No Life ’til Leather

RIP Cliff Burton, thinking about the legendary bassist today.


About three sessions worth; did the pelts, skirt, straps, leather armor/pouches, wrapping and teethy bits.

So frustrating having a vision for what I want and not having the technique to portray it! For the pelts, I wanted grey with a brown middle stripe. For the skirt, it was supposed to be human flesh. The straps were a generic leather. The leather armor was supposed to be cuirboilli, kinda scuffed up dark leather. Mostly just a kind of pile of meh 🙂

And the eyes. The eyes in this cast are so jacked I don’t even see how I could make eyes out of them. They’re misshapen lumps in different places and shapes.

More Ogre Skin

Yesterday was a bit discouraging with the skin tones. Couldn’t nail my initial intention, so I salvaged it with a fairly blah nondescript skin tone. Tried putting in cool tones and it bombed pretty bad. Since I’ve only done it once, and that with instructional help, I realized I was going through the motions that didn’t fit this tone at all. Just as I nodded off in bed, the little voice in the back of my head said ‘break out your color wheel, dummy’, Today I obeyed, and while not stellar, the results were at least in the direction I’m shooting for. Again, trying for a quick paint job (as I measure time).

For some reason my initial pics were blown out, too light. So I tweaked a few things and now they’re all dark.

Oh, went for a brand on the shoulder, at least that worked out pretty well.

Skinning an Ogre

My goal with this project is to both get practice on a Bones mini and improve my speed. I won’t be going for the most elegant job here (not that I’m capable, I guess I mean I won’t be spending much time on things). Got some of the base coat down last night:

Playing on a variation of my Gnoll project, I want to try and limit myself to various browns. Since I imagine the Ogres as a primitive bunch, I’m going to put as little metal on the mini as I can manage. So lots of leather tones, this should prove to be quite the workout and another informative mini project/lesson.

Contest Entry

Ok, to wrap up the loooong saga of the lowly Drone who has cast off his shackles and joined the rebellious Firebrand….here’s the stitched final image I’ve submitted for the informal contest over at McVey’s place.

Firebrand Drone

Although the colors on the base don’t really show in these pics, I’m pretty happy with how it looks in hand. Could use some better shading on the base and I don’t really care for how sloppy the pipe looks (back-2-base-ix base).

Don’t know if it’s the different backdrop or I changed a setting on the camera by mistake, these pics look a little more washed out.

I learned so much on this mini, it’s hard to be disappointed with its lack of perfection. 2nd mini down, bring on the next one!

Glowy bits

Thanks to Althai for the hint on highlighting, that really helped with this last round of detail work!

All I did at this point was bring down the black so it wasn’t highlighted on the lower areas and then I did a quick splat of ‘oil’ on the gun hose near the pack end. Then the glowy bits and visor.

I’m close to calling it done, I’ve been on it for six weeks now 🙂 I know it’s not perfect, but then I never expected it to be. Second mini in 14 years!

Highs and lows with the Drone

Black parts highlighted, getting straight lines was a total pita…definitely going to be an area I focus on. Tightening up my lines and smaller crisp highlight edges along long surfaces. Also struggled a ton with the circular thingies, same as I did on the arm. Small details certainly a weak point!

You can also see some of the new shading for the orange.

Pretty much the gun tip, eyes and visor left. And a bit of touching up, but I’m not going to go nuts on that. Possibly going back to weather stuff to bring it in line with the armor/gun.

Talk about rusty!

Welp, I made a decision on the flesh tones for the Ogre boss man…and I am waiting on the paint to arrive. So, back to the Drone!

Working on the armor. Re-base coated the armor for the third time, finally got happy with a mid-tone of the previous two attempts, but now the paint is thicker than a tenement kitchen wall. Ah, well.

Applied battle damage/scuffing with a nubbly brush using black/brown paint applied pretty thick. Turned out pretty awesome once I got the hang of it. Needs to be pretty thick to give the right look, and there’s a bit of an art to applying it, though it was quite forgiving about mistakes while still looking quite convincing. So far so good.

Then I went to rust stains/general muck. My initial mix was too red brown and by the time I caught it, it was a bit late. Also, and probably the biggest issue, it was way too thick. Should’ve been down near a wash rather than a layer. I salvaged a couple areas by remixing with a lighter brown (beasty brown), going over a few spots, and then deepening things with some black and a few dabs of the initial redbrown/black mix. I think if the paint had been thinner, I would’ve been right in the neighborhood. As it is, I’m not real happy with it…but again, trying to remember it’s a learning project and my first try 🙂

Now for the images!

Oh, and I had also hit the orange jumpsuit with some deeper shadows when I first started today.

Reap what you sow

Going to participate in a little group paint project over on the Reaper forums. In anticipation of the utter landslide of Bones minis next March, some of us are going to group WIP an existing Bones model.

So far I’ve just primed him with Army Painter white primer and run a black/brown wash over him to bring out the details.

No deadline for this one. Deadline for the Firebrand is Oct. 15th, so there’s a slight priority on that one. Should be fun to see how different people tackle the Ogre.

White balance

Played around with my camera’s settings and figured out how to set the white balance. Should at least improve color reproduction somewhat, as I don’t have to run white balance in GIMP which is only as good as the white in the photo (or grey, as it were).

Also tried pulling back the lights a bit and adding a couple more layers of tissue paper as a diffuser to reduce the hotspot reflections. At this point, short of hitting it with a matte varnish before photos, I think I’ve got it more or less dialed in. We’ll see when I finish this guy and hit it with the varnish. Here’s the sample shot: