy - gold. Rather often, people ask how to paint Gold and of course there's not one proper way to paint gold but there is the one golden (hurhur) rule: It's all about the basecoat. GW Gold of what ever shade doesn't cover awefully well so you should always use something as a basecoat underneath the gold.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip4.jpg

Some like to use brown or even red, I prefer to use metallics to make the gold more shiny. Because if there's gold, it better be shiny. So for a Gold I want to have look darker and maybe worn in the end, I usually use Tin Bitz for the base and just highlight it with gold which gets you a very stark contrast. I did that on that big Warriors of Chaos army I did earlier this year. On my Dark Elves, I prefer the gold to be more red and more shiny so I use VGC Brassy Brass. It covers very well and overally is a neat brass colour to use.


And with this cliffhanger I have to end part one of this step-by-step painting ...thing because I have to go now. I'll upload part 2 later tonight. Leave some comments if you enjoy reading this. :)

Crube
26-07-2010, 14:50
Gah... I was enjoying that... get back and carry on :)

Particularly interesting about the gold colour. I await with baited breath.

Meraklis
26-07-2010, 15:25
heheh me too! get back here! :P

sinnir
26-07-2010, 16:24
I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!

sigur
26-07-2010, 16:28
Okay, I'm back.


Sigur's first and very spontaneous step-by-step painting session, pt.2

Step 5 - Gold 2:

After applying the Basecoat of Brassy Brass, I just took some Shining Gold and painted over the brassy Brass. Then I mixed a little bit of Mithril Silver into the Gold and carefully placed some highlights with this mix. This I did two times with more and more Mithril Silver with each highlight. But be warned: Mithril Silver is a powerful colour. If you mix it with Shining Gold 50/50 or something it will just swallow the gold. Don't mess with Mithril. Just take care that you don't overdo it with these mixes. If you have too much of those or try to have a very, very smooth transistion between layers on the gold, you'll end up with pale-looking gold. Really just point out highlights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip5.jpg

The next thing that had to be done was adding a little depth to the gold. For doing this, I mixed some Gryphonne Sepia with Leviathan Purple and inked the deeper parts of the golden sections. You have to take care with this step so you keep that ink strictly on the golden parts. You don't want some red/purple shade on your silver parts of the miniature (unless you really want to "set a mood", use "limited palette", etc. but in this case you won't really read this anyway), it will make the whole job look messy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip6.jpg

I hope the pictures of the metallics look good enough to get the point I want to make across.


Step 6 - Mithril!

O noes, we upset mighty Mithril Silver by mixing it with a weakling colour like Shining Gold and now it has come to take revenge on the whole miniature!

Well, at least on the metallics. Maybe you wondered why I didn't do anything with the silvery metallic parts and went straight to the golden parts. That's because everything get Mithril Silver highlights now and it would have been kind of a waste of time not to do this in one step. So basically, all the armour parts get some edge highlighting and the chainmail parts get very, very, very subtle highlights as well, only on the most exposed/most reflecting parts (or just parts you make up). The most important thing is that you keep your mithril silver watered down. You can get sophisticated now by paying attention to some imaginary source of light off of which you base the reflections on metallic surfaces but this is just a straightforward paintjob so it's mostly edge highlighting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip7.jpg

it's not perfect but it suits the purpose and we can repair terrible parts lateron.


Step 7 - Purple Cloth:

Now we'll start with what we're actually here for. I started off with a mix of Chaos Black and VMC Royal Purple for the basecoat of the cloth:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip8.jpg

Nothing fancy, just a very dark Purple, to serve as deepest shadow, painted onto the cloth surfaces.

But wait! First, I fixed the front armour things a bit using black wash. As you can see in the picture of step 6, there was a little blob of Mithril silver on the lower end of the second to last armour piece on the font of the miniature. The part of the blob I didn't want was toned down with a glaze of black wash. Just put the wash onto your brush, mix with water and then pull, starting at the point we want toned down the brush from the lighter to the darker areas. Just swipe from the lighter area into the darker area where the wash won't do any harm. With each stroke, the overly light part will be darkened until it looks okay.

Then, I applied a layer of purple with only a bit of black mixed in followed by a layer of pure Royal Purple.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip9.jpg

I tend to choose a colour from a pot to be the mid-colour, in this case Royal Purple, then I add either a darker colour or just black to it to create the shades, add less and less of the darker colour, then the pure colour, then I start adding a lighter colour like Bleached Bone or white (Bleached Bone gets you much softer tones than white, which gets you more vibrant tones). I rarely use one colour for the base and another one for highlights because these colours usually don't correspond that well, especially with GW's range of paints. So I mix all shades and highlights.

Anyway, it's important that these layers of paint are very, very thin. You want them to blend with the layer underneath as well as possible.


Step 8 - Purple, Purple, Purple:

So we just continue highlighting the cloth..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip91.jpg

I just added a little LUKAS Acryl Vanilla paint to the purple. Frankly, I couldn't decide wether I wanted to use Bleached bone or White so I settled for a colour in between these two. I got that paint at a sale at my LGS recently and wanted to try it out. So I just kept on highlighting. Now the cloth looks pretty good already. At this point, you can decide wether you want to use a wash not to tie the single layers together a bit more and strengthen the shades or not.

I will apply a little wash, just because from experience I think that almost everything looks better with a little wash between layers, but this will have to wait until part three. :-)

Tzarinchilla
26-07-2010, 18:01
Wow, this plog has everything. Just read the whole thing over the last two days and I can honestly say its very inspirational. Thanks for sharing Sigur.

Crube
26-07-2010, 19:26
Beautiful....

Just to clarify, if I may? You mention "a little wash between layers". Do you mean that literally, and you'll add a thin wash before every highlight layer, or do you normally highlight up as you have here, then add a wash (or 2) afterwards?


