Monday, 22 December 2014

Mobile Brigada completed

It's been a few days since I finished this one.

Gotta say I'm decently pleased with this one. There's a few spots where the blends could be better, but all things considered I'm more than happy with him.

This brings the nomad part of the starter set to this stage:

Tomorrow, hopefully, I should be able to update on the PanO half. 

Also, this showed up a little while ago:
Should be a nice little side-project for when I get tired of metal minis. Gotta say I'm impressed with the plastics from Malifaux. They don't quite have the level of detail that infinity models do, but for plastics they're really quite good.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Painting red

I've had a few questions regarding the way I paint red over on the infinity forums, and I figured that a step-by-step of that would be a decent way to kick this blog thing off with.

The model in question is the Mobile Brigada from the infinity starter set Operation Icestorm, one of my favorite models. This is the (heavily WiP) model as it stands now:

Step 0 is a solid basecoat of GWs Khorne Red over a white undercoat, nothing fancy here. (Ignore the helmet in all the below pics, it was a colour test I did before starting and painted over afterwards.)

Step 1 is shading. I've used GWs Drakenhof Nightshade here, but any blue wash or thinned paint should work. Using a purple to do the first shades will make the transition a bit smoother, but I wanted it done in a reasonable timeframe before I got bored. It's not applied as a wash, mind, but as a glaze, meaning that it's several thin layers applied to build up the shades. Any lines and holes get a solid amount of this to serve as semi-blacklining.
After this I thinned Khorne Red heavily and fixed the mistakes I made.
The placing of the shadows is what created the metallic shine. There's a lot of background on this written up far better than I'll be able to articulate on other sites, so I won't go into detail, but suffice to say that shadows are placed, generally, towards the upper faces of the model. This is due to the ground reflecting most of the diffused light with the upper lightsource being a smaller but brighter one, if that makes sense. Pictures should show it better, I hope. 

Step 2 is the first highlight, using a 50/50 mix of Khorne Red and Evil Sunz Scarlet, also GW. I thin it a fair bit, but that goes for most of the steps here.

Step 3 is more of the same, KR and ESS, but this time in a lighter mix, about 85 or 90 % ESS.

Step 4 is where the shine starts to appear. I took the previous mix and added some Vallejo Model Color Basic Skintone (70815), in a 40% red, 60% skintone mix.

Step 5 is the finale, just adding the final highlights with white. I don't have a precise mix for this, but it's essentially white (I used Vallejo Game Color Dead White, which I like, but any will do I suspect) with a tiny, tiny drop of the previous mix in it.

And that's it. It looks a bit labourious, but after the first highlight is on, it's really only tiny amounts of paint you're applying to very small areas so it's actually relatively fast. I hope to have the finished model up soon.

An Introduction and a beginning

Welcome to Paint and Procrastination!

This is the work of, well, me. Real name's Rasmus, and I usually go by the screen-name AWOL or, if that's been taken, TwoByFour, in the unlikely event you've seen some of my stuff somewhere before.
At the time of writing, I'm 29 and located in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
This blog is, of course, still new, so expect changes while I muck about with the themes and such.

I've run several logs on various forums before, Warseer, Ammobunker, Powerfist and currently on the official Infinity forums, with most of them being themed. Since I work at a somewhat glacial pace and on several projects at the same time, I often end up updating logs very rarely, and leaping from project to project as I get distracted. Hopefully this'll keep me grounded a bit. 

I've played my share of 40k and fantasy, but lately I've been less keen on good old GW and gravitating more towards skirmish games.
At this point I have a decent sized force of Nomads and Ariadna for Infinity, which will be expanded to sectorial forces for Corregidor and Merovingia, and I'm dabbling a bit in PanOceania as well.

Right now there's three main projects on the go.
I'm painting up Operation Icestorm to complement my infinity forces, and hopefully get some friends introduced to the game. Going slowly, but there's progress.
Besides that, a friend and I are working on a set of homemade tiles for Advanced Heroquest. I'm also doing a couple of adventurers when the fancy takes me.
Lastly, I've tried out Malifaux a few weeks ago. The game appears to be fun, and I've jumped in with an Arcanist starter box, Mei Feng and her rail crew.