McMurrough!

Finally completed McMurrough from my previous post on Painting Plaid! In every painters queue there’s one project (or a dozen in my case) that never seems to get finished. Well this pooch  has been squatting in my painting docket for a couple years and it feels good to wrap it up. I was intimidated by the plaid and a bit uninspired for a good color layout that would fit with the rest of my army.  Finally, I just gave my self a deadline which I missed by a few days anyway. 😛 Sometimes you have to stop over-analyzing and force yourself to finish. Are there a few things that I might have done differently? Sure, but who cares! So without further delay here he is.

The following excerpt is from the Corvus Belli website. Enjoy!

“Buaidh No Bas” (“Victory or Death”). McMurrough’s Scottish Gaelic motto.

McMurrough is a Dog-Warrior of Fortune, the fiercest private contractor you will find in the mercenary market. Now he is trapped in his Dog-Warrior shape, unable to return to his Dogface form, and carries an illegal Templar sword, a smart weapon with a built-in AI. How did McMurrough end up in this situation and what does the Hassassin Society have to do with it? This is something you will find in the upcoming Infinity Campaign Book!

If you’d like to learn about McMurrough’s story, click here. Thanks for reading and as always happy painting!

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Painting Plaid

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
― Phil Collins

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and motivating others to improve their skills. If you’re any good at anything, don’t be greedy with that knowledge. I say share it with the world and you’ll be better for it! So, this year I started teaching private paint lessons to fellow hobbyists in my local gaming club. It’s been a great experience and I hope my Padawans have gained as much from it as I have.

Recently, one of my students started work on a sci-fi, Caledonian-themed army for Infinity by Corvus Belli. The most challenging technique in this project is the heavy use of tartan patterns. So in this post I thought I’d share with you a simple way of creating a tartan pattern for your kilt wearing, bad ass Scotsmen. Here we go! 🙂

FYI, the Caledonian Confederacy were a group of indigenous peoples of what is now Scotland during the Iron Age and Roman eras. Thanks Wikipedia!

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As with most paint projects, it pays to start off with some sort of plan. I created the graphic above to illustrate what a plaid looks like close up. A few things you’ll notice is that there’s a primary color in the background (in this case medium blue) and three  secondary colors (navy, orange and white). There are only a few places where colors intersect to give you a 100% saturation the rest are 50/50. Keep in mind that Tartans come in all sorts of patterns and color combos, but for simplicity’s sake and clarity on the tabletop, this is as complicated as I recommend taking the design. Now that I have a plan, lets get to painting!


Paints used:
• Reaper MSP Deep Ocean
• Reaper MSP Marine Teal
• Reaper MSP Surf Aqua
• Reaper MSP Blue Liner
• Reaper MSP Fire Orange
• Reaper MSP Pure White

Brushes used:
• Windsor Newton Series 7 #1
• Windsor Newton Series 7 #0


For this tutorial we’re using another model from the Infinity line, McMurrough! Yessiree, it’s everyone’s favorite, chain rifle-toting, furry, friend! Start off by base-coating the kilt with Marine Teal then shading it with Deep Ocean and finally highlight with Surf Aqua. The transitions don’t need to be perfectly blended because most of it will be covered up by the rest of the pattern.
Next, using the #1 brush lay out a navy grid using Blue Liner. In this case each stripe in the grid is about two brush-widths thick and four brush-widths apart but you’ll have to adjust your design on smaller models. Fabric can be tricky to paint so use references of striped and plaid skirts to better understand how the pattern should flow on the garment. For example, on McMurrough’s kilt I tapered the stripes and their spacing towards his waistline where the fabric cinches under the belt.

Other tips to keep in mind:
• Keep your paint watered down (especially when using the Liners)
• Relax and take your time creating the grid
• Be neat and make sure to have plenty of lighting
• If you make a mistake simply wipe it off quickly with a wet napkin and try again


Now it’s time to break up those heavy blue stripes with some orange ones. Using a 30/70 mix of Blue Liner/Fire Orange and the #1 brush, paint on the next set of stripes one brush-width thick along the center of the previous ones. Again, take your time and keep the paint watered down. It’ll take two or three light coats to get nice coverage, but it’s better than clumping on thick paint and making a mess of things.


