Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do Not Miss: November 2010

This is what you should have not missed this last November.
  • Crystal Brush 2011 announcement: November 2010 will be remembered as the month when the first edition of Crystal Brush was announced. This contest will for sure change fantasy painting worldwide. $10,000 for the winner!

  • Zorabeth Morning Star by Freeman: Amazing new piece by Joaquín Palacios (Freeman) for Andrea's Warlord Saga. At first I didn't like it very much, the horse seemed too brute for the lady, but then I saw this turnaround video and my opinion changed. I want this miniature!!.

  • The Legend of the Dark Forest by Mauganra: Another great use of the scared villager from GW's giant kit. Put it together with the very famous last minotaur sculpted by Allan Carrasco, paint both to the highest standard, and there you have it! A masterpiece!

  • Picster's Dark Eldar Jetbike: Simple and quick but effective painting. It reminds me of Tron, the helmet and the light effects are awesome, but also the weathering in the from part of the bike. Awesome. Makes me want to paint some of these.

  • Crusader from Mortimer (Nocturna Models): Take a close look at the face of this crusader. It's screaming for some superb paint jobs! I want to do something about it!

  • Riding the Storm by Joaquin Palacios: The newest pirate on the Pirates of the Caribbean range from Andrea Miniatures is this wonderfully sculpted captain designed by Freeman himself.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Preparing 2011

Come on guys! The year is ending and its time to think about where to go next. Here's a list of international events and the information we have now on them:

Crystal Brush 4-5-6 April, Chicago
GD France 22 May, Paris
GD Spain 3 July, ¿Madrid?
GD USA 30 July, ¿Baltimore?
World Expo 19-20-21 August, Montreux (Switzerland)
GD UK ¿18/25 September?, Birmingham
GD Australia 1 October, Sydney
GD Italy 17 October, ¿Modena?

With this said... where are you going?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"V Open de Quimera" this Saturday

13 November was the date chosen for the "V Open de Quimera" contest which will take place in Madrid's wargaming store Quimera. Therefore, I wish to see you all this weekend were we will certainly be able to chat if you want to! I will be judging the contest, so bring any bribes you may think appropriate! ;)

See you guys there!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

WIP: High Elves Sea Guard part 2

WIP: High Elves Sea Guard part 1

Now let's start with the painting. I will be painting one prototype first, in which I will not hesitate to spend a long time. Once I finish this prototype I will have clear knowledge of what I want my elves to look like and the colours to use, so I will be a lot faster with the rest.

My first approach will be to get this shield concept on the actual models.

The star and the wings will certainly resemble the prince from Tribute to the Fallen. Check out the lion in the background!

In this step I will leave the shield as it is now. Probably later, once I have more of the elf painted, I will come back to improve it and change stuff to get a better match for the whole painting.

And now I'll go on with the clothes and the metallic parts. I will try to use airbrush as much as I can as it will ease the painting process and also make the transitions smoother. I also do not hesitate to use metallic paint with the airbrush, it actually works more or less the same as with the other non metallic paints. The shades in the metal will be green/blue representing the reflection of the greens/blues from the clothes in the shiny elvish armour.

In the next step I have the prototype nearly finished. I've chosen a reddish tone for the hair which will contrast with the turquoise of the rest (actually, this fact has given me the idea or making all of my elves red-headed, as some kind of specific race feature for my elves). The golden parts are painted using Gold colours from Citadel, shaded with greens and purples, while the edges have fine lines of Metallic Medium from Vallejo, to emphasize gold final glows.

I did some work on the shield again, as I said before. Mainly, improving the contrast and perfecting the work on the wing lines. Also, here's a start of the metallic work on the spears. Again, the use of airbrush is highly recommended. I used masking tape to cover the blade which I wasn't painting, and I was able to get very smooth transitions.

Stay tuned!

WIP: High Elves Sea Guard part 3