|Say hello to my little friends! I call the big one 'Bitey'.|
Well, things went very smoothly for painting my first test models. I didn't test every idea I had in my previous post about the paint scheme but I did stick to the plan and I am very pleased with the results. The only differences between the two test models are the base coat and a couple details on the mouth, eyes, and carapace. One day I will post a full step-by-step guide on how I painted them with pictures of each step. For now I'll go ahead and do a quick run through on how I painted these two models. Let's call the one on the left with the lighter skin #1 and the one on the right #2.
VMC = Vallejo Model Color
VGC = Vallejo Game Color
FA = Folk Art (craft paint)
1. Prime with white gesso. I mixed some plain white Liquitex Gesso with some Liquitex Airbrush Medium and sprayed the crap out of them. Yes, that does mean I got an airbrush setup. I promise the Adventures in Airbrushing posts will catch up with full details.
|#1 and #2 to show the difference in base coat colors. I really like the pose on #2. He looks like eager to jump on someone and tear their face off.|
|Top and bottom views of #2 to show the zenithal highlighting. There is definitely a difference between the darker underside and the lighter top side but there needs to be more contrast between the two.|
|Whoah! Extreme close-up! This will show the tongues and the details of the mouth and eyes covered in steps 4 and 5.|
5. For the eyes I tested out a few different things on #1. I tried VMC Andrea Blue but the color was too strong and stuck out way too much. Then I tried mixing up a faux Citadel Ice Blue using VMC Andrea Blue and VGC Dead White as per the Citadel color mixing chart featured in this blog post. The "Ice Blue" was too light and did not show up very well. The third method I tried was VMC Light Turquoise with some watered down VMC Ivory painted over it to blend it in with the skin color. This turned out far better than the previous two attempts. #2's eyes were painted with FA Metallic Ice Blue. I'm not quite sure which one I like better but I'm leaning towards the turquoise/ivory. Whichever color I pick, I will be using it for all the eyes and most misc. details on the rest of my army.
|This is their 'good side'|
|The only visible sign that the blue wash was applied. Also shows the shading/highlights on the tongue a little better.|
|Carapace colors. You can see the effect of the blue wash on #1 but the purple on #2 does not show in the picture.|
Coming soon: more Adventures in Airbrushing and another Tyranid test model. I'll be back with more same bat time, same bat channel, so don't touch that dial. Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Catch you on the flip side.