Thanks for the guide, Sigur!

sigur
26-07-2010, 21:03
@Tzarinchilla: Thanks for reading. :-)

@Crube: I messed up the wording there a bit. In fact I meant that I like to throw in a little wash during highlighting, usually after one or two layers after starting to lighten up the base colour. In this case, this means that I did three layers with purple and black mixes, then pure purple, followed by two layers of mixes of purple and Vanilla, then I did the wash. This is how I usually proceed when painting larger areas of cloth like cloaks or such. One wash or glaze between every two layers of paint would be awesome but really time consuming.



Sigur's first and very spontaneous step-by-step painting session, pt.3

Right now I was a bit torn between having this step-by-step thing as compact as possible or rather going for steady updates in here over the day and I decided to go for the latter. So here's part three and I'm afraid it's going to be a little short.


Step 9 - Finishing the clothes:

As mentioned before, the next step was giving the purple cloth parts a wash.

I used a 70/30 mix of black and purple wash and as always, it looked better after the wash. It's not an overly thick wash, just a bit to make it look a bit glazed. If this coat dries a bit shiny, nevermind. We'll apply matte varnish in the end anyway.

So after this wash, I did the final highlights using an 80/20 mix of Vanilla and VMC Royal Purple. This may come a little late but when I'm writing up ratios of mixes... these are all estimations. I don't use any sort of measurement but from visual judgement.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip92.jpg

So I called the clothes finished and started detailling by basecoating handles, leather straps and such with VMC Chocolate Brown.


Step 10 - Detailling:

This step is pretty basic again, just some edge highlighting on the brown parts using two mixes of VMC chocolate bown and bleached bone followed by a little wash.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip93.jpg

It doesn't look perfect but it's perfect enough for our purposes. If needed, I can fix that later.


Step 11 - The Face:

Now the real fun starts. This is the point where this guy really gets his personality. Is he happy? Is he sad? In pain? Plain stupid? We'll see. To be honest, I never really know how a face turns out. I usually start with a basecoat and a corresponding wash, as done in earlier stages. Now it's time to set the final colours and highlights of the face. It's a Dark Elf, so he better look pale and, as mentioned before, should have a "not quite healthy" facial colour. That's how I like them at least.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip94.jpg

Highlighting was done with basically three colours: Bleached Bone, White and Vanilla. I can't say much about this stage apart from: Keep your layers thin but don't load much water onto your brush so take up some of the paint and water onto your brush but wipe all excess off the brush before applying the paint. Try your best not to get the light face colour paint into the recesses (where you do NOT want them) because touching up/"repairing"faces without messing up even more is hard.

What you want to start with is the eyes. An eye can be tricky to paint but the trickiest part is that there are two most of the time. It's a bit like with...

at this point I just spent a long time trying to think of some popcultural reference about some video game in which at some point you have to fight two bosses at once but the only ones I could think of were these dog-daemon things in Ninja Gaiden and they were actually pretty easy to beat. Then I thought of that Bond movie in which Connery is attacked by these two crazy chicks in swimsuits (Bambi and ...the rabbit from Bambi one). This made me think of Kitana and the other chick from Mortal Kombat but I couldn't think of the other one's name and you actually never have to fight them both so I had to google something and ended up listening to Mega Man stage music on Youtube. So please, just insert some popcultural reference that makes you feel like we're all of one generation and have something in common by knowing about trashy tv shows or video games. :) I really couldn't think of anything.

Yeah, it totally is like that, eh? Ah, nostalgia. Anyway, paint the eyeball black, paint it white and leave a small portion or "frame" of black around the white part so you have a conture around it. This usually is pretty hard to do but once you get a grip of that, it goes fairly well. Remember, you don't need a small brush for that, all you need is a good tip. The smallest brush I use is 0 and I only really use it for very small freehands or eyes.

Alright, now we got a white eyeball. Glowy-white eyeballs may look good on certain miniatures but in my experience, eyes with pupils look way better. This is the really tricky part about painting eyes and I'll be honest: There are days on which it works and days on which you won't be able to paint a single halfway decent-looking eye. Some people suggest using needles to do pupils. I tried it once but it doesn't really work for me. Some suggest to use really fine pens or stylos but that's not painting. Anyway, painting a black point in a more or less appropriate size can be achieved. Next problem: The direction the guy looks. Have a look at the miniature and find out where it probably is looking. (the way heads, swords or guns point usually are an indicator :-) ).

Here's something important I learned and which helped me a lot for painting eyes: Make them squint. If you want to make two eyes seem to look in the same direction, make the one that's on the opposing side of the face look stongly in the direction and the eye that is closer to the point the miniature is looking at should aim less in that direction. It doesn't make much sense but it looks way better, believe me. When painting GW Dark Elves from the 2000 range, you're really lucky because they have very nice faces with BIG eyes. They're rather slitted but they are big.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip94.jpg

I like painting lips because you can play around with various colours and you can change the facial expression a bit. For this guy, I went for really purple-looking lips. He might wear lipstick which I think is a thing male Dark Elves would do in their vanity. Anyway, when this mini's face was just basecoated and washed, I never would have guessed that he's sport such an evil smirk later on. I don't want to brag because I really didn't do that much apart from just highlighting the exposed parts but I really like how this guy's face came out. And I was really lucky that the face worked so well on this step-by-step dude.

Other stuff I did with this step: Highlighting the skull (Bleached Bone, white) and painted the drum's torso (this one was a bit trickier. VMC Chocolate brown, chocolate brown/Rackham Kanielle Yellow [wtf?, got it in a sale and wanted to try Reckham paints], later highlights with bleached bone mixed in and lots of layers of washes of devlan mud, gryphonne sepia and black).


Step 12- The Black Parts:

As we all know from experience, highlighting Black is tricky. The main reason for that is that GW black dries quite shiny while greys or black mixed with white usually dry pretty matte AND tend to get pretty obvious "borders" when drying (lighter Greys also tend to change colour when drying which makes me not like painting light grey very much). All this could be solved if I used not white or grey to highlight black but blue or something like that.

