It’s rather awesome having such a large convention so close to home. The con takes place over Labor Day weekend every year in Crystal City, and focuses on a massive 40k Grand Tournament along with events for nearly every other tabletop system that you’ll find on a shelf at your LGS.
In fact, NOVA threw some serious money and effort at the X-Wing event this year, commissioning an LED lit, to-scale Star Destroyer for their narrative campaign:
Pew! Pew! We’ll get you, you Rebel scum! It’s really hard to not make ship noises around that thing.
I participated in the Custom Caster event, which is aimed at more casual players (there’s a 50-pt ADR Masters event for the more competitively minded). The general idea is to create a new, custom Warcaster for your chosen faction and then play several 35-pt games all day trying for achievements much like a book release event. It’s effectively a mash-up of Who’s the Boss, Spell Draft and Summer Rampage
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:
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.
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.
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:
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
I’ve been asked a lot recently (in the past 3 months) about my thoughts on airbrushes, and what someone getting started should look for. Rather than re-type my thoughts each time I get asked, I figured I’d make a blog post of it!
Before I get started, check out the Plarzoid.com Store. It has an Airbrush section, and there are links to Amazon for everything I use. I didn’t put the store together to make money or try to sell you on things. It’s just a very convenient way for me to put stuff in one place when it comes to answering the “What do you use?” question. Take a gander, support your local hobby shop if you can. If you can’t, buy through Amazon.
For the impatient (Spud), here’s an index of what I’m going to cover: