To get you all up to date on what's been going on since last time I've compiled all the recent posts made into this big one - note that some of the questions and statements in these blocks may be invalid as of now (but I can't be arsed to remove them at the moment). I just want you to see the process I went through before I hit you with the more recent work.
What I have been doing, mostly to finally get a chance to try my airbrush out and see what kind of possibilities where available to me, was to put some color on my Caestus Assault Ram – more specifically the interior details. I got a lot of inspiration from the Imperial Armour Masterclass Volume One which I’ve been reading back to front (along with Volume Two). Basically it’s Kommando Khaki airbrushed sparingly over a black undercoat and then highlighted with Skull White. Then there’s some chipping applied with Scorched Brown / Chaos Black. After that I painted all the metallic details with Boltgun Metal and once that was done put Gloss Varnish on top before trying out some Oil Washes. I have to say I’m very impressed with the Oil Wash technique even though it’s a bit of a hassle to work with White Spirits since I need to use a mask so I’m not breathing in the stuff for hours – but I use one when I airbrush anyway so not much of a problem really. The preliminary results can be viewed here. Personally I prefer this off-white interior over a completely metallic version which I find lacks… Something. I will most likely go for something similar on my drop pod interiors.
I’m also considering trying out the hairspray weathering technique on the drop pod doors (the inside sto start with) to see if I can achieve that realistic 3D-chipping effect that’s all the rave these days. Hopefully all these ideas will actually lead to something being finished rather than just me trucking along and heading straight for another burn-out.
It's also been a semi-productive night on the infantry department. I've been playing with the airbrush to see what my limited skills with the tool can achieve at this point in time. Also toying with the idea to keep the concept of the Void Sharks (and see where it goes) but make the colours more airbrush and weathering friendly (since I really want to delve into the weathering aspect of the hobby). This is what the evening gave me after some trials:
I must say at first I was not impressed with my results at all. It was far too bright and grainy (which is my own fault because I didn't thin the pink coat enough and lowered the PSI far too much so it splattered a bit - anyway, water under a bridge and all that, you live and you learn) and I was just getting nightmarish visions about how I won't be able to do the tiny space patterns on my marines now and everything was just going straight to H.
Then again, after looking at the miniature for a while and comparing it to my Tyberos miniature I think I came to understand why I was so disappointed - it isn't because I don't like the gradual shifting in the tones of the armour but rather that I'm so hard pressed into the edge highlight mould that I can't appreciate my own creations without having all the edges highlighted - which beats the point of using an airbrush in the first place. So, while I'm still not sure of the actual tone of the purple I'm a bit more positive overall. The one thing that will be easier with this tone is any weathering effects which will actually show up using normal methods (weathering black is a bitch as we all know). Also any stars and/or tiny patterns can still be freehanded on afterwards so I don't know what I was thinking there really.
On another note - hope you like the new backdrop because I like it and I figure I might stick to them for now on if there aren't any wild complaints about them.
So, after another couple of hizzy-fits I feel like there has been no actual progress made so far. I'm still combating with the airbrush, although learning a lot in the process I'm still somewhat lacking results to keep my motivation up high. I'm probably approaching the issue from a wrong angle and trying to see results far to early in the process. It's possible that the effects I'm looking for won't be visible till after weathering but it's hard to know if your doing step 2 and 3 right if you get that nagging feeling that you aren't doing so well after all.
I had this idea that I was going to move away from the combination of blue and purple since I felt the blue wasn't really working all that well with the purple when airbrushed on. My first thought was purple and black but as we all know black isn't all that easy to paint realistically so I was instead aiming for a dark grey. However I did get a little frisky with the trigger finger and it turned out more like a mid-tone grey rather than a dark grey. The camera is also not doing me any favours since it pretty much turned the gradient into a big grey blob, anyway, enough talking:
I want more contrast in the grey (darker and lighter). It's possible that said contrast will show up once I put an oil wash on there, possibly combine it with a tiny edge highlight as well, so I think I'm going to try that approach when I continue tomorrow. I'm still not 100% sure on the combination of colours, if things continue to be this hard for me I might actually give in and do a single colour scheme on the infantry just to give my mind some rest because it's annoying as hell for me to get these results (or lack there of).