But I don't. So I started off with a mix of black and VMC German Grey. Nevermind if the first - in my case usually darkest - layer is applied a bit sloppily with very visible borders and such. I tend to use this first layer mainly to find out where I really have to paint the highlights i.e. where they work best. It's all trial and error. Especially on a black basecoat you can make up for mistakes pretty easily.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgwip95.jpg

Here you can see the state of the black parts, just the inner cloak really, after the first two layers. It looks messy as you can see.


This will be cleaned up in the next part. My eyes hurt by now. :-) Thanks for reading and see you in the finishing part of this step by step guide!

Harry
26-07-2010, 21:56
Brilliant. That was a great tutorial. Thanks very much for all that time and effort. You are a top man.

Dakkapantz
26-07-2010, 22:11
Yeah, awesome tuturial! Hats off! The purple cloak looks spectacular!

Cheers

Peyton

Lew_b81
26-07-2010, 22:21
Excellent! It's always nice to see how other people paint models. I agree with Dakkapantz: the purple cloak looks really fantastic!
Thanks for taking the time to show us Sigur! I know exactly how long step by steps take to put together! :D

orlanth1000
27-07-2010, 07:24
Cripes Sigur, when I meant a tutorial, I meant a quick one not a lesson in producing a first class miniature.

Mate, much appreciated, even a idiot like me could follow that.

Dank immer so viel. ( I thought I better make an effort, I hope it translates ok, and it's not anything like "I like s=donkeys or anything :) )

tancrede
27-07-2010, 07:32
My dear Sigur, it's always a great pleasure to open one of your thread !
Very, very nice DE. Classic color scheme, but your painting skills really make it cool !

And thank you for the tutorial : simple and useful.

Lord Azoth
27-07-2010, 10:15
Thanks for such a nice, clear and visual tutorial!...

sigur
27-07-2010, 14:36
Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive feedback!

@Harry: Thanks. Coming from you, that means a lot.

@Dakkapantz: Cheers.

@Lew_b81: Yeah, it actually takes quite a bit longer than I thought. Yesterday I thought I'd be finished within about six hours tops.

@orlanth1000: You're welcome. The translation is incredibly babelfish-y but the message comes across right I assume.

@tancrede: Thanks for the compliments. I saw your latest Bretonnian stuff but didn't have the time to reply yet. I'll do that as soon as possible.

@Lord Azoth: I aim to please. :-)


Alright, let's wrap this thing up.

Sigur's first and very spontaneous step-by-step painting session, THE FINAL PART


Step 13 - Finishing the black surfaces:
In this step, a lot got done but nothing especially tricky or clever was employed. It was just plain olf "highlighting black surfaces of different kinds".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bg1.jpg

So let's see. First, I finished the inner side of the cloak by applying two more layers of successively lighter greys followed by a black glaze (very thin black paint, not too much on the brush, with the layers pulled from the lighter to the darker areas) to merge the different layers a bit. Highlighting black is tricky and I think that everyone works out his own way to do it properly over the time.

To be honest, each time I highlight black surfaces larger than let's say a small pouch, I have to make up a whole new recipe or way to do it so explaining doesn't help much there I'm afaid. I mean, it's just adding white to the black and painting the exposed parts with these mixes followed by a struggle to merge these layers lateron. And while you're doing all that, you have to take care that the surface still looks black in the end rather than dark grey. It's tricky and some days are just better for highlighting black than others. But with some practice, it's possible to figure out ways to make it look okay.

Now that I got that cloak off the table, all the other black bits on the miniature had to be highlighted. The shaft of the dagger was pretty easy. Just regular edge highlights with two mixes of black and white, that's it. It's not really correct (t should be way lighter on the upper part and darker on the lower part) but we're not painting for Golden Daemons here, we want to get this guy painted to a respectable tabletop level.

The drumstick was similarly simple to paint. Some time ago, I figured that it's utter ******** to try to do classic highlighting on black staffs. Rather than doing that, I just painted a lighter stripe along the stick where the light might be reflected (= from where people will regularly look at the miniature) with a mid-light grey followed by a thinner stripe in the middle of the first stripe with a lighter grey. Some edge highlighting on the end of the stick, done.

Now for the hair. Black hair is tricky to paint as well and I haven't quite figured it out but I think I'm on the way. The thing about painting hair is that you shouldn't drybrush it unless it's got a really, really strong texture (like the furs on the backs of chaos warriors or the manes of plastic horses). Take a brush with a fine tip and paint tiny little stripes. They don't necessarily have to go with how the hair is actually modelled as long as it looks right. So much for hair in general. So why is black hair tricky? Because, like all things, you have to avoid making it look like it's just dark grey. So you have to take a very light grey or just plain white and paint only where the hair actually reflects light. That's on top of the head and on the ends usually. The hair as I painted it on this guy is far from being perfect. I think I should have gone for an even brighter tone for the highlights. Oh well, I guess I can fix that lateron. But so much for the theory of painting hair. ;)

Last thing I did was the eyebrows. Dark Elves from this range have beautiful faces but weird, HUGE eyebrows and at first I refrained from painting them all black. I was afraid of getting this guy a huge mono-brow so I looked at Coolminiornot.com to see how others did it and what it looks like finished. This is always a good way to see or estimate how stuff's going to look like if you're not sure wether you should do it or not. So I looked at a few pictures and it actually looked good to have the whole sculpted brow painted so I went for it and I like how it came out.


