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Brisket Bust by Broken Toad: Lawnor’s first ever bust (& a cheeky attempt at winning the Spring Cleaning comp)

Brisket Bust by Broken Toad: Lawnor’s first ever bust (& a cheeky attempt at winning the Spring Cleaning comp)

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About the Project

I've had this bust for 6 months and been avoiding it. Busts are intimidating. I've cleared a lot of my backlog and the KS project I want to be working on is trapped in France (I think) due to Coronavirus, so I'm running out of excuses. Time to paint her up.

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Preparation

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She comes in 4 parts.  She got a warm soapy bath, and was left overnight to dry.  I cleaned up the few minimal mold lines and then gled her right arm on.  There was a small gap between arm and body so rather than use liquid putty I tried a trick I’d heard.  I painted a few layers of varnish into and over the gap before priming.  It’s filled the gap quite nicely.

All the separate parts were then mounted on Lawnor brand hobby holders (Sponsored by the local dairy and Diversy Lever) and then given a zenithal prime using an airbrush, Stynylrex black primer (I need more of this stuff.  Will the OTT store ever stock it?  Got a good supplier in the UK anyone?) and Vallejo 74.601 Grey primer.  She was then put on the side to dry for a day or two as I hear 24hrs+ isn’t needed, but the primer works better if it gets it.  I was also finishing off another project.

Primed and ready for paintingPrimed and ready for painting

Things I’d like your help with:

  • I don’t know how to paint the metal.  Ledbelcher seems inappropriate on a bust.  Anyone got any helpful guides they can link to?  Non Metallic Metal seems the way to go.
  • I’ll be using a similar bottle cap to make her final plinth.  I’ll need to fill the end with something I can drill in to to support the rod.  I could use green stuff and pad it down there, but does anyone have any alternate ideas?  I was considering melting plastic, but the cap would melt.  I also don’t know how to melt without it just catching fire.
  • I have other similar projects on the horizon that have semi-transparent  sheer materials (White lace and black stockings).  I’ve no clue where to begin with that stuff.  Guides would be appreicated.

 

It might not count so ignore this if you want, but I’m gonna throw this in the ring for the Spring Cleaning Hobby Challenge 2020, as I started her last year (I washed her and sat her on my desk to paint just as soon as the classes were over, but then got distracted/intimidated and never got further), and because £50 is £50.

Starting the flesh

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A while ago I took part in a bust painting class online at MonkeysWithFire on Twitch, lead by Pascal Rooze .  We got the head from a bus, a few paints and 2 classes on painting the flesh and the hair.  I’ll be following the classes again while working on Brisket:

Class 1

Class 2

My results from the class:

I’ll be using the same paints for the flesh:

Instar Sunburnt Flesh

Instar Caramel

Instar Golden Sand

My base tone was a mix of 4:1 Caramel: Sunburnt, mixed up on a Redgrass Wet Pallette.  I’m also new to wet pallettes so my dampness might not quite be right at times.  I think I applied around 4 coats, only applying extra coats where they were needed, allowing it to dry fully between coats.

Skin basecoat appliedSkin basecoat applied
First shade applied with 2:1 mix of Caramel:Sunburnt.  I'm not sure I'm using the wet pallette correctly.  How do you tell if its wet enough or working right?  My dinner has just gone in the oven, so a short break, then back to work.First shade applied with 2:1 mix of Caramel:Sunburnt. I'm not sure I'm using the wet pallette correctly. How do you tell if its wet enough or working right? My dinner has just gone in the oven, so a short break, then back to work.
Second Highlight applied.  Almost entirely Sunburt with just enough Caramel to just alter the colour.  I've started realy blending the layers with a second licked brush.  Depth is appearing, but it is a little messier than I'd like.Second Highlight applied. Almost entirely Sunburt with just enough Caramel to just alter the colour. I've started realy blending the layers with a second licked brush. Depth is appearing, but it is a little messier than I'd like.
The line between the two shades was then blurred with a dilute mix of the first shade.  I imagine after the highlights are done the line between the base and the shades and higlights will be similarly blurred with the base colour.  On to highlights.The line between the two shades was then blurred with a dilute mix of the first shade. I imagine after the highlights are done the line between the base and the shades and higlights will be similarly blurred with the base colour. On to highlights.
First highlight applied with Golden sand with just the tiniest amount of the base colour.  It looks a little stark and blotchy but I'm assured this will be fixed later, and if not, I can glaze over it to smooth it all out.  I was having isuses with the transitions on the rounded surfaces, but I had better success with painting them, giving them a moment to dry a smidge and then dabbing them with my finger to remove/smudge it all.  Using a licked brush to moisten the surface before applying the paint helped at times.  I ned to work on my paint consistency.  At the end there I hit the magical First highlight applied with Golden sand with just the tiniest amount of the base colour. It looks a little stark and blotchy but I'm assured this will be fixed later, and if not, I can glaze over it to smooth it all out. I was having isuses with the transitions on the rounded surfaces, but I had better success with painting them, giving them a moment to dry a smidge and then dabbing them with my finger to remove/smudge it all. Using a licked brush to moisten the surface before applying the paint helped at times. I ned to work on my paint consistency. At the end there I hit the magical "milky" everyone talks about and I finally got it. I need to aim for that next time.
Second highlight is the first with some white added.  Once this is done a little of the first highlight and the base colour were mixed together and thinned and used to soften the edges of the highlights.Second highlight is the first with some white added. Once this is done a little of the first highlight and the base colour were mixed together and thinned and used to soften the edges of the highlights.
A final spot highlight of almost pure white was applied to the end of the nose and the edges of the eyebrows.  Deep shade of 5ish:1 Sunburt:black was applied to the underside of the chin and other dark areas.  A little more plack was added and applied only to the deepest regions.  The eyes were picked out in black (And the excess was painted over again with flesh tones).  This takes us to the end of video 1A final spot highlight of almost pure white was applied to the end of the nose and the edges of the eyebrows. Deep shade of 5ish:1 Sunburt:black was applied to the underside of the chin and other dark areas. A little more plack was added and applied only to the deepest regions. The eyes were picked out in black (And the excess was painted over again with flesh tones). This takes us to the end of video 1
For anyone playing along at home, here are all the paints used so far.  Any time I was applying a shade or highlight I mixed in a little Lahmium Medium in the hopes of enhancing its transparencyFor anyone playing along at home, here are all the paints used so far. Any time I was applying a shade or highlight I mixed in a little Lahmium Medium in the hopes of enhancing its transparency

