Today’s post is going to show a couple of days progress on the dwarf slayer that I’ve made. A few distractions came my way towards the end of this week, so I’ve only really had a good crack at moving things forwards today.
I took today as holiday from work to get a few jobs done today, fully intending to fit in a good long session of painting too. My plans were heavily jeopardised by being awoken in the early hours by a mouse in my bedroom. This little nightmare has been popping up for a few months now, and although it went quiet for quit a few weeks, it had been back with a vengeance this week. Lack of sleep is a nightmare. It all came to a head in the early hours of this morning where I caught the critter in a reebok trainer, and managed to transfer him into a plastic container (with air holes). After going back to bed for a bit, I then took the opportunity to set him free in a nearby field.
After releasing the rodent, I popped to town to do some jobs, bought a set of new models and I also took in the Thor: Ragnorok movie. I took a while to get into it (there was something about the movie early on that didn’t feel quite right – perhaps it seemed like it was trying to be too similar to Guardians of the Galaxy with all the jokes), but half an hour in I was hooked and really enjoying it.
Anyway I’ve distracted myself here haven’t I, so I should get back on topic.
Initial Face Layering
My most recent efforts have been trying to focus on the Dwarf Slayer’s face. I’m trying to push myself a little with this one, but I’m finding my technique isn’t quite there yet to be too clever. I’ve been back and forward over a few sections of the face to try and get an effect I like, and I’ve had limited joy with glazes of different colours that I was intending to add some visual interest.
By around Thursday I’d added a reasonable amount of contrast, even if it didn’t show up in photos very well.
As I started with a mixed base tone, I applied the lighter shade as a highlight, and washed the darker shade into the recesses of the face. The shadows are a little too subtle here, though I did remember to paint the nose and lips this time!
I had a real problem finishing this guy off. I was really demotivated by how badly the base was, that I lost all interest in finishing this guy off, so he sat on my painting desk whilst I worked on the Mordor Orc.
I’d tried the citadel texture paints for the first time, and I really didn’t do a good job with it, and the edges of the base had a nasty horizontal mold line that looked really terrible and unfinished – but technically it was unfinished!
In the end, I rolled my sleeves up, filed and trimmed away the mold line on the base, and applied some sand as normal. A quick black basecoat, a simple drybrush of a couple of different tones, a few clumps of static grass and a smooth coat on the base edge, and I was happy enough to claim that he’s done.
The paint guide referencing the old Citadel colours, so I spent some time listing alternative colours I could use that I have for the various stages.
On a non-dwarf related topic, I did a little work on the zombicide zombie I posted previously, all effort on the base. I filed and smoothed the edge (which had like an odd horizontal mold line), and added a layer of sand over the top of the citadel texture paint it previously had. It’s a little too course to look like a road base like I intended originally, so I may just now do it as a dirty, muddy field with a few clumps of grass on this one.
Also, having learned from being stuck for a day or two after finishing my last model, I thought I’d strip a few other old models for when this ones done. They probably aren’t going to be the ones I specifically work on next, but I think if I regularly strip old miniatures, I’ll have something that interests me to work on prepared. Those stripped last night:
an old 40k Bad Moon Ork Warboss
a shadow grey base coated Inquisitor Coteaz
the classic old school Durthu the Treeman
The Ork Warboss and Treeman are particularly old models, but are full of character. The paint on these must have been very think as the toothbrush used to clear off the paint is an horrific mess!
This afternoon I started on the Dwarf Slayer in earnest, laying down the basecoat for the skin. Using a 50:50 mix of Bugmans Glow and Doombull Brown, watered down to a reasonable consistency, I applied a couple of thin layers to all the skin areas. Or at least I thought to all the skin…
After completing the Mordor Orc, I’ve been searching for the next model to paint. After painting quite muted colours, mostly shades of brown, I felt like going for something a little different.
Digging the various storage crates of models without finding anything that was particularly grabbing my interest, I finally stumbled upon an old GW Dwarf Slayer. He was pretty beat up, and had a terrible old half paint job – with a particularly awful skin tone shaded with armour wash, which means first steps was a bath in Dettol! Continue reading “WIP: Old School Dwarf Slayer Part 1”
Following suggestions on my WIP thread on CoolMiniOrNot, I’ve revisited the highlights on the Mordor Orc, focusing on trying to add contrast. Mostly the cloth and leather were the flattest part in my opinion, so I tried to add a bit more interest to them. The metal areas were OK, so I’ve not done any more to them, but I did take the face and skin up a notch.
After a weekend of no progress, I was looking forward to getting back to the hobby desk this evening, only to wake with a seriously sore neck! It’s gradually worsened through the day at work, to the point where I was just really uncomfortable. Fortunately, I stopped making excuses long enough to crack open the paints and at least make another step forward.
I was getting a little fed up with painting brown (yes I know, after only half a model), so I thought I’d switch things up and paint something a bit different tonight,
I could hear some shuffling and groaning from the corner of my hobby room, and looking over to the other end of my desk I spotted a zombicide season 1 walk of the dead zombie. He’d been sitting partially worked on for a while, so I took the chance to push him on a few further steps.