Tuesday, 4 June 2013

007. WIP Orks and Frenchy early looks...

I have a WIP shot of my Ork Nob showing where I got up to today after a couple of in and out, half hour sessions during the day.  The first shot shows the Nob with a base coat of the old foundation green applied which I completely knackered by washing with a Vallejo Game Colour green wash - these are crap and nothing like the GW washes of old (not used the new ones so I've no comment there) - the old GW ones would mix well together and give a nice shading wash (ie black and green were perfect to shade the recesses) - the Vallejo ones are more like a very strong glaze that dried in a thick, slightly textured vibrant mess - not a happy camper.  I have been reading on various tank blogs where Tamiya and Vallejo are the main go to colours, that sometimes mixing your brands isn't a good idea as they do not chemically gel - that may be what happened here by applying Vallejo washes over GW acrylics - otherwise, maybe I just need to experiment more with the Vallejo stuff to get the most out of it.

I recovered the model to a stage I was happy with by washing again with the dregs of my old black GW wash, and then reapplying a secondary base of the old Dark Angels Green followed by a layer of the old Snot Green with a touch of Dark Angels.

'Arry, the photogenic Ork, and my WIP Nob at base coat plus layer stage

Later this afternoon I got another session in where I upped the layer stage by applying a Goblin Green with a touch of Snot layer, before finishing with my usual melon layering of Goblin and Rotting Flesh (I love this colour and made sure to buy a couple of pots before it went out of stock - such a cool colour that I have previously mixed into loads of other colours - kind of like a Bleached Bone or other Buff go-to mixing colour).  I call it melon layering as I end up with various shades of green coming through in stripes, kind of like you see on the skin of a water melon.  

When I painted my first Ork I did it this way to represent really stringy muscles showing through and as a means of highlighting - I had never painted flesh at that point, nor anything green and the effect stuck with me.  I now use it on all my Orks, with each getting slightly different shades of the final mix as I never paint more than one or two at a time - some are lighter and some are darker - no real plan to it - just keep adding lighter stripes until I stop.

'Arry again, with the nearly finished Nob - skin tones and bone stuff all done

I follow this layer up traditionally with another wash to tie all the greens together somewhat (not perfectly as my graduations tend towards big jumps).  Without my usual wash, and stuck with the Vallejos, I struck on the idea of making do with the tools I had and MacGuyvering something.  What I did was mixed up some of the Vallejo wash, with some GW black wash and a spot of Goblin Green, with a bit of Liquitex flow aid and made what may be a new wash or a glaze or something (don't know technical art terms so not really sure what the difference between a wash and a glaze and a juice is??).  I applied this like I normally would and it did tint and ease some of the harsher graduations, although it dried satin which I think is a by product of the Liquitex which I have noticed before.

After that small success I left the skin alone and knocked out the base (which for the life of me I couldn't remember the scheme for so it's now different to the others on my desk, though looking across my painted Orks, none of them have a matching base scheme - I either need to write this down next time I do it, or stick with the same common brown and bone scheme every other force I own sports - for some reason I decided to be different with the Orks) as well as all the bone pieces - ie the teeth, claws, horns etc. 

I'm fairly happy with him seeing as he is the first proper mini I have painted this year from go to whoa so far.  I just need to do all the leather work and straps and I think he is done, then it will be onto the Prospektor Ork who has had some work done to him as I have been working on the Nob.

In response to a comment from Headologist of Do You Have a Flag? fame, I have also posted below a quick snap of my WIP Metro's from my Merovingian sectorial for the game Infinity.  My semi regular gaming group plays this game and I threw in with the Merovingians (the Kazak sectorial isn't released yet) as the models were simply too cool.  I normally run these as my 'cheer leaders' and Lieutenant choice as they are so cheap points wise and in a link-team they can generally hold their own, and mix them up with some Zouaves and Loups and various specialists.  

This is a very slow burn project.  Aside from a few Lord of the Rings minis, I have never painted anything in such a fine scale (true 28mm scale) - the detailing on these is boggling - mad respects to Angel who paints the studio stuff.  Angel will also post occasionally the paints used and method applied which means I have a decent resource to follow and emulate - I did try these in green originally using some Hasslefree stuff as a test base but they looked a bit pants if I'm honest so I'm sticking to the studio theme for now.

My Frenchies WIP - copying the studio scheme

My trial Australian camo scheme on some Hasslefree minis and then transposed on to an Infinity Zouave (minus the camo pattern and in a darker shade of green as I couldn't remember the original mix)

So that's a little of what I have been up to today.  Still waiting on the arrival of the bairn - now at due date + 5, although the missus thinks she may be on the move so fingers crossed it happens soon - the missus is very tired and irritable after being an incubator for so long now!

Happy hobby all,



  1. Great stuff man - Love how the Frenchists turned out and the Orks are looking great! Sorry to hear about the glaze issue, but looks like they rescued nicely. They're looking great now!

    On the wash/paint front - I've been transitioning over to Vallejo paints, but I still think the current GW washes are superior to Vallejos and I still use the GW ones pretty much exclusively. Unfortunately I also think several of the older GW washes were better than the current ones, especially the old black wash and devlan mud wash - the new Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade are poor substitutes. I've been pretty pleased with the Army Painter Ink ranges "Dark Tone" (black) and "Strong Tone" (devlan mud) as they are nearly pitch perfect recreations of the old GW washes.

    Keep up the great work, and congrats/best of luck with the wee bairn!

    1. Cheers Mordian.

      I need to look into the new GW washes - I've picked up a couple of their 'glazes' but not found much use for them - they're meant to enhance an underlying colour but I don't get that effect when I have tried it - if anything, they are a bit like the Vallejo washes in that they have left behind a textured surface. Like I said in the post, I think it will take a lot of trial and error and seeing how they perform in different situations before I get used to them.

      The old range, particulalry Devlan mud, was so forgiving and a real one stop solution. I have heard the Army Painter stuff was similar - I'll need to look into that I think.