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Hasslefree / Isis' finest
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:16:15 AM »
Some times you need a little change of pace in the form of a tiny secret agent.    8)


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Fenris painted stuff / Bunch of stuff
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:05:47 PM »
We had a little Fenris-fest over at RP in July, and in addition to the Bunnyshot that I did we had some other fun entries too, so I thought I'd share for any other Fenris fans to enjoy.

From Countersunk81:



From Skipp:




And a nearly-there WIP (I think?) from McFonz:





Good stuff. :)

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Fenris painted stuff / The Bunnyshot
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:22:43 PM »
bunny, base, and mushrooms all from fenris.  carrot by me.




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Hasslefree / beach babe
« on: May 04, 2015, 04:02:10 AM »
Did this lady for the Hasslefree Paint-A-Long over at RandomPlatypus.

Goes well with my Apocalypse Island denizens I did a few months ago. Seems like the year of civilians for me. ;)



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Hasslefree / badger badger badger badger badger badger badger
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:15:32 AM »
MUSHROOM!!


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Hasslefree / Colonel Zanzibar
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:52:15 PM »
And now another lovely crisp HF fig from Mr Hoyle. Really fun to paint.  :thumbup:




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Hasslefree / Boudi
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:52:11 AM »

Always fun to paint a nice kev sculpt. :)


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Non-FOD minis / Bronze Age undead hoplites
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:37:46 AM »
I figure since Geronimo is unoficially Bronze Age, UK division, some of these might be welcome to see around here. ;)




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Non-FOD minis / Painting Ghosts
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:05:51 PM »
Just wrote this up in answer to some questions on an undead forum, thought I'd share it around some of the regular haunts in case it might prove useful. :)



Painting Ghosts

When I set out to finish my undead army, I discovered that GW had changed one of their troop types from when I first started collecting my army (no surprise there). Ghosts as individual figures in a rank and file unit never really captured my attention, but for some reason multi-figure elements based as Spirit Hosts was slightly more appealing. It probably didn't hurt that in the intervening decade some more engaging figures had become available to fill such a niche.

For the most part all I'd seen were ghosts done in various drybrushed presentations of grey or white. With the release of the Lord of the Rings movies and corresponding miniatures, I begin to see Army of the Dead figures popping up in generally teal color schemes.

Neither of these schemes really excited me, so as I was collecting figures for my collection I got fixated on a cold blue scheme that I thought might jive with my mental picture of what a neat horde of ethereal beings might look like. In the end I was pretty pleased with how my experiment turned out, and since I was a bit nervous about trying it myself, I thought I'd share my results and hopefully they'll provide motivation or inspiration for someone else to go off and try something of their own.

Colors used:
    (Base coat: Black primer)
    Vallejo Model Color 898: Dark Sea Blue
    Foundry 31C: Granite Light
    Andrea White 2nd Highlight
    Vallejo Model Color 70938: Transparent Blue
    Andrea Black Ink





The first 5 images below show the progression from pure VMC Dark Sea blue up to Granite Light. In order to suggest a sort of floating look, I kept colors primarily darker on the bottom, so as I highlighted I not only applied paint to smaller areas topographically, but I also limited them to progressively higher and higher areas, in relation to the base.



(full size: http://www.madponies.net/ghostimage/ghostWIP1.1.jpg)

Once I reached a nearly pure application of Granite Light, I used the inks. First a lot of black ink in all the recesses of folds, low parts of the faces, the chainmail, crevices in armor, etc. Then an extra few washes of black in on the lower parts of the figure in general to accentuate the progression of bottom->top:dark->light.After the black ink comes a liberal application of Transparent Blue as a unifying glaze over the gradient I'd already built up (Images 1-3 below). In #s 4-5 below, I started mixing the White Highlight basically a mild ivory) into the Dark Sea Blue to begin the most dramatic of highlights. After a couple increasingly light applications, I hit it with a gentle Transparent Blue one more time, again, to unify the gradient that I've now built up to a sharper highlight on the extreme edges/tops of thing. Any areas that I felt could use more contrast will get another dab of black ink. Cracks in shields, folds in chainmail, insides/undercuts of clothing etc.


(full size: http://www.madponies.net/ghostimage/ghostWIP1.2.jpg)

After that a last spot checking with some pure ivory on the edge of the sword blade etc, and inks in the crannies, its time to base it up, and under proper lighting, we have the following result:

 

After I finished my spirit host I decided I wanted a couple ethereal characters for my force as well. I decided to try the same recipe, but with green this time, to see if I liked it at all, and hoping that the variety might be nice.

For this experiment I swapped in the following colors in place of the blue and blue ink:

    Reaper Master Series 09226: Peacock Green
    Vallejo Model Color 70936: Transparent Green
    Citadel Glaze: Waywatcher Green

NB: Either of the green washes will work, but since I had both and hadn't worked much with either, I played with them both that the inkwash stages. The Citadel glaze is the less intense of the two and would probably be the best choice if you were worried about over doing it at first.




The steps below follow the same series from black, to Peacock green to various mixes off Peacock Green + Granite Light.



(full size: http://www.madponies.net/ghostimage/GhostWIP2.1.jpg)


Images 3 & 4 below show the black and green ink stages, while #5 shows the final highlighting after a fair amount of green glazing and shadowing in the nooks and crannies.



