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Here is a link to the SPC content for Dwarf Prince Morakai Firebeard of Karag Dum:
Hod's Lo Competition Special Chatacter Round 1 (Hod's LO Competition Special Character (Durgin Durginsson Battle Standard Guard))
Day 1 - Conversion
To put together Morakai head gear I used a Empire Knight plus the plume from a Empire Hand gunner champion. It was a simple job with a dremel (hard w/o).
This is hands down the hardest model I've ever had to base coat. Scibor modellers make amazing models but that seems to go hand in hand with the worst nooks and cranies to fill with black paint. I had to take picutes of my mini and look at in zoomed in to tell where was and wasn't base coated (The human eye is not strong enough to tell such things).
In the first day of base coating I completed the base coat for Liche Purple, Spacewolves White and Dwarf Flesh. I decided to do stripes b/c I've been doing some old Marauder Dwarfs and they always look better with Imperial Stripes.
The second day of base coating I got to get all the base Blood Red, Golden Yellow and Bleached Bone White down. Since his armor is Fire proof I decided to use Red and other warm colors to denote his armor of Morgrim.
More to come tomorrow. I'd love to hear how you think it is coming. Suggestions are welcome.
Looking good. I'll look forward to see how he turns out.
By the way, have you got ideas for the rest of his squad?
Day 5 - Base Coat Final
Finished all of my base coat. I use Regal Blue to base coat anything that will end up being Silver and Snakebite Leather for anything that is going to be Gold. I paint the whole base coat at the same time so I can see how the colors look before I shade and highlight them. The final thing I did on this base coat was the fabric wrapping on his helmet (what ended up Blood Red and Sunburst Yellow). I just didn't know what was going to be the best choice for that until I say everything else done. Next step is the Shading it to as dark as I want the darks to be.
I'd be happy to hear your comments.
looking good, you try the GW base range, they are amazing, a solid coat of white in one coat over black
My ToP - raven gaurd <- cliky
Raven Guard W/13 D/7 L/5
@jonojoe : I haven't tried using them yet. Some time soon hopefully. I'm kind of afraid that they might be too thick for my liking. I like a thin base coat so I can blend my colors into the black.
Day 5 - Shadows
I shaded the entire mini at once and no from this point on I paint up one color at a time. For my shading I use inks but try to get a 3/4 ink to 1/4 actual paint to try and get the shininess out of the ink.
Day 6 - Red Armor, Flesh and Silver
This was my first attempt at NMM and I looked at the example on the Scibor website a lot to get it right. I like how it turned out, could be better but not bad for my first attempt. I did the flesh before doing the red armor to get my painting had warmed up for the armor. The silver I wanted to get in there earlier because it really is a lot of the contrast from the front and I wanted to see how it would look with the red armor.
More to come soon. Comments are welcome.
P.S. Sorry about the small images that you have to click on to expand. I don't know any other way to put a pic in my post. If anyone has a tip for this I'd be happy to hear it.
Last edited by Hod; April 8th, 2012 at 18:30.
I get the impression that the feather is trying to compensate for something
Great work so far, I really like how this is coming together.
I always get told that NMM is all about contrast and making the changes from light to dark as rapid and smooth as possible, really specific I know but that is what I am told.
You may want to try Glazing over the Axes with a red on the insides of the blades as I am fairly certain that the armour would be reflected in the blade, its a very risky thing to try with NMM though as it can end up looking weird very easily.
Last tip that I would suggest is to bring the face up to a slightly lighter shade, just to set it apart from the armour a bit more, at the moment it is getting a bit lost in the brightness of the red.
The Red itself looks fab, I am really enjoying watching your progress here.
They are dwarfs, they probably have many complexes due to their shortnesses.
Thanks for the tip on the NMM. I will give your suggestions on the blade a try.
In terms of the face, I agree. I am waiting for all of the mini to be painted before I go back and make those balances though. It's always easier once you have the whole picture.
I hope you continue to enjoy.
That looks great, the reds a very vibrant and the metals came out really well.
If there is one area that needs a bit of work I think the face could do with a bit more contrast, possibly come up to a slightly lighter colour with deeper shadows. The faces on Dwarves are so tiny though I can totally understand why you left it as is.
Miniature really has come together well as a whole though.