Thursday, May 3, 2018

How to quickly paint faces

Hi guys (and girls)

It's been way too long since I've posted anything. Reasons for this are family stuff, work stress, changing jobs etc... I just really hope I can post more frequently from now on.

In this article, I would like to cover a trick I recently learned/discovered for painting faces.

It has to do with subdermal colors in the skin. I'll show the pictures first, and explain the reason why later on.

I began by pre-shading the head with black and white paint. This will give you a good indication of where your shadows and highlights should be. If you paint transparently enough, the shadows and highlights will shine through your paint job, but even if you paint more opaque, making a picture of this step will be a good reference!

I loaded my airbrush up with some red paint and sprayed the top half of the face. Make sure to cover the cheekbones, nostrils and the tip of the nose. 

After that, I got the blue paint ready. I used this to spray the bottom half of the face. I also sprayed a little blue over the red in the eye sockets, creating a dark purple. 

With the red and blue colors in place, I continued to paint the face as I usually would. I used the Scale75 skin colors for this. 

You can see that the cheeks and the nose bleed through some of the red color and that the chin has a light blue tone. This gives the illusion of rosy cheeks a five'o'clock shadow. After the skin tones, paint the lips with a red-ish/pink-ish color and paint a little bit of texture on the lower lip. Also highlight the eyelids, nose, upper lip and any wrinkles if they are present on the model, and the face is pretty much done!

Now onto the reasons why...
The central part of a face has fine blood vessels carrying oxidized (red) blood to the surface of the skin. The chin, especially on a black-bearded man, appears blueish due to microscopic hairs. Women and children don't have a five'o'clock shadow but in the area around the lips are relatively more veins carrying deoxidized blood to the surface. Some artists paint this as a green color to compliment the color of the lips. 

Traditionally, there is also a yellow or white zone of the face. This is the forehead that doesn't have as many muscles and blood vessels and thus doesn't have as many red blood cells. 

I hope you liked this little tutorial and that it helps you. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading and until next time! Peace ✌

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Showcase: Kahl-Agul

'lo all 😊

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, that has a lot of reasons that I won't bother you with. I pretty much finished my Kahl-Agul bust by Karol Rudyk Art to the point where I feel comfortable showcasing it. The paintjob itself has been done for a while and I'm sure a lot of people already seen it, but I was looking for the perfect plinth and how to create the blood effect I want envisioned when I started the project.

Apparently, getting an oval-shaped plinth is hard, so I had to look for a custom job. My friend Pete Watson sorted me out with one, and this enabled me to continue, and finish this project.

Another challenge was the blood effects. It is absolutely terrifying to cover your model with red-inked water gel. Luckily, it turned out pretty gruesome and awesome.

On with the pictures:

This is truly a creature you don't want to encounter in the dark! Eventually, I might finish up this bust with some blood streaming from its open mouth. It needs some saliva at least, but blood would make it more gruesome.

I really loved painting this bust! I will do my best to keep you guys updated on projects!

Cya next time!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Hello friends and fellow hobbyists,

recently I shared an article showing the Orc Champion V1 by GT Studio Creations. In this article, I want to quickly cover his two siblings, the Orc Champion V2 and the Orc Female Champion.

Not a lot of companies sell female orcs. I think that this is because most universes in which orcs live, orcs are created or spawned, so they don't have a need for female orcs. Now the GT Studio Creations' orcs have a lot in common with the Warhammer orcs. Both in looks and in the fact that they do have female orcs.

The GT Studio Creations' female orcs aren't just females but also fierce warriors who fight alongside with their male counterparts. There are orc female queens, champions, warriors and wolf riders. They are, however, a little bit smaller and less bulky compared to the male orcs.

The cast of this Orc Female Warrior is super clean! There was a little flash on the weapon and I had to clean up the resin vents but other than that there were no issues to fix or moldlines to remove.

The Orc Champion V2 had some mold lines on the hammer and also some gaps where the arms connect to the body, but nothing a little putty and a quick scrape with a sharp blade won't fix. It is still a very imposing looking orc!

The Orc Champion V1 and the V2 are based on the same figure. Basically, the two models only have different arms and a different head, but the changes are significant enough to change the entire stance of the mini. And when I say mini, I don't really mean mini, because this bad boy is 60mm high, while in the 1/48 scale range.

I really like the Orc Champion V2 because of his collar. I was building a base for the V1 champion, but changed my plans and will use the V2 for this base instead! The fact that the two miniatures have the same legs and torso makes this easy!

I guess that concludes this article. For now, I have nothing more to say about these figures.

I will continue working on my vampire creature bust, Kahl-Agul, by Karol Rudyk and I need to find him a good plinth to display him on when he is done.

Until next time!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

SMC'17 experiences and... LOOT!

Hello fellow painters, builders, and other hobbyists,

In this article, I wanted to share my experiences at the Scale Model Challenge 2017. I could only attend one day so I didn't enter into the competition. I arrived around 10AM when the convention just opened its doors, but it was already very crowded with people! There were 138 exhibitors divided over 122 stands and 575 people from 40 different countries participating in the contest with 1987 entries!

