Sunday, May 10, 2015

Iron Painter a bust

It appears I missed the deadline.  I thought it was midnight EST tonight, which is what I thought it was for Round 1.  It appears the deadline for Round 2 is 6pm EST.  I started my upload at about 10:30 EST.  So that's two-and-a-half weeks of leisure time down the drain.

Well, hey, at least it's blog fodder.  Here's the WIP series.

I changed from a classic blue theme for a Warhammer High Elf to a red theme.  I've always hated the blue theme.  Painting it didn't improve my opinion of it.

Blocking out the freehand design.
Filling it in.  I'm now wishing that I had refined the lines and colors on paper first.  I'm not really liking it.
But there's not going to be enough time to back away, so I salvage what I can, with what I have to work with.

Needs some stars. 

While I'm not pleased with how the piece is coming together as a whole, I am enjoying the process.  I'm attempting a lot of things for the first time:  freehand banners, white armor, fast color change-outs on the airbrush, pronounced lining and edging, and more.  It's also been good practice for adding "opacity" to my technique toolbox.

I'm pleased with the gem stones.  They took a lot more work than I expected, but I'm building that muscle memory.

Meanwhile, we haven't forgotten the other side of the equation.
I still need to learn how to place the shading on gold lettering.  I couldn't find any of my references!

I'm finally adding pigments to the mix for terrain.

Added flock.  I like how the base turned out.

And the final result.  It's a poor color composition, because of the banner on the left.  Maybe I'll rework it before I show it at a show.

Here's the narrative for the scene, to accompany the theme for Iron Painter, Round 2, "The End of the World As We Know It":

The Warhammer community agonizes over the prospects for 9th Edition.
Entire armies eliminated from the game.  Perhaps not even an army game anymore.
The Warhammer setting obliterated.  High Elves and Dark Elves united.
For Warhammer, is this the end of the world as we know it?


  1. Oh man, that really sucks. It seems silly that they would move the deadline up 5 or 6 hours. I bet a lot of people assumed it would be the same time as the first round, I know I would have.

    Great job on the banners by the way!

    1. Thanks, David! A compliment from you on banners is high praise! It was a good exercise. I think I just need better designs. I whipped these out without hardly any planning, and I think it shows. I also need to study gold trim some more. I know I saved all sorts of references on that, but I couldn't track them down during the time that I had.

      Yeah, I'm a little peeved about them changing the rules midcourse. Supposedly, they announced it in big bright letters on the forum, but I wasn't tracking the forum, since I figured it was just a bunch of smack-talk. I must admit this leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But, hey, I'll have some filler pieces for the physical show season. And like I mentioned, I did enjoy practicing a lot of different techniques and trying out some new ideas.


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