Friday, 15 June 2018

Marble Tutorial

Hi folks!

After receiving numerous requests to share with you my marble recipe I finally decided to write a short tutorial with some picture of how the process is done... It is actually really easy and straightforward so it won't be a long post but hopefully you will find it useful. If you have any comment or question just write a comment and I will do my best to respond.
Ok, let's start!

Stage 1: Basecoat and first shading
After cleaning and assembling the model I gave it a basecoat of Corax White spray, which I subsequently retouched by brush with Ceramite White. Once this base was completely dry I applied the first shade. For this I chose a mix of 50/50 Reikland Fleshshade and Lahmian Medium and generously applied it to the whole model. As you probably know the medium prevents the shade to form stains while it dries creating a more even and smoother finish.

Stage 2: Second shading
Once the Reikland Fleshshade has dried out completely (some 30 mins) I applied a second shade with Drakenhof Nightshade, in the same way as the first wash, diluted with Lahmian medium, this time though the ratio was 25% shade 75% medium (Drakenhof is a very dark and strong shade and you just want it to be very subtle, not make your marble too blue). Wait for this coat to dry and then apply a little bit of extra Drakenhof shade (again 25/75 with LM) to some random areas of the model. This is done to mimic the fact that marble has pretty random and dishomogeneus stains so don't worry too much about some of it drying and leaving a slight stain over some areas, you will be able to make it look like marble natural imperfections later on.

Stage 3: highlights and touching ups 
Nothing special here, just go back with a thin brush over the edges of the armour with a standard edge highlight with pure white (I used Ceramite White).

Stage 4: Pencil marks
Ok, here goes the fun part. With a tiny mechanical pencil (I used a BIC with an HB point) draw very carefully some random lines along the armour. Do not apply too much pressure and try not to exaggerate with the amount of lines you draw. These represents marble veins and will go a really long way simulating the right effect. Take your time with this stage, I find it quite enjoyable as it is one of those rare special effects techniques that really change dramatically the look of the miniature in a few stokes.

Stage 5: final touching ups
It's done! To be honest you can easily skip this passage and stick to stage 4 but I prefer to push it the extra mile and retouch the veins I just drew with fine lines of Reikland Fleshshade and drakenhof Nightshade. Just use a fine brush and take some colour straight form the pot and apply it trying to follow roughly the pencil marks. It's not necessary to be too precise, marble veins are irregular in nature and you can achieve a great result even with a shaky hand.

There you go! It's truly a quick and easy technique which gives great results! It is also great if you want to batch paint a whole army as it mainly consists of shades over a white base coat.

If any of you guys wants to give it a go and share the results please do not be shy and email me, I'd love to look at your models!


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Knights from a distant past


I was back home in turin this weekend and had some time to take some pictures of my old bretonnians, the last army I completed for WH. These were done in 2013 while living in South America and were my proud and joy for many years afterward until the days of AoS... they never saw the battlefield though, something I am quite sad about.

These are just some of them and although I never got to complete a playable army for 8 ed, they were the closest thing to an army I completed since my teenage days.
To overcome the boredom of painting so many models I came up with an idea that I have to say was quite successful: I divided my army into what I called “Ordonnances” , inspired by medieval military history. Each knight is accompanied by 2 men at arms, 2 archers and a mounted squire, which were all painted together... so instead of having to work my way through 20 men at arms in one go my army greaw esponentialky while allowing me to paint at a more enjoyable pace.
This is an example of two ordonnances:

Monday, 28 May 2018

Double trouble!

Hi Again!

Bank holiday weekend means I am pushing forward with my ghurians and had another one done this afternoon! Two models in a day, TOTAL RECORD!!!!

Here he goes, along with a shot of the warband so far (hardly a warband yet, but getting there)

I feel like they are coming along nicely if I can say so myself. Maybe not my best work but certainly they are something different and personal, just as I wanted them!

Let me know


"Plain" awesome

Good morning!

In the past few weeks I have slowly been working my way through painting my warriors of the Sons of Or... Given that I am incredibly slow (as you all know) and that I am experimenting a little bit with techniques, it's taking me forever to finish them, but I hope it will be worthy in the end.
I manage to complete the first one yesterday and thought it was time for an update.

Excuse me for the bad pics where you can appreciate every single pixel of the models. As you can see I played a little bit with some textures on the model, in particular leather, using the stippling technique that I've seen used many times on other blogs with interesting effects. Though not the most enjoyable process the result on areas like the armour are surely interesting and I am quite happy with the final result in the model, which I hope shows form the pictures (difficult to photograph).
Ultimately these models are conceived with playing in mind, but although they will not be competition worthy, I am confident that as a warband they will look pretty good on the table!
The rest of the warriors are also progressing, the main bulk is done on all of them and hopefully a couple more will join this first one before the end of the week.


Friday, 27 April 2018

Scaly Green

Good Afternoon!

Yesterday I manage to complete the conversion of another Son of Or!
This one is a spearman which I converted using bits of the Brayherd Ungor kit. While I was working on it I was looking at models from the Bonesplitterz range and I could see that one thing my monies were lacking was some scaly beast's hide. So I set up to sculpt one on this guy and I am pretty happy about the result.
Another one done, I am really trying my best to convert 10 of them before moving on to something else but I have so many other ideas! Luckily working on my tribesmen is so enjoyable I can keep a resemblance of discipline at the moment, hopefully it will take me through a few more before moving on to the big guys.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Second archer

Hi all! Quick update with another archer for my Sons of Or. Quite happy with him and the rest of the bunch, can’t wait to start painting them!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Shoot that Mammoth

Good Morning from the Appalathian Plains!

Today I want to introduce you to a new member of my tribes and the first archer of the warband.
I coverted it quickly yesterday evening (instead of going to the gym, oh well) and I am pretty happy with the result, which is in keep with the rest of the tribal warriors.
The plan is to add another two to the warband and a couple more warriors with spear and shield, trying to take their number to 10, a decent size hunting pack. The road to get there is still a long one but I am benefitting of an inspiration burst and I know I have to take advantage of it before it goes away!

The obvious observation is that the bow is small, perhaps too much for such a bulky savage. But while I was trying different combinations of bits, including the most obvious Empire archers bows, this one was the one that convinced me the most! Perhaps is because it seem to add to the savage aspect of the hunter (longbows were a very recent invention and definitely not available in ancient primitive cultures) or perhaps because it seem to give it a more brutal feel, like a melee weapon as well as a bow. Its small size, almost reminiscent of a crossbow, inspired me to try something new I never attempted before: sculpting a bow string! Tricky as hell but I must say I like the final result, hopefully it will make it intact my first game.

I must admit that much of this recovered enthusiasm for my Sons of Or is due to the amazing response I received form the hobby community in the past month after my small accident. I was sincerely overwhelmed by the support of all of you guys and this really motivated me to get back to painting and converting!
Thank you all very much!