I quickly entered the contest area to get a peek of what people had entered but there were already so many people there that I only managed to get a couple of photos. (you can see them in my experimental slideshow, frames 2 and 29 are my favorite!)

It was a lot of fun to meet some of my old friends and to create new ones. I also met up with some people that I know from facebook but who I have never had the pleasure to meet in person.

At the stand of Mr. Lee's mini's, where I spent a lot of my time, I found my friends Dennis, Kyle, and Kris. I also met Fancagne, Drew, and Norm. I recently won a model from Kaha miniatures, Fancagne's model company that I could pick up at their stand. This is where I picked up my first piece of SMC loot... the Megaprimatipus Kong!

Kong! Based on the recent movie.

My friend Dennis from Savageforged Mini's also had a 75mm model that I wanted! C-48 Roy is a post-apoc styled android or cyborg. I love cyberpunk almost as much as I love orcs, so this was a must-have for me!

Also at this stand, there was a demo area where renowned painters like Roman Lappat, Roman Gruba and Drew Palies demonstrated their painting techniques and skills. I attended to Roman's demonstration on how to paint eyes and skin on a 1/10 ogre bust. For me, it was very interesting to see his method of painting. I will be using what I've seen on future projects for sure!

Me watching Roman explain how to paint eyes
My friend Kris from Broken Toad also had a lot of goodness for sale. Next to his awesome brushes he also brought his busts to the scale model challenge. I've had his "Rage" bust on my radar for a while, but only now learned that it represents a character from the world of Guildball.

"Rage" by Broken Toad, a Guildball character
Finally, I brought some of my busts to find them a good plinth. I've heard many people speaking very positively about Dino Pivato's plinths. Now I must say that I do find them a little pricey at between €15 and €20 per plinth, but they do look very nice and Dino does try his best to find the perfect match for your project.

That pretty much sums up my day with all my experiences at the Scale Model Challenge. I hope you enjoyed reading this little article.

What do you think about the slideshows? Do you like them? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve them? Please leave your answers in the comments!

Thank you for reading and I will see you next time!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Scale Model Challenge 2017

Hi guys and girls!

I will be visiting the
Scale Model Challenge 2017 this Sunday, October 22nd, 2017! I'm hoping to meet up with friends, make new ones, and to bring back some loot, so stay tuned!

I hope to see you there! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Orc Champion v1 by GT Studio Creations

Hi fellow hobbyists!

In this short article, I want to show you the first orc champion by GT Studio Creations. They started a Kickstarter early 2017 to make amazing orc models, and they delivered! They have a ton of male orcs, female orcs, and goblins. I was lured to their orc champions, which are basically orcs on steroids. These champions tower over their orc brethren.

the ungodly lovechild of the incredible hulk
and a god of chaos
Sadly I only found out about them just after their Kickstarter ended, but they let me buy 2 champions. These models, from the 1/48 scale range, are over 60mm high! Even better, they got even larger models available, 100mm as a display model! Both champions are based on the same legs and torso, so the version 2 champion basically only has a head and arms swap. However, the change is significant enough to make it look like a unique miniature.

the orc champion v2
The only "problems" I found with this miniature is that there is a gap where the arms connect to the shoulder that really needs to be filled and the "skirt" is one massive piece of resin. Looking at it from the front or back isn't a problem, but there are some angles where this really stands out.

design choices... this mini was made
to be produced in plastic but changed
to resin. 
As I mentioned I'm also getting the champion version 2 and apparently I'm also getting the female champion. I'm looking forward to checking those out as well! Next on my list from the models from GT Creation Studio are the orc warlords. These models have really cool armor and some massive weapons that make them look fierce on both a gaming table and a display base!

All and all I'm really happy about this model. The skirt is a small thorn in my eye but maybe I can fix it. The casting quality is really good and so is the sculpt and the details. There are some gaps that need to be filled but nothing a little putty can't fix!

sorry for the fuzzy photo, but you can clearly
see the gap between the shoulder and the arm
Thank you guys for reading! Check out Fausto and GT Studio Creations on Facebook or on their website if you are looking for more information about their orcs!

I hope to see you all next time!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tribal orc

Hi everybody,

In this article, I would like to show off my recently finished tribal orc. Officially, this is the first bust I painted that I consider being finished! 😜

I used a combination of acrylic paint and oil paints. It was the first time for me using oil paint like this and I must say that I really enjoyed using it and it made painting highlights on the skin a lot easier! The oil paints I used are the AMMO Oilbrushers. These have a nailpolish style bottle with a in-bottle applicator.

The bust is sculpted by Olivier Bouchet as an academic orc bust. I painted him for skin tone practice and to get out of my comfort zone. He is painted to be partially in darkness with directional highlights.

Academic orc bust with dark skin and white war paint
Light side of the orc with more warpaint
patterns on his shoulder
The blue "shadows" on the shadow side are
just to create something interesting to 
look at
If you guys would like to see work in progress pictures in a step-by-step article, also showing the techniques I used to paint him, please let me know in the comments!

See you next time and keep on painting!