Samstag, 31. Oktober 2015

Gallian Army Construction Report No 36 - Big ... ah ... "Eyes", Small Mouth

Hello everyone,

Another update on another project.

While working on my Chinese warships, I also had some time to go on with my Valkyria Chronicles project. Therefore I spent some time working on the fountains, closing gaps and applying the primer. I still haven't got an idea how to paint those in the end, and I think I need to go through my VC artworks and look for fountains. Maybe that will me help get an idea how to match the look of those miniatures to the look of Valkyria Chronicles.

And then there's been some progress on the troops of the Gallian army.

A few weeks ago I asked my fellow blogger and miniature sculptor Black Guardian to provide some assistance regarding the crews of the tanks I am planning. At least I wanted some Anime-like looking characters. So when we talked again on the Internet, I mentioned this idea and he agreed to provide me with some miniatures.

Then I asked my friend Thalassa, who is normally doing Art deco, if he could create a sketch of a female tank commander using an idea for a character I had some time ago. When I got the picture I sent it to Black Guardian, who then began to work on the miniature

The second tank commander we chose to be a male, who was based on Welkin Gunther and then altered to allow him to be used with any vehicle I want to use him with.

It didn't take long until Black Guardian sent me the first results and we two took time to discuss and alternate all the parts of the figures we weren't sure about in the first place.

Have a look at the final build stage of the male tank commander. He still needs some color before he can be considered finished.

And then we got our female tank commander, created after a character I thought of named Charlotte-Carina Lafayette. She could already be send to command a tank ... that is if she fits through the commanders hatch.

As you can see I once again failed to create good-looking eyes, so I gave up and left her without eyes. The scale is small enough that you won't see the eyes when the minature is on the table.

But she got rank insignia, which is also important!

And here we got two pictures with the tank she will command later on. Already looking good. Now I just need to finish it.

And that ends this update.

As I want to finish the Qin Chinese before I continue with the Gallian army, I won't present any larger update on this topic for the next time, but it won't be forgotten!

So stay tuned!

Mittwoch, 28. Oktober 2015

PLAN finished! Ready to engage!

Hello everyone!

Another update (finally) ...

I was sick for almost two weeks now. Actually, I am still suffering a bit … and therefore I had no motivation, nor enough energy left to go on with my projects. It really bothered me which is the reason I am back now with an update. As promised, I’ve finished my Chinese warships! It took longer than expected, but still I made it! That now makes two forces ready for battle and ends this little project. I finished a project! That’s … unbelievable. As far as I can remember, I never finished a project before.
Okay, if I need to be honest, I still have got like 50 modern warships lying around waiting to be painted … but that’s not the point. This little project has been finished now. Yay!
And how fitting as just a few days ago a Chinese Task Force was visiting some countries around the Baltic Sea and made its transit back into the North Sea (and the Atlantic Ocean) through Kiel Canal.
So, while those folks are returning home, mine are ready to leave the harbor!

To make up for the time I have been away, I decided to do a more or less detailed tutorial of my way of painting the water on my ships bases. I know it’s not realistic water, but on pictures and from a more distant view it really looks great, I think! :-D

At first we need to apply the water material and let it dry. As I use an acryl gel for it, I am still able to model waves into the material while it is drying.

It normally is wise to paint the ships before gluing them to the base. But the label should be done after the water is done. (I normally don’t use labels on my ships bases, so I now decided to do it before I applied the water). Wasn’t all too wise, though …

The first color used is a mid-blue color. I used Mordian Blue, but any other blue color is as good as this.

As I said before, I don’t take the realistic approach. I want my water to display action and motion, which is the reason for me to overdo contrasts and colors.

We’ll use a heavily diluted dark green, for example Incubi Darkness, which is a dark green/blue tone and put it over the blue color to darken the whole base and especially the shadow areas.

After this step is done and the color dry, we take our blue color again and put it on the higher areas to make a first highlight on the waves. Just think of contour lines on a map. The color should be applied like that.

After that we mix blue and white to create another highlight. Use much blue and just a bit of white.

Then the next highlight is done. Do it like half blue and half white to create a greater contrast and paint smaller areas. If you think that some waves aren’t that high, you don’t need to apply the color!

Then do another highlight using more white than blue on an even smaller area of the waves. If you think that some waves aren’t that high, you don’t need to apply the color!

Now we use a last highlight of pure white which we apply just to the peak of the wave. You can do it painting the color on the wave or even dry brush it.
The white color represents the waves breaking or being somehow stirred up by ship propellers.
The areas to be highlighted that way are at least: the area around the ship, as it moves through the sea, the area behind the ship (propellers) and the wave peaks of the waves if you want to display more or less rough seas.
Fast moving warships also create bigger waves, which should be put into consideration, too (though I also overdue this kind of waves).

If you think that your white is too diluted, don’t worry. Waves aren’t that strong all the time. Just do another line of less diluted white above the diluted version.

In the end you just need to apply colors you haven’t applied before on the ships and your bases and then you are ready to send your vessels to sea! And here are mine:

Ah … no. Those are mine:

And the last two. Those two were not included in the original post, so I added them when I composed this one. That's the reason they are not part of the task force and are photographed in another way.

And that's all for now. I'll prepare a battle report once I am back from Poland! So stay tuned until then.

See you on the next update!

So long!

Samstag, 10. Oktober 2015

EUFOR update - squad commander and anti-tank soldier

Hello everyone!

No updates on the ships currently, as they have to dry, but an update on some older stuff.

I haven't been into my modern stuff all too much lately, but I nevertheless was able to finish two figures I had on my table.

First of all: Panzerfaust-man, which I had started a few weeks ago. I still needed to do the base, so I put him aside until I had some figures where I needed to do to base, too and finish them altogether.

And then, while my Japanese warships were drying, I had time to finish a second soldier - this time a squad commander. I tried a new way of applying Flecktarn - and to be honest: I am still not all too happy with the outcome, though I think the overall method should be fine so far. But I guess all I need is to practice it.

Next time I will present you a little update from the Gallian front - and after that we'll check on the situation of the warships!

See you then!

So long