Samstag, 26. Januar 2013

Female Inquisitor - Basing Tutorial Update ... burned earth

Hi folks,

have been busy for a longer time so it took me a while to finish my next miniature. This time it is a female inquisitor, originally the Tentiente of the Armada from Freebooters Fate.

To give her a proper base, I decided to paint the base in colors suitable for a burned earth setting. The whole painting progress was similar to the painting of the earth base, but differs in some points, which I want to outline just shortly.

1. I coated the base with Citadel Abaddon Black. Then I just drybrushed and washed/shaded the base with:
2. Layer: Citadel Codex Grey
3. Wash: Citadel Nuln Oil
4. Layer: Citadel Steel Legion Drab (or another sand/ earth color applied in small areas)
5. Layer: Citadel Codex Grey (yes - a second time)
6. Layer: Panzer Aces White as final highlight

After that, I glued some gras to the base and dry brushed it with a bit of black, grey and white in order to give it a more burned appearance.

Next tutorial will be the sand bases.

Mavet Me'shamaim!


Donnerstag, 3. Januar 2013

Basing tutorial - Part III - British Paratrooper – Western Front 1944 – Earth Base

So, let us continue our little tutorial.
As I said, my current work in progress is a British paratrooper in 1944, how they saw combat during operation Overlord and Operation Market Garden.
And as promised, this will become an earth base suitable for most combat scenarios set in Western Europe.
At first I had to think about how I would like to have the base and colors used to create an “accurate” ground setting. I decided to use the “around Arnheim”-scenario, how it is suggested by the 1977 movie “a bridge to far”. But nevertheless I would like to customize the base.
As I am currently short on grass for the bases, I therefore decided not to finish the base but prepare it as far as possible. We will see if this is going to work.
But at first the example from the movie:

At first we need our paratrooper with the primed base. And … here he comes, somehow looking skeptical.

Don’t be shy, mister. No harm will be done to you.
Then, we need some colors.
For me, those will be:
1.       Citadel Graveyard Earth as base
2.       An extremely dilute Citadel Scorched Brown for shadows
3.       Citadel Commando Khaki for drybrushing

But before we start, let us finish the base first.
As I said, I would like to modify the soldiers ground to give it a more personal touch. For that, I should use stones or gravel, but as I my resources are lacking in this point, I again had to improvise. Thanks to Mojo from WeaponsInMassProduction, I was able to use some self-made bricks.
So those will be cast on the base, looking like this:

Important: in order to ensure a constant fixation to the base you will have to glue those bricks to the ground, as they will not be fixed just by paint … which is the next problem: what colors to use?
As bricks have a red-brownish appearance looking like this:

my colors will be:
1.       Panzer Aces Shadow-Flesh as base color
2.       Citadel Bestial Brown as wash

Now we can start:
At first I begin to cover the base with Graveyard Earth – without painting the paratrooper if possible …
If you work on such a base, it is important that the color is not too thick. That would destroy the structure and the appearance of the base. Therefore you can dilute the paint.
And be sure that no glue or paste is still getting dry. As I have learned it doesn’t help if your brush is glued to the base. Don’t ask … there is nothing I want to tell you about it.
If you think that your color has become too dilute and your prime coat is still visible … no problem! Stay frosty. Just use a brush and remove the water from the base. Then you can cover the base again or you let the primer stay visible. It probably can add to the look of the base later on, as we are still adding some highlights to the base.
As Bob Ross would say: „a little happy accident!“

Let the base get dry. The outcome should look like this:

If you think that you have applied to much paint to the base just take another brush and soak it with water, before brushing over the base. That will help you removing the acryl paint from the base. Then you just have to remove the water and correct the mistake.

The next those bricks are done. As I said, I use Panzer Aces Shadow Flesh:

After that the base gets again a bit time to get dry.

Following thismy plan is to ink the Graveyard Earth to darken it and structure the sand as well as apply Bestial Brown to the bricks.
That looks like this:

and is followed by some little work on the bricks. Using the Commando Khaki color I add some grout to them.

That adds some nice variance to the colors of the base.

The next step is to dry brush the base. I use Commando Khaki (same color I used for the grout).
It is used to dry brush both the ground and the bricks in order to give it a little more structure.
If it is done the proper way, it should look similar to my outcome. (But, to be honest - even my outcome is not as perfect as professionals do it, just to keep that in mind)

Base finished.

Now it is time to apply some mat lacquer and then add some grass. But that will be done another day.

Hope that helped so far.

Take care


Dienstag, 1. Januar 2013

Basing tutorial - Part II - Try and Error ...

Hi, folks!

Todays topic will be try and error.

After the bases had a bit time to get dry, I decided to finish the first step of the tutorial and apply a primer to the miniatures.
The outcome was … quite interesting. Before I start the first paint job I would like to give you a little glimpse of what happend to some of the bases.

The first picture is – no, not walking like an Egyptian - but an advancing Elysian. As you can see this is how it should work: the sand and its coat made up a very clear structure that looks quite nice.

German Kampfschwimmer – the miniature I used yesterday to show how the whole basing thing works. The cast I applied to the base works quite well, but I guess I have to think about the colors I want to use to paint it …

Elysian readying his gun – the base looks quite good, but as you can see, the sand doesn't envelop the right boot completely. Detail shots uncover such little mistakes easily, so we will need more sand or gras later on.

German Kampfschwimmer in fireing position – here you can see that the sand has lumped and formed a few little “hills” which may look great but are very bad to paint later on. (And also looks more like mud in the end)

Two Red Devils – here you can see the difference between a well glued sand base and good working prime coat on the right figure and a failed attempt to glue the sand on the base and too much primer on the left figure.

Red Devil paratrooper - Face palm version. Shall I loose a word? This attempt to create a sand base worked so wrong it will take a lot of sand and basing material to cover this failure. As it will be an western europe setting this miniature is used for we can overlook the outcome, but for a desert or steppe base it would be a no-go. (In my opinion)
But quite lucky in the circumstances, you can see the waves/faults I talked about in the first tutorial. When those come out well (better than my version did), they look quite nice on the base.

The first miniature to be based will be a British Paratrooper of WWII on an earth base.

So stay tuned ;-D