At the intersections paint on pure orange in tiny rectangles using the #0 brush. Now this pattern is really coming together. If we wanted to, we could stop here and have a totally convincing and attractive tartan. However let’s kick it up a notch with one more pop of color. Overachiever!


To tie it all together and break up all that blue lets add some Pure White. Again using the #0 brush, apply watered down paint between the other stripes. Oh boy that’s looking slick as ice.


Following that, add some pure white straight out of the bottle to the intersections. And there you have it folks! A lovely tartan to make the most grizzled Scotsman smile. 😀 Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish giving McMurrough a proper paint job. Check back next week for pictures of the final product! Thanks for reading and as always, if you enjoyed this post please share it or post a comment!

FYI: I used Reaper Master Series Paints in this tutorial, however these techniques can be used with any paint line. The one thing I have to recommend however are the Reaper MSP Liners. I use them for freehand, line shading, washes and occasionally base-coating. They’re fantastic and a staple to my painting diet. Take a look at some of the items I suggested below via my Amazon Affiliate links. You pay nothing extra and Amazon kicks back a little something for me. Win win!

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Seeing Stripes

The Dreamer

Far away in the dead of night,
children sleep with teddies held tight.
One child stirs grinning in delight,
with dreams of spreading fear and fright.

-David Montalvan

Ever since I was introduced to the game of Malifaux I’ve had a strong interest in painting The Dreamer and his crew. Catching word of this my gaming buddies gave me the box set as a gift (big shout out to Jay, Vin, Ed, Kirk, and Dev). Almost a year later, I finally got to painting the models and I must say I’m very happy with the results. Check them out!

Hide and Seek

After mulling over the color scheme for this crew for a long time I decided to try something characterful and fun. Here you see the entire crew in all its creepy-Tim Burton-Halloween-Beetlejuice inspired glory. Who isn’t a fan of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Coppelius

The first model I painted was Coppelius, or in this case Coppelijuice (bizarro Doctor Who Ood, anyone?). It wasn’t easy to paint the stripes but it was a very nice challenge. The color scheme draws from the Beetlejuice cartoon animated series (which I was completely hooked on as a kid). Just look at this  opening sequence to the show and tell me it isn’t awesome! I’ll wait.


I told ya!

Daydreams

Next out of the box were the Daydreams. These adorable little apparitions were a really nice way for me to experiment with the crews color scheme: green, fuchsia, blue, black & white. I also used a lot of purple for my shading to help create harmony. Some models have a few other pop colors, but I tried to deviate from this foundation as little as possible.

Alps

Here we have the Alps. I’m not a very big fan of these models except for the one holding a cigar. Just before painting these I’d watched Box Trolls and was really inspire by the artistry and flesh tones. That animation studio is so badass!

Lord Chompy Bits

Next up is the big centerpiece of the crew, Lord Chompy Bits! This model was intimidating as hell and I went back and forth on the color scheme several times. Particularly with the hands; first they had a purple glow, then blue, and finally the stripes. He’s sort of  my homage to the Sandworms. I’ll post picks in another post of how I painted the stripes. Hint: lots of patience.

The Dreamer

Lastly we have the Dreamer. The original sculpt is a bit underwhelming. I wanted mine to be more unique. That’s when I came up with the idea to make him into Lydia (the cartoon version of course). So after much procrastination and analysis paralysis I got to cutting, sculpting and sanding. Lydia came to be and I’m so glad I worked up the nerve to make her. Work in progress pics to come!

And with that I wish you a Happy October! Tis’ the season of changing autumn leaves, crisp cool air and of course, Halloween. So go out there and paint, draw or do something creepy.

