Thursday, July 24, 2014

Belladonna 54mm W.I.P.

Normally I do not post W.I.P.'s . However as this is my first 54mm figure and I felt I could use some input from my fellow painters in order to fine tune the work.

She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by James Van Schaik.



The chief difference I found between a 54mm and a 25mm is in the photography.  In order to get the entire figure in frame, I had to shoot the mini from a greater difference than normal. What I found is that the highlights have to be pushed much higher to gain sufficient contrast. She is going to stand on a very large base, so the final pictures will be shot farther from even farther away.

There are several things that I believe need worked on in order to bring her up to snuff. The highlighting on the skin needs to come up. The lining between the face and the hair needs to be stronger. The shading on her trousers needs to be deeper. Contrast on her boots really needs ratcheting up.I am trying to paint her hair as a strawberry blonde. Some of that shows on the back, but very little on the front. Clearly I need to strengthen the red undertones.

Any input regarding the need for further improvements would be greatly appreciated.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

War Rockets!

I happened to look at the date of my last post and thought "Jesus Christ Anne, you better post something or people will begin to think you died."  It would appear as if I'm not dead after all.

Recently I finished painting some Imperial Fleet War Rockets from Hydra Miniatures. They are pure Pulp and were sculpted by Phil Beauchamp.







Doing these was the most fun I've ever had painting. And I find that I am now addicted to painting rockets and space ships.  I've a Rocket Rider on the painting table now, I've just ordered some flying saucers from Hydra and two Prussian Air Ships from Dystopian Wars. Also I've got some space ships coming from the Counterblast KS next month.  

I've been away so long due to a couple of mishaps in the garden. Somebody told me that bad things come in threes. Well that somebody was wrong, they came in sixes for me. I may tell the tale in a later post as now that it's past, I find myself laughing at it all.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reaper Anti Paladin

I thought I'd do something unexpected and post late on a Saturday.  Now this is my 15th post of the year, but don't think that means this means I'm going to keep this breakneck pace up for long, because I'm not. When it comes to my blog, I believe less is more.

So, I painted this guy up some time ago for someone else and I hated it. I hated the figure and I hated the palette. I swear on all that is holy that I will never paint a figure and a palette that isn't of my choice again. Which means I'll never be a commission painter.  But that's okay as I want to enjoy this as a hobby only.






The original agreement was that this was to be painted at table top quality with no basing. Somehow I found myself agreeing to paint undead skin and to do object source lighting from the sword and also do the basing on a 50mm base that I had to supply myself. As if that wasn't bad enough I did four other figures that I hated more than this one. Clearly, I'm an idiot.

Well I hope this monstrosity of a figure and my attitude towards it gave you a bit of a chuckle on a Saturday as that was my intention.  I posted this on a Saturday when only a handful of people will see it for a reason.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reaper Deadland Noir

Recently Reaper Miniatures added a couple of Pulp Noir figures to their Chronoscope line and they are just beautiful. I first saw them in their Preview Gallery and had to wait impatiently for them to be released. The wait almost killed me, but finally they came out and I picked up three of the five new figures.

This is the first of the three I have painted. He's 28mm and was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

I sculpted the base from Super Sculpey.





Two of the things I like most about this figure are the coat and that snub nose pistol he's holding. I'm not certain what the book he's holding is intended to be. I chose to interpret it as a magical text of some kind and painted it in a deep purple. It contrasts with his clothing, but is not so loud that it dominates the figure.

I've had to put painting the other two figures aside as I'm participating in Reapers Summer Painting Challenge and the theme is Sci-Fi.  I plan on submitting four entries and three of those are on the painting table right now. I may post some of them as W.I.P.'s as they are rather involved pieces and I'd like some input as I go.
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