Saturday, 20 May 2017

Experimenting with atmosphere colours (Space Marines)

Here's an update on my Space Marines project:

As you can see, I started integrating the first atmosphere colour (the main colour you can see on the corresponding bases) into every colour of the first layer. The difference this makes, especially considering that I used exactly the same blue tone for all three Space Marines, is already visible on the pics.

Pics of each Space Marine with the corresponding base:

Which one do you like best so far?

Monday, 8 May 2017

Space Marines (WIP)

Update on my Space Marine project

Here is a WIP pic of the three bases. I painted two of them and the third one is dry now so that I can add crystals to it today.

Here is a WIP pic of the first Space Marine (standing on a desert base later on, with red light from the sunset coming from one side):

Next to it, you can see the colour I use as a base colour for all three of them, and the effect of adding the first atmosphere colour (the yellow I used for the desert base above) to all colours applied. The first layer is desaturated by adding a tiny drop of the complementary colour to the mix.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Fun project

Just decided to use the Space Marines I got from GW in December for a fun project to practise how to integrate atmosphere colours into miniature painting.

I will go for one and the same base colour (blue) with three different bases and light situations.

No. 1: Desert base, sunset, atmosphere colours: desert ground, red light from one side.

No. 2: Rather futuristic base with gear wheels, zenithal lighting. Atmosphere colours: Rust from the ground, sky blue from above.

No. 3: Necron base (rock and purple crystals), green sunlight from top left. Atmosphere colours: Purple and green.

Here are the bases I built:

The Necron base is still wet so no basecoat yet and I still have to add the crystals.

Excited to see the effects of integrating atmosphere colours and different light situations into the basic painting concept.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Jar's Advanced Painting Class - Review part II

Now back to miniature painting!

After the practical exercices I mentioned in part I of this review we started to prepare the mini we were going to paint and built a base taking into account the general atmosphere around the mini.

I immediately imagined the barbarian in a forest, standing on a tree trunk, with a few rays of pale yellow sunlight coming from above. As I had only painted zenithal lighting unil then, I decided to go for sunlight coming in from top left this time. Which is also more likely in a forest IMO.

Several workshop participants converted their minis. As the axe perfectly fits into a forest environment, I didn't change the weapon and immediately started building a forest base for my barbarian instead.

Next to me, someone got carried away  ... :-D

Here's how mine looked like after the first layer:

At this stage I made a major mistake. Due to the light coming from top left I didn't take into consideration painting the shield in a more interesting way (adding a second colour or some kind of pattern). I just overlooked it because I was concentrating on the completely new situation of light and shadow I painted for the very first time. As the shield was almost completely in the shadowy part of the mini, I didn't think about it until it was too late.

When I realised my mistake, it would have been difficult to correct it considering that we only had one more day to finish and I would have had to add this second colour or pattern in every single shade of colour I had mixed until then.

I'm going to improve this in my next painting session though.

Another WIP pic after adding the first highlights with the atmosphere colours green and yellow. I didn't use the usual white for these highlights. They are generated by starting with desaturated colours and switching to more saturated ones in the next step.

The barbarian's back is in the shadowy part ... and thus much darker in general.

More highlighting done ...

At this point I started to love the concept of adding atmosphere colours to the mini and thus enhancing the atmosphere you create with the base ... what a difference to the usual way of painting!

Take a look at our final results and you'll understand why:

 As I mentioned before, someone got completely carried away ... we called him 'Afro-Hulk'! :-D

As you can see, I kept it simple, without OSL effects or tattoos. Overall, I'm more than satisfied with the outcome though.

When you get the chance to attend one of Jar's Advanced Painting Classes, go for it! I can only recommend the perfect mix of theoretical lessons followed by practical exercices and individual support he offers. One of the best workshops I have attended so far!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Jar's Advanced Painting Class - Review Part I

Back from a wonderful week-end at MV Jar's Advanced Painting Class, and I think it's not a stretch to say it's going to change my way of painting completely.

We used primary colours and black and white only to mix different colours we wanted to achieve.

Task 1: Mix a colour perfectly matching your own skintone.

Just when Roman was announcing the first one to achieve the perfect mix would get a surprise, I managed to mix the perfect skintone ...

... and got this beautiful Hasslefree miniature:

Task 2: Try to mix a colour (by using primary colours, black and white only) you get assigned randomly. When you're done, hand it over to the neighbour to your left and repeat.

Task 3: Take a look at the following picture and paint a wolf (still using primary colours, black and white only):

Something I had never done before and thus more difficult already.

Task 4: You get a randomly assigned picture showing a certain atmosphere. Paint the wolf again, this time integrating the main colours from your reference pic. Phew!

Here's the reference pic I got and my second version of the wolf:

Reference pics and wolves painted by other workshop participants showing how integrating these main colours influences one and the same motif.

You might be wondering how this is related to miniature painting ... well, stay tuned! I'll answer this question in part II of my review.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Jar's Advanced Painting Class

On my way to another painting workshop - and looking forward to learning new techniques and improving my painting skills ...