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Lost in Infinity

I recently had a case of shiny object syndrome. It’s a condition that myself and many other hobbyists suffer from. The evidence lies in the multitude of unfinished projects I have going on at once.  My most recent distraction is Infinity the Game. It’s a science fiction style game with an anime feel. The models are fantastic and the game seems to be pretty fun.

Haqqislam Gulam Front

Haqqislam Gulam, Front

So I’ve decided to collect the Haqqislam faction. Here’s a little blurb from the website:

“Haqqislam, the New Islam, is a smaller power which possesses a single star-system only, Bourak. Separating itself from fundamentalism, Haqqislam bases its culture on an Islam which is humanist, philosophical and in continuous contact with nature. Biosanitary Science and Earthformation are the two major strengths of Haqqislam, which includes the best schools of medicine and planetology in the Human Sphere.”

Haqqislam Gulam Back

Haqqislam Gulam, Back

This Gulam infantry member is my second prototype for color palette, the first was pretty, meh. The color scheme inspired by Boba Fett. I’m really digging it and am looking forward to finishing up some more stuff from this line. Aside from this I’m also working on Super Dungeon Explore, Hordes: Minions, and a vinyl toy that a friend made. Ugh, so many models so little time. Monty, out!

WIP

Since I started my blog, I’ve gotten great feedback and support from fellow miniature painters. I’ve also received a lot of questions from friends and family who don’t paint minis. So in this post I just wanted to give a very brief and basic run through of painting a model. In the future I’ll get more in-depth with my descriptions.

Clean the Model

Clean the Model

The very first thing that I do is clean the model of all imperfections such as mold lines, gaps and miscast areas. This Bonehead had some pretty nasty mold lines that I simply shaved off with an Exacto knife. He also has a big gap in his base that I filled in with some epoxy “green stuff”. Once all the touch ups are done I wash the model down with some warm water to remove any dust, chemicals and oil.

Priming

Priming

After cleaning is all done I prime the models. This is first step in painting the model and doing it right could me the difference between a pleasant experience and an awful one. The main thing is to prime in good dry weather that’s not too cold. Do it outdoors or else in a very well ventilated area. I prime out of my 2nd floor apartment window, which sucks when you accidentally drop a model to its DOOM. This is why I like to tape my figures down to a piece of board.

Primed

Primed

I don’t really have a preference for the color of primer that I use. It really depends on the project. If I’m planning on painting a lot of armor, I’ll use a metallic primer; if I plan on painting a lot of leather, I’ll use brown primer. I recently started using a combination of black primer first followed by a light dusting of white (a technique referred to as zenithal lighting miniature painters). I’ve found this to be great for bringing out the details in the model which makes paining and visualizing the final product much easier. Plus, it looks cool!

Base Coat

Base Coat

So now my model is all primed and ready to get painted. I start with base-coating the model with all the mid-tone colors. Base coating is by far my least favorite step of painting any model. It’s also the most important step. If you leave the paint too thick you’ll ruin the fine details and end up with an ugly blobby looking mini. If you water your paint down too much you’ll be painting base-coats all day. So you have to find that perfect Goldie Locks zone. This comes with practice but a general rule of thumb is to keep your paint consistency milk-like.

Washes

Washes

The next step I usually do for my model is give it a full body wash. A wash is a very watered down layer of pigment which, in this case, is used to create more depth and shading in the model. On this Bonehead I used a brown wash over the majority of the model, and a purple wash over the purple areas (duh).

Poof

At this point I recite a brief, magical incantation and place the model in the oven for 10 minutes at 350˚ and presto! The miniature is complete. Allow the model to cool for a few minutes and enjoy. 🙂

All Done!

All Done!

Okay, so the next few steps I won’t go into a lot of detail here. It involves a few techniques like blending, layering, dry-brushing and highlights, but I’ll get into all those in a future post.

Disclaimer: Don’t be a doofus and actually put your models in an oven. Later gators!

HIYA!