Step 14 - Drum:
Time to take care of the last few bits. I went on to face the biggest of these bits first - the skin on the drum. This was fairly classic layering using mixes of graveyard earth, bleached bone and white. These three are a very good combination and they will help you get most light things done. Prachment, bones, skin, teeth, horns. The layers on this one don't merge very smoothly because the darkening in the middle is meant to stem from this guy beating it with a stick. He may be a well-trained drummer but he won't always perfectly beat the middle of the drum skin so the darker parts are a little uneven. If that makes sense.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bg2.jpg

The sides of the skin were painted in a similar manner with simple edge highlighting of more exposed or elevated parts. The little knobs that keep the skin in place were painted with boltgun metal, black wash and got a highlighting dot of mithril silver. Same with the rings that connect the drum's torso with the leather strap and the tiara-like ring on his head.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bg3.jpg


Step 15 - Final Details:
I had a look at my other Black Guard miniatures and noticed I had given them green, crystal-or-something-looking bracer decoration things so I went back and repainted these on this mini accordingly. I painted the little gemstone on the handle of the dagger in the same colours.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bg4.jpg

There are sooo many tutorials on painting gemstones out there and all of them are good because all of them are basically the same. This article (http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/41) has everything you need to know about painting gemstones I think.

As for the green razor...spike....bracer add-on things, here's how I painted them: Dark Angels green basecoat, black wash, highlights with a mix of DA Green and VMC Deep Green (lighter than DA Green, less spinach-green, more of an emerald green), highlgihts with a mix of Deep Green and white, final highlights using white. I want this to look shiny. The same colour have been used for painting the gemstone in the front.

sigur
27-07-2010, 14:41
Step 16 - Finish:

Okay, everything is painted now, time to varnish. I use these two products to varnish miniatures:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgvarnish.jpg

Vallejo matte varnish and GW's glossy 'Ardcoat. (both brush-on) First, I applied a layer of gloss varnish.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bg5.jpg

After this layer completely dried, I painted the borders of the base black. That's a thing I only started doing in the past months. I think it looks tidier than using the base's basecolour and it goves the miniature a kind of "frame". Then I applied a rather thin coat of matte varnish over the whole miniature. I'm pretty pleased with Vallejo's matte varnish, it has a nice finish and doesn't change colours a lot (almost not at all) but be cautious not to apply too much and always water it down. I had to apply two to three thin layers to the back of the cloak until it was really matte again.

Now for one not too good photo of the finished piece:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/bgfinished.jpg



....and that's it. Thanks for reading, it's been fun to make this whole point-for-point guide and I hope that maybe it was of help or inspirational to someone. Please ask, comment and citisize now. :)

Gargobot
27-07-2010, 15:25
That is a great tutorial... *right click/ save as: "In case of Zombie apocalypse or Warseer shuts down (which ever comes first)"*

I'm a little surprised that you varnish by hand, looks great too. Seems like I have to get me some of that vallejo matt varnish. :)

sigur
27-07-2010, 15:31
@Gargobot: Thanks. I prefer varnishing by hand after some bad experiences with spray varnish. And if need be, I can always pour the varnish into the old airbrush for varnishing hordes of minis.

The whole Step by Step Painting Guide (http://sigur.tabletopgeeks.com/dark-elf-black-guard-musician-step-by-step/) is now up on my blog. :)

Crube
28-07-2010, 09:33
Firstly...


...we want to get this guy painted to a respectable tabletop level.

Cough, splutter... a tad more than respectable young Mr Sigur...

And then...


I hope that maybe it was of help or inspirational to someone

Yes, and yes.

Thanks :)

Breazer
28-07-2010, 11:33
that looks like a very usefull toturial...may i ask how you got to learn all those things? and how long you have been painting models?

sigur
28-07-2010, 13:20
@Crube: Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I'll do a similar thing with some other miniature in the future, but not within the next weeks I think. ;)

@Breazer: Cheers. I learned from practice but of course the interweb was a great help as well. As for learning from others - I ever had much to do with other painters on a personal level.

That's probably the reason why I'm not very good at explaining how to paint stuff off the interweb. I think I can write it up so people get what I'm trying to get across pretty well but really explaining is still a bit weird to me, especially because I write 90% of painting tutorials, answers to questions and so on in English and I read almost all about painting in English which makes explaining in German even a bit more complicated. Oh well. Anyway, I started doing model kits about 16 years ago (oh dear... :rolleyes: ) and painting fantasy miniatures about 14, 15 years ago. And the most learning comes from practice.

Breazer
28-07-2010, 21:11
so there is still hope for me :p
i have been seriously painting now for 2 years...and i think i have gone a long way allready...
i hope i can say im as good as you in 12 years too

sigur
29-07-2010, 10:10
@Breazer: Sure, especially today you got SO much info always available, the materials got much better, material knowledge got much better, infrastructure is much more well developed. There's people who learn to paint to a very good standard within two years. This is not uncommon amongst painters-for-awards. And your stuff looks good already.

Woo, new toys!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Dark%20Elves/WE1.jpg

My DE army sadly lacked Witch Elves before, mainly because I've been hoping for new Witch Elves (the current ones look okay but there's something seriously wrong with their hair. :p). So I finally buried my hopes and new Witch Elves probably wouldn't sport Awesomehair anyway (and would cost a fortune) so I went and got me some Marauder Witch Elves. Nice stuff, the only problem is that they all came with 25mm bases, now I need to get 21 20mm slotta bases from somewhere.

Crube
29-07-2010, 10:45
PM me your address and I'll send you them....

warflag
29-07-2010, 11:10
I love these! Pretty much all Marauder did is my friend. I have some DE warriors from those times. The old ranges are so cool, everytime I get them out Im inspired to start a DE army myself.

Looking forward to seeing your gorgeous painting skills superify these wonderful classics!

Cheers
Bart

Daniel36
29-07-2010, 11:28
Man, you are truly a painting god. Awesome stuff. Glad you did the little tutorial. I was struggling with my Wood Elf capes, but I think I can use your tutorial for making them look a bit better.

sigur
29-07-2010, 12:07
@Crube: PM sent. :)

@warflag: I'm a bit partial on the Marauders Dark Elves. Some of them I like a lot, like the Witch Elves, the Dark Pegasus and the command units. Some others look a bit chunky though, especially the Corsairs. I also have one of those unit champions (the one who's pointing his finger somewhere) and he's HUGE. I think Marauder were about 10 years ahead of their time when it comes to scale creep. ;)

@Daniel36: Thanks muchly, I hope that my tutorial was of help. Let me know how it works for you!