Finishing the skin and the face

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Thhe eyes were blocked out blaock, then painted over with the final off-white highlight, leaving just the thinest edge black.  The pupil and iris were painted black and then the iris was painted off white.  I picked VMC 70.857 Golden Olive for the eye color and painted the iris.  I mixed a little royal red (Not sure which colour.  it was already on my palette) in to the green for the shade, and a little white for the highlight.  Everything was painted as per the video, just more clumsily.  One thing I'm learning is that photos are a great way to catch the mistakes you can't notice with the naked eyeThhe eyes were blocked out blaock, then painted over with the final off-white highlight, leaving just the thinest edge black. The pupil and iris were painted black and then the iris was painted off white. I picked VMC 70.857 Golden Olive for the eye color and painted the iris. I mixed a little royal red (Not sure which colour. it was already on my palette) in to the green for the shade, and a little white for the highlight. Everything was painted as per the video, just more clumsily. One thing I'm learning is that photos are a great way to catch the mistakes you can't notice with the naked eye
I've followed the video up to the end of the flesh, just before it gets to hair.  If I do this again I hope I remember to paint the eyebrows before the eye shadow as its easier to fix things that way around.  I'm off to make a glaze out of the first highlight to try and fix some of the blotchiness, but maybe end up ruining her.I've followed the video up to the end of the flesh, just before it gets to hair. If I do this again I hope I remember to paint the eyebrows before the eye shadow as its easier to fix things that way around. I'm off to make a glaze out of the first highlight to try and fix some of the blotchiness, but maybe end up ruining her.
Here is all the paints I have used in these stepsHere is all the paints I have used in these steps
Glaze applied over the blotchy body highlights.  She's looking betterGlaze applied over the blotchy body highlights. She's looking better

