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Well about two weeks ago I finally got my battleforce in the mail. Bought a few more models in between, and on an unrelated note, got a camera today. I decided I'd like to share some of my work, these aren't my very first paintings (those are complete messes), but this is some of my more recent/in-between work.
Honest criticism and tips are welcome, I know I'm not professional quality, but what do you guys think? How can I improve?
Photo Album - Imgur
Note: The wych is the only wych I've painted so far, and the first time I have to paint flesh. needless to say, I don't think she turned out too well, and I can't get the eyes right.
Plusnote: How the hell do I paint eyes. Also: The warrior above the Haemy looks kinda like Zoidberg IMO.
Doubleplusnote: Based the very first models I did, but it didn't turn out so well, so I'm waiting on some ideas or maybe some modeling sand.
I love the deep brown of the raider it works really well with the red and is highlighted well.
Flesh can be very difficult so can eyes.
Flesh wise it looks like you've gone for a grey type of flesh rather than standard flesh. My method for skin is fairly simple and is as follows. (using a lighter palette)
step one: paint the flesh elf flesh mixed with bronzed flesh.
step two: Wash with devlan mud
step three: paint the flesh are with the bronzed/elf mix leaving the recesses
step four: paint the eyes (will explain how in a sec)
step five: with a thinned elf flesh use a fine brush and do the top areas of flesh ie. Cheeks nose chin forehead etc.
Do that two or three times with the thinned elf flesh so that on the edges you have a nice highlight of pure elf flesh
You can add in a little tiny bit of White to do the very tip of the nose cheeks chin and forehead or leave it as is.
I rarely paint eyes as I usually do guard or big blocks of empire infantry and you don't notice but to do them it's White with a thinned wash of black then a bit of White again with a dot of black in the centre ( try a purple black mix for wyches so they look all stimmed up). By this point your water should be dirty. If you mix the smallest amount of devlan mud into some and then hit the eyes ( and flesh at the end) it should hold it together.
I do think your models need a contrast colour to make them pop. Perhaps find a bright blue or green or something and pick out some of the details such as gems if they have any or even a couple of bits of armour plate could have a couple of lines for a unit style mark.
Hope that helps
I absolutely LOVE the freehand on your Raider and especially on the Jetbike's right side. I'm a sucker for scroll-work. The red and brown do look really good together, but I'm in agreement that a contrast color would help to break it up and make some stuff really pop.
As for eyes - don't mess with them unless you're willing to invest a small amount in dental picks. That's the best way I've done it. The super-sharp tips let you get a tiny amount of paint to cover the eyes, and go back and do pupils, easiest and best method I've found, and when my picks went missing, I stopped doing eyes altogether. Eyes are difficult to get right, so it's not usually worth the effort anyways. They can make or break a model, and it's much easier to break it.
Flesh is a bit titchy. I like where you're going with the pallid gray features. One thing that I've done recently with some (largely naked) WHFB Marauders, is paint the flesh a single color- in my case, white. I then went back and applied a very very thin wash to everything, making the muscles, lines in the face, creases in their skin, all of it really pop. You could do the same with yours, perhaps using a slightly lighter gray (lighter color = less coats of wash and more obvious effects). I'd say wash them in green or blue, to really make the faces 'pop' from the red/brown.
Another thing - in the 'busy' pictures of your Raider and anything else before you started using the solid-white backgrounds, your models seem to be very well highlighted but a bit "speckled" (in regards to the last warrior pictured thusly). Did you drybrush the color on, or is your base-coat showing through? I noticed it especially around the feet of the model in question. When you pictured your Wych on the white background, she seemed a bit more "flat" and better colored. The problem is that she doesn't look as highlighted as the other models. The backgrounds and lighting of the pictures definitely makes a difference, so it's sort of hard to tell what you're doing, or if there's any difference at all.
Assuming that everything is painted like the Wych, a few edge-highlights wouldn't hurt you, and I know you're capable of it given the steady hand you have for the freehand work (yep, I'm calling you out - you can do it, go get it done). Highlight the edges of those armor plates and the edges of her cloth and weapons with a lighter shade. It will make them look a lot more professional and 'finished'.
Excellent first time though, no kidding. I'd have been contest to just stop if that were my first shot at painting. I finally got to a level that I'm almost happy with, after 11 years of the hobby. You have the ability to go really far, especially if this is your first shot. A little experience under your belt, and you'll be a force to be reckoned with.
I got lazy on most of the highlights, and dry brushed them on... Yes, I am a heretic.
My super detail brush that I used to do the scrollwork actually frayed quite badly, though it was a cheap brush from walmart, I would just buy 50 or so ofem, but they were in $5 packs with a bunch of brushes I didn't need. I plan on taking a bit more time on the rest of my wyches/wracks, as far as highlighting and details go, and someone on the dark city showed me an awesome face/eye tutorial. Finally, the brown armor comes out as a byproduct of the dry brushing, though I had a color mix that was essentially the same, it took ridiculous amounts of paint just to go back and fix up a small spot.
Last edited by Mirarii; October 1st, 2011 at 15:27.
I agree that they look a little monochromatic. Something to make the metal bits "pop" a bit more would help. Also, using a contrary eye lens color might help.
Re: faces. This is one of the toughest things to get right. I'm still working on perfecting mine, but I've learned two very important things that seem to get missed in 90 percent of the tutorials/advice out there.
1) Paint the eyes FIRST, not LAST. Sounds crazy, but it's much more freeing to know all you have to worry about is getting the pupils put in right, instead of worrying about getting black and white all over the rest of your nicely-painted face. Cleaning up around the eyeball, I find, is much, much easier than the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey method of waiting till the face is done, THEN putting in the eyes.
2) When people say thin the paints for the highlights, they really mean it. I mean, more so than you normally would. If, for example, you paint, say, Tallarn Flesh as an undercoat, then add in elf flesh or dwarf flesh highlights, you must thin the paints down EVEN MORE than you normally would. This needs extra emphasis that most people do NOT tell you when giving out advice, even the "experts" like 'eavy metal don't tell you this. That means the color will be too thin to show up much the first time you put it on, which means you'll have to do many, many layers to build up the color, but fortunately, each layer dries fast. You can do 30+ layers in 10 minutes easily. Spread that out over 2-3 different highlight colors, and you'll build up a much softer transition. Yes, that's more painstaking, but if you've got 20 wyches, set up an assembly line. Just keep layering, layering, layering until you're happy with the look. If you don't do it this way, the transitions will be so harsh the model will look like it's wearing "war paint."