After a very long day your minis have put a big smile on my face. I think either a dark flesh, or orange wash would bring something extra to your already excellent orkses.
I'm interested in your use of oils too, do tell us more.
It's interesting how a different paint scheme and palette can make you see models in a completely different way - that last effort you posted is a beautiful peice of work - still looks feral but almost like a non GW fig.
Really great work - blending is so nicely done more please.
More! More! More! More!
Those who know don't care any more, and those who care don't know.
My goodness. Those really are stunning. I wasn't at all a fan of the plastic nobz, but after looking at yours I'm going to have to revise that opinion. There is a real sense of menace about all of your figures that I hadn't seen in the models before.
If you are able to show how you did those faded pattens (like on the chainaxe on the first ork) or how you did the skin for the second ork that would be very much appreciated.
A few people have asked about faded patterns in the past, so I think I shall do a tutorial for you. I'll document the next ork quite closely.
The skin on the second ork is relatively simple. Its a base coat of Charadon Granite and Dheneb Stone, shaded with glazes of Devlan Mud and highlighted by adding more and more Dheneb Stone to the base mix. I always paint highlights with very thinned down paint and apply each tone over a few layers, using the translucency to achieve a gradual build up that blends each tone better than just one opaque layer.
Your models are superb. I especially like the monochrome ork. I have to say that these orks are some of the best ive seen on this or any other site. Keep up the good work!
The pale skinned Ork Is mind blowingly awesome. I impatiently await your tutorial on how the skin was done.
I've seen a lot of paint jobs that I've enjoyed, and told people their work was good or even great, but it's rare that I see detail that truly blows me away. These orks definitely fall into that category, and I eagerly look forward to your tutorial. Having never done oils on a mini before, I'd love to watch your techniques in action, so consider this a request for WIP pics if possible. Cheers!
What can I say? Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!
Hmm...if GW want to increase their sales of this boxset then they need to remove the current pictures of them and put yours up.
The paintscheme on the studio figures makes them look truely awful - I picked up one of the old metal Nob boxes rather than buy one of these kits...
I do prefer the detailing on the metal faces but you have shown what a good (very good!!!) paint job does for a model.
Very nice work there. Keep 'em coming.
The faces on the plastic models is one area that lets them down I think- they look very much like CAD sculpted. They're not bad though, and the iron gobs are really cool.
Snikrot progresses reasonably rapidly (considering how long oils take to dry). I think I'll lose the red tones in the flesh though (apart from the lips). He's just looking too bright for my tastes at the moment. I may add some red back in after I finish the rest of the model, depending on if he looks too dull or not.
This is a model I finished yesterday. Actually, I finished it ages ago but something wasn't right, so yesterday it finally clicked and I changed the colour on his wristband.
This incidentally, is my first finished model in oil paints. I was quite surprised that it didn't turn out to be a complete disaster and I think it was instrumental in making me consider oils as a serious painting medium. Some of the smaller details were still done in acrylic though. I particularly like the way NMM comes out in oils- white oil paint just 'glows' so much better than acrylic.
Anyway, this is Tumahk, an orc shaman from the now defunct Rackham metal range.
Linky if you'd like to vote.
Thanks for all your kind comments so far, and thanks to everyone who voted on the Ork Nob model too. Oil painting tutorial coming very soon now by the way.
That Snikrot is stunning. You say you are using oils? I was about to say that your palette on him reminds me of High Renaissance painting, in particular Raphael.
Think its the way you use cool colours with warm highlights, and vice versa, and also that spectacular powder blue on his trousers. Anyway, your models are wonderful and its a true pleasure to see someone take such a nuanced approach to painting orks, which are usually hyper agressive (high contrast, high saturation, warning signs) or the now standard cliché of rusty / chipped everywhere.
Snikrot looks FAN-freaking-tastic so far, are you gonna put camo patterns on his pants?
out of curiosity, whats the range of oil paints you use?
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I doubt I'll put camo on Snikrot's pants. I'm kinda happy with the blending. Camo is always tricky for me too. I mean, the whole point of shading and highlighting a model is to make it look dynamic and 'readable', but the purpose of camo is the opposite of this. If I think the model looks a bit plain I might do it. I was originally thinking about it. We'll see.
The oil paints I use are just standard Windsor Newton tubes. I don't use any fancy thinners or anything really (just artist's turps and artists low odour thinners). I've got most of the photographs for the oil paint tutorial now as well. Just waiting for the oil to dry before taking the final shot (wet oil paint is really shiny). I'll probably post them in the morning.