Hair and bodice

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Skill 15
Idea 12
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I'm base coating the hair and the bodice at the same time as they touch each other a lot and I was expecting each to contaminate the other.  The leather I plan on painting the bodice has given me different results in the past based on a black or white undercoat, so I've painted most of it black, but left the strips around the edges and the straps.  I hope to have 2 different looking leathers in the end.  We will find out soon if this works.  The hair was given a few coats of 2:1 Coat d'arms 224 Horse Tone Bay: P3 Ember OrangeI'm base coating the hair and the bodice at the same time as they touch each other a lot and I was expecting each to contaminate the other. The leather I plan on painting the bodice has given me different results in the past based on a black or white undercoat, so I've painted most of it black, but left the strips around the edges and the straps. I hope to have 2 different looking leathers in the end. We will find out soon if this works. The hair was given a few coats of 2:1 Coat d'arms 224 Horse Tone Bay: P3 Ember Orange
Bodice base colourScale75 SC-32 Black leather.  The 2-tone plan didn't work but I think I'm happy with it, and it means I can worry less about undercoating for it in the future.  Its 10pm now so I'm off to bed.  In the morning I'll work out what I'm going to do about the hair.Bodice base colourScale75 SC-32 Black leather. The 2-tone plan didn't work but I think I'm happy with it, and it means I can worry less about undercoating for it in the future. Its 10pm now so I'm off to bed. In the morning I'll work out what I'm going to do about the hair.
Back to the hair.  I'm trying to follow the advice from the videos still, but the shapes and colours are quite different now.  My first shade was 2:1 the base colour: P3 Bloodstone.  I then made a deeper mix with an extra helping of Bloodstone and only applied that in deeper or darker areas.Back to the hair. I'm trying to follow the advice from the videos still, but the shapes and colours are quite different now. My first shade was 2:1 the base colour: P3 Bloodstone. I then made a deeper mix with an extra helping of Bloodstone and only applied that in deeper or darker areas.
I made up a mix of 1:2:1 Horse tone : Ember Orange : P3 heartfire and applied my first highlight, doing my best to reclaim the round nature of the braid segments.I made up a mix of 1:2:1 Horse tone : Ember Orange : P3 heartfire and applied my first highlight, doing my best to reclaim the round nature of the braid segments.
Next highlight was the previous but with 1 part P3 Menoth White Highlight.  The final extreme highlight was 1 part Menoth White Highlight mixed wiht 1 part previous highlight.  i went back and forth between the two at times.  had I had earlier shades still to hand I would have dipped in to them too.Next highlight was the previous but with 1 part P3 Menoth White Highlight. The final extreme highlight was 1 part Menoth White Highlight mixed wiht 1 part previous highlight. i went back and forth between the two at times. had I had earlier shades still to hand I would have dipped in to them too.
All the paints used in the hair.  The zenithal undercoat certainly helped provide variety in strand colour so I suppose the primers count for this too.All the paints used in the hair. The zenithal undercoat certainly helped provide variety in strand colour so I suppose the primers count for this too.
Back to the bodice.  Everything except the darkest spots were given a coat of 50/50 mix SC-32 Black Leather and SC-30 Red LeatherBack to the bodice. Everything except the darkest spots were given a coat of 50/50 mix SC-32 Black Leather and SC-30 Red Leather
Next highlight was pure Red Leather.  This was then mixed 2:1 with SC-28 Orange Leather for the next highlight.  It's a little too subtle for the camera but its adding warmth to it.  The creases on the back are looking pretty cool.Next highlight was pure Red Leather. This was then mixed 2:1 with SC-28 Orange Leather for the next highlight. It's a little too subtle for the camera but its adding warmth to it. The creases on the back are looking pretty cool.
1:1 Mix of Red Leather : Orange Leather this time.  Again its not showing up much in the pic but its adding a polished red sheen to everything.  I got it super thin and applied many layers to the open areas1:1 Mix of Red Leather : Orange Leather this time. Again its not showing up much in the pic but its adding a polished red sheen to everything. I got it super thin and applied many layers to the open areas
I increased the amount of Orange Leather in the mix as far as I could without it overpowering the red, and then added ALL the water to it.  Many layers were carefully applied over the open surfaces that neeed bring up and now it can finally be seen in the photos and looks quite good in personI increased the amount of Orange Leather in the mix as far as I could without it overpowering the red, and then added ALL the water to it. Many layers were carefully applied over the open surfaces that neeed bring up and now it can finally be seen in the photos and looks quite good in person
I thinned down 2:1 Orange Leather : VMC 70.918 Ivory and applied highlights on the sharper edges.  I then put a few drops of water in a well and mixed in 1 brush of this and used this to highlight the surfaces carefully.  That's the bodice done, I think.I thinned down 2:1 Orange Leather : VMC 70.918 Ivory and applied highlights on the sharper edges. I then put a few drops of water in a well and mixed in 1 brush of this and used this to highlight the surfaces carefully. That's the bodice done, I think.

Trousers, shirt & apron

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Skill 13
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I started with a base coat of P3 Cryx Bane Base.  I've only just notices she is wearing an apron.  Not sure what to do about that yet, but I'm thinking grey?  I feel I should work some red in to her outfit somwhere but not sure it's appropriate anywhere.  There's red in the bodice so I might end up leaving it at that.I started with a base coat of P3 Cryx Bane Base. I've only just notices she is wearing an apron. Not sure what to do about that yet, but I'm thinking grey? I feel I should work some red in to her outfit somwhere but not sure it's appropriate anywhere. There's red in the bodice so I might end up leaving it at that.
I mixed a little black in to the base colour to make the shade, which I applied in to the recesses and around the edges of overlapping surfaces.  I thinned this down to water and applied shade over some of the surfaces.  I mixed a little of the base with some AK Interactive 124 Olive Base and thinned it down with water and Lahmium medium and used it for a highlight.  I then added more Olive Base for a higher highlight, and eventually used it pure for an edge highlight.  It just kind of painted itself real quick.I mixed a little black in to the base colour to make the shade, which I applied in to the recesses and around the edges of overlapping surfaces. I thinned this down to water and applied shade over some of the surfaces. I mixed a little of the base with some AK Interactive 124 Olive Base and thinned it down with water and Lahmium medium and used it for a highlight. I then added more Olive Base for a higher highlight, and eventually used it pure for an edge highlight. It just kind of painted itself real quick.
The shirt sleeve was base coated with Andrea Color White 1 BaseThe shirt sleeve was base coated with Andrea Color White 1 Base
A glaze was made from the base colour and increasing amounts of Andrea Color White 6 No2 Shadow, and eventually pure No2 Shadow and used to apply shadeA glaze was made from the base colour and increasing amounts of Andrea Color White 6 No2 Shadow, and eventually pure No2 Shadow and used to apply shade
I softened the edges of the last shade with some thinned base colour.  Then progressive amounts of White No2 Light were mixed to create highlights, eventually moving to pure No2 light, then adding in VMC 70.951 White and eventually pure White.  I'm going to have to clean up the flesh inside the sleeves at a later date after this.I softened the edges of the last shade with some thinned base colour. Then progressive amounts of White No2 Light were mixed to create highlights, eventually moving to pure No2 light, then adding in VMC 70.951 White and eventually pure White. I'm going to have to clean up the flesh inside the sleeves at a later date after this.
All the paints used in the white sleevesAll the paints used in the white sleeves
Apron time.  Base colour was Hataka Ocean grey.  Using the paints below, I then shaded down to a mix of Ocean Grey and Black, and all the way up to a mix of Hammerfal Khaki and Gris Bleu Fonce.  Not the best, but its a minor detail and it'll just be background to the chainApron time. Base colour was Hataka Ocean grey. Using the paints below, I then shaded down to a mix of Ocean Grey and Black, and all the way up to a mix of Hammerfal Khaki and Gris Bleu Fonce. Not the best, but its a minor detail and it'll just be background to the chain
Apron paintsApron paints

