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  • posted: January 26 @ 10:27pm
Miniature showcase #1: Ramos.

Ramos is one of the hardest figures I've had to paint thus far, because his overcoat, vest, pants, bag, and almost all his details are brown. So, in an attempt to make him interesting and exciting, I did some very light directional drybrushing of brass and silver on his jacket, pants, and bag. Depending on the angle you examine him from, the visibility of the metals changes, thus making it appear as if his clothes are have metallic threading worked in.

The separation between using silver and brass is the most interesting part: the technique is called Dynamic Lighting, and it refers to having a very specific light source affect the model. Because the lighting in the natural world is yellow (yellow fire, yellow sun, yellow gas lamps, etc.), the metallic threading in his clothes would normally appear as a brass-like color. However, the orb of blue-ish fire he's holding in his hand would light up the metallic threading A) much more brightly, since the light source is much, much closer and brigher, and B) in a much cooler color. Therefore, the threading that is illuminated by the orb instead of the ambient light would be a blue-ish silver as opposed to a yellow-ish bronze.

Finally, the orb itself was done by a glazing technique. Fire burns hotter at it's source (namely, the bottom), and the hotter fire burns, the brighter and whiter it is. Additionally, the color change is smooth-- you don't have clear lines where it shifts from white to light blue to dark blue. So, to emulate this with paint, I painted the entire orb white. Then, I held it upside down, took some blue paint, watered it down EXTENSIVELY, and slowly slowly slowly applied layers of very thin blue paint over the orb. Because the paint was so watered down, it would slowly slide down (towards the top of the orb), and over the course of twenty coats, I got a very gradual color change without losing any detail on the shape of the fire.

In total, 14 hours of work on one model.

Pardon the lousy camera. Hopefully I'll be using a better camera tomorrow!


chadmcclarnon says:
wow man...I tried to get into painting miniatures at one point in my life and couldn't keep up with it. Huge props to you for this, it looks awesome
Posted: Jan 26th, 2010 - 10:30pm -
miguelito says:
you paint lead figures?!
Posted: Jan 26th, 2010 - 11:10pm -
llIllIIIIII says:
@miguelito technically no, but yes. 99% of the lead figures of yesteryear are now made with metal or plastic. These are all white metal figures, so like lead but a bit more resilient and less toxic.
Posted: Jan 27th, 2010 - 12:14am -
jnonfiction says:
I'm impressed
Posted: Jan 27th, 2010 - 3:06am -
mattyc says:
he's a little bitty guy.
Posted: Jan 27th, 2010 - 7:05am -
ThatGuy says:
THis is really awesome. Great work man.
Posted: Jan 27th, 2010 - 2:35pm -
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