Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2016

Stoessi's US Airborne army @ Scale Model Challenge

This was my entry for the "Armies on display" competition at Scale Model Challenge. Finished the display board really last minute and had less then a week to get from zero to done.Really happy that I took a bronze medal home for my little army.

One more interesting fact of my trip to Eindhoven was this:

Yes, this is my car... on the hotel parking lot... 
The worst part was that I still hadn't finished my display board for the army and getting new wheels sorted and talking to the police, etc. really took away precious time to finish my contest entry. In the end, I did finish it, I got new wheels for my car and I even won a bronze medal with my army, so overall a memorable weekend!

Montag, 26. September 2016

Step-by-step.... painting US Officer Drumpf

While I was on holiday in Italy with my wife, there were a few days of rain and that meant using the brushes and colors that I had brought along. :)

Donny Drumpf was chosen as the next target and off we go:

I started off with the Khaki-Yellowish uniform with the following colors: MC887 Brown Violet, MC 873 US Field Drab, MC882 Middlestone and MC847 Dark Sand (from darkest color to the lightest). The base color was a mix of Middlestone and Field Drab. On the trousers I went generally a bit darker with Brown Violet and the uniform shirt generally more yellow-ish and lighter.

The base color was a mix of Middlestone and Field Drab. On the trousers I went generally a bit darker with Brown Violet and the uniform shirt generally more yellow-ish and lighter.

The following pictures show pretty nicely and in many steps how I build up shadows and highlights and how I use different color tones to make sure that the mid-tones don't disappear and also to make sure that the mid-tone is actually not just one tone, but many different ones to make it look more interesting.

For the leather jacket, I used MC941 Burnt Umber for the base. As you can see from the pictures, the color is heavily thinned down and doesn't really cover with one or two layers. 

Just by playing around and placing a second or third layer only in some places and not everywhere, you can already achieve transitions of light and shadow. 

Added Game Color Blue Ink to the mix to start building out shadows.

MC847 Dark Sand is added to the base color to create highlights. Also painted the helmet using MC 887 Brown Violet, adding black for the shadows and Dark Sand for the lights.

For the belt I used various grey, brown and light colors that happened to be on my palette after working with the colors from the previous steps. I do this a lot by the way: Not necessarily always looking for a new color in a bottle, but first looking at my palette to see if I can use something right there as a light or shadow color. The reason I do this? Because I am lazy and don't want to shake and open another bottle of paint. ;)

For the boots, I used MC846 Mahagony Brown for the base, added black for shadows, MC847 Dark Sand for highlights and glazed a bit with good old Games Workshop Chestnut Ink. 

Now, the face... Two thin layers of MC846 Mahagony Brown. Followed by adding MC847 Dark Sand for lights and MC822 German Camo Black Brown for shadows. For some of the final light dots and lines, I added pure white to the mix. As Mr. Drumpf is always a bit red-headed with strangely pale looking areas right around his eyes, I tried to achieve a similar look by glazing in pure MC947 Red everywhere except around his eyes.  

Lastly, and that brings me to the final pics as well, I painted his funniest trademark... his hair. 

The base color is MC981 Orange Brown mixed with a bit of MC846 Mahagony Brown (as usual pretty thinned down and not covering with a layer or two). For the shadows I added more Mahagony Brown and for the lights Dark Sand. As some of Mr. Drump's hair is grey, I also mixed myself some random light grey tone and painted the hair frame around his face with that. Did a couple of passes painting shadows and lights, followed by glazing in the base color again and finishing off with a glaze of Game Color Yellow Ink.

There you go. I hope he's not going to build a wall between himself and the other heroes in my cabinet. :)

Sonntag, 28. August 2016

Step-by-step... painting Hans

Started with a German Grey base color. Well diluted... should take a couple of layers to cover.
The way I am applying the color is to drag the diluted paint across the area where I am painting and to push that small drop of paint into a fold or a corner or something where the shadow color would be really strong.

Then used some German Grey with a little bit of Green Grey and roughly applied it to areas where the coat would catch some light.

At this point it is really more sketching than fine, controlled painting... I intensified the shadow areas with a mix of German Grey and Black (also diluted Black Ink) and I started sketching out the lights mix a pretty light color with a lot more Green Grey in it. 

