Monday, February 27, 2017

Lets Talk About Painting: Part 7

My local game store is hosting monthly painting challenges for the customers.  The goal is to push the local painters to work with different models and paint different ways.  I keep calling it a competition but it is a challenge.  You might have seen my entry for February, it was a Chibi model and really pushed my painting skills.  Well this month we have been presented with a Reaper miniature which is more in my wheel house.  The challenge is I can only use 8 colors of paint and they can be mixes and thinned but only 8 colors.  I decided to take this challenge a bit further and use all my new Liquitex paints I picked up from the local craft store.  The colors I am going with are listed below.  

Flesh Ink

One of the new skills I am going to have to learn is using a wet pallet.  Since I will be mixing paints I will need to keep them active longer.  One of my favorite painters recently posted a video on how to make a wet pallet that I just followed his instructions. 

I am using a cigar tin for my wet pallet because I had one just sitting around.  It is a solid bottom so the water will not leak out. 

I played around with this last night and it does keep my paints active longer.  I will need to learn how to thin my paints while using the wet pallet.  The moisture on the pallet already thins the paints some so I just need to add less water.

I covered the wet pallet when I was done and checked it out this evening when I got home form work.  The paints did separate some but still usable. 

I was pleasantly surprise how much I liked using the wet pallet however it is some work getting it all set up.  I do feel the extra effort setting up the wet pallet will pay off in the long run.  I will be using it for this months painting challenge and if it helps with my painting I will continue to use it. 

I will also be making my own washes since it is consider a paint.  I have made washes before and learned a lot watching Mel at The Terrain Tutor.  With everything set up it will be time to paint up this months model. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Last year I played some Frostgrave with some friends and enjoyed the game.  I don't get to game with this group of friends on a regular basis and we only play once a quarter.  We are going to play another game this weekend and I painted up a few models for my war band.  My war band will be taking the illusionist spells and I plan to take the Beauty spell.  If I can cast this spell Humans will see a beauty so my caster needs two models.  This was a great excuse to paint up some of my Raging Heroes models.

I also used another one of the Raging Heroes models for the apprentice.  She is a sinister looking model with what I am calling a frost sword. 

For right now the rest of my war band will be made up of Viking models until the second half of my Raging Heroes KS ships out which should be next month.  Since war bands are small I can have some fun and paint up a few different war bands for the game. 

As you can see I am using a lot of Red on these models.  I am still practicing and cataloging my Red paints.  I was amazed by how many different shapes of Red I have in my collection and I am sure I will buy more as time goes on.  I have 12 shades of Red paint, 4 inks and two other paints that can be used with Red.  I have one shade of Red paint that I don't know what color it is, fourth color down.  That is my favorite shade of Red however I have worn the printing off the bottle and don't know what color it is.  This is why I started putting clear tape over the colors on my paint bottles.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lets Talk About Painting: Part 6

Something I have always done was write down the colors of paints I used when painting armies.  I have found it helpful in case I had to touch up a model or add a new model to an existing army, I could better match the model to the army.  I have done this in the past by using 3x5 cards just kept in a box on a shelf.

What I do is just write down some notes while I am painting the models on the 3X5 card.  Nothing earth shattering with this.  I might change some colors after painting a few models and I would just edit my notes.  Once I decided on my colors I would just rewrite my notes to a final version and call it good. 

Last year I took my note keeping to the next level.  I picked up a water color note pad so I could actually show the color I was using.  I wanted that color reference in case the paint color names change or I have to use a different brand.   

I also started creating 3X5 cards for paint colors.  I was doing this to catalog my paints and I could just refer to my cards to see the different colors.  I found it helpful cut limited being on a 3X5 card.

Today I went out and purchased a water color note book so I can catalog my paints better and even some of my paint recipes and techniques.  This is important to me because I use so many different brands of paint and have so many different shades of the same colors.  This month I have really been working with Red and this is my collection of Red paints and Inks.