Straps and gloves

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The straps were based with a 50/50 mix of Reaper MSP 29828 Woodland Brown and Reaper MSP 09254 Brown Wash.  I got this recipe as part of a Forrest Troll kit and it was for his skin, so lets see how it looks as leatherThe straps were based with a 50/50 mix of Reaper MSP 29828 Woodland Brown and Reaper MSP 09254 Brown Wash. I got this recipe as part of a Forrest Troll kit and it was for his skin, so lets see how it looks as leather
I started off applying a glaze of 50/50 Water/Brown Wash, encouraging it to sit in the grooves.  I then reclained some of the high areas with the base colour, and highlighted further with a glaze of 50/50 Woodland Borwn / Tusk Ivory for highlights.  I then glazed over them with the first glaze to try and unify everything.  There was a little back and forth between the layers.I started off applying a glaze of 50/50 Water/Brown Wash, encouraging it to sit in the grooves. I then reclained some of the high areas with the base colour, and highlighted further with a glaze of 50/50 Woodland Borwn / Tusk Ivory for highlights. I then glazed over them with the first glaze to try and unify everything. There was a little back and forth between the layers.
The paints used on the strapsThe paints used on the straps
These gloves actually did paint themselves.  I diluted some VMC 70.939 Smoke and it went on smoooth and semi transparent and after 2 coats the zenithal prime did its job and they looked like worn leather with no further work.  I did mix a little of this witn some thinned VMC Panzer Aces 310 Old Wood and highlight further.  I do fear I'm getting lazy and complacent as I near the end of this project.These gloves actually did paint themselves. I diluted some VMC 70.939 Smoke and it went on smoooth and semi transparent and after 2 coats the zenithal prime did its job and they looked like worn leather with no further work. I did mix a little of this witn some thinned VMC Panzer Aces 310 Old Wood and highlight further. I do fear I'm getting lazy and complacent as I near the end of this project.
The paint used on the gloves and the laces on the trousers and bodice.  The laces got a final glaze of Smoke after highlighting, as the highlights were dominating them.The paint used on the gloves and the laces on the trousers and bodice. The laces got a final glaze of Smoke after highlighting, as the highlights were dominating them.

Gerry had some advice in a recent officially Unnoficial Hobby Hangout with Sundancer.  he suggested next time I do a leather like I did these gloves, I should apply chipping and weathering before applying any wash/glaze/semitransparent paint over the top so it shows through but is stained and unified in to the leather.  Something to think about for anyone following this later, including myself.

 

This just leaves the Non metallic Metal, which I really don’t know how to do.  I have an Asset Drop guide with paints for NMM gold which I have never tried.  Now is the time I guess.  As for the iron, I don’t really have a good starting point.  I have a Scale75 guide but not the paints that go with it.  Dunno how easy it is to work out what equivalent paints I may already have.