Back view

Over the next few pictures you can see how I go back and forth between the following steps: 

* build out highlights and scratches going all the way to pure Green Grey and sometimes to Bonewhite
* soften the highlight transitions with various mid-tones of light grey and mid-grey
* intensifying shadows with dark greys and black
* correcting mistakes over and over again and sometimes also correcting the position and size of highlight or shadow areas  

Back view

Slowly, slowly making progress

Back view

I also vary the dilution of the paint during this process. I will use strongly diluted color to soften out transitions. I will use somewhat diluted color to paint sharper highlights or shadows. And I will use almost undiluted color to paint really small, sharp lines and dots for final highlights and shadows.

Back view 

To make the coat a bit more interesting, I applied strongly diluted brown ink to the upper half and strongly diluted blue ink to the lower half.
If anyone can explain to me why this picture came out more blue in general than the others, I would appreciate a hint. Same iPhone, same light, same time of day, etc.... Weird.

Back view

The uniform jacket got painted using German Fieldgrey as a base. Mixed in Sunny Skin Tone for highlights and Black for shadows.

Painted the buttons and the ribbon on his chest first with Black. Then used white for painting the sides of the ribbon and for placing highlights on the buttons.

As I had Sunny Skin Tone on my palette anyway, I mixed it with Brown Ink and a bit of water. Used this diluted mix to put on multiple layers as the base color for the face. Make sure to let each layer dry completely before you put on the next.

Added in Black to the mix and painted the eye sockets. 

Increased the lights on the upper half of the face using Sunny Skin Tone.

New day, fresh palette for continuing with the face. On here we have Sunny Skintone, Iraqui Sand, Brown Ink, Blue, Yellow, Red and Black.

Explaining the exact process is kind of difficult, because I don't follow a series of exact, fixed steps. I alternate between painting lights, shadows or mid-tones and using highly diluted, reds, yellows, greens, etc. to glaze in additional color tones. 

At this picture here, I have not yet glazed in any crazy colors. Only used Sunny Skin Tone, Brown Ink and Iraqui Sand.

Still working on overall lights and shadows...

Starting to mix in reds around the cheeks:

Glazing in green-grey tones in the lower third of the face.

Intensifying some of the red and greenish glazes...

Rebuilding some of the lights and painting in some stronger shadows, then glazing again.

Status update from my palette.

Cleaned up &  corrected some of the lights and shadows. Happy with the facial expression now. :) 
I have to admit that it is very hard for me to get all the lights and shadows exactly right the first time. I am not a natural talent when it comes to that. So what I have to do instead is to do trial and error quite a bit. I paint a light or a shadow somewhere and chances are that I don't get it right... so I keep working and correcting to get it looking the way I want. Sometimes it goes really fast and sometimes I will paint over an area over and over again many times until it looks more or less like I want. It can be painful. ;)

More minor corrections...

Different angle

Painted the trousers with Bronze Green as the base color. Added in ###Grey and Bonewhite for the highlight color and Black for the shadows.

Time to paint the Officer's Hat. For this, I used the same colors as for the trousers (Bronze Green, ###Grey, Black and Bonewhite) but applied them in different ratios as I wanted to get a darker color overall for it. The lines at the rim and the emblems got a base with Black and then straight Bonewhite on top of it.

Different angle:

Painted the collar with Black and Bonewhite:

Using English Uniform, Dark Red and Dark Sand, I painted the left hand. For the pistol I used Black and White (and a tiiiny bit of blue in the last highlights). For the gloves, I mixed a light-grey color on my palette from what was already on the palette:

Update from the palette:

Moving on to the base.... Again, just using what I have on the palette, I slab on different colors and blend them wet-in-wet. For the sack, I used primarily English Uniform, Black and Dark Sand... also painting mostly wet-in-wet at this point:

Next, I started adding greenery to the base. First a a few of the small grass tufts from MiniNatur. This this I added some of the grass&flock from Galeforce nine. I also glued on some small "leaves" which are essentially birch seeds that I collected sometime ago. When all of the glue was dry, I added some heavily thinned washes of grey green and sprinkled on the pigment (pastel chalk powder) that you see in the middle of the picture below.