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Hi all,

 

Quick project this week - I started painting up some of the opposition from Blackstone Fortress. These are Ur-Ghuls - they lurk in the shadows and are generally sneaky and menacing.

 

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I started on Monday, did an hour or two per night and they were done on Friday morning, which is very quick for me. It helps a great deal that they don't have any detail on them - it's just skin and teeth - so none of the messing around tidying up edges and the like. They don't even have eyes!

 

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I painted them with thinned Contrast paints with white ink highlights, and did the gore with stringy UHU glue. Once that's started to set you can thicken it up with an acrylic like Blood for the Blood God. Fun stuff :)

 

The reason I haven't painted any of these before was that I wasn't sure how to deal with the bases - I ended up trying to make them match the tiles, with scraps of styrene cut in geometric shapes and painted with a grid of purple lines. I think they turned out fairly well and I have some ideas on doing it better next time (as ever!)

 

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Cheers,

 

Will

 

 

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Really nice Will. I like the way you've added a lot of perceived detail to what are fairly simple sculpts - the bloody hand and mouth, the speckling on the back - any chance of a rear shot to show that speckling better?

 

The bases are fantastic too - I really thought you'd cut out a print and stuck it to the tops at first. One question though; what are the, err... clumps of 'soil'? Do these boys still need to be house trained?

 

Andy:cat:

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1 hour ago, Andy Moore said:

Really nice Will. I like the way you've added a lot of perceived detail to what are fairly simple sculpts - the bloody hand and mouth, the speckling on the back - any chance of a rear shot to show that speckling better?

Thanks! I don't have any extra pics but I'll see if I can take some tomorrow. It doesn't go very far down the back though.

 

1 hour ago, Andy Moore said:

The bases are fantastic too - I really thought you'd cut out a print and stuck it to the tops at first. One question though; what are the, err... clumps of 'soil'? Do these boys still need to be house trained?

Haha, it's supposed to be rubble but it's a bit unconvincing 😛 I needed to hide the gaps around the feet as the figures are on tabs (stupid slottabases!) I think for some of the other figures I'll cut the tabs off, fill the slots, and pin them instead.

I used crushed coal to get some crystalline structure, but once it's matted down it loses most of the magic. Probably some chopped up plastic in larger pieces would work better.

 

Will

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Thanks, the hand was predictably the most fun bit to do. Plus I keep wanting to say "Bloody hand" in the style of "Bloody eye" from Cowboy Bebop :)

 

@Andy Moore here's a pic of the back. I didn't take the spots very far down as the "panels" got smaller and smaller.

 

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You can see how chunky and un-blended my white highlights are on the darker areas. That's partly why I didn't highlight the legs at all.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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Cheers Will, they look equally good from the back.

9 hours ago, Will Vale said:

You can see how chunky and un-blended my white highlights are on the darker areas

I think that works on the spine. Makes it look like boney protrusions coming through the skin - also, I've only just noticed how the purple wash on the hands and face ties in with the base tiles 👍.

 

Andy:cat:

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Cheers Andy, it was a very low number of colours overall to keep it all tied together. I'm just starting the spindle drones (weird three legged biomechanical things with HAL 9000 eyes) and trying to get a shellfish look.

 

Will 

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Spindle Drones you say?

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I need to take some better pics and fix that knee, but they're done too. Quite pleased with the pearly shell.

 

W

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1 hour ago, Andy Moore said:

I love the pearl effect, is that done with contrast paint too?


Thanks Andy :) The "diffuse" part of it is contrast, I mixed some translucent mixes of contrast medium with green, purple and cyan. Then painted the carapace with neat medium and dotted it with the different mixes and blended them out with a clean brush. The coat of medium seems to work well for avoiding tide-marks and gives a bit more working time.

Once it was dry I sprayed it with a coat of Pearl Clear from the Tamiya LP range, and finally filled in the cracks again with blue-grey contrast to kill the sheen. The pearl doesn't really give a flip paint effect across the surface, but the contrast layer fakes that and the pearl has tiny mica particles (or something) which do flip.

It looks *ace* in person but doesn't show well in the stills 'cos the light is very diffuse. Maybe more visible in the group shot?

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I've been decalling Gundam parts all day so haven't done the final photos of the drones, but I'll see if I can make the pearl show up a bit more when I do.

Will

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Those are some lovely models, I'm really impressed with how "clean" they look, plus the bases are great too! I definitely do not have enough confidence with my miniatures to show them so close up. 🙂

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