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Spring Cleaning Hell

Spring Cleaning Hell

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Project Blog by pafetikbazerka Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Clearing the Flames of War debris from my desk I realise I have a chance to get on board the Spring Cleaning Challenge. Looking at my choices I realize that pretty much everything I have to choose from is spring cleaning My choices being : Blood Rage, Conan, Mythic Battles Pantheon, Zombicide Black Plague and Green Horde, Joan of Arc, Dust 1947, and a couple of expansions for Imperial Assault, Hell boy, There's a few moere in storage but they probably wont come out till Xmas and are looking like candidates for next years spring clean. As Hellboy was pretty much the last thing I got to play with my mates before social distancing its Kind of a no brainer

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The true face of evil?

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Dont have it, but I believe this character is from Hellboy in MexicoDont have it, but I believe this character is from Hellboy in Mexico
True face of evil?True face of evil?

So only St Leonards worm to go. Though the last few have been churned out pretty quick I’m going to take a little break and contemplate my purple worm a little more to give it the love and attention it deserves.

Babayaga

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Babayaga
Babayaga
Babayaga
With Babayaga done only 2 to goWith Babayaga done only 2 to go

3 down 3 to go

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Unmensch, Prof' Trevor Brutterholm, & The VisitorUnmensch, Prof' Trevor Brutterholm, & The Visitor
3 down 3 to go
Prof' loves his books on the ocultProf' loves his books on the ocult
With those 3 down I only have 3 to goWith those 3 down I only have 3 to go

Rasputin

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Rasputin
Rasputin

Buisiness as usual today with Rasputin as the foocus while chipn’ away the others.

Only 6 to go now.

Well that escalated quickly.

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You OTT members are the best. Have to say a big thanks for all the recomendations. I was thinking I might break 500 with a few more consistant entries but when I saw 700 + this morning it made my day.

 

Photo I had forgot to post earlier. The clues.Photo I had forgot to post earlier. The clues.

Furry Bits.

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Kriegaffe , He’s got a gun and Iron Boots done

Furry Bits.
Furry Bits.

When trying to paint a whole box full of minis at once its still good to focus on groups that are either the same or will use a similar palette or maybe just require similar techniques. With so few left to go I am loosely working on them all at once but focused heavily thes last few days on the hairy ones.

Did I mention that our last gaming session was cancelled at the last moment due to a vomiting girlfriend? Well them’s the breaks. But it was serendipitous in that I got to finish the Conqueror worm before it was required in this weekend’s get together. Yay!

Furry Bits.

The Conqueror Worm is Born!

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Strange how all the agonising over how to handle this large mini ended with such a simple solution. I had decided on the direction I wanted to take it, and stayed the course but still had a few moments towards the end thinking my pallete was to small for this to be complete. After zenithing I used some Art Spectrum White Opaque Ink, Badger Opaque Yellow Ink, and Holcroft Melon India Ink to create the orages. There were a few moments where I dabbed in a little Flash Gitz or Wild Rider (great colour matches to the ink) to hep control flow. A little Art Spectrum Burnt Sienna glaze over to darken some areas and a final Abbadon Black drybrush to the extremities to char.

The Conqueror Worm is Born!
The Conqueror Worm is Born!
The Conqueror Worm is Born!
The Conqueror Worm is Born!
The Conqueror Worm is Born!
The Conqueror Worm is Born!

Lava Larvae

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The conqueror worm, hmm, have to say there’s some interesting interpretations of the board game version of conqueror worm and there’s some great ones ,I quite like uglebs (https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1392178/ version , but my own interpretation is still not one I’ve found anywhere else. I keep seeing it as a creature that burst up from the molten rock depths and is almost white with heat. The original art and my interpretation will require and almost inverse shading effect so below is my re zenith followed by some basic white, yellow and orange inks through my airbrush. Next, brushing in the rest of the detail starting with a drybrush of black.

Abe is done

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Abe is done

Green stuff really works!

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Not green stuff green stuf but dark green paint.

I had been a little perplexed with the finish of my Hellboys and didn’t think I had adequate contrast then I stummbled on an old 3 Colour Up tutorial.

https://www.beastsofwar.com/3-colors-up/skin-tone-tutorials-demonic-red-part/

Basicaly it goes into how green is a great colour to shade red, opening my eyes and proving just how little atention I was paying to colour therory in Art school.

So swallowing my fear I made used a very thin mix of Vallego cam dark green and set to uping the shade. I was so happy with the result and I think you should be able to see the difference if you compare to the earlier photos below.

Green stuff really works!
Green stuff really works!

Liz complete

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Liz complete
Liz complete

Oh sh.t, game night.

