Monday, November 19, 2012

The Painting Noob - Part 3: I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars

Welcome back. Apparently this is becoming a weekly segment. A segment in which I try as hard as I can to get a post out during the morning, fail, weep and eventually manage to push it out in the evening. In Part 2 I left you about half-way through my progress with my Slaanesh Cultist named Mr. Cuddles. In the next article I'll show you what came of my second model for whom I don't have a name, yet. But for today's article, let's finish up Mr. Cuddles and talk about improvements to be made and what I do and don't like about the finished product. More after the jump.

Before we move forward, take a look at the picture above. The white to yellow to orange to red effect is what I wanted for Mr. Cuddles. Not necessarily the glowing effect (I don't have an airbrush), but the radiation of color. So I gave it a shot and it didn't turn out too badly with so little room to work with:
(click to zoom)

Next up was some silver detail all over this guy's head:

And some clean up on various portions of the body:

Next it was time to experiment with washes (I've never used those before either.) While I had a bunch of different washes to pick from after a trip to my FLGS, I chose to stick with Nuln Oil and Druchii Violet for my first time. Nuln Oil went on his pistol and Druchii Violet went pretty much everywhere else:

As a final step, I used the realistic water mix I made for the base in Part 1 and applied that to his boots and weapon:

And the final product:

Overall I'm pleased with how my first real attempt at painting turned out, but there's a lot I wanted to change. The over-use of the violet wash is probably at the top of that list. I should have tried different kinds, but fear of ruining the model stood in my way. Another change would be the base itself, something I went over in Part 1. I'm happy with how it turned out as it's more impressive to me than I figured it would be as my first real attempt.

In Part 4 we'll take a look at my second attempt as well as my needless use of my panorama option on my camera.

Until next time.


  1. I've been enjoying this series - full of good, simple and important fundamental tips and tricks. keep 'em coming!

  2. Nice stuff. I tend to use that yellow with red glow on a lot of my chaos marines and it makes a cool plasma effect for chaos weapons too.

  3. Great job! I like this series and hope it continues!

  4. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I'm really enjoying the series as well. Remember, if you more-skilled painters out there have some tips or tricks to share, be sure to do so!

  5. I am enjoying your series. I notice you use Nuln Oil as a wash very often. I have found that it can give an Oily look to models. Using one of the Brown or Sepia shaded washes could look better. (ie Agrax Earthshade, Reikland Fleshtone or Seraphim Sepia) are all good washes and tend to look better on clothing than Nuln Oil (which I only use on Weapons and Shading true grey).

    ie on the skulls of the base, the brown or sepia shade would have looked more natural. Unless you are trying to give the look of skulls dipped in black grease.