Monday, April 30, 2012

Count Mannfred

(Mannfred Von Carstein)
From : Warhammer
Armies : Vampire Counts
Unit type :  Lords & Heroes
Scale : 28mm metal figure 
Manufacturer : Game Workshop 

This model has some problem in its attachment to the base; if poorly placed, the figure could snap off from the base due to the weight of the metal. All parts must also be painted separately before assembled together. This project would be easier to make through careful planning on which part to paint first. 

For the Count Manfred’s armor, besides putting in a detailed pattern, I also tried a new NMM technique: using red as the foundation and tracing the reflection with the NMM technique; the result is a metallic red and reflective armor
(click here for more information on NMM technique ). 

I also tried the Object Source Lighting technique (OSL) to give an impression that a spirit is emanating from the cape. This technique is an attempt to show how the tone of the surroundings determined by the light source.

Looking at the example image, the candle flame is giving out yellowish light; as a result, the part of the skeleton touched by the light also has yellowish color. 
(click here for more information on OSL technique ).

I believe this is one of the most difficult painting techniques because one must have extensive knowledge in lighting to achieve the desirable results. This is a thing that I must keep practice to improve my skill.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dark Elf Hero

From : Avatars of War
Armies : Dark Elves
Unit type :  Lords & Heroes
Scale : 28mm metal figure
Manufacturer : Avatars of War 

For this model, its legs seem disproportionally small right out the box. This also makes the heads looks oversize. So I sculpted shin armors and shoes from Alteco’s epoxy putty to give the figure a more proportionate look. 

Meanwhile the coloring was done through glaze and blendind techniques to balance out the colors. The NNM coloring technique was still being used on this piece’s metallic parts (click here for more information on NMM technique ). 
The paints were mixed to closely resemble brass and iron. I also studied lighting and reflection in order to give an appearance of real metals.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Fantasy Miniatures

After having done many sci-fi miniatures, this time I tried my hand on fantasy pieces. Most likely, I will continue to make miniatures since I’ve already fell in love with them and feel happy when working with them.

This is probably because I have always been working with military models in which their paints and camouflage patterns must be accurately rendered to the real things and references. Even though, I have fun painting them, my creativity is restricted by these realistic requirements.

This is quite different from miniature wargames which are designed purely through imagination and allow me to put my creativity into them at will. Because of this, making them gives me a different sense of satisfaction from working with military models.
some of work in progress.