My goal is first and for most go through my paints and make sure they are still good and catalog them in my new journal.  I should be able to practice some on my new techniques on the water color paper it is designed for painting and I have not had any issues with my other waster color note pad.  Then I will keep all the different brands together in one storage box so when I am looking for Red I go to one place and have all my paints.  I can also just flip to that page on my journal and I can see the differ colors better and read my notes on how I have used them.  I feel this is going to be very helpful for me as I move forward developing my painting skills. 

Painting Competition

My local friendly game store is starting a monthly painting competition.  The goal is to push painters to try new painting styles and models.  The first model is a Chibi and I will have to say it was a challenge for me to paint.  It has a lot of flat surfaces and is larger then a 28mm model.  I really pushed myself to blend my paints instead of just doing a dry brush.  I also messed around with the metallic paints.  I mixed my brass with silver to create a brighter color as a highlight for the chest and helmet.  The flesh was done with a base coat and washed with an ink.  I also tried my hand at a lava style base and will need to work on it some more in the future.  I am really happy with the model I painted and can't to see how I place in the competition.  Over 70 people purchased models for the competition and I am sure there will be some amazing models entered. 


Friday, February 10, 2017

Blood Bowl Team: Blue Moon Rising

I am still chipping away at my Blood Bowl team.  I just finished 5 more goblins for my team.  I find it hard to paint some of these older models.  Some of the detail on these models has been worn down over the years and they just don't look good.  I still have not figured out if these models are smoking a cigarette or what is coming out of their mouths.  I decided to make it look like a mushroom steam and painted them white.  I guess they someone could also say it is a cigarette but I am going with the fluff and mushrooms. 

I am still practicing my wet blending on the flesh and I still need more practice.  Wet blending is not easy and the videos I watch make it seem so simple.  I will say wet blending is easier on flatter surfaces then little goblins.  They are done  and will make a fine addition to my team.  I just a few more models and this team will be done. 

Something Different From Me

I recently finished a 1/35th scale diorama for the 2017 Bingo Card from Models Workshop.  I decided to use this larger scale so I could improve upon my painting.  It is a big change to paint 28mm to 1/35th scale models.  These were painted with a base coat, a very watered down wash and highlighted with the base coat.  I have a few more models in the kit these came from and plan to paint those throughout the year.  I will be applying new painting skills and styles to the other models capturing my different painting techniques.  Bottom line, it was just fun to paint something different.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lets Tale About Painting: Part 5

This post I am going to talk about paint brands, systems and random products.  I am not going to talk about all the different brands on the market just the products that I use and can find in my local area.  To be honest I am not loyal to one brand and will always reach out and try new things.  I am a bit of a paint whore and will dip my brush in any paint pot. 

When you go to your local shop and see the wide range of paints and products it can be overwhelming.  I was looking at the Vallejo Model Colors the other day and they had over 20 different shades of green.  Our hobby is very unique because we don't really mix paint like canvas artists and we just want to buy the color we need to paint our models.  The reason we don't like to mix paint is we paint armies and we need that consistency while painting multiple models.  We also need that consistency if we have to touch up the model months later, it is just easier to pull the paint off the shelf to fix your model then mixing up the color you need.   

Painting systems take painting to the next level.  I feel GW offers the best painting system to include Primer, Base Coats, Highlights and technical products that can take your painting to the next level.  They also offer regular articles in their publications that teach readers how to use their painting system.  Reaper is another company that offers a painting system that uses Triads for their color line.  When you purchase Red Triad it will come with three shades of Red that work together.  Vallejo packages their paints for different ways of painting.  I recently picked up their Non Metallic paint set with instruction sheet.  Companies put these systems together to make painting easier for the artist and so that we buy their products. 

Since I am not loyal to a brand of paint or system I will talk about the products that I am currently using.  To be honest if GW didn't have such crappy paint pots I would only use their product and paint system.  The problem I have been faced with GW products is they dry out over time after opening.  If they ever switch over to dropper bottles I would only use their products for my miniature painting but I don't see that happening.

So let me walk you through the products found on my hobby desk.

Lets start with the cheap craft paint that you can find at your local craft store.  This paint can be used for painting miniatures however I use it for terrain and bases.  This combination is what I use most commonly for bases.  It is a good combination with a wash before dry brushing with lighter colors.  

For painting miniatures I will use one of the below products that can be found at my local game store.  I have already stated how I feel about the GW paint pots and this is one of the colors I have waiting to see if their new paint pots don't dry out over time.  The P3 paint pots are great however their paint line is limited and they really don't have a paint system.  My preference is dropper bottles and Vallejo offers a wide rang of colors for both military and fantasy. 

For washes I use mainly the Warpaint Soft Tone for most of my models.  I recently started to explore the Secrete Weapon line of washes, they offer more colors for washes and so far I am impressed.  Recently GW started putting their washes in larger pots and they are great washes.  These come in handy with terrain projects and get used up rather quickly.  

I will also make my own washes with my mixture of mat medium, flow aid and water. I will be talking about this more in the a future post.

I will also use Airbrush Paint with a brush.  These paints are already thinned down and can be used right out of the pot.  I find the metallic paints work the best with a paint brush right out of the bottle.  It is hard to thin metallic paints and having it already done makes life easier. 

I have always liked inks, they can really make your model look great however not many miniature paint lines offer inks.  I still have a lot of the old GW inks in my collection.  I have just recently started using Liquitex acrylic inks and I like them.  They have 30 colors in their product line and come with a dropper lid.  I also have for Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks and they are the same however different colors.  What is great about using inks is that you can use them to thin down your acrylic paint and adjust the color at the same time.  I am using ink to thin paints on a current project and so far I like how it works.     

Technical paints are starting to become more popular and GW has released a few different lines.   I am still exploring these paints and learning how to use them with my miniatures.  The AK product line is an enamel product that is used in fine scale modeling.  I have used it a few times with some success but still need to practice with it.  The GW technical paints are rather easy to use and they offer videos on how to use them.   

When I go to the craft store I will pick up artist paints and try them out on miniature painting.  I have found that the Liquitex line is more readily available in my area.  These paints are rather thick and need to be thinned to use on miniatures.   

Recently the local craft store had the Liquitex paints on sale for 30% off and my wife had a 20% off coupon that could be used on sale items so I picked up the Liquitex Soft Body Line and some new inks.  The second picture shows how thick the paint is right out of the pot.  It is thick and would not work good on a miniature.  This paint would need to be thinned down to use it on miniatures.  My reason for purchasing these paints is to use them to mix my own colors as I paint single models that will not be duplicated.  If you go to the Liquitex website, Liquitex, they have their own paint system with a variety of products.  I will be talking more about these products in future posts. 

As you can tell after reading this post I am using a variety of different products for painting miniatures.  Selecting your paint and paint system is a personal choice and everyone will have a different take on it.  This is what I am currently using and who knows maybe next year GW will start using dropper bottles and I will just use their products. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Models Workshop 2017 Bingo Card Update

The first month of 2017 is passed us by and it has been a productive month for me.  I was able to check off two boxes on my Bingo Card.  I cleaned my Hobby Desk and entered an online painting competition.  I entered my Blood Bowl Troll in the Forge World painting competition they had on FB. 

I have also started work on a few more projects that will check off some more boxes and should have those done in a few weeks.

Also the local game shop started a monthly painting challenge.  The first month is a chibi model from Super Dungeon Explore.  These models really are not my thing however it is a painting challenge and is designed to get people our of their comfort zone.  So I have till the end of the month to finish this model and started by painting the head.  I spent a lot of time blending the cape and really happy with the way it turned out.  I still need to work on the helmet and the trim detail before I call this finished.

I like pushing myself and learning new things with painting, the Bingo Card and Painting Challenge are two great ways to do this.