Hi Folks, very quick post and a photo dump today – slightly unplanned, but I’m a bit excited. I picked up this guy – one of the lovely warrior acolytes from the 2000’s, and I admit that he’s been in the pile for well over a year because of that stonking great big fiery torch… Something that integral to the model needs to be accounted for in the paint job, and that means object source lighting (OSL)… I’m happy to admit that I have been too scared to take it on! Well, last night I put my big boy pants on and decided to get stuck in.
The mini was already painted, (and in a way that I was very happy with I might add), and so I got onto the interwebz and checked out a few tutorials before spending several engrossing hours trying to reproduce some of the amazing examples that I have seen over the years. It seemed very unnatural to be painting over something that I was already happy with – the prospect of messing it up and having to strip it and start again was not a pleasant thought, but hey, taking risks is how we develop as painters, right?!? Anyway, I think it turned out ok – not perfect, (photo zoom has shown a few bits that I want to go back to), but I think he’s pretty damn good for my first attempt… I’m not embarrassed to present it here for your critique :-)
Well, you have no reason to be embarrassed at all! The fire itself curiously gives me a ‘cold’ quality (which is not bad!), and the OSL looks damn nice!
Thanks Suber, appreciate that mate, not bad for a first attempt ;-) I may make the fire a little brighter tbh – the osl is brighter in places than the flames… a bit more tweaking over the weekend I think.
Cracking stuff mate (and I’m speaking as someone who doesn’t like sculpted flame on models at all – which of course has nothing to do with a deep-seated fear of painting OSL… honest…). I agree with Suber that the flame actually makes the model look cold – which is only as it should be, its lends the acolyte a feeling of walking through some chilly dungeon with his torch.
Thanks mate, glad you like :-) Totally with you on the fear point – it’s funny how some things are a bit scary, isn’t it? OSL and NMM are definitely in that category for me! I don’t really understand why… worst case scenario – strip the model and start again, right? So why is it scary? Human brains are weird… :-)
Agreed, NMM freaks me out a bit as well. When it comes to modelling/converting I think I’ve beaten that part of my brain into submission (I think greenstuff is its last bastion but I’m leading an all out assault on that at the moment) but when it comes to painting the challenge can be much harder. As you say there’s not a lot to loose – if it works then great, if it doesn’t then strip it and start over. But if you mess up a conversion you can have turned a (possibly rare or expensive) model into a pile of scrappy off-cuts with next to nothing you can do about it. I still find that latter much easier than the former though!
Yeah, good point! I hadn’t even thought about converting… much riskier & permanent, yet not as scary somehow… :-/
I’ve got to say I’m not a fan of open flame on models, I’ve never seen it painted and looking cool… Until now my friend. I like that you haven’t gone to bright with it or too orange. Looks really cool and the acolyte himself looks like he’s been loping through some of the darkest and grimmest hidden corridors in the galaxy. I really like him. What’s this NMM you blokes are referring to? I am elderly and a Noob. I stumble along in the darkness and you guys need to be my lights of wisdom and knowledge haha.
Aw, thanks mate – much appreciated! I’m a cautious fan myself, it can look really good. NMM is ‘non-metalic metals’… using basic flat colours to give the appearence of metalics… one of the most advanced tecniques I believe, and not one that I am in a hurry to try!
Wow haha. I’m way off even thinking of attempting that. So is this Acolyte going to be apart of a crew?
yeah, me too dude :-) I don’t know if he’ll be part of a crew or not – he looks like a torturer to me, but he’s quite flexible… could be an Inquisitor in his own right!
Joe B. said:
The OSL looks great and gives some great colors to the otherwise dark acolyte.
Thanks man – I’m certainly happy with it for a first attempt :-)