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This army consists of two dozen flying Tyranid Warriors as well as some larger creatures. Some of the models are out of print, and they all have conversion work of some kind.
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The client sent all the parts. We were able to get the hormagaunt scything talons needed from Battlewagon Bits Battlewagon Bits at a very reasonable rate, and they arrived in just a few days. I would highly recommend their service.
I created about six prototypes for this army, to get the colored glazes just right. The carapace glaze incorporates Vallejo Deep Green, Prussian Blue, and Royal Blue. It took about four tries to get it to come out not too green and not too blue.
In the first incarnation, I wanted to approximate a real dragonfly with a glittering carapace and a very dark black-brown body. This didn’t work because the body and carapace had no light-dark contrast; they were the same value and didn’t stand out. So, I went with the more light and fleshy version.
In the meantime, Bill our lead assembler put together all the models, using steel rod to mount them flying. The bases incorporate a lot of Cities of Death terrain, a nowadays favorite at the studio.
After getting the glazes right, I turned the project over to Jon Gentry who painted the entire force.
The dragonfly wings were cut from blister facings. Jon had the genius idea of coating them with a layer of black glaze, pressing the wings together and pulling them apart. This made each wing a duplicate of the other and gave a very organic pattern.
The back legs of the Tyranid Warriors we decided would be like vestigial limbs, or the short hooks of bats. We used a devourer connecting arm, cutting off the tip and replacing it with a hook from a Termagant weapon.
Last edited by MagickalMemories; November 22nd, 2006 at 03:14.
Blue Table Painting
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that is some real nice work, As for the old school Zoanthrope I never thought i would see one of them again
Old Zoanies for the win!!
Awsome army here. Must have taken a while do complete.
Oh and the Gaunt through that pipe is just brilliant.:w00t:
Wish I was half as good as Blue Table. Everything is d**n good the only thing I don't like is the old Zoanie model but the painting is still d**n good.
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Solid, strong paint job you've done there, very nice.
A bit too dependent on inks and washes for my personal tastes, but it does make it look very organic.
You have a few nasty mould-lines going on there, specifically on the hormie's claw, and the zoan's belly. Not so great.
I hope your client is very happy with them :yes:
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The wings... how did you make the wings?
I'm really really impressed at your work. It's phenomenal. I could never hope to create anything as good. WEll done
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric
That's one bloody impressive army you have there! Great conversions, great scheme, great painting, you have it all! Style points for ye olde Zonathrope, as well as for the gaunt in the pipe.The wings look very impressive as well; other such attempts I have seen previously usually don't look near as polished as yours. The scenery is also top notch, I only wish I had some like that.
All in all simply fantastic. Every once in a while I see an army that makes me stop and go "Wow..." Your army is one of them.
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Thanks for the kind words.
The wings are cut from discarded blister packs. The trick is to get them even and natural looking, which we were mostly successful with.
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What is Glazing?
Many years ago I happened across a formula that would allow for the uniform application of paint so that it would shade as it dried. This would achieve an effect smoother than traditional layering or blending in a few coats.
A glaze is a mix of a clear base and colored paints and inks. Thus it is transluscent. Typically, a base layer called a Blackscale is put on that makes the figure look like a black and white photograph.
Glazing is superior to inks or washes because it provides clearer definition between dark and light areas. Inks tend to stain in a uniform tone, and often mottle larger areas.
Glazing is a secret technique. It gives an advantage in the industry of miniatures painting. Painters who come to work for Blue Table Painting sign an ironclad non-disclosure agreement. After that they are shown the secrets of formulating and applying glazes. It takes about six months of full time work to really learn how to use the technique to its full extent. There are about twenty basic glaze formulas. Each can be modified to suit a particular need or produce a certain effect.
Glazing is not dipping. Dipping uses floor wax which is said to degrade pigments. The Dip varnish/wax is applied to the whole model in a single coat. Glazes are applied selectively with a brush and in successive layers, not unlike any traditional painting technique.
Glazing reduces the painting time of a figure by about a third.
Glazes are durable. They withstand chipping and handling better than regular paint. They are friendly to the paints they are mixed with.
It requires skill and know-how to mix and apply glazes properly. Using glazes requires timing, subsequent layers have to be put on before the previous layer is completely dry. They can also be used in what we call <pressure painting> where the surface tension of two areas of glaze are used to push the pigments where they need to go.
Glazes are best when used in conjunction with traditional methods. It is rare to have a model completely glazed. Glazes do especially well on organic areas of a model such as skin or cloth. Glazing is just another way to achieve the same effect of traditional painting methods: dark areas in the recesses and light areas on the high parts.
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