Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cygnar Junior Warcaster 1.0 -

So I happened upon this model and I really liked the simple pose. It looked like a fun simple few hour project and that's just what I was in the mood for.

I used the airbrushed ink technique on him for the blues. The more I use it the more I love how it looks. Inks and highlights under them just make shading look fantastic and take about a quarter of the time that traditional methods like two brush blending do.

I used Vallejo Red Gold on the armors trim and Vallejo Old Gold (alcohol based) for the brasses. The pictures below are just after I did all that. Now its time to let the Gloss Coat dry so I can add the oil washes and bring everything down a notch, I also need to finish the face and

Better pics to come in the next day or two, once the model is done, based and put into the light box. 

On a side note. Video shooting is both fun and hard. Learning to paint to the camera has been the biggest challenge. So please be patient as I work the bugs out and bring you a quality product. 

Thanks everyone for reading my ramblings. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

How do you hold your models while painting.

I get asked this question quite a lot. There are a few reasons that you do not want to handle what you are painting directly. The big issues are as follows:

1. Oils from your hands. Yes even you have oily hands. Its just a fact of nature. That oil gets transferred onto the model and can mess with your paint adhering.

2. Snugging the not-quite dry paint. It happens and makes us all want to scream.

3. Its harder to get into the nooks and crannies of some models.

4. Paint rubbing off from handling. How many times have you been painting a model and notice that you once again have to repaint the hair?

So what does one do to get rid of these issues? Well there are several ways. Some folks go out and spend $20 on jewelers tools to hold models. Others drill a pin into the foot/feet of a model and hold it with a clamp. Some Pin and push it into a cork... Lots of ways to do it. All work pretty well.

Personally I like the cork method but a with a bit of a twist. Corks are fantastic, cheap (come free with the wine bottles even), or can be purchased in bags from your local hobby store.

However... for larger models your gonna need a bigger cork. You can spend a pretty penny on them, bind several together etc. Personally I made a hybrid

I used a 50mm round base I had laying around and super glued a cork to its center. It gives me something to hold onto and the base gives it stability

Here is how it looks.

Easy to work with, your hands never get near the model and you don't have to worry about the small cork tipping over and damaging your paint job. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think.