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A few prototypes of Desert-camouflaged Tyranids.
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These models were painted by Jon Gentry of Blue Table Painting. They were based on some other samples done by various artists.
Yer i agree, they look great! love all the little bumps you added aswell. Great work (Y)
Indeed - very interesting color scheme and very good execution. I must say that I envy how well you guys are able to use inks on your models - I would love to be as skilled with them.
the third ed lictor being overly spiky IMO is perfect for a desert theme. excellent paint job
We do not use a method called "dipping" (floorwax stain or varnish over the whole model). The lowlights you're seeing are Vallejo Black paint in a neutral "glaze base" which is friendly to models and resists chipping. This model has five layers on it-- some opaque and others translucent.
It is slightly faster than traditional painting, but it's not a cure-all, and it helps us keep the cost down but still have the same painter on a year later when you want to expand your army!
It's a different evolutionary path for painting that like any method can produce good results if applied effectively. I'm proud of my work developing this method and perfecting it over the years.
Here's a basic wood elf with a glaze tunic. This green contains mostly green paint, mixed with various other elements, applied in two translucent layers:
The glazing method works especially well on organic models. Here is an example of that. These Enslavers are a good example of well-applied glazes. Most areas of the model have three even layers of transluscent glazes.
Mixing the glaze right is half the battle. I teach my painters "reverse painting" where a dark layer, still wet, is removed with a dry brush. Also, how to paint using water pressure to push one glaze's pigments to or from another area of the model. Here's a good example of the latter:
Using various layers and different colors, all while the model is still wet can produce some good effects:
Some people think we just ink or wash our models, but I assume that is because they've never tried it. Inks and washes tend to color evenly and stain the surface, sometimes creating a mottled effect-- they do not provide the same contrast.
Well, anyway, we take pics of all our work, hiding nothing (I think we just passed 14,000 pics on the site, it would take three full working days to look at them all) so anyone can decide for themselves if we're the right service. Our models aren't perfect, but they are a good value, and they keep you gamers at the table instead of laden with the onerous task of painting a hundred figures.
All the best,
When you say glaze base are you referring to a glaze medium such as liquitex glaze medium? I am interested in knowing what you use. It is an effective technique while not showcase level painting it does allow for some great looking table top quality figures.
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