(full size: http://www.madponies.net/ghostimage/GhostWIP2.2.jpg)


Under proper lighting the color becomes more true and you can see the final palette:



Back under the work light, here is the contrast between the blue and the green recipes:




And under slightly less extreme lighting:

 

After I got the whole project done, here is my resulting spirit host:




For the effort expended, I'm really happy with the results, and think these will be a rather dramatic addition to my undead collection, and a welcome departure from the rather monolithic effect of unit after unit of bone colored troops.

If you come up with another idea as a result of this recipe, I'd love to see your results.

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Heresy / man bat
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:23:04 PM »
I wanted this vampire to accompany a squad of undead fliers as a unit leader, so I converted him to be airborn. Head chop, wing chop, reposition, greenstuff.




I'm pretty happy with how he came out. When I first had him in my hand I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull off the wing work, so I'm glad it doesn't suck at least :)

Here he is with his charges:


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Fenris painted stuff / Scenic bits with my bats
« on: January 07, 2013, 07:47:25 PM »
Some more Fenris goodies in my latest project ( this one shouldn't send anyone over to have their eyes seared by obsecenities at FUUK, so don't worry. ;) )

The scenic bits on the 2nd and 4th bases are resin doodads from our man Ian.  Useful and stylish stuff as always.  :cool:




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Fenris painted stuff / Occupy Froth Street! [cross-post]
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:16:53 AM »
Sorry to double post to more than one gallery, but this is made with Hasslefree and Fenris parts, so I thought it should get archived for both. ;)

This was oringally going to be my contribution to the Shadow over Frothstreet game at Salute this year. I thought it might make an entertaining spawn point for cultists or an objective for survivors or something.

The terrain for that game changed,  so this didn't really make sense for that anymore. I liked the idea too much to give it up though, so, I've been plugging away on it this summer when I could find some spare time now and then.

Figures are HF and Offensive. Barricades and bench are Fenris. Fire hydrant, light pole and rubbish can are Mega Minis.

I ordered Ian's fire hydrants too, and was really excited to use them because they're super nicely done (the mega mini one just looked sad, side by side), but unfortunately it was just too big for these figures.  The barricades and bench are the first of the little plexi kits I've ever built, and they are as impressive and crisp looking as you'd expect. The bench takes  a little of glue-hold-pray magic to get right if you don't have some sort of pliers or clamp to keep things square to each other as you go, but if you have reasonable modeling skill, you can swing it.

Of course if you have more advanced modeling skill you'll realize that you should have a jig before you get the glue out, rather than after. ;)

Anyway, had a lot fun with this, and it wouldn't be half as successful with out the Fenris bits, so thanks Ian!

(It's being auctioned for charity at Frothers if you're into that sort of thing.)



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Hasslefree / Occupy Froth Street!
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:08:23 AM »
This was oringally going to be my contribution to the Shadow over Frothstreet game at Salute this year. I thought it might make an entertaining spawn point for cultists or an objective for survivors or something.

The terrain for that game changed,  so this didn't really make sense for that anymore. I liked the idea too much to give it up though, so, I've been plugging away on it this summer when I could find some spare time now and then.

Figures are HF and Offensive. Barricades and bench are Fenris. Fire hydrant, light pole and rubbish can are Mega Minis.

Goatboy and Frank were both super fun sculpts to work with, and the whole project was really entertaining. :)

(It's being auctioned for charity at Frothers if you're into that sort of thing.)


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Hasslefree / Shire Defense Force
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:56:14 PM »
When Hobbits go off to war.

This kindred sharpshooter in an Ironclad tank is headed for Salute 2012, where the mad men from Frothers will be putting on a Fantasy WW1 game.



I'd never been really interested in the Kindred before, but I really enjoyed painting this one. They practically paint themselves. ;)

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Eolith/Spyglass / Barbarian
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:22:25 PM »
This isn't my work, but I have the figure now, from a paint swap over at Mr. Deans. I was just taking pictures of the more recent additions to my collection and realized this kick ass version of the barbarian should be shared over here too. :)

Paint work is by Mr. Roy Duffy



Thanks again, Duff!  :applause:

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Hasslefree / Oberon, King of the Fairies.
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:58:02 AM »
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
  -Oberon describes Titania's bower




I'm really glad I finally got around to painting this. As much fun for bold flesh tones and washes as Wolf! Great sculpting as usual. :)


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Hasslefree / A little goblin patrol
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:56:10 AM »
Finally got something in the can for 2012!  :cool:




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Hasslefree / New Wolf
« on: November 01, 2011, 04:33:45 PM »
When I first saw this figure, I almost immediately thought of The Feared, from The First Law trilogy. Even though in the books his non-tatooed half is fully armoured, the figure still seemed to fit the bill for him; I couldn't resist.



The hardest part was the tatooes. And I don't mean actually painting them. I new that at this scale I wasn't going to even try to all clear, neat and tidy freehand. He's supposed to be densely covered in words and glyphs and things, so a more impressionistic style was going to be called for.  What was hard about it was the sculpting on the muscles is wonderful, and if I may say so, I did a really nice job painting it... it was covering up half of my nice flesh shading that was the hard part. :)

Anyway, I'm glad I did, and he totally fits the bill, so I'm glad I picked him up.

He was part of a little project for my empire army, a militia unit of painted tribesmen from the wild hill country:

He looks pretty good leading them into mayhem, in my opinion. :)


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Eolith/Spyglass / Brother Maynard, Warrior Monk
« on: September 26, 2011, 08:11:34 PM »
All I can say is I'm glad this got released before Steve got snatched up by GW. Really, one my favorite figures to paint in a while.  Excellent sculpting.




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