Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nun: Metal Bits

The metal bits that aren't her guns, anyway. I still need to shade and highlight the larger gold areas.

Now, generally it's not so good to have NMM and TMM on the same figure. So, I should have done the brass bits in NMM, or I should go back over the guns with metallic paint. I probably won't. It's partly laziness on my part, and partly that I'm not going for real high quality on this one.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nun: Black and Red

Finished the highlights on the blacks, and shaded and highlighted the red. Also did her guns. The last bit for her is the parts that are going to be gold - some of the armor on her boots, her jewelry, and the rounds in her ammo belts. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Here's the barbarian, base and all.

Along with finishing him, I continued the nun today. I base coated most of her clothing and started on highlights on the black.

I'm not sure about red for the head scarf thing. I might switch that to black...or, since this one is meant to be a quick paint, I may just live with it as is. I was working with this figure to determine if the badly cast resin was going to be workable. I found that there are some areas, deep folds and such, where the primer didn't reach or was very light that took some work to get covered - the paint wanted to bead and run off. But I did eventually get some to stick. So, I think the figures with the bad resin are going to be paintable with some extra work, but they're not going to be great.

Still, I have been having fun painting her. Battle nun!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Barbarian's Base, Nun

I worked on the base for the barbarian. Today was putting in the grass and the flock. I'm going to paint those and put in some water effects next time.

After that I decided to spend a little time on the battle nun.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Barbarian: Shoes, Belts

More work on the barbarian today. I've finished up his shoes, the cuff on his wrist, and the leather belts and things. He's almost done. I need to do a fair bit of touch up and then his sword and belt buckles. And then, well, his base, which will take some work.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Barbarian: Kilt, Belt

I've finished all my commissions for a while, so I'm going to go back to finishing up projects that I have partially done. I'm starting with the barbarian. I shaded and highlighted his kilt and started on the leather belt and bits.

I thought about doing some texture with him, but decided I'd rather just finish the piece so I can move on to other things. So, I'm just going to try to wrap it up quickly.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Barbarian: Rings & Kilt. Nun: Skin

I did a little prep work on my ReaperCon figure today; I'll probably have pictures of here tomorrow. In the meantime, since I had to wait for some glue to dry, I worked on other things.

First, the barbarian. Remember him? I shaded and highlighting the rings on his armor sleeve, and started some shadows on his kilt.

I think his lips are too dark, so I'll have to go back and fix that. Other than that, it'll be continuing with his kilt.

This is a battle nun from Raging Heroes's most recent figure kickstarter. There were issues with the resin formulation with some of the figures, including this one - it ended up with a slick, greasy surface that doesn't want to take paint. So painting it is really just an experiment to see if I can get paint to stick to the ones with the bad resin. So far, it looks like I probably can, with some work.There are some spots in the recesses that didn't get much of the sprayed-on primer coat that the paint didn't want to stick to, so that's worth noting. I'll continue working on her every now and then, but it's not a priority.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Making Baskets/Bowls

I need a basket or a bowl of a proper size for the base of my ReaperCon piece. I have a couple of pre-made resin bowls, but they're too big. So today I worked on trying to make my own out of green stuff. I want a relatively small bowl or basket with a wide top that would be suitable for collecting change if you were a street performer.

I started with three balls of green stuff of different sizes. In the end I want a small bowl, but sometimes it's easier to start large.

I don't know how proper sculptors do this sort of thing, but I do sort of remember how to shape a bowl out of clay from art classes years and years ago. So I started by leaving one of the balls on the working area and trying to widen it out and form it into a bowl shape. Alternately, I know you can do it by starting with a flat bottom and building up coils in the shape you want. I tried both.

Neither was very successful. Trying to hollow out the shape on the tray left me a very rectangular profile and left a lot of texture on the bottom where the tools poked into the putty. The coils were better from a shape perspective (and more fun), but much harder to control. The coils also need to be kinda smushed together to make it look like a single item without weird gaps in the side.

I moved on to experimenting with shaping the bowl with the putty in my hand rather than on the work surface, and I think I had to most success with that. Here's what I was doing.

I started with a small ball of putty.

I used a conical clay shaper tool like this:

To start hollowing out the shape, I just stuck it into the ball of putty and worked it around in a circular motion.

