Hail the King

Sometimes a sculpt does not have to be incredibly complex to be fun to paint.  While this pose is essentially a simple one, I enjoyed the way the character’s head was turned and how he seemed to be surveying the battlefield.

Even the flow of his cloak emphasized additional motion in a potentially static pose.

The armor was strategically placed to allow for a bit of NMM in a key spot to show the difference in texture from the leather and cloth sections.   Again, it doesn’t always have to be a very complex figure to be quite interesting!

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A Horse of Course

Each time I work with the oil paints, I learn more and more, and each figure has a higher percentage painted via oils.  As you know, the primary reason I have turned to the oils is that the extended drying time allows me to work on more figures at one time.
I know that the trend towards wet pallets is quite a big thing at the moment… but what if the same principle could be applied to the figures as well?

This figure was painted along with dozens of others… from historical WW2 infantry figures, to fantasy monsters, to vehicles.  It is even more effective if the figures are ‘grouped’ into sets of common colors.  It does not matter what the genre is, the key is to group them together for maximum efficiency.
While speed is the ultimate goal, the side benefits include the ability to blend colors hours if not days after the initial applications!  That’s a tremendously powerful tool, and it is also a more relaxed approach.  I often have to remind myself that I have plenty of time to take advantage of wet into wet blending, since I am so used to the more rapid drying time of the acrylic paints.

I have done numerous live sessions on the oil paints… here’s an example:

I will be doing more sessions on the oils, as well as new Painting Pyramid videos!  Those will be available to the patrons on my Patreon page:

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Bombs Away…

We really enjoy the Bombshell Babes line of figures… all the usual kinds of Patrick Keith sculpting goodness!
Each character is very distinct, and lots of different genres are covered.

Even though this is mostly earth tones, it is still possible to get contrast by staging warm and cool colors very close together.  In this case, the burnt sienna hair color plays off the green of the cloak, and even the blue woad on the face.

This is why I try not to use the term “limited palette” or anything like it, since you are not really restricted in the amount of options and choices that you have,  Even muted colors can still provide contrast and interest.

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Bringing the Heat

The Mantic Salamanders offer a few interesting opportunities for some of my favorite things… painting fire, Object Source Lighting, and combining a lot of contrasting colors.
It is helpful that there are a lot of sharp angled shapes in the sculpt, which means that there are a number of ideal highlight points for something like OSL.  This is something to consider as you think about using this method on a miniature.  I can definitely say that there have been other figures where OSL was requested or required for whatever reason, and the figure itself was not exactly suited for it.
Having lots of deep shadow areas make the “light source” appear that might brighter, while a cooler tone for the skink also enhances the fire effect too in terms of how “hot” it looks.

I did a Facebook Live session on how I like to approach fire, OSL, and so on:

He’s also available here:

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Plastic Pieces

With the proliferation of the “board game” style of miniatures, I have been asked to paint more and more of those.  Most of you have already seen the Zombicide figures that I have done, along with the BONES minis…


I think these are either from Black Plague or Blood Rage, or one of a bazillion other games.  It can be very challenging trying to make them appear like a ‘regular’ pewter or resin figure, as the casting is such a different material!

Thank goodness for emery board strips, as those nifty little hobby tools make it possible to get rid of those stubborn mould lines (this works on BONES figures as well).
Placing them on a real base also helps to lend a more convincing air about them!
Keep on painting, no matter what the material might be…

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At the Gate

As much fun as it is to see an army come come together, it is even more interesting to see it placed on some appropriate terrain!  Somehow, it makes the whole collection have more impact.

I suppose putting them into an actual setting, as opposed to a generic photo backdrop  makes  it more ‘believable’… especially when it comes to sci-fi figures like these Gates of Antares Isorians.

I have a number of step by step guides on painting these here:

Fortunately, the kinds of bases that I made for these Isorians matched the Warp Gate terrain pretty well!

The Gate is a terrain piece that I made for the Painting Pyramid video series, called “Building a Portal”.  It is one of 5 terrain videos that were part of the series, over 100 minutes long as it takes you through the building process and even painting it too!

The glow of the weapons really stand out in this environment, which is really fun!

I am hoping to do some new terrain videos soon, since new recording equipment now makes that possible again!  While I will attempt to do some facebook live versions, I will definitely create some new YouTube versions.  These will be made available to the Patreon subscribers that pledge $5 or more.
There are a number of terrain projects under way, and it would be great to share those in video format.  I have pictorial articles on the blog, but I believe folks will get a lot more from the videos.  Here’s a link to the page:

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Slightly Mad

Back to the old Confrontation figures and some reminiscing about how different the sculpts and even the poses were at the time.
13-15 years ago, you didn’t see the kinds of whimsical poses which became one of the trademarks of the line.

Even things that were supposed to be more aggressive or brutish (including goblins and orcs) were given this kind of pose.  Until then, most of the poses were very hulking and static.  This figure is actually ogre sized, on a 30mm base.

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Vengeance on the Vistula begins!

The Kubus has arrived!  And now it has been prepped for tonight’s facebook live session.
The cast was really wonderful, and just about the easiest resin kit that I have ever assembled!  The lines are all very clean, and the pieces were all straight and perfect.

