Learning Bench 2017-09-11

WHAT’S HOT ?

  • I was looking at the next Crisis event in Antwerpen and it’s scheduled on November 4th. If you don’t know what to expect, have a look at a few pictures from Crisis 2016 on BGG to get an idea. There will be also a huge second hand sale as previous years.
  • Good to remember that you can use little decoration stones for your bases, such as the IKEA KULORT stones at 2€ the 700gr. With some white wood glue it works fine (dilute 1/3 water and 2/3 glue).
  • If you need to customize your bases or miniatures – Bitzstore seems like a good online shop to do so (disclaimer: I did NOT buy from them yet).
  • If you decide to use the Citadel texture products: Armageddon Dust, Astrogranite, Blackfire Earth, Lustrian Undergrowth, Mourn Mountain Snow, Stirland Mud, then it is always a good tip to dry-brush with a matching color paint.

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ARTICLES

  • An interesting way of tracking the colors used on projects by Ben Komets. My take-away from that one is the insight of combination of mostly “common” colors in the Vallejo product range but mixed in a way it gives you an new color. Almost none of the parts of the model are painted with paint “out of the bottle” – it’s all mixes and variations.
  • Surfing around the web, I’ve discovered the website of Olivier Bredy who’s having a few “pas à pas” tutorials in French worth a quick reading:
    • A short explanation about the “Lining” which is a (new to me) technique consisting of painting a very thin black line between the elements of a figurine (typically the cloths having different colors). This allows details to come out.
    • A short explanation on how to combine 2 colors, mixing them to get an intermediate color (not to have a “harsh” transition) and then eventually adding white to get an even lighter color for the highlights; Thus, you end up with 3 colors (minimum) to paint the surface of a shirt or pants for example.
  • How to deal with special colors such as the “turquoise” green/blue and what mix can you use for the shadows (here it’s green with red) can be discovered in this tutorial by Cyril Tuloup who’s blog Un monde de p’tits bonshommes has a few interesting articles (here one about the color red). We can see through the step by step pictures how his colors are modified (darken for shadows or brighten for highlights) and the immidiate result on the miniature; this is really interesting, especially since he’s also using acrylic paint from various brands and not only the usual 18 ml pots we find in our hobby stores.

 

VIDEOS

  • Discussing on some Facebook painting group the subject of Citadel Texture painting came up and reminded me of the useful videos done by Games Workship to explain how this special range of paint is working. Here you have a video on how to apply the paint on the base of your miniature and finishing off with examples of each type of texture. You’ll find a review here and here if you want more information. Applying Aggrellan Earth can be difficult on small 28mm bases; the trick is to apply only 1 thin layer (not two!!) on a base you’ve prepared with a dark bascoat, then use a shade (dark to get the details out) and finish with a lighter dry-brushing.
  • I’ve started poking around to find out more about pigments and wondered if it’s not too early for me to start with those; although, you have to start at some point. More next week on my discoveries, but in the meantime already a quick video about the Vallejo Pigments applied directly on the miniatures followed by the binder applied through airbrush – that gives you a good idea of how it works but is quite messy. I believe most people will use water and binder mixing with the pigments before applying it with a regular brush; that way you probably keep more control over things.
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