Necron Flayed One || Flesh

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The other day I was working on a video about what I feel that “art” is and ended up painting this guy for an example I used.
(If you’re interested you can watch that video HERE )
Now to log what I did on the miniature.

PAINTS AND WASHES USED

{Vallejo}
Cork Brown (MC)

{Citadel}
Reikland Fleshshade (Shade)
Agrax Earthshade (Shade)
Blood For The Blood God (Technical)

JOURNAL NOTES

The main focus of this entry will be on the flesh and gore of the flayed one not the metal bits. That will eventually be in another post.

To begin I base coated the flesh with the Cork Brown. I did this with two thin coats to make it nice and even. Next I washed it with the Reikland Fleshshade avoiding a few of the flattest bits. I mostly wanted this color to bring out all of the folds in the flesh. Once that dried I used a second wash of Agrax Earthshade to make the flesh look more . . dead. I made sure to do this in only rare and random places basically just using my best judgement. Once the shades finished drying I went back with the Cork Brown to bring some of the colors back up and highlight the edges.

Now it’s time for gore. Simple and sweet all I did was glom the edges of every bit of flesh with some good ole Blood For The Blood God. I did my best to avoid quite a bit of the middle flesh bits on this part so I wouldn’t over do it and I’m quite happy with the results.

All in all this miniature only took about an hour and a half from start to finish.
Not bad time for the results.

 

 

 

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Where you paint and how it matters

22251241_1664200266923832_543579021_oDoes this look like a mess? Yes.
Is it an organized mess? Also Yes.

Where you paint your miniatures in theory does not matter. It’s the work you produce that actually matters but a decent place to work can really be an advantage. Here’s why.

If you have to bring out all of your paints and brushes and all of your extra supplies every time you paint you will not have near the desire to paint as one would if they already had all of there paints set up and ready to go. The act of painting becomes a lot easier when everything is already ready to paint.

Another nice touch of having a dedicated painting space is having things in specific places. As the old idiom goes “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This really does help someone be productive. The less time you spend looking for that X-Acto knife the more time you have to actually build and paint the piece in front of you.

The painting table does not have to be perfect. Even if you don’t have much room just keeping a small table where you can at least keep your paints and a water pot would be enough to keep you motivated.

Something that may not seem important on the surface could have one of the biggest impacts on your painting hobby.

What you write down you remember

After you have painted several miniatures you may come back to a specific type wanting to paint more. It’s not uncommon to paint one army, decide to work on another then jump back into the first army you were working on. Well, if you are someone who will mix paints when they work on a project or if you have several shades of a single color there can be problems. How confident are you that the blue you were using was ice blue instead of a sky blue. Taking a little time after you paint something to wright it in a journal will save you a lot of confusion on when you decide to return to projects.

Personally I use 2 separate note books for this. The first is a book I bought from a dollar store but I soon plan on shifting it to a new book. This note book will be your daily driver. If you painted something it should go into this book. Personally, the way I do each page has a specific pattern. It looks a little something like this.

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If there is enough room on a page I will add a second entry.
(Also, I know that’s orange. . I need a new red. Don’t judge me.)
With these note books I only wright on the one side. The reason I save a side for pictures or paint samples is the fact that the paper I use in these note books is rather thin and my ink will often bleed through. It gives them a unique look when they are close to full though.

The second book I use is not one that is really intended as a journal but more as a Guide book. If in the first book i finally end up extremely happy with the way something turns out and I want to be able to replicate it easily it goes in book two. Book two could also technically be a binder with how it’s used but instead I use a Tūl brand notebook.

The format for which i write in the second book is very similar to the first the only differences being.

  1. I list all paints and thinners used before the entry.
  2. I go more in depth as to what all i do to achieve the goal.
  3. Instead of an overview of an entire miniature its focused one something specific
  4. I keep the book alphabetized by topic instead of in order of date.

I have debated on making a file on the computer to replace the guide book but there is just something about having that book physical that I like. However, the posts on here may end up taking place of the journal book. I like the idea of having all of the things I try with my miniatures out in the open. Either way the purpose of the journal will be fulfilled. We’ll see~

Take Inspiration not Desperation

As someone in the miniature painters hobby it can be intimidating when you see some of the entries for competitions like the Golden Demon or the Crystal Brush. Some people have mind boggling skills when it comes to this hobby but something a lot of people may over look is the fact they did not become that good within a week or even a year. Each person has put there everything into what they do. Sometimes they will be painting for hours each day to get to where they are.

I made a post a year and a half ago on my personal Tumblr talking about improvement on miniature painting. I used this photo as a reference point.
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This was showing my miniatures from a 2 year span of improvement. (2014-2016)
A year and a half later I have still been improving. Here is one of my more recent pieces.
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Now, I am still no contest winning painter but there has been great improvement over the years to the point that I am fairly confident in my painting. The biggest thing that helped me was when I had a single realization. Take Inspiration Not Desperation. 

Here’s what I mean. If you are looking at a miniature and you are in awe over any part of it. Don’t look at it and think “ohh ill never be able to paint like that” Look at it and think ” Let’s figure out how the artist did this.” You also don’t have to figure out the entire thing. Make your focus narrow. Start with a single aspect of what you like.
Do you want to shade better skin? Focus on that!
Do you want to get better at metals? Focus on that!
Take your painting journey one step at a time and never compare.
What you make is what you could do at that step in your journey.
Be proud of where you came from and be proud of where you will go.

To leave off. Lets look at a miniature I painted back in middle school.
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Everyone Improves

“A Splash Of Color”

WASH

When painting miniatures washes can be used and abused so easily. A simple wash of something even as simple as black can bring a miniature from seemingly basic to detailed.

It seems that each company that makes washes has differing results. Currently the only 2 brands that I use regularly would be Citadel and Secret Weapon. I expect something like this to change over time and I may come back to this post and update it as it happens.

So, why don’t I stick to one brand? What splits my attention?
Well, in my opinion the washes feel different. Many of the Citadel washes seem to go more where they were intended to go. Once the washes dry they don’t seem to have a heavy effect on the entire washed area. On the other hand the Secret Weapon washes likes to stain the miniatures more. Depending on what I’m working with both have advantages.

What washes do you use?
Are there any you would suggest I try?
Let me know in the comments below.

A Color In Space

In the last post I talked about magnetization on the game Dropfleet Commander. Well now I want to talk a bit about the scheme I decided to go with for the Scourge.

The traditional colors used for these miniatures are absolutely beautiful but for mine. I wanted to go a little different. I’ve always liked miniatures that use heavy red and blues together. Well, this is what I came up with.
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Looking at color charts I decided to use some yellow to accent the ship. I believe the silver helps the miniature come alive as well.

As for the body I tried something a bit odd.
First, I primed the entire miniature with a Krylon Silver. It made a super reflective metallic base to paint over. After base coating I dulled it down with a Secret Weapons Heavy Body Black.

Next, Using Secret Weapon Blue Wash covered the front most parts of the ship avoiding some of the parts I wanted the black to show through.

After the blue it was time for the Bloodletter Glaze. This color ended up taking two coats to get it close to the shade I was wanting but It got there. With it I repeated what I did with the Blue but in reverse. I also went farther with the first coat into the blue than I did the second coat.

Once the colors of the basic parts made me happy I went back with some Runefang Steel to give the miniature more detail. This was my first time using this silver and I was quite happy with how it applies. Using the same paint I also added some slight dry-brushing to the parts that I made darker to bring the color back up a bit. This also added a bit more detail that I liked.

Lastly a little yellow to give it a bit more “pop” and the ship was finished.