Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Been working on this guy for a little while now in the continued push to get my lizards fully painted (at least to 2,000 points). The skin and scales were based on this GW tutorial, the same one is used for my cold ones, with some modifications. The tutorial calls for a Orkhide Flesh wash after the base coat. As I mentioned a while back, this is a pain due to the way the colors in the Foundation Paint* will separate, so instead I tried to duplicate the color with GW's regular paint line - a combination of black, Scaly Green and Dark Angel Green. The other deviation was a result of me misreading the tutorial. Instead of using a mix of Knarloc & Gretchin Green for a highlight, I used straight Gretchin Green. This looked fine at first, but it's too close to the next highlight of Desert Yellow. Thus, I ended up glazing the skin with some old green ink** before applying the Desert Yellow highlight. I also painted Devlan Mud into the small scars along the body for added emphasis. I also added a very thinned high-light of Rotting Flesh
I'm not terribly excited about the skin, I fell I was kinda sloppy painting it, specifically the highlighting, it and it's been my goal as of late to improve my brush control and be more precise. Anyways, I still have to finish up the howdah and crew, so there's still room to improve.
*If you want to read a well written critique of the Foundation Paint line, check out this article on Laubersheimer Industries.
**If you're still using these inks, or making your own washes from regular paint, I mix in few tiny drops of laundry detergent (powder, not liquid), as it breaks the surface tension in the water used to thin the paint/ink. This allows the wash/ink to flow better into the crevices (or the alcoves, nooks-and-crannies) of the model and prevents it from pooling up on the model. I keep my detergent in a ziploc baggie, with the word "DETERGENT" written in black marker on it, in the event that I am traveling with my painting supplies and somehow end up having to explain to law enforcement why I'm carrying around a bag of suspicious white powder.