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Friday, December 13, 2013

WIP & On Display: Canadian Gobo (RT Era Space Crusade Gretchin)

Back to 40K for this post! Well, retro 40K really.  As I mentioned, while I worked on the Fianna I needed a fun project to keep me painting but take some of the stress away from the home stretch. You know that point where the project is almost done and you just want to finish it, but you kind of start to rush and risk screwing the whole thing up? Yeah, we've all been there. So to distract me a bit I decided to paint up the mini above which I got in ME 32 over at C'MON...


At the time - and it is probably still under way - 5th Dimension was asking people to paint up goblins for their global goblin army. Goblins from around the world. Mine was going to be distinctly Canadian! It also gave me an idea and an excuse to try out something I had been afraid to attempt on other projects.
First and foremost I wanted to try highlighting a mini all the way up to white (Ivory) and all the way down to black, like I have seen many champion painters do.  I have always been afraid to try something that high contrast, but this guy was just so cartoony looking I figured if I messed it up I could call it a stylistic choice and it was just for fun anyway.
I did up a rugged looking cube and started to block in the colors on the base.  I added some felt to the bottom too...
Next I began to shade the base.
After final highlights I decided to play with more powders because they look so nice.
Then I mounted it on the cube to await my Canadian Gobo.
I think the high contrast turned out great! I was certainly getting over my fear of it anyway. I moved onto the Gobo next with the skin and jeans base coat and pre-shades. No pre-made inks or washes on this, only paints thinned with water.
Next up was the always difficult to work with red. Yeah, you know where I'm heading with this already don't you?
The details like rope belt, leather, metals, etc were next.
Now it was time to start to highlight up and add details. I started with the red plaid shirt that every Canadian Lumberjack wears ;)
 Knocked out some more details like jeans, leather and whatnot...
 And of course then it was just a hop, skip and a jump to being finished!
Next I mounted him to his base and proceeded to added some powders to his shoes, jeans and shirt to give him just a hint of grime. I also used a wood burning kit to add a very Canadian expression to his cube!
I know goblins say "Oi!", but he's Canadian so ya know... Now for the real shocker: This whole mini took me about 2.5 to 3 hours total work. Mostly over my lunch breaks in manageable little chunks! Here is the C'MON link: http://www.coolminiornot.com/345866 in case you want to throw a few votes my way ;)

And here are the display photos not in montage format in case you prefer scrolling to clicking...
 And some close ups of the base, plaid and face.
 The only thing that was real pain about this whole guy was taking the pics. Due to the extreme contrast of the paint job it was VERY hard to get my photos to the right exposure without blowing out details or losing them in shadow. Oh well, on the bright side (Yes, that was another awesome pun from me) I learned some new photo tricks! I hope you enjoyed this guy as much as I did. I think I will be doing more RT era minis with my new skills in the future...

Next post: The Celtic skull gets its moss, pigments and other such details added. Thanks for stopping by, hit me up with any comments or questions you might have and remember; you can't spell paint without pain!

15 comments:

  1. Great paint i love the clothes .
    Cheers

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  2. Fantastic clothes and skin tone, I like the dirt on his boots a lot too. The only thing that could use a bit more love in my opinion is the bigger eye, seems a big flat, but maybe it's just because the pics are zoomed really close, in reality it probably looks perfect. Nice idea with the black to white exercise, must try it myself :)

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    1. Thanks man. I think the eyes got washed out in the pictures. The orange just isn't coming through. It's definitely a scary exercise because at some points it looks like you've ruined the mini, but then it starts to pull together. There is lots of going back and forth between the highlights and mid tones for sure.

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  3. Top job job Zab, I appreciate the walk through it's a very good progress wip. Your Mini Foo is getting stronger!

    My Dwarves have arrived they are soo Good, There is only one mould line that I have found that needs a shave and sand! Top quality.

    I have to finish some other minis before we start doing a paint a long. Have you got any colour thoughts?
    Im leaning towards a Smokey grey-green (think verdigris brass) NMM, and gazing apon my new colour wheel thinking about other colours - Yellow-orange, browns with a red-violet accent. Just thoughts at the mo as I may not be able to start them till Feb.

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    1. Thanks ;) Those were the boys from Scibor right? Dwarves tend to wear a lot of earth tones don't they or is that elves? I'm still new to the whole fantasy side of things. I like the palette you have in mind. I think it would work well with NMM too.

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  4. they are the Rackham ones, yeah I think the earthy tones are good, mixed with some armor plates, steam punk kinda styles

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    1. Ah yes the ones your friend procured if I recall. You got lucky then. Though my Fianna needed little prep i have heard that rackham can be hit or miss. Steampunk style would be cool. It will also give you the chance to try lots of different styles of NMM! O_o Wait, that sounds like a nightmare...

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  5. What, no "Canadian tuxedo"??? You're dissapointing the Canadian diaspora! ;)

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    1. Well, I can only fit so many stereotypes onto one mini before the Mounties show up on their steeds and politely ask me to "Stop it, eh" :P

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  6. Ya know the only people I've seen wear denim head-to-toe are Russians...dunno how we got stuck with that stereotype...

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    1. I blame Bruce Springstien and Bryan Adams, but then I blame them for everything o_O

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  7. Nicely done, Zab - you've done us proud, eh?

    I've got a very basic technical question for you, how do you attach his foot to the paperclip for airbrushing? Crazy glue then break it off afterwards?

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    1. Ah, I drill a hole and crazy glue it. When I am ready to attach it to the base i cut it to a shorter length (unless it is the right length already) and drill a hole in the base and actually pin the miniature right to the base using the paper clip. I use a 2 part expoy for that. He is never coming off that base ;)

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    2. Love it! I never thought that someone would be as meticulous as I usually am! It's a great tip and I'll be sure to try it out when I use my airbrush on infantry (until now it's only been for tanks, scenery, etc)

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