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So social distancing is relaxing in my corner of the world and we are allowed to get together and game this Thursday but I’m not quite done. So I vow to get over myself and aim to get as many as possible acceptable for the table top (I don’t think any of my painting gets past table top ready really but still I like to pretend I have standards) And I vow to my self to finish them later.

So below is a record of my current level of finish. I dont believe any are quite 100% and you will spot the odd bit here and there but for once I’m glad the pics are showing the faults, it makes them easier to spot and I have a record of them for when I sit down to fix and finish over the coming weeks

Base glazing

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So the BRD members rely on a similar colour palette so sticking to my idea of seeing how much under sketch I can utilise , instead of just using as reference and painting over, I am building up my colour as I go.

I’m realy enjoying this method, it feels relatively quick, and allows for lots of colour variation and gives good shading control.

The images bellow are to show the progress this week. None in this set are what I’d call complete yet.

HELLBOY

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So I tried to maintain my current methodology and use glazes, and washes and build up to my desired effect but found 2 general issues.

  1. Glazing red to get the specific shades of red I wanted wasn’t as straight forward as I wanted. Hellboy is a very solid red but as glazing up to an effect generally relies on you starting with a white or light colour, glazing red on white left areas that were too pale. I had created a few glazes from red/orange up to a dark red to see how it changed as I went through each layer. In the end I found my mixes weren’t providing as consistent a finish as I wanted so resorted to using some thinned down citadel , Wild Rider, and Evil Suns Scarlet and used my home made mixes to tint or glaze as required.
  1. Glazing and washing over larger smooth areas is a bitch. Yeah it’s an obvious one, though its not normally an issue with most standard figures up to 32mm it did play havoc with the scaled up bust. So his great coat required a bit of back and forth but I got there in the end.
HELLBOY
HELLBOY
HELLBOY

Tentacle Monster and Right Hand of Doom

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Tentacles were a base coat of my home made lime green contrast/glaze followed by a darker green contrast/wash then a bit of extra Army Painter Military Shader near the bottom to accentuate the shading further.

I had experimented with painting the suckers first but that was soon erased so done again towards the end. The timber pieces were painted a dark brown before at the start then a lighter tone was used where the timber was obviously visible before a little black wash top restore details.

The right hand of Doom was done same alongside

Tentacle Monster and Right Hand of Doom

UALAC

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Taking the comic art as inspiration this time I tried to use the undersketch as much as possible again. A thin coat of my mustard yellow contrst home brew and a couple of washes and it was almost done. Probably spent more going back and forth on teh sword with this one

UALAC
UALAC

Witches to steal your britches.

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Utilising the sketch layer as much as possible I glazed in some washed out colour then washed with a loose dark wash and a layer of undiluted strong tone. Photos are showing me a few mould lines I didn’t notice earlier, but I need to move on and look at heroes and boss monsters.

Witches to steal your britches.
Witches to steal your britches.

She’s got wings but she’ll drag you down

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Harpies as depicted in the Hellboy comics are basically black/grey monotone after transforming from giant black birds. But Mignola wasn’t shy of changing character colours between pages and I’ve already painted plenty of black and grey and earthy tones and feel like doing something a bit fun and different that will stand apart from the other minions.

So taking a couple of vibrant india ink colours and some Game Ink Violet I started layering in my colours.  It took a few passes before I was happy with the placement and intensity and I had to switch to Vallego Fire red to get the depth I wanted but it was worth it.

To complete, a little black wash to the darkest areas and some very light dry brushing of the red and blue to pull the wings together. The more human aspects are successive glazes of Vallego Skin Tone and a bit of Game Colour Flesh wash

She’s got wings but she’ll drag you down

Who let the dogs out!

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To get these K9’s rolling I did a google search on Euopean Wolves then did a quick airbrush base using :

Vallego Panzer grey for the dark areas around the back and neck,

Vellego Golden brown around the face and flanks.

And a mix of Vellego Sand (ivory) and white for the chest/under belly, paws and under chin.

As airbrushing often coats too well and can blow out undersketching and details I followed up with a splash of black wash on the grey areas and some strong tone everywhere else.

Who let the dogs out!

With a fairly solid base now down I proceeded to mix various shades with the pallet of colours above to bring out more details and create various fur patterns. Sometimes dry brushing a section, sometimes glazing in a few strokes. Considering the wolf flanks, there being no limit to the mnumber of fur strokes I could put in, I rationalized that a basic effect for playing with was what I needed and  assessed my work at game play distance.

A splash of colour to the eyes and mouths and I call done.

Who let the dogs out!
Who let the dogs out!

Boring Blackbirds

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Pretty simple realy. a base coat of Black contrast, a second coat to the underparts and then a drybrush of 50/50 mid dark grey and violet ink. They’d probably photograph better when they get a matte coat but that will wait till later.

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