I did this until I had a decent sized hole in the middle. Then I switched to a wider tool to continue making the shape I want. The wider tool also helped keep from leaving alot of marks in the bottom.

Once I had it about the size I wanted, I put it down on my work surface to make the bottom flat.

Then I used a wide, flat tool to square off the top edge by just lightly pressing the tool down across the whole top at once.

And that was that.These are all of my various attempts, with the ones made by the method I just detailed in the front.

I think one or two of those might be good enough for my use. I'll look closer tomorrow after they've had a chance to cure.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Grub: Done but for the Base

Finished up the grub itself today:

It's good enough for table top. He'd be fun to put out in a game.

He did come with a base;I popped him off of it to paint them separately. I've put the base coat on his base. I'll finish it up shortly and then put them back together.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Grub: Base Coat & Shading

I decided to work on something that I can do quick, and that will be something of a departure from what I have been doing lately. I was looking for something icky, gross, maybe a little evil, and non-humanoid. I found this guy.

I decided to go with a fleshy color. The reddish-purple shading does a nice job of making it looked inflamed and nasty, and hopefully when I get the highlights on there (they're going to be pale yellow) it'll be that but even more.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

ReaperCon 2017

I will be at ReaperCon this year, October 19-22: https://reapercon.com/

I am teaching the following classes:

  • Difficult Colors: Black, White, and Red
  • Intro to OSL
  • Painting Metal: NMM vs. TMM
  • Freehand for the 2D Challenged
  • Painting Modern Characters

If none of those suit you, there are a whole lot of other painting and sculpting classes available from other very talented instructors. If you can get to Dallas for a few days in October, it's definitely worth checking out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Back from WME

World Model Expo was great. Busy, tiring, but great. I took some classes, saw some friends, and this happened:

That's a bronze for the diorama. Considering the level of competition, I'm very happy with that.

I have some commissions to work on for a while, so posts will be fewer for a few weeks. But I do intend to get back to finishing things that I left half done to concentrate on the diorama. It'll also be time to start on my ReaperCon piece soon. Here's a preview of that:

That's just the start of layout. It's going to be the dancing girl on some kind of cobblestone or maybe dirt street, with a bowl for collecting coins. I need to cut the base off her and get a bowl. That one came from the Twisting Catacombs scenery kickstarter, but it's too big. The thing has a diameter wider than her hips! So, I'll need to sculpt a bowl, probably. I also need to decide if that's the right size base.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Diorama: Done!

All done, and with almost a whole week to spare!

I don't anticipate doing another project of this size for a while. Glad I did it, learned a lot and I'm pretty happy with the result (though it has flaws that I'll need to keep in mind and address in the next one). But I'm looking forward to getting back to smaller, faster projects for a while.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oscar: Done!

I've finished up Oscar the Cat. Next time I'll place him on the diorama, and then that whole piece will be done. Finally. Yay! It's been a good experience and I've learned a lot, but I'm ready to be done.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oscar: Fur, Shading and Highlighting

I did the fur texture, shading, and highlighting on Oscar's body today. I actually got a lot farther than I expected to. The idea was to put some fur texture on everywhere with a slightly lighter color, and then add additional texture and shadow by adding additional small strokes of a darker color. Same for highlights, just with a lighter color.

I'm not displeased with the results, though I think the first side came out better than the second. That's unfortunate because it's the 'outside' side, the side his head is turned away from, that's going to be more visible.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Diorama: Oscar

Here's Oscar. If he comes out reasonably well, he's the last bit for the diorama.

It's not going to be easy - I plan to try texturing his fur, which is going to be a lot of work and may not come out at all.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Diorama: Bits

Yes, it has been a while. I've been on vacation for a couple weeks. As usual, Origins was a lot of fun!

I've started adding bits and details to the diorama. New today is the cup, the drops of wine, and the sword leaning against the wall. I'm going to add some vases, and maybe a cat.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Diorama: Placing Barbarian Barbie

With Barbarian Barbie finished, I put in her place in the diorama today. I did also re-do her sword and I'm happier with it now.

Her feet aren't even, so I need to go back and try to put some putty under her back foot because right now it's floating a bit, which is never good.

But with her in place, all the major parts of the diorama are together. Now I just need to add a few details here and there.