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Recently I was asked to make a Biel-Tan test piece for the customer. Also, once again, chaps from the studio have put devising a way of painting that would give cool results in reasonable amount of time on my shoulders . Luckily the model one of the lovely, oldschool ranger minis. This is how it turned out:
the greens are chaos black + dark angels green, snot green, scorpion green. the white part of the helmet has been given a coat of shadow grey, then i gradually made highlights with space wolves grey and skull white.
the thorns pattern, characteristic for biel-tan, turned out to be quite easy and fun to do. after all the green parts were finished i painted the swirls with chaos black and then added thorns on them.
what do you think about final effect ?
I love the greens and the cape/duster is out of this world but I really do think the metalic silvering on the weapon has let it down, maybe dull the silver.
I think Eldar weapons look very nice in an ancient gold style which would sit very nicely with his green camo effect or even just plain old black after all he is a ranger/sniper and it would fit with his style!
But overall I think that the model is amazing mate and I would love to see more when they are finished.
The Painted Dragon
thx for your comment
i agree that metallics would benefit from more work, but imo not in a sense you see it. i like `shiny`, metallic look. it`s not so easy to achieve. on this model i think the highlights made with mithil silver are a bit not smooth enough. it`s not good excuse but i must admit it was done with a purpose - i couldn`t forget that i`ll be painting much more of these .
well, the metallics are also pain to photoghraphy, especially when you`re making quick photos .
imo gold weapons wouldn`t fit the biel-tan. i like the overall cold colored theme of this craftword. i`m afraid that warm golds would kill this. moreover recently i`m doing my best to keep a limited pallete - it usually results in cleaner looking, more coherent minis. too much colors and you could quickly turn your model into a mess. i try to reserve those extra colors to deepen the shadows and bring out the highlights.
Last edited by Pshemas; October 7th, 2006 at 01:39.
I agree completely, I remember reading a 'Eavy Metal' article in White Dwarf years ago when I was first getting into painting and it advised on using 3 main colours and no more and that is a basics of design really, anymore and it becomes far too busy and your brain just turns off to the subject!
When do you think you will have more pics up?
Would you consider doing a tutorial on the duster he is wearing? I am trying to get a nice page of tutorials on my site from people around the web and will obviously credit people and pop a link on the site for them if they wanted!
The Painted Dragon
love it as allways, i should realy save up the pennys and try and send them off to you but the problem is i live in the uk But brilliant as usual any way keep on painting
"Mr. Cypher please come out from underneath the table, the Dark Angels are not out to get you."
@Mouthrax: more will come when the deal will be completed . i`ve enjoyed painting this fella so much i even started considering making a whole biel-tan battleforce apart from commisioned models.
btw - sure, mate i can write a tutorial. this will be a good opportunity to work on something for the polish painting site i`m member of as well . contact me via pm and we will sort out the details.