Non Metallic Metal Gold

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The gold areas got a base coat of Reaper MSP 09301 NMM Gold Shadow,  While painting this I discovered that her bottom belly buckle is missing its underside!  Given I'm this late in to things and you won't notice unless your eyes are at her belly button's level I'm just going to go with it.  I've googled for pics (Their website is currently down) and it appears to be missing on all of them.  Odd.The gold areas got a base coat of Reaper MSP 09301 NMM Gold Shadow, While painting this I discovered that her bottom belly buckle is missing its underside! Given I'm this late in to things and you won't notice unless your eyes are at her belly button's level I'm just going to go with it. I've googled for pics (Their website is currently down) and it appears to be missing on all of them. Odd.
Nothing new to look at yet.  All but the deep shadow areas got a coat of 2:1 NMM Gold Shadow : Reaper MSP 09302 NMM Gold BaseNothing new to look at yet. All but the deep shadow areas got a coat of 2:1 NMM Gold Shadow : Reaper MSP 09302 NMM Gold Base
Next layer was pure NMM Gold Base, only over areas in the light.  I have no idea what I'm doing here and it looks horrible and I'm staring at all the pots of metallic paint asking myself if it would really be so bad if I used them.  I'm hoping this is one of those schemes that only stops looking terrible with the final highlight.  Gotta see it through once at least before I condemn it.Next layer was pure NMM Gold Base, only over areas in the light. I have no idea what I'm doing here and it looks horrible and I'm staring at all the pots of metallic paint asking myself if it would really be so bad if I used them. I'm hoping this is one of those schemes that only stops looking terrible with the final highlight. Gotta see it through once at least before I condemn it.
I took the highlights up with 2:2 and then 1:2 NMM Gold Base : NMM Gold Highlight and eventually pure Highlight.  I really think I've hit upon something I'm not going to get to work.  I can sort of see what its trying to do but its just not working for me.  Theres 3 more steps so I'm going to follow them through and then I have to make a decision to either try again, find something different to try, or go true metallic.  Would true metallic really be so bad on a bust?I took the highlights up with 2:2 and then 1:2 NMM Gold Base : NMM Gold Highlight and eventually pure Highlight. I really think I've hit upon something I'm not going to get to work. I can sort of see what its trying to do but its just not working for me. Theres 3 more steps so I'm going to follow them through and then I have to make a decision to either try again, find something different to try, or go true metallic. Would true metallic really be so bad on a bust?

So I came here to post an updated pic having finished the scheme off looking to moan about the end result being poor, but it seems I can’t take a representative pic of it.  The photos look better than in real life.  They actually look good. Adding the final 3 layers has definitely improved things, but I think it isn’t quite there yet.

I’d love some constructive feedback on the NMM as I am still not happy with it and I don’t know if I’m a simple extra unknown step away from making it pop, if I should be happy with what I have, or if I should accept defeat and use true metallics.  Would a mid tone glaze or two, followed by reclaiming the extreme highlights help?

I also don’t currently know where to begin with NMM iron, especially on flat surfaces like her axe head.

So here’s the steps I took since the last update:

Shade along edges and inside the engravings of 1:4 Black : NMM Gold Base

Extreme Highlight 1:1 White : NMM Gold Highlight

Dot highlight pure White

 

Again, feedback and advice greatly appreciated.  I’ll likely be painting her again tomorrow evening and I’m not sure which way to go now.

Getting my mojo going again

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The NMM has been a stumbling block for me.  As has ending the 4 day weekend and having to stop painting and pretend to be a functioning adult.  I’ve had no idea how to paint the large flat surface of the axe head, and I’ve not been overly happy with the gold so far.  I’ve also been doing a bit of heavy duty gardening so my hands haven’t always been reliable for high detail work  So across the week I’ve been painting something lighter as a palate cleanser, as well as watching youtube videos on NMM.  By giving my mind something else to focus on, I was hoping the back of my brain would absorb the information andcome up with answers while I wasn’t looking.

I really think my brushes are on the brink of death now. I possibly shouldn’t paint anything until I can get more, but who knows if anything will turn up if I order some? I’ve one brand new size 1 Game Envy Spear I’ve never tried. Looks a little longer and bigger than I’ve previously been comfortable with.  I’m gonna do what I can with what I’ve been using and experiment with that when detail is required.  I hope I like it.

Ylthari's Guardians.  My hobby detour.  Not finished yet.  Light enough than I can relax, but interesting paint jobs nonetheless.  Whoever decided that guy on our far left needed the most decorative base deserves a good smack.  There's just no way to get a brush inside that cage of vines with any degree of aim or control.Ylthari's Guardians. My hobby detour. Not finished yet. Light enough than I can relax, but interesting paint jobs nonetheless. Whoever decided that guy on our far left needed the most decorative base deserves a good smack. There's just no way to get a brush inside that cage of vines with any degree of aim or control.

I was also able to find a gold cylinder in my house that I could take photos of with the light source exactly where I wanted it.  This should let me see how the light should look on those things.  If I decide to go back on them I’ll use this as a guide.

Some fine photoshop work here.  Well, MS paint. Question: If this is the limits of my digital arts skills, should I avoid buying a 3D printer or is the essential software simple enough if I use other peoples designs?Some fine photoshop work here. Well, MS paint. Question: If this is the limits of my digital arts skills, should I avoid buying a 3D printer or is the essential software simple enough if I use other peoples designs?

As for the axe, I’m currently seeing it as 3 surfaces.

