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12
Jun

Gazing into the Abyss

FINISH ME NOW!

FINISH ME NOW!

 

Okay, not everything I’ve been working on is for Frostgrave nor is it all dwarf related (yes, there are plenty of the short, bearded fellows primed and waiting on my table right now) but I have been sticking to the fantasy genre’.  My love of Mantic’s (http://www.manticgames.com/games/kings-of-war.html) Kings of War hasn’t faded and I am still toiling away in the summoning circle to bring forth my vision of an Abyssal Horde.  Foolishly, said vision includes bases covered in molten lava so I am really having to improve my object source lighting (OSL) skills.  My initial inspiration came from the Lava Fields bases by Secret Weapon Miniatures (https://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/).  In addition to their incredible Terrain Tiles and matching bases, Secret Weapon is a wonderful resource for pigments, paints, and weathering materials.  A huge bonus are Mr Justin’s tutorials.  I knew from the beginning I was going to mount the Greater Abyssal in my force on one of their large round lipped Lava Field bases.  I started with the lava as I wanted the bright reds and yellows to peek out of the deepest areas hinting at a barely cooled surface.  This meant I had to know where the figure would be standing in order to know where the glow would be hitting him.  Not really a problem because I prefer to drill all the holes and glue in mounting pins before painting even if painting them separately.

 

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

 

I also needed to get all of the demon that wasn’t flame painted before focusing on the OSL. The sculpt has what looks like long hair covering the lower leg right down to the hooves.  Even in the early preconception drawings I saw it as flame so knew I’d be adding those as further OSL.

 

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Went with a cool grey for the body with bluish blacks on the wings

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Those are some massive wings.

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Starting to realize how big a project this is going to be.

 

Once the demon was done it was time to start painting the fire and the OSL.  It helps to work on these simultaneously as I can more easily match colors between the light sources and their projected light.  I began with coating the flames with Citadel’s Lamenter’s Yellow Glaze as well as laying down some of the OSL.

 

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Let’s light these candles!

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Going to have to pay attention to the undersides of the wings.

I went with a half and half mix of Lamenter’s Yellow and Citadel Flash Gitz Yellow (which I conseder the Base Mix) for the next layers of flame, working it into the deeper cracks and lower areas. Continued to layer straight Lamenter’s Yellow onto the areas facing the flames.  To know where to stop it I’ll hold the figure so the light source is behind the part I’m working on and rotate it until the light source appears.  This is the same process for the shadows which I did later.

 

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Tried to accentuate the texture of the flames. The OSL is beginning to show on the thighs and arms.

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The sculpt has such nice curves to catch the light.

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Not much showing on the back yet but then most of it will be in shadow.

 

Looking at photo reference I saw that the base of the fire, the hottest part, is also the lightest.  The hottest flames are bluish white but I wanted to match the yellowish white of the lava base so will save the searing blue white for a future Effrit.  That said, I added Citadel’s Fire Dragon Bright to my “flame mix” and worked it into the upper half of the flames.  I don’t use a wet pallet for everything but it was a huge help here.  It allowed me to keep a mix of my base color moist for a long time that I could use to mix with the successive layers as well as glaze over after to further blend the differences.  I continued to work darker hues into the flames ending with Citadel’s Evil Sunz Scarlet mixed in for the tips.  The majority of the OSL was achieved with Lamenter’s Yellow with just a couple “hot spots” of the base mix especially on the wings.

 

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The sense of movement in the sculpt is really starting to show.

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Reapplying the base coat mix over the fresh layer really breaks up the line. The left leg has been blended while the left hand flame has not.

 

In addition to the wet pallet I had to really keep my brushes moist as I worked.  Moist isn’t the same as wet which would have a tendency to drip and pool.  This is thin layers of glaze placed carefully, what Thomas (http://skullandcrown.blogspot.com/ ) calls Hummel Painting after porcelain miniatures. It does get tedious so I’m thankful I had all that Frostgrave terrain to work on as well.

 

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Glow is starting to show on the horns and jawline.

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Added Ivory with the base mix to tip the bony spikes that were lit.

 

I used Secret Weapon Washes, Blue Black and Soft Body Black half and half, to darken the shadow sides of the wings and back.  I kept adding Lamenter’s Yellow to to the OSL surfaces right up to the point I was ready to attach it to the base.  I’ve sealed it all but I am still contemplating a few more layers to really make the projected light pop, especially under the wings.

 

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The OSL on the lower body works so much better with the base under it.

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Got some nice textures and details brought out by the high contrast.

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Nice surface on the wings but not sure they’re dark enough.

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Hmmmmm, the tail might need a tad more yellow.

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Nit picking aside, he is quite the imposing model.

 

All in all I have to say I’m satisfied with this paint job.  Though I’m not in love with it I do like the final result and think he will be quite imposing leading my chittering hordes out from the Abyss.  Nothing to say I can’t go in and add some more Lamenter’s Yellow here and there later on but for now he is done.  I’ve really got to get back to those Lower Abyssals and Succubi which I will just as soon as I finish up those Bones undead for Frostgrave… oh yeah, wanted to start another Frostgrave building…

 

Alright, now get my soldiers finished.

Alright, now get my soldiers finished.

11
Jun

Frosty Bones

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This guy looks like he’ll do a lot more than huff and puff.

 

In addition to building terrain and treasure tokens for Frostgrave there were a number of creatures on the random encounter chart I didn’t have any miniatures to represent.  So I searched through my vaults of unpainted minis for inspiration and discovered several in the Reaper Bones section.  Okay, so it’s really  boxes in a closet but vaults just sounds so much more dramatic.  One of the first ones was the dire wolf who I decided should be white to match the theme.  Besides, it gave me an excuse to use snow on the base.

 

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He looks hungry

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Not surprising this was a quick paint job.

 

It isn’t really listed on the chart but the purple worm just seemed to fit into the group and could be used in a couple different scenarios.

 

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That’s a lot of purple.

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That mouth is big enough to swallow a 25mm miniature.

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It can even be used in dungeon crawls and role playing games.

 

Once I painted a giant worm I realized I really needed an even bigger bug because… well… because it’s bigger.

 

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Hello, folks, I’m just happy to be here.

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Fun sculpt and another quick paint job.

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As big a bug as he is I have another ever bigger…

 

One of the very last things I finished painting before the game convention was an even larger bug called a Frost Worm. He’s so large he barely fits on his own base.  Now, unlike Necron99, mine is a playing piece, not a medal winning paint job so I concede to him on this one.  Still, I think he looks threatening enough to dominate a Frostgrave table.

 

Bigger is even better

Bigger is even better

This guy could eat a horse.

This guy could eat a horse.

 

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I do own the HUGE worm/bug/monstrosity that is Mashaaf from Reaper Bones as well but have no plans on putting brush to it for some time.  Then again,  I might have to write up a multi-bug scenario and who better to play the boss.