Friday, 27 June 2014

Painting Table Saturday 34 + Wizards Pet Fire Slug

It's Painting Table Saturday and I'm finally over a bad case of the flu! Hallelujah! This week I finished an old Citadel Wizard and a Grenadier Corrosion Creeper. As you can tell from my blog, I often move between old and new miniatures as the muse takes me. This week is no different.

Centaurs are coming along nicely.

A pair with special 'rocky outcrop' bases.

Yes, that's a classic Grenadier wizard on the left.

The fur-lined cloak is fantastic.

Classic Citadel miniatures: High Elf and Theophilus. 

God bless you all and have a great weekend. As always, thanks to Sofie!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Painting Table Saturday 33 + Centaurs

Another Painting Table Saturday and I don't have a lot to show this weekend, mainly due to slow recovery from a winter flu virus and running a game of D&D. The game was great. With ten players there was plenty of mayhem. However, the flu is really taking it out of me. So, I'm back off to bed. I leave you with these humble centaurs.

Thanks to Sofie! To my fellow painters, enjoy your weekend and God bless you!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Painting Table Saturday 32 + OSL

Ok, here we are, it's the future! Well, you see, it is for me, as I'm writing this one week ago. Thanks to Blog Magic, I can prepare a draft and publish it whenever I like. Which is great, because I am currently in Fiji with my family, enjoying a well deserved holiday and playing some music with the locals. Bula!

At least I will be, when I post this. Today is Painting Table Saturday and here is something I prepared earlier...

So, what is this OSL? Object-source lighting is when you paint reflections of light on your miniature from an object they are holding, wearing, or in some cases, a part of their body that emits an eerie glow. I dug out a great old Citadel adventurer with a lantern to show this technique. You may recognise him from the last episode:

There are a few ways to achieve effective object-source lighting (including using spray paint, which is not my forte). I opt for a mix of underpainting (black and white), washes (for shadow) and drybrushing (for the reflected light) on this figure. Because the adventurer is holding a lantern out in front with an outstretched arm, the light will come from that source. The lantern itself will be the brightest, then anywhere that it's light would shine upon comes next. After I shine the light, I know where the shadow falls and how deep it is cast. This includes the ground he's standing on, upon which I also painted his shadow.

Welcome back to my painting table.
The underpainting of this figure can be seen here. Basic black wash as an 'undercoat', then drybrushing with white wherever I believe the light would shine. This was followed by a yellow ink glaze over the white. I then got busy adding the colours to clothing and equipment. Brown (chestnut/smoke/sepia) and black washes were applied to areas in shadow.

Plenty of lantern light.

Plenty of shadow.

Bringing out the colours that are lit up.

Hiding the colours that are, well, hidden.

Turning the miniature while painting helps a lot.

Light in front.

Dark behind.

Citadel Adventurer. Grenadier Corrosion Creeper. Hasslefree Kid.

So, here he is. A stalwart adventurer, delving in the subterranean depths, illuminated by his trusty lantern. Judging by the look on his face, he probably just ran into the Corrosion Creeper above!

But wait, there's more! I've been slowly completing my set of classic Dwarf Lords. They are classic Citadel miniatures and quite the collectors item nowadays. Here is the current count:

Five down. Three to go!

Finally, I present two more Dwarf Lords of Legend: Kimril Giantslayer and Throbbin Death Eye!

But wait, there's even more! Oh, it's just the Grenadier Corrosion Creeper you saw before. This is from the Subterranean Horrors box set. Another classic 80s miniature! I no longer have the box it came in. It was found lurking in my collection of unpainted weird and wonderful alien creatures, most of which are Grenadier masterpieces. Due to an overspill of white paint, it got an undercoat. As I was using yellow ink, it also got a glaze, followed by an orange wash because I was painting the miniatures above. By now, I reckoned that this was a Fire Slug. Impressed as I was with my own imagination, a quick google search informed me that there is already a sea creature and a Harry Potter creation called that. I wonder which was named first? Anyway, by now it was too late to turn back. Red ink, chestnut ink, a drybrush with some pale yellow and, voila! 

Oui, that was a snail reference. Escargot anyone? I will finish this dish when I get back from Yanuca Island.

Grenadier Corrosion Creeper.

Sandpit sand and some small bits of gravel add grit to the base.

Kimril Giantslayer - Up close and personal.

Old paints die hard!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Painting Table Saturday 31 + Base Preparation

It's Saturday... Painting Table Saturday! This week I have some base preparation going on with some more classic Citadel miniatures. I like painting all sorts of miniatures but those that have spent a few decades waiting for the brush have a special place in my heart. Of course it's not all about painting. There is often some preparation that goes into a figure before any paint is applied. So this week I'm going to show one of my basing techniques.

These fellows are almost finished.

A Citadel Wizard. Thanks Bob!

Stones from the driveway are superglued each side of the tab.

Perfect stones are not required. Find some that fit the figure.

Green stuff can fill the gaps.

It's cool to leave some gaps also.

Rocky outcrops can add to a dynamic pose.

Green stuff between the legs covers the seam.

Using stones saves on costly green stuff.

It also adds a more realistic rocky feel.

Rough and ready for painting!

A simple coat of grey shows how effective this technique is.

When I oversquirt the white paint, I use it on anything close at hand.

A good figure for  “object-source lighting” (OSL).

The back is kept in shadow.

Beginning to add colour, which will stay bright by lantern light.

The colours behind will be lost in shadow with successive dark washes.

Thanks, as always, goes to Sofie! To my fellow painters, enjoy your weekend and God bless you!