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Friday, September 26, 2014

Teachable Moments: The 90 Minute Marine

90min Marine?! Yes really. What are you some kind of acolyte to The Lady Inquisitor? Lower that damned eyebrow! This whole mini was assembled and painted in 90 minutes - excluding the overnight drying of the primer - what? I like to sleep.


I made a magnetized display base for this fella too because I'm going to put him on eBay for you all later.
 Fancy shmancy huh? I made a marine to got with it...
I love second Founding Chapters. Don't see a lot of Aurora Marines.  Sons of Medusa are all the rage these days - damned soulless robots that lot is,  if you ask me :P
Shaded Basecoat Technique. This is how you do it right and get color unity from the mini in one fell, messy swoop...
Mids and highs...
Shading and glazes...
Mids, highs and details...
Some pigments for fun to set off that green...
And a spray with some Testor's Dulcote...
Display pics and eBay auction go up next week!
 Once again a fun technique to learn. If you don't have an airbrush, learning to paint like this would speed up painting an army to a great level (like the mini above) to a rather reasonable time!

Next Post: Display pics of this guy and he'll be up on eBay for you to snag. Thanks for looking, hit me up in the comments and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain :)

18 comments:

  1. He looks great...fer a friggin' Beakie.
    I need to buy you some Tyranids or sumpthin,' man. You've been painting ENTIRELY too many Beakies over the last few months.

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    1. Good news, there is a giant squig (and some beakies) coming in a few weeks. Then I'm painting up a large cute anime version of Vampirella for an October contest on C'MON. Then I'm gonna finish up some old rackham dwarves. Don't worry man, plenty of non beakie content mixed in with the beakies. Any hope for your hobby time on the horizon or is work still killing ya? Stupid hermit crabs -_-

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the effect that the weathering powders give, but I'm always concerned that they're not really suitable for gaming. Would love to hear your experiences with fixers/varnishes and how they alter the powders consistency/look!

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    1. Thanks! Pigments and fixers are fun :) Safety first - wear a mask! You can use water to fix them or matte medium and water or even inks and washes to bring in some depth or white spirits or a lower percentage of rubbing alcohol. If you seal them with varnish that can knock back the powders quite bit so it's good to put on a bit more than you think you need. Good news though if you add some and it gets knocked down just put on a bit more and mist it again until it's built up to where you want it. I recommend earthpigments.com for the best bang for your buck in terms of price and variety of colors.

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  3. Awesome job, can't believe it was so quick ;)

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    1. Than you. Once you get in enough practice it is a very fast process, but you have to have a plan and a palette laid out in your head. A little hair dryer or fan can help too ;)

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  4. Amazing work Zab. I see you are adapting to the shaded basecoat technique faster then I can even watch the videos! Such a great looking marine. Loving that base! Powder work is stellar as well.

    When you use the powders, are you applying them via brush? Sprinkling them on and moving them around? Making a wash? Etc.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah once it clicks it all makes sense, but It might be volume and practice more than anything. With the powders I put them on with a brush and then they got fixed by a coat of flat spray. Always wear a mask when working with powders - especially the more reddish ones which can have cadmium in them o_O

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    2. Good advice. Yup! I recently picked up a respirator. Will be wearing that while airbrushing or powdering for sure! How did you spray the powders without them flying everywhere?

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    3. I fixed them with a some water and matte medium and once that dried i sprayed them. Basically just put the water next to the powders with a brush and they will just suck it up. once that is dry they should stay in place well enough for spraying :)

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    4. Hahah! Ok that is better. I had this picture in my head of putting weathering powders on my mini...then saying "Zab just sprays them right?" then powder going everywhere, and my cat judging me.

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    5. Actually, I have just sprayed them, but it tends to knock back the effect of the powders quite bit. Also, cats are always judging us. I fear it's their sole purpose in life o_O

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  5. Shaded basecoat what now? Looks like a fantastic technique seeing the results you are getting in such a short time. Fantastic work man! :)

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    1. Thanks! Check out what James Wappel does. It's technique he came up with, great stuff!

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  6. Dood. 90 minutes? Holy shitsnacks that looks good for 90 minutes.

    Regarding all the pigment questions, I also had the same ones and picked Mr. Justin's brain about it during a seminar. So, I guess I got something to write about at HoP, no? Oh shit, gotta run....Lo heard that!

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    1. Thanks man! Yeah you can do soooo much with powders. Earthpigments.com for best value is my recommendation. That lady hears everything. Frankly, I'm surprised by her restraint O_o

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