Spring is here and with it comes the birds, the bees, the flowers, and the trees. And loads of ass kicking rail road workers! This week I did some work on my Mei Feng crew for Malifaux. Stay tuned for an Easter egg at the end. 😉

Mei Feng, Arcanist Master

Mei Feng, Arcanist Master

Mei Feng is a Master with an affinity towards heat, steam and metal. She’s known for making all kinds of hardcore constructs out of rail road and train parts. On top of her magical prowess she’s pretty sick in melee. With moves like Jack Hammer Kick, and Tiger’s Claws she’s a lot of fun to play with.

Emberling, Totem

Emberling, Totem

Emberlings are spirits that occur naturally in Malifaux. They’re made of fire, coal, and gum drops. This was a great model to practice my fire painting skills. I chose to go with an orange flame to tie him back to the orange accents on the rest of the crew.

Rail Workers, Minions

Rail Workers, Minions

Rail work is a dangerous job in Malifaux and sometimes accidents happen. When a laborer looses a limb, Mei Feng has been known to patch them up with all new “parts”. I especially liked painting the sore areas of flesh around the bionic parts. That’s gonna need some ointment!

Metal Gamin, Minions

Metal Gamin, Minions

Boy, these Archanists sure do like their gamin. I really like the design of these models. They’re so different from other gamin and even more so from each other. Painting them was super easy. A little dry-brush, and a couple washes and they were done.

Rail Golem, Minion

Rail Golem, Minion

Now up to bat, the Rail Golem. When I first saw this model unpainted I thought “meh”. Now that it’s all painted and sexified I’m really diggin’ it. Again I used a very simple technique for the metals (mostly Washes and dry-brushing) but the results are very eye-catching. Once all the metals were done I took some extra time with the blues and oranges to add visual interest.

Easter Egghead

Easter Egghead

So me and my family painted Easter eggs this Sunday.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what comic book character inspired this. I told you there’d be an Easter egg at the end of this post. 😀 Peace out!

Burn Baby Burn!

This weeks installment features the fire wielding, winged, sexy lady,  Kaeris. She’s a lot of fun to play with and a real pleasure to paint. For her crew box I tried to keep the cool gray color scheme I stared with my Ramos crew, but with a little twist. I added some gray to represent their M&SU Asset affiliation and of course, some flame effects where appropriate. Me likey!

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Kaeris, Henchman

So, here’s the lady of the hour. I’m really pleased of with the fire effects on her base. It took a few tries to get them just right, but I finally came up with a very easy technique using tweezers and a twist. I was tempted to sculpt flames in her hands as well but I was afraid they’d look like big globs of ice cream. That and I was feeling lazy. 😛

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Student of Conflict, Totem

Anyone who’s fielded Kaeris as a Henchman knows who this little guy is. He follows around his Master learning the ways of combat and how to become a powerful magi. Fear him! I wish I could say it was a joy painting him up, but I honestly found him kinda boring. I guess sometimes a model just rubs you the wrong way.

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Fire gamin, Minion

Yet another fun little construct minion to add to the Arcanist arsenal. I painted each of these models at least twice before I found a color palette I liked. First I tried red skin, then brown, and black. I finally decided on gray. It ties in better with the overall color scheme of the crew. Then for the flames I tried blue, orange and purple before I stuck with yellow. I’m particularly fond of Ken to the right. Hadouken!

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Gunsmith Male, Minion

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Gunsmith Female, Minion

The Gunsmiths are a great unit. They’re versatile, survivable and excellent marksmen. Plus, the models are bad ass! It would suck for the male if he had a spontaneous misfire on those guns under his neck.”Woops I tripped over this rock!” BLAM… POP!

Archanists-Iggy

Iggy, Minion

“Hi! I’m Iggy. Wanna play with me?” FWOOSH! “I done burnded you fool!” I’ve only played one test game with Iggy. He’s interesting but I have a hard time squeezing him into my Kaeris crews. Looking at this picture makes me think he might need something a little extra on his base… more flames! 😀

Well, there you have it. My Kaeris crew. Hope this inspires you to try out some fire effects for you models. Next week, Mei Feng. WAAPA!!