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I read an interesting article on color theory for painting miniatures and wanted to experiment a little more with "shading" rather than simply "coloring" on a miniature.
I tried to apply practical artistic theories to this miniature, such as shading with complimentary colors, looking more at teh direction of light etc...I havenever done this before on a miniature. Still very much a WIP.
I'm trying to do all the "light" areas with warmer yellows and bones and the shades with mainly purples and blues. Most colors are base coat other than the skin which is what I've been working on the most. I'm going for a kind of sickly pale skin tone. Here's how it looks so far, I'd love some tips on how to improve this:
On another not, Ilyad miniatures are probably some of the best in the world. Phenominal detail and awesome sculpts. Well worth their ridiculous price.
very nice....i like it alot. I love the cold feel to it, especially that he looks like some frozen tundra hunter dude. It really gives depth to the skin in a way ive never seen before. cool model too! good job, and hope to see some more
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ilyad miniatures are 30mm true scale as opposed to Warhammer 40k which is 28mm heroic scale (different proportions)
They are resin cast. I believe they only produce fantasy miniatures.
Ok update on the Ilyad Barbarian. I did the fur and metallics. Actually the metallics painted themselves cause the sculpt was so damn good!
Also did a hell of a lot of blending to smoothen things up as suggested. You'll notice that the skin tone has changed from a mroe yellowing color to more of a paler color. Looking at the miniature itself, I think it might just be the pictures
This is probably the most time I've spent on a miniature because I'm constantly trying to learn more about shading and have been paying more attention to neatness and detail. As always comments and criticism are appreciated!
I also noticed the "Straight out of the Blister" contest just announced. Well this miniature *IS* straight out of the blister so methink I'll enter it for the hell of it
Excellent stuff. WD did an article on using complementary colours a long time ago (5-6 years maybe) and it was superb. Much better than a lot of their current articles. I'm pleased you like the results- you should be very happy. It's often really good to try a figure like this, where you almost force yourself away from your normal painting technique. I think you'll find it a rewarding thing to have done in the future.
Figure looks superb, by the way.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Brilliant, the skin has real depth to it and the basing sets it off nicely.
I have to admit, but when I first saw this thread I was a little bit sceptical. But you have done one hell of a job with him. I love the skin, looks very pale but hints at a slight bit of warmth and the fur looks very natural. The base just gives it a nice overall theme. The only down things for me is the blood on the sword, it looks much too red. It it was streaked and perhaps a touch more purple then I would have said it would be much better.
A question, the base, is it bit of slate you used then covered with snow? Or did you use another material, as it is hard to tell.