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I hate to paint #5   1 comment

Last time I said I was going to do smaller posts more often…yeah, that didn’t happen.

Lizardmen Saurus Warriors

I did a few test models to see if I could get a scheme that I like for the Lizardmen.  I didn’t want them to be the Hawk Turquoise that I am doing the Skinks.  I don’t want an entirely baby blue army.  I thought I would try for an Aligator skin look and it seemed to work ok.  Good enough for me to be happy with the result at least.  I won’t show a picture here because the photos of them made them look terrible, like a 2 year old painted them, but honestly they look ok.  Here is the recipe:

– Based with Dark angels green
– Metal bits done in Shining Gold
– Non-metal weapon bits done in Chaos Black.
– Dry brushed the scales heavily with Skull White concentrating on the back, face, and spikes.
– Washed the whole model with Thrakka green

Pretty simple.  The first 2 models took about 40 minutes to do.  Once I get going I could probably drop this down to 15 minute per model.  Maybe.

Snow Storm (Silent One)

“Snow”, or the Silent One that sits on the base in front of the nice model “Storm”, is a fairly plain model.  It is kind of unusual to take a really nice high detail model like Storm and plunk a low detail kinda plain model right in front of it…oh well…my paint job is certainly not going to show off the beautiful details anyhow.  Here is what I did so far:

– Primed with gesso
– Based her robes with Liche Purple being careful not to hit any of the fur but going over the laces.
– Washed the fur with Asurmen Blue then drybrushed it white
– Dragged a very dry white dry brush lightly over her robes to catch just the very edges if folds and to whiten the laces

Here is where she is at:

Progress on “Snow”

Snow Storm (Storm)

Here is the recipe I used for Storm which was both very successful and a complete failure… 😦

– Primed with gesso
– Base coat on antlers and hooves with Bleached Bone.
– Base coat on skin with Space Wolves Grey…washed over this with diluted SWG to catch missed spots and to smooth out the surface.
– Finger nails with Bleached Bone
– Dry brushed antlers and hooves with white
– Hit just the highest strands of fur with an almost dry brush to leave very white hi-lights.
– Washed fur with badab black.
– Washed nails and hooves with Gryphonne Sepia.

Here is where he is at:

Progress on “Storm”.

I am happy with Storm up until this point.  I just did a white drybrush on his skin and then washed him with Asurmen Blue and now I am unhappy with how he looks.  Not sure how to fix this.  Maybe a careful new base coat to leave some of the dark blue behind in the recesses, maybe a dry brush, maybe something else…


I am going to put “Snow” and “Storm” onto a scenic base.  If you can visualize it, Snow will be standing on the smaller of the three platforms and Storm will have a foot on each of the two other larger platforms.  Here is how I painted it:

– Washed then primed with gesso
– Based with Ice blue
– Heavy dry brush on tops of platforms with white, light dry brush everywhere else.

Ice base

That’s it for now.  Thanks for checking it out.  Next time will have a bit more on my Lizardmen, a finished Snow Storm (hopefully), and some Alkemy models (definitely!).


I hate to paint #1   7 comments

This is the first in a series of highly uninformative posts on painting from a guy who hates to paint.  Scratch that.  I don’t hate to paint.  I like painting.  But only when it is easy and produces good results.  I enjoyed painting Space Marines.  I didn’t do a great job, but I did good enough of a job that I was fairly happy with them.  The key about painting Space Marines is that they are pretty easy to produce a decent paint job on.  All you need to do is follow the tiny little guide that comes along with every 40K starter that tells you how to paint.  It, admittedly, is a very simple paint method but it works really well.  That being said.  Most things in the miniature painting world do not work like that.

I recently picked up a Malifaux starter.  Kaeris.  You can see it in its studio painted glory here, just click on the links to the contents of the starter at the bottom of that page.  This installment covers the process I went through preparing myself to paint the Fire Gamin, test painting on a poor Risen, and actually applying the first few layers of paint.

The poor Risen model I brutalized during test painting. (Front)

The poor Risen model I brutalized during test painting. (Back)

#2 reaper pro flat

overbrushed on straight golden yellow trying to leave only a small amount of the white prime visible

lightly overbrushed with a mixture of Blood Red and Golden Yellow (approximately 5 to 1)

this ended up looking terrible so I heavily overbrushed with the same mixture trying to leave only a small amount of the previous white/yellow layer visible

this ended up looking terrible too so I washed it generously with baal red wash using a p3 small drybrush that I have cut square because it was frayed.

I now have a red/orange gamin

One fire gamin painted orange and washed red in 18 simple steps.

he is drying.

During the wait I decided to torture the Risen with a heavy drybrush of yellow and then white over the red I painted on the front of the legs to see if I could get a passable result by doing “fake fire” (red up to yellow).  It looks better looking right at the model than it does in this photo.  This technique, or something similar, will probably be what I use on my Orange/Red Gamin.

The Risen after a test dry brush of yellow and white.

1 Guinness later

A further generous wash of Baal Red targetting two specific areas, the tiny dots of white I missed during the first wash and areas I want to have darker shadows.

he is drying, again.

The end result of an evening of aggravation. Things can only get better, right?

(Another Guinness)

This concludes the first instalment of the wildly popular “I hate to paint” series.  What did I learn during this mockery of miniature painting?  1) Fire is hard, 2) Studio paint jobs are like those girls in the glossy magazines…real life just doesn’t look like that, 3) Have something else to paint while you wait for washes to dry so that you don’t just start drinking Guinness, 4) How to spell Guinness.

See you!