  1. Theres the cylinder of the handle.  I have an idea how to do that.  Just fade from dark to light, with the light being about 1/3rd or 1/4 of the way down on the front and back.
  2. Theres the blocks above the axe head.  I could paint them dark grey and just edge highlight.  Suggets they are a denser, less refined, less polished metal.  or I could repeat what I do wiht the blade up here
  3. The blade.  Do you know how hard it is to google for a picture of an axe head at this angle thats not rusted, painted red, or covered in whatever that black coating is?  I’ve been watching videos, googling for photos, flicking through my guides, and staring at Avicenna’s work trying to work out how to even begin and where to put my lights.  In bed last night, around 2-3am, I decided it was simpler than I thought and I just needed to fade from white down to black, but with the black at the top and the white at the bottom, keeping the midtones dominant.  I think this is an over simplifaction and I really wasn’t sure where the light would hit the axe and how it would change at the edges.  Then I realised all that is already mapped out for me by the Zenithal preshade.  I have taken lots of pictures of the axe for reference later.

 

As for the paints I’ll be using, I was considering grabbing a wide selection of all my greys (I own quite a few!), but I saw Angel Giraldez’s NMM guide in Volume 2 and he only uses 4 paints.  He did it through an airbrush, which I won’t be doing, but I see no harm in taking his advise, and seeing what I can do with a brush, wet palette, and hopefully a lot of patience.

I have gone in and fixed the skin inside the white sleeves using the paint already on my wet palette.  The palette is full so I needed to do this now so I can change out the paper.

 

Hmmm

Wet palette

Palate cleanser

Pallet truck

There’s no wonder I can never spell that word without googling it.

 

My iron NMM paintsMy iron NMM paints

And that’s NMM successfully postponed for another hour.  I am king procrastinator!  Time for the loo, a fresh coffee and a clean up of my wet pa..  *Scrolls up to check*…  palette, and then see how much more time I’ve wasted before actually picking up a brush for this.

