Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Druss the Legend (Another Barbarian Dude)

posted by Arne Wilkens
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!

Today I'm going to share with you my newest project: The Barbarian Dude. Yep, another one on this blog as P1per is painting one too. We both will compete against each other to see who's able to achieve the better result. Just for fun, but it's always nice to have something that pushes you further.

I'll call this my "Druss-Project". Druss is a Barbarian Legend, created by David Gamnell. He wrote several great fantasy novels which are all worth a read! Find out more right here.

So, here's my current progress:

Wait, what? A Cape? YES :)

As you can see I made a minor conversion, hiding his back full of muscles on muscles with even more muscles under a fur cape:

For those interested in how I sculpted the fur here's my way of doing that. 3 easy steps to repeat till completion:

Step 1: Adding a sausage of milliput

Step 2: Using a tool with a thin edge to form the putty into a rough fur-like shape

Step 3: Smooth everthing, bend single hairs of the fur and get a nice transition to the previous line.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Barbarian Dude: Miniature WIP 01

posted by p1per

Started paintin' the miniature yesterday, not much done yet and consider everything still a work-in-progress but I'll show you a first look at his face. ;)

See 'ya soon ... now back painting :D


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Barbarian Dude: Base WIP-Log

posted by p1per

Long time no see ;) I haven' posted in quite some time now but I will make up for it with an in-depth WIP-Log of the base I built for my next miniature which will be no other than the Barbarian Dude.

So let's get started:

First thing was to prepare the plinth cut off a piece and make some cuts here and there so the surface would look more natural. Next I glued some corkboard in the back which I will use as a filler for a mountain(-"wall") so I won' have to use so much putty. ;) Afterwards I covered the ground as well as the corkboard with milliput.

So the basis was done, now time for details. I added some minor adjustments to ground and sculpted the mountain.

Next one was easy ... glueing some soil to the ground. :D

Sanded the sides of the plinth and made some adjustments to the stones

Finally time to prime the whole thing - for this part I used a combination of black and white paint:

And last but not least ;) now with some paint on:

And that's it so far. Next steps will be to fill the pond (that cut-out piece) with some 2k water and start paintin' the Dude - FINALLY! :D

So long

Friday, May 24, 2013

Catelyn Stark

posted by Nathelis
Hello folks,

Catelyn Stark from Darksword Miniatures is finally finished. She is my last entry (the 3rd one) for the Wamp Darksword challenge.

This time I tried to achieve some kind of silk effect on her dress. Really like how the limited palette of colors used worked in the end.

keep on happy painting,


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Creating Mud: Part II (picture heavy)

posted by Arne Wilkens
In my last post I was talking about an upcoming step by step on my try for painting the rain-oil-cape (right word? I guess you know what I mean) with oils. Sadly I failed here due to my missing experience and switched over and back to acrylics. 

But I don't want to withhold the few pictures I've made for the planned step by step. Beware of some ugly pictures... I do believe that I've not diluted my oils enough. But I wasn't in the mood to test it again as progress on this miniature was a bit further at that time:

 First rough presketching

Oils painted on different areas of the hood before blending those together

And here's the result after blending colors together and drying the oils on the oven. Do you see the grainy texture all over the cape? :/

So let's go ahead. Here's the actual status of the stalker painted with acrylics. He's slowly coming to an end. 

Any C&C are highly appreciated. What are you thinking? Does he goes in the right direction?

Read you soon! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Catelyn Stark, final week

posted by Nathelis
Hi folks,

I realised today that on friday this week there is the deadline for Darksword contest over at Wamp. Tough luck for me, I still need to finish my last entry for it (my 3rd one). This means: painting, painting, painting...

Made some good progress on the sleeves of her dress, but many areas remain unfinished. Lucky for me, her base is already finished so if I concentrate I should be able to finish her till friday.

keep on happy painting,


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kreimhilds Revenge

posted by Nathelis

this miniature sculpted by Sebastian Archer for Morland Studios I painted for a Clash of Colors (Brushwar) in the Brushbrothers forum.

My intent was to create a paradise scene for Kreimhild and her bitterness.


kind regards,


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Let's get dirty: A small mud battle

posted by Arne Wilkens
It's been some days since my last post, but the upcoming summer keeps me away from painting in the dark and isolated basement. But I've found at least 2-3 hours to add some more color to my stalker. 

I really like how he turned out so far and am very(!) curious about his look after I've painted the big cape. As I'm going to paint that part with oil colors ill try to do enough pictures to create a small step by step for you. Either to help me where I've  made mistakes or to show you, how to do that - you can decide in the end ;)

Some time ago I've made some experiences (better experiments) on a small scaled vehicle, mainly to learn more  about creating rust and mud. This knowledge was used to add wet'n'dry mud to the boots of the stalker. 

First step was to apply a Matt varnish on the boots to add a lot of bright pigments, make sure to use enough to create some texture. Next step: Add gloss varnish to the lower parts and again add a decent amount of darker pigments. This area will later look like wet mud. Try to mix both pigments on your object to et a smoother transition. The bigger your surface the easier it is. 

In the end it should look like this:

Soon I can start painting his cape. It will be a pure joy! 

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Projects I'm working on

posted by DarkSpawn
Hello folks!

Now it's time for me to show you some projects I'm working on. I'm in a really creative mood, so I can't focus myself on only one project. ;-)

The first project is a little study of sculpting some folds, I hope it's not to mess. It's about 32mm from head to toe.

The second one is a bust of a canadian RAF-Pilot of WW2. The size is like all my busts - 1/10. It's still a lot of work, especially the fur lining of his jacket is a new challenge for me.

And last but not least, my latest project - a bust of a elf, also 1/10. It's a real fun sculpting it and I'm really happy about the results. Ok, I'm not so happy with the anatomy of the upper part of his chest, but I think I could fix this easily.

I hope you enjoyed my pics and don't hassitate to drop me a line if you have questions or anything else.