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June 12th, 2011, 04:10 AM
Figured I'd sculpt something less serious for a change. Original created in Super Sculpey Firm and the replica is made of plastic. Painted with Warhammer Model Paint (very expensive and overpriced). If anyone actually knows where I can get equally effective paint that isn't 5 dollars per cubic inch please let me know.
Also would love advice on how to get the eyes to look more realistic / glazed nicely. Whenever I paint glaze on eyes, I feel like the pupils are too shined over to feel real.
Hope you guys like these.
June 12th, 2011, 04:13 AM
Awesome (gogo 80's references)
Now to feed him after midnight.
I need to watch the Gremlins movies again. I bet they will probably come off as sucking now.
June 12th, 2011, 09:58 AM
Hi, first of all awesome sculpt and paint job, love what you did with it :) Regarding paint, something I used to do to save money with paint was to Use the tube type acrylics and use a flow enhancer instead of water and mix my own as and when, it's a bit of a hassle but you get exactly what you want and it doesn't cost the earth! also you can get gloss mediums etc for different effects on different parts of the model or sculpt or whatever... I must add I'm no expert, but thought this might help a little bit :)
Mah ' Crub
June 12th, 2011, 10:30 AM
Great job...looks just like him. Nice to see something cute here every once in a while....something that doesnot have huge mucles and teeth,[ not that I don't like that, but sometimes......]
Mah ' Crub
June 12th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Looking good - agree the eyes need a little something extra. If you feel that glossing them would make them too shiny (really?) maybe use satin instead, or mix gloss and satin together?
Vallejo are my favourite miniature paints atm - still pricey at ~half the price of GW paints but better than GW used to be (I think they're reformulated since I last bought a pot) and you can get all the gloss and satin mediums too - little bottles, but I've not found that to be a problem for small things. :P
June 12th, 2011, 11:23 PM
ScytheNoire: Thanks man, nah I'm sure they're still great, I haven't watched either movie in years but I intend to soon.
Malcio:Thank you, I appreciate your input and next time I stop by my local art store I'll be sure to look around for some tube acrylics and flow enhancers. Although I am very partial to using water as frequently as possible. Also need to make some experimental eyes and test out glossing again.
Mah ' Crub: Thanks man, tried to get him as close as possible ;). I hear ya, without cute and fury you can't appreciate harsh and scaly, plus occasionally one might even.. dare I say... want to see something cute? =O. lol. Nah I admit it's nice having some cute stuff around, especially when one false move can make it turn scary.
MikeMakesModels:Thank you Sir, Only problem I meant with too much shine on the eyes is because if the light bounces off the pupil area and makes it look entirely white, it kills the depth of the eye. It would be nice to make the pupil look pitch black but appear to have water on it while the sides of the eyes would look nice with a glaze. I will be sure to experiment on some test eye sculpts and try to figure out how to perfect the illusion I'm aiming for.
Also appreciate the alternate paint suggestion, I will be sure to look into Vallejo.
Thanks again everyone for the kind words and helpful suggestions.
June 13th, 2011, 07:03 AM
Liquitex sells liquid acrylics. I've never actually tried them for painting models, but they're about the same consistency as dedicated miniature paints.
June 13th, 2011, 09:00 AM
Meloncov: Thanks, I'll check it out ;).
I tried using gloss on this guys eyes, nose and mouth. The illusion is very cool at first but I had to redo the right eye a few minutes ago because the gloss dried with a white haze that covered the pupil.
Other then the potential drawback of drying with a haze / grey film. It makes the models look quite cool.
June 13th, 2011, 10:00 AM
Glad to see you back again, Great work on this one mate, the eyes and lips look much more realistic with a spot of gloss.
I use the warhammer paints too, they are expensive but I havent found anything else i prefer yet :)
June 13th, 2011, 02:30 PM
I must say I loved Gizmo when I first saw him and you captured him no doubt about it. tough subject doing fur in clay but it works.
I have a lot of different kinds of paint and in my experience the finest is Winsor & Newton Artists Acrylics. I also think other brands are fine as long as they say "Artist Acylics" Just acrylics or student acrylics, names like that aren't the same. The ratio of pigment to filler is much different.
I rate the winsor stuff so highly because the colour you see while you're painting (wet) is the colour you see when its dry. Most paints change colour when they dry which can make re-coating awkward trying to guess if you nailed the exact formula again.
I've also got a lot of the modelers paints like Games Workshop and while they are very easy to just pop open and use, especially the bottled stuff which is very low on wastage, the colours don't pop like the artists acrylics do.
I think if you're going to use modelers paints, its best to bring in ink washes over the top to get that pop and brightness into colours when you want it.
Finally I'd say its worth spending the massively overpriced costs of the Games Workshop Citadel primer in black and white. They don't fill in small details like I've found car spray primer does. I believe Tamiya does a great fine primer also but getting hold of it isn't as easy I've found.
June 14th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Bongsplat: Evening Bongsplat, Thank you ;). I hear you on warhammer paints, I haven't gotten around to testing all the suggested paints yet but my gut tells me I'm probably not going to find anything as convenient. Nice to hear from you :)
techyfox: Thanks man, I will be sure to look into the acrylics you have mentioned. You are probably right on the citadel having the best black and white. It's very durable. Appreciate the advice ;).
In other news, the second gremlin has managed to keep it's eyes clear after having to redo the right eye three times.
Thanks everyone for the replies