NMM Iron Axe and Red Insignia

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Bow down to my MS Paint skills in awe and wonder!  I know this isn't pretty, but I think this is kinda where I want my shadow and light?  Please correct me if this looks wrong as I'm about to start painting.  Please bear in mind that the connection point on the wrist will be horizontal, so the axe will be at more of an angle.  Also, MS Paint only has 2 greys so when I've drawn black, I might not necessarily mean black for all of it.Bow down to my MS Paint skills in awe and wonder! I know this isn't pretty, but I think this is kinda where I want my shadow and light? Please correct me if this looks wrong as I'm about to start painting. Please bear in mind that the connection point on the wrist will be horizontal, so the axe will be at more of an angle. Also, MS Paint only has 2 greys so when I've drawn black, I might not necessarily mean black for all of it.
The videos I watched all suggest blocking out where you want your highlights and shadows without caring about delicasy.  Just slap it on so you can see what you're aiming for.  Then, once you're happy, start blending and glazing and blending and glazing again and again until its smooth.  First I layed down an even base coat of Dark grey, then I mixed in a little white and applied the outside highlight.  I made a midtone and painted that, then I mixed a liitle black in to the dark grey and picked out the darker areas. I'm just working on this one section of the blade for now as a proof of concept.  If it works I'll do it elsewhere.  If it doesn't, then I've not wasted as much time.The videos I watched all suggest blocking out where you want your highlights and shadows without caring about delicasy. Just slap it on so you can see what you're aiming for. Then, once you're happy, start blending and glazing and blending and glazing again and again until its smooth. First I layed down an even base coat of Dark grey, then I mixed in a little white and applied the outside highlight. I made a midtone and painted that, then I mixed a liitle black in to the dark grey and picked out the darker areas. I'm just working on this one section of the blade for now as a proof of concept. If it works I'll do it elsewhere. If it doesn't, then I've not wasted as much time.
I've got my black, dark grey and my white all on my wet palette all blurred together and I'm going back and forthe pushing them ove the blade, almost using it like a mini palette itself.  Everything is bluring and smudging and its starting to look like something.  I've also realised that while I can't tilt my pics by 10 degrees I can tilt my camera by 10 degrees to show the axe at the corrent angle.  OTT: Can we please have these text boxes bigger when typing in?I've got my black, dark grey and my white all on my wet palette all blurred together and I'm going back and forthe pushing them ove the blade, almost using it like a mini palette itself. Everything is bluring and smudging and its starting to look like something. I've also realised that while I can't tilt my pics by 10 degrees I can tilt my camera by 10 degrees to show the axe at the corrent angle. OTT: Can we please have these text boxes bigger when typing in?
After another coule of rounds of smudging and blending and drying between each round I decided to edge highight the area, put a little Nuln Oil in to the cracks and underline them with white and it actually looks pretty damn good.  I also painted the undersides of the tapered blade.  Any plane pfacing towards the milk bottle top got my darkest shade and the edge at the end facing the bottom left corner got a lighter dark shade over it.  I don't know if the very edges of the blade should get a white line or not, but I did white line the upper tips and upper sharp edges of the teeth.  I think I'm going to leave this area alone and expand out now.  I may revisit it later if I feel I can do better after more practise.  After another coule of rounds of smudging and blending and drying between each round I decided to edge highight the area, put a little Nuln Oil in to the cracks and underline them with white and it actually looks pretty damn good. I also painted the undersides of the tapered blade. Any plane pfacing towards the milk bottle top got my darkest shade and the edge at the end facing the bottom left corner got a lighter dark shade over it. I don't know if the very edges of the blade should get a white line or not, but I did white line the upper tips and upper sharp edges of the teeth. I think I'm going to leave this area alone and expand out now. I may revisit it later if I feel I can do better after more practise.
I've done everything over the qhole of the axe, except the nuln oil and edge highlight stages.  I applied the same techniques over the handle, applying a long shadow on the underside and 2 highlights at the 2 and 10 positions along the handle.  I then blended up and down, almost erasing that highlight.  I replaced it by getting almost no paint on my finest brush and then making small lines along the length of the lighlight by touching the side of the brush tip vertically repeatedly along the horizontal length.  The long highlight is then made out of a series of overlapping blurred vertical lines instead of one straight horizontal linelineI've done everything over the qhole of the axe, except the nuln oil and edge highlight stages. I applied the same techniques over the handle, applying a long shadow on the underside and 2 highlights at the 2 and 10 positions along the handle. I then blended up and down, almost erasing that highlight. I replaced it by getting almost no paint on my finest brush and then making small lines along the length of the lighlight by touching the side of the brush tip vertically repeatedly along the horizontal length. The long highlight is then made out of a series of overlapping blurred vertical lines instead of one straight horizontal lineline
I painted my nuts and did the nuln oil and edge highlight bits.  This just leaves the chain, the arm band and the shoulder mounted guild symbol.  Then i might mix up 50/50 dark grey / dark prussian blue and apply a dark shade where plates join, like Mr Giraldez advises.I painted my nuts and did the nuln oil and edge highlight bits. This just leaves the chain, the arm band and the shoulder mounted guild symbol. Then i might mix up 50/50 dark grey / dark prussian blue and apply a dark shade where plates join, like Mr Giraldez advises.
Work done on the remaining metal parts.  I tried the 50/50 blue/grey mix and didnt like it so i went with a nuln oil line along any overlaping plates  For anyone curious, I started the NMM at about 10.30AM and finished it about 7.30pm.  Bear in mind I got everything before the gold done in 3.5 days, so its taken the longest of all the colours by far.Work done on the remaining metal parts. I tried the 50/50 blue/grey mix and didnt like it so i went with a nuln oil line along any overlaping plates For anyone curious, I started the NMM at about 10.30AM and finished it about 7.30pm. Bear in mind I got everything before the gold done in 3.5 days, so its taken the longest of all the colours by far.
I just took 2 red, smeared them in to each other and painted the insignia.  I'm going for the look of, I just took 2 red, smeared them in to each other and painted the insignia. I'm going for the look of, "It's metal, but the bits facing out have been painted red" look.
The two paints used on the insigniaThe two paints used on the insignia
Posting the above pi and seeing it here made me realise I needed to go one step further.  I mixed a little white with a little Scarlett Blood and edge highlighted where apropriate.Posting the above pi and seeing it here made me realise I needed to go one step further. I mixed a little white with a little Scarlett Blood and edge highlighted where apropriate.

Am I done now? I think I might be done? What do you think?

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Am I done, or should I revist the gold on the hair things? What are they called, anyway? I’m happier with the gold right now than I have been, but I could perhaps do better. I have some IRL comparrisons now and a better understanding of nmm. I could also make it worse, or slip or spill and ruin the whole piece. Its taken me all day to do the iron so theres many hours to redo the gold, or I could take the win, be happy and move on to something else?

The Handsome Plinth

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I’m no woodcrafter and I don’t want to spend £10 on a plinth when that money could go towards more plastic crack so I’m going to make my own plinth out of trash.  This can take a few days of drying time so start this early on.  Here’s how:

I start with the top from a bottle of washing liquid (Surf).  Give it a thorough wash, then cut the inside part out.  I use scissors to cut shark teeth in to it and then cut them out in chunks.  It's easier than cutting around in one pass.I start with the top from a bottle of washing liquid (Surf). Give it a thorough wash, then cut the inside part out. I use scissors to cut shark teeth in to it and then cut them out in chunks. It's easier than cutting around in one pass.
I then paint it up to look like brassI then paint it up to look like brass

Brass recipe used:

Prime Black –  The cap was transparent.  To reinforce the black I also primed inside the cap as it wasn’t going on as solid as I’d expected.

