Sunday, 22 July 2012

July Painting Competition - More Progress

So these CoA Diogenes Class Frigates painted up really quickly.  I'd like them to be whiter - icier - but at least they have some paint on them.  Here are some of the steps.

I find it easier to paint from the recesses outwards, so the neon sturginium engine, the blue behind the black plates, the black plates:

Metallic on the black, then the fill in blue:

Ink on the plate lines and rivets, red/orange airlock cover:

Ink and highlight on the cover, blue layering. Some colour on the funky round things on the nose. Green ink on the metallics, on the back model:

Copper pipes. Pretty much done!

I might have time for a mixed group of 6, 3 of one type & 3 of another, before the end of the month.  It's going to be tight.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

July Painting Competition - Progress

Well, it feels like I am painting every day, but I am not getting too far.  The month is half over, and I am clearly not going to get 3 sets of 6 models finished.  It doesn't matter, the competition has still pushed me to paint more than I would done otherwise, I think.

The KoB Attackers are virtually done.  They are not varnished yet, I'm waiting to see if I can think of any more changes to make.  I started painting all nine, but only finished six to save some time; the other three will be quick to finish up some time in the future.  Their size made them trickier to paint than I expected, but I'm happy with the result.  There are work in progress pictures below; not the best pictures I have taken, but you can see what is going on.

I've started the CoA Diogenes.  There are only 6 of them and they are coming along quickly, much faster than the Attackers.  They are a bit fiddly to paint, so I'm working in short sessions.  Pictures to follow.

I am close to getting an "Artist Rating" on Cool Mini or Not, a popular miniature site.  I need 5 pictures rated by 50 voters - 3 of the images still just under 50 votes.  You don't need to be a member to vote, just click on the first image and the voting bar will be on your right; you can scroll through the images with the right arrow button:

Attacker Class Frigates WIP 
Boilers and scaffolding.  I start in the interior of the miniature, so I am not splashing paint on painted areas.

Decking, then turrets.  The main colour is on the hull on some figures:

Stripes, portholes, sturginium engines:

Pretty much done.  Pipes on the engines, deck rails, reworked the copper:

There's one ship going backwards!  Suddenly, they look a lot better.  I am always surprised how bad the WIP stages look.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Painting Competition

I’ve been a bit slow lately, certainly not getting one squad per week. Which means the Spartan GamesCommunity’s first painting competition has perfect timing! Just what I need to get a bunch of miniatures painted.

The competition is organised around groups of 6 small models, painted from start to finish in the month of July. I have plenty and will try to get a batch of six painted each week. That sounds like 24 minis for July, but for some models, I have 9 copies, not 6, and I’ll try to do them all.

I plan to get basic paint jobs completed first and then touch up what I can near the end. That should get the paint on a lot of models, and keep the pressure on me to finish. Hopefully, they’ll look good – I’m up against some of the better painters on the site.

Of course, I started late, so I am already behind. But still I am really looking forwards to this. Even if I can’t get the prize for best unit, I might get the most volume!

Here are some starting pictures. I’ll post work in progress throughout the month.

Kingdom of Britannia Attacker Class Frigates:

Covenant of Antarctica Diogenes Class Frigates:

CoA Plutarch Class Destroyers and Prussian Empire Jager Class Small Airships.  There's a small problem here, small airships are not on the list of allowed minis.  I might have to swap something else into this group:

And I have always wanted an excuse to make one of these images: