Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Currently on the painting table are these Griping Beast plastic Vikings that I'm doing for customer Steve. I've enjoyed doing these so far - possibly inspired by the fact that I've got Dan Snow's recent BBC programme on the subject playing in the background. The transfers are GB too and I'm highly in favour of using these on my own Dark Age figures. They fit in quite nicely with the battle worn look I'm going for.
Friday, 4 March 2016
These herald the beginnings of two Native units for a 'Wellington in India' collection. Here they are in their colourful finery, ready to give some trouble to the young Arthur Wellesley.
I started these with a grey spray primer, then did a base coat of GW Averland Sunset for the coats. This is ideal for a dull yellow on which you can build further highlights. It still takes a couple of layers in order to stop the underneath/primer showing through, but once you've got solid enough coverage you can add a 3/4 mix of Vallejo Flat Yellow and White. In my experience this really makes the colour 'pop'.
The skin I did with Vallejo Cavalry Brown, then highlighted half-and-half with Cav Brown and White. The Turbans and sashes were Carmine Red, inkwashed with Agrax Earthshade then highlighted with Carmine Red again (I sometimes prefer this rather than mixing red with white - which can give too much of a pink).
The models themselves are good to paint. They remind me a lot of AW Miniatures, in that they give nice bold surface areas on which to build up layers and create shadow.