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Blood bowl team
This christmas me and my brother got a blood bowl box. He took the orks, and I took the humans. Sadly my neck was injured so i had to watch all of my dudes being blue for months, unable to paint them . That did give me a lot of time to think about my colour scheme though. In the end I decided to go for a challenge and paint them in the colours of my country, Croatia. What gave me the idea was the shield shaped armour on the back of every human team member that looks exactly as our coat of arms. Every step of painting the model was either difficult, or time consuming. The first step was basecoating (seems simple right?), but even this had its complications. You see, the unpainted miniature is blue. My base coat was a slightly different shade of blue. This made it difficult to see if a surface was painted or not! At least shading the blue cloth went smoothly, though that too took some time as i prefer to shade using glazes. After that was done came the next problem. White. As you all know, white isn't the most painter friendly colour, and it took me at least 4 thin coats to paint something white. Painting the squares was surprisingly easy, as long as you have a steady hand and thin your paint down just enough so that it flows, you shouldn't be afraid of trying it out. Shading those squares however, was not. Choosing the right colour to shade both white and red was very important. Black wasn't going to work, it's just too dark to shade white, and the red turning into brown doesn't work for me. So I decided to work with very thin glazes of fenrisian grey. The effect is very subtle as I feared darkening my white and red too much, and you can't really highlight red or white. There is only one other thing worth noting on this model, (the rest was also painted with care, but I don't think talking about how I painted, shaded and highlighted the rest of the miniature is all that interesting) and that is the coat of arms on the back. It was what gave me the idea for the squares, but in the end I didn't end up painting any on it! It is because there were already a lot of them on the model and it wouldn't look good if one of the most important areas looked exactly the same as the rest of the model. Luckily the croatian coat of arms has a crown that is made of 5 other coats of arms, so I just took one of those and slaped it on there. I will be getting a light tent soon, so I'll be able to post better pictures, but for now enjoy these ones.
It's only fair that an amazing sculpt is covered by a worthy paintjob!
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The blitzer was done similarly to the catcher, but due to the difference in armour size on the chest, the shirt was painted white, and the squares were moved to the armour plates. The coat of arms on the back has 4 by 5 squares instead of 5 by 5 due to the size of the shield like armour plate - 5 by 5 was simply too small. Luckily this isn't a problem as the number of squares varied through history. The boots were also painted red as it fits with the overall colour scheme better. For the sake of consistency the other catcher will have leather boots as well.
WIP lineman. I really wish I could change my NMM gold, but consistency is more important. This is my first time trying it, and the results have been pretty good, but there is plenty of room for improvement.
The model is still WIP but the coat of arms is done. I'm sorry for the quality of the image, but I had no choice but to zoom in digitaly. This isn't even the tiniest annimal I have to do for my team (the next coat of arms I will be doing has 3 lion heads).
I changed the NMM gold recipe and I am happy with the result. I wanted to have a consistent team, but honestly I could feel my hair turning grey when I tried to do less than my best. This was really important to me because now I feel like I can paint any commission and am not afraid that I will have to turn any customer down.
Something a bit different this time. A dark vengeance commission on tabletop level finally came through so I have to put my blood bowl team on hold for now. Managed to paint two of them for now and basecoat another one. This actually takes a really long time as I currently don't own an airbrush, will buy one as soon as I save up the money. This commission was paid for entirely in miniatures, that just so happen to be chaos that I collect, so I will one day paint them as best I can and post them here. This probably won't be happening soon though, as I already have an ambitious project planned for a land raider, have to finish this commission, another one after it and of course the blood bowl team. But for now enjoy these completely average terminators.
The tactical marines are done. I would have liked if they didn't come preassembled, it made painting some areas difficult. They are nothing amazing, but anyone that has a fully painted army on this level should be very proud. Only the captian and the librarian remain, and they are already underway.
Next week I will again be doing a commission, a space wolf drop pod, but until then I will be working on my blood bowl team. This is the fifth member of the team, and he is a bit different than the others. I finally decided to increase the contrast, meaning that I shaded with an even darker colour. The reason I didn't do this on all other team members is because if I make a mistake I can't really correct it. I can shade down the white and red with one colour, but I can't return to those two colours with a single colour.
That is the seventh one. All the 5 coats of arms forming the crown of the Croatian coat of arms are done. That means that for the rest I will have to think of something else. The next one will be my own family coat of arms, and after that I guess I'll use various city ones.
Got no pictures for you this time. But there are some good news. To celebrate the release of 8th edition I'm giving 20% discount to all dark imperium commissions. Please do check out how much it would cost you, it really is dirt cheap.
This is a model that I did using wet blending instead of the usual glazing that I do. There are a few spots that have too thick paint due to me not being used to painting with that techniqe, and the yellow also did not turn out perfect. I do have to say that I do feel very proud despite this. If a model looks like this when I use out of my comfort zone techniqe so I can improve, how will a model look when it turns out perfect? Also I'm sorry there is only one pic, I had some trouble with the lighting.
Just wanted to say that I'm still very active and will continue to paint and post pictures of my work. That said right now I'm changing my internet provider so for the time being I'm unable to post pictures, but that will change soon. I also wanted to thank everyone that has been folowing my work. Your interest is what drives me to paint even when I don't feel like it, and helps me get better results.
First time doing non metalic silver. Happy with the result. Soon I will post a guide on how to do these guys and after that I will take a brake from painting blood bowl. I will instead be painting a stormblade I got in a trade. It will be freehand heavy.
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Stormblade WIP. Whenever you see a freehand on a vehicle it's always stunning, acurate and beautiful. And while that's nice and all, I feel like it's not representative of the imperium at large, many of its worlds are still in the middle ages. Those people want to decorate moving cathedrals of death too!