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This has been a project of mine for a while. Wasn't sure whether to post this in modelling or painting - it's a conversion of a normal marine into a librarian. Why? Because I wanted to try my hand at making custom/artificier armour and just for fun (got the idea from scibor's excellent site). Took me a while but I managed to make two ornate greaves and a couple of other bits and pieces. The book, cloak and key are all hand sculpted and the legs and arms have been cut and extended with green stuff too.
So the paint job is an attempt at blending rather than just simple 'highlighting all the edges' - what do you think? There's more pictures if you want them.
Last edited by IronSnake; June 8th, 2009 at 08:55. Reason: picture problems....
I think it looks damn good! Very nice conversion and the paintjob looks really solid as well. But I do feel that the pics doesn't do him justice. They are a bit too zoomed in, out of focus and bright.
I agree that the pics aren't that good but the model looks good. It seems like the model is vey chalky and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. The conversion is great, simple but very effective. One more critique, his pose looks like he's about to fall over but otherwise it's great!
Thanks for the comments.
He's not really falling over he's in what in martial arts terms is a 'front stance' or 'front posture' - the weight is distributed over the front leg mostly, and the nea is bent (although with the greaves being so big it's hard to tell from the pictures).
I gave the model quite a few coats of Matt varnish to protect it and to eliminate specular reflection so that when you look at it you see the highlights I painted and not the glare of whatever lighting is around at the time. This does make it look a little bit chalky - although I think thats mostly down to the pictures.
Yeah the photos aren't the best. I found it pretty tricky to get the balance right - plus the lighting was crappy. Ah well...
EDIT: apparently I need a new lense for close-up work, which will let me get more of the model in focus at once.
Last edited by IronSnake; June 8th, 2009 at 17:00.
Layered blending on smooth curved surfaces is a grueling chore, kudos to you for sticking it out
I definitely agree the photos aren't doing the poor fellow justice though!
IMO I don't think it looks chalky. I like that style! It's a bit different and unusual, but it works really well with GW's heroic miniatures. I just want a few better photos.
My suggestion, move the model further away from the camera and get a neutral light on him, such as a clear light bulb.
Looks awesome to me. I like the effect you've used, the blending looks good.
Yup, that looks a lot better!
Let's see here... I think that the halberd (pole axe? not sure on the right term...) could use some more bone colour to add a bit more contrast, especially on the blade.
I don't like black trims on bases (or it depends on the colours used but I don't like it on yours) since it detracts from the model and looks unfinished. A dark brown would be a lot better.
Apart from that, awesome work! Have some rep!