Monday, July 10, 2017

The Wangs of Fortune!

I'm not a gamer. I love me some Blood Bowl, but 40k and the rest just end up freaking me out with the constant litany of rules and remembering things. Top it all off with remembering wounds for your 50 tanks. You're going to have a bad time. That's why my very good friend Monk has the ideal present for you. His kickstarter has already reached its goal, but you haven't secured yourself one yet. A simple device for keeping track of wounds! Genius. I present ... THE WOUND-WANG!

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Portable, simple, cheap as expensive London chips, and comes in all the colours of the rainbow (as well as black because everyone wants black).
Back the project here and get a pack-o-wangs in the post.

I've seen them in action, and not only do you get to say wang a lot, but they're incredibly useful.
Hopefully get to post some painting stuff soon, but the heat is a bugger for killing the motivation to paint.
Happy painting all!
Love Henry

Monday, November 7, 2016

NMM week 2.3

Right. I'm putting down the first sister of silence! Amazingly fun models to paint, but I've made some mistakes that would simply be too hard to come back from. Using an old can of Testors to undercoat to start with! I may as well have used a trowel. Just destroyed a lot of details and edges that would have been useful to paint with. Seems a shame to chuck this model, but I'll stick it in some cleaning fluid over night and see what I'm left with and if it's salvageable.
But this is how it ended up.

Not too bad for my first concerted effort on a character.
Happy painting all! Next up is a full Custode in shining gold.


Monday, October 31, 2016

NMM week 2

My love of learning NMM and struggle with NMM-Gold continues in week 2!
After picking up the burning of prospero kit at the weekend, I immediately assembled a sister of silence and started painting. 

I have loved the thought of the sisters of silence since John Blanche illustrated them ages ago. And now they fall into my lap just as I'm learning a technique that will compliment them perfectly?! The fates have been kind. 
Happy painting!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Riddle of steel!

NMM (non-metallic metal) has always been a pain in the arse. Gold would look like wood, silver would look like blue wood. And if I spent too long on it, it would end up just looking white. Horribly frustrating and difficult. So to get back into the swing of blogging and painting again I am determined to get good at this technique.

Day 5: Steel, Gold and Silver.

This subject has hundreds of tutorials all over the internet, you can find reference for every type of metal and material on google, and facebook has pages dedicated to teaching it to you. So I don't think my views on it will help So here's a couple of things that I've found out from the first week of doing this. (I've not set myself a time limit for it, I'll just keep going until I can do it in my sleep)

1. Don't worry if it doesn't look like metal. Until the final highlight is down and dry it won't look like metal. Even when it's finished it won't take some pictures and pick it back up. Your tricking the eye into seeing something that isn't there. These are shades of grey and blue no reflection is happening. So stick to the reference and then come back to it. 

2. Don't paint with anything other than a matte medium. This might be a personal preference but using a flat matte medium to mix my paints stops your eye being drawn to anything other than the reflections I am painting with. 

3. Dont be precious about perfect lines. Razor sharp lines in reflected light may seem to be a good idea to aim for but I've had much more success with something  more abstract. implying the armour or metal isn't a perfectly flat surface, but more of a hammered used material. 

4. Don't practice on a full character. Grab some unused weapons or chunks of armour, spray 20 of them black and stick them on corks. The idea of painting a full character in this manner is daunting, and when you first set out you'll be improving so fast that by the time you finish it you'll want to start again. 

Here are a few WIP pics and tests from the first 4 days.

It's a blast to be back! And for any who are interested I am still working hard at ILM. 
Happy painting! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blood Bowl: chaos dwarfs

I'm not posting any of my 30k stuff anymore due to its possible implications of being inspired by my current work. So now for something completely different! 

I'm painting a lot of white scars on the regular, but everyone needs a break from their big projects. So here is the blood soaked black iron of the Hal'Tzan Gore Hoofs! 

And the bull centaur Qqi'Valtan The Taken. 

I'm converting the whole team from the Forgeworld chaos dwarfs and making hobgoblins from something else from GW. Not sure what yet. 

Happy painting!

Friday, March 4, 2016

An aside

I don't talk about my life outside of this hobby that much, some of my regular readers might know that I am a visual effects artist. I've been an industry professional for about 8 years now and worked on some big films. Gravity, Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy. And as such I am usually quite relaxed about starting at a new company. No matter what you do. As with any job you get tired and run down by the hours, or the pay, or the work. 

But recently I accepted a position as a senior artist at Industrial Light & Magic. And while I can imagine many of my peers in the visual effects industry rolling their eyes at this grandiose delectation saying "it's just another company" or "just another job". But this means a lot more to me. 

ILM is not only a fore runner for visual effects but it's practical effects and miniatures department is second to none. 

And that's the crux. From every Star Wars film to Laberinth it's been an important part of my childhood, and it's pretty special for me to land this job. A company that respects the hobby that I love and the skills that I've spent my life learning. 

Needless to say I won't be talking about what titles I've been working on, but this will explane my absence on this blog for a while. Thank you for reading and enjoying my blog. And as usual. Happy painting. 
Have a drink on me. I'm living the dream ;)