Sorry for the delayed telecast… I actually painted more late last night, but it got too late to post… well I got tired.
A couple more coats of flesh. First a 50/50 mix of GW Dwarf Flesh and Tallarn Flesh was painted onto the miniature. This time I attempted to give a little more colour to the recesses where it was still looking a little black from the undercoat. After that, I very watered down GW Dwarf Flesh was painted on. Whilst this was drying I painted the headband GW Scab Red and painted another layer of black onto Rambo’s hair.
Next I applied a tiny amount of white to the eyeballs and the upper teeth. I’m not too worried about maintaining the correct eye shape here, because there is still a lot of shading to go. After the white had dried I applied a dot of black for the pupils. It’s definitely looking more like Sylvester now! I applied one more coat of Dwarf Flesh before I called it quits for the evening. This was a little thicker, with focus towards the upper and more prominent features of the body.
Here is Rambo with two coats of flesh. The first is a watered down layer of GW tanned flesh. I mix the paint with water to about a skim milk consistency before applying to the miniature, the black undercoat still shows through and the paint is not even on the miniature. Then I applied a watered down layer of GW Tallarn flesh, which is from the GW foundation paints range. Tallarn flesh has more pigment and therefore goes on easier. I don’t coat the whole figure, leaving darker recesses alone, to aid with the contrast.
I’m a real instinctive painter, I follow a process but if it’s not working for me I will “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”, changing directing and trying things if it feels right for the miniature. I don’t really plan ahead, aside from what I think will be the basic colours. I find it is important not to rush and ensure you don’t apply the paint thickly.
NB: I’m not saying this is the right or best way to paint, it’s just displaying how I do it.
Beccas recently scored a Rambo miniature and asked me to paint it for him, I said OK so I thought I could do a little painting progress on my blog. I am pretty busy at the moment so I can’t promise how long this is going to take me, but just thought I’d share my thoughts as I go.
This is the miniature undercoated with a very thin black wash of about 50/50 black paint and water. I have tried to undercoat miniatures with white, but I find that painting the shadows really take a long time. If painting was all that I did, then I might do it for every miniature I paint. However, I do find that black undercoating helps give the miniature a strong contrast range.
This is a cool mini, lots of flesh (obviously, he’s Rambo!). Becca’s reckons the figure is wearing black fatigues and has a red headband, so there is not much colour to contrast with, so I think the focus is going to be the flesh colour.