Let's spend a moment clarifying the basic premise: I'm not an expert painter, I'm a speed-painting competitive hobbyist. I love every aspect of this hobby, from the fluffy background of the Warhammer Universes to the slightly-smelly halls of a competitive tournament to the small room in my home where I spend countless pleasurable hours painting tiny toys.
As a blogger, no topic even remotely related to the hobby we all share has escaped my attention, but there are two topics I tend to shy away from. The first is trying to illustrate my method of painting and the second is trying to teach my brand of aggressive tactics.
While it may not sound like there's much left, that's only because those two things make up the vast majority of topics the average hobby blogger posts about. Am I wrong? Isn't it always paint this way or play this way?
There's nothing wrong with that, but I long felt the best way to ply my trade was to write articles which demonstrated my passion for the game, the hobby, and the community... after all, I'm neither the best painter nor the best player out there. If I've had any success, it's because my love of the whole shebang has shone through. That's what I think, anyway. Still I've always thought about tapping into my ideas on painting and playing...
...and this series on The Blood Angels: by Jawaballs is a big part of that: step 1 of 2, you might say.
Anyway, over-long intro notwithstanding, my primary goal is to write an entertaining article. If you read something that helps, great! If you want to help me, that's great too - I'm always willing to learn.
|The general idea here is to layer up thin coats quickly. Inside-out is usually the best way, especially here since it's skin. This isn't really the first layer as much as it is the foundation for the colors that come later.|
|The skin layer gets a wash of purple, the rest of the model gets its foundation layer. I love painting over brown, since the warm colors all live there.|
|This is the same stage (the base metal) but taken from the rear point of view. Again, I'm trying to be neat so I don't waste time fixing things later, but the problems are glaring. Resist the urge to fix. Trust the process.|
I never paint one model at a time. If I'm painting a one-off, like a character, I'll have another project running concurrently. The reason is obvious - I'm not wasting time twiddling my thumbs while paint is drying. Avoid downtime. If you've got only half an hour to paint, make sure your brush is moving for 30 minutes. You'll make progress.
|Here you can see the washes are dry and the model is starting to take shape. The white is layered carefully. Now I'm using the good brushes.|
|It's hard to see, but I'm also applying the base coat for the cloth Amon wears underneath his forearm armor. I'm using the Foundation Ochre, I believe - whatever the yellow one is!|
|In my army the contrasting color is the turquoise. I've had some criticism about it, but I really like it... and you're the one who has to live with the model, right? Anyway I only mention it because I had a composition problem at this stage.|
Part of painting is solving a puzzle; at its core, the puzzle is what color fits where? Look at the model above; I knew I was using white and red. So where? Well, white draws the eye in, so it made sense for the head scarf... especially since the eye has to look past the huge wrecking ball before it can see the core of the model. Since the head scarf is white, I decide I don't want to overuse it on the model, so I'll settle for constraining the model with white on the trim.
That said, red would have made sense on the trim, too. Triangles are another shape that draws the eye inward, and for some reason red works great with triangles... it's why the 3-spot technique works so well. Anyway, the trim points up, yes? It would have worked. Funny, I worked all this out before actually seeing the company's version of the model. I was pretty gratified when I did!
|The red goes on in thin layers. The foundation shows through, providing instant depth - and it was light enough a color that the red is vibrant, not muted. I applied a few washes of a deep red in the creases...|
What's more important is that I enjoyed spending the time doing it.
Okay, I'll admit something here, at the end... I'm not sure what to do with the morningstar... giant ball... thing. Right now its metal. It's dull and uninspiring. It's a composition problem that I've not quite sorted out - primarily because I was saving it for this article!
(That's a lie. I have no idea.)
Help me out!
Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated, ladies, gentleman, and Unicorns.