Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Farsight Enclave Update and an Infinity model

Work continues on the Farsight Enclave commission. The broadsides are nearly done and I am reaching the point where I need to make a decision on the bases. I am toying with the idea of using pigments - mostly dusty yellows and rusty reds - but I am hesitating because the models themselves have a lot of red. I might end up going with a cold gray as this would compliment the warm tones of the models themselves.

One thing I am trying to do with these Tau models is work on my Object Source Lighting (OSL) effects without using an airbrush. I've gotten to the point where I am no longer impressed by OSL effects done by quick shots of the airbrush. Additionally, it never looks right. It never looks glowy. It looks like a shot from the airbrush.

As you can see here, doing the glow effects with an actual brush gives you a lot more control and you can direct the path of light better. I certainly need more practice but I feel like I am getting better every time.

 The next picture is a trial model for my Japanese Sectorial Army (JSA). I have already gotten some feedback on it and I am looking for more. My painting buddy said he needed some "pop." This is another topic that I am iffy about - does everything need to "pop?"

I interpret POP as that there is strong contrasts somewhere between light and dark colors. I think I have a decent range of values on the fig but I have avoided complimentary colors completely. I've kept everything rather cold, which is why he has a warm base.

Mind you, he isn't complete. Some areas (the rifle butt, the holster and pistol) have been left with a simple basecoat.
Keisotsu Butai with combi-rifle

What do you think? Be harsh! I've got thick skin when it comes to painting.

Also, how would you achieve pop on a model like this, without severely altering the paint scheme?


Red Harvest said...

Personally, I find the term 'pop' to be repulsive. It is so vague as to be useless. YMMV.

The mini looks desaturated though, so you may want more color saturation, or even color instead of all the gray scale. You have a great deal of neutral color on the model, add some warm and cool colors for accent. Or even try tinting some of the gray tones.

Good to see you painting Infinity figs again. :)

Tim said...

What I might do is add a lot more color saturation to the face and head. I also thought of adding color accents to the armor as you suggest. You can't tell but the gray armor is actually VMC: Grey-Green so there is some color to it. I added blue to shade it but I am thinking that I should have added yellows to the highlights...not trying to get too complex as I have 15-20 models to do in this scheme...

Tim said...

BTW, thanks for the comment! I was starting to think no one reads my blog anymore, lol!

Pete W said...

The farsight models are looking great. How do you get that really smooth glowing effect with a brush? I find that I can always see the brushstrokes and it bugs me.

As for the Infinity model, I think you don't have to add a pop colour to it, but something warm and bright (I'm thinking rich red) would be nice. It could be as simple as a symbol or logo on the clothing would work.

Pete :-)

PS: I just assembled my Infinity set. What lovely models. Looking forward to painting them

Cobalt Cannon said...

Hi Tim!

I read your blog or check it every single day. It's first on my bookmarks list. I don't always comment on it, but I greatly enjoy your posts and your painting. The last post on Powergamers and Fluff Bunnies, I thought was exceptional. That needed to be said, and you said it in the best way that it could have been said.

Your farsight models are really rich with color. I think they look like candy actually. Maybe the colors are sparking some long forgotten memory that I carry. HEHEHE!

I see what Red Harvest is talking about with the grey on the infinity model. It looks awesome, however, I think people are used to seeing more colorful uniforms on gaming miniatures. If I thought that a miniature character wore a grey uniform, then I would paint a grey uniform dammit! haha.

Maybe that extra color could be applied through the representation of reflected light on the model. some green reflected off of the leggings. Some blue reflected from the sky off of the shoulders or some green reflected off of the groin plate. Perhaps even some brown reflected from the ground onto the underside of the weapon.

I personally would be very happy with the results that you already have, but if you wanted to put in that way-beyond-extra level of effort, then those are my suggestions.

Take care and have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

Lo-Pan said...

"Pop" is not a term I often use, but when I'm typing with one had in a G-chat window and doing an online presentation for work with the other hand, it is easier to type than "I like the colors being simple and earthy- very reminiscent of the historical ashigaru and nicely utilitarian. The head is a splash of color that coupled with the butt of the rifle immediately draws attention to the face, but it does that so well that it is difficult to focus on the rest of the figure. There is something missing and I think either adding a bit of a tint to the armor, or, if you want to go crazy, a pattern on the trousers. Perhaps a green targeting light on the rifle or an emblem on a shoulder pad to accent the final piece."

Just sayin. But either way you go, it is a great paint job.

Tim said...

Good feedback! I like it. I am thinking of incorporating yellow on the wrist gem thingy. I was also thinking of putting some markings on the rifle. I think I could add ivory to collar rim to define that detail some more. Also...I screwed up his face the other trying to add more tints of purple to it...blah. Infinity faces are so tough.

Tim said...

Pete, the glow effect was done by thin layers of paint, as one does in blending. It takes patience as the previous coat has to completely dry before you move to do the next layer. You just keep layering until it looks right. It's an old technique, one that originated the OSL effect. The airbrush OSL is a relatively new development and IMO inferior because it never puts the paint where the light would naturally fall.

Pete W said...

Thanks for the tip. Layers and patience is the key then :-)

I might give it a go with some of my Dark Eldar models.


Tim said...

PEte, check this out for the basic theory: http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-object-source-lightning.html