I’ve finally made some significant progress on my counts-as Huron Blackheart. First up, pics.
I’m really happy with how this is coming together. The skin was a mistake but one that I’m glad I made because I really like the result. I started that out as Bleached Bone (Vallejo), and then washed it with Crimsonburg Crimson. That was going to be the end of it but the wash was really streaky so I highlighted in Bleached Bone and washed it again with Crimson. That was better but then I used the yellow glaze on it, two coats, and ended up with what you see. I think it’s my favorite part on Huron right now. I need to come up with a name for this guy…
That power axe was a huge pain in my ass. I can get impatient at times when I’m painting. I start getting into a groove, making great progress, and then I have a hard time waiting for things. I kept screwing up the lighting on the axe blade with my impatience but I think the end result looks good.
This is the second time I’ve used the GW Medium to work with lighting and I’m getting better with it, when I’m patient at least, which I was on the lightning claw. I start off painting the item I want to glow white and then use the glaze (medium + color), to wash it and build it up. I mix it as a 3-1 ratio (medium to paint), with the glow color (Warlock Purple in this case – Vallejo), and just do progressive layers with it and blend it into the previous layers. I do the same for the glow around it on the armor. It takes some practice and I’m still learning but I think the end result looks pretty good. Not as clean and precise as an airbrush but I like it.
Now that the hard parts are done I just have the backpack left and then wrap up the base. I should hopefully be done this week, or weekend depending on that thing called real life, but either way he’ll be done with time to spare for the tournament on Nov. 8th.
How often do you make mistakes with painting that work out better than your original plan?