Speaking of that tutorial, the German version just got uploaded. Here's a link if you want to have a look: Max Paint Knowledge Base (http://www.maxpaint.de/forum/tutorials/188-step-step-dunkelelf.html)

Now for lunch and then I'll think of something to do with these Witch Elves.

Desert Rain
29-07-2010, 12:12
Lovely painting log you've got here, can't believe I haven't checked it out until now. Your work is truly inspiring.

Crazy Harborc
30-07-2010, 01:15
ALL RIIIIGHT!! A unit that will go off the deep end every full moon or whenever. Got 30 some odd of those collecting dust in my basement. Witch Elves, the queens of Elf World.

sigur
11-08-2010, 08:58
@Desert Rain: Thanks muchly, kind sir. :)

@Crazy Harborc: Oh yes, I really regret I didn't get those earlier. And actually, these miniatures are nicer than I thought in real life. Hope I can justify spending time painting them anytime soon.


So thanks to Crube, I got a whole lot of bases for the Elven ladies now. Based them last night as well just after finishing some Khorne CSM miniatures.

And now for a surprise:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/wip1.jpg

Look, the Arabians are back! The guy I painted most of the earlier Warmaster miniatures (Bretonnians, some Chaos, Empire, Araby, Orcs and Goblins, etc.) urged me to help him finish his Araby army for an event early next year. He went on to a new trick to make me paint his stuff - he sends it in smaller chunks so gullible me dashes to paint the minis immediately because I always think that I can finish "small commissions" in like a day or so. Which of course is ********. :p

Anyway, I'll do these first, then it's either the Necrons Nightbringer or a Greater Daemon of Tzeentch along with a big Space Wolves army (this should get pretty interesting) on the side. The commission stuff is piling again....

Crube
11-08-2010, 09:00
Oooh Big Bird... now that's something I'd like to see you paint :)

*Morgan*
11-08-2010, 13:29
Oooh Big Bird... now that's something I'd like to see you paint :)

You say it! I love your Work Sigur, if you want you can visit my Workbench and give some tips ;-)


greetz

sigur
11-08-2010, 14:42
@Crube: Thanks for voting. ;) Be warned though, it will be the sad, blue bigbird (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060213163242/muppet/images/archive/1/12/20060213163344!BlueBigBird.JPG).

@*Morgan*: Thanks for your reply. :) I'll pay a visit to your log later.



Update on the Arabians:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/wip2.jpg

Sadly, I lost MANY painting recipes in a computer crash earlier this year (all I could find was how I did the bases. At least something I suppose) but I think I'm replicating the look pretty okay.

Sooo..... I'll keep you updated, seeya later.

Ancre
11-08-2010, 16:42
HURRAY more warmaster ! I really need to find a way to get lots of cash to buy lots of stuff, the way you paint them makes me want to start another army :)

And I quite like those witch elves too ! I wonder how they'll look once painted.



Ancre, back from vacations and a week of being sick :D

mrtn
11-08-2010, 20:16
Ancre, back from vacations and a week of being sick :D
*Punishes the Clan Eshin representative for the failure* :skull:

:angel:

Nice Arabyans sigur. :)

sigur
11-08-2010, 23:49
@Ancre: Good to see you back in action. Hope you enjoyed your vacation and i hope it didn't overlap with your sick days. :)

@mrtn: Oi! No murders are to be ordered from my log. If you want to play rough you go outside. :p


Update:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/wip3.jpg

Again, I fail at what I had planned. I won't be able to finish these guys tonight and I'm far from it. Basing aside, all the reds need highlighting, one or two skulls need to be painted on the spearmen. The guards need some shading here and there, then they're finished as well. The flying carpets need the reds finished and a few details (quivers) painted.

Hmm....well, see you tomorrow then I guess.


edit: reds finished, skulls finished, commencedf painting details. Swordsmen need lots of belts and beards painted. Argh.

Crazy Harborc
12-08-2010, 00:56
I do wish that at least one longtime opponent was into Warmaster...BUT none are interested.:(

THAT second army is great, by the by.

jdp
12-08-2010, 03:38
Hooray, Warmaster is back! Needless to say despite losing your recipes you still've got it! (Painting moxie that is...) I particularly like the banner for the guards. Very convincing squiggly writing.

Ramius4
12-08-2010, 03:58
Excellent stuff Sigur, as always. I wish I still had the patience to put in the effort you do. I don't lack the painting skill, but the patience eludes me these days...

I respect the work you put in, even if it is for money. You do a damn fine job.

Crube
12-08-2010, 09:47
They look great Sigur... I love those magic carpets :)

Ancre
12-08-2010, 09:58
Hehe, even not finished they still look awfully good !

Bad mrtn ! You don't pay your assassins enough ! Beware of outbidders :D

sigur
12-08-2010, 14:42
@Crazy Harborc: Yar, it's kinda hard to find people who even play Epic or something like that but Warmaster players are really hard to find.

@jdp: Thanks. :)

@Ramius4: Thanks for dropping by and commenting. :yes:

@Crube: Yar, Araby armies are full of awesome miniatures.

@Ancre: Thank you, Sir.


Here's the finished lot:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/force1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/guards1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/spears1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmaster/Araby/magiccarpetride.jpg

Hope you like them. Next up: Bigbird of Tzeentch!

Crube
12-08-2010, 18:01
As much as I want to see Big Bird, I have to say those araby aren't quite done... the base edging is looking scruffy there, Mr Sigur... :p

Kaos
12-08-2010, 18:33
Seeing those araby minis i seriously wonder why there is no army for them in Warhammer Fantasy.. I mean? Look at them! I want djinns.. i want elephants, snakes dancing too flutes and the whole thousand and a night!

sigur
12-08-2010, 19:45
@Crube: Oi! Thanks for the heads up. I'll fix that.