Any thoughts and bits of input are most welcomed as usual.
Hopefully I'll have some progress to show tomorrow.
I find the combination somewhat soothing but still interesting enough although dangerously close to being boring. I think a split with yellow and grey would have been more striking and "in your face" combination but then again I wasn't aiming for that effect (although I must say I like it in some ways). It's hard to keep at it when you're unsure or when you feel that there are other combinations that perhaps would lend themselves to the technique better. But at the same time I'm trying to keep the vehicles in mind and any possibilities given to me by the weathering process and the pigment choice I have there. I think that this scheme would look great on vehicles and which also provide me with enough surface to do some of my freehanding on (I want them space patterns damnit!). I dunno, I just have a nagging feeling that it's a bit boring at the moment.
About the helmets I considered doing them in the split scheme but then painting the grills with skulls like the Night Lords do. Not sure which other way there is to paint them in a lighter colour without making it look odd and misplaced really...
I did manage to get some work done tonight but not much. I settled for some paint chips on the armour and a few extra edge highlights to see where that would take me, I'm starting to warm up to the idea but I think the rest of the process is what will tie it all together (and that entails markings in white, oil washes and finally pigments):
Another way to get more life into the miniatures is to add details such as bionics with cables which can then be "warning striped" (yellow/black) which will add that tiny amount of yellow which will compliment superbly with the purple (I think). I'm not prepared to give up just yet, I just need to find ways to wrap my head around the idea and make it work (or at least finish one miniature before I give it a good analysis).
While on that subject, is there any source available on pre-heresy markings for Space Marines? I'm having trouble finding reference material and I don't have my HH:B book yet so can't check there for inspiration.
Your suggestions and thoughts welcomed and encouraged as per usual.
So... I got my HH:B book and I've been fiddling around a bit. Decided to try something completely different. Sadly my current photo set-up washes out the colours but here's a WIP of what I'm working on at the moment.
More progress later tonight (hopefully).
So I did try out some new techniques on the NL marine, mainly Oil-washes on the torso+legs to see what kind of shading and muting effect I could get out of it. I wasn't all that impressed with the wash on this particular scheme though, I think it's better suited for other combinations of colours. The blue I'm doing right now reacted better to traditional washing techniques (GW washes/shades) so if I'm going to make more of these guys I'm probably not going to shade them with a black oil wash (other than the vehicles which are a different subject matter) - you live and you learn, that's what the test miniature is for.
I am also going to have to redo the lightning patterns because they where way muted and dulled by the oil wash and the varnish layers, they need to pop out to add some interest.
Well, I'll be done with this test miniature soon hopefully and if it goes according to the plan I'm going to do more Mk III Night Lords after that.
Comments and thoughts are welcomed as always!
So, I noticed I forgot to do the verdigris on the shoulder pad trims but otherwise this is pretty much as finished as I'm willing to make the miniature at the moment since I haven't decided on legion markings and symbols just yet I feel that I'll just wait a while (possibly even till the next book comes out which will hopefully portray the 8th legion in all their glory).
Now that I've one miniature painted I guess I'll have to finish the entire squad? Lacking some parts though, probably need to buy more parts from FW... Or maybe I should paint my 3 ironclad dreadnoughts (sadly not MK IV dreads but I'll do them in the NL scheme anyway)?
As you can see I'm considering going down the heresy-era Night Lord legion route. I find that they fit the army I'd like to play (both in 30k and 40k) and I'll be using the HH:B ruleset for them for now but possibly bleed into the SM codex as well later on (yeh, I know they are traitors in 40k but I don't want to play them as CSM so hush).
Till next time