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Offline Zygmund

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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2021, 06:04:31 PM »
Aha! Not a proper dirty dip then. Pretty much the way I tend to go with washes in certain projects. :-)

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Offline Sharkbelly

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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2021, 04:34:50 AM »
That looks great! I remember when dipping first became a trend, and how some people really hated it. Ah, painting trends. Non-metallic metals, object-source lighting...

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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2021, 05:01:45 PM »
Remember my ongoing quest to change my 35 years black undercoat enamel painting method into a more modern (2010?) grey undercoat acrylic paint, dip and varnish method?

Well, I just completed my second unit. I needed as many foot men-at-arms as I could scrabble together from my bits boxes and sprues. I managed 25. They are needed for a garrison unit in my campaign. Also, they are something I have needed for a long time 'cos players keep dismounting mounted knights for siege assault games!

I had fun 'cos they had to be in heavy/plate armour (i.e. work as both) and have shields, which the Perry sprues didn't have. There were now enough simple sword arms either - lots of two handed weapons! So I had some scalpel work to do!

Here are the first batch modeled ..



I really enjoyed coming up with poses. I especially like the several I did with swords casually resting on their shoulder like the middle one here ...



I then primed, solid-block painted without leaving little black line gaps  (such a weird thing for me to do) ...



Then I applied the dip ...



Already I was liking what I saw.

Once dry, and the shields added, I could anti-shine varnish. Here they are now, with the black on their unfinished bases still wet!







Here is the real test. One of my old style (cartoon I called it) figures, next to the new style ...



I still like the old style, but boy do I like the new style. I also like how the enamal figure is giving the new figure a funny look!

The new figures feature in my latest campaign story.
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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2021, 05:15:34 PM »
I'm still not sold on the dip method myself. I've always been just the normal washes and have only used the army painter dip stuff to antique the mirrors I redid for the bathroom. Found it really shiny, which worked for that application, but gave me pause as to use it in the miniature setting since I've not always been happy with how matte clear coats take off that edge.
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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2021, 05:18:50 PM »
I know, the matt coats don't take away the full shine. I had to dull the lights to get the pics for the stories! But, I am still experimenting. And it was fun painting them quickly.
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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #30 on: February 05, 2021, 05:23:56 PM »
I know, the matt coats don't take away the full shine.

Yeah and I've found those always the most temperamental when it comes to climate variance. I have no indoor space for spraying to keep things controlled and have to rely on the whims of nature which means with temp and humidity I've yet to find the goldilocks zone for matt sprays.
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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #31 on: February 05, 2021, 05:28:34 PM »
I've never used sprays of any kind on figures, only occasionally on scenery. I brushed the anti-shine matt varnish on. Perhaps extra layers might work? I have yet to find out.
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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2021, 06:11:45 PM »
I have been working on a guard company for my kit-bashed Skaven 'Uber Weapon'. I already had six crew/attendants, but I wanted a regiment of gas-masked guys who can defend it in battle, without dying from the poisons it leaks. The attendants had allowed me to experiment with some designs.

The existing possibilities for Skaven gas-mask heads I found in the interweb were VERY expensive, so I recommenced my experiments with the following bits ...



The front of this first style of mask was to be cut from an ogre banner pole (of which I had several spares, having built an ogre army some time ago), and a bit chopped from a brush protector sleeve (many of which kick about with my old brushes) would be where the air tube plugs in.

The mask is here glued, with brass tacks used for the front and for a lens over the eye.



I messed about with real linen thread for a harness ...



... but was not convinced, so I messed about some more and actually gave some thought this time ...



Here is a head with the milliput on ...



I now realised I had some way to go. I wanted something like 25 of these!

Here are the two varieties of air tanks - original and the later 'improved' version.


Here are the four mask types.

1. Original (with the lovely thread I thought I had run out of for the feeder tube).


2. Pointy version (as I ran out of original shapes!)


3. Globe-ended, using the musician's beater end, because again I had none of the second version left!


4. Mark 4. These actually have real screws inside to counter with the non-stick plastic band.


The whole regiment, here ready for priming, from front and rear. Ranking them up is hell!





Here they are almost fully completed. Just a few bits need the anti-shine varnish, and I will put some flock on the bases.




They were truly nightmarish to rank up. I double based 16 of them (so, 8 pairs). Then I had to cut individuals off the bases to angle them very carefully behind a figure that they could just fit behind!

Here are a couple of the air tanks …



You can see the eye lenses here …



Here is the command (musician x2 – I think I got muddled up) and a standard. The standard bearer does not have a very long arm. That’s an ornamental brass had on the top!



They are Clan Skryre so I researched to correct rune!

Two close up …



These last few show how well the dip worked. Well, I think so. This is a major departure from my normal black lining technique, but I love the way it has come out …


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Re: A New Painting Blog for my Tilean Campaign
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2021, 07:54:24 PM »
Still soldiering on with acrylics and a dip (wash) technique, trying to move on from enamels. I think it works fairly well on the likes of skaven and undead. Here's an old metal warpfire thrower team I finished the other day ...

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