Base coat Darkstar Blackened Bronze

Drybrush Darkstar Bronze

Wash 50/50 Water / Secret Weapon Sewer Water

Wash again anywhere you want darker (Along the insdie of the step)

Drybrush Darkstar Bronze

Targetted wash of Secret Weapon Green-BlackWash only in the recesses.  Inside the step again, and inside the botton of each of the lines along the outside of the top part

Paints usedPaints used
Once dry and ideally varnished, get a chonky paperclip and bend it in to an L shape like this using a couple of sets of pliers.  The bottom of the L needs to be as big as it can be but still smaller than half the width of the top of the cap so it fits inside.  Cut off the paperclip so it will be higher than you expect to need.  You can always remove more, but you cannot add more.  Drill a hole in the centre of the top of the cap and feed the paperclip through from underneathOnce dry and ideally varnished, get a chonky paperclip and bend it in to an L shape like this using a couple of sets of pliers. The bottom of the L needs to be as big as it can be but still smaller than half the width of the top of the cap so it fits inside. Cut off the paperclip so it will be higher than you expect to need. You can always remove more, but you cannot add more. Drill a hole in the centre of the top of the cap and feed the paperclip through from underneath
Mix up two lumps of green stuff.  You want a little between the paperclip and the cap, and the bigger piece over all of the paperclip.  This serves two purposes.  To hold it in place and to block the hole so it is waterproof, to avoid leakage later.  You could always leave it here.Mix up two lumps of green stuff. You want a little between the paperclip and the cap, and the bigger piece over all of the paperclip. This serves two purposes. To hold it in place and to block the hole so it is waterproof, to avoid leakage later. You could always leave it here.
If you want to add extra strength so the paperclip doesn't come loose or you want to lower the centre of gravity so it is more stable once the bust is attached then mix up some water, pva, and glue inside the cap to make something akin to cement.  Be careful not to get anything on the outside of the cap, and be careful if you clean anything off as sand is abrasive and can remove paint.  Leave 24+ hours to dry.  Mix up some water and PVA so it is watery and pour it on top so it soaks through the sand.  Do not add so much that it pools.  It will take forever to dry, and PVA contracts as it dries and will pull in the walls with it, warping them.  This could take a few days to dry, but onces it is, it's ready for varnishing and use.If you want to add extra strength so the paperclip doesn't come loose or you want to lower the centre of gravity so it is more stable once the bust is attached then mix up some water, pva, and glue inside the cap to make something akin to cement. Be careful not to get anything on the outside of the cap, and be careful if you clean anything off as sand is abrasive and can remove paint. Leave 24+ hours to dry. Mix up some water and PVA so it is watery and pour it on top so it soaks through the sand. Do not add so much that it pools. It will take forever to dry, and PVA contracts as it dries and will pull in the walls with it, warping them. This could take a few days to dry, but onces it is, it's ready for varnishing and use.
The final result.The final result.

Assembly and repairs

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Gah!  Damage!Gah! Damage!

I’ve had 3 people say she’s good to go and no one say I should retry the gold so I’ve assembled her.  Once built I noticed that there is a new scratch or crack or something on her left arm.  I was hoping it was a hair but it wouldn’t wash or brush off.  I mixed up some more of the base tone and tried to paint over it.  It didn’t seem to be taking so I put 2 coats of gloss varnish over it to fill the crack.  It painted over better after that.  I then added more Caramel to re-apply a highlight, and then more Sunburnt Flesh to make a shade, which I turned in to a glaze in the end and applied over the whole area a few times.  I think I’ve recovered.

Successfully repaired?  I've just noticed that white dot on her left breast which cannot be seen outside of zoomed in photos.  I've mixed up a glaze of the highlight tone and I think I've gotten rid of it now too.Successfully repaired? I've just noticed that white dot on her left breast which cannot be seen outside of zoomed in photos. I've mixed up a glaze of the highlight tone and I think I've gotten rid of it now too.

All done

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She’s all done.  I’m really happy with my work.  I think she might be my finest work to date.  I know others do better all the time, but I’m really proud of her.  I’m definitely up for doing more busts.  Just not any time soon.  She was kinda intense and I’m looking forward to some more relaxed painting for a little while.

If anyone wants any other pics from other angles or close ups of anything, please ask.

Brisket, by Broken Toad.  Based on Brisket of the Butchers Guild from Guild BallBrisket, by Broken Toad. Based on Brisket of the Butchers Guild from Guild Ball
For reference, here is my Brisket at 28mm, painted up by me on 5/10/2016For reference, here is my Brisket at 28mm, painted up by me on 5/10/2016
And here is my Vetern Brisket, painted 28/10/2017.  I think we can all see I've improved a little since thenAnd here is my Vetern Brisket, painted 28/10/2017. I think we can all see I've improved a little since then
I also finished the palate cleanser models, Ylthari's Guardians for Warhammer UnderworldsI also finished the palate cleanser models, Ylthari's Guardians for Warhammer Underworlds

Awwwww yeah!

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I only went and won best Turorial for this project.  Thank you everyone.

https://www.beastsofwar.com/featured/spring-cleaning-hobby-winners-2020/

 

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