How-To Tuesday

I needed to figure out how I was going to break down the Imperial / Crimson Fists Icon so I could paint it freehand for a project I’m working on. One that I hope to be able to show, soon.

Anyway, I spent a few hours listening to Critical Role, and worked out some of the geometry of the icon into something that I hope I can follow with a brush on a shoulder pad. It’s notably easier for me to draw straight lines, so I wanted something that would largely be just a mess of straight lines, check out Anipots.

I do have a tip for drawing the circle: draw it in a weird way – a way that’s not familiar to you. Whenever I write a zero or the letter O, I draw them counter-clockwise (I’m right handed) starting at 12 o’clock. So, to break my brain from the normal circle drawing habit I’ve formed, I draw it the opposite direction: clockwise starting at 9 o’clock. I find I get pretty close, and only need a little work to get a convincing shape.

Here’s the step-by-step I’ve come up with – Let me know how it goes when/if you try it?

Remember to use thin paints! All of these construction lines will show as texture if they’re painted on too heavily.

  1. After drawing the circle, bisect it with a vertical line, leaving a gap at the top and bottom. The top will become the center of the middle finger’s knuckle, and the bottom will be the tip of the wrist.
  2. About 25% of the way up that line, make a horizontal line that
  3. From the bottom point, form a triangle that is one-third of the width of the horizontal line.
  4. Make a large triangle with the horizontal line as the base. The top point is halfway between the horizontal line and the top tip of the vertical line. (Filling this in is optional)
  5. Draw a short line to the left off the top point, angled downward, and a line twice as long at a similar angle off the right. This sets the angles for the top knuckles for all four fingers. (Filling this in is optional)
  6. Complete the body of the hand by forming angles from the ends of these new lines, and the intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines.
  7. Fill all of it in, and then add a small chunk on the left side, bringing the fist close to symmetrical. Leave a notch in the upper left corner – this is the void formed by the thumb and pointer-finger.
  8. Using the background color, make a horizontal line at the wrist. Also, define the shape of the thumb. First, it’s two straight lines for the top, with the point close to the mid-line but not on it. Then. make a curved line for the pad of the thumb, and then a second one for the meaty base section.
  9. Lastly, draw lines separating out each finger, and round off the tops, using the base color. Don’t forget to separate the tip of the pinkie from the hand; the pinkie is really just a oval.

Good Luck!

Well, it’s been a while.

Life happens, but that’s a post for another day.  Today is a Tuesday, and while it’s been…  two-and-a-half years (?!@?), I have a tutorial for you!  Yeah, it’s a How-to Tuesday post!

Today, I’m going to show you how to build bases like the ones I’m using for my Infinity Panoceania forces.

Cool, let’s do it…

I don’t know if I’ll be able to get back to regular tutorials, but here’s a quick one about doing glowy eyes for warjacks, or anything, really. One cool thing about this is that while I’m callng this “Fiery Eyes”, this method works for any color you want to do.

I start with a white undercoat, and lay down the brightest color. In my case, this is yellow. I start with the brightest because these warm paints are notoriously transparent, so rather than try to work up yellow over darker colors, I want to cheat and put darker colors over lighter ones.

It may take more than one coat to get solid color. I think I put down two. I’m using P3 Cygnar Yellow. I also added some lines of color to the nearby ridges, to create an OSL effect. Use the side of your brush for this, it’s a lot easier than trying to draw the edge with the point.

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Next, I start adding on a darker tone. For this, I used P3 Heartfire. It’s hard to detect in the pictures, but I covered the rear 2/3 of the eye. This color needed three coats to finally show up over the yellow. This is partly due to the transparent nature of the thin paint, and partly because the two colors are very close.

Eye_2

For the next step, I used P3 Khador Red Highlight, which is really just orange. I kept this to the rear 1/3 to 1/4 of the eye. If this color is too abrupt, you can mix in some of the Heartfire to lighten it up, or glaze the transition point with a few layers of thinned down Heartfire to smooth it out.

Eye_3

To punch up the contrast, I wanted to add just a hint of red, so I grabbed P3 Khador Red, and just lined the back edge, in a V shape.

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This proved to be a pretty rough transition, though, so I went back along the edges of the eye with Khador Red Highlight, to sort of outline the eye some.

Eye_6

Glow effects should have a nice bright center, so I used white to bruighten up the leading edge of the eye, and draw a thin line backward along the center, ending about halfway back. This is optional, but I highly suggest at least punching up the brightness of the front edge.

Eye_7

I then glazed this white line with yellow, to reclaim some of what had been lost by all of the layers of orange.

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And thus, a Fiery Eye for this Judicator head. For those who are curious, I’m not actually painting a Judicator. I’m painting something far cooler, far more autonomous, and one-of-a-kind.

Stay tuned!

I was asked on Twitter how I paint faces, so here’s a tutorial covering a basic human male face.  At the end, I’ll cover how I tweak this process for female or non-human faces.

I’m using 100% P3 paints for this, and I’m primarily using a wet palette so I have fairly transparent paint.  This lets me use glazing.  The faces on models are too small for 2-brush blending, so the best method I’ve seen is glazing – layering thin, transparent layers of paint to build up color.

If you haven’t yet, study some faces to see where the shadows are and where the light catches.  This is a decent reference:

Mr. Jake Gyllenhall

Mr. Jake Gyllenhall

For this walk-through (and a few more to follow), I will be painting Reaper #2803, Brother Vincent.  Feel free to follow along!

I started by priming the model black, and then base coating the face with Midlund Flesh.  I used my airbrush for both of these steps to preserve detail, but several thin coats with a brush should do just fine.

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It’s been a while since there was a How-to Tuesday, but today’s installment is hefty-enough to make up for the segment’s absence, I assure you.

Ashton Holbrock, aka Red Modeling Paint Studio aka kommander_redfinger on the PP forum has been streaming painting tutorials and posting them to YouTube for over two months now. He does this as part of his commission painting service.

redmodelingpaintstudio

Ashton paints the client’s mini live on Twitch, instructing them in the techniques and methods he uses to paint his amazing miniatures.  All of these videos are then archived on his YouTube channel.  He covers airbrushing, 2-brush blending, color theory and a multitude of other things as well.  If you tune into his Twitch broadcasts, he opens up the last 10-15 minutes of his hour long broadcasts to questions from the audience.

Here’s some videos of his that are very insightful:

Airbrushing:

2-Brush Blending:

So, give his YouTube channel a look, and be sure to subscribe to his Twitch feed so you can watch him live and ask questions