Here’s a link to the original blog post that discusses this recent kickstarter campaign, with links, etc.  There is an extension on the ability to pledge to this fantastic Warsaw Uprising campaign, so there’s still time!

There are no precise color images of the original Kubus for obvious reasons, but some of the best guesstimates put it like this.  So, I will try to paint this guy up tonight before your very eyes.  I will be using regular brushes instead of an airbrush, since not everyone has them.  
The primary medium will also be acrylic paints, because that will let me get to more of the vehicle, including weathering, etc.

Until recently, this is what the hulk of the Kubus looked like.  I have even found images of a 1/35 scale model of the Kubus rendered to look like this scene.

There are a variety of options for the commander, and for weapons.  This image shows you what those are like.
So, stay tuned for late this evening (about 2am central time), or breakfast in the UK and dinnertime in Australia!
I have links to previous facebook live sessions on my patreon page:

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Basing Madness!

Green Stuff World just keeps making more and more amazing texture rollers!  I keep finding more and more uses for them, and more genres where they can work.  They are also so easy to use, it has altered the way I do my sculpey basing entirely!

I have many posts on how to use the rollers, but now the roller guides which Green Stuff World created make the process even more simple.  The “plain” roller is used to get a sheet of the Gray Extra Firm Sculpey into the appropriate size and thickness for those roller guides.

Just roll along the ceramic tile, and keep equal pressure with both hands… and poof!

This Triple Hex roller is a new favorite.  I will be making a special video of that roller for the Patreon supporters.  I tested out some new techniques with this during a live session the other day:

While this texture is great for fantasy and steampunk minis alike, my real goal is to use that for my Bolt Action terrain.  This sheet is huge, and just a few of these could create an entire courtyard of a French village, etc.  So, you will eventually see this texture in my Bolt Action battle reports as well!

Here’s a peek at some of the bases that I made during that live session.  I was trying to show how to make multiple levels, use “scrap” pieces… as well as the usual process of how to sand and gravel the various sections together.

I hope to do many more live sessions on these basing materials, which are funded by the Patreon Page.  I am also filming some special episodes that will be available to the Patrons each month!
Here’s a link to the page:

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The Evil Twin

Into the way back machine to check out some more Confrontation minis!

I never realized that they did several sets of figures which showed a “normal” and “warped” side.  That became an interesting challenge to keep the two sides as close as possible, but still denote the ‘changes’!

The shapes of the weapons were very unique, but still quite nice to execute some NMM… normally very odd shapes for weapons means having to mess around and fudge with the rendering, but not this time!
In other news, the next painting video link has been sent to all the $5 and above subscribers.  This is all about painting Lave Bases!  Among other things, it looks like March will be Basing Month on the Patreon page! 🙂
I will be doing a live session on working with the Green Stuff World texture rollers late tonight, which will be fun!

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Roll Out the Barrel

This rather interesting miniature is the February Raffle figure for the Patreon page.  Anyone who pledges support to the page is eligible for the 4th monthly raffle.  Here’s a link to the page:

There’s much more to the page than raffle figures of course.  I do at least 1 2.5 hour facebook live tutorial each week, and starting in March, more YouTube painting lessons will be available to those subscribing $5 or more.  Those pledging $10 will be able to see other special sessions, and more of the Painting Pyramid series as well.
Here’s an example of the Dark Sword figure demos, and the kinds of miniatures that will be offered on these ‘secondary’ raffles:
I will also be doing special Bolt Action battle reports that are only available to the patrons.  Two have been posted thus far to my YouTube channel.

In addition, I have been making some of the Painting Pyramid series available to the Patrons.  I will be sending private links to the Patrons on March 1st, which will be one of the 12 basing videos that I created as part of the series.  There were 53 videos in all covering a variety of subjects, so just about every interest or question should be covered!
I am also making new Painting Pyramid videos covering techniques that I have learned since that first batch was made.  Oil painting, new basing and terrain techniques are all planned!
To all who have already supported the page, you have my thanks, and the drawing of this Raffle figure will take place in a few days during the next live session, so stay tuned!

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Drone Wars

Here’s something brand new in the Gates of Antares universe… large combat skimmers for the Isorian faction!  These very interesting looking vehicles are new releases from Warlord Games.  This is the Mahran Vesh MV5 Combat Drone.
It is now in the webstore:

 I have painted a fairly large Isorian force already, including a few step by step tutorial articles.  

Here’s the first stage of the painting process:

Now for stage two:

These views from above give you a better sense of how that color placement would work out on a much larger an complex piece.  That is always a major challenge in every army… finding a color scheme that is unique, but also work on infantry and vehicles alike!
On both of these larger Isorian skimmers, it was necessary to alter the purples and oranges across the broader areas.  For instance, the purple can be tinted more blueish on some sections and more reddish in others.
I will be posting another blog post on the transport version of these skimmers, with more information on how to approach a “sci-fi”  army… utilizing much brighter and saturated colors than you might normally consider.

As with the rest of the army, Vallejo Fluorescent green was used for all the glowing areas.  While it is not glow in the dark paint, it has a great deal of transparency thus allowing light to pass through the color and back out again with great efficiency.
You have to mix these colors with ‘regular’ paints for the most part, they are that transparent!  I have dozens of articles on the blog, and many Facebook live videos that show how such things can be used.  Here’s a link to one of them:

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