I feel like I’ve finally turned a little bit of a corner with the motivation to paint again, and I’m looking to paint for at least an hour in the evening. It’s feeling far more productive, and more relaxing than just doing the zombie TV binge watch and internet surfing I’ve been doing for the past few months!
I’m hoping to build, paint and complete many more models now, so I actually have a collection of completed models rather than just piles and piles of plastic on sprues in various boxes.
I’ve been continuing with the work on the skin of the Ork Boyz this evening, with a focus on adding some muscle fibres to them. The skin tone is turning out darker than I had originally intended, but I’m starting to like how it’s moving along. Photo’s after the jump.
I’ve been experimenting with washes and glazes to smooth out highlights and provide a kind of mellower skin tone with these models. I’m reluctant to use the term “realistic” (they’re green!), but I’m enjoying the way various shades of brown interact with the green to provide a more muted appearance. This is definitely not what I originally had intended, I was planning to go really bright and vivid, but I’m now veering away from that for something that looks a little more natural. I will have to push up the contrast however as at the moment, I do think it looks a little flat, particularly on camera.
Today I’ve taken a few quick snaps of all five of the Orks I’m progressing, with a focus on the one side that shows the skin most effectively. I’ll be painting the faces along the same lines, but I’ll be doing them completely separately from the model themselves as I plan to really go to town on them.
Also managed to stick a few initial layers of colour onto the red leather shirt, it wasn’t quite as browny-red as the Orks I did a few years ago (which I really liked the colour choice), but I believe I’m using the same recipe – I wonder if the paint pigment has settled a little and it needs more agitation to mix properly. That or my notes on colour usage weren’t as complete as I thought!
On to pics – again, taken with an iPad in the hobby room and not in the light box (using some plasticard just to make it easier to avoid the camera getting confused with backgrounds), so not the best photographs, but it wouldn’t be a Droid Workshop post without an apology and terrible snaps now would it?
More progress planned for tomorrow.