@Kaos: Araby miniatures in WHFB probably would look sucky I'm afraid. The Warmaster Ranges are pretty cool because they are rather down-played when it comes to troops and the bigger things usually mainly impress due to the fact that the size relations fit much better than in WHFB. In 28mm, they tend to overdo detailling and such and plastic faces mostly suck. If they kept it semi-historical (the aspect in which WHFB used to shine) plus cool-looking Djinns (but I'm afraid he would look like a mix of the WHFB plastic giant and a bloodthirster), I'm all for it. Would open possibilities for great campaigns. Siege of Vienna I and II for example or just the rest of the 200 or 300 years of on and off war between the Ottoman Empire and european realms.

Aaaaaanyway, commenced working on the Changer of Ways. So far, he's assembled and blue. I MIGHT have gotten the stance a bit wrong because he's looking like he's doing an extra-funky dance (kinda like the old Greater Daemons of Tzeentch).

Crube
12-08-2010, 19:52
The Funky Chicken dance? Kinda like the funky gibbon, but with more poultry....

Hammer49
12-08-2010, 20:41
Warmaster Araby models look great. Like the colour scheme you've used.

sigur
12-08-2010, 22:37
@Crube: Exactly. :D

@Hammer49: Thanks. I wanted to try out using some turquoise in an army and this rather exotic one is perfectly suited.


Changer of Ways!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/BBwip1.jpg

Crazy Harborc
13-08-2010, 01:19
Ohhh maaannn.....the dude is falling apart! THAT army is GREAT.:) They look good to me.

Crube
13-08-2010, 10:23
Interesting first picture... Has it been undercoated white, then washed black? Is that for a specific, 'Sigur's top quality painting tip' (TM) type reason, or is it 'just how it came'?

sigur
13-08-2010, 11:38
@Crazy Harborc: He's merely changing reality to make him look disjointed and unfinished. :p

@Crube: Thanks (I guess :p).

As usual, what looks like a white basecoat with black wash (and the same effect could have been achieved with just that I'm sure) is in fact Fenris Grey on the feathery parts with a light wash of black and two layers of drybrushing (fenris grey/enchanted blue/white/VMC royal purple followed by pure white). The blue parts were a wild rollercoaster ride on a base of enchanted blue with asurmen blue/leviathan purple wash, a drybrush, lots of layering with changing parts of ench.blue, VMC royal purple and white. The tabard is just layering up to pure white, all based on a coat of black primer.

And it doesn't look half bad in the picture actually (lucky for me, in RL as well). I think I'll do the face now. Should be more fun than layering the hell out of the blue skin. Planning to have the bigbird finished by Monday.

As you can see, the client wants it painted in the same colourscheme as on the GW website which is always a bit harder because you basically want to recreate an 'Eavy Metal paintjob. That's a thing that, as with trying to recreate anyone else's paintjob, never works out quite perfectly.

Crube
13-08-2010, 14:07
The blue skin is ace by the way... As to the feathery bits, are you using that as a base for the other colours deliberately, or are all the feathers going to be greyish in colour?

Gargobot
13-08-2010, 14:21
Seems like I can stop tallying the votes in your 40k log.
The LoC looks stunning, I'm really looking forward to see him finished. (Have to paint one of those in the next months, and I can really use some tips. :))

sigur
14-08-2010, 02:29
@Crube: Thanks. :) I thought I'd make them greyish in colour. They have a rather blue sheen due to the quite blueish base colour though.

@Gargobot: Thanks for counting the votes. You did it so splendidly that I thought it would be inconsiderate to disturb you. You'll have fun painting that guy. He seems to be nice to paint and you can achieve a lot with drybrushing.


New WIP:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/locwip1.jpg

I layered the hell out of these clothes, yet they still look weird in the pictures. Guess it's the angle. Once the brims are done and the details and all, the white will look mighty fine I am sure. What do you think of the face so far?

Aulbath
14-08-2010, 08:24
The face is really outstanding. It's kinda "cartoon shaded" but thanks to the muted colors it still seems quite realistic. In fact, I think you could stick him right into "The Dark Crystal" and we wouldn't know it.

Personally though, I'd give him a bit more "pop!" ;) But that might happen later on anyways.

Solun Decius
14-08-2010, 11:01
The face is really good right now. Fine blending and I think you've taken highlights up to just the right amount in any spot. Extra poppage might come through darker shading in some tiny spots but it doesn't hit me as lacking.
I also love the coloration around the eye. Makes it look realistic and old.
Red parts in mouth cool too.

sigur
14-08-2010, 16:21
@Aulbath: Thanks. What's the Dark Crystal again? Was it that 80s Disney film everybody pretends not to exist? Anyway, teh popping hath been addedth.

@Solun Decius: Cheers, mate. It's all pretty much copied from the Eavy Metal Paintjob. :p



Update:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/locwip2.jpg

Details added the requested pop I think. I also sat him up to somehow resemble the way he'll look later. :p Wings are not in the picture because I didn't add much to those since the last update but quite on the opposite made some steps back on them actually due to a little accident of touching them with a brushful of yellow paint so I'll have to redo some parts.

Thanks for watching!:)

Breazer
14-08-2010, 21:53
very nice as always....i wonder why GW didnt offer you a job yet....this is incredibly high quality stuff....keep it up man!

sigur
18-08-2010, 00:23
@Breazer: Thanks. :) I'm afraid GW don't go headhunting, they have more than enough people who just request jobs. It may be the usual fear of GW but there's also very un-nice (yes world, fear me for using such words) stories about being part of the 'Eavy Metal team. But speaking of that, I may plan to take one step further in terms of professionalism of my paintstuffs in the near future.

Anyway, Lord of Change finished:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/LoC2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/LoC3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/LoC4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Chaos/LoC5.jpg


Note how he holds the staff behind his body. That's because I'm a free-spirited individualist who doesn't fear to digress from the norm and enjoys treading new paths*.

