Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 2014 - Side Challenge - Part Three

The Black Mist WIPs - Both models have been washed with black Shade and work has started on their faces  
I have still got quite a bit of work to do on these two “Reaper” miniatures of The Black Mist (Vigilante). But both the metal and Bones figures are presenting some unique differences. To begin with I’ve dry-brushed both of them with charcoal and unsurprisingly the plastic figure’s softer details made it somewhat harder to just pick them out without cover several of the flatter surfaces. What did disappoint me however was that I ended up having to ‘touch up’ the metal version as the simple process of lightly dragging the brush tip across the figure’s ridges caused some of the undercoat to ‘chip’ away.

As I want the pulp anti-hero to appear somewhat two-tone despite his predominantly all-black ensemble, I have heavily washed both models with black Shade and then repainted their heavy overcoat with more “Citadel” Abaddon Black in order to separate it from the swirling cloak. I’ve also managed to undercoat the cuffs and face. Originally I was going to have the figures wearing black gloves, but I have since decided to have them uncovered otherwise I really think it’ll be ebony overload.
Hairy WIPs - Bongo The Chimp is almost finished. Still some way to go on the Yeti  
Speaking of which I’ve since washed my Bongo the Chimp with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and picked out his flesh details with charcoal. This model really only needs a couple of final touches to be ready to join his Simian brothers as part of a rather large Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge submission. Alongside him I started undercoating the areas of skin on the two large Sasquatch models from “Pulp Figures” PLT07 Hairy Hominids. I’m really in two minds with these big behemoths as I was planning on making their flesh somewhat pink. But now I think I may make them somewhat darker skinned, possibly even using an old pot of “Citadel” Dark Flesh.
Pulp WIPs - Finally starting to work my way up these great Bob Murch sculpts  
Finally I have been pottering away on Boy from PLT09 Kojar Of The Forest Tribe and a couple of the figures from Bob Murch’s “Gangland Justice” Range. Having been rather unimpressed by just how dark the “Citadel” Shade Reikland Fleshshade dried on my Tweedy Mattison/Eleventh Doctor I’m considering watering the wash down before applying it to the model, otherwise I fear the flesh highlights I like to employ for the hands and faces of my models will look a little stark in comparison to the rest of the flesh areas.

12 comments:

  1. I've now been informed by Myles that the bone dragon he got was only available as a "bones" figure and no metal version is available, still I see what you mean about the detail being softer on the "bones" figure it'll be interesting to see the two finished figs next to each other.

    I do like those Sasquatches by the way.

    Cheers Roger

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    1. Thanks Roger. I actually think the plastic is easier to paint now the undercoat is on, as the paint doesn't seem to 'fleck' or 'rub' off as it does with the metal version. However the detail is so much better on the metal imho. Glad you like the Sasquatches. Really happy with the way their fur has come out... just got to decide about their skin tone.

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  2. Nice progress Simon. Funny you should mention that I found exactly the same problem with reikland fleshshade. I still have some Ogryn flesh left for know. So I am going to experiment with some of my army painter washes at some point and see If I can find a new method for my flesh.

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    1. Cheers Simon. Funnily I've just finished my last pot of Ogryn Flesh - which I've found to be the best flesh ever. If you come up with a suitable alternative, please let me know :-)

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  3. More good work there, Blax.
    I've just finished my payment figure for the Challenge and now I'm calling it a day with it.

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    1. Thanks Roy. No new figures for the Challenge for the last few weeks. Just trying to finish what I have started since it began (some actually date back to the very first day of the challenge).

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  4. I found painting the Reaper Bones plastic figures just as easy as metal figures. You always seem to have such a wide variety of figures you're working on at any one time. Good for you and keep them coming.

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    1. Hi Bryan. I like the plastic "Reaper" figure, but I don't think the detail is as crisp as the metal version. I've some more Bones minis to paint this year, so I won't be just settling on painting the one before I've decided whether I like them or not. Lots of completed minis to be posted after this weekend, once I've initially submitted them to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge website :-)

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  5. Great progress Bk. Keep it going, nice to see the Yetis, I do like them. Both Black Mist models are looking good.

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    1. Cheers Bob. The Yetis are great models and I'm warming to The Black Mist. Though I actually have a few Bob Murch pulp hero sculpts as well to do.

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  6. All good stuff Blax, but I'd suggest some dark lether effect for Mist's gloved hands, but the effect you're getting is very good.
    Bongo and the yeti are coming along nicely too btw (and what about some fleshy coloured mouth parts on the yeti/hominids if you're going to darken them ?

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions Joe. I'll do one Mist with dark leather gloves and see how it goes. I think I will end up doing the yeti flesh a bit pink (with a brown wash). Fingers crossed it'll turn out all right.

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