Saturday, December 12, 2009

Advise: Personal Worst Experience on Modeling & Painting

Along my painting and modeling journey, not everything are perfectly done. Its not always "WOW!! Cool conversion & painting!!"..... There are stuff that doesn't came out the way I want it to be and of coz its really embarrassing to show it. I rather hide it somewhere.. hehe...

Anyway I do learned from my mistake and here I want to share my experiences:

1) I DON'T CARE, JUST WRITE IT DOWN!!! Everybody has something in mind that you want to convert or paint you models in your own coolest way. And all the time, we don't like to write/sketch it out in a piece of paper coz keeping in our brain is the BEST.

This became a mistake that cost me a model. I tried to convert a Kharn the Betrayer to a jumping pose, so I started to cut here and there (chopped off the arms and legs...). In the end, I don't even know how to really convert it to the posing I want!! And I don't have the design blue print. So after that day, I told myself to always sketch it out regardless you want to start the project or not.

2)ALWAYS CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOR BEFORE YOU START TO PAINT!!! Most of the time we just go ahead paint the models without even know whether it will turn out nice or not. When something gone wrong, its already too late and you spent alot of time to paint it.

Here's my story.... I never painted Deathwing Terminators and its bleached bone armor. Without even plan it properly, I undercoat it black and basecoat it with GW Foundation Paint Calthan Brown. When I'm in the painting bleached bone process, it took me 3 days (more than 8 hrs per day) to paint 2 terminators and the bleached bone are still yet to cover the base color. Until the 4th day when my wife had a looked at it, she immediately pointed it out:

"Hey, why you paint from dark to light instead of light to dark??"
"Aren't the Deathwing Terminators are all bright color?"

DUH!!! There it hit me!!

Dark color model: Undercoat black & base color must be dark.

Bright color model: Undercoat white & base color must be bright.

Well, hope it help you guys who are still a beginner. CHeerssss

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tutorial: How To Sculpt Gemstone

When I first wanted to sculpt gemstone, I tried to checked on the net for tutorial but unfortunately I can't find any. So I just have to figure it out myself. After 2 times trying, I've done. And here I like to share to everybody who wants to sculpt it.

Tools: sculpting tool or needle or pin or pen knife. For me I use this sculpting tool. Its my favourite....

1) Roll a small mixed putty to the shape you want either oval or round and also the size. Then press it on an unused plastic sprue or you can directly press on the model's surface. Use you finger to polish it till it looks shinny. And then wait.....

2) Wait till the putty get harder. Use you sculpting tool gently touch it. As long as you find it hard, non-sticky, and creamy, it is ready! Use the flat side of your sculpting tool to press the rim (as shown above with red line).

3) Now the tricky part. Use the flat side of sculpting tool again, gently press the rim and pull sideward motion to another end.

4) You will find your gemstone pop out from the rim. Now again use the flat side of sculpting tool to smooth the edge of gemstone. And refine the shape of the rim if you find it not the way you want. If you sculpt on a plastic sprue, you can slice it out with your pen knife and then glue it to your model.

Well, there goes your gemstone. You just have to practice more to get it done nicely. If you have any questions, just post a comment here and I will answer it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Journey Towards Tzeentch (part 4): Thousand Sons Sorcerer Dreadnought

Finally its done!! It was delayed for a week because I was playing around with GIMP editing after I read the Digital Photography magazine at library. Unfortunately...I still can't get a grip of it. Nevermind....

Here's the story of how this idea came about:

After my client told me that he is going to commission me do his dreadnought for his Thousand Sons army, I started to think of what kind of dreadnought I want. Of coz he is ordering Forgeworld dreanought... But I don't want to be same like everybody!! So I again dig info in my black library (collection of White Dwarf mag, Chaos codexes...) and browsed through the net.

And suddenly the idea came!!! Here's the question....

1) Who being insert into dreadnought?? "Space Marine Heroes"

2) How many type of dreadnought in Space Marine?? "Normal, Venerable, Ironclad, & Chaplain"

3) So whose the heroes in Thousand Sons Legion?? "SORCERER"


So when I met up with my client, I told him this idea... He immediately want it!

Again I sculpted the loincloth, tall helmet, gemstones, flaming edge design, daemonic sorcerer staff, fingers that hold the staff....

I don't know anybody has done this before, if NOT, then this will be the 1st SORCERER DREADNOUGHT!!!

That's all for the story... Do enjoy!! Hope you get inspired!! Cheerssss!!!