Yesterday, I got these guys - Freebooters Fate's Brotherhood:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Freebooter/bhwip1.jpg

This morning, I got the last batch of Warmaster Arabyans as well. Two units of Bowmen, two units of Cavalry, one unit of spearmen. I will to finish everything as quickly as possible but first, it's the Brotherhood. Remarkable miniatures eventhough I usually am not a fan of Freebooter miniatures at all. Some of them are hideously looking, especially the heads. Lucky for me, the heads on those guys are mostly under hats or big hairdos and the faces are mostly hidden behind masks. But generally, I'll even have GW female miniatures over Freebooter's.

Anyway, these are cool. :-)


*I have no idea why, but I couldn't make it work in the regular way.

Dino
18-08-2010, 01:37
That lord of change looks really sweet. Nice work. The freebooter's fate minis are of to a good start.

Gekiganger
18-08-2010, 07:25
That's a mighty fine lord of change you have, I love the wings and the robes look fancy.

Old School
18-08-2010, 07:45
Sigur,

Gorgeous looking turkey bird, very high standard as usual!





...That's because I'm a free-spirited individualist who doesn't fear to digress from the norm and enjoys treading new paths...



Hey, hey! We'll have less of that! Next thing you know you'll be worshipping Tzeentch and doing odd stuff like... wearing odd socks.

;)

Griffonclaw
18-08-2010, 09:54
that is Indeed an abnormally extra funky dance! Top notch painting as always.

mrtn
18-08-2010, 10:06
Very nice birdie man.

:)

Solun Decius
18-08-2010, 12:13
Your Warmaster minis are excellent as always and the finished LoC is just amazing!
The smooth skin and cloth you've already done on the Brotherhood bodes well for what's coming there. Can't wait!

Ancre
18-08-2010, 12:48
The painted big bird is really great ! :)

Vinsanity
18-08-2010, 12:52
Nice turkey! Skin colour is really great ;)

sigur
18-08-2010, 15:57
@Dino: Thanks, the Freebooter minis are a nice change.

@Gekiganger: Hope the robes look fancy enough. Spent lot of time on those and I'm still not perfectly happy with them.

@Old School: Cheers and don't fear that I might start worshipping Tzeentch, I'm way too much of a GEMUTLICHKEITS-slob for that. And my socks usually are more of the Nurgle-y kind anyway. :shifty:

@Griffonclaw: I was actually surprised how much this miniature emulates the poses of the old Lords of Change miniatures.

@mrtn: Thanks muchly. :)

@Solun Decius: Thank you. As I wrote, there's more Warmaster stuff coming up.

@Ancre: I'm pretty pleased how it turned out myself.

@Vinsanity: Thank you, the skin colour took some fiddling around until I got it right.


Okies, update on the Brotherhood in shape of a very sucky picture. I hate daylight.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Freebooter/bhwip2.jpg

The boss assassin in the far left only has some parts basecoated so far. He reminds me a lot of The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe.

The second from the left is finished apart from some details on the base and her weapon.

The one in the middle is half-done. She's a fun miniature with that little footstool.

The guy with the hood and cloak is about half-finished as well; he needs the cloak painted.

The firl in the right is about at the same stage and the master assassin. I'm not painting these guys individually as you can see, I somehow hop around between them.

Trying to get them done as quickly as possible.

Crube
18-08-2010, 16:04
Excellent LoC, the robes look ace :)

And those Brotherhood look... interesting... Nice work on the one that's finished, not sure I like the poses that much...

Keep it up :D

jdp
18-08-2010, 18:09
The Araby came out great, you are setting the standard for the rest of us in 10mm. I like what you are doing with the brotherhood minis. I really like the porcelain style skin of the woman on the stool. She has that creamy color that some pale women do, very nice and not an eassy effect to pool off. Top shelf work.

Crazy Harborc
19-08-2010, 01:43
The L of C...looks like he has a pimple! AND now......there's the party animals. Sharp knives AND cleavage. Be careful how you hold them...You might get stuck!

The Lord of Change is GOOD.:)

Old School
19-08-2010, 08:02
WOW! I love those two girls in the middle and to the left, GORGEOUS!

Are they 20mm bases or 40mm?

Nephilim of Sin
19-08-2010, 10:27
It has been far too long since I have had the chance to see this log, but I have to say Sigur, your stuff is as amazing as ever. Actually, it just seems to be getting better and better. I will have to sit back and check it out thoroughly later, but I am loving the Araby Warmaster. It is really making me want to convert an Araby army for regular Fantasy!

Also, the Changer of Ways is looking great! The face in particular is truly a magnificent job. Keep it up please!

Hammer49
19-08-2010, 17:36
Lord of change looks superb.
I like the look of the brotherhood.
Great work as always!

sigur
20-08-2010, 12:33
@Crube: Thanks. :)

@jdp: Cheers. I really wanted to make her look like she's got a thickly powdered face.

@Crazy Harborc: Thanks for the heads up. They have really quite pointy knifes.

@Old School: The bases are 25mm square. Scalewise, they seem to be about 30mm.

@Nephilim of Sin: Thanks for the comment and good to see you back. ;)

@Hammer49: Cheers.


There's some reallife things that are annoying me a lot lately (about the past week really) and as ridiculous as it is, it really slows down my painting progress. It's all going so incredibly slow these days, I'm tired all the time and I'm worrying.

The fact that I have basically no clue what I do with these brotherhood minis (don't like them a whole lot, don't enjoy painting them a whole lot) doesn't help either but the guy I'm painting these for is also the guy who I'm painting the Death Korps of Krieg minis for which I have sitting around on my desk for months now so I better get these brotherhood people done quickly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Freebooter/bhwip3.jpg

Not painting these one after another was a bad idea. There is hardly any progress at all. So far, two of them are fully finished (minus the daggers), the others are progressing just slowly.

Haven't updated my blog in ages as well but I don't think it's of any use anyway. I should go make a website.


edit: And it's the 20th already! Aaaarrgh. I hate time.

Meraklis
20-08-2010, 14:33
wonderful and fast painting! you are a painting machine my friend!
I love your warmaster stuff and I have to say that your work on those brotherhood minis is great too!

