Thursday, February 28, 2008

One for the Road

I know I said that the blog was on hiatus, but I just can't stay away.

I came across this article yesterday (thanks to GoffRokka at AWC for pointing this out). While the zenithal lighting effect is something I want to incorporate more in my paining, I was much more interested in what the article says about painting with washes. James Whipple demonstrated a similar painting method in the Adepticon class I took with him last year.

So last night I had some time and a horror miniature that I had previously primed white, so I decided to give it a go.

Here's it after two hours of work:

One problem I had with this miniature is its crappy undercoat. A while back, I decided to try priming with gesso since I hated spraying them. I've had less experience with it, so it came out a little clumpy. I think I laid it on a little too think in some parts and a little too thin in others. That, and the fact that gesso doesn't seem stick to metal very well made for an extremely uneven undercoat.

I didn't go for any zenithal lighting on this miniature. It's a demon that's supposed to be made of pure warp magic, so I wanted the light to look almost internal.

Since this is just a basic troop, I didn't want to spend a ton of time on it. I made the washes a lot thicker than the article recommends. Plus, with something this light, it didn't take many washes. I can see what the author says about this process taking a ling time. It took me two hours to rush through basically two colors. I think I'll use this process to paint my HQ units, but I'll slow it down a lot.

I'm not happy with this picture, so I'll take more when I get back.

That's all for now, ya'll. I'm off on my honeymoon!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Blog Update

Well, most of you may have noticed that I'm not posting much lately. Most likely, I won't be blogging much in the weeks to come, either.

As some of you may know, I'm getting married in less than two weeks and my mind has totally check out. It's a great thing, actually. I can't wait. I'm especially excited about the honeymoon. I've never taken a beach vacation before, so I'm really looking forward to this. I just want to get out of this crappy Chicago weather.

Also, I realized yesterday that my camera is broken. As some of you remember from the early days, a painting blog without pictures is pretty lame. Hopefully, I can get it fixed, because I really don't want to shell out the dough for a new one.

Anyway loyal readers, I don't want to leave you all hanging, so consider this notice that this blog will be on hiatus until at least mid-March. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Terrain Monday, Again!

Oops, did I say every Monday. I meant every other. Anyway, he's more of Art's stuff...

For you Chicagoans out there, this piece is inspired by the asphalt factory at Pulaski and the Stevenson (I-55).

Yeah, it's basically two coffee cans, some tuna cans, and a couple of yogurt cups.