WIP Unclean One: Touch Ups
I have multiple reasons which I could roll out for being slow posting in recent days, but I won’t, suffice to say I have been busy and blogging got dropped as a consequence.
Being busy aside, I have managed a bit of work on various miniatures including my Unclean One, the main reason for this post.
Before I post pictures, here is a bit of a ramble. This is a beautiful resin model, full of lovely detailing, and in my eyes, it is an adequate (and much more cost effective) substitute for the FW model.
When I saw the FW model I thought wow, that’s beautiful (from a modeling perspective) but totally out of my price for a model that I would never use in games terms. Seeing this guy at Gamers Guild was a real boon.
I was talking to the lads the other night about the rise of hyper realistic painting, and the trend towards weathering powders and mediums, oil paints, airbrushing etc. These techniques and methods have probably been around for years, but at the moment, everywhere I turn, someone is producing gorgeously painted, hyper realistic looking models, which make the previous standard paint job from 2 or 3 years ago look as backwards as what GW’s 90′s era paint jobs look like to someone coming into the hobby today.
When I started this bad boy, I wanted to replicate this new trend with this model – styled on the FW version. When it came to putting this into practice I realized that I’m not really interested in spending hours and hours painting layers, varnishing, applying oil paints and fixers and powders, and more varnishes and sponging etc on a model that will really only ever sit there. Sure a display piece is worth that little bit extra, but for what I want and can achieve, I didn’t need that hassle.
As it turns out, this model took about 5 basic colours to get finished- a green for the flesh, a bronze for the armor, a bone for the horns, a brown for the straps and some red for the facial features. Obviously there were different shades applied, but at its most basic that was it. No fancy techniques, no messing around with varnishes and fancy powders. And the results…disappointment.
When I took these pictures, I thought I was done. The more I looked at them (and pictures of miniatures are rarely flattering, magnifying every blemish and errant brush stroke – unless of course you’re a pro painter), the more I thought I had ruined the model. So I decided not to post anything. And then I thought about it, and looked at the mini and thought what can I do to make myself like this model. So I applied some more paint, and fixed some obvious blemishes and bought some bits to finish of the base, and do you know what I found. The penny finally dropped and I found my mojo again. I liked the model, I realized I didn’t need all that fancy crap, sure its nice to look at but for practical gaming you don’t need it. This hobby is for me. It’s my outlet away from work and the missus. Its about me and my miniatures, my painting style, my gaming style, my everything. I share with the community to show pride in my work, to record my achievements, to show me.
So here you go, my Unclean One prior to my touch ups:
Looking at the model I am chuffed to bits with him. I still need to fix some things I thought off on the bus home tonight and then I will post him finished with his little mates in the next few days – I have a 4 day weekend so have some heavy painting time planned.
Also, I have made some progress on my Knights (or at least 1 of them):
Now these Knights are turning into the polar opposite. I hate them. I wish I could go back in time and slap past Rogue Pom around the head and say “Build these buggers properly you fool – clean of those mold lines – rank them up better – and give them standard S5 all the time magical weapons not those poncy ‘only on the charge am I useful lances’”. I also wish I had painted my whole force in Nurgle colours – Mark of Khorne is really cool and as a Noob to fantasy was the right choice. Now I realize that WoC are tough as nuts without it, and I love my Nurgle theme a whole load more. Who cares, I cant change the past so I am sticking to my original plans and pushing on. Hopefully I can get him and maybe another guy done too over this weekend. Just need to figure out how to paint the horses. My test model is brown, but I think I like the idea of black better.
And that’s enough of a ramble for now. With any luck I will post again over the weekend.
Hope you guys are all enjoying the hobby for your own reasons like I am mine.
I finished A Thousand Sons the new Horus Heresy book by Graham McNeill. What did I think – Stop reading this, go out to GW or any other half decent book seller and buy it and the est of the series – Damn fine book. Well done Mr McNeill.
Reading Cadian Blood by newcome Aaron Dembski-Bowden. So far it’s awesome. The front cover art does the book no justice what so ever and I passed it over for a long time. If you’re a Guard fan and liked BL God Mr Dan Abnett’s Gaunt Ghosts then this book is for you.