Nephilim of Sin
21-08-2010, 01:38
The two that are beside the middle look amazing. Especially the one on the left, where the shadows are seemingly seamless, and provide a massive, massive amount of depth. Can't say I am a fan of the minis themselves, but you have done them more than justice.

You've done an excellent job in making the colors on her look 'natural', if that makes sense. Really good work thus far!

sigur
21-08-2010, 12:09
@Meraklis: Thanks muchly. I'm sure I could be faster though.

@Nephilim: Cheers mate, I was aiming for something naturalistic looking. Broke with that on the master assassin though.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Freebooter/bhwip4.jpg

The aim is to get the bunch finished by tomorrow.

Breazer
21-08-2010, 17:01
i love em!

thesheriff
21-08-2010, 21:26
They look delicious. Really, breathtaking. To good to miss

EDIT; Edgar Allen Poe refrence = Win. Gothic novels FTW :p

brendel
21-08-2010, 22:35
Nice Plog sigur, just went throught the whole 74pages of your work, Awesome stuff.
Cant wait for more updates.

Gargobot
22-08-2010, 16:30
Cool group of assassins, I think the lady on the footstool and the boss are my favorites.
I agree with you on freebooter minis, they have a couple of Empire styled minis, but the faces are more or less unbearable. And then there's the scale issue. But I guess that's not an issue if you only use them.
Well anyway great work. Once again I'm surprised how those are not finished yet, but you're the sensei. :)

EmperorNorton
22-08-2010, 20:42
I'm not a fan of the Freebooter minis either, but damn, that's a nice paintjob.

sigur
23-08-2010, 23:57
Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive replies, guys. :)

@brendel: Thanks. :)

@Gargobot: Not a sensei, just a lazy bum.

@EmperorNorton: Cheers. :)

So the guys are as good as finished now. Maybe I'm giving the base frames a little edge highlighting and i need to seal them but then they're finished.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Freebooter/bh1.jpg

C&C welcome. :)

Solun Decius
24-08-2010, 00:33
You've done an ace job on these models. If there's anything wrong with the models themselves I guess it's something you see up close and might bother the painter but the outcome is amazing.

mrtn
24-08-2010, 01:05
Those are looking great. :)

Pumpavius
24-08-2010, 15:57
Great stuff there!

tancrede
26-08-2010, 05:41
Wonderful work here, as always, man !
I really need to paint some of these Freebooter stuff...

Lord Azoth
26-08-2010, 07:21
beautiful unit...Im not a big fan of these minis, but you made the most out of them!

sigur
30-08-2010, 17:35
@Solun Decius: Cheers. :)

@mrtn: Thanks!

@Pumpavius: Thank ye.

@tancrede: Merci, but you better stick to painting awesome Bretonnians (yes, it's a curse but I'll never get tired of seeing new brets painted by you. :p).

@Lord Azoth: Cheers, there's four or five more of those coming up.


Surprise Fantasy stuff!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmachine/vladwip1.jpg


A short notice commission with extry payment if I finish him within one week. Guess what it is! (looking at the picture's URL is cheating. ;) ).

See you soon!

Crube
30-08-2010, 18:46
'Snot anything WFB.... maybe a Warmichine mini?

Ancre
30-08-2010, 19:44
Hmmm... wild and probably stupid guess, but he looks a bit like Arthas in Warcraft III.

(No,I don't even know if there are warcraft III minis out there ! :D ok, gonna check the url now.)

Gargobot
31-08-2010, 02:31
It's definitely a Warmachine mini (the huge shoulder pads give it away, though huge shoulder pads are also a trade mark of Warcraft... and Space Marines ^^).
I think it's one of the Khador characters.

_toast_
31-08-2010, 02:44
its eVlad from khador...

Lord Azoth
31-08-2010, 07:59
cool mini, really looking forward to see hod do you paint Vlad...

sigur
31-08-2010, 09:33
@Crube: Yus, Warmachine. :)

@Ancre: You know, from the picture I posted, he really looks a bit like Arthas. I don't think he used to have that big shoulderpads but apart from that, there are quite some similarities. And about WC3 minis...well, there's the WoW miniatures game of which many people howled it would totally destroy GW altogether. :rolleyes:

@Gargobot: Very close. Well, you're right in fact, it's a Khador character.

@_toast_: Yus, it's Vladimir. In EPIC form, so the website says.

@Lord Azoth: Not too keen on the whole style of Warmachine but he's a nice miniature. Very different look than a GW mini, especially the hair and the face.


WIP shot:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmachine/vladvip2.jpg

Old School
31-08-2010, 09:43
I can't figure out his arms and his weapon?!? Is it a sword or a gun he's holding? Where are his hands exactly?

Ancre
31-08-2010, 17:44
Bah, you should have painted him like the fallen arthas ! Though he doesn't have his horse. :p I don't know if he had shoulderpads this big in the game, but he had clearly oversized equipment (no wonder he was so slow in combat).

And I never heard anything about that WoW mini games !

And he's a nice wip, but you need to finish the painting now ! :D

sigur
31-08-2010, 18:11
@Old School: Hehe, I admit that it's a bit hard to see in the pictures. I hope that this update sheds some light on this mystery.

@Ancre: Yeah, I guess only off his horse he can really be considered "fallen", hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Anyhow, I'm not sure that WoW minis game survived the first 6 months.

Quasi-finished Vladimir plus scribbly stuff I did just fer testin':
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/Warmachine/vladimir1.jpg

I need to smoothen out the back of the cloak a bit and I think I'll add some more snow. First time I'm using this GF9 snow stuff but I'm pretty happy with it.

How do you like him? :)

Crube
31-08-2010, 18:28
Lovely work there Mr Sigur :) As ever, your red is amazing...


(oh, and 1st comment from Mrs Crube was "do you think he's trying to grow into that armour?" Personally, I think his mum took him armour shopping, and bought the wrong size....)

tancrede
31-08-2010, 19:26
As always, very good work !
And I really like the way you do your red !