Friday, January 31, 2014

All done bar the base.

I spent an evening fixing up a few things - the lighting on the hairline, fixing the mouth and chin (added a cleft), some of the shadows on the shirt and neatened up the trousers as well as some general 'polishing'. I also repainted the shotgun as I wasn't happy with the metallics.

I have to thank Chris again for sending this to me, Kev's sculpts really are a pleasure to paint and I couldn't have asked for a better miniature to get me back into painting after such a long break.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Between spending time with my new daughter and tidying the place up for Australia Day I managed to get a few more hours work done on the miniature today. It's close to being finished now with just the base and some general touch ups to go.

I'm re-familiarising myself with a lot of techniques and mediums (I perhaps went a little overboard with the application of pigments to the shoes and trousers) and strangely I'm finding that every time I get back into painting after an extended hiatus my technique changes dramatically. I can still paint but the way I go about it is totally different from the last time I painted. I think I may have to stop watching Miniature Mentor videos as that may have something to do with it. I generally watch them with a view to getting my head around the painting process but it seems I also emulate the artist to some extent rather than just going back to my old way of doing things...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's time once again for my biennial blog post...

So many applicable clichés but I'll restrain myself...

I guess I needed a kick in the arse if I was ever to get back into this miniature painting caper and thankfully one was delivered by Chris Bailey (Laurence on CMoN). Chris was kind enough to send me a parcel full of miniature painting related goodness in the hopes of rekindling my interest. Early days but it seems to have worked and here's a little evidence in the form of Ray from Hasslefree  - one of the miniatures he sent... It's only a WIP but I thought I'd include it in a post nonetheless.

Early days but after 18 months without touching a brush I'm really happy.